Understanding what to do to be saved
If you are at this page it may be that you are seeking to learn how to get saved or how to get to heaven. This resource is for seekers as well as born again believers to use, share and grow. People have many ideas on how to be saved and you probably heard some of the different ways. Some may be true and some false. Often we only get half truths. Please don’t leave this page without reading the entire article.
How to Get Saved
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Step 1: Understand we are sinner
First you must realize your sin. The bible sets a high standard to get into heaven. You must be a 100% righteous. Anything less and you are wasting your time. Have you ever lied? Did you ever steal something? Did you ever use God’s name as a curse word? Did you ever hate someone? Did you ever envy something that belonged to someone else? Did you ever commit adultery or fornication? If the answer is yes to any of these questions you are guilty of sinning against a holy God. These are only a few of God’s Commands. If you have broken one, its just as if you have broken all of them.
Romans 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one
No one can go to heaven on their own righteousness. Therefore none of us passed the test. The bible says in Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” It is only when we become convinced we are sinners and that we have broken the commands and sinned against G0d, that we can truly begin to understand why we need a Savior. Some people believe that God will weigh their good deeds verses their bad deeds. If a murderer is awaiting sentencing, does the Judge say, “Well because of all the other people you didn’t kill I will sentence you to time served”? No. That is wishful thinking. That would not be a righteous Judge. But Jesus is a righteous Judge. James 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
Step 2 Repent of our sins
After Recognizing we are sinners and placing our trust in Jesus, (believing that Jesus is lord), something magical happens. The Spirit of the Lord comes and dwells in us. We realize how lost we were, how off track we were and we repent of our sins. Before we were headed for destruction (Hell) and didn’t know it. Then someone shared the truth with us. If you are on a train headed for a cliff what do you do? Get off. You get off the track and head in the right direction. That is called repentance, which means turning away from acts which we regret after learning of them. Without repentance we cannot be saved. It is a change that occurs in the heart and mind. When it happens it affects our life. If anyone tells you you don’t have to repent they are lying to you. Many churches preach nothing about repentance. It is also amazing. I was looking at several articles on salvation and some of them mentioned nothing about repentance. Repentance is an integral part of salvation and without it you are in deception. Acts 3:19 says, “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” Important? In Luke 13:3 Jesus says, “I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” Matthew 4:17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”
Step 3: Confess the Lord.
Number 3 trust Jesus. What Jesus did by paying our sin debt is well worth confessing, put your trust in Jesus and confess him. You never see someone get saved in scripture that didn’t get excited and talk about the Lord Jesus. It is necessary to confess or admit that Jesus Christ has saved you from sin. Romans 10:9-10 says, “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved, for with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” It is an act of faith when we confess our savior.
If we believe in Jesus we trust and obey Him. We commit our lives to him. He becomes first in our lives, (our first love). We surrendered to the Lordship of Christ. When we cant do it Jesus who loves us will carry us.
God knew we could not be saved by our own righteousness so he did something for us. Romans 5:8 says. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Jesus went to the cross and paid your sin debt once and for all. But He was not done there. He sent His Holy Spirit to live on the inside of us. He helps us through the many difficult time that we have as Christians. He teaches us things in life and in the word of God.
Evidence of Salvation
God’s word warns us to test the spirit to see if it is of God or of a false prophet in 1 John 4:1. We are to test or examine the facts to make sure they line up with God’s Word. At this point is where I usually get e-mails saying that I am teaching works for salvation. But I can assure you that we have been saved by Jesus Christ alone. Not one person is saved by works, except it be the work of Jesus on the cross.
It is a good thing to examine ourselves. It is also good to examine our faith to ensure it is sound. We don’t want to go through life and discover we were on the wrong path all along. (I will do my best to explain). It is the bible, the word of God that tells us to examine ourselves. A genuine believer will have certain evidences that follow their Christian walk. If these evidences are not present in ones life one should test themselves. It says in 2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified.”
Faith in God will produce good works
The bible says that we are a new person, changed, no longer the same if we are in Christ. Something changes in your heart and mind. 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. This is because of the work of the Holy Spirit. Our dead spirit was just made alive by God because we believed. If we are in Christ our habits will change and we will do good works. *Notice I didn’t say you were saved by good works, but that the believer will do good works. Which is consistent with the teaching of the word of God. (Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do). We cant do these good works on our own. We must dwell in Christ Jesus by walking in obedience to the scriptures. Jesus said in John 15 “Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
Faith and Works
James 2:18-19 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!” We are able to do good works when we let go of ourselves and call out to God for help. He is the one that will do the works through us when we ask Him. We can’t do it on our own. There are some strong verses in the book of James 2:20 says, “But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?” That is where we really have to let go of self and depend on a holy God who loves us and wants to do great things in our lives. These verses are why we need to inspect ourselves.
James 1:23-25 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.
If we belong to God, not only are we saved but our tongue is saved as well. James 1:26 If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless.
A genuine believer will remain in the faith. The bible makes it clear that if we continue in the faith we will be saved. Which would mean that if we did not continue we would be disqualified. Matthew 10:22 “And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.” and again in Hebrews 3:6 but Christ as a Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end.
God clearly teaches that we are not to be like the rest of the world. If you are born again you cannot hate your brother in Christ. If you do you deceive yourself. 1 John 3:10 In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother.
Matthew 16:24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him, (Jesus Christ) the iniquity of us all.
Are we saved by works?
The bible make it clear that we are saved by grace through faith in God alone. Ephesians 2:8-9 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” We are not saved by works, but by the grace of God who sees our weaknesses and helps us over come sin through the Holy Spirit. We are justified by His grace.
Again in Titus 3:4-7 it says “But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.” That is awesome and praiseworthy!
What to do next?
Locate a bible believing and bible teaching church and bring your bible. Trust the Lord Jesus Christ with all your heart. Fellowship with other believers. Read your bible daily to feed your spirit. Thank you for visiting Jesus Coffee Break. Please leave a comment if this was helpful for you.
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