SSL-1 - What Must I Do To Be Saved?
The walls began to shake. The prison doors flew open. And at that very moment a jailer awoke, realized his own fate, and started to commit suicide. But before he did, he heard these encouraging words: “Do yourself no harm for we are all here.” On the heels of that comforting statement, he asked the greatest question ever asked: “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30). Of all the questions that are asked in the Bible, none is of greater importance than this one. In fact, we can understand this question better if we ask it by placing emphasis on the different words in the question. For example, we could ask, “What must I do to be saved? This implies that salvation is active. It does not “just happen.” Rather, there is something we do to be saved. The Scriptures teach that this is the case. Jesus Himself said, “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” (Matthew 7:21). Then we might ask, “What must I do to be saved?” This teaches us that salvation is imperative. It is not a flippant matter or a matter to which we can take a lackadaisical approach. It is imperative. In Acts 9:6 Saul asked, “Lord, what must I do?” Christ told him to go into Damascus, where he would be told what he “must” do. There is a “must” in salvation. It is imperative.