Acts 1-4: What Must We Do to Be Saved?

The world will be celebrating Easter this Sunday. While there are no specific commands within the Bible to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus on an annual basis, we do have the clear instruction to do so on each and every first day of the week. We are commanded to do so by taking of the Lord's Supper, the elements of which - the bread and the fruit of the vine - represent the body and blood of Jesus. 

 

But, as the title of this article suggests, this is not a lesson on the death, burial and resurrection of Christ, it is one of the salvation we are offered because of Jesus dying for our sins. In Acts chapter 2, we have a number of verses that tell us what we need to do to have our sins removed and to be saved.

 

Acts 2:21 tells us that those who call on the name of the Lord will be saved. Romans 10:9-13 explains how to call on the name of the Lord, specifically, through our confession that Jesus is Lord.  The apostle John tells us in I John 4:15 that those who acknowledge that Jesus is the Son of God will live in God (and He will live in them), and Acts 22:16 relates the command to Paul to be baptized and to call on His name.

 

Speaking of baptism's role, Acts 2:38 contains the command to repent and be baptized in order to have our sins removed, and I Peter 3:21 confirms the requirement of baptism, telling us that it is this baptism that now saves us.

 

Finally, Acts 2:41 reveals the necessity of belief, for we are told that those who accepted the message were baptized. John 3:16 also tells us of the absolute requirement of belief in Jesus for salvation.

 

All of the commands contained in Acts 2 - belief, repentance, baptism, calling on His name (our confession of belief) - all hinge on the need to hear the word, which we are also told will save us, if we hold fast to the Word. Add this to the role that God played - grace, the part that Jesus took - his death, burial and resurrection, and the role of the Holy Spirit - His sanctifying works, and we have Gods plan of salvation.

 

Of course, we must remain faithful to the Word and live the Christian life that God has commanded if we are to continue in our salvation, but this life of faithfulness should be viewed as the blessing that it is, rather than the curse that the world makes it out to be. In fact, Acts 2:42 tells us the elements of this new life by revealing that the new Christians devoted themselves to the Apostle's teaching (the Word), to the fellowship (their meeting together),  to the breaking of bread (the Lord's Supper), and to prayer.

 

One more thing: Without Jesus' sacrifice and resurrection, we would not even have a chance. Is it any wonder, then, that God commands us to commemorate the death, burial and resurrection for not just one special day a year, but every first day of the week!

 

The reading for these four days is Acts 1-4. It gives us a great basis for salvation and the rest of our lives in God and Christ's service.