How to Be Saved - Free Bible study and commentary with scripture references to verses for adults, teens and children.
































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 . I added bold text for emphesis.

The Gospel (The Good News), in a nutshell:

1 Corinthians 15:1-8 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 importance a : 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 [In this passage, 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:].

Hebrews 11:1 [This verse gives the definition of faith and gives us many examples].

John 1:1-18 [In these verses, 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 you may become children of light' and not stay in the darkness].

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God's one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God. NIV

John 3:22-36 [In these verses, 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 [in this passage, 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 [These passages tell how Jesus healed a man who couldn't walk at the pool in Bethesda. Then 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. 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, and about those 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 [This passage shows how Jesus again shows his love and power by feeding the 5,000 and walking on water, then 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 tells us how he is the Good Shepherd, and his sheep listen to his voice and follow him]. (John 10:27). [Jesus tells us how he gives his sheep eternal life and no one can steal them away from God]. (John 10:27-30)

Luke 13:1-9 [About repenting vs. perishing. Parable of the fig tree].

Luke 15:1-8 [Parable of the Lost lamb].

John 10:7-10 [Parable about Jesus is the Gate. Whoever enters through him will be saved. Again Jesus speaks of the wide and narrow gate in Matthew 7:13-14].

John 20:29-31 29 Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." The Purpose of John's Gospel 30 Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31 But these are written that you may believeb that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. NIV

Luke 15:11-32 [This passage is about the Parable of the Prodigal Son / Lost Son].

Acts 26:16-18 [In these verses, Peter tells his story about what Jesus told him how we 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 [In this passage, Jesus says he is the way, the truth, and the life..].

John 11:25-16. [In this passage, 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 [In these verses, Jesus prays for all believers, that we will be with him].

Acts 4:8-12 [These verses tell us how Salvation is found in no one else - just Jesus!]

Luke 13:22-30 [The verses about entering through the narrow door - only those who truly know Jesus will enter.]


Jesus, the Lamb of God

John 1:29-34 [In this passage, John says Jesus is the 'Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!]'

Isaiah 53:1-12 [This passage tells us how the Lord Jesus made his life an offering for sin].

Hebrews 10:1-18 [These verses explain 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 [This passage tells us how God makes us righteous through faith in the Lord Jesus to all who believe. We have all sinned, and can be 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].

[Passage about confessing your sins, receiving forgiveness].

1 John 1:5-9 5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all b sin. 8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us. NIV

1 Peter 2:22-25 [This passage explains how Jesus bore our sins].

Hebrews 2:14-18 [Theis passage tells how Jesus made atonement for the sins of people].

If You Think You're a Pretty Good Person, Don't Really Think You Sin Much, so You Don't Need Forgiveness:

Romans 3:9-18 9 What shall we conclude then? Do we have any advantage? Not at all! For we have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under the power of sin. 10 As it is written: "There is no one righteous, not even one; 11 there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. 12 All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good,
not even one." b 13 "Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit." c "The poison of vipers is on their lips." d 14 "Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness." e 15 "Their feet are swift to shed blood; 16 ruin and misery mark their ways, 17 and the way of peace they do not know." f 18 "There is no fear of God before their eyes." g

Romans 3:23-26 23 for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, i through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26 he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus. NIV

Genesis 6:5 The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. NIV

Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? NIV

Romans 7:18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. NIV

Isaiah 1:5-6 5 Why should you be beaten anymore? Why do you persist in rebellion? Your whole head is injured, your whole heart afflicted.
6 From the sole of your foot to the top of your head there is no soundness— only wounds and welts and open sores, not cleansed or bandaged or soothed with olive oil.

Exodus 20:1-17 [The verses that tell us the ten commandments].

Matthew 5:20-48 [In this passage, Jesus talks about sin.]

Proverbs 6:16-19 [Bible verse about the things that the Lord hates.]

Saved by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ

Romans 4:1-25 [Verses about how 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 a repentant heart by washing Paul's and Silas' wounds. He was baptized, then he invited them to his house for supper, filled with joy!]

Acts 26:12-18 [In these verses 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 [Verses that tell us we are saved by grace through faith.]

Joel 2:28-32 [Verses about everyone who calls on the name of the Lord].

Isaiah 57:14-21 [Bible verses about the contrite of heart].

The Apostles Tell People How They Can Be Saved, and What They Should do in Response to Their Faith:

Acts 2:1-47 [This passage is about 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 in response to believing this great news? Peter's answer is found in the rest of the passage:

Acts 2:38-41 38 Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call." NIV

[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 3:1-26 13 The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus. You handed him over to be killed, and you disowned him before Pilate, though he had decided to let him go. 14 You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you. 15 You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this. 16 By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus' name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see. 17 "Now, fellow Israelites, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did your leaders. 18 But this is how God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, saying that his Messiah would suffer. 19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, 20 and that he may send the Messiah, who has been appointed for you—even Jesus. 21 Heaven must receive him until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets. 22 For Moses said, 'The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you must listen to everything he tells you. 23 Anyone who does not listen to him will be completely cut off from their people.' a 24" Indeed, beginning with Samuel, all the prophets who have spoken have foretold these days. 25 And you are heirs of the prophets and of the covenant God made with your fathers. He said to Abraham, 'Through your offspring all peoples on earth will be blessed.' b 26 When God raised up his servant, he sent him first to you to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways." NIV

Acts 10:36-43 [In this passage, 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 10:36-43 36 You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. 37 You know what has happened throughout the province of Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached— 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him. 39 "We are witnesses of everything he did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They killed him by hanging him on a cross, 40 but God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen. 41 He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen—by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42 He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. 43 All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name." NIV

Acts 11:18 When they heard this, they had no further objections and praised God, saying, "So then, even to Gentiles God has granted repentance that leads to life."

Acts 20:17-21 [In these verses, Paul sums it up by telling us what he preaches: To turn to God in repentance and having faith in the Lord Jesus].

Acts 26:1-15 [In these Bible verses, Paul gives his testimony of what happened to him, how he was saved, and and how we are sanctified.]

1 Peter 3:18-22 [In this passage, 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!] Here's what Jesus had told him:

1 Peter 3:15 "Then I asked, 'Who are you, Lord?' " 'I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,' the Lord replied. 16 'Now get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen and will see of me. 17 I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them 18 to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.' NIV


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 [Verse about salvation is not because of anything 'good' we've done, but through the Lord Jesus Christ].

Ephesians 2:8-9 [Verse that tells us we are not saved by doing good works].

Ephesians 2:8-10 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. NIV

Romans 1:16-17 [Verse about salvation for everyone who believes the gospel of righteousness].

Titus 2:11-14 [Verse about 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 [In this passage, Paul talks about how God purifies our hearts by faith, through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we are saved].

James 2:14-26 [In contrast, read about how works or good deeds are a response of our faith, and how we live out our faith].


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 [In these verses, 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 [In these verses, 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."

[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.

[In these verses, read the account how, right after Simeon prophesied, Anna prophesied about Jesus to all those who were 'looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.]' Luke 2:36-38.


How do You Know You're a Disciple of Christ?

John 15:18-25 [Verses about how 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 [Verses about 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 parable about the sheep and the goats].

John 13:34-35 34 "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." NIV

Matthew 16:24-27 and Mark 8:34-38 [In these verses, Jesus talks about denying yourself, taking up your cross and following him. Losing your life for Jesus].

Matthew 10:32 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

John 14:15-21 [This verse is about those who have the Spirit living in them, and keeps his commands (the fruit of being saved) will live because Jesus lives].

1 John 5:1-5 [This verse is about 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].

The Need for Perseverance

1 Peter 1:3-25 [In these verses, 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 1 We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. 2 For since the message spoken through angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, 3 how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. NIV

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 [Verses about being 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. [Read the rest of the chapter for the context.].

Matthew 24:9-13 [In these verses, 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, 22 strengthening 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- Revelation 3 [Verses about overcoming].

2 Timothy 2:1-13 [Verses about Christian persecution and suffering].

Revelation 12:10-11 [About not loving your own life more than Jesus. True Christians are willing to sacrifice their time, their own desires for the cause of Christ. They are even willing to die for Christ, if it comes to that.].

Revelation 12:10-11 10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: "Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. 11 They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.

Links to other websites explaining salvation:

Pastor D - Are you Really a Christian?


End Times Prophecy Report

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