Salvation: according to the dictionary is deliverance of the soul from sin and from punishment of sin; redemption; Latin salvatio, a saving, going back to. It also means preservation or deliverance from difficulty, danger, destruction or evil.
What must you do to be saved? God, through Jesus Christ, His Son, has provided a way for you. From the Old Testament book Isaiah 53.5-6. The 6th verse begins and ends with "all" it is a universal salvation for a universal need. Your part is to "receive," God's part is to, "give you" power to become. "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 1.12).
Conversion and regeneration are partners. When you have turned to God (conversion), He will turn over your life (regeneraton). God's part is as essential and important as your part. Saving faith reaches out and believes what God's Word says about you. "Verily, verily I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life" (John 5:24)
Your Salvation is in your acceptance of what Jesus has done for you. Did HE or did He not die for you? (Acts 16.31)
Outward form is useless until something has happened within your life. Salvation is like marriage. All the ceremony involved can't really marry a couple, unless first of all something is real toward each other, and has happened in each of their hearts. When that happens they want to celebrate and let the whole world know. God saves sinners only. Are you a sinner? Do you need these two things? 1. FORGIVENESS 2. CLEANSING? What God has done for others he will do for you. "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved"(Romans 10.13).
JESUS FORETOLD (PROPHESIED) THAT PEOPLE WOULD USE ALIBIS AND EXCUSES, BUT THEY ARE NOT VALID REASONS TO USE WHEN YOU NEED SALVATION. HERE ARE SEVERAL STEPS TO TAKE IN YOUR CONVERSION:
- REPENT: TURN AROUND. CHANGE YOUR MIND. "EXCEPT YOU REPENT, YOU SHALL LIKEWISE PERISH" (LUKE 13.13)
- RECEIVE HIM:(JESUS) YOU NEED THE SAVIOR. ACCEPT HIM
- REGENERATION: GOD DOES THIS FOR YOU. THIS IS THE NEW BIRTH A MIRACLE OF SPIRITUAL LIFE PERFORMED BY THE HOLY GHOST, "WHICH WERE BORN , NOT OF BLOOD, NOR OF THE WILL OF THE FLESH, NOR OF THE WILL OF MAN, BUT OF GOD." JOHN 1.13 . ALSO SEE JOHN 11:25.