How can I be saved?
The Lord Jesus Christ through His work on the cross
made being saved easy. Through His work on the cross, Jesus Christ
paid for the sins of the world and removed every barrier that could separate
mankind from God. To be saved, simply believe in the Lord Jesus.
Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved
There is really nothing else to it. The door
is wide open for us to be saved. All that is required on our part
is to believe in Jesus Christ. He did all the work that is required
on the cross.
What is the gospel?
The word gospel means "good news." The good
news is that Jesus Christ has provided salvation for mankind. Jesus
Christ paid for the sins of the world on the cross. While He was
hanging on the cross, all of our sins were poured out on Christ and judged.
He (the Father) made Him (Jesus Christ)
who knew no sin to be sin as a substitute for us in order that we might
become the Righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21).
After He had finished bearing the sins of the world,
He bowed His head forward, and said, "Finished" (John 19:30). Then
he breathed His last and on the third day arose from the dead with a resurrection
body. The hope of our salvation is alive, resurrected! If we
believe in Jesus Christ, we will also have Eternal Life and will receive
a resurrection body when we die. The gospel is the story of the death,
burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:3-4
The gospel is the information that must be communicated
to a person in order to be saved. It is important that the simple
truth of the gospel be communicated. Then the Holy Spirit will make
the spiritual content of the gospel perspicuous to the person who wants
to know God so that a decision can be made to believe or not to believe
in Jesus Christ.
3 For I delivered to you as of first importance
what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
4 and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according
to the Scriptures, (NAS)
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is
the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first
and also to the Greek (Romans 1:16).
How can I know God?
The only way to know God is to be born again. Since
God is Spirit and dwells in unapproachable light (1 Timothy 6:16), to walk
into His presence would mean instant death. It would be like flying into
the eye of the sun. But, there is hope. He has provided a way for us to
know Him. It involves being born again.
But a natural man does not accept the things
of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand
them, because they are spiritually appraised (1 Corinthians 2:14).
Since God is Spirit and the "natural man" does not
have a human spirit, there is no way for spiritually dead mankind to have
fellowship with Spiritual God. The "natural man" is literally the
man, which is one without a human spirit. Communication with
God is only possible through the Spirit. Just as communication with
a computer requires electricity, communication with God requires a spiritual
link. The only way for anyone to communicate spiritually is to be
born again (John 3:3, 7). As Jesus Christ told Nicodemus,
You must be born again (John 3:7).
Being "born again" means to be spiritually regenerated,
to receive a new spiritual life.
When a person accepts Christ as Savior, the Holy
Spirit creates in him a human spirit so that he can have fellowship with
God. God the Father also imputes Eternal Life and His own Righteousness
to the new believer. The person who is born again is a new spiritual species.
He is spiritually alive and able to have fellowship with God.
What do I do to be saved?
To be saved, one does not actually do anything.
A person is saved by a single thought: "I believe in Jesus Christ."
This is non-meritorious. No effort is required on our part.
To be saved, we simply:
Believe on the Lord Jesus and you will be saved
How do I receive Eternal Life?
Eternal Life is one of the things we receive at the
moment of salvation. At the moment an individual believes in Jesus
Christ, God gives that person Eternal Life.
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift
of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23).
What are the steps to be saved?
At this point God the Father will give you salvation,
Listen to the gospel, which is the good news about
Christ's payment for our sins on the cross. Simply stated, the Lord
Jesus Christ was judged as a substitute for us on the cross. "He
(the Father) made Him (Jesus Christ) who knew no sin
to be sin as a substitute for us in order that we might become the Righteousness
of God in Him" (2 Corinthians 5:21). All of our sins were poured
out on Christ and judged. He paid for our salvation. All the
work has been done. After He finished paying for the sins of the
world, He bowed His head and said, "Finished." Then He died physically
and was resurrected the third day with a new Resurrection Life. We
will also have this resurrection life when we die, if we are saved.
Do you want to be saved? Then, form this sentence
in thought only: "Father, I believe in Jesus Christ."
That is all.
In whom also when you heard the message of truth,
the gospel of our salvation, in whom also when you believed, you were sealed
by means of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13)
Why do I need to be saved?
At the moment of physical birth, God judges us with
the sin of Adam. Since we are descendants of Adam, God judges us
with Adam's sin. The result is that we are born physically alive
but spiritually dead. Sin cost Adam his spiritual life. Since
we have in our bodies the sin of Adam, we have no spiritual life.
Because we are born spiritually dead, we need to be saved so we will have
spiritual life. Our new spiritual life has Eternal Life from God.
We need God's Eternal Life if we are going to
live forever, and have fellowship with God. Without it we are hopelessly
separated from God and spiritually dead. If we die without accepting
Christ, we will be cut off from God for eternity. We will not escape
condemnation to the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:14-15) if we neglect the
gift of salvation (Hebrews 2:3). So, in order to have Eternal Life,
we need to be saved.
What does God do?
After believing in Christ, the word of God is fulfilled:
"He who believes in the Son has everlasting life (John 3:36a)." If we meet
God's criteria, He keeps His word. He gives us Everlasting Life and we
can never lose it. "I give to them Eternal Life and they shall never perish;
neither shall anyone snatch them out of my hand (John 10:28)." We can never
lose our salvation because we are held by the power of God, and there is
At the moment of salvation, God the Holy Spirit
creates in the believer a human spirit. God the Father imputes to
the human spirit, His own Righteousness and Eternal Life. The new
believer receives the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, which is the Holy Spirit
entering the believer into union with Christ positionally. The new
believer is viewed by the Father as positionally in Christ. The new
believer shares Christ's Eternal Life, positional sanctification,
justification, inheritance and receives many things. For a more in
depth description refer to Overview
What is faith?
Faith is that which is believed. To have faith
in something, means to believe in it. There is no reason to make
this complicated. Even a young child believes in things. Faith
is a non-meritorious method of perception. It requires no ability
on our part. We simply have faith in (or believe in) the object.
In the case of salvation, the object is Christ.
The object has merit - not us. The object is able to save us - not
we, ourselves. Faith requires no ability on our part. To have
faith, we simply believe, or accept something as true. In the original
Greek of the New Testament, the root pistis is a noun which is translated,
faith, while the verb form of the same root is translated, believe.
What does believe mean?
To believe means to accept something as it appears
to be without question. In other words, the person who believes in
something accepts it as truth without any proof. No logic or talent
or great ability is involved. Believing is an act of faith.
Even a child can believe. The merit must lie in what is believed,
that is the object. If the object is true, then the truth is believed.
If the object is false, then something false has been believed.
In the case of salvation, we must believe in
Jesus Christ. He is true and is not a lie, but this must be revealed
by the Holy Spirit (John 6:44, 65; 1 Corinthians 2:10; 1 Thessalonians
1:5; 1 John 2:27). An unbeliever cannot understand the gospel without the
ministry of the Holy Spirit to reveal the truth. When the issue of
the gospel is made clear by the Holy Spirit, a person may choose to believe
or not to believe.
How do I know whether I am
If you have believed in Jesus Christ, then, on the
authority of the word, you are saved.
He who believes in the Son has everlasting life;
but he who does not believe shall not see life but the wrath of God abides
on him (John 3:36).
Salvation is received by faith alone in Christ alone.
That means that believing in Christ is the only possible way to be saved.
If you, in the privacy of your own soul, expressed your faith in Jesus
Christ, then God has given to you eternal life. But if you did something
else for salvation, such as doing good works, going to church, going to
confession, or inviting Christ into your heart, then you have not complied
with the simple truth of scripture. Such activity will not bring salvation.
There is only one way to be saved and that is God's way. Anything that
man does to add to God's procedure nullifies the result and does not lead
to salvation (Ephesians 2:8, 9).
And the witness is this, that God has given us
eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life;
he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life (1 John 5:11-12,
Some of the popular misconceptions about how to be
Inviting Christ into your heart:
Inviting Christ into your heart is fallacious.
The pot does not invite the potter anywhere. It is the height of
arrogance. The Lord Jesus Christ invites us to salvation (John 12:32),
the Father draws us (John 6:44, 65; 1 Thessalonians 2:12), and the Holy
Spirit clarifies the gospel (John 16:8-11; 1 Thessalonians 1:4-5).
We respond to the invitation by believing in Jesus Christ.
Namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the
world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has
committed to us the word of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:19, NAS).
Walking an Aisle (Public Professions)
Asking people to walk the aisle, e.g. to come
to the altar or come to the front of the church, is legalism. It
is adding works to the grace of God. Salvation is by grace (Ephesians
2:8-9). It requires believing, a simple act of faith, not saying
or doing anything.
Repentance of Sins
Jesus Christ paid for the sins of the world on
the cross (1 Peter 2:24). God does not consider them an issue (2
Corinthians 5:19). Then why should anyone? This problem stems
from an ignorance of the scripture (especially from the original language).
Today's Christian is the product of apostate ministers
who are preoccupied with the world. They do not teach doctrine, and
their congregations are full of confusion. They do not know the Bible,
and they do not know how to witness. They do not understand the gospel
themselves and are, therefore, unable to communicate it to others.
Chasing Rabbits (Getting Sidetracked)
For I determined to know nothing among you except
Jesus Christ, and Him crucified (1 Corinthians 2:2, NAS).
Paul recognized the importance of sticking to
the central issue of the cross when witnessing. It is "the power
(dunamis, Greek, from which we get dynamite) of God for salvation"
(Romans 1:16). The issue is to clearly present the gospel and then
get out of the way. There are many ways to present the gospel, which
we learn from the many different ways our Lord Jesus Christ presented it.
But a witness should not be sidetracked by any other discussion.
What difference does it make if a person who
is going to hell is committing any kind of sin or whether he believes in
evolution or Buddhism. Even if he's the worst criminal in town.
Nothing is worse than spending eternity burning in the Lake of Fire.
And there are those who are on the prowl for sex, or those who are drinking,
or on drugs - you cannot witness to these people. It won't work.
This is also chasing rabbits, but here the witness is being seduced by
the world. You can't lead people to Christ who are under the influence
of chemicals or other forms of strong delusion (e.g. sexual psychosis).
The Lord must open the door, the unbeliever must
be drawn, the gospel must be clearly laid on the line, and then the witness
must leave (shut up, get out of the way)!
Included in the social distraction are Methodists,
Pentecostals, and many other protestant denominations. The Methodists
have been apostate since John Wesley whose arguments with George Whitefield4
demonstrate that Wesley succumbed to Satan's appeal, "How could a God of
love condemn anyone to Hades?" He lost sight of individual volition
as the criterion for application of salvation to mankind. Translated
into simple terms, "Why should anyone worry about salvation? That's
So the Methodists don't take the gospel and the
requirement to believe in Christ seriously. They value social intercourse
more than salvation. Whereas, their offshoot denomination, the Pentecostals
value emotional experience more than Bible Doctrine. They believe
in salvation but think it can be lost. These groups appear very different,
but they use the exact same method for attracting converts, and that is
the power of human love - pseudo love fanaticism. They follow the
philosophy, "Let's just forget our doctrinal differences and love each
other." The argument is Satanic.
Lest anyone think that the purpose here is to
attack Methodists and Pentecostals, that is not the issue. These
two groups merely illustrate the principle of social intercourse which
is practiced by all of the denominations as well as the cults. It
is the hallmark of the Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, and Roman Catholics.
It was also practiced at the Tower of Babel. It stems from the goddess
of love, who has taken many forms throughout history.
Those who think that people are converted to
Christianity by just loving them into the fellowship are deceived by the
power of social intercourse and casualties in the Angelic Conflict.
But I don't feel saved; am
Feeling is an emotional response. Salvation
is not related to the emotion. It is not a feeling. How you
feel has nothing to do with salvation. Salvation is based upon God's
perfect integrity. If He said He would save us by faith in Christ,
He will keep His Word. God does not have emotion. Salvation
is the truth of God. How we feel about it has no bearing on the case.
Do I have to go to church?
No, you do not have to go to church for salvation
(before, during, or after). However, at the moment of salvation,
the believer is entered into union with Christ by the Baptism of the Holy
Spirit. Since Christ is the head of the Church, the new believer
is automatically a part of the one universal Church, the body of Christ
(1 Corinthians 12:13).
Not going to church after salvation is not very
smart. It is like getting a new computer (fully loaded with all the
latest features and software) and refusing to turn it on. You will
never lose your salvation, even if you don't go to church. However,
you will miss out on learning about the wonderful blessings of salvation
that are for this life and not the hereafter.
Will I have to tell anyone?
No, you will not have to tell anyone. Salvation
is a private matter between an individual and God. It is not a public
issue. There is no requirement to make a public profession.
Anyone who demands that you walk an aisle, go to an alter, go to confession,
partake of the Eucharist, or make a verbal pronouncement (confessing with
your mouth) is wrong and is adding works to the grace of God. There
is no requirement to do anything publicly and that includes confessing
out loud. The passage in Romans 10:8-10 has been erroneously applied
by some who do not understand it as criteria for verbal confession.
What will happen when I die?
At physical death, the believer's soul will go to
be with the Father in Heaven. Heaven is a wonderful place with perfect
2 “In My Father's house are many mansions; if
it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for
you. 3 “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and
receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also."
And He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes;
and there shall no longer be any death; there shall no longer be any mourning,
or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4,
The soul of the unbeliever, in contrast, will
go to Hades where it will await the final Great White Throne judgment of
being thrown into the Lake of Fire to burn forever and ever (Revelation
What about my sins?
All the sins of everyone in the world were paid for
on the cross (John 1:29; 1 Corinthians 15:3; 1 John 2:2). This is
the concept of unlimited atonement, which means that everyone's sins were
paid for on the cross.
And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins;
and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world (1 John 2:2,
Because all sins were paid for on the cross, they
are not an issue in salvation. Even when the unbeliever is being
condemned at the Great White Throne judgment, his sins will never be mentioned.
They will be condemned to the Lake of Fire on the basis of their good deeds
- not their sins (Revelation 20:13).
Those who teach that a person has to repent of
his sins to be saved are wrong. First repentance in the original
Greek, simply means to change the mind. It has nothing to do with
sin or penance. The unbeliever must change his mind about Christ
for salvation - not about his sins. The passages that appear to contradict
this are very clear in the original Greek.
If I don't sin, do I still
need to be saved?
Yes, because at the moment of physical birth God judges everyone with spiritual
death. Everyone who is a descendant of Adam is cut off from God at
birth, and everyone is free to accept or reject Salvation.
For as in Adam all die, even so by agency
of Christ shall all be made alive. (1 Corinthians 15:22)
The decision to receive Salvation is a personal decision. When a
person believes in Jesus Christ, he or she is spiritually regenerated by
the Holy Spirit and given Eternal Life. Those who do not choose Salvation
remain in the default state of spiritual death.
Can I be saved and lose my
After believing in Christ, the word of God is fulfilled:
"He who believes in the Son has everlasting life (John 3:36a)." If we meet
God's criteria, He keeps His word. He gives us Everlasting Life and we
can never lose it. We can never lose our salvation because we are held
by the power of God, and there is nothing greater.
"And I give eternal life to them, and they shall
never perish; and no one shall snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who
has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch
them out of the Father's hand. (John 10:28-29, NAS)."
"For I am convinced that neither death, nor life,
nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come,
nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be
able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our
Lord (Romans 8:38-39, NAS)."
I have heard of Jesus Christ;
does that make me a Christian?
No, simply hearing about Jesus Christ, does not make
one a Christian. A person must make a conscious decision to be saved.
He must decide to believe or not to believe in Jesus Christ. If a
person does not consciously believe in Jesus Christ, then he will remain
under just condemnation and will go to Hades.
“He who believes in Him is not judged; he who
does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in
the name of the only begotten Son of God (John 3:18, NAS).
I am a Roman Catholic; am
This is perhaps the toughest question about salvation
because the Roman Catholic religion brainwashes people. If you ask
them if they believe in Jesus Christ, they will generally say yes.
But then they add human good. They think they have to take the sacrament
(Eucharist). They think they have to be moral. They think they
can do something to lose their salvation. They think they have to
confess something. All this is human good. And if anything
is added to faith in Christ for salvation, then the individual is not saved.
Could a person be saved in a Roman Catholic Church?
Yes, absolutely. As long as the person simply believed in Jesus Christ
and didn't add anything to it. In many cases the person who has complied
with the human good of the Roman Catholic Church will have to spend a long
time in Bible study just to get all issues associated with salvation unraveled.
Their confusion is generally so great that it can take years before they
ever know if they are saved.
I am a Jew; am I saved?
The requirements for salvation are the same for the
racial Jew as for anyone else: Faith alone in Jesus Christ.
When a Jew believes in Jesus Christ, he will be born again. The Christian
is a new spiritual species (2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 6:15).
Since race is not an issue for the Christian, it is erroneous to call a
Jewish believer in the Church Age a Jewish Christian. When the Jew
believes in Christ, he becomes a Christian and is no longer a Jew.
26 For you are all children of God through faith
in Christ Jesus
27 For all of you baptized into Christ have clothed
yourself with Christ.
28 There is neither Jew nor Greek; there is neither
slave nor free; there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in
I am a Mormon; am I saved?
The doctrine of the Mormon church is contrary to
Biblical truth regarding salvation. Mormonism teaches that Jesus
Christ was not the unique Son of God with deity, but that He was just another
god. The atonement of Christ for sins is distorted to mean "that
Christ earned for all men the right to be raised from the dead. One
is saved through faith in Christ (plus faith in Joseph Smith), but especially
through works. By the works one does in this life he merits his salvation."2
I am a Jehovah's Witness;
am I saved?
The doctrine of Jehovah's Witnesses is contrary to
Biblical truth regarding salvation. Jehovah's Witnesses do not believe
that Jesus Christ was the Son of God with deity, but that He was only a
man. They do not believe in the immortality of the soul. They
believe Christ's work was to give the right not to die physically but to
be restored by resurrection. They believe the requirements for their
brand of salvation to be faith in the work of Christ, baptism by Jehovah's
Witnesses, proclaiming their message, and living a moral life.
They originally believed only 144,000 could be saved, but when their number
exceeded this number, they added some other caveats.2
I am a Seventh Day Adventist;
am I saved?
Everyone must be saved the same way: Faith
alone in Christ alone. If you have believed in Jesus Christ and added
nothing to it, then you are saved. But if you think that you have
anything to do with salvation, such as working to stay saved, this is wrong.
Man by his own effort can do nothing to get himself saved or keep himself
saved. We can do nothing to help God save us. Salvation is
all of grace - plus nothing!
All of our righteous deeds are as filthy rags
For by grace you have been saved through faith,
and this not from yourselves. It is the gift from God: Not by works,
that no one should boast (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Do babies who die go to heaven?
When a baby is born physically alive, it is simultaneously
born spiritually dead. It is condemned because it is descended from
Adam. Now, God is not unfair. If the baby subsequently dies
before reaching the age of accountability, then God takes the baby's soul
to heaven (2 Samuel 12:22-23). The age of accountability is the age
at which the child knows right from wrong. This is not the same age
for every child. It may be age 11 or 12 in some and 19 or 20 in others.
What about other religions,
such as Buddhism?
There is only one way of salvation. It is faith
alone in Christ alone.
“And there is salvation in no one else;
for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men,
by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12, NAS).
If the person in the other religion does not believe
in Jesus Christ, he will be condemned to the Lake of Fire. Religion
is man by man's efforts trying to reach God. This is human good and
incompatible with the Righteousness of God.
Christianity is not a religion. It is a
relationship with God through the mediatorship of Jesus Christ. Mankind
is reconciled to God on the basis of the work of Christ on the cross.
What about the heathen?
If anyone wants to know God, then God will provide
the gospel to that person so that a rational decision about salvation can
be made. If a person is positive at the point of God consciousness,
then God will provide Him with the gospel before he dies. Even if
the person is living in a remote part of the bush of Africa, the Amazon,
or the outback parts of Australia, those who want to know God will have
the chance. In Romans 1:19-20 the issue of God consciousness is discussed.
He is evident in everything; so it is easy to come to an awareness that
there must be a God.
19 Because that which is known about God is evident
within them; for God made it evident to them. 20 For since the creation
of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature,
have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so
that they are without excuse (Romans 1:19-20, NAS).
However, in order to be saved, the person must believe
in Christ. There is no other way of salvation.
Then, you are not alone. If you have never
believed in Jesus Christ, then I will be happy to answer any question that
is related to salvation. Just send me an email at the address below.
If you are already a Christian and are confused,
then go to your own pastor with your questions. You are his responsibility
- not mine.
Comments or Suggestions
I welcome your comments or suggestions.
2. J. D. Douglas, ed. The New International
Dictionary of the Christian Church (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan,
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49506), 1978.
4. George Whitefield, "A Letter from George Whitefield
to Rev. Mr. John Wesley," Bethesda in Georgia, Dec. 24, 1740. http://www.gty.org/~phil/wesley.htm
Author: Larry Wood, April 16, 1997
Revised: September 4, 2002