What must I do to be saved?
“What must I do to be saved”? That was the prison warder’s question in Acts 16:30, and it should be your question, as a reasonable person. Salvation is God’s provision through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ by which a person obtains deliverance (or freedom) from sin and its evil consequences, such as a life of sin, eternal punishment in hell, enmity towards God, demonic bondage, and wickedness. The basic things you must do to be saved are as follows:
1. Believe (i.e. recognize and accept the incontrovertible fact) that only one God exists – the Creator of man and the universe Who is revealed in the Bible (Psalm 14:1; 53:1; Hebrews 11:5; Genesis 1:1).
2. Believe that every human being (without exception) is a sinner by nature and by action, as a consequence of the Fall of Adam (Genesis 2:7-9, 15-17; 3:1-24; Romans 5:12,13), and therefore lost. Acknowledge the fact that you are a lost sinner also.
3. Believe that God, in his Master Plan of Salvation, gave His Son, Jesus Christ, as a ransom, a scapegoat for the redemption of lost sinners through His vicarious death on the cross, and resurrection (Genesis 3:14, 15, 21; Isaiah 9:6, 7; Matthew 1:18-25; 20:25-28; 27:26-66; 28:1-10; John 3:14-21; Romans 10:8-11).
4. Believe that salvation is found in Jesus Christ alone, and in no one else, because there is no other name under heaven given to men by which humanity can be saved (John 1:1-3;3:14-16; Acts 4:8-12; 16:25-31).
5. Repent, confessing your sins to God, telling Him you are sorry for having committed them, and earnestly plead with Him to forgive you and save you from sin and its consequences (2 Corinthians 7:10; 1 John 1:8-10; Luke 18:9-15). By faith, believe that God has forgiven you.
6. Sincerely beseech Jesus to come into your life as your Lord and Saviour, and by faith believe He has answered that prayer – the longing of your soul (John 1:12-14, Revelation 3:20).
7. Believe that you are now in Christ a new creation, born again, forgiven, redeemed and saved, beginning to live a new life (2 Corinthians 5:17; John 3:1-8).
8. Pray for the Holy Spirit to dwell in you, fill you, guide and teach you, and empower you to live a victorious Christian life, and equip you for God’s service (John 14:25, 26; 20:19-22; Acts 1:8; 2:1-21; Romans 8:1-17).
9. Establish your repentance by completely turning away from every sin and living a life of holiness (Matthew 3:4-12; 9:10-13; Acts 5:29-32, 11:15-18; 26:19; Hebrews 6:1, 2; Luke 13:1-5; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18; 7:9, 10; Ezekiel 33:13-16; Revelation 2:19-23; Ephesians 5:8); Galatians 5:16-26; Romans 6:1-23).
10. Prayerfully and sincerely ask God to lead you to a genuine Bible-believing Church (local congregation of fellow Christians), where you will be taught the Word of God according to the Holy Bible and share fellowship with the Brethren (Acts 2:1-4; 3:41-47; Hebrews 10:23-25). Be warned that many so-called “Churches” today are synagogues of satan (Revelation 2:9; 3:9) ruled by false Apostles, Prophets, Teachers, Pastors, Evangelists, Bishops, etc. (Matthew 24:1-5, 11-13; Luke 21:5-8; 1 Timothy 4:1-3; 2 Peter 2:1-3). Most of these false leaders can be identified by their fruits as taught by Jesus Christ about 2,000 years ago (Matthew 7:15-23):
(a) They boast about their anointing. As a result, they emphasize miracles (Matthew 7:21-23; Luke 10:17-20) at the expense of the true Gospel of salvation, repentance, godliness, holiness and how to enter Heaven (Matthew 4:17; 5:20; 6:33; 18:3; Galatians 5:16-25; 2 Corinthians 7:1; Hebrews 12:14). Jesus, the greatest miracle worker, taught His disciples to be more concerned about their salvation from sin (eternal life) than the miracles He performed through them (Luke 10:1-24). Miracles will always remain an indispensable part of the Christian experience, but God’s priority is salvation from sin and the hope of eternal life.
(b) They emphasize material prosperity and comfort (Matthew 6:25-34; Luke 12:15-34) at the expense of godliness and contentment (Luke 3:10-14; Philippians 4:4-13; 1 Timothy 6:3-11: Hebrews 13:5). Jesus warned of the absolute futility in acquiring material wealth at the expense of salvation from sin and the hope of eternal life. God, in His infinite love, cares for His children and will always provide for them.
(c) They turn their Churches into their personal business empires, manipulate members of their congregation and their followers for the purpose of making money out of them and live extravagant lives instead of loving them and caring for their needs (Matthew 21:10-13; 2 Peter 2:1-22). God requires Christian Ministers to be shepherds of His flock who will care for, protect, and nurture, them – not wolves that will devour them (John 21:15-17; Acts 20:28-31).
(d) They love publicity and titles like the scribes and Pharisees whom Jesus rebuked (Matthew 6:5, 28-33; 23:1-39) instead of living a life of humility as servants of God.
(e) They are lords and high-handed over their congregation, instead of being loving and compassionate ministers or servants of God (Matthew 15:29-39; 20:20-28; 1 Peter 5:1-4).
Thank you very much for finding time to read this article. God bless you beyond measure and help you to make the most important decision of your life: to repent of your sins and accept Jesus Christ as your Saviour and LORD!
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* Pastor Leesi Ebenezer Mitee is the Co-ordinator of Greater
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