Understanding what to do to be saved
If you are reading this post it may be that you are seeking to learn how to be saved by God or how to get to heaven. These website resources are for seekers as well as born again believers to use, share and grow. People have many ideas on how to be saved. Though there are differing opinions on how to be saved, only one is true. Please don’t leave this page without reading the entire article.
How to Get Saved
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. John 3:3
Jesus tells us how to get saved. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved!
Step 1: Understand we are sinner
We must first realize our sin. The bible sets a high standard on getting into heaven. In order to get to heaven we must be 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, watch dirty video’s or participate in 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. In other words we all are guilty of sin.
As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.- Romans 3:10
No one can get to heaven on their own righteousness. Therefore none of us can pass the test on our own. The bible says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” – Romans 3:23 It is only when we become convinced we are sinners and that we have broken the God’s commands and we have seen the distastefulness of our sins, 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 will not happen. What kind of judge would that make God? Jesus is a righteous Judge. “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” James 2:10
Step 2 Repent of our sins
Before we were headed for destruction (Hell) and didn’t know it. Someone shared the truth of the gospel with us and we believed. If you are on a train headed for a cliff what do you do? Get off. You get off the track and follow right path. This is an example of repentance. Turning away from our sins. Without repentance we cannot be saved. It is a change that occurs in the heart and mind. It is a decision we make to surrender and follow Christ. When it happens it affects our life.
If anyone tells you you don’t have to repent they are lying to you. Some churches preach nothing about repentance. I find that amazing. Repentance is an integral part of salvation and without it you are still in deception. “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” Acts 3:19. Important? Jesus says, “I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” Luke 13:3.
Matthew 4:17 says, “From that time on Jesus began to preach “repent for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” Watch out for false doctrine.
Step 3: Confess the Lord
Trust in Jesus Christ and understand that we are saved by the grace of God. We have nothing to do with our salvation. Jesus paid it all on the cross. What Jesus did by paying our sin debt is well worth confessing. Confess him. 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 Jesus Christ.
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
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. The Holy Spirit teaches us things in life and through the word of God.
Evidence of Salvation After being saved
Understand that God does the work in you and through you after you are saved. He does the work when we surrender to him. That being said, 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 our lives regularly.
It is also good to examine our faith and our lives to ensure it is in line with biblical doctrine. 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 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, we should test ourselves. 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 says, 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. Understand that it is God who does the work. *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) says, For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do). God prepared work in our live for us to do. He works through us. 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 chapter 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.
You have faith, and I have works
James 2:18-19 says, 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 surrender and let God move through us. James 2:20 says, “But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?” Saying we have faith and that we believe in God and not listening to him is almost as if we don’t believe. If we say we believe we need to trust God and surrender to his will. That is what faith is. 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.
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 says, “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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