Article - The Commands for Salvation
God gave Jesus a command concerning what He should say/speak and God's
command is everlasting life (John 12:44-50). Jesus’ words and commandments were preserved through the inspired, New Testament writers (1 Corinthians 14:37). In order to become a Christian, you must obey the commands of Christianity contained in the New Testament. For example, Cornelius was informed by an angel of God in a vision to send for Peter so that he could find out from Peter what God required him to do in order to be saved (Acts 10:1-6; 11:13-14). When Peter arrived, Cornelius said, “we are all present before God, to hear all the things commanded you by God” (Acts 10:25-33). Notice that Cornelius did not ask Peter to give his personal testimony of how he became a Christian. Following the instruction of God’s angel, Cornelius was seeking the commands of God. Peter told Cornelius, “whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him” (Acts 10:34-35). Notice that Peter did not suggest to Cornelius that he accept Jesus in his heart as his personal Savior. Rather, Cornelius was to fear God and work righteousness so that God would ACCEPT HIM! Peter further told Cornelius that he was commanded by God to preach Jesus as Judge of the living and the dead and that Cornelius must believe in Jesus (not in gods like Baal or in Moses) in order to receive forgiveness of sins (Acts 10:42-43). Finally, Peter COMMANDED Cornelius and his household to be baptized (immersed/buried, Romans 6:3-4; Colossians 2:11-12) in water (for the remission of sins, Acts 2:38; 10:48; 22:16). I am commanded to tell you the same thing (Mark 16:15-16). Are you ready to obey the commands of God?
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