In our final example of what different people or groups did with Jesus in the first century, we will consider the Jews at Pentecost. They obeyed Him (Acts 2:37-41). The preaching they heard was not in vain. Hebrews 5:8-9 says, “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him.” Those who received Him were given the right to become children of God (John 1:12).
How did the people at Pentecost obey Jesus? They would have had to have faith in Jesus (John 8:24; Hebrews 11:6). Furthermore, they would have had to repent of their sins (Luke 13:3; Acts 17:30-31). They would have had to confess Jesus as God’s Son before men (Matthew 10:32; Romans 10:10). Finally, they would have had to have been baptized to remit or wash away their sins (Acts 2:38; 22:16). The act of baptism would have saved them, just like it will save us (1 Peter 3:21).
The one who does the will of Jesus and obeys His word will be saved (Matthew 7:21). Jesus said, “He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day” (John 12:48). But please take note that we will not be saved by following the words of a Baptist pastor or a Catholic priest. We are only saved by following the words of our Lord and His apostles. You have seen what it takes to obey the Lord. What will YOU do with Jesus?