What Must I do to get Saved?

 

 

The Bible provides a clear answer. Here are the logical steps from God's Word, the Bible, that all must take to be saved.

Acknowledge Your Sin

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23

First, see yourself for what you are.....a sinner. Sin is tragic, vile...it blights, degrades, destroys. It has dire consequences: "The soul who sins is the one who will die." Ezekiel 18:4 "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 6:23

If you are interested in your eternal salvation, with a tender conscience, answer the following: Have you ever told a lie? (be brutally honest with yourself - because God will be on the Day of Judgment). If you answered "Yes", then you are a liar. Have you ever stolen? (even if it was something small). If you have, then you are a thief. Jesus said that if you look with lust, you are an adulterer. If you hate, then you have committed murder in your heart. Have you loved God above all else? Have you made a 'god' to suit yourself? (this is having your own beliefs about God and salvation - something called idolatry). Have you ever used God's name to curse? Have you kept the Sabbath holy? Have you always honoured your parents? Have you ever been greedy? If you have ever transgressed even one of these Laws, then you have broken the Ten Commandments. If you are like me, you've broken all of God's laws, in spirit if not in letter. If God is perfect, holy and just (knowing that He has seen your thought-life, and every deed done in darkness as if it was in the light), will you be innocent or guilty on Judgment Day? You know you will be guilty. So, will you end up in Heaven or Hell? Before you answer, if you are trusting that God is "good", and will therefore overlook your sins, think again - His "goodness" will make sure that liars, thieves, murderers, etc. will be punished. The only thing you can do to be saved from God's wrath is to repent.

Repent of Your Sin

Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out.... Acts 3:19

You must also repent. Repentance is not making a resolution to do better. It is not just conviction of sin, for a person may be convinced that he is wrong and still not repent. D.L. Moody liked to describe repentance this way: "Man is born with his back toward God. When he truly repents, he turns right around and faces God. Repentance is a change of mind, a change of heart, and it results in a change of action."

As the Bible says, "Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts, and let him return unto the Lord...for He will abundantly pardon." Isaiah 55:7 You must change your mind about sin and want God to end its mastery over you. After all, sin is so bad it took Christ's death to make forgiveness possible for you.

Believe in Jesus Christ

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

Believe in the completed work Christ accomplished on the cross. You must believe that Christ substituted Himself for you, that He died for your sins (though He never sinned), and that he was resurrected from death. "The punishment that brought us peace was upon Him." Isaiah 53:5 Our sins nailed Him to the cross, and "by His wounds we are healed." Acts 16:31: "Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved."

Make Your Decision

That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9

You must believe in Christ and receive Him personally into your life by faith if you are to be saved from the power of sin and its consequences. "To all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God." John 1:12

Will you pray to God something like this? "God, I'm convinced that I am a hopeless, condemned sinner, living in a state of sin and death, unable to save myself. My whole nature lies in wickedness and the only inheritance I deserve is a flaming hell. I believe that Jesus Christ died in my place the death that I deserve. Cleanse me and wash me clean of my sin in His precious blood. Amen."

If you have just now received Christ as your Saviour, please let us know by e-mail. We want to help you get started in this new relationship with God. Read the Bible daily, and obey what you read so that you will be part of God's everlasting Kingdom when it come to earth and God's will is done on earth as it is in Heaven.

If you have made this decision and do not have a Bible, please e-mail us and request to receive a free copy.

The Word of Hope Ministry, Ontario, Canada

 

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