What Must I do to be Saved?

rainbowWhat Must I do to be Saved?
This was the question the jailer asked of Paul and Silas.  In response he received his answer, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved and thy house.”

Below is listed three very basic steps in being saved.  I don’t believe in making things complicated and obviously according to their reply, Paul and Silas didn’t either.   What, did they pull out their doctrine of salvation and list the many steps of salvation and how to be  born again?  No.   Instead, they simply replied believe.  At some point they must have expounded on the things that Jesus did and taught, but believing on the Lord Jesus was already planted in the jailer’s heart and of all that was with him.  This of course leads to the very basics of salvation.

One of the first things in becoming a christian is believing in Jesus, the Christ, the Son of the Living God.

1. We must believe that He (Jesus) is the one God Sent (John 3:16, 18).

2. We need to repent.

According to Webster’s it means “to turn from sin and dedicate oneself to the amendment of one’s life.”

So repentance is not just an I’m sorry for what I did, and it’s not just confessing our sins ( we all have them, Romans 3:23 all have sinned), it’s that and a little deeper.  It’s a conscious change in a person’s heart and lifestyle.  It’s the choosing not to do things the way I used to do it, but rather a complete turn around, just as the verse below declares;

 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17; NKJV)

Repentance usually comes very naturally for one who believes.

3.  We must confess.

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.   Romans 10:9-10 (KJV).

This word confess, basically means to declare, to speak out freely and openly about Jesus, that we believe that He is, and that we trust in Him.

This is Salvation, it’s not that hard and it is freely given to those who believe (Acts 4:12, Ephesians 2:8-9)  

Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. (1 John 5:1, KJV)