What must I do to be saved?

What must I do to be saved!?

This a question that has been asked for twenty-four (24) centuries.

Men asked the apostles of Jesus in Acts 2:37, “Brethren, what shall we do?” in response to Peter’s words concerning Jesus, who He was, what He had done, and what God had done for and to Him after His resurrection.

Men continue to ask today, “What must I do?”

There are lots of answers floating around most of them either wrong or only partially correct.

When one asks the question, “What must I do in order to be saved?” one frequently hears:

  •          Call on the Name of the Lord;
  •          Believe and You will be saved;
  •          Accept Jesus into you heart and you will be saved;
  •          Repent and you will be saved;
  •          Confess and you will be saved;
  •          Or, perhaps, be baptized and you will be saved?

All of these are good answers and all have a scriptural basis.

However, none are complete in and of, that is by themselves.

Romans 10:9 says, “… 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 …”

So based on that all one has to do in order to be saved is to “confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord” and then “believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead.”

But then, four verses later in Romans 10:13 we read, “WHOEVER WILL CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.

Which is it?  Do I confess Jesus as Lord; do I believe in my heart God raised Him from the dead?  Or do I have to call on the name of the LORD before I can be saved?

OR, MUST I DO ALL THREE!?

Then, as if there were not enough, Paul (the same person who “wrote” Romans) says in Ephesians 2:8, “For by grace have your been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God …”

The we have Peter in response to the question in Acts 2:37, responding, “Repent, and let each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38)

Later, Peter would be even more specific when he wrote in I Peter 3:21, “… baptism now saves you …”

The problem is that all these verses are inspired scripture.  Which one is more important than the others?  Which one is less important than the others or one of the others?

Below are several sections in which we seek to examine scripture to answer completely the question, "What must I do to be saved?" not based on any one single scripture but taking into account EVERYTHING God has said in answer to that question.

Please, if you have any questions for us concerning the question, “What must I do to be saved?’ email us at postoarkroadchurch@protonmail.com and we will get back to you promptly.

God's Authority

Only God can tell us what we need to do to be saved.

Let’s go back to the very beginning as we begin to consider what God says.

After God had created man and placed him in the Garden of Eden, He told man, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you shall surely die.” (Genesis 2:16 & 17)

God’s command seems very simple to us: “DO NOT EAT THE FRUIT FROM THE TREE OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL.”  How hard is that?  If you want to live eat anything you want except for the fruit of that one tree!

God them made woman to be with man and the two of them lived in the Garden.

Then along came the crafty serpent who asked the woman, “Indeed, has God said, 'You shall not eat from any tree of the garden'?” (Genesis 3:1)

The woman knew God’s command because in Genesis 3:2 and 3 she replied to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, lest you die.’”

The woman knew perfectly well what she had to do to continue to live, i.e. not die.

The serpent then presented the woman with temptation.  The serpent said, “You surely shall not die!  For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

The woman then, acting against God’s command, ate of the forbidden fruit.  She then gave her husband some of the fruit and he also ate.

This resulted in God banishing the man and the woman from the Garden and from the Tree of Life that was in the Garden and all the consequences listed for the man and the woman in Genesis 3:15 to 24.

The point is, God provided the man and the woman with His Word – His Command – but they chose to listen to a different word.  A word not from God.  A word contrary to God’s word.  A word from a source other than God.  When they did that, they were punished and driven out of the Garden by God.

There are numerous examples of this same principle in the Bible.  When God gives man a command, He expects that command to be obeyed.  The question then becomes, “What has God told me I must do in order to be saved?”

How can I tell?  How can I be sure what God has commanded me to do in order to be saved?

The answer is actually quite simple.

Let us illustrate with a simple demonstration and question.

 

Take a piece of paper and draw a line on it.


How long is the line you drew?

Someone might say, “Four inches.”

Someone else might say, “Three and a half inches.”

Even another might say, “Three and three quarters of an inch.”

The actual length is not important.

What is important is, “How do we tell how long the line is?

Well, let’s get out a ruler – a standard of measure – and determine exactly how long it is.

Just as there is a standard for measuring the line, so there is a standard for determining what God had said, what God has commanded us to do in answer to our question, “What must I do to be saved.”

God said through Paul in Ephesian 5:17, “So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

That is just as simple as, “Do not eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.”  “Understand what the will of the Lord is.

Notice what the LORD said to His nation through Moses, Israel, just before they entered the Promised Land in Deuteronomy 4:1 & 2: And now, O Israel, listen to the statutes and the judgments which I am teaching you to perform, in order that you may live and go in and take possession of the land which the LORD, the God of your fathers, is giving you. You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.

Just few verses later God further explained in Deuteronomy 4:23 to 26: So, watch yourselves, lest you forget the covenant of the LORD your God, which He made with you, and make for yourselves a graven image in the form of anything against which the LORD your God has commanded you. For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God. When you become the father of children and children's children and have remained long in the land, and act corruptly, and make an idol in the form of anything, and do that which is evil in the sight of the LORD your God so as to provoke Him to anger, I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that you shall surely perish quickly from the land where you are going over the Jordan to possess it. You shall not live long on it but shall be utterly destroyed.

Notice the conditions God gave Israel: If you will keep my commandments you (Israel) may live, go in, and possess the land.  HOWEVER, IF you add to or take away from the word I am commanding you, “You shall not live long on it but shall be utterly destroyed.

This same principle is reflected in the New Testament.

In John 8:31 Jesus says. "If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine.

Later God wrote, through Paul, in Galatians 1:6 & 9, “I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you, and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even though we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to that which you received, let him be accursed.

Also, in II Timothy 3:16 & 17, “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

Finally, Jude 3 says, “Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.

What all this means is that we have God’s word, full and complete in the inspired scriptures, the Bible, and we are not to add to or take away from that word or else we are promised we will be accursed.  The Bible then is our one and only, our sole authority when it come to all matters concerning what God teaches us.

Therefore, to answer the question, “What must I do to be saved?” we MUST go to the Bible and nowhere else for our answer.

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