The Words That Make Up the Bible
Frequently Asked Questions
Paul in Romans 3:10-12 says, "As it is written: 'There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.'"
There are four steps we must take to be saved. Believe, confess, repent and be baptized. The jailer at Philippi knew he was lost. He asked Paul and Silas, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" They replied, ''Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved–you and your household" (Acts 16:30,31 NIV).
John said, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9 NIV).
Peter's listeners on the day of Pentecost knew they were lost. "They were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, 'Brothers, what shall we do?' Peter replied, 'Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins'" (Acts 2:37,38 NIV).
We cannot earn our salvation. It is given to us as a gift. "It is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast" (Ephesians 2:8,9 NIV).
Does that mean that after we are saved we can go on with our broken sinful lives? Not at all, for Paul adds in verse 10, "For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."
There you have it in four simple steps: believe, confess, repent, be baptized, and when we take those four steps we receive God's gift of forgiveness and salvation.
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him" (John 3:16,17 NIV).
Jesus is the one who makes salvation possible. It is by His name that we receive this free gift from God. "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12 NIV).