How to Be Saved
I have listed some scriptures for those seeking how to be saved, or for those who are not really sure if they are saved. God promises that all who seek him with their whole heart will find him. Jeremiah 29:13
The Gospel (The Good News), in a nutshell:
1 Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain 3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importancea : that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. 6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8 and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born. NIV
Jesus and John the Baptist Tell People How They Can Be Saved:
John 3:1-21 Jesus speaks to Nicodemus plainly about eternal life and being 'born again' when Nicodemus came to him at night. Jesus told him what he was seeking even before Nicodemus asked the question. He also tells Nicodemus in John 3:15-16 that everyone who believes in the name of Jesus may have eternal life in him and not perish.
Believing in the name of Jesus throughout scripture includes putting your trust and confidence in him; believing who he says he is, in his character and the Gospel (that Jesus died for our sins, was buried and rose again) and his words as expressed in the Word of God. These concepts are expressed when you look at the origins of the Greek words: http://biblehub.com/greek/4100.htm .
Hebrews 11:1 gives us the definition of faith and gives us many examples.
John 1:1-18 John explains how Jesus is the 'light of the world. Jesus explains more in John 11:9-10. Then he spoke of living in the truth, letting Jesus' light shine in people's hearts so they can come and live 'in the light'. Jesus spoke of being the light again in John 8:12. Again, in John 12:35-36, 44-46 Jesus says ' Believe in the light...so you may become children of light' and not stay in the darkness.
John 3:22-36 John the Baptist also spoke plainly about Jesus, saying Jesus came from heaven and is above all (John 3:31), that he was sent from God and speaks the words of God (John 3:32-34), and that whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but the one who rejects the Son does not, but that they would remain under God's wrath. (John 3:35-36)
John 4:1-42 Jesus told the Samaritan woman at the well who he is, and how to have eternal life by drinking the water that he gives them (John 3:13-14), states that he is the Messiah (John 4:25-26). Jesus knew all about the woman's life and her sins. She went and told the people of Samaria and many came to believe that Jesus is the Savior of the world. (John 4:39-42). Again in John 7:37-39 he spoke of living waters.
John 5:1-15 After Jesus healed a man who couldn't walk at the poor in Bethesda, the Jewish leaders confronted the man who had been healed about carrying his mat on the Sabbath, which was against the law. The man just reponded by telling them that the one who healed him told him to pick up his mat and walk. But Jesus was gone, so he couldn't point him out in the crowd. Later Jesus found the man who was healed in the temple to sin no more. Then the man who was healed told the Jewish leaders who had healed him. (John 5:16-47) They went to Jesus to speak against him and Jesus defended himself and in doing so, told them that God was his Father (John 5:16-18) and that he was God's Son (John 5:19-23) and that he can give life to whoever he wants to, and that whoever doesn't honor the Son, doesn't honor God either. Then Jesus spoke clearly about eternal life: (John 5:24-29) about hearing his word and believing him who sent him. Then he spoke about End Times, who those same ones who have died (in Christ) and have done good, will be raised to life. (We are not saved in doing good works, but we are saved by faith; and good works then accompany faith. Faith and works go together, as explained in James 2:14-26. He goes on to tell lthe leaders how, even though they studied the scriptures diligently,if they don't believe him and his words, they don't have eternal life (John 5:31-47). Only by coming to Jesus can they have eternal life (John 5:40).
John 6:1-40 After Jesus again shows his love and power by feeding the 5,000 and walking on water, he tells the disciples how he is the 'bread of life' (John 5:25-38) and talks about he who looks to the Son and believes in him will have eternal llife and be raised up on the last day. (John 6:40 and again in John 6:4-51 and again in John 6:53-59). Then many of Jesus disciples left him because they did not accept his teaching. (John 6:60-71)
John 10:1-42. Jesus is the Good Shepherd, and his sheep listen to his voice and follow him (John 10:27). Jesus gives them eternal life and no one can steal them away from God. (John 10:27-30)
Luke 13:1-9 Repent or perish. Parable of the fig tree.
Luke 15:1-7 Parable of the Lost lamb
John 20:29 After Jesus rose from the grave and appeared to the disciples to help them believe.
Luke 15:11-32 The prodigal son / lost son
Acts 26:16-18 Peter tells his story about what Jesus told him how people can be sanctified by faith in him.
Jesus is the only way to be saved!
Romans 10:1-13 These verses talk about professing your faith and believing in your heart that Jesus was raised from the dead.
John 14:1-21 Jesus says he is the way, the truth, and the life...
John 11:25-16. When Jesus was about to raise lazarus back to life he talked about being the 'resurrection and the life' and promises that whoever lives by believing in him will never die.
John 17:20-26 Jesus prays for all believers, that we will be with him.
Acts 4:8-12 Salvation is found in no one else - just Jesus!
John 14:15-21 Those who have the Spirit living in them, and keeps his commands will live because Jesus lives.
1 John 5:1-5 The one who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God (Then there is fruit, or proof, that they believe in keeping his commands).
Jesus, the Lamb of God
John 1:29-34 John says Jesus is the 'Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!'
Isaiah 53:1-12 The Lord Made his Life an offering For Sin.
Hebrews 10:1-18 Explains how animals were sacrificed for sin in the old testament, but only Jesus' sacrifice can take away sin.
Matthew 25:31-46 The parable of the sheep and the goats
Romans 3:21-26 Says how God makes us righteous through faith in the Lord Jesus to all who believe. Since we have all sinned, are are also justified freely by God's grace that came through the Lord Jesus (We receive redemption through his sacrifice on the cross, since he shed his blood as a sacrifice to pay the price for our sins). Read all about it in Romans 3.
Luke 13:22-30 Enter through the narrow door - only those who truly know Jesus will enter
1 John 1:9 Confessing your sins, receiving forgiveness
1 Peter 2:22-25 Explains how Jesus bore our sins.
Saved by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ
Romans 4:1-25 Abraham justified (made right with God) by faith
Acts 16:16-40 This is an awesome (true) Bible story. Paul and Silas get thrown into jail. God sent an earthquake to free them, and the jailer was about to kill himself. But Paul stopped him and told them that the priosners were still there. So he falls on his knees and asks Paul what he needs to do to be saved. You can read the (true) story in Acts 16:16-40. I believe the jailer shows repentance by washed Paul's and Silas' wounds, was baptized and then invited them to his house for supper, filled with joy!
Acts 26:12-18 Paul was before King Agrippa giving his testimony when he told of what Jesus said about opening people's eyes, turning them from darkness to light, to receive forgiveness and have a place among those who are sanctified.
Ephesians 2:1-10 Saved by grace through faith
Joel 2:28-32 Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord.
Isaiah 57:14-21 The contrite of heart
The Apostles Tell People How They Can Be Saved:
Acts 2:1-47 On the day of Pentecost, when God poured out the Holy Spirit on the disciples and they were all speaking in tongues, Peter got up to explain what was happening to the crowd. He spoke of how God raised Jesus from the grave after dying on the cross for our sins (Acts 2:31-32), how he was exalted and sitting at the right hand of God (Acts 2:33) , how God made Jesus, who they crucified, both Lord (which means Master, or the one who exercises complete ownership rights). and Messiah (which means Anointed One) (Acts 2:36).
The people in the crowd asked when, then, should they do? Peter's answer is found in Acts 2:38-41 Repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus for the forgiveness of your sins. Then he explained that they would then receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. He explained that this promise is for anyone whom the Lord will call. He warned them and pleaded with them. About 3,000 became followers of Christ that day. Scripture tells us about they met together to praise God, and how they devoted themselves to the teaching and fellowship with one another, and how the Lord added more who were being saved to their number each day. (Acts 3:47).
Acts 3:1-26 In Acts 3:13 after the Lord used Peter and John to heal a man who could not walk, Peter tells the onlookers how this man was healed: by faith in the name of Jesus (Acts 3:16). Again Peter tells them how to be saved: (Acts 3:17-26) which involves repenting and turning to God, that he may send Jesus for you when God restores everything. He spoke of how they could be heirs of God's promise, and how God raised up his servant (Jesus) and sent him first to them to bless them by turning them from their wicked ways. (Acts 3:25-26).
Acts 10:34-48 Peter talks about God's promises to Israel, Jesus' life, death, resurrection, how he was seen by many afterwards, and how anyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name (verse 42-43). They the Holy Spirit came on them, they spoke in tongues and were baptized.
Acts 11:18 The disciples understood that God has granted repentance that leads to life, even to the Gentiles.
Acts 20:17-21 Paul sums it up by telling us what he preaches: To turn to God in repentance and having faith in the Lord Jesus.
Acts 26:16-18 Peter tells what he preached, and that everything that the prophets and Moses had said, had now come true -- that Jesus had suffered, but rose from he dead to bring his message (the Good News) of light to his own people (the Jews) and to the Gentiles (the rest of us)!
1 Peter 3:18-22 Peter tells us how the righteous Lord Jesus suffered and died for the sins of the unrighteous (us), but rose again. Since Jesus was raised, all those who trust in him will also!
Saved by the Grace of God through Faith in the Lord Jesus, not by works
If we just try to be good, then we'll go to heaven, right? No!
2 Timothy 1:9 Not because of anything 'good' we've done, but through the Lord Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 2:8-9 We are not saved by doing good works.
Ephesians 2:10 Saved by grace through faith, which is a gift of God.
Romans 1:16-17 Salvation to everyone who believes the gospel of righteousness
Titus 2:11-14 The grace of God that offers salvation to all people, through the Lord Jesus Christ who gave himself for our redemption.
Acts 15:1-11 Paul talks about how God purifies our hearts by faith, through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we are saved.
Prophets and Angels Foretold How We Could be Saved
The account of how the angels appeared to the shepherds after Jesus was born and told them the good news that the Savior had been born, the Messiah, the Lord! Read the joyful passage in Luke 2:1-21
Luke 1:67-75 Zechariah prophesied about Jesus before he was about to be born:
Luke 1:67 His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied: 68 "Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,
because he has come to his people and redeemed them.
69 He has raised up a horn of salvation for us
in the house of his servant David
70 (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago),
71 salvation from our enemies
and from the hand of all who hate us—
72 to show mercy to our ancestors
and to remember his holy covenant,
73 the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
74 to rescue us from the hand of our enemies,
and to enable us to serve him without fear
75 in holiness and righteousness before him all our days." NIV
Luke 1:76-79 Zachariah also prophesied shortly after baby John was born (at the same time he prophesied about Jesus). Here is what he said about his son, John "the Baptist":
Luke 1:76 "And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him,
77 to give his people the knowledge of salvation
through the forgiveness of their sins,
78 because of the tender mercy of our God,
by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven
79 to shine on those living in darkness
and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the path of peace." NIV
Read what Simeon prophesied about baby Jesus in the temple at his consecration. The Holy Spirit had told him that he would see 'the Lord's Messiah' before he died. The account is in Luke 2:25-35.
Right after Simeon prophesied, Anna prophesied about Jesus to all those who were 'looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.' Read the account in Luke 2:36-38.
How do You Know You're a Disciple of Christ?
John 15:18-25 The world will hate you and persecute you because they don't know God. You also must testify. (John 15:27).
John 15:1-17 Jesus is the Vine, his followers are the branches. Remain in him, bear fruit that shows you're his disciple. (John 15:7-8). Remain in his love and obey his commands. He appointed us to go and bear fruit. Love each other. (John 15:16-17).
Matthew 25:31-47 The sheep and the goats
John 13:34-35 By your love everyone will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.
Matthew 10:32 "Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. 33 But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven. 34 "Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to turn " 'a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law— 36 a man's enemies will be the members of his own household.'c 37 "Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it. 40 "Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. 41 Whoever welcomes a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet's reward, and whoever welcomes a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person's reward. 42 And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward." NIV
Luke 12:8 Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God: 9 But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God. KJV
The Need for Perseverance
1 Peter 1:3-25 Peter gives an awesome encouraging message, talking about God's great mercy, our inheritance as believers, rejoicing even in trials until Jesus comes back. He focuses on the end result of believers' faith: our souls being saved. He tells us how we should live out our lives in response to God's grace, and gives more specifics in 1 Peter 2:1-25, and in 1 Peter 3:1-17 and 1 Peter 4:1-19, and 1 Peter 5:1-12.
Hebrews 10:19-39 These verses talk about holding onto the hope we say we have, believing in God's faithfulness through trials because we know good things await us. We're warned not to throw away our faith, or confidence in the Lord Jesus. The righteous live by faith and are saved. Verse 39.
Hebrews 2:1 Warning not to drift away.
Hebrews 11:1-40 This passage gives us many examples of how faith is lived out (faith in action), then in verse 39 tells us they were commended for their faith, and that they had not yet received what was promised, they only believed that it would happen, yet they still died for their faith.
Romans 6:1-23 Slaves to righteousness
Revelation 14:12 This calls for patient endurance on the part of the people of God who keep his commands and remain faithful to Jesus. NIV
Matthew 24:9-13 (Jesus talks about the importance of not turning away from the faith nor letting your love grow cold, and standing firm to the end).
Acts 14:21 They preached the gospel in that city and won a large number of disciples. Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch, 22strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. "We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God," they said. NIV
Revelation 2-3 - (He who overcomes).
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