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HOW CAN I BE SAVED ?
or more precisely

WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED?



          The following question is one of the most important questions that I have to ask every person who visits my site here at AMatterOfTruth.com/

If you were to die today, suddenly, and without any warning whatsoever, would you go to heaven?

                        If your answer to this question is one of the following:

        • I don’t know…?

        • I am not sure…?

        • I hope so…?

        • I would like to, but…?

        • I have basically been a good person so I don’t see why not…?

        • I believe there is a God and I try to live right, so I think so…?

        Or if you cannot positively answer this question with an emphatic YES I am going to go to heaven when I die, leaving absolutely no doubt in your heart, then you are NOT saved, and you are NOT going to heaven.

        Even if you have gone to church all your life, believe in God, read the Bible almost everyday, and have tried to live a good moral life, BUT you cannot confidently say for sure that you know that you know that you KNOW that you KNOW that you KNOW are saved WITHOUT a DOUBT, and that you are positively going to heaven when you die, then you are NOT yet ready to meet your maker. You are not saved, and you are not going to heaven. You will NOT inherit ETERNAL LIFE in the world to COME.

DON’T BE DECEIVED!

No religion can save you.

                        No church denomination can save you.

No church membership can save you.

Being a good person and doing good works cannot save you.

Even believing that there is a God won’t save you, for the devils believe in God, but we know that they are not saved.

ONLY YOUR FAITH in the NAME OF JESUS, and the sacrifice, which he has made specifically for YOU can SAVE you!

        IF your faith is not based upon the sure foundation of God’s word, the Holy Bible, then sooner or later your faith will fail, and you will LOOSE your salvation. So build a strong foundation for your faith upon the word of God, and not upon church traditions.

        The Bible assures us that we can KNOW without a doubt that we are saved.

         Let’s begin this study in God's word by looking at I John 5:10-13, which says,

       

He that BELIEVES on the Son of God HAS the WITNESS in himself: he that believes not God has made him (God) a liar: because he believes not the record that God gave of His Son. And this is the record, that God has given to us, eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that has the Son has life; and he that has not the Son of God has not life. These things have I written unto you that BELIEVE on the name of the Son of God (WHY?); THAT (or so that) you may KNOW that you have eternal life, and that you may BELIEVE on the name of the Son of God.”

When we truly believe, then God gives us a WITNESS within our spirits, whereby we KNOW without a doubt that we are SAVED and HAVE ETERNAL LIFE ABIDING IN US so long as we REMAIN FAITHFUL and CONTINUE to BELIEVE.

Look again at 1 John 5:10, 13 in the Phillips Modern English translation of the Bible.

Verse 10 says,

           “The man who really believes in the Son of God will have God’s testimony in his OWN heart.”

           You can not depend on the faith of someone else in their belief in the Son of God in order for YOU to be saved, because God desires to testify or speak to your OWN heart that you are saved. And if you really and truly BELIEVE that you are saved, then God will place within your heart a WITNESS that assures you that you are saved without a doubt.

      Verse 13 from the Phillips Modern English translation says,

      “I have written…so that you may be QUITE SURE that, here and now, you possess eternal life.”

      This witness or testimony within our heart becomes a knowing and a rest or peace deep on the inside of you, which cannot be denied and NO man can convince you otherwise.

      Romans 8:10 says it this way,

      "The Spirit itself (Himself) bears witness with our spirits, that we are the children of God.”

      Romans 8:10 in the Living Bible reads this way,

      “For the Holy Spirit speaks to us DEEP in our hearts (spirits) and tells us that we are REALLY and TRULY God’s children.”

       God’s word clearly teaches that we can KNOW without any doubt that we are his children and that we possess eternal life now, if so be that we REMAIN in the faith.

        You see, the very moment you accept Jesus as your personal savior you PASS from death unto life in that the SENTENCE of DEATH that came upon ALL of mankind because ALL have SINNED and the WAGES of SIN is DEATH, this SENTENCE of DEATH has been nailed to the cross for ALL you PAST sins and any sin you are committing presently or any sin you commit in the future IF SO BE that you REPENT of these present of future sins. In other words, if you were to DIE while living in SIN, then you will PERISH and you will NOT inherit eternal life. Therefore it is VITAL that you REMAIN in the FAITH and OBEY the WORDS of Jesus and so long as you CONTINUE to believe, and walk in the light as Jesus is in the light, then the blood of Jesus CLEANSE you of all your sins and you will have this eternal life ABIDING in you as a SURE PROMISE. Not that you have ACTUALLY RECEIVED eternal life as yet, but is ABIDES in you as a WITNESS assuring you that God is FAITHFUL that PROMISED and what he said he will do he WILL DO. This passing from death to life does not mean that you will not die physically, but rather you are promised eternal life, when Jesus returns for those that have REMAINED FAITHFUL to OBEY his WORDS and have CONTINUED to believe in him.

The Bible says in Romans 6:23 that the wages of sin is death and the GIFT of God is eternal life THROUGH Jesus Christ. When you personally accept Jesus as your savior, then you are redeemed from death and you are given the promise of eternal life.

             Again this does not mean that you will never die physically, but rather when you die you will be raised from the dead, and then you will be given an immortal glorified body to live eternally with the Lord IF SO BE that you are FOUND to be that GOOD and FAITHFUL servant when you die or when Jesus comes again.

 Let me explain what I me by this. In Matthew 24:13 Jesus tells us ONLY those who endure unto the end shall be SAVED. Yes you are SAVED the very moment you REPENT of your sins and ask Jesus into your life to help you live a life that is pleasing to Almighty God, but THIS PART of SALVATION is ONLY the BEGINNING. For you see the Bible ALSO says that Jesus is not only the AUTHOR of our faith but that there is a FINISHING of our faith as well. Please read Hebrews 12:2 which says,

"Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the JOY that was SET BEFORE him ENDURED the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God."

Just as Jesus had the JOY set before him so have we the JOY of RECEIVING the ETERNAL LIFE that has been PROMISED to us IF we OBEY the word of TRUTH, the gospel of our salvation. You see is is ONLY those who REMAIN saved or more precisely it is ONLY those BELIEVERS who REMAIN FAITHFUL to the WORDS of Jesus by WALKING AFTER the Spirit to OBEY the Holy Spirit of Almighty God who will inherit eternal life in the world to COME. In other words, you must be found faithful even unto death holding fast to your faith in Jesus Christ until you die or until Jesus returns in order to be counted worthy of salvation and receive eternal life. The Bible clearly teaches that you CAN lose your salvation after that you have received Jesus as your Savior.

Don’t be deceived!

Please read the study entitled DOES THE BIBLE TEACH THAT ONCE YOU ARE SAVED, THEN YOU ARE ALWAYS SAVED?”, which deals with the doctrine of eternal security. This is an in-depth study that addresses all the scriptures on both sides of this controversial subject. In order to arrive at the truth one must look at THE WHOLE MATTER.

           So then, once you SEE the TRUTH of the WHOLE word of God in WHAT it TRULY means to be SAVED in that SALVATION is a PROCESS that ONLY BEGINS when we accept Jesus as our savior, then you can UNDERSTAND that this FIRST STEP in our being SAVED can NOT be EARNED by any WORK that we DO. This is where Ephesians 2:8,9 fits into the PLAN of SALVATION.

           "For by GRACE are you SAVED through faith; and that NOT of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

           9. NOT of WORKS, lest any man should boast."

        Be careful of WHAT you hear TAUGHT or consider closely what you were TAUGHT, because it may not be the WHOLE word of TRUTH. Yes is is by the GRACE of Almighty God that we are SAVED and NOT of our OWN WORKS of RIGHTEOUSNESS that we have DONE, BUT this is ONLY the FIRST STEP in God's PLAN of SALVATION that he has for us. Bear with me for a moment and I will explain what I mean by this being ONLY the FIRST STEP of God's PLAN of SALVATION.

             When we accept the sacrifice that Jesus made for us and REPENT of our SINS we are FORGIVEN of ALL our PAST SINS which will NEVER be brought up or remembered against us for all eternity. In other words, we have been made into the RIGHTEOUS of God THROUGH this sacrifice or atonement that Jesus provide for ALL of mankind to be a partaker of this FREE GIFT of SALVATION.

              However, as I have been saying, this is just the FIRST STEP of God's PLAN of SALVATION. The REASON that we are SAVED or more precisely, the REASON that all our sins are FORGIVEN and we have been PLACED BACK INTO RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with Almighty God is so the we can be FILLED with the Holy Spirit of Almighty God which EMPOWERS us to LIVE a RIGHTEOUS and Holy life before God. Please read the CONTEXT of Ephesians 2:8,9 by adding verse 10, which many preachers of the grace of God leave out of their sermon, or if they do include it they don't seem to place much EMPHASIS upon it.

             "For by GRACE are you SAVED (or more precisely placed BACK into RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with God) THROUGH FAITH; and THAT (the GRACE of God, the FAITH that God has given every man, and the free gift of being placed back into right relationship with Almighty God is) NOT of yourselves: it ( all that I just mentioned) is the GIFT of God:

             9. NOT of WORKS, lest any man should boast. (WHY? What is the REASON for God doing all of this?)

            10. FOR we are his WORKMANSHIP, created in Christ Jesus UNTO (or for the purpose of DOING) GOOD WORKS, which God has before ORDAINED that we should WALK in THEM (the the VERY PURPOSE of DOING GOOD WORKS of RIGHTEOUSNESS that God has made us to be NEW CREATURES in Christ Jesus to DO)."

          You see, if you base your faith on the WHOLE word of God ALONE you will have the same peace that the apostle Paul tells us about in Romans 8:38, 39 which says,

          “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

          Yes any one of us can BECOME fully persuaded that you are saved and that there is nothing that is going to keep us from going to heaven. But this does not mean that each and every believer is AUTOMATICALLY given this being FULLY PERSUADED that they will never be separated from the love of God the very moment that they accept Jesus as their savior. This ETERNAL SECURITY of KNOWING that your will never fall away from the faith is a process that require feeding upon the promises of God's word and at any time this FAITH can be diminished to the point of even being lost IF the believer does not KEEP themselves in the word of TRUTH. And be no means does the Bible teach that this ETERNAL SECURITY that any believer can become FULLY PERSUADED is NOT a GUARANTEE that a true born again believer can NEVER LOOSE their salvation. However every believer will have that WITNESS of the Holy Spirit that they are placed back into right relationship with God and ALL their past sins are FORGIVEN.

             I will say it again. If you do NOT have this witness, this peace, this testimony deep within your spirit that absolutely assures you that you are saved without a doubt, leaving no uncertainty whatsoever in your heart or mind, then you are NOT saved and you are not going to heaven.


SO WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED?

                                    The first step that must be taken for you to be saved is the REALIZATION that you are a sinner and that you NEED a Savior. You cannot save yourself by your      

                        OWN righteousness.

                                 Step One: You must come to the knowledge of truth that you are a sinner, and that you need a Savior.

The Bible says in Romans 3:23,

For ALL have sinned, and have come short of the glory of God.”

Romans 3:10 says it this way,

As it is written, there is NONE righteous, no, NOT ONE.”

Plain and simple it does not matter how good or righteous you may be, you still need a Savior, because God, the one who created you, says you do. These are God’s words and not my own. You see my dear friend, it is by God's GRACE and MERCY that God has concluded ALL of HUMANITY to be under sin. Please read Galatians 3:22 which says,

"But the scripture has concluded all under sin, (why?) that (or so that) the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe."

Or would you rather it remain as it was in the Old Testament where you had to offer your best and choicest lamb as a sacrifice for every time you committed a sin? You see, it doesn’t matter what you or anyone else thinks or believes.



The only thing that matters is what the WORD OF GOD says.

Proverbs 16:25 tells us that,

There is a way that SEEMS right unto a man, but the END there of are the ways of death.”

                         So base your FAITH upon the WHOLE word of God ALONE. It may SEEM to you that
                      you are alright and you may say in your heart, “Well I may not be perfect, but I am certainly
                      better than some of those Christians I know”, and this may be true, but God does not look
                      upon our OWN righteousness or good works as a means to save us. I will say more about
                      this in greater depth in the study entitled “WHAT IS THE TRUE MEANING OF GRACE”.
                      Many Christians do not know the true Biblical meaning of grace and consequently they
                      are misguided in their belief of salvation and HOW they must be saved. In other words, they
                      SAY that they are Christians, but in truth they are NOT. The Bible says that there are those
                      that SAY they are Jews, but they are NOT. Read Revelation 3:9 which says,
 
 
"Behold, I will make them a synagogue of Satan, which SAY they are Jews, and are NOT, but do lie,..." 

We are told in Matthew 15:6-9 that man has taught us many doctrines and commandments of men, which seem right to us, but in reality they are vain and make God’s commandments of no effect.

Therefore you cannot be saved until you FIRST come to understand the FACT that you are a sinner and you need a Savior, and that you cannot save yourself.

This brings us to the SECOND STEP that you must take in order to be saved.


      • Step Two: You must come to the knowledge of truth that you are not saved by your OWN works.

Ephesians 2:8,9 says,

             “For by grace are you saved through FAITH; and that ( speaking of faith is) NOT of yourselves: it (faith, grace and salvation) is the GIFT of God: NOT of WORKS, lest any man should boast.”

You see, salvation is a gift of God.

                          Grace is a gift of God.

                           And faith is the gift of God.
 
 Yes! Even the FAITH you NEED to RECEIVE your salvation is a gift of God. The Bible says that God has dealt EVERY man the measure of FAITH. So BEFORE one becomes a Christian they ALREADY possess ALL the FAITH that they NEED to receive their salvation.
 
 Your own good works cannot save you. However, good works should and will follow you IF you are truly saved. Some have erred in their understanding of what being saved truly means because of their misunderstanding of what God’s grace means. Nonetheless, we are ultimately saved by GRACE through FAITH, because you cannot consistently and continually do good works without God’s grace which we can only obtain through God's gift of faith.

Romans 3:20-23,27 says,

Therefore by the deeds of the LAW there shall NO flesh be justified in his sight: But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested.

Even the righteousness of God, which is BY FAITH of Jesus Christ unto all, and upon all that BELIEVE; for there is no difference. For ALL have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.
Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? NAY: but by the law of FAITH.”
 It is by your faith in JESUS CHRIST alone that you are saved!

But saved from what? In truth we are saved from the bondage of sin. WHY or for what reason are we saved from the bondage of sin? So that we may LIVE unto God in righteousness and good works. For a deeper understanding of this Biblical truth please refer to the study entitled “Living our lives free from sin”

This brings us to the THIRD STEP that you need to take in order that you might be saved.


      • Step Three: You must come to the knowledge of the truth that it is through your faith in JESUS CHRIST, the Son of God, ALONE that brings the way salvation into your life.

Acts 4:12 tells us that there is NO OTHER NAME under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. JESUS is the only name whereby men can be saved. Jesus said in John 14:6,

“…I am the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE, NO man comes unto the Father BUT BY ME.”

 
 
        • Jesus is the way, the only way.

        • Jesus is the truth, the pure truth.

       Jesus is the life, our everlasting life, IF we believe on Him unto the END.

I John 5:12 says,

He that has the Son has life; and he that has not the Son of God has NOT life.”

If you believe in God, but do not believe that Jesus is the Son of God, then you are not saved. You do not have eternal life, and you are not going to heaven.

The Bible says this in John 3:16-18,

For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in HIM should not perish, but have everlasting life.

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through HIM (Jesus the Son of God) might be saved.

He that believes on him is not condemned: but he that believes NOT is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

             Once you have come to this knowledge of the truth: that you are a sinner, that you cannot save yourself, that your OWN good works cannot save you, that you need a Savior and that Jesus is the ONLY name under heaven and in all the earth given among men whereby you can be saved, then all that is left for you to be saved is to accept this truth into your heart and CONFESS it with your mouth. Let me explain.

 This brings us to STEP FOUR on “What must I do to be saved?”


      • Step Four: Confession is made unto salvation.

Romans 10:8-10 says,

But what says it? The WORD is nigh you, even in your mouth, and in your heart: that is the WORD of FAITH, which we preach: That if you CONFESS with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt BELIEVE in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you shalt be SAVED. For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth CONFESSION is made unto salvation.”

            The word “confession” here literally means to speak the SAME thing continually without changing what you say you believe. In other words. you cannot change or waver in what you confess and expect to be saved. It also means to declare openly your deep convictions of the truth, to acknowledge a covenant.

        Also notice the phrase “the word of faith which we preach. The Bible tells us in I Corinthians 1:21 that it pleased God by the foolishness of PREACHING to save them that believe.

        It is not the preaching of God’s word alone that saves you, but you BELIEVING the word of God, which you heard preached or taught to you. Just hearing the word of God alone is not enough to save you.

Look at Hebrews 4:2 which says,

For unto us was the gospel preached, AS WELL AS unto them, BUT the word PREACHED did NOT profit them, NOT being mixed with FAITH in them that heard it.”

            Before you can be saved you must believe or have faith. And true faith comes only through the word of God. Romans 10:17 tells us that faith comes by HEARING and that hearing (or more precisely, understanding) comes by the word of God. First we hear, then we understand, and then the word sinks down into our heart (spirit). Once our hearts are filled with ABUNDANCE, then out of our heart the mouth speaks forth that “word of faith” or that "word of unbelief", which ever is the abundance in our heart. In other words, if it does not come out of your mouth boldly with full assurance, then it is not truly written upon your heart. It may be working its way in you or working it's way down into your spirit, but it has not as been rooted soundly within you as yet in your inner man. So keep meditating upon God’s word and your faith will grow within you and will come the abundance in your heart. Please refer to the study entitled “BIBLE MEANING OF FAITH” for a deeper understanding on the faith within us.

Hebrews 11:6 says,

But without faith it is impossible to please him (God): for he that comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

            You must use faith before you can receive anything from God.

James 1:6,7 says,

But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavers is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man (the man that wavers) think that he shall receive ANYTHING of the Lord.”

             The Bible says, in Matthew, that out of the abundance of the HEART the mouth speaks. So as you meditate and consider the word of God that was just preached or taught to you in this study on "HOW CAN I BE SAVED?” you will begin to transfer it from your mind , HEAD KNOWLEDGE, into your heart, A KNOWING DEEP IN YOUR HEART, until there is an overflowing abundance in your heart. Once the word of truth is received into your heart, the Bible says that you have believed UNTO righteousness.

        In other words, you are on the brink of being saved. The word is NIGH you and even in your mouth, that is to say the words are aching within you to be spoken forth. All you need to do now is to speak or CONFESS the word of God, which you believe without a doubt in your heart to be the word of God and continually confess these words of faith that have been written upon your heart, and consistently maintain this SAME confession of faith unto the end.
 
        Now I do not mean continually and constantly confess, as in, to never shut up, but rather not to waver or CHANGE your confession of faith. The word of God says that we walk by faith and NOT by sight. So many times we are tempted to look at the circumstances rather than to REMAIN STEADFAST in the knowledge of truth that God has revealed to our hearts.

 This brings us to step five.


      • Step Five: Now that you have come to the knowledge of the truth you must now ACT upon this truth that you have received into your heart.

         The Bible says that the word is nigh you, even in your mouth, that is, the word of FAITH. All that is left for you to be saved is to CONFESS the word of God that is in your heart.

Question: Do you believe in your heart that there is only ONE God, the creator of all things? Then confess it!

Confession: God, I believe that you are the only true and wise God and that you created all things.

Question: Do you know in your heart that you are a sinner and that you need a Savior? Then confess it!

Confession: God, I now know that I am a sinner and have fallen short of your glory.

Question: Do you believe in your heart that God sent his only begotten Son, Jesus, to lay down his life as a ransom for many, which includes you, and that the price that Jesus paid was the total price needed for your redemption? Then confess it.

Confession: God, I truly believe in my heart that you have sent your only Son, Jesus, to pay the whole price of redeeming me from my sin. I believe that your Son, Jesus, freely laid down his own life on the cross to be my ransom and save me.

Question: Do you believe in your heart that God, by his Holy Spirit, has raised his Son, Jesus, from the dead so that those who believe in him should also be raised to eternal life? Then confess it!

Confession: And I believe, God, that you have raised your Son Jesus from the dead, and that one day you shall also raise me from the dead, and crown me with eternal life.

Question: Do you believe in your heart that you are now saved according to the word of God alone, and NOT by what you see, feel, or what man says? Then confess it!

Confession: Heavenly Father, I believe with all my heart that I am now saved according to your word. I will not be moved from this assurance of my salvation by what I see or feel. Your word says that I am saved, therefore I am saved.

          Remember the word confession means to say the same thing continually. That means when doubt and unbelief try to creep in and steal your faith, then no matter how you feel you must continue to CONFESS the word of FAITH that is in your heart. Your mind may be saying something like, “You know you just got a little emotional yesterday when you prayed that sinner’s prayer. You don’t really believe that stuff, do you? I mean, here it has only been one day and you are right back at doing what you used to do. Nothing has changed. Maybe God did not hear you. It could be that you are not good enough yet to be saved. Take a look around. All these so-called Christians that told you all this junk in the first place are nothing but a bunch of hypocrites. Do they look saved to you? It could be that just maybe you are not saved at all???” Question after question may bombard your MIND, but you must continually and consistently maintain the SAME positive confession of faith unto the END, if you are to receive your salvation.

Quench these fiery darts of the wicked one by holding up your shield of faith by continually confessing God’s word.

CONFESS:

         I am not moved by what I see or feel but only by the word of God that is true and real. Then be steadfast in your confession of faith and you shall be saved.

        God will write his word upon your heart and upon your mind (Hebrews 8:10). He will put his testimony deep within your spirit that you are saved and that you are his child, and you WILL KNOW without a doubt that you are saved!

        

First, you hear the word of God. Then after you have heard or read God’s word, YOU have to make a CHOICE. No one can make the choice for you. You are the one you has to decide whether of not you BELIEVE what you have read or heard. The are ONLY TWO options that you can choose from when it comes to being saved! Either you answer steps A,B and C with an ABSOLUTE YES or you don't! The ONLY way to be SAVED is to answer steps A,B, and C with an ABSOLUTE YES!

Step (A). Accept what I just heard as being true. Then follow up with the next step.

Step (B). Believe in my heart God’s words above all else. And then follow up with the next step.

Step (C). Confess the TRUTH of God's word as though it is so even though I may not see or feel like it is so in the natural, that is, rationally speaking. Hold fast to your confession of faith until you RECEIVE what you are BELIEVING in God's word of TRUTH.

OR you make the CHOICE to do one of the three things below, which will result in your NOT being saved! Making no choice at all will result in you NOT being saved!

You can (1). Reject what you just read as being foolishness. The opposite of accept is reject. Therefore if you don’t accept what you just read as truth, then you automatically reject it as being foolishness. There is NO neutral ground, either you BELIEVE God's word unto salvation or you DO NOT believe and NOT making a decision to believe you automatically remain lost.

You can (2). Refuse to believe. Again the opposite of believing is doubt and unbelief. And no unbeliever will obtain eternal life.

You can  (3). Renounce God’s word as being the TRUTH by actively saying so or just possibly ignoring it. The opposite of confessing FAITH in Jesus the Son of God is remaining in condemnation.


Remember that John 3:17 says that he that believes NOT that God sent his Son Jesus into the world to save the world is CONDEMNED ALREADY, because he has NOT believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God, JESUS. So in truth God does not condemn anyone, WE condemn OURSELVES by NOT believing. In the same way God does not withhold healing from us, but healing is not allowed to flow freely to us because of UNBELIEF. God may have made the rules, but he has clearly laid them out for us in his word. Don’t blame God, read his word and hide it in your heart. Our only enemy is the adversary the devil.

You have to make a choice. If you do not actively make a choice, by confessing Jesus as Lord and Savior, then the choice of eternal damnation has already been made for you by the word of God.

In other words there is no neutrality, or middle ground. Jesus said if you are not for me, then you are against me. The wages of sin is death, and without Jesus there is no forgiveness of sin. Therefore by refusing to believe in Jesus the Son of God you are automatically condemning yourself to outer darkness and eternal damnation. Hell is your destination, not heaven. This is not just my opinion, but is the very word of God!

Some have wrongly perceived the attitude of God in this area. They view God sitting on a throne just waiting to send people to hell, when in reality people send themselves to hell by NOT BELIEVING the word of God. The Bible tells us that God is NOT WILLING that any should perish, but that ALL should come to the knowledge of the truth and be saved. The word of God also assures us that God takes NO PLEASURE in the death of the wicked.

Jesus said in John 12:48 that

He that rejects me, and receives NOT my words has one that judges him; the words that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day”.

Revelation 21:7,8 says,

He that overcomes shall inherit all things and I will be his God and he shall be my son. BUT the fearful, and the UNBELIEVING, and the abominable, and murders, and whore mongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have THEIR PART in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone which is the second death.”

Deuteronomy 30:19 says,

I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing, therefore CHOOSE LIFE that both you and your seed may live.”

IT IS YOUR CHOICE!

This A-B-C formula works in every area of God’s word for RECEIVING what God has ALREADY provided for ALL of mankind, SALVATION, which includes much more than going to heaven and forever being with the Lord when you die physically!

        This brings us to another study which deals with the question “WHAT DOES BEING SAVED TRULY MEAN?” There is more to our SALVATION than most of us have been taught. The word “saved” is the Greek word “SOZO”, which means saved, healed, rescued, delivered, protected, being made whole, and in right relationship with God. There are many benefits for us as believers NOW in THIS life, and in the world to come that are provided for us under the umbrella of the term “salvation or being saved” which I cover in this in-depth study of God's word on the subject of salvation. In other words, there is far more to the meaning of the word saved, than just being forgiven of our sins, so I encourage you to follow on in your seeking the truth of the whole word of God by reading the study "WHAT DOES BEING SAVED TRULY MEAN?" 

        Welcome to the kingdom of God, for I know this truth has set you free. Desire the sincere milk of the word of God that you may grow spiritually thereby (I Peter 2:2). Always remember that true salvation is FAITH-based on God’s word ALONE!


Always and Forever in Christ Jesus,

Mark

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