Many people will tell you many different things on this subject. Every basic "church" organization and their various denominations has its own idea about what is necessary and what is not. The truly strange thing about all of these differences is that all of these people read the same Scriptures and yet come up with so many different things. Guess what, Folks. With minor translational differences, some translational errors (excluding some outright unauthorized modifications about certain subjects), all of the versions say about the same thing on this subject. Now, how do so many different people get so many different things from the same book? It is guaranteed that the Adversary and Confuser has a lot to do with it.
Some of these people will always try to make a good story better, if they possibly can. Unhappily, when they start embellishing the story told in the Scriptures, there is no way they can make it better, only worse. When that is done, whether it is done intentionally or not, it is no longer the word of our Eloah, whose name is Yahuwah, but then becomes the word of man. This will happen whenever anyone tries to read in what IS NOT there, or read out what IS there, for the purpose of convincing himself and others that his way is the right way.
This, my friends, is not the way it must be. Yahushua the Anointed (Christ) is the right way, the ONLY way, and in order for you to be a child of Yahuwah, you must understand what His doctrine is, without adding the corrupting influence of man's traditions and commandments to your efforts.
Some people are going to tell you that you have to be obedient to Rome, meaning the Pope who rules the Roman Catholic Church. He is the "Head of the Church", according to these folks. Well, what they say is somewhat like the truth. The Pope is the Head of the Pope's Church, but he's not the head of the Mashiach's church. The Scripture, including the versions that these folks read, say that the Mashiach is the Head of His church, and nowhere does it say that he has given that position to any man, anywhere, anytime. Some will tell you that you must pray a certain prayer, sometimes referred to as "The Sinner's Prayer", to be saved. Others say that ALL you have to do is confess His name, and both of these will try to use Rhomaios (Romans) 10:9-10 as the criteria for proof of their contentions.
If Rhomaios 10:9-10 can stand alone as being the way of salvation, it stands to reason that other references in the Greek language portion of the Scriptures to the way of salvation must be also be able to stand alone. That can get confusing. You see, we cannot pick and choose what we want to believe, and then deny the rest. Either it is all true, or none of it is. See Acts 2:37-38, Rhomaios 8:24; 10:13, 1 Korinthios (Corinthians) 3:15; 5:5; 10:33, Ephesios (Ephesians) 2:5; 2:8, 2 Thessalonikeos (Thessalonians) 2:10, 1 Timotheos (Timothy) 2:15, 2 Timotheos 1:9, Titos (Titus) 3:5, Ya'aqob (James) 5:14-15, 1 Keph (Peter) 3:21, and Yahudah (Jude) 23.
The facts are that all of the word of Yahuwah is true, and that we MUST let our beliefs be structured by what it says, and no other way. We MUST NOT use the Scriptures in a vain attempt to prove or support the doctrine of the "Church" that we attend, and especially we cannot use it for the reason of "proving" to others that our beliefs are right.
If our beliefs are right, it will be obvious to all real lovers of the truth. (To those who are not lovers of the truth, it won't make any difference anyway. See 2 Thessalonikeos 2:10-12) Either our beliefs, and that "Church's" doctrine agree with doctrines that the Apostles preached, or they do not. We cannot have it both ways. The word that was preached in the first century is the same word that is still valid today. There is no "modernization" allowed, because there is none needed. Yahushua the Anointed. The same yesterday, today, and forever.
Because the word of Yahuwah is true, we can with complete confidence trust in it to find out for ourselves what the path to salvation really is.
What is the path?
Is it in doing good works?
No. Plenty of good people do plenty of good works out of a plenitude of goodness in their hearts, but if they're not in obedience to Yahuwah, they're not saved. Works, and it doesn't matter if they are good works from your heart, or if they are the works of the Law (of Mosheh) are just that, works. The only work associated with salvation is the working of the Set Apart Spirit in your heart. No works of any man can do anything toward his salvation. It is a free gift from Yahuwah to those who obey Him (Grace means unearned merit or favor). Once you are in the body of the Anointed, doing those good works will become a natural element of your life, but that comes after your entry into the body of the Anointed, and are some of the fruits of the Spirit. See Ya'aqob (James) 3:17-18 and others.
Is it in living a good life?
No. There are many, many good people who don't smoke, curse, drink strong beverages, or do any of the things that are normally considered to be part of the bad life, who are not in obedience to Yahuwah, and therefore are not saved. Once you are in the body of the Anointed, you will live a good life. More fruits of the Spirit. See above.
Is it believing in Yahuwah? No.
The demons sincerely do that and you can rest assured that they're not saved. If you don't believe in Yahuwah, however, nothing else matters. You will be one of those who are without hope, in this world and in the one to come. This is the purpose of preaching, that we will believe that He is. See Ya'aqob 2:19 and Rhomaios 10:14:17.
Is it in repenting of the bad things you have done?
Sorry, but no again. Repentance without conversion just doesn't last very long. As an example, you can repent (think differently) about getting your new clothes dirty. Does that make them clean again? No, of course not. You still have to take the steps required to wash the dirt away or they'll just stay dirty. Once you do get the dirt washed out you've got to stay away from the source of the dirt or the clothes will get dirty again. Likewise, for a soul to repent and be converted, there are finite, discernible steps that must be taken to wash the sins away. Once those steps are taken and the conversion takes place, then that soul can stay clean forever. See Acts 22:16, 1 Keph 3:21, and others.
Is it calling on His name?
No. Yahushua said that there will be many who call on His name and say to Him, "Master, Master" and He said He would turn them away from Him as workers of iniquity (lawlessness). The fact of "calling on" or worshipping Him is self-evident. If you love Him, you'll be glad to say His name, sing His name, shout His name, and otherwise worship Him. You will call Him by His true name and not some man made concoction. Most of all, you'll do what He said for you to do, and this is an essential characteristic by which you'll recognize those who are truly saved. Remember what He said in MattithYahuw (Matthew) 7:21-24 and Yahuchanan (John) 14:15. Also see Acts 2:37-38, Acts 8:36-37, Acts 22:16, and many other places.
Is it in being immersed?
No. There are millions of people who will be immersed, that is, be wholly whelmed, or covered completely with a fluid (water), who will not be immersed scripturally. They'll get wet, that's all. As a by the way, the word translated as baptism in most versions is from the Greek root word, BAPTO, which literally means to dip. That means that sprinkling, pouring, dabbing, and any other means of wetting the body cannot be scriptural "baptism". Also, nowhere in the Scripture will you find that immersion is "the outward sign of inward faith". What you will find is that this is where the washing of your spirit, that makes you clean through the blood of the Anoionted, occurs. Immersion is the means of entering the assembly, the body of the Anointed (Rhomaios 6:3-11). Yahushua said it all in Markos (Mark) 16:16.
This same question about salvation was asked of the apostles by the men who heard Keph (Peter) preaching on the day of Pentecost.
- Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Keph and the remainder of the apostles, "Men and brothers, what will we do?" - Acts 2:37
Here's is his answer.
- Then Keph said to them, "Repent and let every one of you be immersed in the name of Yahushua the Anointed for the forgiveness of sins and you will receive the gift of the Sacred Spirit. - Acts 2:38
The definitive answer to the question: What must we do to be saved?
If the way of salvation can be summed up in one phrase the definitive answer would be "Do the will of the Father" as it is shown in scripture. Obedience to Yahuwah is the whole duty of man and the foundation of our relationship with Him. Yahushua was obedient to the death, and He told us to be like Him. He said that He did the will of His Father. Not every now and then, or just when He felt like it, or when it was in accordance with what He believed, but ALL the time, in everything and every way. He spoke ONLY what He heard from the Father. Nothing more, nothing less. He said that He fed on every word that proceeded out of the mouth of Yahuwah.
We know that the will of the Father is to do ALL of the things listed in the questions above, and to do them in the correct sequence. You won't call on the name of Yahushua, for instance, if you don't know who He is. Neither would you be immersed without calling on His name. All of these things are in the Scripture, iterated by the Mashiach, reiterated by the Apostles after the day of Pentecost (the Official Grand Opening of His Assembly) to those who would be saved (Acts 2:37-38), and then reinforced by all of the letters (epistles) to those who had already obeyed and were in the body the Mashiach (Rhomaios through Revelation). Yahuwah is not the author of confusion, so search His word to ensure that you are not believing or spreading confusion about His word.
Miykah (Micah) 6:8 He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does Yahuwah require of you but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your Elohiym?
Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter. Fear Elohiym, and keep his commandments for this is the whole duty of man.