One of the most important questions a person can ask is “what must I do to be saved.” This being the case a proper and Biblical answer must be given. Sadly, the religious world at large has misrepresented this question and sought to change what God has plainly stated on the matter. Christ made it perfectly clear that a person soul is the greatest possession one has (Mark 8:36-37). Thus, the need to examine this question in light of the Scriptures.
First, let it be clear that when each of the following passages are studied it becomes clear what is necessary in order to be saved. Let it also be realized that the Lord adds the saved to His church (Acts 2:47). Therefore, if we can determine what the people did in the first century, each person who does what they did will be just as they were–saved.
In Acts 2:37, after Peter explained to those gathered in Jerusalem during Pentecost that they were guilty of crucifying the Son of God, the people cried out “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” In essence they were asking “what do we need to do to be saved?” The rest of the chapter bares this out. Because in Acts 2:40 the Bible reads, “And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation.”
However, the key verses is Acts 2:38, there it states what was needed for them to be saved. There Peter declared to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Notice exactly what Peter told them, repent and be baptized. Why? Because this is exactly what Christ commanded His disciples to teach (Matthew 28:18-20). Yet the most telling verse is Acts 2:41, “Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.” Notice again the order of events, they were baptized and they where added. To what where they added? One the church (Acts 2:47); but they were then also number with the saved (same verse).
Now in reference to the sequence of events notice how this works, They first, heard the word of God proclaimed (Romans 10:17, which convicted them of their belief in Christ (John 8:24), they repented of their sins (Acts 17:30), and they where Baptized (Acts 2:38).
If a person desires to be saved today, they must submit to Gods will just as these did almost 2,000 years ago. No man made doctrine can save a person from their sins.
Dear friends, will you not submit to the will of God today, while you have the opportunity. For the day is coming when God will judge the world through Christ Jesus (Acts 17:31), and the judging factor is the word (John 12:48).