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Salvation

One of the most misunderstood topics in the New Testament times (our times) is "Salvation".  If we just let Jesus speak to us through His Words and what He inspired to the Apostles and prophets of the New Testament, we would all know and practice what it takes to be saved.  Here are a few Scriptures about this wonderful and extensive topic.  Please, feel free to email us if you have any questions, comments, etc.  God bless.

-All humans of age of accountability (excludes babies, little children, babies born with mental handicaps which reach adulthood ) , in other words, all accountable people with sound mental judgment who know between good and evil, are sinful before Jehovah God; therefore, we are  all in need of salvation:

Genesis 6:5-6; 8:21; 1 Kings 8:46; Psalms 14:1-3; Ecclesiastes 7:21; Daniel 12:2-3; Mark 10:18; John 8:7-9; Romans 3:9-23; Hebrews 9:27-28; 1 John 1:8

-Humans cannot earn their salvation, work for their salvation, or go to heaven by their own "goodness", and avoid the coming judgment of God, which the Bible clearly explains.  Therefore, salvation has always been and will always be a gift from God (grace/gift not deserved) to pitiful sinners (humans of age of accountability) who also receive mercy (to not get what we deserve/punishment).  Ignorance has never been forgiven by Jehovah God (e.g. Leviticus 4), but God in His patience overlooked it since Christ was going to be the ultimate sacrifice for sin:

Psalms 49:7-9; Habakkuk 2:4; Luke 18:9-14; Acts 14:15-17; Acts 17:30-31; Romans 1:17; Romans 3:20-24; Romans 10:1-21; Ephesians 2:5, 8-10; Galatians 3:11; 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10; Hebrews 9:27-28; Hebrews 10:38; 1 John 1; 1 John 2:1-6; Revelation 20:11-15

-Salvation is available free to all through Jesus, the perfect, sinless sacrifice.  Salvation is also conditional since it must be obeyed and kept.  Salvation is not 'cheap', universal, or automatically given to "good people" at death (in God's language, "good" or "evil" people have been replaced with "righteous" and "unrighteous" since God's justice system will be applied to all):

John 3:16; Acts 5:32; Romans 2:6-11; Romans 6:17; 1 Timothy 4:10; Hebrews 9:27-28; 1 Peter 1:13-21; Revelation 1:4-5

-Jesus Christ is the Only One in the world who can provide forgiveness, mercy, grace, redemption, love and justification for sins (Salvation).  Jesus excludes all other world religions and their leaders, thoughts, or ideas invented by humans (philosophy, old ancient religions, new religions invented in the United States and spreaded throughout the world, cults, etc.):

John 14:6; John 17:3; Acts 4:12; 10:43; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Timothy 2:5

-The steps of salvation (for the sake of brevity) begin with belief in Jesus (trust) in obeying the Good News message and being baptized by water immersion, and then continuing faithfully as part of the church indefinitely till Jesus comes back again to get His children and to end the world the way we know it (The common and famous "Sinner's Prayer" is not taught in the Bible or by the First Century Apostles of the Lord Jesus; therefore, it's unnaceptable today by those who want to please God and understand that God's will is strictly in His Word under the New Testament):

John 1:33; 3:3, 5-6; Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16; Luke 7:29-30; Acts 2:36-42, 47; Romans 6:1-5, 17; Romans 10:8-17; Acts 10:38-43, 47-48; Acts 22:16; Galatians 3:14, 26-27; 4:6; Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:1-6; Colossians 2:9-14; 1 Peter 3:21; Revelation 2:10

-The "church" are only the saved people of God or disciples of Christ, and never a building, as it's accepted in modern times.  The New Testament "Church"  of the Lord Jesus Christ began in the First Century  and just a few days after Christ's death.  We can read about the beginning of the church in Acts 2 and on.  The church belongs to Christ; therefore, she should have His name, unlike today with denominations, false world wide religions, and other man-made old and contemporary religious sects:

Matthew 16:18-19; 18:15-18;  Acts 14:27; Romans 16:5, 16; 1 Corinthians 1:2, 10; Ephesians 1:22; 4:4; 5:23-32; Colossians 1:18; 4:15-16

-Most people will not make it to heaven (Luke 13:22-24) just as all Israel was never saved (only the "remnant").  Salvation or heaven is conditional upon repentance (change of our mind), belief in Jesus, obedience of the Gospel (baptism for the forgiveness of our sins and to receive the gift of God, the Holy Spirit=Guarantee and seal of ownership), and remaining committed to a life of service for God.  Today Satan has fooled most people, even in the so called "Christian" religious world (Christendom), making "believers" comfortable, passive, and unresponsive to God's calling to consistently serve Him by helping other people who need Christ.  Satan is the "god" of this world and since Genesis 3 has proven to be the god of false religion, too:

Matthew 7: 13-23; Matthew 25; Luke 6:46; 13:22-30; 2 Corinthians 11:1-4; Galatians 1:6-9; 2 Thessalonians 2:8-12; Hebrews 9:27-28; 2 Peter 3:14-16; 1 John 4:1; 2 John 1:6-11; Revelation 2 and 3; Revelation 16:13-16; Revelation 19:20; Revelation 20:10

-Our Judge is God through Jesus and His Word.  That's why there is an urgency to know the New Testament since our lives depend  on it as we will all be judged by it:

John 5:22-29; 12:47-50; Acts 10:38-43; Romans 2:1-11, 14-16; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Galatians 6:7; 1 Timothy 4:16; Hebrews 9:27-28; Revelation 22:10-21

-Salvation may be lost, a fact of Scripture.  "Once saved always saved" is another one of  Satan's mantras misleading many well-intentioned religious souls who ignore the truth of God in His Word.  Many people in many churches also lead unruly ungodly lives thinking God's grace and mercy will cover them anyway.  That type of mentality is defeating and dishonest and will suffer loss at judgment, according to the Scriptures.  At the end, it's not hard to see that heaven is not for everyone, but only for those who will appreciate it, and love God with all their heart, soul and mind, people who are otherwise known as Christ-like people, or true disciples of Christ:

Matthew 7:13-27; Luke 6:46; Luke 7:40-50; Luke 13:1-5, 22-30; 1 Corinthians 3:10-15; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18; Galatians 5:1-4; Galatians 6:7; 1 Timothy 4:10; 2 Timothy 3:12; Hebrews 6:4-8; Hebrews 10:26-39; Hebrews 12:14-17; 1 John 4:1-3; 2 John 1:7-11

The purpose of the New Testament is to teach about Christ, to make Disciples of Christ, and to guide those disciples into all the world to reach it for Christ.  In the Word, we learn what  God is like, his likes and dislikes in these "last days".  In the New Testament, Jesus pours His heart out to let us know how to keep the relationship He offers us in His blood; therefore, the New Testament is the Last and Only Covenant, Pact or Agreement before Jesus' Second Coming.  The Jews of old missed out in the offer of God.  We cannot afford to do the same as Gentiles (Acts 11:18; Ephesians 2:11-22; Hebrews 10:29).  The Jews and anyone else may be saved today the same way people started and continued to be saved in the First Century: Placing our faith on the Messiah, Jesus the Christ, by obeying the same Gospel message we see in the New Testament, which will live on till Jesus comes back for the last time, a second time.

Jeremiah 31:31-34  = Hebrews 8:6-13
31 "Behold, days are coming," declares the Lord, "when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, 32 not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them," declares the Lord. 33 "But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days," declares the Lord, "I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 34 "They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, 'Know the Lord,' for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them," declares the Lord, "for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more."

 

 

John 3:16-21 (NASB)
16 "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 "For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 "He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 "This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. 20 "For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21 "But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God."

 

Acts 4:8-12 (NASB)
8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, "Rulers and elders of the people, 9 if we are on trial today for a benefit done to a sick man, as to how this man has been made well, 10 let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by this name this man stands here before you in good health. 11 "He is the stone which was rejected by you, the builders, but which became the chief corner stone. 12 "And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved."

 

Acts 2:36-47 (NASB)
36 "Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ—this Jesus whom you crucified." 37 Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Brethren, what shall we do?" 38 Peter said to them, "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 "For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself." 40 And with many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, saying, "Be saved from this perverse generation!" 41 So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls. 42 They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles. 44 And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common; 45 and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. 46 Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.

 

 

 

 

 

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