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What Must I Do To Be Saved?

  This question was asked by the Jailer at Philippi in Acts chapter 16. Many have asked this same question through the years. If you are desiring to trust Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, this is what you need to know.
1. Man is a sinner and separated from God.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
This verse in God’s Word tells us that everyone has sinned against God. We have deliberately chosen to do wrong. That is why we are sinners. No one will ever go to heaven just because they were good.
“For the wages (the payment owed) of sin is death…”  Romans 6:23a
The payment or penalty for our sin is death. This is not a physical death, it is a spiritual death which is eternal separation from God.
“And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:14-15
2. Jesus Christ is God’s only provision for man’s sin.
“… but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Romans 6:23b
Jesus is the only answer for man’s sin. Jesus said in John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” There is no other way of salvation. We must accept Jesus Christ as our Savior. He died on the cross to pay, in full, your debt for sin so you wouldn’t have to. Those who truly trust Him receive the gift of eternal life.
3. You must personally receive Him as your Savior by Faith.
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved..”  Romans 10:13
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
Receiving Jesus Christ as your Savior involves turning from sin to God (repentance) and trusting Jesus to save you. You cannot be good enough to earn salvation. It is a Gift, freely given by God to those who trust Christ. Won’t you trust Him today?
Dear God in heaven. I know that I am a sinner and that I deserve to go to hell. I know that You love me and that Jesus died on the cross for my sins. Jesus, I now trust you as my Savior. Thank you for dying for me; thank you for saving me. I pray in your name, Amen.