In the salvation of man's soul there are 2 necessary parts: God's part and man's part.
God's part is the big part, "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of
yourselves, it is the gift if God; not of works, that no man should glory"
(Ephesians 2:8-9). The love which God felt for man led him to send Christ into
the world to redeem man. The life and teaching of Jesus, the sacrifice on the
cross, and the proclaiming of the gospel to men constitute God's part in
Though God's part is the big part, man's
part is also necessary if man is to reach heaven. Man must comply with the
conditions of pardon which the Lord has announced. Man's part can clearly set
forth in the following steps:
Hear the Gospel. "How shall they call on
him whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe him whom they have
not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?" (Romans 10:14).
Believe. "And without faith it is
impossible to be well pleasing unto him; for he that cometh to God must
believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that seek after him"
Repent of past sins. "The times of
ignorance therefore God overlooked; but now he commandeth men that they should
all everywhere repent" (Acts 17:30).
Confess Jesus as Lord. "Behold here is
water; What doth hinder me to be baptized ? And Philip said, if thou believeth
with all thy heart thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus
Christ is the Son of God" (Acts 8:36-37).
Be baptized for the remission of sins.
"And Peter said unto them, Repent ye, and be baptized everyone of you in the
name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins and ye shall receive the
gift of the Holy Spirit" (Acts 2:38).
Live a Christian life. "Ye are an elect
race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's own possession,
that ye may show forth the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness
into his marvelous light" (1 Peter 2:9).