The world wants us to think that we are ok and that no matter how we live we are going to have eternal life. However, the Bible says in John 3:5, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and of the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." These words are printed in red in the New Testament. They are the words of Christ. So how can you be saved? Read below for the answer:
The first thing we must do is hear the Word of God and what He is trying to tell us. Romans 10:17 says, "faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." You must hear the gospel before you can believe it.
The jailer at Philippi wanted to know how to get saved. Paul and Silas answered in Acts 16:31, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved." It also says that he that believeth not shall be damned. In John 8:24, Jesus said that if we don't believe He is who He says He is we will die in our sins.
To repent it means that we turn away from our sins and truly start a new life In Christ. In Acts 2:37-38 it says, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ to the remission of your sins." When we repent of our sins we acknowledge that we have been doing wrong and that we need a Savior. Once we receive Him we change the way we live and start a new life in Christ.
In order for us to be saved we must confess with our mouths before men that Jesus is Lord. We must believe that He is the true Messiah and that He has come to make payment for our sins upon the cross. In Romans 8 it says that "...if thou shalt confess with thy mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in our heart that God raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved..." It goes on to say, "with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
We follow Jesus example when He was baptized. In Mark 16:16 it says, "He that believes and is baptized shall be saved." When we go under the water we go under the old us and we come back up the new. It is a representation of us starting a new path in our walk with Christ. Acts 2:38 speaks it plainly, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you." Therefore, baptism must come after repentance. In Romans 6:4 it says that "we are buried in baptism with Christ unto death." A sprinkling won't do. It must be full submersion.
Have you taken the steps to change your life? If you have not done so, please consider it today. Your life will never be the same again!