What Must I Do To Be Saved?

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Baptism is essential to salvation.

The Bible says “all have sinned” (Rom. 3:23). Thus, all need the saving power of the gospel (Rom. 1:16). In Acts 2:37 the Jews on the day of Pentecost asked the question, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” Since these men were unsaved at the time they asked this question we know that man must do something in order to be saved. What is it that we must do?

1) Hear Christ. Since God has spoken unto us in these last days by his son (Heb. 1:1-2) it is Him we must hear (Matt. 17:5). According to Paul in Romans 10:17, “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Since one cannot please God without faith (Heb. 11:6) we must first hear the gospel of Christ.

2) Believe in Christ. Jesus said in John 3:16, “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.” We must believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God (Jn. 8:24; 20:31).

3) Repent. In Acts 17:30 we learn God “commands all men everywhere to repent.” True repentance involves confessing one’s sins to God (Acts 8:22, 1 Jn. 1:9) and turning away from them (Matt. 21:28-30).

4) Confess Christ. A good example of this confession is when the Ethiopian confessed, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God” (Acts 8:37). Timothy made this confession in the presence of many witnesses (1 Tim. 6:12). Confession is made unto (in order to) salvation (Rom. 10:10); one cannot be saved without it.

 5) Be Baptized into Christ. Jesus said in Mark 16:16, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved…” Jesus placed baptism between the sinner and salvation. That is why every example of conversion in the New Testament involved folks being baptized (Acts 2-19). Baptism is for the “remission of sins” (Acts 2:38), is immersion in water (Acts 8:38-39, Rom. 6:4, Col. 2:12), puts one into Christ (Gal. 3:27), and into the one body (1 Cor. 12:13), which is the church (Col. 1:24) that Jesus purchased with His own blood (Acts 20:28). Have you submitted to this baptism?

6) Live Faithfully. We are taught to “live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world” (Titus 2:12). The crown of life is promised only to those remaining steadfast and faithful (Col. 1:22-23; Rev. 2:10).

Why not submit to God’s plan of salvation today? “Behold; now is the accepted time; behold now is the day of salvation” (2 Cor. 6:2). If we can assist you, please use the information on the back page to contact us.

Craig Thomas