Doctrine Part 56, Salvation–Chapter 1

Acts 16:30 (ESV) — 30 Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

After discussing all the things that were accomplished with the death, burial and resurrection of Christ we need to bring things to the personal level. We can ask ourselves what does all this have to do with me personally? The ultimate end for mankind is salvation. What then is salvation and what must I do to be saved?

The first thing we need to realize is that there is a need for salvation, and what we are going to be saved from. If we cannot accept the fact that there is a need for salvation then it is impossible to be saved.

John 12:38–40 (ESV) — 38 so that the word spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: “Lord, who has believed what he heard from us, and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?” 39 Therefore they could not believe. For again Isaiah said, 40 “He has blinded their eyes and hardened their heart, lest they see with their eyes, and understand with their heart, and turn, and I would heal them.”

The people whom Christ talked directly with failed to believe who He was. Even when they physically could see and hear Christ they still refused to believe who He was. If that is the case then it is just as difficult to believe the message today. This does not make it difficult to believe, but it does mean that there is a way in which salvation is applied to an individual. The application of salvation has two aspects. The first aspect is God’s responsibility in salvation and the second is man’s responsibility.

God’s does two things in salvation and they are calling, and regeneration. Man likewise is involved with his salvation. Two things which involve men make salvation complete, and they are conviction and conversion. There is no greater need for mankind than their salvation. It is available to everyone, yet so few ever attain it. The simple fact is that salvation saves us from the condemnation that we deserve. If we do not appropriate this salvation then that condemnation will be our eternal destiny. When Adam decided to make Satan his God and follow him, he also condemned mankind to Satan’s destiny, the lake of fire. Hell is not something the world wants to hear about today, but it is a very real place and will be populated with all those who rebelled against God both men and angels.
God has provided a means by which we can escape that destiny, and that is called salvation. Contrary to what is believed today, that there are many ways to reach God, God has determined that there is only one way to Himself, and that is through His Son.

Acts 4:12 (ESV) — 12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

That being the case, it becomes the most important thing in life. Lord willing I will try to explain the answer to the question the Philippian jailer asked Paul and Silas when he said “sir, what must I do to be saved”. The jailer knew the importance of finding the answer to that question and hopefully so do you.

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