SALVATION from sin ought to be the strongest desire and hope of every responsible person. A glance at what it will mean to be saved, will increase that longing. “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain for the former things are passed away” (Revelation 21:4). A similar look at what it means to be lost will cause one to make every effort to learn what to do to be saved, and never neglect to do it. “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death” (Revelation 21:8).
IN CHRIST is a place of salvation (Ephesians 1:3; 2 Timothy 2:10). To be “in Christ” is to be in the church (Acts 2:47; 5:14). One does not do one thing to get into Christ, and then, have to do something different to get into the church. One is baptized into Christ (Galatians 3:27), and one is baptized into the body which is the church (1 Corinthians 12:13). This book recognizes salvation is both human and divine. There are things we cannot do for our salvation, which God supplies, such as; grace, love, the gospel, and a sacrifice.
However, there are things we must do to be saved, such as, faith, repentance, confession, baptism and obedience. Salvation is a conditional gift from God. If there were no conditions, everyone would be saved because Jesus died for the sins of the whole world. Those who refuse, reject, or neglect to meet the required conditions will be lost. Each of the chapters in this book deals with some aspect of things we must do or things that have been done for us. At no time is the thought advanced that we can do enough or be good enough to work our way to heaven, thereby earning salvation. We should always understand that when we have kept the commandments, we have simply done that which is our duty to do (Luke 17:10). If this book leads one soul to know, understand, and obey our Lord Jesus Christ, it is worth the effort and the hours it took to produce it. Our prayer and hope is that good will be done in the lives of those who read it, and that God will be praised through it.