Salvation according to the Gospel? How are we saved? The Gospel of Jesus Christ clear.
- God calls us, He enables us to believe, faith is a gift! John 6:65, John 10:27-30
- We repent accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior.
- We are made new by the Holy Spirit (born again)
- He Will raise us up on the last day!
We are saved by Faith, this is a gift from God, not of ourselves. Ephesians 2:8
The question is:
Are we justified once (‘once saved always saved’) or is salvation a process with faith plus our works (or working out or keeping in the faith)? Is Jesus saying faith isn’t enough? Can we lose the grace of justification by sinning, separating ourselves from Christ, die in our sins and be eternally separated from God as a result of us not keeping the faith?
The Catholic Church says yes you can lose God’s grace, lose your justification by sinning and/or choosing to walk away. My Side of the pew says no. I invite you to walk with me through scripture starting with the book of John. If you can read along my notes on this site that’d be great but you don’t have too. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you and I’m confident you’ll see for yourself what God’s word has to say about how we are saved!
If you are of the position that Salvation can be lost once it’s gained it is my hope you will be able to step out of your comfort zone and examine the book of John with me. When Jesus says in John 5:24
“Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life”
We can’t cross back over to death. We can’t un-Has our eternal life. We can’t be un-Born again. We can’t earn our eternal life nor can we take it away after receiving Jesus as Lord and Savior.
“For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.
These are just 2 examples of the permanent one time salvation we see in John. As we walk through John we’ll see this over and over. It’s not until John 13 when Jesus is about to be betrayed you see:
‘if you love me you will keep my commandments’ ~ John 14:15, 14:21, 14:23, 15:10′
Does this mean Jesus is saying in addition to being born again you must also keep the 10 commandments? OR are ALL of our sins covered once being born again? What commandments is Jesus talking about? I submit one: (John 13:34 – a new command I give you: Love one another).
I believe the Bible teaches us that absolutely ALL of our sins are covered (future/past/present). None the less, if we’re being honest; there are verses that appear to suggest faith might not be enough! So the question is: is it Faith PLUS ‘working out salvation!’ to ‘keep in the faith’? Philippians 2:12 “We are working out our salvation with fear and trembling?” Or a one time done deal?
I ask that you look at everything with honesty and Love. Let’s put aside our ego, fear of being wrong, not latch on to verses that support our position and then throw away the other verses that don’t. Rather look at the whole picture in context and ask – “what is Jesus saying to us in His Word about salvation?” I believe we can know 100% and it is my sincere prayer and hope that you carefully walk through God’s word and see that what I’m saying is not “my truth” or “a truth” rather His truth and THE Truth!
This Is Written That You May Know
13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.
I’m confident you will see that when it comes to salvation that in Christ we can be 100% confident that we are saved and he will keep his promise and give us the beautiful gift of eternal life. Click the link below to get started!