How To Get Saved?
If there's one important question you need to ask yourself by now, it's this: "How can I be saved?" If I'll die today, how sure am I, I'll be going to heaven and meet Jesus face to face? All people from the beginning of history will stand before God in judgment. The Bible says, "And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment, (Heb. 9:27). We need not neglect the preparation necessary for this inevitable accounting.
All men, without distinction, need to be saved for the reason that we all fail miserably to live up to the divine standard. The apostle Paul, in the book of Romans proved that all men are sinners.
Rom. 3:23 - "For all have fallen short of the glory of God."
Rom. 3:10 - "There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God."
Scripture teaches repeatedly that sinners are capable of nothing but a flawed and imperfect righteousness.
Isaiah 64:6 - "For all of us have become like one who is unclean , and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment;"
Ps. 14:23 - "The Lord looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. All have turned aside, they have together become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one."
No matter how good we are, we can't eliminate the sinful nature present in all of us. Therefore, the only righteousness by which sinners may be justified is the perfect righteousness of God that is imputed to those who believe. God declares a sinner righteous solely on the basis of the merits of Christ's righteousness.
Only Jesus can do that. Jesus didn't come to help people save themselves; He came to be their Savior from the power and penalty of sin. When a sinner comes to God, repentant and convinced he has no power to save himself from the deserved judgment of divine wrath, and pleads for mercy, God's promise of forgiveness is granted. God then declares him righteous because the sacrifice and obedience of Christ is put to his account.
Col. 1:13-14 - "For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins."
Salvation is totally from God through Jesus' death. God paid dearly with the life of His Son, the highest price He could pay. Jesus accepted our punishment, paid the price for our sins, and then offered us the new life that He had bought for us.
John 3:16-17 - "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him."
Jesus came to earth to save us because we can't save ourselves from sin and its consequences. Jesus is the only One able to save. He is the only One who has the power of salvation.
Acts 4:12 - "And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved."
Salvation is something we can never accomplish on our own. There is nothing we can do to earn our salvation. We become Christians through God's unmerited grace, not as the result of any effort, ability, intelligent choice, or act of service on our part. Without God's grace, no person can be saved. To receive it, we must acknowledge that we cannot save ourselves, that only God can save us, and that our only way to receive this loving favor is by faith in Christ.
Titus 2:11 - "For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men."
Eph. 2:8-9 - "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast."
2 Tim. 1:9 - "Who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to Hid own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity…"
Receiving salvation means we must repent of our sins. It is not enough to be sorry for our sins. If you want to follow Christ, you must be absolutely willing to "turn from sin". To "turn from sin" means changing the direction of your life, by God's power, from selfishness and rebellion against God's laws. At the same time, you must turn to Christ, depending on Him for forgiveness, mercy, guidance, and purpose.
Acts 2:38 - "Peter said to them, 'Repent and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of you sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.'"
If you have never received Christ as you Lord and Savior, do so without delay. God's invitation is the most important event in our life, no matter how inconveniently it may be timed. Are you making excuses to avoid responding to God's call? We too can resist or delay responding to God's invitation, and our excuses may sound reasonable - work duties, family responsibilities, financial needs, or whatever they may be.
Receiving salvation is simple, direct, and personal. Salvation is as close as your own mouth and heart. People think it must be a complicated process, but it is not. If we believe in our heart and say with our mouth that Christ is the risen Lord, we will be saved.
Romans 10:8-13 - "But what does it say? 'THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, in your mouth and in your heart' - that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, 9 that if you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord', and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, 'WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.' 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; 13 for WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED."
To receive Christ as your Lord and Savior of your life, you can pray something like this:
"Lord Jesus Christ, I come to you asking for Your forgiveness. I repent of all my sins. I want You to come into my life. I accept You as my Lord and Savior. I know I cannot save myself. I surrender my life to You and I ask You to take full control of my life. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen."