By nature, all human beings are born into sin and shaped by iniquity. Each human being comes into the world possessing a sinful nature that constitutes him a sinner by birth. This sinful nature, in time, is evidenced by sinful thoughts, words, deeds and an attitude of enmity to God. The Bible makes this abundantly clear.
As Christ willingly hung upon the cross, He assumed the full liability of our guilt and sin, bore our sins in His own body, and died as a substitutionary sacrifice on behalf of all sinners. All God's judgment against sin fell on Him, and all God's righteous claims against the sinner were fully satisfied by Christ's death on our behalf. God indicated His complete acceptance of this sacrifice of Christ by raising Him from the dead and seating Him at His own right hand.
Since Christ has accomplished (by the sacrifice of Himself) all the work needed for the sinner's salvation, what must the sinner do in order to experience this salvation?
Repent. Repentance is a change of mind to turn one’s life over to God in Jesus Christ (to be saved) due to a deep sorrow for sinfulness coupled with a resolve to forsake sin.
Believe on Jesus Christ, through the testimony of God concerning the Person and work of Christ (and that God has raised Him from the dead). As a lost and guilty sinner, you must believe that Christ died for you, individually; that Christ bore your sins, took your place and, by His death, accomplished all the work needed for your salvation. Subsequently, Jesus Christ is received as your personal Savior.
Be baptized in water according to Matthew 28:19-20. The Book of Acts declares that all were “baptized in the name of Jesus Christ” which is a fitting terminology only used by the writer of this book, and rightly so. It was used due to the fact that he was speaking to a King, giving him language that he’d understand for the phrase, “in the name of” was a term which suggested “in the authority of” to signify that those who came into Christ were coming into a Kingdom (the Kingdom of God). Therefore, to be baptized “in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost” is consistent with what Christ commanded. Yet, in this baptism believers are brought “into the name of Jesus Christ” meaning His Kingdom and authority.
Be filled with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit was promised to every believer and those who believed on Jesus Christ (through the Gospel) were filled.
PRAYER OF SALVATION
“Jesus, I acknowledge that I have sinned. Please forgive me of my sin as I now repent. I take you at your Word that you forgive those who ask. I accept you as my Savior. Thank you for cleansing me from sin. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”