This simple, yet profound, question is the most important question that can be  asked. “How can I be saved?” deals with where we will spend eternity  after our lives in this world are over. There is no more important issue than  our eternal destiny. Thankfully, the Bible is abundantly clear on how a person  can be saved. The Philippian jailer asked Paul and Silas, “Sirs, what must I do  to be saved?” (Acts 16:30).  Paul and Silas responded, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved” (Acts  16:31).

How can I be saved? Why do I need to be  saved?
We are all infected with sin (Romans  3:23). We are born with sin (Psalm 51:5),  and we all personally choose to sin (Ecclesiastes 7:20; 1 John 1:8).  Sin is what makes us unsaved. Sin is what separates us from God. Sin is what has  us on the path to eternal destruction.

How can I be saved? Saved  from what?
Because of our sin, we all deserve death (Romans 6:23). While the physical consequence of sin is  physical death, that is not the only kind of death that results from sin. All  sin is ultimately committed against an eternal and infinite God (Psalm 51:4). Because of that, the just penalty for our  sin is also eternal and infinite. What we need to be saved from is eternal  destruction (Matthew  25:46; Revelation  20:15).

How can I be saved? How did God provide  salvation?
Because the just penalty for sin is infinite and  eternal, only God could pay the penalty, because only He is infinite and  eternal. But God, in His divine nature, could not die. So God became a human  being in the person of Jesus Christ. God took on human flesh, lived among us,  and taught us. When the people rejected Him and His message, and sought to kill  Him, He willingly sacrificed Himself for us, allowing Himself to be crucified  (John 10:15). Because Jesus  Christ was human, He could die; and because Jesus Christ was God, His death had  an eternal and infinite value. Jesus’ death on the cross was the perfect and  complete payment for our sin (1 John 2:2).  He took the consequences we deserved. Jesus’ resurrection from the dead  demonstrated that His death was indeed the perfectly sufficient sacrifice for  sin.

How can I be saved? What do I need to do?
“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). God has already done all of the work. All  you must do is receive, in faith, the salvation God offers (Ephesians 2:8-9). Fully  trust in Jesus alone as the payment for your sins. Believe in Him, and you will  not perish (John 3:16).  God is offering you salvation as a gift. All you have to do is accept it. Jesus  is the way of salvation (John  14:6).

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