Dear friends,

In this world we live in, sin abounds everywhere. It’s only going to get worse as time goes on. As society progresses, new sins are brought out to the open and are made possible. They’re becoming easier and easier to do. Whether it’s homosexuality, adultery, or even fornication; sin is everywhere in this world. Even in the churches today, sin abounds and is glorified. If this isn’t enough, we’ve corrupted the way of salvation. With this in mind, how do we become saved? Let’s see what the Holy Word of God tells us. I will be using the King James Version for this article.

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Repent

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And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him. Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee; And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles; The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up. From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. (Matthew 4:9-17)

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What’s interesting is right after Jesus was tempted in the wilderness, His first sermon was, “Repent: for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” The topic of repentance was so important that the first sermon that the Messiah taught was, “Repent.” This is a word that the modern world and the modern church hates with a passion. They don’t like it and they don’t use it in explaining Salvation. If it’s so important that Jesus taught it first, it should still be priority #1 to us today.

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But what does the word “repent” mean? How do we repent? According to Marriam Webster’s Online Dictionary, the word repent is defined as:

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: to turn from sin and dedicate oneself to the amendment of one’s life
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a: to feel regret or contrition
b: to change one’s mind

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It is interesting that it says, “to turn away from sin.” According to the modern church, all we need to do is say the sinners prayer to gain everlasting life. But when we look in God’s Word, the prayer is never once spoken. When people were saved, they changed their lives and did their best not to sin. They repented and turned away from their past sins. There’s no such thing as a “sinners prayer” in God’s Word.
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Be Baptized
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Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. (Acts 2:37-38)
After Peter’s sermon, it is evident that those who were gathered were pricked in their heart. They felt a godly sorrow and asked, “What shall we do?” They recognized their sins and were cut to their heart about it. They found out that they were wrong and that they sinned against God. Perhaps some of you reading this feel the same way. Now that we know we’ve went against God’s commandments, what do we do? Look at Peter’s answer: “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” We need to turn away from our sins and then be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins.
Do we need to attend a church to be baptized? Or does it need to be by a pastor? No, any Christian can baptize you. We see from the following verse that the two weren’t even near a building, but near a lake.
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And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship, Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet. Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him. The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth: In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth. And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man? Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing. (Acts 8:27-39)
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Find a Christian and ask them to baptize you in water. Just like the eunuch, you’ll be baptized. If there’s no Christians around, try to obey the Lord Jesus Christ and God’s Word to the fullest. Pray earnestly to God and He will not fail you. He is more than willing to help you in Salvation.
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How are we to be baptized? Is sprinkling allowed or immersion? This question may go through your mind while reading this article. The answer is really simple. Let’s first look at the verse above. Notice that it’s written, “and they went down both into water, both Philip and the eunuch;” they were immersed. Philip didn’t take water and pour it on the eunuch, he brought him under the water. You see, baptism is a symbol of us being buried with Jesus Christ (immersion) and being risen again with Him on the day of Resurrection (coming up out of the water). If this isn’t enough, let’s look at the Greek word for “baptize”. The Greek word for “baptize” is “baptizo” meaning to immerse or overwhelm or make fully wet.
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Prayer
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Finally, prayer is very important to become saved. God is King over all creation, yet He wants to know us. He isn’t some cruel dictator that tells us to do something and leaves it at that. He wants a personal relationship with each of His children. The verses below will shed more light on the subject.
  • For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. (Romans 8:15)
  • And he [Jesus] said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt. (Matthew 14:36)
  • And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. (Galatians 4:6)
  • Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. (2 Corinthians 6:17-18)
It should be noted that the word “Abba” is a term that means, “Daddy, Poppa”. Notice that we have the right to call God, “Abba”; and that Jesus, His own Son, called Him that while in deep prayer. We always picture God as a supreme Judge (He is the Judge), but we leave out the part where He is our own Dad. He wants to know us intimately, in a Father-Child relationship.
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I have one more story I’d like to share with you all. It comes from God’s Word.
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And he said, A certain man had two sons: And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry. Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing. And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound. And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him. And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf. And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found. (Luke 15:11-32)
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This story shows the connection between us and God. We left God and sinned against Him; we ran away from Him and committed many sins. We’ve spat in His face and rejected Him so many times. But God will accept us back. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done or how bad your past is. God is waiting for you; and, just like the father ran to the son, so God will run to you with open arms. Repent, be baptized, and start an intimate relationship with God. If you need help, feel free to come into the chatroom. We don’t bite and are more than willing to help you! Comment on this post and I’ll email you as soon as possible. May God bless you and keep you!