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What Must I Do to be Saved?
(29) Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, (30) And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? (31) And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
This was the question of the Philippian jailer. Paul was imprisoned for casting a devil out of a young woman with a spirit of divination. The jailer's responsibility was to guard Paul but he witnessed an earthquake which opened the doors of the prison, but also opened the doors of his heart to the reality of Jesus Christ. If your heart has been opened to Christ and if you have the same question then listen to Paul's clear answer. "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved, and thy house!"
What Is Salvation?
Salvation is God's work and something He does to us; we cannot save ourselves. It is a supernatural deliverance out of the Kingdom of Darkness into the Kingdom of Jesus Christ.
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Salvation is a deliverance from one state of being to another; it is a deliverance from sinfulness to righteousness. It is death to the reign of sin to the reign of grace. Salvation is deliverance from the wrath of God to the favor of God. Is is the work of God and no man is able to do the work of God. He Himself, transforms those who come to Him through Christ. He forgives them, places His Spirit within them, and gives them a new heart. Salvation is being born-again.
Salvation is New Life
Salvation is the generation of a new kind of life. This new life proceeds from God himself. The Scripture says we are born of God, hence the biblical term "born again". He puts His Spirit within us and gives us a new heart. We are told that in Salvation we are "created after God in righteousness and true holiness." Eph 4:24
Salvation is New Identity
In Salvation, old things are passed away meaning our old identity with Adam and all its attachments, is passed away, but in Christ all things become new meaning we are given a new identity with new life which is in the Person of Christ!
Salvation is Adoption
Salvation is an adoption into a new family. By faith in Christ we are adopted into the family of God and all rights and demands of our former family are legally terminated. Darkness and Sin, has lost all legal rights to our person. They, Sin and Darkness, have no claim, no power, no privilege, and no authority to interfere with our thoughts, our emotions, our will, or any part of our new life which is found in Christ.
After adoption we receive the full rights and privileges as sons and daughters of God, which means we come under the full protection of the Kingdom of God, which ensures our deliverance from evil.
Reformation is not Salvation
Anybody can change their behavior, but only God can change what we are. Reformation is not Salvation, Salvation is being born of God. Salvation is regeneration by the Spirit of God into new life. Salvation is God's work which He accomplishes through Christ.
Salvation is being Joined to Christ
It is God that joins us to Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. The result of this union is that God makes us dead to sin through the Cross of Christ, and alive to God through the resurrection of Christ. God, through our union with Christ, has thoroughly defeated the power of sin for us.
Salvation is Freedom
Salvation is freedom through Christ Jesus our Lord! It is the supernatural ending of our old life of bondage and the beginning of a new life of freedom. We are given New Life consisting of a new heart and a new Spirit which are found in Christ!
(7) For he that is dead is freed from sin.
(8) Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:
(9) Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
(10) For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. (11) Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.