How to be Saved

Most of us think that if we stay on the straight and narrow we just might make it though those pearly gates.  Sadly most people don’t know exactly how to be saved.   The majority of people overall believe they will be in heaven when they die someday because they strive to be a good person.  We are all born into this world with a sin nature  and our life needs to be changed.  (Romans 3:23) No amount of good works will allow you to spend eternity with God unless you give your heart to Him.  (Ephesians 2:8-9)

You must believe that God sent His son Jesus to pay the penalty for your sins. John 3:16.   Jesus Christ loved you so much that He suffered unimaginable cruelty, mockery, humiliation, and death on the cross.  He rose from the dead on the 3rd day.  He subjected Himself willingly for you and me so we could have eternal life.  God the Father wants a relationship with you.  You don’t need to understand it all right this moment.  Will you put your faith in Him and Him alone?  Please do not put this off.

If you feel that God is calling you to come to Him then these two prayers below could be a good example of how to talk/pray to Him.

Lord, I want to go to heaven someday.  Come into my heart and forgive me of all my sins.  Create a new heart in me today as you will create a new home for me in Heaven.  Live with me here on earth and help me to follow you.  I ask this in Jesus’ name.  Amen

Or

Dear God, I confess I am a sinner.  Thank you that Jesus took my punishment upon Himself when He died on the cross for my sins, and then rose from the dead, defeating death.  Today I repent and place my trust in Jesus Christ alone for my salvation.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

Romans 10:9-10
“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.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.

John 5:24  I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned;  he has crossed over from death to life.

Click here for more bible verse about being saved.

Responses

  1. Thank you so much! Please pray for me,that God will have mercy on me.I have been in church all my life,but am feeling like my whole world is coming a part at the seams.I really needed this,I got it a long time ago,but am just now getting around to reading it.Jesus must have known I needed it.Thank you again.God bless you.

    • Hey Angela,

      I certainly will be praying for you in your time of trouble. Life can be so hard at times, but we’re never truly alone. God sees everything your going through and will help guide you through it. Never doubt Him even though His timing isn’t always in sync with ours. I resent you the “Heaven On The Web” link, and the audio sermons have been updated. Heaven is going to be a very exciting place! Hope you enjoy the series.
      Take good care,
      Sarah Doohan

  2. Please pray for me!!! I can’t get acsess to your website.The net is stopping me.Please I know Jesus is with me,But I need your prayers.thx
    ps.i checked even the spam it’s not in there.

  3. Thank you so much for your prayers.I know Jesus is the way the truth and the life,and I am clinging on to him for dear life!!!!!!!! I keep getting stuff in the email,that i don’t understand,and can’t comprehend,pray God will have mercy on me.Thank you.

  4. Thanks for following onTwitter!

    May God bless you with many who come to know Him through you testimony.
    God bless,
    C.C.T.
    @GodCameDown

  5. “As the Bible says, I am already saved (Rom. 8:24, Eph. 2:5–8), but I’m also being saved (1 Cor. 1:18, 2 Cor. 2:15, Phil. 2:12), and I have the hope that I will be saved (Rom. 5:9–10, 1 Cor. 3:12–15). Like the apostle Paul I am working out my salvation in fear and trembling (Phil. 2:12), with hopeful confidence in the promises of Christ (Rom. 5:2, 2 Tim. 2:11–13).”

    • Maybe I misunderstand your first sentence “As the Bible says, I am already saved”. What was the point of Jesus’ death on the cross? David said in Psalm 51:5 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
      Jesus explains to Nicodemus the importance of being born again in John ch 3. Here is just verse 3 In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.”

      Phil 2:12 read down in your concordance vs.12. It’s explained here NIV “Work it out to the finish; not a reference to the attempt to earn one’s salvation in spiritual growth and development. Salvation is not merely a gift received once for all; it expresses itself in an ongoing process in which the believer is strenuously involved – the process of perseverance, spiritual growth and maturation. fear and trembling. Not because of doubt or anxiety; rather the reference is to an active reverence and singleness of purpose in response to God’s grace.”

      And your reference 2:5-8 is fine, but I’m going to add vs.9 “not by works, so that no one can boast.”

      Thank you for your comment and references.

      • Jesus explains to Nicodemus in verse 5 that one must be baptized in order to be born again. Jesus answered, “Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. Baptism is the beginning of the salvation journey, not just a one time event. Justification holds that being Baptized into Christ cleanses the “entire person,” both internally and externally, from the sins that they have at that present moment (cf. Acts2:38) and makes them a “new creation” (cf. Cor. 5:17). After a person is “clothed with Christ” through the waters of Baptism (cf. Gal 3:27-29), I then become a full-fledged member of God’s family. It is through the Blood of the risen Christ that I can maintain my internal and external baptismal cleanliness.

        St. Paul says in his letter to the Romans, “See, then, the kindness and severity of God: severity toward those who fell, but God’s kindness to you, provided you remain in his kindness; otherwise you too will be cut off (Rom 11:22).” Again, in 1 Corinthians he says, “Therefore, whoever thinks he is standing secure should take care not to fall (1 Cor 10:12).” In these two instances, St. Paul is letting us know, that when it comes to the journey of salvation, “it’s not over until it’s over.” In 1 Corinthians, Paul writes this about himself, “I drive my body and train it, for fear that, after having preached to others, I myself should be disqualified (1Cor 9:27).”

        What does Jesus himself say about the journey of faith? In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus says; “You will be hated by all because of my name. But the one who perseveres to the end will be saved (Mark 13:13).”

        I hope this helps. Thanks

  6. I grew up interested in theology of saved & lost vs eternal security and have strong roots pulling towards predestination vs free will. Don’t care for the term Calvinism because it separates us, when in reality we both are correct. God knew before he created the universe and us who would be spending eternity with Him and who would not. I’ve learned not to debate issues, but rather learn from other belief systems. What you are getting at that Paul taught the early church is living a holy life and fulfilling entire sanctification. Like you referenced in Mark 13:13 it’s clear that we can’t become Christians and than do nothing. I’ve exhausted the subject getting down to understanding exactly what this all means. And yes Paul’s letters to the Corinth church he used the analogy of the Greek athletes. Would have made perfect sense to the early church and still is easily understood today. I love Paul’s letter to the church of Ephesus when he gives them the example of the armor of God. (Ephesians 6:10-17).
    I find sometimes people get focused a lot of the fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) and feel if they don’t meet all 9 requirements that their salvation could be in jeopardy. A while back I wrote and article on the subject of living a holy life. I admit to finding it overwhelming because I was finding contradictions about deep issues. You might want to check it out where you clearly know your Bible. It is amazing though how differently people can view verses.

    http://wp.me/pSNnL-9M


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