What Must I Do to be Saved?
WHAT must I do to be saved? Here, in the simplest, shortest form is put the question to which every man must learn the answer, or spend eternity lost, away from God, suffering the torments of the damned! Thank God, this question is asked and answered in the Word of God, so simply that every soul can understand it. There are other questions in God’s Word which affect the soul’s welfare, and many places in the Bible is the plan of salvation made plain, but only one place is this question given word for word, and there, too, we find the answer. Paul and Silas were in jail in the city of Philippi and at midnight they sang and prayed until, with a mighty earthquake, God broke down all the doors and broke the stocks which held their feet. The poor jailer, frightened and convicted of his sins, came to these two preachers and asked this question. Read it in Acts 16:29-31.
“Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, and brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must l do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”
“What must I do to be saved?”
“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved!”
There is God’s plan of salvation, the only plan He has for every man, woman and child who was ever born into the whole world.
WHAT MUST I DO?
Sinner, there is something you must do if you would be saved. There was hope for this jailer because he saw himself a lost sinner and came trembling to inquire, “What must l do?” Reader, you are a sinner. The Word of God from beginning to end emphasizes that fact. In Isaiah 53:6 we learn:
“ALL we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned EVERY ONE to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us ALL.”
We have all gone astray! The Lord is not content for sinners to be left believing themselves good. In Romans the third chapter, how positive, how certain is the Word of God that every man, woman and child is a sinner!
“What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are ALL under sin; As it is written, There is NONE righteous, NO, NOT ONE: There is NONE that understandeth, there is NONE that seeketh after God. They are ALL gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable: there is NONE that doeth good, NO, NOT ONE!” Romans 3:9-12
In verses 22 and 23 it is stated again that “there is no difference: for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” That is the reason that Jesus said to Nicodemus in the third chapter of John v.7, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN.” And a little later in the same chapter, verse 18, said that the man who has not believed in Jesus is already condemned.
Certainly these Scriptures must make it clear to every man who believes the Word of God that he is a sinner, and until he has believed in Christ and has been saved, he is a lost sinner and needs saving. The heart is wrong, and only God can make that right. Then if you want to be saved, you must admit in your own heart, “I am a sinner. I am lost and need to be saved.” No one ever was saved without coming for salvation as a sinner.
CHRIST DIED TO SAVE SINNERS, NOT GOOD MEN
Oh, I beg you, see it today! You are a poor, lost sinner, a Hell-bound sinner! Your heart is black. You have hardened your heart, you have resisted the call of God, you have rejected Christ. However good you are in man’s sight, you are a terrible sinner, and unless you turn to Christ you must spend eternity in Hell. A SINNER! That is what you are. Admit it in your own heart, confess it to God. You are a sinner and you need saving more than you need anything else in the world.
If you have settled in your heart that matter, then you are ready to learn God’s answer to your question, “What must I do to be saved?”
BELIEVE ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
Here is God’s simple way to be saved. You are a sinner, your heart is wrong, you cannot save yourself, you are already condemned. The thing you are to do then, to be saved, is to simply trust the Lord Jesus with that matter. When you do trust Him, then you have God’s promise “thou shalt be saved.”
I do not mean that you are simply to believe that there is a God or that there is a Saviour. Devils believe that and tremble (James 2:19). You can believe that a certain physician is a good doctor without calling him to be your doctor when you are sick. You can believe that a certain man is a good lawyer without taking him as your lawyer to defend your case. You are not just to believe the truth about Jesus, you are to believe on Him, that is, depend upon Him, repent and trust Him; and when you do, you are saved.