How To Be Saved
To be saved means "to be delivered or rescued." In this context, we are talking about being delivered from sin and its penalty. Simply put, to be saved means to be right with God, the consequence of which is eternal life in heaven.
We are born separated from God and lost in our sins. Shortly before Jesus was born, an angel appeared to Joseph and said, "...you shall call his name Jesus, for it is he who will save his people from their sins..." (Matthew 1:21).
To be saved means to be transferred from God's disfavor to God's favor. It means becoming part of His Kingdom. It means a new, God-centered life. It means escaping the fear of hell and obtaining the assurance of heaven.
How Can We Be Saved?
In order to be saved, we must:
"Repent therefore and return, that your sins may be wiped away..." (Acts 3:19)
This does not mean you must reform your life to be saved. It does mean you want God to reform your life. You are open to His working. God is no longer an enemy to keep at bay. Instead, He becomes the center of your life.
Repentance, as a change of mind, can occur in a split second (even though God often prepares a person over time).
Jesus came to die on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins. He died to pay our penalty so that God could forgive us.
"...Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures..." (I Corinthians 15:3) "...Christ died for us. How much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him." (Romans 5:8b-9)
After Christ died, He rose again, evidencing that He is the Son of God and that His payment for sin was effective.
We cannot obtain God's forgiveness by living a good life or by doing our best. No one does his or her best all the time anyhow. Besides, we already owe God everythinghow can we give Him more than our all?
Good works or rituals cannot save us.
"He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to his mercy..." (Titus 3:5a)
To be saved, we must stop trying to earn salvation. Jesus Christ is the Savior. He saves. He does not help us to save ourselves. He does the saving!
"...if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved...for whoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved..." (Romans 10:9,11)
Would you like to call upon the Lord for salvation, to hold God to His Word?
You might want to pray this model prayer:
Dear God, I know I am a sinner. I cannot make up for my sins. I believe Jesus died as the sacrifice for my sin. He paid my penalty through His death on the cross. I believe He rose again. I want to be saved from my sins. I now claim the promise of forgiveness and eternal life through my Savior. By faith I claim the salvation you offer. Thank you for saving me. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
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