What must I do to be saved?
In Acts 16:30, the question was asked, [W]hat must I do to be saved?
In Acts 16:31, the answer was given, … Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.
Please note well, that they did not say, “there is nothing you must do: God will save you, or he won’t: you have no say – no choice – in the matter. You cannot do anything to be saved.”
Salvation comes to you as God’s response to your obedience of faith in his word: it is not something that God gives without you having any choice in the matter, or without you having to do something first.
The Bible makes it clear: you must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. Believing on/in/upon the Lord Jesus Christ involves a response to the gospel of salvation that is heard – what the scripture calls the obedience of faith. Jesus Christ’s call is open to all who will obey it: For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Romans 10:13)
If there is any one that has not heard, let him hear and know; hearken unto the Lord: and if there is any that has not done the one (and only one) thing that the Lord requires, let him hear and do; heed the Lord’s call to come unto him… [If any man thirst, let him come unto me; (John 7:37) Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)] There is a sequence: (1) the Lord Jesus Christ calls all to come unto him voluntarily (let him come unto me); (2) a person wanting to come unto Jesus Christ and be saved then voluntarily obeys and does what the scriptures require and calls upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to be saved; (3) Jesus Christ then saves him from the sentence of death and hell, and gives him the free gift of eternal life and heaven.
Let us allow the Lord Jesus Christ himself to speak by his written word…
- there is none that doeth good, no, not one. (Psalm 14:3)
- There is none righteous, no, not one. (Romans 3:10)
- we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6)
- For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)
- The wages of sin is death… (Romans 6:23)
- …but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23)
- If any man thirst, let him come unto me; (John 7:37)
- Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)
- …what must I do to be saved? (Acts 16:30)
- Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved. (Acts 16:31)
- The word is nigh thee… (Romans 10:8)
- That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. (Romans 10:9)
- For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10:10)
- …he that believeth not is condemned already (John 3:18)
- But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
- For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of (2 Corinthians 7:10)
- For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. (Romans 10:11)
- Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. (Romans 4:6)
- Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. (Romans 4:7)
- There is now therefore no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1)
- For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. (Romans 10:12)
- For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Romans 10:13)
- Choose you this day whom ye will serve (Joshua 24:15)
- …behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. (2 Corinthians 6:2)
Will you call upon the name of the Lord to be saved from eternal damnation and receive his free gift of everlasting life? If you do so, please consider contacting me: I would love to hear from you that I have a new brother or sister in Christ Jesus.