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Becoming a Christian:
What Must I Do to Become a Christian?
Becoming a Christian is synonymous with being saved. With regard to one’s standing with God, “saved” means, in essence, right with God. This rightness (or, righteousness) is not something that a person can obtain on his own, but is a state of being that God most certainly wants for every person (1 Timothy 2:4). Salvation is made possible only through the redemptive sacrifice of Christ: through His blood, one’s sins are atoned for (or, forgiven). Apart from His blood, no one can receive God’s forgiveness of sins. What a person is saved from is God’s wrath (John 3:36), which refers to His condemnation of and subsequent judgment against that person for his failure to obey the commandments of his own Creator, the Source of his life and existence.
A person is saved by two essential factors: God’s grace and that person’s obedient
faith (Ephesians 2:8-
At the same time, salvation also requires one’s sincere faith toward all that God
has done, presently does, and promises to do for that person. Faith involves an
acceptance of what is not seen based upon the evidence of what is seen (or, has been
proved to exist) (Hebrews 11:1-
“What must I do to be saved?” This is what the gospel of Christ teaches:
1.) Knowledge: you must hear the Word of Christ (Romans 10:17). We have no example
in the New Testament of anyone becoming a Christian without first hearing the message
of salvation—i.e., the gospel of Christ. The Holy Spirit uses this gospel to call
all people to God (2 Thessalonians 2:13-
2.) Humility: you must demonstrate humility and reverence toward God and His Word. God hates human arrogance and pride, but demands a surrender of these things before a person can come to Him (James 4:6). Humility requires that you put God above all others, and that you follow His Word above all other authority or instruction.
3.) Conversion: you must respond to this Word with obedient action.
a. Believe in what is written (John 3:16, 36; 20:30-
b. Confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, not only upon your conversion (Romans 10:9-
c. Repent of your sins (Acts 3:19). This is not merely having a feeling of regret for what you have done wrong, but is a change of attitude (heart) and action (life). You must stop doing what God says is sinful and at the same time begin practicing righteous behavior instead. In order for Christ to be your Lord, you cannot allow for anything in your life to compromise His rule over your heart (Romans 13:14, 1 Peter 3:15).
d. Deny yourself, take up your “cross,” and follow Jesus for the rest of your life,
vowing to be faithful to Him until your death (Matthew 16:24, Revelation 2:10). To
“deny yourself” means to honor God’s will above your own (Matthew 7:21). Your “cross”
is whatever sacrifices or losses you accept in order to be Christ’s disciple. To
“follow” Him requires your conformity to His commandments and to His holy nature
(Galatians 2:20, 1 John 2:3-
e. Undergo a symbolic death, burial and resurrection like that of Christ’s own literal
death, burial, and resurrection (Romans 6:3-
f. Through this process, God will do everything for you that you cannot do with regard to your salvation. Yet, you will have done what He requires of you to do for this same objective. You cannot duplicate what He does; but He will not do what is expected of you. His grace through your faith will provide for you the forgiveness of sins that you desperately need in order to live in fellowship with Him and to enter into eternal life with Him in the hereafter (1 John 5:13, 20).
4.) Transformation: After your conversion is complete, you must continue to follow
the Lord by walking in agreement with the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:16-
a. Deny the things of this world (ungodliness) and accept instead the things of God
b. “Hold fast to that which is good” and “abstain from every form of evil” (1 Thessalonians
c. Continue in the instruction of Christ’s gospel, and thus be rooted, grounded,
and firmly built up in Him (Colossians 2:6-
d. Attend to the needs of others as is appropriate, and especially those of fellow
believers (Romans 12:9-
e. Show your love for all people—including your enemies, and especially your fellow
Christians—just as God loves all people unconditionally (Matthew 5:43-
f. Put your love for Christ ahead of all other loves (Matthew 10:37-
The above information describes an appropriate response to God’s kindness. This
is how a person calls upon the name of the Lord for salvation (cf. Acts 2:21, 22:16
and others). Remember, salvation is from God; He sets its terms and conditions.
This is not a negotiable offer. Each person who is confronted with the gospel either
chooses to accept it entirely or reject it entirely. We have no authority to accept
it in part or deny it in part. Anyone who alters the gospel so as to change its
content, requirements, or conclusions stands in awful condemnation by the gospel
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