What Must I Do To Be Saved?
“Believe on the Lord, Jesus Christ, and you will be saved” – Acts 16:31
A Little History
There was a time when God walked with man. They had a perfect relationship. The man was Adam. Adam was spiritually alive because he was connected to His Creator. The day that Adam sinned against God by eating of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, Adam died spiritually. The relationship he had experienced with God was now severed. He was no longer connected to His Creator.
All people that have been born on this Earth are descended from Adam. Therefore, we have inherited his disconnection from the Creator and his sinful nature. We must understand that we sin. Sin is disobedience to God. To be separated from Him is to be spiritually dead. When a person dies, the soul is separated from the body. In the same way, if we die before our relationship with God is restored, our soul will be separated from Him, in Hell, forever. This is the payment for sin.
Is There Any Hope?
But God loves us! God doesn’t want anyone to be separated from Him forever! But how can a soul that is spiritually dead be made spiritually alive? There is only one way: God’s way.
In order to restore our broken relationship with God, we must be born of the spirit. God’s plan for the redemption of mankind involves an adoption into a new family: God’s family. We will no longer be children of Adam, but Children of God. By adopting us into His family, we are given a new spirit; one that is connected to God so we can be spiritually alive!
There is only one God. He is made up of three co-equal persons: God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit. Each has a specific role. They eternally exist as one God.
God is righteous and just. There still had to be a payment for man’s sin. God the Father sent the Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the penalty for the sins of the world. Because Jesus is God, He is perfect and sinless. Jesus allowed mankind to condemn Him to a horrible, painful death on a cross. He was beaten and flogged in the most excruciating way, and then forced to carry a heavy cross through Jerusalem and up to Calvary. Jesus was nailed to His cross and lifted up to die. Jesus willingly gave up His life in that way because of His unconditional love for us.
Jesus lay in a tomb for three days. On the third day, just as He promised, He arose from the grave. Jesus was perfect and holy, so death had no claim on Him. Jesus is alive!
The sacrifice of Jesus, the Son of God, fully satisfied the debt that mankind owed for sin. The payment had been made. What does that mean for us?
The Gift of God
If we believe that Jesus is the Son of God, that He died on the cross for our sins, and that He was raised from the dead on the third day, then our debt is forgiven! We are saved by faith alone. At the moment we place our faith in Jesus, and what He did for us on the cross, He gives us the Holy Spirit to live within us. This is the adoption. The Holy Spirit is our new spirit that is connected to God. We have now been born of the spirit and are spiritually alive! We are now a part of God’s family and will be with Him in Heaven for eternity.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life
in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while
we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
But God raised Him from the dead. Acts 13:30
For by grace you have been 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
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that
whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. John 14:3