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What Must I Do to Be Saved?


ou have broken God’s holy Law. You don’t think so? “I’m not so bad,” you tell yourself.

Really? Ask yourself some questions. Have you ever lied? Yes, you have. Have you ever stolen anything? Yes, you have.

Have you ever committed adultery? Yes, you have, because Jesus says that to even lust after a woman is the same as committing adultery. My friend, you have broken three out of ten. And by desiring her in the first place, you are coveting someone’s wife or daughter. That’s four.

Shall we try for five out of ten? Jesus says to hate someone is to commit the sin of murder in your heart. And that’s where sin starts. Let’s check the balance sheet. You have admitted that you are a lying, thieving, covetous, murdering, adulterer—and we’ve only looked at five of the ten.

Shall we go for six? By doing all these things, you have dishonored your father and mother. My friend, you’ve broken six out of ten. If you will be honest with yourself, you have broken all the others, too. And these are just a summary of God’s holy Law.

You’ve got a problem, my friend. And it’s a serious problem, because the penalty for breaking God’s Law is severe indeed. But it’s not just your problem. It’s my problem, too. In fact, it’s everybody’s problem. The penalty is death, and not just physical death. The penalty is eternal death, separation from God in a place that you really don’t want to go to.

But there’s some good news. In fact, it’s great news. That eternal penalty has already been paid. God Himself paid it and paved the road for our salvation through Jesus Christ.

The road to salvation through Jesus Christ is clearly presented in the New Testament. These Seven Principles of Salvation are set forth in Paul’s letter to the Romans.

  •  All people are born sinners. We are all unrighteous people.

As it is written, “Not even one person is righteous. No one understands. No one searches for God. All have turned away. Together they have become worthless.” —Romans 3:10-12

This means that no one is righteous before God and, in fact, no one is even searching for Him.

  •  All people sin. Our best efforts will never measure up.

… since all have sinned and continue to fall short of God’s glory. —Romans 3:23

This means that you have sinned. You have not earned, and do not deserve, eternal life. There are two things you need to know to be saved: First, you need to know that you are a sinner who has violated God’s laws. Second, you need to know that there is a terrible and eternal price for sin.

  •   The price of sin is death.

Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, so death spread to everyone, because all have sinned. —Romans 5:12

Adam sinned and gave Satan a foothold in the world. By nature, we are all separated from God. We are all born in sin. We deserve death and hell.

  •   Jesus paid your debt by dying in your place.

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in union with Christ Jesus our Lord. —Romans 6:23

You have earned death, not eternal life. So Jesus, in effect, went to the “Bank of Heaven” and paid your debt for you. Jesus paid the price for you to obtain salvation and eternal life. You cannot earn this payment. Eternal life must be accepted as a gift from God.

  •  Christ died in your place, paying your price, and suffering  so that      you would not have to suffer eternally.

But God demonstrates his love for us by the fact that Christ died for us while we were still sinners. — Romans 5:8

Due to unconditional love, Christ died in your place, paying a debt He did not owe. We all have an unpaid debt of sin that Christ is willing to pay for us. How do we get our debts paid by Christ? If you accept His payment of your debt by receiving Him as your Lord and Savior, He will make you His child and take you to heaven when you die.

  •   His invitation is open to anyone… even you.

For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” — Romans 10:13

The word “everyone” includes you. How do you “call on the name of the Lord” to be saved?

  •  You must confess your sin, declare His Lordship, and believe in      your heart that God raised Christ from the dead.

…if you declare with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For a person believes with his heart and is justified, and a person declares with his mouth and is saved. — Romans 10:9-10

The Bible promises us that God forgives our sin when we accept the work that Christ did for us when He died on Calvary. You can do this by praying this short, simple prayer:

“Lord, Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and I need you. I know that you paid the price for my sins by dying on the cross. I ask that you forgive my sins; and I receive you as my Savior and Lord. I thank you for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person you want me to be. Amen.”

Look to God’s Word for encouragement as you begin your new life in Christ. Remember these simple truths from God’s Word:

If we make it our habit to confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us those sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. —1 John 1:9

The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. —Romans 8:16

For by such grace you have been saved through faith. This does not come from you; it is the gift of God and not the result of works, lest anyone boast. —Ephesians 2:8

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing to the glory that will be revealed to us. —Romans 8:18

I have written these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. —1 John 5:13

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. Old things have disappeared, and—look!—all things have become new! All of this comes from God, who has reconciled us to himself through Christ… —2 Corinthians 5:17-18a

Internet Resources

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Davidson Press MediaCenter

A number of fully-scripted PowerPoint™ slide presentations are available for you at no charge on the Internet at http://davidsonpress.com/mediacenter.htm. Most of the pre­sen­tations are divided into chapters for instruction as an adult Sunday School course or as a course for week-night Bible studies. Permission to reproduce the speaker’s notes included in the presentation is granted to the purchaser of this book. The purchaser is also granted a license by the publisher to reproduce and distribute the presentation handouts provided that the handouts are distributed at no charge to attendees of any study based on the slide show.

ISV On-line

Davidson Press publishes the International Standard Version New Testament (the Old Testament translation is in development at press time). You can access most of its contents on the Internet at http://isv.org, the website of The ISV Foundation, which sponsored the translation of the ISV.

Free e-Sword™ Bible Study Software

You can download a free copy of the e-Sword™ Bible study software at http://e-sword.net.  The ISV New Testament (including maps) are available in the e-Sword format from this site at no charge.

Arabic Resources

If you are looking for resources to help you bring the Gospel to Muslims, be sure to visit these Internet sites

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