What Must I Do To Be Saved?

Please read and understand why YOU need to make Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior.

Q: Why do I need salvation?

A: Because we are all sinners. The Bible says,

“All have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

Q: Why are we all sinners?

A: For one, we have all told a lie and thereby broken one of God’s commandments.  The Bible says,

“Thou shalt not bear false witness (lie)” (Exodus 20:16).

If you break one commandment, you’ve broken them all.  Secondly, the sin of Adam, the first man, has been passed down to us.  The Bible says,

“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men for that all have sinned” (Romans 5:12).

Q: But I’m a pretty good person.  Won’t being a good person and doing good deeds get me into heaven?

A: No.  The Bible says,

“There is none good; no not one” (Romans 3:23).

The Bible also says,

“Therefore by the deeds of the law (good works) there shall no flesh be justified (declared righteous)” (Romans 3:20).

Scripture also says,

“For by grace are ye saved, through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God; not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).

God doesn’t want anyone bragging that he’s going to heaven by his own efforts.  Jesus already did the work to get us into heaven.  We just need to believe in Him.  In case you still think you can make it on your own, because you have been a “pretty good person,” the Bible says,

“Scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe” (Galatians 3:22).

And…

“For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that He might have mercy upon all.” (Romans 11:32).

This means that God the Father has labeled every one of us a sinner so that we have to go through Jesus Christ.

Q: But I already believe in God.  Isn’t that enough? 

A: No.  The Bible says that even the demons believe, but they are not going to heaven, because even though they believe in God (because they’ve seen Him), they won’t worship Him or willingly obey Him.  Jesus said,

“I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me” (John 14:6).

Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation.  Merely believing in God is not enough, for the Bible says,

“Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father” (1 John 2:23).

So, if one believes he can make it into Heaven without going through the Lord Jesus, he is only deceiving himself.  If we want to go to Heaven and escape God’s judgment, we must come to Him through Jesus Christ.  There is no other way.

Q: You say that Ephesians 2:8-9 says we are saved by faith; faith in what?

A: Faith that the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross was sufficient payment for our sins.  The Bible says,

“God hath set forth (Jesus) to be a propitiation (a substitute suitable to satisfy God’s righteousness) through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins (Romans 3:25). 

Q: Why did Jesus have to shed His blood?

A:  Because the only way God will forgive sins is with the shedding of blood.  The Bible says,

“Without the shedding of blood, there is no remission (forgiveness)” (Hebrews 9:22).

Q: OK.  I now understand that Jesus had to shed His blood to pay for my sins.  But why did Jesus have to die?  

A: Because the Bible says the penalty for sin is death:

“The wages of sin is death…”(Romans 6:23).  

Q: Why did it have to be Jesus?

A: Because Jesus is:

1.  a Man

2.  sinless

It had to be a man, because through his disobedience, Adam, the first man, caused sin to enter the world.  The Bible says:

“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered the world…” (Romans 5:12).

Since sin was caused by a man, it had to be redeemed (paid for) by a Man.  This was the only way to satisfy God’s sense of justice.  Remember how God said, “An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth?”  Well, a man for a man:

“For if by one man’s offense death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one [Man], Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:17).

“Therefore as by the offence of one [man] judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one [Man] the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life” (Romans 5:18).

“For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one [Man], shall many be made righteous” (Romans 5:19).  [Brackets mine.]

Now, the man had to be sinless because, in the same way a penniless person cannot pay another person’s debt, a sinful person cannot pay for another person’s sin.  Neither can we pay for our own sin, nor any other man for our sin, because the Bible says,

“There is none righteous, no not one” (Romans 3:10).

So, no ordinary man could pay for our sins, because every man has sinned—every man, that is, except Jesus.  He was the only person who never sinned.  The Bible says,

“But He (Jesus) was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15).  

“…And in Him (Jesus) is no sin” (1 John 3:5).

“For He (God the Father) hath made Him (Jesus) to be sin for us, Who knew no sin” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

So, because Jesus was a man, was sinless, and shed His blood and died for our sins, His sacrifice satisfied God’s requirement.  In other words, Jesus took our place and paid for our sins with His own blood.

Jesus never sinned, because He is Righteous and Holy; and through His sacrifice, His righteousness and holiness have been applied to us.  We will, therefore, not incur the penalty for sin, which is temporary torment in Hell (the first death) and, after the Judgment, eternal torment in the Lake of Fire (the second death).  This is what is known as Salvation.  That is why God says that if we accept Jesus’ sacrifice, He “will remember [our] sins no more” (Hebrews 10:17).  

Q: So, in order to be saved, I need to believe that I am a sinner, believe that Jesus died and shed His blood for my sins, and believe that this is enough to save me?

A: Correct.

Q: What if I don’t accept Jesus’ sacrifice as my means of salvation?

A: Then your final destination will be the Lake of Fire, where you will burn for all eternity (Revelation 20:15).  There is no other means of salvation.  Jesus is the only way (John 14:6).

Q: I understand.  Is there anything else?

A: Yes.  Once you acknowledge that you are a sinner and that you can only be saved by believing Jesus’ blood was sufficient payment for your sins, you need to:

1. Repent and

2. Ask Jesus to forgive your sins. 

Some have made repentance some great mystery, but it’s actually pretty simple.   Repentance just means turning our backs on our sins and turning our faces towards God. Think about it.  When we are living in sin, we turn our faces towards Satan and we turn our backs on God.  When we repent, however, we give Satan our back and we turn our faces towards God.  

The first words that both John the Baptist and Jesus Christ said when they started preaching was “Repent!” (Matthew 3:2, 4:17).  When we repent, we acknowledge in our heart that we’ve done wrong and we resolve to turn from our evil ways and live as God intends.  Repentance happens in the heart.  When we repent, we acknowledge that we have sinned against a Holy God and we decide that we don’t want to live like that anymore.

After repenting we must ask God for forgiveness.  This is just asking the Lord Jesus to forgive us for our sins, knowing that if we are truly sorry for our sins and ask for forgiveness, Jesus will forgive us and wash all our sins away.  The Bible says,

“If we confess our sins (to God—NOT to man), He (Jesus) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”  (1 John 1:9).

Notice that the passage says all.  There is no sin so bad that Jesus won’t forgive it.  You might think it is the worst thing in the world, but God has seen a lot worse.  As long as you ask for forgiveness—and mean it—Jesus will forgive you.  Murderers, kidnappers, idolaters, prostitutes, adulterers, homosexuals, drug addicts, child abusers, witches, Satanists–the list goes on and on.  All have asked for forgiveness, and Jesus has forgiven them all.  And the Bible says that once God forgives us, He will never remember our sins again (Hebrews 10:17).  What a blessing! God is not like us, and, boy, am I grateful.

So, if you’re ready to ask the Lord Jesus for forgiveness, just ask Him from your heart to forgive your sins and to be your Lord and Savior.  There is no set prayer.  As long as you mean it, God will accept it.  The Bible says:

“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered” (Romans 8:26).

In laymen’s terms, this means that since we don’t always say what we mean, the Holy Spirit translates our prayers to God.  He understands what’s in our hearts, and that’s what’s important.  So tell God that you know you are a sinner and that you are sorry for having sinned against him.  Tell Him that you need forgiveness and that you know that Jesus Christ died on the cross and shed His blood for your sins.  Then ask Jesus to become your Lord and Savior, which means that He calls the shots from now on.  And if you meant it, then you have just begun a wonderful new life with Jesus.  You are saved!

Now, thank Jesus for forgiving you and know in your heart that you are forgiven.  Heaven is now your inheritance.  The Bible says,

“These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life” (1 John 5:13). 

If you believe that Jesus is Lord, and you have asked Him to be your Lord and Savior, then YOU ARE SAVED.

Now:

1.  Get yourself a King James Bible and read it every day to get to know Jesus better. Start with the Book of Matthew.

NOTE: Some people have a problem with me recommending the King James Bible. But, for good reason, I personally believe the King James to be the Word of God. In many key areas of doctrine, the other Bible versions disagree with the King James, which is why I have a problem with them. If you, however, prefer to use another Bible version, then by all means do. I would recommend, however, that you not consider them all the Word of God, because they don’t all agree. If God were the author of those versions, then they would all agree perfectly.

2. Talk to Jesus every day.  This is called prayer.  You should pray at least once a day, whenever it is convenient for you.  Thank Him for protecting you during the night and for waking you up in the morning, and ask Him to help you to resist temptation and make it through the day.  Make time for Him. Talk to Him just like you would talk to someone you trust.  Only know that Jesus is more than a trusted friend.  He is the Creator of the universe, and He has the power to do whatever He wants.  At night, thank Him for bringing you through the day and for feeding, clothing, and sheltering you. Ask Him to watch over you while you sleep.

3. Be baptized, worship, fellowship, and serve with other Christians in a church where Christ is preached and the Bible is the final authority.  If you are a Roman Catholic who was baptized as an infant, please read this post on the significance of baptism, so you will know why your baptism was unscriptural.

4. Tell others about Jesus Christ.

To help you in your Christian walk, I highly recommend the booklet “The Next Step” from Chick Publications.  It is an excellent primer on the Christian life and will get you off to a good start.

There’s one more thing:  Three days after Jesus died, He rose again, and later ascended up to heaven.  Jesus is coming back to take all believers to heaven with Him.  This is the day we are all waiting for.  You should too!

May God richly bless you as you walk with Him.  Welcome to the family!

The Still Man

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24 Responses to What Must I Do To Be Saved?

  1. Matti says:

    The link to the article about the Roman-Catholic baptism being unscriptual seems to be removed.
    (http://gospellightandtruthcrusade.com/baptism/)
    it redirects to
    (http://www4.gospellightandtruthcrusade.com)
    which has only dangerous links on it.

    • Thanks, Matti. I have redirected the link back to a post on this site. Unfortunately, the Gospel Light and Truth Crusade website will be down until further notice. Thanks for letting me know I needed to get that squared away. Hope you’ve been well!

  2. John and Allison says:

    This child Paola Bellini of Dayton OH needs your help from demon possession, drug abuse, Satanism, and prostitution: https://www.instagram.com/melektaus999la_strega_del_mare/. Ironically enough her father, Peter, holds a Doctorate in theology with the United Methodist church.

    • It’s not unusual for the children of pastors, missionaries, and others in the ministry to have serious struggles with the forces of darkness. Satan seems to go after them harder than the rest. I’ll be praying for Paola’s deliverance.

      TSM

  3. Brandon M Kidwell says:

    Hello sir, If you don’t mind I would like to have a conversation with you via email to better understand and discuss some things you have talked about in your above article. Thank you for this publication it was very informative and has helped me find some peace I’ve been missing in my life for some time now. I look forward to your response and thank you again sir.

  4. john joseph peter says:

    This is very well written, thank you for your version, many people are tormented even the most religious are subject to evil spirits, maybe even more so. Praise the Lord he shall walk with me through the sands, and when I only see one set of foot prints, its because he had to carry me. God Bless you

  5. elizabeth ruth says:

    God had me stumble upon your blog, I say it was the Lord, because I just know it to venture. But I had just go e through some images of abuse at Angola prison, and one of the images disturbed me so til I found myself asking God, do You not love us (blacks)because sometimes it really seems like us don’t. So I pushed the microphone on my phone and just said it. A moment later ghe results came back, although your blog wasn’t first it was the one that drew me . I was in tears from the first paragraph. I believe in God and His son , my saviour with all my heart. I’ve always said that’s the one thing they can’t take from us and it’s our praise and worship. when we(blacks) have faith we got it and ain’t afraid to tell how good God’s been. But there are times when we question. I always thought the blacks were like the Jew’s, but tell me this why are the Jew’s not suffering like the blacks still are. I know some of us deserve some things. But gosh they fail us as soon as they see our color. We weren’t born with silver spoons, but tried to make the best of what we were given. It just upsets me so sometimes til I found myself hating them. Jesus help.

  6. colliefann says:

    I just did what you wrote above.
    incl asking forgiveness for my sins, i had more then a few.
    Some i find so terrible, i cannot put them in words to you, but i did to the lord Jesus, i cried a lot. I curse during the days a lot due to the $$ mess we are in, promised i would try not to get that angry again cause then i do not wanna curse.
    Or maybe this will no longer happen.

    I also asked how i could influence or give inspiration to my partner to do the same.
    Cause he is stuck on a generational curses as well.

    So I wanted to thank you for this education….Inspiration, great answers and love.
    Again thank you.
    I will keep you updated

  7. Vicky says:

    thank-you for your posts, you made scriptures so easy to understand and always backing it up with bible. Thank you you have cleared allot of confusions in my head. Thank-you.

    • You are very welcome, Vicky. Thank you for letting me know that our work here has not been in vain, and I pray that it will continue to bear fruit in your life.

      God bless you.

  8. Charles says:

    Should I read the New Testament in Greek or the King James version?

    • Unless you speak Greek, Charles, then, if you chose to read the Bible in English, you would have to trust that the particular translation you chose to read was true to the original language. At the end of the day, that is what it boils down to: trust. Now, I believe that if God wanted all believers to learn Greek, then He would not have provided His Word to us in our own language. William Tyndale, the great martyr, from whose translations the King James Bible is mostly based, reportedly told a high ranking Roman Catholic priest that the day would come when the poor farmer boy who pushed the plow would know more of the Scriptures than the Catholic priest did. And William Tyndale gave his life to make that happen. Some of the most unlearned people, including slaves and farmers, were mighty in the Scriptures, because they trusted the King James Bible. And so do I.

  9. Norm says:

    If you are truly concerned with people growing in their personal relationship with Christ, please don’t tell them “get yourself a King James Bible”. The KJV is not “blessed” or “inspired” any more than many other good english translations out there. I don’t know how this KJV only stuff got started, but it is harming the cause of Christ. “Old” does not equate to “good”. Yes, there are some “bad” translations out there, but some of the good ones are the NIV, NKJV, NLT, ESV, NASB just to name a few.

    • Thanks for your comment, Norm. You say that the KJV is no more inspired than “many other good english [sic] translations.” The Bible claims to be the Word of God. If, however, you are correct in saying that the KJV is no more inspired than the other translations, then true believers have a problem: for if you compare the KJV with the NIV, you will quickly discover that they do not agree in key areas of doctrine. If they were all the Word of God, then God would be a liar, because the Bible says that God is not the Author of confusion. Moreover, the Bible says that Jesus never changes. If one translation says one thing and another something else, then, if God were the Author of those translations, then He would again be a liar, because if His Word changes, then He changes--His mind, if nothing else.

      If Christians accept all translations as the true Word of God, then we would be shifting as the sand, and as unstable as water. In order to stand firm, the true Christian must settle on one standard. Let me bring this home for you. If you were the CEO of a company, and found that at board meetings, your mandates were consistently misunderstood and mis-exectued by the same three people, regardless how clear and concise you were, yet just as consistently understood and correctly executed by one individual, who would you most remember when cutbacks became necessary? Who would you remember for promotion? I think the answer is clear. Jesus is no different. Those who waver and vacillate on His Word will undoubtedly waver and vacillate in carrying out His commandments. They will find out that being PC and “non-dogmatic” are as un-Christlike as you can be. “Jesus said I (alone) am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: NO MAN cometh unto the Father, BUT by me” (John 14:6).

      Besides all this, all other Bible versions have dumbed-down the English language to appeal to the progeny of our failed educational system. If you cannot read the King James Bible--and many claim to be unable to--then you will have great difficulty reading “50 Years in the Church of Rome,” or “Morals and Dogma,” or “Two Babylons” all of which are must-reads for any serious Christian soldier, and are written in what is today considered archaic language, by men with a firm command of the English language.

      These are but a few of the many reasons the King James Version is preferred over the rest, and they have nothing to do with “Old.”

      • Norm says:

        In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (John 1:1).

        You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life. (John 5:39-40).

        Jesus Christ is the Word, not a particular translation of the scripture. It saddens me that so many people are relying on literal interpretation of a particular translation to give them life.

        If you read the verse this way, perhaps your eyes would be opened. “In the beginning was the King James Version, and the King James Version was with God, and the King James Version was God.”

        Nothing I say will change a heart, only the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ has the power to do that. In myself, I am a broken, cracked, useless, mistake-ridden vessel that my great Creator chose to inhabit through His Son, my Savior. If he chooses to use my hands to type a message, they are His to use.

        I have nothing against the KJV. I read the KJV (not exclusively). But I ask, what if you took your trust out of the King James Version and placed it in the Word?

        • Let me answer your question with a question: In that we all have free will, and, thank God, can read what we will, then why can’t you be comfortable letting me choose to read exclusively, what you choose to read occasionally? And, if I advocate the same, then why can’t you merely choose not to follow my advice, and be comfortable with that?

      • Ann Barry says:

        Debate about which version of the Bible is right/best can cause
        conflict & division.
        One day I was home sick. The man I met in church & dated was pro KJ. He knew I was sick, yet came to my house immediately started yelling at me in anger, almost in a rage, demanding that I throw out all other versions.
        My first Bible, the one I’ve had for years, the one I wrote in, underlined, etc was NIV. I obtained a small pamphlet that notes
        the specific scriptures claiming that the KJ is correct. I went to my NIV, made note of such & continue to use my NIV.
        Was he straining out a gnat & swallowing a camel?
        Pharisee-like law keeper or Believer being led by Holy Spirit?

        • Any debate can cause friction. But there are some things worth debating and some that are not. I don’t debate faith-based issues, because they are FAITH BASED and every man’s faith is his own business. Personally, I put my faith in the King James Version of the Bible, because I happen to believe that the King James is the inerrant Word of the Living God. I have enough sense to know that all the bible version cannot be the Word of God because they don’t all agree. The Bible teaches that God is not the Author of confusion, so where there is confusion, you can bet God had nothing to do with it. God therefore cannot be the Author of all the bible versions. I have it on good authority, however, that the Lord Jesus is the Author of the KJV, so I stick with that, and when someone asks me which version I prefer or suggest that Christians use, I always say the KJV.

          HOWEVER….Though I believe Satan is the author of all Bible versions besides the KJV, I believe God has allowed those Bible versions for a reason. I know from my Bible and practical experience that what Satan intends for evil, God uses for good, and I believe this is true with the various Bible versions. The KJV was written in the “King’s English” then and now is the gold standard for the English language. Language does not evolve, as many believe, but is intentionally altered to suit the whims of the day or the agenda of those who control the mechanisms by which language is changed. The English of the King James is the best there has ever been, and all the classic works of English literature were written in the King’s English. Many people, including myself and my own son, who has learning difficulties, have learned to read by reading the King James Bible. Any English teacher worth his salt can tell you that if you learn to read using the superior, then you can read anything inferior; but if you learn to read using the inferior, it is next to impossible to understand the superior.

          The Roman Catholic Jesuit-controlled American education system has intentionally dumbed down the English language so that most people cannot understand the classics or the King James Bible. Moreover, I can tell you from personal experience that many of the classics being used as college textbooks today have been edited and republished using inferior English. Tragically, many English students cannot understand even the edited versions and have to rely upon the internet or dictionaries to decipher even commonplace words in the venacular. The situation is absolutely appalling.

          Why has this been done you ask? So that people will not be able to understand the Kings James and will therefore opt for an easier to read version. The problem, however, is that in many key areas of doctrine, the other version vary considerably from the King James. It is for this reason, in my experience, that many who adhere to a version besides the KJV are not as convinced of the power of God than those who stick to the King James. Let me give you an example:

          In Chapter 12 of the Gospel of John, we read that Jesus, after having raised Lazarus from the dead, came to Jerusalem before the Passover. Some Greeks had come to see Jesus, who when He saw the Greeks, was troubled in His spirit, knowing that his day of suffering would soon be upon Him. Jesus, speaking to the Father says:

          “Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour. Father, glorify thy name.

          Here is the key verse: “Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, ‘I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again'” (John 12:28).

          Here is John 12:28 as it appears in the NIV: “Then a voice came from heaven, saying, ‘I have glorified it and will glorify it again.'”

          At first glance, the verses look almost identical. But there is a word in the KJV that is missing in the NIV: the word both.

          You may think this trivial, but it is actually crucial to an understanding of the nature of God. The omission of both in John 12:28 of the NIV translates to God saying that He has already glorified Himself in the past and will also glorify Himself in the future.

          BUT, and this is a very important but, the inclusion of both in John 12:28 of the KJV translates to God saying that He has already done both the past action and the future action. God is essentially saying, “I have glorified myself, and I have will glorify myself.” Read about this in a post I wrote five years ago:http://www.thestillman.com/stillmanfiles/2011/03/jesus-declares-the-end/.

          This is important because the Bible says that God declares the end from the beginning and calls those things that are not as though they are. God is the only Person who can say He has already done something that hasn’t happened yet. This is just one example why I stick with the King James. And there are many more.

          Because the failed American education system has produced a populace that does not have a good command of the English language, many cannot read and understand the King James Bible. The inferior bible versions can be of help to many of these people, for some bible is better than no Bible, and, knowing something of what God said is better than having no idea at all what He said.

          So, while I prefer the King James, I don’t belong to the “King James Only” camp. I rather belong to the “Whichever Bible You Choose Only” camp. Because the bibles don’t all agree, then they can’t all be God’s Word. But, because Jesus said that “heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away,” it isn’t true that none of the bibles are God’s Word, because that would make Jesus a liar, and the Bible says that God is not a man that He should lie. We must therefore make a choice. Whichever bible you choose, choose the one you sincerely believe is the Word of God, make it your foundation, and put it to the test. If your anchor is the NIV, then roll with that. If you are sincere, then the Lord will one day direct you to the Bible He wants you to read. If you think that He already has, then no one should dispute that.

          TSM

  10. Dave S. says:

    So uplifting…the work of Jesus will overcome all evil!! God bless you all..

  11. william macneil says:

    thank you for such a rewarding site too read the word of god thank you god bless you and yours

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