What Must I Do
to be Saved?
The Best Kept Secret
So, what shall we do? That is the very question that a multitude
of people asked Peter and the apostles on the day of Pentecost.
On that day thousands of people had gathered to listen to Peter.
On that day, the people finally understood who Jesus was, they
understood that they had crucified their Savior, and they believed
that he was raised up from the dead!
They asked Peter and the apostles, "What shall we do?"
Brace yourself, because his answer is not what
you have heard a million times before. In fact, you would think that Peter's answer
was the best kept secret
in the bible!
Acts 2: 38-39 Then
Peter said unto them,
be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ
for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift
of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children,
and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God
So, in response, what did the people
do? Did they act on Peter's answer?
verse 41 And
they that gladly received his word [FIRST] were baptized.
- Peter did NOT say, "Repeat this
- Peter did NOT say, "Invite Jesus
into your heart."
- Peter did NOT say, "Just be a
- Peter did NOT say, "Believe. Have
- Peter did NOT say, "Call on the
name of the Lord."
Calling on the name of
the Lord: If you
look in your bible at verse 21 of Acts chapter 2,, Peter said,
"whosoever shall call on
the name of the Lord shall be saved." But, he continued to preach. So, listen to what he said next. There was more! That was not the end of the lesson! In verses
22-36, the people continued to listen to him preach, Then, when
they were convinced, they believed, and his words cut to their
hearts, and then they asked the question, "What shall we do?"
His answer was, "Repent
and be baptized for forgiveness of your sins!"
Why didn't he simply say, "Call
on the name of the Lord?"
The answer is demonstrated in Acts 22 with Saul's conversion.
Jesus appeared to Saul, verse 8, "I
am Jesus" and Jesus told him,
"Go to Damascus and there you
will be told what to do!" You see,
there was something that he needed to do. So, Saul went.
What was he told to do?
Acts 22: 16 And
now, why tarrist thou? (Why do you wait?)
Arise, and be baptized and wash away thy sins,
calling on the name of
You see, it is in the act of baptism
that we call on the name of the Lord.
What is baptism and why is it important?
Baptism comes from the Greek word "baptizo" which
means to make fully wet or immerse.
It comes from the root word "bapto" which means to
cover wholly, to dip, to stain (as with dye) or to wash.
KJV AMG Study Bible explains the verse
Acts 2:38: The main verb in this verse is metanoesate (3340),
meaning "repent." This refers to that initial repentance
of a sinner unto salvation. The verb translated "be baptized"
is in the indirect pasive imperative of baptizo (907) which means
that it does not have the same force as the direct command of
"repent." The preposition "for" in the phrase
"for the remission of sins" in Greek is eis (1519),
"unto." Literally, it means "for the purpose
of identifying you with the remission of sins." This
same preposition is used in themselves with the work and ministry
of Moses. Repentance is something that concerns an individual
and God, while baptism is intended to be a testimony to other
people. That is why baptistheto, "to be baptized,"
is in the passive voice indicating that one does not baptize
himself, but he is baptized by another usually in the presence
1) Baptism is a new birth.
Have you ever heard that we must be
John 3: 3-7 Jesus
answered and said unto him, Verily,
verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he
cannot see the kingdom of God.
Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a
man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into
his mother's womb, and be born?
Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water
and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom
of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which
is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto
thee, Ye must be born again.
We have all experienced the physical
birth. But now we must be born again of water and Spirit.
2) Baptism puts you inside
Romans 6: 3 Know
ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into
Jesus Christ were baptized into
his death? ... Galatians 3:
27 For as many of you as have been
baptized into Christ...
KJV AMG Bible note: "in Romans
6:3, the word pabtizo (907), means "to be identified
3) Baptism buries you with
Christ so that you can share in his
death and resurrection.
Romans 6: 3-5 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized
into Jesus Christ were baptized
into his death? Therefore we are
buried with him by baptism
into death: that like as Christ
was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even
so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been
planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be
also in the likeness of his resurrection.
Colossian 2: 12 12 Buried
with him in baptism, wherein
also ye are risen with him through
the faith of the operation of God,
who hath raised him from the dead.
4) Baptism saves us...
1 Peter 3: 21 The
like figure whereunto even baptism
doth also now save us (not the putting
away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience
toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
After Jesus died and rose after three
days reappeared "..unto the eleven as they sat at meat,
and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart,
because they believed not them which had seen him after he was
risen. And he said unto them, "Go
ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature,
He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but
he that believeth not shall be damned."
KJV AMG "baptistheis (907), translated
"is baptized," is an aorist participle but in the passive
voice. This form refers to an act of outward obedience, in this
case baptism... Baptism is a distinct act of obedience apart
from salvation If baptism were necessary for salvation, Ephesians
2:8 and many other verses should have been translated "ye
are saved through faith and baptism."
5) Baptism washes away your
sins... Acts 22: 16 Arise and be baptized and wash away thy sins.
and Acts 2: 38 ...be baptized for the remission of sins.
How Urgent is Baptism?
The book of Acts is the book of conversions.
There we find examples of people being converted to Christ. The
following people responded to the Gospel by being baptized.
Example #1 The
Ethiopian Eunuch was baptized immediately upon
hearing the gospel, Acts 8: 26-39 ...they came to a certain water: and the Eunuch
said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?
And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou
mayest... and they both went down into the water, both Philip
and the Eunuch; and he baptized him.
Example #2 The
Jailer and his whole family were baptized
the same hour that they heard
the gospel. Acts 16: 33 And he took
them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and
was baptized, he and all his, straightway.
Example #4 Saul was blinded for three
days, but as soon as his eyesight was restored, he got baptized immediately. Acts 9: 18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as
it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose,
and was baptized.
Example #5 Cornelius
received the Holy Spirit FIRST, but he still got baptized immediately!
Acts 10: 47-48 Can any man forbid
water, that these should not be baptized, which have received
the Holy Ghost as well as we?
And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord.
Never once did Peter or any apostle tell anyone at any
time to say a sinner's prayer. Never once did they tell anyone
to invite Jesus into their heart.
What did Peter say? Acts 2:38 And Peter said to them, "Repent, and be baptized every one of you
in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins;
and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Peter's answer is the gospel of your
the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed,
ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit... Ephesians 1:13. It was the first gospel message
after the death and resurrection of Jesus. On the day of Pentecost
as recorded in the book of Acts, Christ's church was established.
Those who were baptized were added to the church and they received
the Holy Spirit.
You may be asking yourself, "Why should I care
what Peter said?" The answer
is in Matthew 16:18-19. Jesus said...
And I say also unto thee, That thou
art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the
gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give
unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven:
and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven...
There you have it! Jesus gave the keys of the kingdom to Peter. He gave the keys to one person, not anyone
else: not the pope, not
Billy Graham, not your preacher, and not you.
Jesus gave them to Peter and that is why I listened to Peter's
gospel of salvation.
Peter holds the keys! Peter said it, so it is bound on earth and in
heaven. If you want to be sealed by the Holy Spirit, then you
should listen to his answer and then be baptized for the forgiveness
of your sins.
Key #1... Believe
Key #2... Repent
Key #3... Be Baptized for forgiveness
Key # 4... You will receive the Holy
Peter's answer and the answer for every
believer was always the same: "And I said, What shall I
do, Lord? And the Lord said unto me, "Arise and be
baptized and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.
Acts 22: 16.
- Our Enemy Is
- KJV: Now we beseech you, brethren,
by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering
together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be
troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from
us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive
you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come
a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son
of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that
is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth
in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. Remember
ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in
his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only
he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume
with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness
of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of
Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all
deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because
they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that
they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who
believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
- (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12)
- Having the understanding
darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the
ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of
their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over
unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
But ye have not so learned Christ; If so be that ye have heard
him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: (Ephesians 4:18-21)
- And now, brethren, I
wot that through ignorance ye did it, as did also your
rulers. But those things, which God before had shewed by the
mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath
so fulfilled. Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that
your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing
shall come from the presence of the Lord;
- (Acts 3:17-19)
- But of the times and
the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.
For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so
cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say,
Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as
travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But
ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day
should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of
light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night,
nor of darkness.
- (1 Thessalonians 5:1-5)
- Therefore let us not
sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. (1 Thessalonians 5:6)
- For God hath not
appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus
- (1 Thessalonians 5:9)
- For they being ignorant
of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own
righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness
- (Romans 10:3)
- For this they willingly
are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were
of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
(2 Peter 3:5)
- For I would not, brethren,
that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be
wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened
to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. (Romans
- Now when they saw the
boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned
and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge
of them, that they had been with Jesus.
- (Acts 4:13)
- So foolish was
I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee. (Psalms
- And the times of this
ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all
men every where to repent: (Acts
- Because he hath appointed
a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness
by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance
unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead. And when
they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and
others said, We will hear thee again of this matter. (Acts 17:31,32)
- As obedient children,
not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your
- 1 Peter 2:15 For so
is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put
to silence the ignorance of foolish men:
- (1 Peter 1:14)