Referring to the name of Jesus, the Bible says, “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16).
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all” (Titus 2:11).
“He (Jesus) became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him” (Hebrews 5:9).
“Behold now is the day of salvation,” (2 Corinthians 6:2).
The Old Testament tells of salvation from various things, but our interest is in salvation from sin and eternal salvation in heaven. The Bible tells us, “Salvation is of the Lord” and that it is “an everlasting salvation” (Jonah 2:9 and Isaiah 45:17). After David had sinned he asked God to “Restore to me the joy of your salvation” (Psalm 51:12).
There are many important subjects and questions, but none that is more important than the Bible question, “What must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30).
This question is also asked and answered in similar wording at Matthew 19:16; Acts 2:37; 9:6. In Matthew 19, while Jesus was on earth He told the man to keep the commandments, but after Jesus died, and His will came into effect, people were told to believe, repent, confess faith, and be baptized for the remission of sins. So we must also obey these instructions of Jesus and follow the examples in the book of Acts to be saved.
After Jesus death, resurrection, and ascension, He left the instructions to his disciples, and we read in the Book of Acts what was required for salvation and that Jesus said all must obey until the end of the world.
Without obedience to Jesus, no one can be saved. A person may have great knowledge about all things and live a good moral life, but these things will not provide salvation. Therefore, salvation only comes because of the death of Jesus and His blood that must be appropriated in our lives by our obedience to the gospel of Christ in becoming a Christian. Then with God’s blessings, we can live a faithful life here on earth and enjoy eternal salvation in heaven.
We understand then that our obedience to the answer to the question, “What must I do to be saved?” is the most important thing we can do in this life.
- Douglas M. Williams, Sr.