BIBLICAL SALVATION IN 10 STEPS
Updated: Aug 21, 2021
1. BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST AND CONFESS HIM WITH YOUR MOUTH
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. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation (Rom. 10:9-10).
If we doubt that Jesus was a real person who walked this earth two thousand years ago and died on a cross for humanity's sin then we can hardly be saved. The skeptic must come to believe this fact with their whole heart and confess it publicly without shame.
2. BE READY TO "COUNT THE COST"
Reference verses: Lk. 14:26- 33; Mark 8:34-36; Mat. 6:24
Few Christians have actually paused to consider the cost of a life devoted to God. The choice to follow Jesus is one that involves great sacrifice and the loss of personal freedom. The Christian who follows Jesus must be willing to forsake any ambitions and pursuits that conflict with God's Kingdom.
3. PRACTICE REPENTANCE BY TURNING AWAY FROM OLD SIN HABITS
Reference verses: Mat. 3:2; 4:17; Mark 1:15; Luk. 13:3; Act. 17:30; Js. 4:8
Gotquestions.org provides an accurate explanation on the subject of repentance:
"The word repentance in the Bible literally means 'the act of changing one’s mind.' True biblical repentance goes beyond remorse, regret, or feeling bad about one’s sin. It involves more than merely turning away from sin. Eerdmans Bible Dictionary includes this definition of repentance: 'In its fullest sense repentance is a complete change of orientation from one's past conduct and a deliberate redirection for the future.'
"In the Old Testament, repentance involved the severing of sin and a wholehearted turning to God. This was a recurring theme in the message of the prophets. Repentance was demonstrated through rituals such as fasting, wearing sackcloth, sitting in ashes, wailing, and liturgical laments that expressed strong sorrow for sin. These rituals were supposed to be accompanied by authentic repentance, which involved a commitment to a renewed relationship with God, a walk of obedience to His Word, and right living. Often, however, these rituals merely represented remorse and a desire to escape the consequences of sin.
"When the ancient prophets beckoned the people to repent and return, they were calling for a complete turnaround inspired from within the heart and will of the individual. The prophets called both the nation of Israel and individual people to surrender their lives, to turn away from a life ruled by sin to a relationship with God, the sovereign ruler over all: “Even now—this is the LORD’s declaration—turn to me with all your heart, with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Tear your hearts, not just your clothes, and return to the LORD your God. For he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, abounding in faithful love, and he relents from sending disaster” (Joel 2:12–13, CSB).
"The theme of repentance continues in the New Testament, beginning with John the Baptist (Matthew 3:2) and then Jesus Christ (Matthew 4:17); both urgently called people to repent because the arrival of the Kingdom of God was at hand. Many chose this radical reorientation of their lives and demonstrated repentance through baptism (Mark 1:4) and profound changes in lifestyle and relationships (Luke 3:8–14)."
4. GET WATER BAPTISED
Reference verses: Mat. 3:11; 28:19-20; Mark 16:16; Jn. 3:5; Act. 2:38; Rom. 6:4; 1 Pet. 3:21
When Christians are water baptised they are making a symbolic statement about their life. Being immersed in water is a symbol of the death and burial of our old sin-filled life, while emerging from the water is a symbol of our resurrection into a new life devoted to Christ.
5. SURRENDER FULLY TO GOD'S WILL AND PRACTICE SELF DENIAL
Reference verses: Mat. 7:21; Mat. 21:44; Luk. 9:23
The carnal inclinations of man are contrary to the laws of God and must be denied because they lead to the destruction of self and others. For this reason, Christians must be willing to surrender fully to God's will and practice self-denial. The true Christian believes that God's way is best and always leads to a life filled with joy, contentment, and peace. While this message is unpopular and absent from most “Christian churches”, it is amply supported by the Scriptures.
6. OBEY GOD'S COMMANDMENTS
Reference verses: 1 Sam. 15:22; John 14:15,16, 31; Js. 1:22
This includes all of the relevant commandments in the Old Testament and the New Testament's instructions on holy living. God commands us to maintain a lifestyle free from sin (2 Tim. 2:19) and separated from the world in both conduct and appearance (1 Tim. 2:9; 1 Jn 2:15-17; Rom. 12:1-2).
7. LOVE GOD AND NEIGHBOR
And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself (Luke 10:27).
The kind of love that God requires of us is so complete that it reaches into every area of our life. It demands our passion and emotions ("all thy heart"). It demands our spiritual cooperation ("all thy soul"). It demands our physical effort ("all thy strength"). And it demands our intellect or intelligence ("all thy mind"). Moreover, it requires us to love the people around us ("thy neighbor") in the same manner we love ourselves. Obviously, this kind of love is impossible to counterfeit because there is nothing superficial about it. So why does God expect us to love Him in this manner? The answer is really very simple. God requires us to love Him so completely only because He first loved us in the same way: we love him, because he first loved us (1 Jn. 4:19). In fact, His love for us was so great that while we were still God hating sinners, Christ died for us:
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).
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8. BE FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT
Reference verses: Mat. 3:11; Lk 24:49; Acts 8:14-16;19:2-4
There is a big difference between being born again and being baptised with the Holy Spirit (or Spirit filled). To be baptised with the Holy Spirit requires a special sign or evidence. The evidence is often supernatural and comes in the form of one of the spiritual gifts such as healing, prophecy, or tongues (1 Cor. 12:8-10). But while the baptism of the Spirit equips the Christian with spiritual gifts, it also does the following:
a). It provides compelling power in ministry and evangelism (Lk. 24:49; Act. 4:31).
b). It provides power in prayer (Rom. 8:26; 1 Cor. 14:14-15; Eph. 6:18; Jud. 1:20).
c). It illuminates our understanding of Scripture (Luk. 12:12; Jn. 14:26; 1 Jn. 2:27).
d). It endows the Christian with discernment when faced with difficult situations or decisions (1 Cor. 12; 1 Jn. 2:27).
e). And finally, it protects us from falling prey to deception (1 Jn. 2:27).
9. MAINTAIN A LIFESTYLE OF PRAYER AND FASTING
Reference verses: Lk 5:35; Mk 2:20; Mat 9:15; 1 Thes 5:17
Prayer is the conduit through which we maintain our relationship with God. The Bible's most often mentioned spiritual exercise is prayer. Every Saint in the Bible devoted themselves to prayer and so must we (see here and here).
Fasting is also a required spiritual exercise, but very often neglected. Few Saints are willing to fast according to the example of Christ and the Apostles. Yet Apostle Paul exemplified a lifestyle of fasting, which teaches us to do the same: "In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often..." (2 Cor 11:27).
10. KEEP YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS INTIMATE AND REAL, NOT RELIGIOUS
Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you (Jn. 15:15).
Remember, Jesus is our very best friend. His Word promises that He will never leave us nor forsake us (Heb. 13:5). And that's what makes the Christian Faith a relationship, not religion.
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