The Basic Way to Salvation
We need to understand the way to salvation. Jesus Himself introduce us to the life after death. He is the author and finisher of our faith. Faith couldn’t be finished without His resurrection. He justified faith thru showing us the way to salvation.
Jesus is the way to salvation. The Lord wants all men to be saved and to come into the knowledge of the truth. We need to enter the way to salvation. This is part of the divine plan of salvation of God.
I Timothy 2:4 – Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
His love is incomparable, that even laid His own life for all mankind to redeem us from sin. A man found no guile and not worthy for any punishment. To become flesh was His plan of salvation.
Philippians 2:8 – And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
John 3:16 – 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.
However, despite all His divine works and sufferings for the sake of all, many are not willing to obey Him. Unfortunately, not everyone will be saved. How can He save everyone when God is righteous and just? He gives rewards to anybody who is worthy of glory and punishment to whom it should be.
Matthew 7:21- Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
We need to follow exactly the way to salvation.
Luke 6:46 – And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?
John 14:15 – If you love me keep my commandments.
Apostle Paul said. “Look for your salvation with fear and trembling”.
Philippians 2:12 – Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
Biblical events teaching us the way to salvation.
This can be found at John 3:1-5. There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus. A ruler of the Jews. the same came to Jesus by night to know how man can enter the kingdom of Heaven. The Lord answered him. “except a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God Nicodemus was puzzled, he asked the Lord again”. How can a man be born when His old? Can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Verily, verily I say unto you, except a man be born of water and of spirit” he cannot enter in to the kingdom of God.
It becomes a requirement to be born of water and spirit to enter into the kingdom of God. The scriptures states that clearly in verse 5.
Another reference is found in Acts 16:30-33. Paul and Silas was asked directly about the way to salvation, how can he be saved. They answered him believed on the Lord Jesus Christ… And that same hour of the night they were all baptized with his household.
Getting baptized was part of the process. Why not wait till tomorrow to get baptized? Why get baptized if baptism is not important? This only proves baptism is necessary as a part of the way to salvation.
Steps of the way to salvation.
Acts 2:38 – What shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, 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.
Salvation is answered by turning away from our sins and to be born of water and spirit, which is baptism in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Baptism came from the Greek word, “baptizo” which means to immerse or bury. Therefore, to sprinkle or hold a cup of water over one’s head is incorrect in fulfilling the act of baptism, because it does not symbolizes immersion or burial.
Col 2:12 – Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
I Pet. 3:21 – The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:
Additional proofs and references of way to salvation.
Baptism is immersion in water. If a cupful of water is sufficient or enough to baptize, then they will not take the trouble of going to the place where there is abundance of water.
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Simplified bible verses:
John 3:23 – John was baptizing in Aenon, because there is much water there.
Mark 1:9-10 – When Jesus was baptized by John, they came out of the water
Acts 8:38-39 – Philip and the Eunuch went down in to the water for baptism.
Our Lord Jesus Christ was the best example. There is a great need to be baptized in water. He submitted Himself to baptism as an act of all righteousness. If Jesus was baptized why shouldn’t we?
Matthew 3:13 – Jesus walked from Galilee to Jordan just to be baptized
Luke 3:21 – Jesus also being baptized
Baptism is essential for salvation. The Lord Jesus Christ clearly tells us that baptism saves.
Mark 16:16 – those who believes and is baptized shall be saved..
Matthew 28:19 – teach all nation baptizing them…
The Apostle baptized in the water in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Acts 10:47-48 – can any man forbid water that these should not be baptized
Acts 19: 1-5 – Peter baptized them
Acts 8:15-16 – when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the holy Ghost
Luke 3:3 – preaching the baptism of repentance.
Position after baptism
Gal 3:27-29 -For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. Ye are all one in Christ Jesus..
Gal 4:7 – Wherefore thou art on more a servant, but son, an heir of God though Christ.
John 1:12 – But as many as received him to them gave the power to become the sons of God…
Changes after baptism
Isaiah 56:5 – new name
Ezekiel 36:26-27 – new heart
II Corinthians 5:17 – new creature
Now is the time to enter the way to salvation.
II Corinthians 6:2 – Behold, now is the accepted time, now is the day.
Proverbs 27:1 – Boast not thyself of tomorrow, for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.
Once you received and believed Jesus Christ as your personal savior you should accept Him right away in baptism.
May our Lord Jesus Christ bless you today.