What Must I Do? (#274)
Bible version used: KJV
Many years ago a jail keeper asked a question that has been asked by uncounted thousands of people since. The question was,
“What must I do to be saved?”
There are many different answers to that important question. Here is what the Bible says:
1. Salvation requires repentance.
To repent means that you are sorry enough for your sins to quit them. Many people are sorry they are caught, but not sorry enough to quit.
Jesus spoke about repenting: “Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:3)
Peter preached about repentance: “Repent, and be baptized every one
of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins.” (Acts 2:38)
John urged repentance: “Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 3:2)
It is the desire of the Lord that all people repent. “The Lord is longsuffering to usward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)
2. Salvation requires receiving.
God’s Word says, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him.” (Revelation 3:20)
The Bible says, “As many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name.” (John 1:12)
By faith you must receive Christ as your Savior. Since salvation is a gift, you must accept it as such. (See Ephesians 2:8,9)
3. Salvation is by redemption.
All are born in sin. “For all have sinned,
and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
But Christ with His blood bought our souls. Jesus said, “This is My blood ... which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” (Matthew 26:28)
The Bible says, “Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity.” (Titus 2:14) Yes, Jesus Christ gave His life on the cross to redeem you from sin.
You may think that your sin is too great to be forgiven. But the Bible says, “The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7) Regardless of your past, He is able and eager to take away all sin.
4. Salvation brings new life.
The Bible says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
You have new desires, new actions, new life, and new thoughts. The Bible tells us in Ezekiel 36:26 that He gives us a new heart and a new spirit.
Some people try to reform in their own strength. Seek Christ as your Savior, and He will transform you. He will take away sinful desires and create in you a new heart. Give Him control of your life.
– Croft M. Pentz