Salvation starts and ends with Jesus Christ, firstly believing in Him and then obeying Him. Jesus Christ commanded His disciples, as we read in Matthew 28:19, He said:”Go into all the world and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost and teaching them to obey all that I commanded you.”
Many people have been taught that if they believe in Jesus and they are baptized in water that they are saved, but it is only after we have repented and been baptized in water that our true walk with Jesus starts, because Jesus commanded His disciples to make disciples and baptize them, and then to teach them to obey everything that Jesus commanded them. The commands and words of Jesus are recorded in the gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Those are the words of eternal life. Those are the commands that we need to follow and obey in order to be pleasing to Jesus.
Most believers think that once they are baptized they are saved and then they sit back and they wait for the rapture, or the wait to die, and go to heaven. The kingdom of God is not about waiting, it is about following and obeying Jesus Christ. It is about obeying His commands, living according to His words. Go and read the gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and apply those words. Obey them, live by them, live your life to please Jesus, seek Jesus Himself and He will reveal Himself to you. If you obey His words He promised His Holy Spirit to come and dwell in us, to guide us and to teach us. Jesus did not command His disciples to build churches. He commanded them to make disciples, people who know and follow Jesus Christ, people who are filled with the Holy Spirit, who are led by the Holy Spirit.
After the Apostle Paul met Jesus on the Damascus Road he was baptized in water and then he was filled with the Holy Spirit and after that he went to Arabia for three years, where Jesus Christ revealed Himself to him and taught him the gospel. Paul learned from Jesus as each of us must learn from Jesus. Each of us must become a disciple of Jesus, not a disciple of the disciples, not a follower of Paul or of any of the other apostles. We must be followers of Jesus, who obey His words and who are led by His Spirit, not by other people and various teachings.
We need to obey the words of Jesus, receive the Holy Spirit, and be led by the Holy Spirit, as Paul also wrote in Romans 8:14 “Those who are being led by the Spirit of God, they are the children of God.” We need to be disciples, who follow Jesus. We need to be children of God, sons of God who are led by the Spirit of God. If we do not have the Spirit of Christ and if we are not led by the Spirit of Christ, the Holy Spirit, then we do not belong to Him and we cannot serve Him.
Once you are baptized your walk and your work only starts. You have to obey the words of Jesus, you have to seek Him and seek the infilling with a Holy Spirit so that you can be led by the Holy Spirit. Nobody is saved yet, we have to endure with Jesus, follow Him and obey Him, serve Him until the very end, and those who endure with Him until the very end, will be saved. That is what Jesus commanded His disciples to do. He said those who endure until the end will be saved. We have to follow Jesus after we have repented and been baptized. We have to serve Him as disciples and endure with Him until the very end to enter the kingdom of heaven. That is the full gospel of Jesus Christ; repent and be baptized, live according to His commands, be filled with the Holy Spirit and be led by the Holy Spirit of Christ dwelling in you.
May Jesus bless you.