Reader, it is my sincere hope that this study has caused you to think about the condition of your soul. There is no greater loss for anyone than the loss of one’s soul, for it is of more value than all the world. (Mark 8:36) So then, there is no greater subject for you to ponder than the state of your soul. Where will your soul be when you die? Is your soul prepared for eternity? Think about these questions. Are you saved? Have you been born again? If you have not, then hear again the words of Jesus, “. . . Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3) If you are notconcerned about your soul there is no reason for you to continue reading. If you are concerned about the state of your soul then it is only because the Holy Spirit is drawing you. If so, please, read the next few words carefully, and study the Scripture references that are given as we answer the question, “what must I do to be saved?”
I. You Must Realize Your Need For Salvation:
You need to be saved, first of all, because your sins have separated you from God. (Is. 59:2) Do you realize what an offense your sin is to God? God hates sin, and God will not allow sin in His presence. This is seen in His perfect and holy Law. You must realize that it is God you have sinned against. (Ps. 51:1-5)
Secondly, it is not enough for you to realize you are a sinner, and have sinned against a Holy, and Just God but that you also deserve punishment. You, as well as all who have sinned, deserve to burn in Hell for all eternity. (Rom. 3:23, 6:23) If you sin against another man, according to the Law of God you can pay for that sin right here and now. For the Law says, “Eye for eye, tooth for tooth. . . .” (Ex. 21:24) You have not sinned against mortal and finite man, but against an eternal, infinite God. There is no way you could pay such a debt (for that is what sin is, Luke 11:4) unless you pay for all eternity. The Bible says, “. . . the soul that sinneth, it shall die.” (Eze. 18:20) As a sinner you do deserve Hell for all eternity.
Lastly, you need also to see that you cannot, in any way, earn favor with God whom you have offended. No amount of work that you do can in any way redeem your soul. (Is. 64:6. Eph. 2:8, 9) This includes going to church, getting baptized, taking communion, lighting candles, saying prescribed words (which could better be called gibberish), joining a church, giving to charity, or a long list of other “good things”. You need to be saved.
II. You Must Have A Desire To Be Saved:
Jesus said, “Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matt. 11:28) Some may come to realize all the things we mentioned above, concerning their need, and still yet, never have a desire to be saved. For they may think that they have plenty of time or may still consider their sin above the welfare of their soul. After you see your need you must come to a point of sorrow for your sins against God. This, first of all, gives you the desire to turn from your sin and go to the Lord. (Luke 13:3) Also, it will give you the desire to be forgiven of your sins. Then you will desire to be washed and cleansed from the filth of your sins, and you will desire the favor and fellowship of God. Do you desire these things? See, there are some, who see salvation as a glorified fire escape from Hell, but they are not sorry for their sin and they never do desire salvation from their sin. They never desire to go to the Father by Christ but stop only at the cross. (John 14:6) They like only the thought of grace for their sins but not to be washed from them. There must be a desire for salvation. Do you wish to turn from your damning sin and go to the saving Christ? If so, this is the attitude of repentance.
Just as I am and waiting not, To rid my soul of one dark blot, To thee whose blood can cleanse each spot, O Lamb of God I come, I come.
III. You Must See Christ As The Only Way of Salvation:
All that is necessary to save you Christ has already done. (Rom. 5:8) Christ, who is God in the flesh, came to this earth and took all of your sin upon Himself. (I Pet. 2:24) He died on the cross, and took your place. (I Pet 3:18) He shed His blood to cleanse you from your sin. (I John 1:7) He was buried to remove your sin forever. (Rom. 6:3,4) He is risen and now lives that you might have eternal life. (John 14:19) This is the gospel which is the power of God to save. (I Cor. 15:3, 4, Rom. 1:16) There is nothing you can add to what Christ has done, nor take away. You cannot save yourself, nor can you keep yourself saved. (Gal. 3:2, 3) Jesus can save you, and keep you forever through the work that He did on the cross for you.
IV. You Must Go To God Through Christ:
Have you realized your need? Have you realized that you are a sinner deserving of Hell, that you cannot in any way save yourself, and that Christ has already finished the work of salvation for you by dying in your place? Have you a desire to come to God, and be forgiven of your sins and be saved? The only thing that you need to do is – go to God in the name of Jesus Christ. (Matt. 11:28, Rom. 10:9, 10) He promised that if you came to Him, He would receive you. There are two things to do, believe and ask, and these go hand in hand. The jailor came trembling before Paul and Silas and asked what to do for salvation. They gave him the promise, “. . . Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” (Acts 16:30, 31) To believe means to put all your trust upon something. You must put all your trust upon the finished work of Christ. Not a part of your trust on Him, and the rest upon yourself or a church, all of it needs to be on Him. Then all that is left to do is ask. “Ask, and it shall be given you. . . .” O, what a promise! “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Another promise! God cannot lie. If you want to be saved, and you have realized all these things, if you believe on Christ then ask. Ask the Father to forgive you your sins and to save your soul in the name of Jesus Christ. Then you will be born again. There is no other way. (John 14:6) Salvation is a free gift. (Rom. 6:23, Eph. 2:8,9, Rev. 22:17) You must be born again. If you have done this, we pray that you continue in your new found faith. Determine to read through your Bible. Talk to the Lord, and tell Him your troubles. Tell as many people as you can about Jesus Christ who saved you. Find a good independent, Bible believing, King James only, Baptist church, so that you may have fellowship with others who love the Lord. (II Tim. 3:14)
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