How to Be Saved

Q: What would you tell someone who asks, ‘How can I be saved’?

A: “Repent, believe, and be baptized.”

That’s all you need for the basic question. You can go into more detail on what each of the terms means (just as you can with the different Protestant models of what one needs to do to be saved), but the concept itself is simplicity itself. Even the most rustic can learn it.

And unlike the different Protestant models, it takes into account all the elements Jesus, Peter, and Paul lay out on the three occasions when someone asks this question (Matthew 19:16-19, Acts 2:37-39, 16:30-31). Repentance covers Jesus’ stress on not breaking the commandments and is explicitly named in Peter’s response, which also names baptism, which together with repentance is assumed in Paul’s stress on faith, for he assumes anyone who genuinely puts his faith in God will repent (Romans 2:4-10) and be baptized (Acts 16:33-34).

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