Salvation and Baptism

WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED

Pray the following simple prayer of salvation and if you are truly sincere, you are saved and you have become a child of God.  You are going to see the following prayer again two more times.

PRAYER OF SALVATION IN AND THROUGH JESUS CHRIST

Lord, I have sinned. I am sorry for my sins and I now give my life to you. I accept your salvation through Your shed blood on the cross. I accept you as my Lord and Saviour.  I ask you to save me and live in my life forever and ever. Be merciful to me a sinner. In the NAME OF JESUS, I pray. Amen.

What must I do to be eternally saved forever in the arms of the Lord Jesus Christ?

This is the greatest and wisest question that you or anyone else can ever ask for your eternity is at stake. And the answer is always very simple, indeed. You must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and if at all possible be baptized by immersion.

SALVATION THROUGH THE SHED BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST

To be "saved" is to receive salvation and eternal life through Jesus Christ and His work on the Cross of Calvary. To be saved" is to be saved from spiritual and physical death forever in the flaming pits of an everlasting hell. To be "saved" is to be saved unto righteousness and to live in heaven with Christ.

To be "saved" is to be "born again."  You were born physically.  Once you reach the age of accountability, you must be born spiritually in order to enter the Kingdom of God.  You are born twice.  The first time you are born physically and the second time you are born (reborn) you are born spiritually by God Himself.  Christ had this to say about being "born again" when He talked to Nicodemus. 

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God  (John 3:4).

Christ is the only way unto eternal salvation and there is no salvation in any religion. Christianity is not a religion but is a relationship with God Himself.  You must believe in Jesus Christ and that He died on the Cross of Calvary for you.  You must believe that He was buried and that He rose again from the dead thereby conquering death once and for all. 

To believe in the Biblical sense or usage, means to "trust completely," or to rely fully on Him for your salvation because no one else can save you from your sins.  Christ died on the Cross as a substitute for you and His blood covers your sins and they can't be seen by God. 

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved (Acts 4:12).

Keeping the Ten Commandments does not save you. You cannot be saved by doing good works for that would put you in a position to determine what are not only good works but how much in the way of good works has to be done to earn heaven. Baptism is not the means of salvation but follows salvation to symbolize dying to sin and identifying oneself with Christ. Going to church does not save you because that would be a form of works. Millions of unsaved people have passed through the doors of a church but will not pass through the portals of the New Jerusalem.

Salvation is a gift from God and you do good works for Jesus after you are saved, not before. All false religion such as the cults insist that they have to do something to help Jesus save them. That puts them in a position in their own minds to determine what salvation is and is not. In short, by doing good works makes one saviour of oneself. To be a saviour is to be God and no one is God except God. 

People  who think that they are saved by their good works are people who are prideful of themselves and have downgraded the wondrous gift of salvation.  In effect, they are telling God that they don't need Him, that they can do the job themselves.  This is both wrong and an insult to God.  It is saying that the blood spilled at Calvary wasn't necessary. 

Salvation is by grace through faith in Christ Jesus and Him alone.  You are saved by grace and grace alone through your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  You are never saved by works.  You are saved unto good works so that others can Jesus Christ in you.  You do good works to please God.  You do not do good works to make yourself big in the eyes of others.  Your motives for working for the Lord must be pure.  Don't brag about what you do.  You will not receive your eternal rewards in heaven if you do that when you stand before Christ at the Judgment Seat of Christ.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.Not of works, lest any man should boast.  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them   (Ephesians 2:8-10).

 

How do you believe on Christ, how do you become saved? You have to understand that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. You need to pray the sinnerís prayer. There are no set words to do this. Open up your heart to Christ and ask Him to save you, tell Him you know that you are a sinner, and ask Him to come into your heart forever and ever. 

Pray the following simple prayer of salvation and if you are truly sincere, you are saved and you have become a child of God.

PRAYER OF SALVATION IN AND THROUGH JESUS CHRIST

Lord, I have sinned. I am sorry for my sins and I now give my life to you. I accept your salvation through Your shed blood on the cross. I accept you as my Lord and Saviour.  I ask you to save me and live in my life forever and ever. Be merciful to me a sinner. In the NAME OF JESUS, I pray. Amen.

Once you are saved, please be baptized by a Preacher of Godís Holy Word and be baptized by full and complete immersion.  In other words, go down into the water so that it covers you completely.  Then you begin to witness to others about Jesus just as I have witnessed to you.  Do your best to be baptized by water immersion.  The thief on the Cross of Calvary was saved at the last moment by Jesus before he entered eternity.  But he wasn't baptized.  Even on the Cross, Christ was at work saving lost souls.  There were two men who died alongside Jesus.  One was saved and the other was not.  At the last moment of life, one received eternal salvation.  And at the last moment, the other died and slipped into an eternity of a flaming pit.  He rejected Christ when he could have received that gift of salvation.  But he didn't.  

You believe in your heart and you confess Christ with your mouth. It will be difficult many times to confess Jesus before others. But you must do this. If a person doesnít want to listen, then go and donít witness to him or her again unless they ask you to do so.

Here are some verses that you should know:

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved (Acts 4:12).

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord  (Romans 6:23).

BAPTISM

Sprinkling water on the head is not Biblical baptism. It is not Scriptural and the true believer in Jesus Christ will always do what the Lord wants.  Baptism does not save your soul.  The reason for baptism is to symbolically tell others that you have been buried to your past and that you identify with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Nowhere in the New Testament is there any instances or examples of infant baptism or baptism by sprinkling. Baptism is always by immersion and only by people who know the difference between right and wrong. Baptism is only by adults who are saved in the precious perfect blood of Jesus Christ Who shed His blood on the Cross of Calvary almost 2,000 years ago. In other words, baptism by immersion is for the adult however young or old that might be.

As stated above, baptism by immersion is your way of saying to the world that you identify yourself with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

 

The word "Baptism" occurs 22 times in the Bible and then only in the New Testament. Baptism as such was unknown in the Old Testament. I shall give you only four as the others are not relevant to the new believer in Christ.

Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life (Romans 6:4).
 
One Lord, one faith, one baptism (Ephesians 4:4).
 
 
Buried with Him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with Him through the faith of the
operation of God, Who hath raised Him from the dead (Colossians 2:12).
 

The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: (I Peter 3:21).

And then the word "Baptized" appears 51 times,  47 verses are given below. Water baptism for the true follower of Christ did not go into effect until the book of Acts when one was baptized in the name of Jesus Christ and the name of Jesus Christ only. Turning to Christ for salvation and repentance preceded water baptism immersion only and by adults only.  You go down into the water and then come back up.  And you are baptized in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

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).

Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. (Acts 2:41).
 
But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women (Acts 8:12).
 
Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done (Acts 8:13).
 
(For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus (Acts 8:16).
 
And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? (Acts 8:36).
 
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).
 
And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized (Acts 9:18).
 
Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? (Acts 10:47).
 
And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days (Acts 10:48).
 
Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost (Acts 11:16).
 
And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us (Acts 16:15).
 
And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway (Acts 16:33).
 
And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his house; and many of the Corinthians hearing believed, and were baptized  (Acts 18:8).
 
And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism (Acts 19:3).
 
Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus (Acts 19:4).
 
When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus (Acts 19:5).
 
 
And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord (Acts 22:16).
 
 
Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? (Romans 6:3).
 
 
Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul? (I Corinthians 1:13).
I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius; (I Corinthians 1:14).
 
Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name (I Corinthians 1:15).
 
And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other (I Corinthians 1:16).
And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; (I Corinthians 10:2).
 
For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one
spirit (I Corinthians 12:13).
 
Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead? (I Corinthians 15:29).
 
For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ (Galatians 3:27).

 
What you do with Christ today determines what He will do with you at the end of your life.  Remember that death could come at any moment and if you are not saved, you will be lost forever.  You are always only one heartbeat away from heaven or hell.  The choice is yours.  You have that freedom.  Choose wisely.
 
And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment           (Hebrews 9:27).

Pray the following simple prayer of salvation and if you are truly sincere, you are saved and you have become a child of God.

PRAYER OF SALVATION IN AND THROUGH JESUS CHRIST

 

Lord, I have sinned. I am sorry for my sins and I now give my life to you. I accept your salvation through Your shed blood on the cross. I accept you as my Lord and Saviour.  I ask you to save me and live in my life forever and ever. Be merciful to me a sinner. In the NAME OF JESUS, I pray. Amen.