How to Be Saved

What if God asked you, "Why should I let you into my heaven?"

Would you tell God that your good works outnumber your bad? that you go to church? that you're better than some others? Those are the kinds of answers I get from most people.

We preach Good News, but there must be some bad news first. We will never be able to deserve eternal life. God says, "For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all" (James 2:10). This is why God tells us,

  • "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23)
  • "Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin" (Romans 3:20).
  • By nature we are blind, dead, and enemies of God (Ephesians 2:1, Romans 8:7).

HERE IS THE GOOD NEWS!

  • Because, by nature, we are dead in trespasses and sins We can be saved only by God's working in us. John says: "But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God" (John 1:12, 13).
  • We cannot reason ourselves into faith. God must give us faith: "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God" (Ephesians 2:8).
  • The Bible says, "The Gospel is the power of God unto salvation for everyone who believes" (Romans 1:16). God saves us by convicting us of sin and calling us by the Gospel to trust in His mercy on account of Christ's saving work. When we hear God's command, "Repent and believe the Gospel" its effect is similar to what happened when Jesus said to Lazarus, the man who had been dead four days, "Lazarus, come forth." And the dead man arose, empowered by the Word. So, though you are dead, the command to repent and believe will raise you from spiritual death to life. You do the believing to be sure, but your ability to do so comes from God.
  • God will lead you to admit your sinfulness and to trust Him to forgive your sin and heal your shame. God working in you will give you the desire and ability increasingly to become like Jesus.
  • It is vitally important for you to find a godly local church where you can grow in your knowledge of God's Word, and where you will experience His power as His family gathers for teaching, worship, communion, and fellowship. If you have not already been baptized earlier in life, do so as soon as possible. Baptism places "God's watermark" on you declaring you legally His child.