What Must I Do to Be Saved?
Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6). The way to where? To Heaven. The truth about what? About the kingdom of God, the origin of humanity, and so much more. What kind of life is Jesus? Eternal life.
He Is the Way
If you accept the fact that God is the Creator, you must also agree that He has set a standard for His human creation to live by. It can be overwhelming when you first recognize this, especially as the realization sinks in that you have not lived by this standard, and deserve divine punishment. As real as this punishment is, however, there is a way out: Jesus the Anointed One.
He Is the Truth
God cannot lie (Numbers 23:19; Hebrews 6:18; Titus 1:2), and as His Son, Jesus can’t either. That’s very reassuring, especially since Jesus is God’s Word (John 1:1), and it’s through Him that we can find out how to be saved.
He Is the Life
Talking about salvation, is that something you need? You may not feel lost and spiritually endangered, but unless you’re a Christian, you are still dead because of your sins (Colossians 2:13). If you are in this position, please take a moment to look at what Jesus said about being saved. He proclaimed the arrival of the Kingdom, and talked about it frequently, so it’s only natural that He also talked about how to enter the kingdom.
The first step on this Way is to hear (or read) and understand the good message. Speaking of those who wouldn’t listen to Him, Jesus (quoting Isaiah) said
their ears are dull of hearing...Lest haply they should...hear with their ears, And understand with their heart, And should turn again, And I should heal them. (Matthew 13:15) If you’re not willing to listen to God’s Word and understand it, Jesus will not heal you from the disease of sin.
But understanding isn’t quite enough. If you’re honest with yourself, you will believe what you’ve understood, and that includes believing Jesus is who He said He is (He is truth, remember!).
Except ye believe that I am he, ye shall die in your sins. (John 8:24) In the original, this phrase “I am he” harks back to the time when God referred to Himself as “I am” (Exodus 3:14). So essentially, Jesus is saying that you will die in your sins (remember, you are “dead” in a sense if you are not saved) if you do not believe that He is God, something both He and many others asserted (John 1:1). You can read more about Jesus’ deity in this article: Jesus Is God.
So sin makes you dead. Jesus can take away your sin, but it stands to reason that if you want to stay alive in Him, you have to leave sin behind, since that’s what makes you dead. One thing Jesus kept saying during His ministry was
Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand (Matthew 4:17 KJV). This word “repent” may not be one we use in everyday talk, but it’s easy enough to understand: It’s all about changing your mind, heart, and attitude towards sin. No longer will you be ready to jump into any sin that appeals to you, but you will try to run away from things and places that tempt you. As it applies to sins you are currently committing, it means deciding that you will no longer participate in those, and will leave them behind.
If you’ve gotten to the point of repenting, next you need to confess that Jesus is Lord. He Himself said
Every one therefore who shall confess me before men, him will I also confess before my Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 10:32). Just imagine it: before a gathering of people you say “Jesus Christ is Lord, the Son of God.” Later, in the presence of God Himself, Jesus says “Father, you know that person down there who has sinned against you? He has confessed me, and he is one of my brothers, whom I have cleansed.” It’s a beautiful thing, isn’t it?
Finally, there is immersion, which is often called “baptism.” Jesus said
He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that disbelieveth shall be condemned. (Mark 16:16) So what is “baptism”? During that time, when a non-Jew wanted to follow the Jewish religion, he would be immersed into water and brought back up again, a ritual that represented that he was cleansed from his inherent uncleanness, since Jews considered all other peoples to be unclean. Thus, the idea of immersion to become a Christian was understandable to the people of that time: this was an act in which sin could be removed. As we have seen, Jesus made it clear that if you are not immersed in this way, not only will you miss out on salvation, but you will be condemned because of your sin.
Awake, thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall shine upon thee. (Ephesians 5:14) Are you ready to wake up and start a new life in the light of Jesus? If you want to follow the Way to the Father, Jesus has revealed it. All that is left now is for you to obey it. Won’t you do this now? If you believe in Jesus and His deity, then change your heart, confess Him, and be immersed to have your sins washed away (Acts 22:16). This will add you to God’s body of believers, Christ’s church, and you and your Christian family can then press forward together toward the ultimate goal of heaven. Please let us know if we can help you in any way.