He is a Powerful Savior. “That through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage” (Heb 2:14,15).
He is a Universal Savior. “Who is the Savior of ALL men … who believe” (1 Tim 4:10).
They must next be directed to how they can actually have Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.
4. Salvation is through faith in Christ
“Believe on [in] the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31).
These powerful words were spoken to the Philippian jailer in response to his pointed question, “What must I do to be saved?” They are applicable to all men everywhere, and constitute the only way of salvation available.
Romans 10:9 says “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, YOU WILL BE SAVED.”
To answer their question – “What do I have to do to be saved?” -we must give a complete answer. This would include:
- Realize you are a sinner, and sincerely repent of your sins (see 1 John 1:8; 2 Corinthians 7:10 and the article on “Repentance” in this issue).
- Confess those sins to God and ask for His forgiveness (see 1 John 1:9).
- Believe that Jesus died on the cross for you as payment for your sins, and that God raised Him from the dead as proof of Christ’s deity and accepted His payment for your salvation (see Romans 5:9,10; Titus 2:14).
They must also understand that this salvation comes by faith. Faith is the decision to believe what God says. It is activated by “hearing … the Word of God” (Rom 10:17). Something deep within you tells you that God is speaking to you. You decide and determine to believe and accept what God says. You agree with God – that is faith. Your faith may often move ahead of your mind. You do things by faith that your mind cannot yet understand or accept. You often accept things by faith before your emotions have time to respond.
The next and ultimate step is for a person to receive Christ as his Lord and Savior.
5. We must “receive Christ” into our life
John 1:12 says-. “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right [authority] to become children of God, to those who believe in His Name.” What does it mean, to “receive Christ”, and how do we accomplish this?
What the Scriptures teach is very simple and straightforward. In Revelation 3:20, Jesus compares our life to a house and says: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” When we show someone this verse, we can ask them: “If someone knocked on your door, how would you get the person inside?” They will likely answer: “Well, I would open the door.” Then you can ask: “And then what would you do?” Invariably they will say, “I would invite them in.”
It is just that simple, and most people will realize what they must do to receive Christ. The Lord Jesus is knocking at the door of their lives. But He will not break the door down and force Himself on them. They must open the door to Him and invite Him in. They can do this in their own words in prayer. And they have His promise that He will come in and be with them for eternity.