What Shall We Do To Be Saved?

Here's the same question that a soldier asked the prisoners Paul and Silas in Philippian prison--

Acts 16:30
He then brought them out and asked, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?"

Paul and Silas were imprisoned in Philippi because they were preaching the Good News but God freed them. And while they were still in prison, the soldier discovered that the prison doors were unlocked and opened. He was about to commit suicide since during that time, a prison guard can be executed when his prisoners had escaped. But Paul, Silas and the other prisoners did not escape even if they had the opportunity. So the soldier had a great fear, and believed in God. He therefore asked Paul and Silas-- "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?"

Paul and Silas answered:

Acts 16:31
They replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved — you and your household."

Jesus said that we need to pray to escape the hardships that shall come our ways in those days and be able to stand before the Son of Man.

Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man." (Lk 21:36)

It is understood that this is intended for Christians, those who already know the Lord. What shall we do to become a Christian in the first place?

The answer is already popular among believers. One needs only to be born again (John 3:3) or repent and be baptized (Acts 3:19). This is somewhat simplistic so that as some gets old in Christian life, they shall experience stagnancy and coolness to the faith and eventually backslide. Why? What's wrong with today's Christians?

How do we rate ourselves with true Christianity? Let me give you just one example. Turn to Acts 4:32-35, the life of the early Christians and compare it with your Church today.

All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all. There were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need.

Magnificent! Can we imagine if such love among Christians is being done today? There shall be neither poor nor crimes, no violence! So here lies the difference. Note that The Lord does not change nor is the proper way to worship Him. And there was nothing so extraordinary among the apostles— they are as human as we are! Their example never gets quite popular for no church today as far as I know even approximates their way of worship. This explains why many of us are ‘tired’ of being Christians— attending worship services, Sunday mass or what-have-you. Everything we do now is becoming ritual and artificial without proper direction.

What is missing with us today? Why can we not do their example? Notice in verse 31 what happened to those early Christians when they were saved:

After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken.  And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.

So that's it. They prayed and received the Holy Spirit of God. That's the key to be a successful Christian, a successful Church. By all indications, I think we miserably lack the qualities to accommodate the Spirit of God.

Receiving the Holy Spirit is no longer new but some preachers today are simply teaching us how to receive Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Saviour but do little in showing us an example how to receive and live the Holy Spirit. They say if Christ is in our hearts so does the Holy Spirit... true, but is Christ really there in the first place? Or are we certain that they indeed received the Spirit of God and not the spirit of this world? It needs the Spirit of God to test another spirit. Still, many claims they do but they are easily known by their fruits vis-à-vis the early Christians. Judge for yourself. However, given all the burdens and evils we have to overcome nowadays, I believe that God will be just happy enough if Christians today are able to attain half of what those early Christians did. After all their teachers were living witnesses to the Lord Jesus. Sadly, we are all miserably in need of His Spirit. We do rely solely on God's mercy to receive His blessings everyday.

In regards to salvation, the Holy Spirit is essential for it enables us to worship in the right way (John 4:24), do the things impossible (Matt 19:26, Mark 9:23) and to help us pray and intercede with God (Rom 8:26). He is the seal of our salvation (1Cor 1:22) and we are His Temple (1Cor 3:16). With Him there can not be any division in the Church or the whole Christendom for there is only one Spirit for all. There shall be no conflict of doctrines, and no confusion.

Back to the question... what shall we do to be saved?

Begin to shun the standards of this world, deny yourself, ask forgiveness and receive Jesus Christ and let Him have a complete control over you. You can be a person belonging to any religion. It doesn't matter as long as you have the three basic qualities to becoming a good Christian. One, you must believe in God and the Bible; second you've got to fear the Lord for fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; and third, there should be in your heart the burning desire to pursue the truth and willing to sacrifice all. If you do lack them, start by asking the Lord for them. Read the parable of the sower in Matt 13:1-30. Then ask for the Holy Spirit with all sincerity. After that, He will come and reveal everything to you little by little depending on how fast you grow in Him. You will notice that He shall give you direction, provides you the essentials for your faith and worship. Soon if you continue with His Words and reach maturity, He will reveal to you what's wrong or right with your belief, develop conviction then begin to do something about it. Every person in the world has a specific role to accomplish in life. So much for the stagnancy! Work out to discover that role for you. Do not doubt. Remember to quench not the Holy Spirit— do at once what He tells you to do. Finally, share to others the grace you have received.

Ever notice that Jesus despite of all His perfection did not bother to judge any member of a Pharisee or Sadducees except their leaders and teachers? He had always the right to do so but He has given us an example not to judge our Christian brothers regardless of sect unless we are perfect ourselves. Jesus, however, did a lot of whipping against the teachers of the law, blaming them for the false teachings and hypocrisy. Jesus knew our burden also . . . we are poor in Spirit, in hunger for the Truth. He died not only for our salvation but also so that the Holy Spirit could dwell in us and teach us everything and do away with traditional beliefs.

I have made the answers quite simple. Many possible Scriptures can be quoted but may turn the simple topic a bit complex. The best way is to pray to God for the Holy Spirit so that He will be the one to judge us, convict us and lead us along the way.

Keep watch! And pray always . . .

He said to me: "It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. (Rev 21:6).

If you hear God's voice hearken to him and follow these four simple steps for your salvation

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Realize that you are a sinner. No matter how good a life we try to live, we still fall miserably short of being a good person. That is because we are all sinners. We all fall short of God desire for us to be holy. The Bible says, No one is good not even one (Romans 3:10). This is because we can not become who we are supposed to be without Jesus Christ.

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Recognize that Jesus Christ died on the cross for you. The Bible tells us, But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while were still sinners (Romans 5:8 ). This is the Good News, that God loves us so much that He sent His only Son to die in our place when we least deserved it.

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Repent of your sin. The Bible tells us to repent and be converted (Acts 3:19 ). The word repent means to change our direction in life. Instead of running from God, we can run toward Him.

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Receive Jesus Christ into your life. Becoming a Christian is not merely believing some creed or going to church on Sunday. It is having Christ Himself take residence in your life and heart. Jesus said, Behold, I stand at the door (of your life) and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in.... (Revelation 3:20 ).

If you would like to have a relationship with Christ, simply pray this prayer and mean it in your heart.

Dear Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner. I believe you died for my sins. Right now, I turn from my sins and open the door of my heart and life. I confess you as my personal Lord and Saviour. Thank you for saving me. Amen.

If you just prayed that prayer and meant it, Jesus Christ has now taken residence in your heart! Your decision to follow Christ means God has forgiven you and that you will spend eternity in heaven. Remember this date you have received Him since this is the day that you are born again spiritually. If you rejected this invitation, you shall nevertheless remember this again for sure. However, you are part of the prayers of all the Christians worldwide that you come to know the truth, and the seed that was planted in your heart today will grow and bear fruit one day. It is God’s desire that no one will perish since there will be no more salvation after death. That is the reason why the Son of God, Jesus suffered, crucified and died as a ransom for mankind.

Now if you are a professed believer, the Lord Jesus Christ expects you to share to others the good news of salvation. Think of the world as a house on fire. We just have a short time left. Jesus Christ, before He ascended to heaven, commanded us to spread the Gospel, which we know as the Great Commission. Christian life is all about, first, loving God and, second, loving our neighbour. We cannot accomplish either one unless we also do the other. There is no greater way to show our love to others but by introducing Jesus into their lives. Share the Good News according to the talent He gave you. If He gave you more talents than others, He will demand more in return. Others may have less and they shall work accordingly. Read Matthew 25:14–30. There are so many verses to support these, but as Christians, it is already expected that we know our responsibilities by heart and by the Scriptures.

Let us aim toward the goal and give glory to God. There will be tremendous persecution, but keep up the faith and endure to the end. When that time comes, do not look back, but just look straight to Jesus Christ. Ignore
the persecution and suffering and look forward to the great redemption of
God who will wipe away all tears from our eyes. Make known His salvation to
all men, and we shall be rewarded.

Amen.

“Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone
according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End (Revelation 22:12–13).