”How Can I Be Saved?”
ANSWER: This simple question is the most important question that you can ask. It deals with where we will spend eternity after our lives in this world are over. There is no more important issue than our eternal destiny. Thankfully, the Bible is abundantly clear on how a person can be saved. The Philippian jailer asked Paul and Silas, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30-31). They responded, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, & you will be saved”.
Why do I need to be saved? Saved from what?
We are all sinners (Rom. 3:23). We are born with sin (Psalm 51:5), and we all personally choose to sin (1 John 1:8). Sin is what makes us unsaved and separates us from God. Sin is what has us on the path to eternal destruction. Because of our sin, we all deserve death (Rom. 6:23). While the physical consequence of sin is physical death, that is not the only kind of death that results from sin. What we need to be saved from is eternal destruction (Mat. 25:46; Rev. 20:15).
How did God provide salvation?
Because the just penalty for sin is infinite & eternal, only God could pay the penalty. But God, in His divine nature, could not die. So God became a man in the person of Jesus Christ & lived sinlessly among us. When the people rejected Him and sought to kill Him, He willingly sacrificed Himself for us, allowing Himself to be crucified (John 10:15). Because Christ was human, He could die; & because Christ was God, His death had an eternal & infinite value. Jesus’ death on the cross was the perfect & complete payment for our sin (1 John 2:2). He took the consequences we deserved. Jesus’ resurrection from the dead demonstrated that His death was indeed the perfectly sufficient sacrifice for sin.
What do I need to do?
“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). God has already done all of the work. All you must do is receive, in faith, the salvation God offers (Eph. 2:8-9). Fully trust in Jesus alone as the payment for your sins. Believe in Him, and you will not perish (John 3:16). God is offering you salvation as a gift. All you have to do is accept it. Jesus is the way of salvation (John 14:6).