WHAT MUST I DO TO BESAVED?
In Acts chapter 16, we will findthis question asked of Paul by one of the guards of the prison which Paul waskept in. I can imagine that for one to have the knowledge of what he or shemust do to be saved would be of importance at some point in their own life.After giving in to much meditations of this question I have found the need forthis study to be drafted. Have you ever asked yourself what you must do to besaved?
Romans10:9-10, “That if thou shall confess with thou mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in thineheart that God has raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with theheart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is madeunto salvation”. I find that thistext of Paul’s is a very good starting point that one would be able to focusmore direct on his/her own salvation. However, the text would need edificationthat the direct meaning of this text would be exposed to all, plainly. Thefirst step here would then be that one would confess the Lord Jesus in hiswords. Many people may think that this means that if you just call the Lord,Jesus then you will have completed this first step, but I would that we allunderstand that there’s much more to itthan this.
Deuteronomy 9:4-5, “Speak not thou inthine heart, after that the Lord thy God hath cast them out from before thee,saying, for my righteousness the Lord hath brought me in to possess this land:but for the wickedness of these nations the Lord doth drive them out frombefore thee. Not for thy righteousness, or for the uprightness of thine heart,dost thou go to possess their land: but for the wickedness of these nations theLord thy God doth drive them out from before thee, and that he may perform theword which the Lord sware unto thy fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob”.Many people may get off on the wrong start to their own salvation because theyassume their own righteousness upon themselves. It is so today that many peoplewill seek to judge another’s own righteousness with the attempt to acknowledgeif another has been saved. I find the law then surely one would only consider himselfto be saved according to the righteousness that he himself may have proclaimedfor himself. This is vanity, and only the Lord can save, because only the Lordis righteous, therefore it would be vital that we would give the glory ofrighteousness to Jesus at the time we confess the Lord Jesus. Without givingthe glory to Jesus, we would have those who would think that because they havebeen to school in ministry and obtained a certificate, or because they havequit smoking cigarettes and drinking strong drink, that they would only nowneed to say that Jesus is the Lord with their mouth and they would be save, butI would have you know that this would only be pure profane babbling of themind. One can only be save because God has shed his grace upon you and I wouldthat you understand that you can never be worthy of God’s grace for it is God’sgift to you because God loves you, but hates the wickedness which may have compassedyou.
Deuteronomy30:10-14, “If thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to keephis commandments and his statutes whichare written in this book of the law, and if thou turn unto the Lord thy Godwith all thine heart, and with all thy soul. For this commandment which Icommand thee this day,it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off. It isnot in heaven, that thou shouldest say who shall go up for us to heaven, andbring it unto us that we may hear it, anddo it? Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say who shall goover the sea for us and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? But the word is very nigh untothee, in thy mouth and in thy heart,that thou mayest do it”.
After reading the above text Iwould that you understand that God will do a work of grace in you that only Godcan perform. However we must hearken unto the voice of the Lord and his voiceis in the Bible. Many people will go tochurch on Sunday and forget what the sermon was about before they make it home,even though they have said “Amen” all morning. It is vital for your salvationthat you not only hear the word, but that you hearken to this word, and thatwould be that you obey this word. It would be impossible to obey a word whichone does not remember. We should also notice that the text above also shows usthat something will need to be done on our end in order that the confessionwith the mouth is suffice to the Lord. I find the law here that our neededlabor would be that we spend some time studying the Bible at home alone, wemust allow God to speak directly to us sometimes, and this would be well in ourown faith that we would be able to remember the word which has been preached tous in church service on Sunday.
1 John 1:9-10, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us oursins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteous. If we say that we have not sinned,we make him a liar, and his word is not in us”.
In order that one would be saved,there must be a confession of Jesus Christ, However in order that there is aconfession of the Lord Jesus; there would first need be a confession of our ownsins. All of our sins must be confessed; even the least of doubt would thenhave to be understood as a weight of sin in our life, (see Romans 14:23 and Hebrews 12:1). I find the law here that we cannever begin to move away from sin and into righteousness without our ownconfession of all of our sins. One would then ask that if we are born sinners, can a man remember all of his sins. Psalm 19:12,”Who can understand hiserrors? Cleanse thou me from secret fault”. The secret faults are thesins that we know not of and I find the law here that a confession that thereis sins that one knows not of would be their starting point for theirforgiveness in such areas of their life. However, there is a report that manywho even know that they are sinning would continue in their own sins withoutconfessions. I find the law that this would only be so due to the fact thatthose who do not know God, will fail in their own belief that God would evenfor give them of their sin and would seek not God’s forgiveness, but wouldsettle into their own iniquities.
A prime example of how God would forgive youof your sins, I write to you. If a parent buys a gift for his child and thechild will not play with it, will not even open it, and has no approval of it,which is to say that the child plainly does not want this gift. At some point the parent will take it backand get the child something else. God works the same way, if you say a curseword and then say “forgive me God”out loud in the present of those who heard the curse word, and continue in thismanner then you will have confessed your sin, and have told God that you do notwant this weight of sin in your life, and at some point God will give youanother word to say other than this curse word that you do not wish to speakany longer. When we continue in this manner then we will find ourselves practicingrighteousness, (see 1 John 3:7). Ifind the law here that we must do what is right even to correct a thing whichwe may have done that is wrong in order to practice righteousness and that withthis practice of righteousness then confessions of the Lord Jesus are made intruth. Hebrews 10:26, clearly showsus that if we know these things and do not practice them, then there is nothingelse that we can do to be saved.
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Luke 23:34, “Then said Jesus Farther forgive them for they know not what they do.” In the gospel of Luke these are the first words to be spoken from the mouth of our Lord after he was nailed to the cross. The request was for forgiveness of those who were putting him to death in this world, those who had mocked him, spit on him and nailed him to the cross. One of the first things we must keep in mind is that it was the high priests and the elders, the people who went to church who convinced the crowd to be willing to have Jesus on the cross!
In this world we live in today, the importance of forgiveness has seemed to have been swept under the rug in our communities. This is so even more in the hearts of those to attend church every Sunday. Many people go to church to see who is there that they may feel do not deserve to be there because they may have gotten drunk on Saturday night. Then after church instead of offering a hand to the needed, in most cases the gossip of the enemy is delivered in conversation. This means that many people to attend church on Sunday will be quick to mock a person after church rather than to help a person along the way after service, but in service many of these same people will pretend to be such a true Christian towards the same person they gossip about after service. I find the law that forgiveness is lost in the hearts of such people, and this would make any religion in vain.We must remember that we are to be Christ like which means to strive to be like Jesus in our thoughts and actions. Jesus sat with the sinners, therefore we should not downgrade a person who comes to church because of a thing of this world that is evidience that one may need a healing. It is true that we are not to be unequally yoked, and this means that we are not to induldge into an action which we may have doubt of or which we may not approve of. I find the law here that the house of worship is not a place that a stone shall be casted, nor any other place by one who is not without sin.
In many cases today, a person who may have been identified as a thug, gone to prison and serve his/her due time may find it hard to be respected as a human being who has change his/her life. In many cases such judgments are passed by those who attend church every Sunday. I find the law that many of the Sunday morning sermons are preached following the reading of the text of a person who wrote the text while they were yet still in prison, such as the Apostle Paul. Many preachers will speak of Paul as being one who was against the church prior to his conversion in Acts. However the question of why was Paul against the church is never preached in the church. Paul was against the church because of many hypocrites of the church actions, because church people would act as though they were so much better than others who had never been to church. We must keep in mind that Jesus built his church upon the rock in the heart of those to believe such as Peter, and not upon the hearts of those without forgiveness. It is a wonderful thing for one to be in the church, and even a much better thing if the building is acknowledged as a house of worship that the belief in our hearts in our Lord Jesus, and the love for our neighbors would abound much more as the true meaning of a church.
I find the law that without forgiveness there is no salvation. It is sad for one to lose a love one on the behalf of a sinner’s actions but we must not forget the many brothers and sisters in Christ who gave their life that we could make it to this point in our life, and more important we must remember that Jesus asked for forgiveness and gave his life that we would have forgiveness in this world. I would that anyone to read this text is mindful of the hardest event to happen in their life which they may have not forgave someone and ask God to forgive them for each day which they have lived without forgiving a person. Hold on to Jesus and let go of anything unlike Jesus!
WE MUST FORGIVE TO BE SAVED!