To Be Saved An Individual Must…

Need to be saved. Meaning he or she must be a sinner to begin with. Infants, children, and mentally incapable people cannot possibly sin. You must be capable of knowing right from wrong to err (
James 4:17). If an individual has transgressed the law of Christ (I John 3:4) and is capable of knowing right from wrong, he or she has to do many things. God has done His part (Ephesians 2:1-10). Here is the part men and women must do to be saved and remain in such a state.

He or she has to have been taught the truth (
John 8:32, Romans 1:16, and Romans 10:17).

He or she has to have understood, believed, and openly received the truth they have been taught (
Matthew 13:19, Mark 16:15-16, and I Thessalonians 2:13).

That person then must evaluate and count the cost of being a disciple of the Lord (
Luke 9:57-62 and Luke 14:25-33).

If that person wants to proceed to obeying the Gospel and being converted to Christ, he or she has to repent of his or her sins (
Luke 13:3, Acts 3:19, and Acts 26:18-20).

He or she then has to confess Christ (
Acts 8:25-39 and Romans 10:9-10).

That person then must be immersed for the remission of sins into the body of Christ (
Acts 2:38-41, Acts 8:12-13, Acts 10:44-48, Acts 16:13-15, Acts 16:22-33, Acts 18:8, Acts 19:1-7, Romans 6:3-6, I Corinthians 12:13, Galatians 3:26-29, Colossians 2:12, and I Peter 3:20-21).

The Lord then adds this person to His body, the church (
Acts 2:47).

This person then must live faithfully, in accordance with all of the will of God, for the rest of his or her natural life (
Colossians 1:23 and Revelation 2:10). This in itself involves growing (Matthew 28:20 and II Peter 3:18) and continuing faithful in all things (John 8:31). There is much to the life of a Christian. Let me help you start and continue the faithful journey to Heaven.

- Brian A. Yeager
brian@wordsoftruth.net






What
Must Someone Do To Be Saved?
By: Trevor Yeager

First, one must hear the gospel and understand it: “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). “When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side” (Matthew 13:19).

Then, one must
believe the gospel: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek” (Romans 1:16). “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned” (Mark 16:15-16).

Then, one must
repent of their sins: “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3). “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord” (Acts 3:19). “But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance” (Acts 26:20).

Next, one must
confess that Jesus is the Son of God: “And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God” (Acts 8:37). “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:10).

Now, one must
be baptized (immersed) in water for (unto) the remission of sins: “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 2:38). “And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord” (Acts 22:16). “And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him” (Acts 8:38).

Now,
the Lord adds the saved one to the church of Christ: “Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved” (Acts 2:47). “Salute one another with an holy kiss. The churches of Christ salute you” (Romans 16:16).

Finally, one must
continue in faithful service to the Lord: “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:26-33). “If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister” (Colossians 1:23).

This is a lifelong commitment. I advise anyone who dares to start this journey to realize you cannot just stop in the middle of your new life. Contact me to study more about God’s plan of redemption.

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