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WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED?

The first step in finding the correct answer to this question is to first ask another question
SAVED FROM WHAT?
GOD HIMSELF

The greatest danger from which we need to be saved is God Himself. Saved from God’s wrath. (Psalm 7:11; Romans 1:18)

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Do you love what God hates and hate what God loves? If so, you are ungodly. Do you always treat people the way God would have you to? If not, you are unrighteous. Do you ever push back the truth of God because you are living for yourself rather than for God and others? If so, you have suppressed the truth.


Because all of us are ungodly and unrighteous and we have suppressed the truth, God’s wrath is against us. God’s wrath is His intense, holy, strong, and settled opposition against all who have defied Him. It is His refusal to condone sin or come to terms with it. God’s wrath is His just judgment upon sin. This should bring fear to your heart (Psalm 76:7).

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The Penalty of the Law

We also need to be saved from the penalty of the Law.
Have you ever broken one of God’s commands? If so, then God’s Word says you are cursed and guilty of all (Galatians 3:10; Deuteronomy 27:26; James 2:10).

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To break the Law, especially God’s law, means that you are a lawbreaker. Sin is a transgression of the Law (1 John 3:4; Romans 6:23).


Death is the just due to those who commit sin. Death in biblical terms means separation from God. If you have sinned, and every man has (Romans 3:23), then can you admit, without reservation, that you deserve separation from God forever?

Just as Monopoly money has no value in the world, human goodness has no real value in heaven (Matthew 5:20; Romans 3:9-10). From God’s perspective, everyone—the criminal and the person of good character—has fallen short of His perfect standard and, therefore, all need a Savior.

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Sin’s Corrupting Power

We also need to be saved from sin’s enslaving and corrupting power. (John 8:34)

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Can you make a commitment right now to stop sinning and to do what God would have you to? If not, the reason is because you are a slave to sin. Sin not only enslaves, but it also corrupts and defiles (Proverbs 30:12).


God’s Word says unwashed sinners can never enter heaven. (Revelation 21:27)

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What must you do to be saved?

In one sense, the biblical answer is that you can’t do anything, but God has done it all. Here is the good news!


  • Jesus bore God’s wrath against your sin. (2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 5:8-9)
  • Jesus paid your penalty for breaking the Law. (Romans 8:3; 1 Peter 3:18; Galatians 3:13)
  • Jesus alone has the power to set you free and cleanse you from all unrighteousness. (John 8:36; John 1:12; Acts 10:43)

  • Choice

    ADMIT your sin. BELIEVE in Christ and all He has done to accomplish your salvation. COMMIT yourself to Christ.

    ADMIT your sin
    Romans 3:23
    AND
    BELIEVE
    in Christ
    John 3:16
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