How do we know the steps of salvation and their proper order? We know because the bible tells us. Yes, the bible gives us the exact order one must be saved. Let the bible prove it to you.
The First Step Is Hearing The Gospel
Paul writing to the Romans answered which step was first. He said, “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God” (Rom 10:17) ” Not only do we know the source of what one hears (Word of God), but we also know who is doing the proclaiming. Paul said, “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? (Rom 10:14)
The Second and Third Step Are Belief and Confession
There is a good reason why the second and third step are forever linked together. It is because one is felt in the heart or mind of a person, and the second part confesses what the heart feels. Notice these verses, “But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”[(that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Rom 10:8-10). Subsequent to hearing the gospel preached one is asked if they believe Jesus to be the Christ the Son, and once they confirm this to be so, they have completed steps one through three. They heard the gospel preached (1 Cor 15:3,4) and they both believed and confessed Jesus to be the Messiah (the Christ).
The Fourth and Fifth Steps Are Repentance and Baptism
The next two steps are very imperative because most churches fail to include repentance. Most just assume one repented, and once they hear a confession they baptize the believer. Big mistake! Repentance is not a choice but a direct commandment in order to be saved. Jesus said, “Except you repent, you shall all likewise perish” (Lk 13:3) Peter said concerning the conversion of Cornelius, “Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, (Acts 17:30) The apostle Peter on the day of Pentecost when asked, “What shall we do”, replied, “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” (Acts 2:38).
Upon completion of these two steps, one is added to the Lord’s church by Jesus Christ (Acts 2:47). Note, one does not join a church, but rather they are added; Not by the will of man but by the will of Christ.
The Last Step of Salvation: Faithfulness
The first 5 steps of salvation can be completed in relatively a short period of time. If one is near water like the Ethiopian eunuch was, it can happen in a few minutes. However, the last step of salvation takes a lifetime to complete. Jesus said, “If you continue in my Word, then are you my disciples indeed (Jn 8:31). Notice he said, “continue”. This implies that one may not necessarily continue in the steps of the Savior. This one verse undermines the false teaching of “Once saved always saved”. James said it this way, “Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him (Jam 1:12). John wrote, “Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son” (2 Jn 9). Once again he wrote, “ Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life” (Rev 2:10). Therefore, it is conclusive, that if one continues in God’s Word, the gospel of our salvation (Eph 1:13), endures temptation, and abides in the doctrine of Christ, then upon death a crown of life is awarded.
Conclusion: Thus, the 6 steps of salvation have their proper order. Upon (HEARING) the gospel, which is the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ (1 Cor 15:1-4) one either believes or rejects the gospel. Thus the meaning of the second part of Jesus commandment, “He that believes not shall be condemned” (Mk 16:16). If one does not believe, then all other steps are useless to salvation. If one (BELIEVES) the gospel, they must say so before men (CONFESSION). (Rom 10:9,10). Then comes (REPENTANCE and BAPTISM) for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38). Upon the conclusion of these 5 steps one is (ADDED to the Lord’s CHURCH) by Christ (Acts 2:47). Last, but not least, one remains (FAITHFUL) to death (Rev 2:10). If you do these things, you shall be saved. If you do not, you shall be condemned! (Mk 16:16 f; 2 Thess 1:7-9)