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 you are a 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. These are just 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 of our sins, that we have broken the law of God that we can truly begin to understand salvation. Some people think that God will weigh their good deeds verses their bad deeds. If you are a murderer does the Judge say, “Well because of all the other people you didn’t murder I will let you go”? No. That is wishful thinking. 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 your sins
After Recognizing you are a sinner and believing in your heart that Jesus is lord, something happens in someone who is genuinely seeking the Lord. They realize they were on the wrong track all along and headed for destruction (Hell). If you are on a train headed for a cliff what do you do? Yes, Get off. You get off the track and head in the right direction. That is called repentance. Without it you cannot be saved. It is a change that occurs in the heart and mind. And when it happens it affects your whole life. If anyone tells you you don’t have to repent they are lying to you. Alot of 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 intrical 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.” (Turn or Burn). 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.
Now that you understand repentance and what Jesus did by paying for your sins, put your trust in Jesus and confess him. It is necessary to confess or admit that Jesus Christ has saved you from your sins. 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 believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
If we believe in Jesus we follow, trust and obey Him. We commit our lives to him. He becomes first in our lives. We surrendered to the Lordship of Christ.
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.
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 1John 4:1. We are to test or examine the facts to make sure they line up with God’s Word.
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.”
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. If we are in Christ our habits will change and we will do good works. Am I saying that you are saved by works? No. What I am saying is that works will follow your life and if not your salvation is not genuine.
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!
As believers we are to be repentant continually. We are to reverence God continually. Our salvation was not free, nor was it cheap. God paid for it. Philippians 2:12-13 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.
If you do not have works the bible says you are deceived. James 2:20 says, “But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?”
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.
All areas of our lives should be centered around Jesus. We need to fellowship with other believers, pray to Him, worship Him and study the scriptures. We are to do what Jesus did. Jesus loved His neighbors. Jesus prayed to His Father. Jesus prayed for, loved, and blessed people around Him.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him 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, however many are confused by this and think they can continue to live in sin. That is a lie and it will lead you straight to hell.
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. Only you (and God) know your heart. Fellowship with other believers. Read your bible daily, and ask God to help you understand it. Thank you for visiting Jesus Coffee Break. Please leave a comment if this was helpful for you.
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