How to Be Saved

First, a summary then the details.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” Ephesians 2: 8. 9.

Grace is God’s unmerited favor. It is God providing what we don’t deserve.

It is “the gift of God.” A gift is given because of the regard the giver has for the recipient. God loves you and “God sent His one and only Son into the world, so that we might live through Him” I John 4: 9.

It is “through faith, and that not of yourselves.” It is through faith in Jesus Christ, not any deeds of our own.

It is “not of works, lest any man should boast.” If it were by our work some might boast they have done more and better work than others.

Perhaps you feel unworthy of salvation. Good, that is a starting point for “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Romans 3: 23.

“There is none righteous, no, not one….” Romans 3: 10.

Here is the good news. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” Romans 5: 8.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” John 3: 16.

The word “believes” does not mean simply to have academic knowledge, but to “trust.”

This trust means to rely on Him in His forgiveness of sin and in His offer of eternal life. To fully trust Him means to ask for His forgiveness of sin and to commit to Him as Lord. 

Salvation faith involves an act of commitment and trust, in which you commit your life to Jesus Christ and trust Him alone as your Savior and Lord.

To initiate such commitment pray, don’t just say, a prayer like this:  

“Jesus, right now, I ask you to become Lord of my life. You are my Savior and I thank You for the sacrifice You made on the cross. I receive Your grace and confidently believe that my life is forever changed.”

Ephesians 2: 10 follows the initial verses noted herein. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

Salvation involves a complete spiritual makeover. In followup commit your new life to serve Him. We are not saved by good works, but we are saved to do good works.

Therefore, set as your standard Colossians 3: 23 “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men….”

To strengthen your new faith and find His will in your life, set a time when you read Scripture and pray. For starters begin by reading from the Bible books of Philippians, John, James, I and II Timothy.