The Scriptural Steps to Salvation


The Scriptural Steps of Salvation



Step One You must be born again.


Being born again is the first step in salvation but you are not "saved" here you are born again. thereby gaining access to the things of God. .Salvation is a process not a one step solution as is commonly taught .


John 3:3-8 Jesus answered and said to him, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." 4 Nicodemus said to Him, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?" 5 Jesus answered, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again.' 8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit."


1 Peter 1:22-24 22 Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, 23 having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever,


So what does this being born again mean?


John 3:14-17 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.


To understand this verse that is so commonly misunderstood we must look at the word that is translated "believe".


NT4100 pisteuo (pist-yoo'-o); from NT:4102; to have faith (in, upon, or with respect to, a person or thing), i.e. credit; by implication, to entrust (especially one's spiritual well-being to Christ):


NT:4102 pistis (pis'-tis); from NT:3982; persuasion, i.e. credence; moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstractly, constancy in such profession; by extension, the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself:


You see the word does not mean what today's use of the word believe would infer, but a much more complex relationship. That of entrusting your Spiritual life to Him. In other words trust Him to lead, guide, direct, correct, rebuke, teach and protect you. How could He possible give you salvation if you don't follow His lead and allow Him to bring you in.


So we see step one is becoming "born again" by believing that Christ died on the cross for you and your sins and allowing Him to take control of your life.



Step Two Water baptism


So now you are born again it is time to make the next step in your salvation experience. Water baptism has several important aspects. First I will give a few scriptures and then discuss them.


Mark 16:15-17 15 And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.


Matt 3:13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him.


Acts 2:38 38 Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins;


All of these scriptures are talking about water baptism. Again if we are now able to enter the kingdom of God and Jesus is our pattern whom we are to trust and follow then they must also apply to us.


Do you see it? It is clear that we must have this baptism to follow Him. And remember for those who would say the thief on the cross was not baptized and yet he went with Jesus. Remember that it was Jesus who took him with Him and that there was no way or time for baptism. I do not know as the bible does not address death bed conversions, whether they are valid or not but from this scripture it appears that they are. But that is another subject. So back to water baptism. If Jesus was baptized in the river then I believe that shows the proper baptism is by immersion


Now, most people have been taught that the purpose of baptism is to show publicly your commitment to Christ. This may be true but there is a more important purpose in Water baptism.


Col 2:11-14 In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12 buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. 13 And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, 14 having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us,


When you are baptized (buried with Him in water and raised up again) there is something that takes place that is of the utmost importance. Scripture tells us that the man that is not born again has a hard heart. This scripture show us that at the point of water baptism there is a circumcision "not made with hands". In other words by us being faithful to the pattern and being water baptized God circumsizes our heart and breaks through the hardness so we can receive the things of God.


So now after being born again and water baptized we are ready and ABLE to continue our journey to salvation. Eternal Life.



Step 3 Baptism in the Holy Spirit


Acts 1:4-6 He said, "you have heard from Me; 5 for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now."


Now before someone says well I know someone that received the Holy Spirit before water baptism I will say so do I. The ideal according to scripture would be that it is received during water baptism and they come out of the water speaking in tongues. I have seen this too but it is not the way it usually happens. There are instances of both of these in the book of Acts. If you experience it one of these ways wonderful, if not it is ok just continue and receive it however God wants you to have it. Or if you have been taught that it is not for today and have trouble receiving then just trust God and continue on keep asking and you will receive it.


Acts 1: 8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."


Now we see the purpose of the baptism in the Holy Spirit. It is not as many teach to give us power to do all the thing we want to do but the purpose is to give us the power to be Christians and be His Witnesses in the world. It was not easy to be a Christian then and in the world, and it is not again today when everything seems to be against Christianity. Knowing this , if we follow His pattern we will have received the power from Him to do so.


So step three has been accomplished and it is time to continue on our road to salvation.



Step 4 Baptism of Fire


This step is seldom fully explained. but we will address it here in some detail as here is where many fall away because they do not understand this. It is because of His great love for us that we are allowed to go through this fire of affliction. To be approved.


There always seems to be a period after being born again and filled with the Holy Spirit that you are floating on air, feeling especially good, now that you have been cleansed of your sins. But this does not continue forever, you WILL face this fire as Jesus faced His fire. His was to trust His father on the cross. Abraham faced his fire when God told him to kill his favorite son . Meshack,,Shadrack and Abebednego faced theirs in the firey furnace but as in these and other cases God came through to save them. Remember He will never put more on you than you can bear, you may think its too much but it is what is necessary to purify you for His purposes.


Peter explains it this way.


1 Peter 1:6-9 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, 8 whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 9 receiving the end of your faith — the salvation of your souls.


Do you notice what he said, to prove that you trust God. And do you see the last of it, verse 9,


receiving the end of your faith - salvation. Do you now understand that as the scriptures say in many places "they who endure to the end shall be saved".


Matt 10:22 And you will be hated by all for My name's sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.


Matt 24:12-14 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved.


I am sure that much more could be added to this study but we have covered the basics and hopefully you will now know and understand that Salvation is a life work not a one shot solution as some teach. May God bless you as you follow His word.


Charles LaFoe 1/15/2011



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celafoe 3 years ago from Planet earth. between the oceans Author

wow cheviebowtie--- an awesome piece of information I never saw it that way before, completely missed it. thank you for the revelation. bless you.


chevyssbowtie 3 years ago

Hello, I would like to point out about the thief on the cross. At the time they were on the cross they were still under the time of the law and baptism in Jesus' name was not yet a requirement for salvation.

Baptism in Jesus' name is as you know a requirement for the New Testament Church, the Church was not born until Acts 2, so there was no need for the thief to be baptized.


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celafoe 3 years ago from Planet earth. between the oceans Author

This circumcision of the heart is much overlooked but extremely important scripture and process that takes place during water baptism.

Also one scripture that equates baptism with salvation and several others from many that show it is important.

Col 2:11-14 In Him you were circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12 buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. 13 And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, 14 having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us,

Mark 16:16-18

16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover."

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Luke 7:29-30

29 And when all the people heard Him, even the tax collectors justified God, having been baptized with the baptism of John. 30 But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the will of God for themselves, not having been baptized by him.

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Acts 2:38-39

38 Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

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Acts 22:15-16

For you will be His witness to all men of what you have seen and heard. 16 And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.'

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FSlovenec 3 years ago from San Francisco, CA

I think we are both right. If I truly confess Jesus as Lord I will obey His commands and do what pleases Him. We are here to become more like Jesus every day to pray, study the Bible and live according to His purpose..but I do not believe the religiosity of having to be Baptized etc. agree with it all but I do not believe it is required for salvation and no where does the Bible say it is required. if you confess with your mouth etc. Good Hub Good discussion


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celafoe 3 years ago from Planet earth. between the oceans Author

that may be correct for a death bed conversion but not for the living. They are expected to continue to change and become more like Him.

And scripture say WE ARE righteous once we become His by virtue of becoming partakers of His Righteousness.

Rom 5:19

19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man's obedience many will be made righteous.

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1 John 3:7-8

He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous.

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1 Peter 3:12

12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,

And His ears are open to their prayers;

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FSlovenec 3 years ago from San Francisco, CA

If you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that Jesus is Lord will be saved.... claim Jesus as Lord and Savior is the one and only requirement. I am an advocate to Water Baptism, Baptism of the Holy Spirit evidenced by speaking in tongues. Jesus is our righteousness we are not righteous only He is and He will bring the saved to heaven...


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einron 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

Wonderful hub. Very easy to follow. So many pastors bypass all the steps for they just say, "Now you are a Christian and you are saved for forever". No matter what sins you encounter and fail, you are saved. They forget that Jesus said you must endure until the end to be saved.

Unfortunately, people do not want to hear about trials and tribulations. They are swept aside.

Glad you take the steps of salvation, one by one just as one cannot read the top of the ladder until he had mastered all the steps.

Hope that this will open the eyes of many who bother to read and digest.

Thank God for your wisdom and may God bless you as you continue to teach and guide the elect.

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