Revelation 15 Lesson

What Must I Do To Be Saved?

As we near the end of the Book of Revelation, we are also nearing the end of the seven-year period known as the Great Tribulation. In Chapter 15, we see two remarkable events taking place:

  1. God’s wrath is carried out by seven angels sent from heaven over all those who are going to hell, 
  2. God’s grace and mercy are being poured out over those that are going to heaven as they gather before the throne of God.

These are the only two possible outcomes. This should give us pause to think. On the Day of Judgment, which group do we want to belong to? Given the choice, all of us would choose heaven over hell, but we do not get to make that decision, God does. The Bible tells:

  • “It is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment.” - Hebrews 9:27.

Once we learn about the glory of heaven, and the horrors of hell, we should be compelled to do everything in our power to go to heaven. But what actions do we need to take? What must we do to be saved? That will be the focus of today’s lesson.

WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED?

This is the most important question that we can ask ourselves. It is the question that the jailer asked Paul and Silas in Acts 16:30, and it is the same question we need to ask ourselves today.

As always, our source for the answers to life’s questions is the Bible. According to God’s inspired word, there are five things that we must do to be saved:

  1. Believe in Jesus. “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.” – Acts 16:31
  2. Confess our belief in Him. “For with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.” – Romans 10:10
  3. Repent (turn away from) of our sins. “Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” – Luke 13:3
  4. Be baptized. Baptism now saves you—not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ .” – 1 Peter 3:21 and “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” – Mark 16:16
  5. Obey God’s commandments. “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.Mathew 7:21

A CALL TO ACTION!

None of us are promised another day. Therefore, we do not want to put off taking the necessary steps for our salvation when we could act today. The time to act is now!  Jesus warns us not to delay getting right with God in the following scripture:

  • “Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming.But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into.For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.” – Mathew 24:42-44.

So where do we start?   In order to be saved, we need to:

  1. Believe in Jesus,
  2. Confess our belief in Him,
  3. Repent of our sins,
  4. Be baptized,
  5. Obey God's commandments.

Once we have satisfied these requirements, the next thing we need to do is to take a spiritual inventory.

The Apostle Paul wrote to the Galatians about The Fruit of the Spirit.  In his letter, he outlined nine “fruits” that one should produce if the Spirit is active in their life.

  • “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” – Galatians 5:22-23.

FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT

  1. Love,
  2. Joy,
  3. Peace,
  4. Patience,
  5. Kindness,
  6. Goodness,
  7. Faithfulness,
  8. Gentleness,
  9. And self-control.

When we are judged, will we be found to have been faithful Christians who possess all these Godly characteristics?  Or will we be like many who will perish that chose to follow the sinful ways of the world instead of Jesus?

In the Gospel of Mathew, Jesus warns us not to be complacent.  We are to prepare diligently for the day of judgment because none of us know when that day will come.  Consider the following scripture:

  • “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” – Mathew 7:21-23.

With so much at stake, how can we be sure that we are right with God? 

One thing that all of us can do is take a “Spiritual inventory.”  We can gain helpful perspective if we reflect on our lives and assess where we are doing well, and where we can improve.  For example, we may have a lot of love in our lives, but not much patience.  Or we may be faithful but lack gentleness.

Taking a spiritual inventory is a productive exercise.  It is perfectly acceptable, for example, to recognize that we have not been very patient lately.  There is a wise saying, “You cannot manage a secret.”  Knowing where we can improve is a useful first step.         

Once we identify the area or areas that need some work, we should ask ourselves how we can improve?  Whatever areas we are struggling with, Jesus can help us!

  • “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13

CONCLUSION

The Hebrew writer tells us that:

  • “It is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment.” - Hebrews 9:27.

Knowing that the Day of Judgment is coming at a time that we do not expect, we need to make sure that we are doing everything the Bible tells us to do to be saved. According to the Bible, there are five things that we must do to be saved:

  1. Believe in Jesus. “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.” – Acts 16:31
  2. Confess our belief in Him. “For with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.” – Romans 10:10
  3. Repent (turn away from) of our sins. “Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” – Luke 13:3
  4. Be baptized. Baptism now saves you—not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ .” – 1 Peter 3:21 and “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” – Mark 16:16
  5. Obey God’s commandments. “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.Mathew 7:21

In addition to these five things, we also need to take our spiritual inventory to identify areas of deficiency that need our attention.

We will conclude today’s lesson with the following scripture from The Apostle Paul. These are the same words that we hope to be able to say at the end of our lives:

  • I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith;  in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing. ” – 2 Timothy 4:7-8.

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John

I am trying to leave a comment for every chapter post in Revelation tonight. What a great way to spend a few hours. I hope others will comment as well. I'd love to hear your thoughts. It sounds peaceful to be on the sea of glass with harps. Much better than those facing God's wrath.

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