That is the question that the Philippian jailer asked the Apostle Paul in Acts 16. Earlier that evening the jailer had fasten Paul and Silas in stocks in an inner cell of the jail. He may have heard them pray and sing. During the praying and singing there was an earthquake that also loosened the stocks and doors. Paul and Silas were no longer secured. The jailer was awakened and spoke with Paul and Silas.
Paul’s answer to the jailer was, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved. . .”
The jailer allowed Paul to explain to him and his family the Scriptures and the purpose of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. They all got saved that night. They became Christians.
We must be saved from the penalty of sin.
The Bible teaches that every person is a sinner. God must judge sin. Because of sin, we deserve God’s wrath. We are bound for hell.
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Romans 6:23a For the wages of sin is death;…
Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
Jesus appeased God’s Wrath.
Jesus appeased God the Father’s wrath by being the perfect sacrifice for sin when He died on the cross. Jesus is God in the flesh. He had lived a perfect, sinless life. Jesus became a sin offering for us as He hung there on the cross. After three days Jesus rose from the dead, and gives victory over death to all who believe. Jesus takes our sins and gives us His righteousness.
1 John 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
Romans 5:8-9 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
We cannot save ourselves.
We cannot be saved any other way except by Jesus. There is no other way to heaven. God is not going to compare you or me with other people to see if we were good enough. Not of us are good enough. Nether can we do enough good works to get to heaven. We must come God’s way through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
We Must Repent and Believe.
We must turn from sin. We must ask God to forgive us.
Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
1 Thessalonians 1:9-10 For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
We Must Call upon the Lord, asking Jesus to save us.
John 1:11-12 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
Romans 10:9-13 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
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