Plan of Salvation

The Bible's Plan of Salvation

In the book of Matthew, chapter 16, verses 18 & 19 our Lord declared unto Peter and the other apostles that he would build His church.  Then in Acts 2:47 we see the Lord adding the saved ones to the church.  So, we see that the saved ones are in the Lord's church. Eph. 5:23

What did these people who were added to the church by the Lord do to be saved?  Note that the apostle Peter had just preached unto them the crucifixion,  resurrection, ascension and coronation of Christ.  When they heard this they were pricked in their hearts, and said men and brethren, what shall we do? (Acts 2:38)  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.

These people heard about the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ (the gospel), they believed that Jesus was the savior, they repented of their sins, and were baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins.  Look at Mark 16:16 "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned."  Notice here that Jesus said that both belief and baptism were necessary to be saved.

Matthew 10:32 "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I also confess before my Father which is in Heaven."  We must be willing to confess that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.  Romans 10:10 "For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."  The Ethiopian made that confession in Acts 8:37 before his baptism.

I have listed only a small sample of the conversions of the New Testament, but from these passages I think that one can readily see what the Bible has to say about becoming a Christian.  These passages may greatly contrast everything that you have been taught in the past,  but they are from God's inspired word.  Many today will say that faith (belief) only is necessary to be saved but Christ himself said "he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved" .  Peter in 1 Peter 3:21 says that baptism saves us.  Therefore, according to the scriptures both baptism and faith are necessary for salvation.

Many today believe that all that is necessary to be saved is to say "I accept Christ as my  personal savior".  This is true if one is willing to accept Him and obey his will but only saying I accept Christ as savior, without repentance, confession and baptism is not in accordance with the Word of God.  Consider this, if one is saved without baptism one is saved outside of Christ.  Galatians 3:27 "For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ."

People today teach many things which are not in accordance with God's word; therefore  I would encourage you to study diligently the book of Acts.  This book contains many examples of people becoming Christians.  Your soul is at stake here so it should be of great importanc