Just Exactly What Is Required to Be Saved?

Donny Weimar

Basically, there are ten things that must take place for us to enter into Heaven’s Paradise. What follows are brief explanations of each. Think of a chain between God’s throne of mercy and your soul. If even one the ten links is missing or broken, then salvation is not in place and we are not on the correct path to the blessed Home above.

1. Grace.

Ephesians 2:8 (ASV) “for by grace have ye been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.” The top link in the chain of salvation is grace, which is the unmerited favor of God. Nobody deserves to go to Paradise. All have sinned and fallen short of glorifying God (Romans 3:23).

2. Blood.

 Romans 5:9 (ESV) “Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.” Were it not for the sacrifice Jesus made on our behalf as He died on the cross, grace would be an impossibility. Sin earns us death (Romans 6:23) but thanks to the Son of God, He took our sins and died on our behalf. Although Jesus was tempted in every point that you and I are He never committed a single transgression against Father God. The Lord is considered the Lamb who takes away sin because of His personal innocence.

3. Gospel.

Romans 1:16 (ESV) “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” The Gospel is defined in the New Testament as Good News. The great news for modern man is the availability of forgiveness for wrongs we do against God. At the core of the gospel message is the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus.

4. Faith.

Acts 16:31 (ESV) “And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” Faith is a noun and belief is a verb. Therefore, faith is belief in action. When we trust God it becomes more natural to think and behave as Christians are called to be.

5. Repentance

 Acts 3:19 (NKJV) “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.” Repentance is understood to be a change of heart or mind that results in a change in lifestyle or behavior. The thief must stop stealing and work for his money. The fornicator must cease the immorality, and so forth.

6. Confession

Romans 10:10 (NKJV) “For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Remember belief is more than lip service. It is faith in action. A part of that action is a life spent confession Jesus Christ, that is communicating the Gospel to others by our life habits, our service that is worthy of Christ and holding firm to the conviction that we will proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes again.

7. Baptism

Acts 2:38 (ESV) “And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” This passage contains two commands, a purpose and a promise.We’ve touched on repentance already. Baptism from the Greek literally means to dip or immerse. This is only required once in a person’s life if she or he has done it with the right motive. The purpose of baptism is for the forgiveness of sins. This includes past and present sins and promises future forgiveness to all who continue to comply with the other links in this chain of salvation being described from Scripture, in this article.

8. Works 

 James 2:24 (ESV) “You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.” In James’s epistle we read even demons believe but tremble. It is insufficient to have a mere belief (lip service) in God but having no works. Faith without action to serve Christ is a dead faith. It might be simple to remember the definition of justified as just-as-if-I’d-never-sinned.

9. Hope

 Romans 8:24-25 (NKJV) “For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.” Hope holds us steady on course. Since Jesus is the captain of our salvation, we can be confident that so long as we maintain our Christianity with an outlook for Heaven, we will not waver or falter. Hope is simply an eager expectation that Jesus has gone to prepare a place for us.

10. Endurance

Matthew 10:22 (NKJV) “And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.” There are plenty of people that will reject us because they have rejected Christ. Endurance is not giving up despite such persecution. No hardship should separate us from God if we are truly committed to Christ.

Is your chain completely linked together?

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