Must I Do To Be Saved?
he brought them out and said, 'Sirs, what must I do to be saved?'"
The mind of
man never conceived a more important question. The tongue of man
never uttered a more needful question.
We are lost.
"The wages of sin is death" (Romans 6:23). "All
have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans
Sin is not
something we inherit, it is something we do. Jesus said: "Most
assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin"
(John 8:34). We commit sin, we do not inherit sin from our fathers:
"The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not bear the
guilt of the father, nor the father bear the guilt of the son. The
righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness
of the wicked shall be upon himself" (Ezekiel 18:20).
is not: What must God do? That was done long ago. "For the
grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men"
(Titus 2:11). "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ,
for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes"
We have learned
the first step in man's salvation. We must believe. Jesus told some
unbelievers: "Therefore I said to you that you will die
in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die
in your sins" (John 8:24). Because of the teaching of this
verse, and others, some have concluded that we are saved by faith
alone. This is not true for - "faith comes by hearing, and
hearing by the word of God" (Romans 10:17). The word of
God says: "And having been perfected, He became the author
of eternal salvation to all who obey Him" (Hebrews 5:9).
We must obey Christ to be saved. We must have an obedient faith:
"And the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples
multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests
were obedient to the faith" (Acts 6:7).
these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men
everywhere to repent" (Acts 17:30).
is a universal command. Jesus said: "Unless you repent you
will all likewise perish" (Luke 13:3). We must repent in
order to have the remission of sins. "Then Peter said to
them, 'Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name
of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive
the gift of the Holy Spirit'" (Acts 2:38).
So, just as
we shall die in our sins if we do not believe, we shall die in our
sins if we do not repent.
is a two-fold action. We must turn from our sins as did the people
of Nineveh (Matthew 12:41). We must resolve to do the Father's will
as did the young man we read about in Matthew 21:28,29.
The Lord has
said that those who sin must be punished. Why is the punishment
so long delayed? "The Lord is not slack concerning His promise,
as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing
that any should perish but that all should come to repentance"
(2 Peter 3:9).
you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart
that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with
the heart one believes to righteousness, and with the mouth confession
is made to salvation" (Romans 10:9,10).
We must confess
our faith in Christ in order to be saved (Matthew 10:32).
Our Lord said:
"Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.
He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not
believe will be condemned" (Mark 16:15,16). Many people
will not accept what the Lord says here. Many people put salvation
before baptism. But Jesus put salvation after baptism. Do you accept
the teaching of Jesus or of men? The doctrines of men will not save
baptism for forgiveness of sins: "Repent, and let every
one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission
of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit"
Although Paul had been praying and fasting for three days, his sins
were not forgiven until he was baptized. Ananias told him: "And
now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your
sins, calling on the name of the Lord" (Acts 22:16).
us through the resurrection of Christ: "There is also an
antitype which now saves us, namely baptism (not the removal of
the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward
God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ" (1 Peter
a burial (Romans 6:4). Sprinkling or pouring are only human substitutions.
The Lord says:
"Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown
of life" (Revelation 2:10b).
Are you saved?
Deepest Sympathy ...
Kerry Keathley and family at the passing of his mother, Genny,
last Sunday afternoon. Services were held this past Tuesday in Stuart,
send cards to:
8045 Bay Pointe Drive
Englewood, FL 34224
8331 Se Royal St
Hobe Sound , FL 33455
August, 4, 2002
August 9, 2002
Time: 5:00 pm
Place: Delbert & Frances home
Please bring your favorite Mexican or Southwestern
come and enjoy the fellowship and the fiesta.