What Must I Do To Be Saved? (Romans 4)

by May 27, 2022

Therefore, it was credited to him for righteousness. Now, “it was credited to him” was not written for Abraham alone, but also for us. It will be credited to us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. (Romans 4:22-24)

When I was an undergraduate college student, I started questioning my faith. I thought I was a “good” person overall. I may have sped while driving on freeways a few times. I may have said some white lies to my parents. But one day, a thought came to me; how do I know I’m good enough to make it to heaven? The cops never caught me for speeding; what about God? I asked myself the same question the Philippian jailer from the book of Acts asked Paul and Silas, “What must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30). 

God reveals the answer throughout His infallible Word (Jn. 1:1, 10:35; 2 Tm. 3:16), through people like Paul. Paul’s answer is simple: Believe in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ (v. 5,13, Acts 16:31). Not only does Paul and Silas answer the jailer immediately in Acts 16:31, but Paul also answers in chapter 4 of his letter to the Romans. 

This section of the letter follows Paul’s warning that we’re all sinners and unrighteous, that no law or any of our works can save us, and that only Jesus saves us by his grace (Rom. 1 – 3)! Notice that it’s Jesus, not us who saves! No work, “achievement,” “success,” or laundry list of religious rituals can save us. Only the finished work of Christ can save. Jesus came to the world as the ultimate payment for our sin by death on a cross three days before God resurrected him. We are accepted, having been made righteous and justified through Jesus Christ. Forgiven and redeemed. And what’s amazing is that this gift of salvation, righteousness, and justification is not just for Jews, but also Gentiles like the Philippian jailer – for people like you and me (vv. 22-25). 

All that Jesus asks from you and me is to believe in him. Trust God who raised Jesus, your Lord.

For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift-not from works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)