What Must I Do To Be Saved?
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What Must I Do To Be Saved?

This question popped out of the mouth of the warden of a jail in the Greek city of Philippi. He had overheard a group of men in his prison as they talked with each other and sang praises to God. As he listened, an earthquake struck which twisted the jail and opened the doors. Assuming his prisoners had escaped, he prepared to kill himself because, if he didn�t, his bosses would for letting his prisoners escape. He took out his sword and was raising up the courage to do it. One of his prisoners, the man we know as Paul, the apostle, quickly shouted that he should stop because the prisoners were still there. When he saw Paul, the question rushed out. You can read the account of this warden in the Bible in Acts 16:16-34.

It was a question that went right to the heart of the matter. He had heard what his prisoners said. He asked that question because he understood now that he was facing a very serious problem. He knew that he was in trouble with God. He had come to see that God is very demanding with expectations that were beyond his abilities to meet them.

Some would argue that God is loving and gentle toward troubled human beings. That is true but it is not the whole story. God is also holy and demanding. He has warned again and again that human beings need to recognize His exorbitant demands and respond to them. Sadly, His warnings are ignored and people think they have no problem.

Those who, like the warden in Philippi, come to understand the real problem know they need to be saved from what happens to those who ignore the demands of God. God has said that He will not accept them under just any circumstances. That means that when they die, they have no hope of being in God�s presence. What is ahead for them is not an eternity in heaven but rather an eternity of being cast aside by God. Because God is holy, He is inflexible on this matter.

God Himself gave the way for human beings to be saved. Jesus Christ came to earth to save human beings from a terrible future and give them a wonderful and glorious hope. He died to take the punishment that human beings deserve for their sins and make them desirable to God.

When the warden asked his question, he got an answer. "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved." That�s how a person is saved. Through trusting in Jesus Christ and what He has done, a person is saved and given a wonderful future.

How can you be saved? It is still the question to ask. Other questions might be on your mind. How can I experience peace with my world? How can I escape the feeling of despair that dogs my steps? How can I get over this depression I feel? Where can I find meaning in life? What you really need is to be saved from what will happen to you because of God�s demands. You need to know that whatever you face in life, God will be there for you.

What must I do to be saved? The answer to the question is the one that Paul, the apostle, gave to the warden. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved. You must begin by understanding that you are in trouble because of the demands of God. When you know and understand that, you are invited by God Himself to call to Him and ask forgiveness for all that you have done that goes against what He demands and expects. Ask forgiveness from Jesus Christ. He promises that when you do this, He forgives you. If you have access to a Bible, look at some of the other things God has said. Look up John 1:12-13 and 3:16. Read Acts 4:5-12.

If you understand your need to be saved and are unsure what to do, get in touch with us. We will be glad to answer your questions and help in any way that we can.

723 South Providence Road (Route 252), Wallingford, Pennsylvania 19086  (610) 876-8725  Dr. Richard E. Taylor, Pastor