what must I do to be saved?

Whether we accept it or not, we are all sinners in God’s eyes and therefore we are all due to be judged and punished by a holy God, whose very nature cannot be in the presence of sin.

Jesus came to earth and died on the cross as a substitute for you and me. His death and His blood paid the price that our sins and the fall of humanity deserved.

Sin entered the world when Adam and Eve chose to disobey God at the very beginning and this created a void between humanity and God.  Because of Jesus this void has been filled and now, it is possible to have a personal living relationship with the God who loves us.

The Bible is very clear that Jesus is coming back to this earth. The first time He came to save the world (John 3:17).  When he comes again it will be to judge the world (Revelation 20:12).

We will all have eternal life! However, they will be two very different extremes. Some will be cast into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:15) to be punished for a time, away from the presence of God (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9). I don’t believe that this suffering is for ever! Some will spend eternity with Jesus in paradise and my imagination cannot even begin to describe what that will be like.

The Bible tells us that

‘God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain’ (Revelation 21:4).

Reward and punishment are a reality that we should think about now, not something to be put off until we are at death’s door. We never know when we will breathe our last breath and depart this world, as we came into it, naked and alone!

You cannot be saved by your own will or efforts, neither can you be saved by someone else praying for you. Obeying the commandments, joining a church, being baptised and confirmed or doing good will not save you

‘For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no-one can boast’ (Ephesians 2:8)

There is only one way to be saved from the coming wrath and that is through Jesus (1 Thessalonians 1:10). The Bible tells us

‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved’. (Acts 16:31)

Jesus also said:

‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life’ (John 3:16)

He also said to His disciples:

I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.’ (John 14:6)

But he also said, ‘No one can come to me, except the father which hath sent me draw him’ (John 6:44), and, ‘Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you’ (John 15:16)

This tells us that salvation is a work of God. He calls you and if you hear His voice, repent of your sins and former life, and accept Jesus as Lord in all areas of our life, you can be saved. 

You simply need to give up trying to run your own life – instead trust, receive and depend on Jesus – Turn from the things that are wrong in your life, believe in Jesus, acknowledge Him as Lord, and trust in Him.

Jesus said

‘Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest ….for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls’ Mathew 11:28-29




  1. brett thanks man i really needed thateven though its 4 years later it really blessed me i really needed to hear that man.

  2. Jesus also boldly states in John 6:37-39 “All that the Father gives Me shall come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out. I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of the Him who sent Me. And this is the will of Him who sent me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day.”

    John 10:27-28 says, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they shall never perish; and no one shall snatch them out of my hand.”

    Philippians 1:6 says, “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”

    God’s chosen elect will believe and Jesus will not lose any child given to him before the foundations of the world.

    We can not see someone’s heart but we can look at their fruit. God completes the work he starts in his children.

    A child of God will continue to struggle with sin but not continually sin without remorse. Let’s not sugar coat this…the Holy Spirit will convict the born again christian. (redundant statement actually).
    God’s word is clear. Salvation it is not even a choice you made. It was a gift of God he chose to reveal to you while you were dead in your transgression and sins and complete enemy of God. But the regenerated spirit will be guided and trained by the Holy Spirit and you will change. You will desire knowledge of God and start to seek to live for Him through obedience and good works. These are the fruits or signs of a child of God. (love, kindness, long-suffering, etc) Fruits of the Spirit will be evident but of course not perfect. Test your lifestyle against scripture to see where you can improve your walk. “If you love Me, you will obey my commandments.” I often come up lacking but praise God He is faithful and patience with me. He loves me enough to not permanently cast me out for disobedience. He disciplines me, educates me, and then gives me a sense of peace when I follow his guidance. Hence our road to maturity. I guess He truly uses the weak to shame the proud.

    I don’t know exactly why I just typed this other than it seemed appropriate for someone. I appreciate your blog Tony. All Praise be to Jesus – King of Kings and Lord of Lords! Amen

    • Thank you Brett. This is a battle I am constantly fighting.

  3. Yes Archie, I agree. Many people ‘talk the talk’ but do they actually ‘walk the walk’. All I can say is the Lord knows! I’ve never believed just saying the ‘Believer’s or Sinner’s Prayer’ saves anyone anyway. He chooses us, we don’t choose Him! If we hear His voice and respond He says we are a new creation and there wil be a complete change in our lives as the Holy Spirit takes up residence- that I believe is a mystery in itself.

  4. It speaks to a mystery of my faith. Blue blood Baptist as a background. I am mystified by the many people who have prayed the “believers prayer”, only to fall away from the faith and live a life of hell. Were they saved? Were they not?

    I’m not looking for a religious answer. I have all those. I just want to appreciate, things are not always as they seem.

  5. Hey Archie, What do you mean exactly?

  6. I prayerfully submit: Many who get throught the gate, never walk the path. One’s salvation should be authenticated by the life we live.

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