Q. What Do I Need To Do To Be Saved?
A. When God created us to be His friends forever, He did not leave us without an instruction book for life, the Bible. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” 2 Timothy 3:16. When God created us He made us holy, “in His image…” Genesis 1:27. Holiness is maintained by trusting God’s ways and remaining loyal to God’s leadership. In this way we receive the blessings God promises, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matt 6:33.
Sin began when the angel Lucifer decided not to be loyal to God’s ways but to his own, putting self first, which is selfishness (lawlessness). “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.” 1 John 3:4. Humanity has fallen in this same manner, “ For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God…” Romans 3:23. Sin ends in suffering and self destruction, our loving creator tries to warn us of this in His instruction book for life when He says, “For the wages of sin is death…” Romans 6:23.
So how do we get out of this sinful confusion? It may be easier than we think! God tells us He is, “not the author of confusion…” 1 Corinthians 14:33. Now that is the kind of author I like. Let’s go to His instruction book and see how simple it is to be saved.
Step #1. Confession. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness,” 1 John 1:9. To confess is simply to admit to God that we have sinned.
Step #2. Repentance. “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out…” Acts 3:19. “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.” Psalms 103:12. To repent is simply to turn away from sin and not repeat it.
Step #3. Baptism. “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins…” Acts 2:38. Baptism is the public acknowledgement that we have chosen to serve God. Baptism brings us into fellowship with others who have committed their lives in service to God. In this fellowship we receive direction and encouragement. “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” Hebrews 10:25
Step #4. Conversion. “Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3. In order to stay turned away from sin we must turn to God and allow Him to remold us from our sinful character into the sinless character of Christ. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2Corinthians 5:17. “Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:” Eph 4:13.
Step #5. Restoration. Return, ye backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings. Jer 3:22. In our walk with God, when we stumble and sin again from time to time, God reminds us to repeat steps #1 and #2 and to continue in step #4. “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” 1John 2:1. “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” 1John 1:7.
Step #6. Grace. Pray for grace. Grace is defined as, “Pardon” (for past sins) and “Divine assistance to become sanctified” (free of future sins). “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.” 2Co 9:8. When we battle with sin we should pray for grace which is divine assistance in refusing to sin.
God’s moral law, the Ten Commandments, are not restrictions because we can break them any time we choose. Rather they are warnings that point out what sin is and protect us from the suffering that breaking them causes. “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.” 1John 3:4. (God’s moral law is found in Exodus 20:3-17.)
When we sin we deserve death but our loving creator has provided the restoration of eternal life through Jesus the Christ (savior). What a gift, what perfect love. He was willing to pay the price of our sins and die in our place so we can be restored to eternal friendship with Him. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23. In return for the gift of His life all He asks of us is to love Him and show it by keeping His commandments. “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” John 14:15.
God cannot force us to love Him. That would be fear not love. Love’s value is that it is given by choice. Think about it! What will we receive if we reject God’s call? God tells us what we will receive if we accept His call. “Blessed are they that do his commandments that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.” Rev 22:14.
[dropcap2]Q[/dropcap2]How did John the Baptist understand Christ’s mission?
[dropcap2]A[/dropcap2]“The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” John 1:29
[dropcap2]Q[/dropcap2]If we accept Christ as our Savior, what will we gain?
[dropcap2]A[/dropcap2]“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
[dropcap2]Q[/dropcap2]Since Christ died for us, will He ever reject us?
[dropcap2]A[/dropcap2]“All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” John 6:37
[dropcap2]Q[/dropcap2]Is there any other way to heaven other than through Jesus Christ?
[dropcap2]A[/dropcap2]“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12
[dropcap2]Q[/dropcap2]If I accept Jesus as my Savior and love Him, what will result?
[dropcap2]A[/dropcap2]“And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.” 1 John 4:16
[dropcap2]Q[/dropcap2]What experience must every person go through to gain eternal life?
[dropcap2]A[/dropcap2]“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3
[dropcap2]Q[/dropcap2]If we want to discover God, how do we find Him?
[dropcap2]A[/dropcap2]“And ye shall seek me, and find [me], when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” Jer 29:13
[dropcap2]Q[/dropcap2]Do I have to wait for a special time to accept salvation?
[dropcap2]A[/dropcap2]“(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now [is] the accepted time; behold, now [is] the day of salvation.)” 2 Cor 6:2
[dropcap2]Q[/dropcap2]If I accept the free salvation of Jesus, what should I do?
[dropcap2]A[/dropcap2]“As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, [so] walk ye in him:” Col 2:6
[dropcap2]Q[/dropcap2]How should a saved person live?
[dropcap2]A[/dropcap2]“Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;” Tit 2:11
[dropcap2]Q[/dropcap2]How do we receive the righteousness of God?
[dropcap2]A[/dropcap2]“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:” Romans 3:23, 24
[dropcap2]Q[/dropcap2]What is God’s part in our justification?
[dropcap2]A[/dropcap2]“That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” Titus 3:7
[dropcap2]Q[/dropcap2]What did Christ’s sacrifice win for us?
[dropcap2]A[/dropcap2]“Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.” Romans 5:9
[dropcap2]Q[/dropcap2]What do we need to be just before God?
[dropcap2]A[/dropcap2]“Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.”
[dropcap2]Q[/dropcap2]What is the only way a sinner can be made righteous?
[dropcap2]A[/dropcap2]“Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.” Galatians 2:16
[dropcap2]Q[/dropcap2]What example helps us understand the righteousness given to us?
[dropcap2]A[/dropcap2]“And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.” Gen 15:5, 6
[dropcap2]Q[/dropcap2]What roll does Bible reading play in our sanctification?
[dropcap2]A[/dropcap2]“Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” John 17:17
[dropcap2]Q[/dropcap2]After we are seaved by grace, what does God want us to do for Him?
[dropcap2]A[/dropcap2]“For this is the will of God, [even] your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God: That no [man] go beyond and defraud his brother in [any] matter: because that the Lord [is] the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.” 1 Thess 4:3-6
[dropcap2]Q[/dropcap2]What words typify what should become the standard of a Christians experience?
[dropcap2]A[/dropcap2]“And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and [I pray God] your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
1 Thess 5:23
[dropcap2]Q[/dropcap2]If we are Christ’s, what does He give to us freely?
[dropcap2]A[/dropcap2]“But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:” 1 Cor 1:30
[dropcap2]Q[/dropcap2]Do only certain people have access to the free gift of sanctification?
[dropcap2]A[/dropcap2]“By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once [for all].” Heb 10:10
[dropcap2]Q[/dropcap2]As I do my part to do good and turn from evil, will God help me?
[dropcap2]A[/dropcap2]“Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of [his] good pleasure.” Phil 2:12,13