What Must I Do To Be Saved?

You're not the first to ask this important question. Many people before you have wondered the same thing. The answer can be traced back to the day the Church was established. It was the day of Pentecost in Jerusalem, and the hearers there asked a similar question, “What shall we do” (Acts 2:37)? The answer is found in the verse immediately following:

Peter answered, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 2:38).

Sorrow for sin is our appropriate response to the Gospel, however, salvation does not come from only turning from our wrong ways. The Scripture clearly states that baptism is essential. It washes away our sin. In Acts Chapter 16, a jailer asked, “What must I do to be saved?” Paul, the badly beaten preacher who had been incarcerated by this same jailer, provided the answer and immediately the jailer was baptized, even though it was the middle of the night. It simply could not wait until morning.

Baptism is so important to God that He took Philip away from a great revival in Samaria and sent him down a lonely road to an Ethiopian eunuch. He preached the gospel to him and the man was baptized at a pool of water they found along the way (Acts 8). God sent Ananias to baptize Saul (Acts 9). He gave Peter a vision to prompt him to go and preach to (and baptize) a righteous man named Cornelius (Acts 10). Peter actually risked getting in trouble with church authorities when he baptized Gentiles.

Baptism is to be done by immersion in the name of Jesus. The Bible says, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

Believers also receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:9-11; Colossians 1:27) with the initial evidence of speaking in other tongues.

* Additional Scripture References: Isaiah 28:11; Acts 2:1-4; Acts 10:44- 48; Acts 19:2-6.. All Scriptures are King James Version unless otherwise noted.