|WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED?
Ed Crookshank and Rod Rutherford
What must I do to be
saved? Have you ever asked that question? If not, you should! It is the most important
question that YOU can ask! The answer to the question, "What must I do to be
saved?" is very important. We can not ask just anyone the answer to it. The Bible is
the only place that we can find the real answer. Let us go to the Bible to see what
inspired men of God told people to do in order to be saved. Then we will know what we need
The Day of Pentecost
On the Day of Pentecost, after Christ went to Heaven, Peter
preached the first sermon. He preached about Jesus Christ. He told the people that Christ
had died for their sins. After Peter finished preaching, the people said, "Men and
brethren, what shall we do?" (Acts 2:37). These people had heard about Jesus Christ.
They believed what they had heard. They were convinced that they were sinners. Peter told
them to "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for
the remission of sins: and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit" (Acts
2:38). Here was Peter's simple answer to the people's question of "What shall we
do?" They already believed what Peter said about Christ. Peter then told them to
repent and be baptized. If they would do this, they would receive forgiveness of their
sins. We must repent of our sins and be baptized. Then our sins are forgiven.
The Ethiopian Eunuch
In Acts 8:26-40 we are told of the conversion of the Ethiopian
Eunuch. Philip preached "Jesus" to the eunuch (Acts 8:35). As they were riding
along, they came to some water. The eunuch said, "See, here is water! What hinders me
from being baptized?" (Acts 8:36). Philip told him if he believed with all his heart,
he could be baptized. The eunuch answered, "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of
God" (Acts 8:37). Both Philip and the eunuch then went down into the water. Philip
baptized the eunuch. Here we see that the eunuch heard Jesus preached to him. He believed
that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He confessed his faith in Christ. Then he was
Saul of Tarsus
The conversion of Saul of Tarsus (later the Apostle Paul) is told
in Acts, chapters 9, 22, and 26. Saul was on his way to Damascus to persecute the
Christians. On the way, he was struck blind. Christ appeared to him. He told Saul,
"Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do " (Acts 9:6).
He did as he was told. In Damascus, Ananias, a Christian, came to Saul. He told Saul what
to do. "And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins,
calling on the name of the Lord" (Acts 22:16). What was Saul told to do? He was told
to arise and be baptized. Why? To wash away his sins. Saul was not forgiven of his sins
until he was baptized.
Acts, chapters 10 and 11, tell of the conversion of Cornelius.
Cornelius was the first person to become a Christian who was not a Jew. He was a Roman
soldier. The Bible says he was a "devout man, and one who feared God with all his
household who gave alms generously to the people, and prayed to God always" (Acts
10:2). Could such good things be said about you? Cornelius was a very good man. Yet, he
was LOST! His sins had not been forgiven! The Lord told Cornelius to send to Joppa for
Peter. Peter would "tell you words by which you and all your household will be
saved" (Acts 11:14). Peter preached Christ to them. He then "commanded them to
be baptized in the name of the Lord" (Acts 10:48). Here was a man (Cornelius) who was
religious. He was a good man. Yet he was a LOST SINNER! His sins had not been forgiven. He
had to call for Peter to learn what to do be saved. Peter told him and his household to be
baptized. When they were baptized, they were forgiven of their sins.
We started by asking, "What must I do to be saved?" We
then turned to the Bible to find the answer to this question. In our study, we found that
the people HEARD about Jesus Christ. They heard that He died to forgive them of their
sins. The people BELIEVED this. They believed that Jesus is the Son of God. They
understood they were lost in their sins. They were then told to REPENT of their sins. They
CONFESSED that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. After confessing, they were BAPTIZED. When
they were baptized, their sins were forgiven. They were not forgiven of their sins before
baptism. They were forgiven only when they were baptized. Do you believe in Jesus Christ?
Have you repented of your sins? Have you confessed that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?
Have you been baptized in order to have your sins forgiven? If you have not, then you are
still in your sins. You are lost. Obey the Gospel today just as lost sinners did in the
Bible. You will be then be saved.
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