"But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom 5:8). When God sent His Son to the world to die for our sins, He did everything HE COULD DO to save us from our sins.
But do WE have any part to play in being saved? If you ask five different people, you might hear five different answers, including the following:
“Everyone will be saved, regardless of what they do!”
“Every good person will be saved.”
“Everyone that believes in Jesus will be saved!”
“Everyone that keeps the 10 Commandments will be saved.”
“Everyone that prays for salvation will be saved!”
Clearly, these cannot ALL be correct. So how can we know for certain what God expects us to do in order to be saved? Jesus once said, "Sanctify (cleanse, purify) them by Your truth. Your WORD is truth” (John 17:17). To know what God expects of us, we must turn to God’s word – the Bible.
If we approach God’s word without preconceived ideas on the subject of salvation, it will be relatively easy to ascertain what He expects us to do to be saved. Moreover, our goal should be to examine EVERYTHING God says concerning man’s role in salvation. If we only focus on PART of what God says, we might end up “partially saved", which is not to be saved at all.
So, what does God require of us in order to be saved from our sins?
We must Hear (or read) the gospel of Christ (Rom. 1:16; 10:14,
We must believe that Jesus is the Son of God (John 3:16 &
We must repent of our sinful ways (Luke 13:3 & 5; 2 Peter 3:9).
We must openly confess our faith in Jesus (Matt. 10:32; Rom.
We must be baptized (Mark 16:16) for the remission of our sins
(Acts 2:38, 22:16).
These are the conditions God has set down for us to comply with in order to be saved. Who are we to question Him?
When the most important subject in Scripture is studied—salvation—let us ignore all man-made doctrines, listen to God, and obey.
Jesus, always Jesus,