There are many fairly standard responses to what one must do to be saved, to experience the salvation of the Lord Jesus Christ. If I were someone who wanted to know how to be saved, I would turn directly to the word of God, the Holy Bible. Jesus Himself tells us what we must do, as do His apostles. Read with me the following stories presented to us within the New Testament. These are stories of people who asked Jesus Christ what they must do to be saved. If you want to be saved, do these things, just as they did:
————-Jesus teaches Nicodemus————–
14Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”
16For 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. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. John 3: 14-18
8 But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: 9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. 11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10: 8-13
——————The Parable of the Good Samaritan—————
25On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
26“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”
27He answered, “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’c ; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ”
28“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
29But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
30In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35The next day he took out two denariie and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
36“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
37The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” Luke 10 19:25-37
————-The Conversion of the Jailer————–
29And he called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas, 30and after he brought them out, he said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31They said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”… Acts 16:29-31
There are many verses within the Bible which tell us exactly how to be saved and what the process is. Ministers, preachers, teachers, prophets, and those who know, abound — they all have their opinions; I take mine directly from the Holy Bible itself. I take my opinion from the mouth of Jesus Christ and those who followed Him. We can read the Holy Bible for ourselves and follow Jesus. If we do what it tells us, we will be saved; Jesus assures us of this.
Do not allow anyone to make it overly complicated for you. Do not allow someone else to tell you that you are not saved when you have done what the bible tells you to do. Do not let another person interject doubt about your salvation through their own thoughts, church beliefs, church denomination, politics, or life experiences into what you must do to be saved; when people do this, they are adding to the bible and probably taking away from it without even knowing that they are doing it.
Have confidence and faith in your salvation. You become a new person in Christ Jesus once you have been saved. You are different and continue to grow and change over time. Jesus tells us exactly what to do to be saved and keeps it very simple, as do the apostles of Jesus Christ. See below:
36Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them. John 3:36
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23
As it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; Romans 3:10
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 1John 1:8
Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. John 5:24
I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. John 10:28
For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13
There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement,i through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus. Romans 3:23-26
6You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
9Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. Romans 5:6-11
When you recognize that God is Holy and we (none of us are holy) are not, you realize that you are a sinner and you need saving. There is only one name by which you can be saved. There is only one savior, Jesus Christ, and only one way you can be saved– through Jesus Christ. You are saved through believing and confessing aloud that you believe.
9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. Romans 10:9
Jesus said “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father but through me.” That should clarify pretty much everything you need to know about it.
When you believe and are saved, things in your life change. You change. How so? The bible tells us this too in a variety of places.