Salvation

 

Salvation
 
 
 How can I be saved? This is a question that has been asked for centuries. A rich man named Nicodemus, came to Jesus one night and asked how to enter in to the kingdom of God. Jesus told Nicodemus that he had to be ‘born again.’ Nicodemus was confused and asked the Lord how to do this and the Lord told him that he had to be born of the water and Spirit (John 3:1-21). We believe that as well. You must first believe that Jesus Christ died for your sins (John 3:16, Acts 2:44). You must repent, or turn away, from your sins, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Ghost (Acts 2:38). 
 
Let us see what the Word of God has to say about Salvation.
 
What must I do to be saved?
This question has been asked and performed in the Bible many times.  Therefore, Jesus does not leave it open to our interpretation or what we think it means to be saved.  We are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ being the chief cornerstone. So, let's read word of God with an open mind and see what Jesus and the apostles did.
Paul and Silas were in prison for preaching Jesus. At midnight, they were singing praises to God, and an earthquake occurred causing the doors of the prison to open.  The keeper of the prison drew his sword to kill himself, and Paul cried, "Do thyself no harm, for we are all here." The prison keeper fell at their feet and said, "What must I do to be saved?" Paul told him to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.  The jailer took Paul and Silas to his home and cared for them.  While they were being cared for Paul and Silas told the jailer what they needed to do to be saved and at midnight he, and his family, were baptized.  (Acts 16:25-34)
 
Men and brethren, what shall we do?
A group of devout men out of every nation were gathered together in Jerusalem.  Peter stood up and preached Jesus to them. Peter went on to preach about the prophesy that was fulfilled by Jesus Christ being crucified, buried and resurrected as foretold by David.  He wanted everyone to know that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.  They were pricked in their hearts and they asked Peter, what shall we do?  Peter said unto them, repent and be baptized, everyone of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of sin, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.  There were about 3000 souls added to them that day. (Acts 2:37-47)
 
Can any man forbid water that these should not be baptized?
Cornelius was a devout man and feared the God with all of his house.  He was a good man, one who prayed and gave much alms, teaching his family to fear God.  However, something was missing.  An angel of God told him to call for Peter, and Peter would tell him what to do.  When Peter arrived, Cornelius had gathered a crowd, to hear what Peter had to say. Peter preached to them, Jesus Christ, and his power. How he was hung on a tree, but God raised Him the third day and showed him openly. When they had heard the word of God, they received the Holy Ghost. Can any man forbid water that these should not be baptized? Peter commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. (Acts 10:1-48)
 
Unto What then were you baptized?
There was confusion at Ephesus. Paul asked them if they had received the Holy Ghost. They said they had not. He asked them how they were baptized.  They said unto John’s baptism. When Paul explained baptism, they that heard it were baptized in the name of the Lord, Jesus, and they received the gift of the Holy Ghost. Sound familiar? (Acts 19:1-6)
“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)
“Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” (Mat 28:19)
Jesus said, “I am come in my Father’s name.” (John 5:43)
Jesus said, “I and my father are one.” (John 10:10)
Jesus said, “He that hath seen me hath seen the Father.” (John 14:9)
Jesus said, “But the comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name.” (John 14:26)
The church is built upon the foundation of the apostles. The apostles knew that the name of the Father was Jesus.  And we can not find anywhere in the Bible that anyone was baptized in any other name then the Lord Jesus.
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