How To Be Saved

When the warden of the prison in Philippi understood there was a God who was in control of the world, he was scared. He knew that he was not right with God, like his prisoners Paul and Silas were. He asked them "What must I do to be saved?" (Acts 16:30).

The answer was simple. "Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved" (Acts 16:31).

Yes, it really is that simple. You don't need to do anything to make up for any of the sins you have committed in the past, and there is nothing you can do to earn God's favor. All God asks is that you trust Jesus. If you believe, you will be saved.

What Do You Need to Believe?

You need to believe there is a God who will respond to you.

You need to believe in Jesus.

You need to believe that Jesus died for your sins, and that He arose from the dead and was seen by many.

This isn't a complete list of the tenets of the Christian faith. I can't list them all and determine which of them are necessary for salvation and which aren't. You should believe all of the truth God has revealed to us in His word (the Bible), but it's not necessary to understand it all completely. No one does. God knows who has a genuine saving faith in Him, and who does not (2 Tim 2:19).

Notice also that 1 Cor 15:2 (above) indicates that it is possible to believe in vain. Some people think they believe, but they actually have so many misconceptions that it isn't really the God of the Bible that they believe in. That is a vain belief, and it will not save.

Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. If your faith is genuine and your perception of Him is true, you will be saved, but don't assume that to be the case. Keep learning about Him, and make sure that what you believe matches up with what the Bible says. If it doesn't, you need to adjust your thinking. If you are genuinely seeking God, His Spirit will guide you into all truth (John 16:13). He is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through Him (Heb 7:25).

What Should You Do Next?

Works will not save you.

However, you will want to do things that will be pleasing to God once you have been saved.

Here are some things that the Bible tells us we should do:

May God bless you as you seek to follow Him. Blessed are those who keep His statutes, who seek Him with their whole heart (Psalm 119:2).