AM I SAVED?
"Am I saved?" This is one of life's most important questions alongside, "What must I do to be saved?" Both of these are Bible questions and deserve a Bible answer. If you are asking either of these, have an honest heart and are open to what God reveals in His Word about what you must do to be saved, then read on.
First, we must realize that not everyone who simply states that they believe in Jesus will be saved. It takes more than just an acknowledgment of who Christ is and that He is the Saviour. Must we believe (have faith)? Yes! However, faith alone is not taught in the Bible. In fact, we're not saved by any one thing alone. It was James who said, "You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder." (James 2:19) If just believing were enough, then even demons would receive eternal life with God, but we know that is not true. James also said in James 2:24 "You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone." This is the only place in the entirety of the Bible that has these two words "faith alone" together and it says that you are not justified by "faith alone."
One of Satan's greatest tools is his lies. He is the father of lies (John 8:44). He lied to Eve in the Garden of Eden and he still lies to us today. He loves to spread lies and get men to believe in doctrinal error; anything contrary to God's Word. One of his greatest lies is that all you have to do to be saved (have your sins forgiven and go to heaven) is have faith in Jesus Christ and perhaps say a prayer asking Him into your heart (often times called the sinners prayer). Have you ever heard this lie? Friend, can you find in your Bible (book, chapter, and verse) where God has commanded us to just believe in Jesus and say a simple prayer in order to be saved? We encourage you to search the Scriptures to see if you can find it. However, you won't. Why? Because God never said it. That teaching is foreign to Scripture and is actually denounced by Jesus when he said:
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’" (Matthew 7:21-23)
The people Jesus refers to seem to be people that love the Lord, that are religious and that were engaging in good works. However, Jesus said that they will be disappointed on the Day of Judgement having thought they were doing many things in His name, but in reality, they had bought into Satan's lie and did not do the will of the Father. They thought simply having a belief in Jesus and doing good works in His name was enough to be saved. Notice what Jesus said we must do if we want to enter the kingdom of heaven. We must do the will of His Father who is in heaven. This is the means in which we will be saved and inherit eternal life with God.
Has God revealed His will to us so that we can know what we must do to inherit eternal life? Yes! In fact, the apostle Paul wrote, "In Him [Jesus] we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him" (Ephesians 1:7-9).
Being that God has revealed His will to us through His Son Jesus Christ, what is it and where do we find it?
In order for you to be saved, you must...
Hear God's Word
How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? 15 How will they preach unless * they are sent? Just as it is written, "HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS OF GOOD THINGS!" 16 However, they did not all heed the good news; for Isaiah says, "LORD, WHO HAS BELIEVED OUR REPORT?" 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. (Romans 10:14-17)
Believe Jesus Is the Son of God
As they went along the road they came to some water; and the eunuch said, "Look! Water! What prevents me from being baptized?" And Philip said, "If you believe with all your heart, you may." And he answered and said, "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God." (Acts 8:36-37)
Repent of Your Sins
Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent. (Acts 17:30)
Confess Your Faith in Jesus
If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. (Romans 10:9-10)
Be Baptized for the Forgiveness of Your Sins
Peter said to them, "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:38)
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith. (II Timothy 4:7)
Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, so that you will be tested, and you will have tribulation for ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. (Revelations 2:10)
After having read the above Scriptures let's ask the question again; Are You Saved? Have you been obedient to the will of the Father in heaven by having done what He has revealed to you in His will? If not, can we assist you in becoming a Christian? If so, please contact us.