One’s eternal destiny depends upon the decision he or she will make while alive. When Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was speaking with Nicodemus, He told him that “Ye must be born again.” (John chapter 3 and verse 7)
Why must a person be born again or be saved? Simply because everyone, including you and me, are sinners. We have violated the commandments of the Lord. Paul the Apostle wrote to the Romans, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3: 23). This means that no one can live up to the standard that God has established which is sinless perfection. Therefore, since we have all sinned, we all are under the penalty of our sins. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23) Therefore, we need salvation or to be saved.
God in His infinite mercy and love has provided a way of salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ. He did this because He loves you and me. “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).
Jesus Christ, God’s Son, took our place on the cross of Calvary. He bore our sins. He died in our place so we might have the opportunity to accept Him as our Saviour and receive that free gift of salvation. Sin has a penalty and that penalty is death. Jesus paid the penalty for us. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
Since we are sinners and Christ gave Himself for us on Calvary’s cross, what must one do to be saved? The Philippian jailer asked Paul, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” (Acts16 :30-31) Paul replied, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.…”
So, what must you do to receive Christ as your Saviour?
* First, you must admit that you are a sinner and need to be saved.
* Second, you must repent and be willing to turn from your sin.
* Third, you must believe that Jesus Christ died for you on the cross.
* Fourth, you must receive through prayer, Jesus Christ into your heart and life.
“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20)
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” (Romans 10:9)
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)
If God is knocking on the door of your heart, then answer the door and let Him come in. You can receive Christ through prayer. Here is a simple prayer of salvation.
“Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner. I know that I need you. I believe that you died on the cross for me. Forgive me of my sins. Right now, I turn from my sins (repent) and open the door of my heart and life to you. I receive you by faith as my Lord and Saviour, come into my life and save me.
It is not just reciting a prayer that saves a person, but believing in one’s heart on the Lord Jesus Christ and confessing with one’s mouth. For by faith (trusting) in Jesus for one’s salvation is essential.
“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.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Now, you need to trust His Word when Jesus said, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” (John 10:9)
Water baptism is one of the ways you first show that you have been joined to Jesus. This is an action, and actions will not save you. However, it is an act of obedience and a symbol of commitment.
The symbolism is this:
When you go down in the water you show that You have been crucified and buried with Him, And when you come up out of the water you show that you have been raised to walk with Him in newness of life. (See Romans chapter 6)