What must I do to be saved?
This is the single most important question anyone can ever ask. Our souls will exist for eternity but on the Day of Judgment when Jesus Christ judges all who have ever lived, He will divide the saved from the unsaved. The saved will go to eternal life while the unsaved will go to eternal punishment (Matthew 25:31-46). This is why it is imperative we be on the right side of the dividing line before that day arrives.
The Bible teaches, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans ). So everyone is in need of salvation. Salvation comes through Jesus Christ. And “salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved." (Acts ).
To be saved we must:
1.) Hear the “good news” of Jesus Christ (Romans )
2.) Believe (Hebrews 11:6; Acts ; Mark ; John )
3.) Repent of our sins (Luke 13:3,5; Acts ; Acts ; Mark )
4.) Confess faith in Jesus Christ (Acts -37; Romans 10:9)
5.) Be baptized (in water) for the forgiveness of sins (Acts -41; 1Peter ; John 3:3-5; Acts ; Romans 6:3-8; Colossians ; Galatians 3:26-27; Mark 16:15-16; Acts 8:34-39; Ephesians 4:5)
6.) Remain faithful for the rest of our lives and carry our cross daily (Revelation 2:10; Matthew 24:13; Luke 9:23)
We become saved (conversion occurs) and we come into contact with the blood of Christ (or enter into Christ), at baptism, after steps 1-4 have been fulfilled.
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In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him[*]
who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we,
who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. And you also
were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your
salvation. Having believed,[2,3] you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,
who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those
who are God's possession--to the praise of his glory.
*God’s plan of salvation:
3. Repent—implied by “having believed”
4. Confess—implied, taken at moment of baptism
5. Be baptized—See Acts 2:38; Gal 3:26-27,4:6-7 at baptism is when we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
The work of the cross is God’s offer of life…
Baptism is our acceptance.
“Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one
sinner who repents.” –Luke 15:10
“…I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail.” –Matthew 16:18
Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples
of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything
I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
-- Matthew 28:18-20