THE PATH OF ENLIGHTENMENT
BUDDHA or THE AWAKENED ONE
Who AWAKENED or gave Siddhartha or Buddha
Who AWAKENED Siddharth
and gave him wisdom and understanding?
HOW TO END SUFFERING
My name is Mark. I was once a SEEKER of PEACE, who has now obtained that PEACE. And now I am a TEACHER, who is here to teach YOU how to attain perfect PEACE in your life. After you FIND what you are seeking you no longer need to seek it. And like you I was once on the path of searching for PEACE in my life, but now I have attained that peace through the teachings of the greatest teacher of all. And I want YOU, a seeker of the TRUTH, to have what my teacher has given me.
In my search for PEACE in my life I was led to the teachings of the greatest teacher of all times and it was his teachings that made me free and gave my mind everlasting peace, which no man can ever take from me. And I am here to TEACH you how to attain this SAME peace that can ONLY obtained through TRUE ENLIGHTMENT.
It is HIS teachings, the teachings of my great teacher, the teachings of the TRUTH, that I want to share with YOU, so that you can attain the PEACE that you have been searching for in your life.
So ask yourself the questions:
#1. WHO gave Siddhartha ENLIGHTENMENT to become a BUDDHA?
#2. Has bad karma been haunting you?
#3. Do you want to know HOW to END ALL suffering forever in the next life?
#4. Do you want toreceive ENLIGHTENMENT?
#5. Do you BELIEVE the teachings of Buddha when he said that he was not the FIRST Buddah and that there would be many Buddhas after him in the future.
Siddhartha Gautama or Buddha was a good teacher, but there has risen a GREATER teacher after Buddha, who teaches what Buddha taught concerning good MORAL living, but he has brought FAR MORE enlightenment than Siddhartha on how ANYONE seeking a better life can attain the PERFECT life, when they enter into the NEXT life or the after life, the life after this present life we are now living.
Image a world with no more SUFFERING ever again in the next life! Imagine no more wars! Image no more people stealing or destroy what you have built. Image all people living together in harmony and PEACE!. Image no more sickness nor disease of any kind! You can have ALL of this when you wake up in the next life, IF SO BE, you believe and FOLLOW the TEACHINGS that I give to you, which are not MY teachings, but rather they are the teachings of my great teacher, who is called the Prince of PEACE.
So ask yourself the questions:
Has bad karma been haunting you? Do you want to know HOW to END ALL suffering forever in the next life? Do you want to wake up in the NEXT life and have all the tears you have shed in this life washed away never to suffer in neither mind nor body ever again? Do you want to live in a world that has no more wars. Do you want to live in peace with all men?
If you are a Buddhist or a Hindu or anyone in the entire world, no matter what faith or philosophy you follow, who wants to end your suffering once and for all time in the next life, then you have come to the right place.
But first of all you must know and understand that this is something that you cannot do ALONE. You did not come into this world ALONE. Without your parents you would not be here. Without someone to care for you as an infant and small child you would not be here. We are NOT alone in this world and we need each other.
Again WHO gave Siddhartha the enlightenment to become a Buddha, the enlightened one or the awakened one? You see in TRUTH, Buddha had HELP from a higher KNOWLEDGE than his OWN knowledge! Buddha was GIVEN knowledge and understanding form the SOURCE of ALL knowledge and wisdom!
In other words, to end your suffering forever, then it must be accomplished with YOU being a CO-LABORER working TOGETHER with the ONLY one who can FREE you forever from ALL suffering in the next life. This mean that neither I nor anyone else can do it FOR you, BUT also means that you cannot do it ALONE. To say this another way you do indeed need HELP, but the helper is not a fellow human being. Rather our helper is the SOUCRE of ALL things. He here to HELP all who ash for his held, but rememeber that he is just here to HELP you and NOT there to do the work FOR you.
We ALL need HELP in our life. We are NOT all ALONE in this world. We are here to HELP one another. And the TEACHINGS of others HELP us to live better lives and HOW to live in PEACE with each other even when other do not want to live in peace with us. The teachings of Buddha has helped many, but a GREATER teaching has come and he has revealed to manking the ONLY WAY to everlasting PEACE and the ONLY way to the world to come that has no more suffering, no more war, no more sickness, no more hunger, no more pain, no more sorrow, and no more death.
So are YOU INTERESTED in learning HOW to END your SUFFERING once and for all eternity never to suffer again in the NEXT life? If so, then keep on reading and I will share with you the TEACHINGS of enlightenment of the GREATEST teacher of ALL time.
Some have called him a good teacher, some have called him a GREAT teacher, some have called him a great healer, some have called him a wise man and even a prophet who knows things that other men do not know. And some have called him the Son of PEACE and even the prince of PEACE, because the PEACE that he gives to us NO man can steal or take from us. Do YOU want this kind of PEACE?
Many of his teachings were written down in a holy book and here is just a small part of one of his teachings. I will always put HIS teaching in quotation marks and also place his teaching in ITALICS so you will know his words from my word of explaining his teachings.
“PEACE I leave with YOU, my peace I GIVE unto YOU: not as the world gives, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
And as far as being a righteous and moral man there has never been the like before or after this man, who has been as righteous and moral as he. But more than this he teaches US how WE also can live our lives free from any and all sin. He teaches us NOT to lord over one another, but rather to etseem others higher than ourselves. There was never a kinder nor more gentile man than the Son of PEACE.
Do you want to know him? Do you want to learn and follow his TEACHINGS so YOU also can reach TRUE enlightenment and have a peace that passes all human understanding?
I know that you, my readers and seekers of the TRUTH do NOT want to take any chances of following a teaching that will keep you from becoming a Buddha or an awaken one. I know that living a good moral life is of highest proiority with you, as it is with ME as well. And this is what the Son of peace teaches us as well so be assured that I will only teach you those things that he has taught ME from his holy word.
I want the same things that YOU want and many things I have already attained now in this present life and I want to TEACH YOU how you can attain the things that I have already attained. Things like having perfect PEACE now in this present world. But most of all I want you to have the absloute ASSURANCE, the KNOWING deep inside of you giving you peace witnessing to you that in the world to come you will have everlasting life is a new world without suffering where you will rule and riegn as a king along side our great teacher, IF SO BE, that you choose to receive and follow HIS teachings.
But please know and understand that I must still yet labor or work in this present world, as you must still yet labor or work in this present world, to obtain that perfect world yet to come, that nirvana or that moksha in the next life or in the world to come, which is how my great teacher calls the next life, when speaking of no more SUFFERING ever again.
So if you want to become FREE from samsara, which is a “teaching” of the never ending cycle of death and rebirth to rid a person of bad or negative karma that came ONLY be attained through ENLIGHTENMENT, then prepare to become ENLIGHTENED and set be FREE from reincarnation forever and be given perfect PEACE now in this present life AND be assured of absolutely NO SUFFERING in the world to come.
But before we begin this path of enlightenment I want you to ask yourself the questions:
Who is Siddhartha Gautama, or who is Buddha?
If your answer is that he is a TEACHER that has attained enlightment, then ask WHY you believe his teachings?
Have YOU attained complete PEACE by following his teachings?
Do you have any ASSURANCE that when you awake in the NEXT life that you will be foreever FREE from ALL suffering both in mind and in body?
If the answer is NO to any of these questions, then do not worry, because the teachings of my great teacher, which I will teach to you, will indeed bring you PEACE now in this life and the absolute ASSURANCE that you will enter into PARADISE with NO suffering in the world to come. You will be FREE from the FEAR of the teaching of samsara and the never ending cycle of reincarnation once and for all time.
Let us begin this path of ENLIGHTENMENT by first defining the meaning of being “ENLIGHTENED”.
What does being enlightened mean?
And WHO GAVE Siddhartha the enlightment to become a Buddha and teacher?
Well to some you enlightenment means being SET FREE from samsara or forever being reincarnated by becoming ENLIGHTENED.
But what does becoming 'ENLIGHTENED” truly mean?
Here is how my great teacher, the Son of peace defines enlightenment. Also please know and understand that my great teacher was GIVEN enlightenment or the knowledge of the TRUTH from the very SOURCE of all wisdom, knowledge and understanding, who is the greatest teacher of ALL, the ETRNAL Spirit creator. And HE has revealed to us through my great teachers that HE desires ALL of mankind to COME to the KNOWLEDGE of the TRUTH so that they can be SAVED.
WHAT truth and saved from WHAT? Well for one thing, saved from SUFFERING in the next life or world to come, but also saved from many other things as well. Saved from things like worry and fear and even being saved from sickness and disease NOW in this PRESENT world.
So then, WHAT is the TRUTH, which will set anyone, who believes and continues in this TRUTH, to be set free from all these things?
In oder to come to the knowledge of the TRUTH, one must FIRST believe that there can only be ONE TRUTH. Otherwise how could any one know which truth will set them free, if so be, that there were more than just ONE TRUTH?
Here is what my great teacher taught me from his word saying,
“I am the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE: NO man comes unto the Father, but BY ME.”
Now there is a lot of teaching in just these few words spoken by my great teacher so let us take them one at a time.
First of all my great teacher says that HE is three things:
#1. He is the WAY.
#2. He is the TRUTH.
#3. He is the LIFE.
And then he goes on to say that NO man is able to come to the Father, EXCEPT that they come to the Father BY or through HIM. In other words, my great teacher is saying that the ONLY WAY to reach the Father and obtain the LIFE than can ONLY be obtained through the TRUTH is by believing and following HIS TEACHINGS, which are the TRUTH.
Now here is the thing. He gives his teachings freely to ALL of mankind. In other words, it does not matter who you are, where you live, whether you are rich or poor, a bondservant or a free man, old or young or what color of skin you may have. He wants ALL of mankind to COME to the KNOWLEDGE of the TRUTH and be saved.
But he says very explictly that he ALONE is the ONLY WAY, that he ALONE is the ONLY TRUTH, and that he ALONE is the ONLY LIFE or giver of the LIFE of NO more suffering in the world to come where we will meet him and his Father and live forever in paradise with NO more SUFFERING and no more war, and no more sickness and disease, and no more pain.
And not only this, my teacher also promises that his Father will give ALL, who believe on the Son of peace and follow his teachings, an inner WITNESSES within us NOW in this life that gives us absolute assurance of his promise or this eternal life with NO suffering in the world to come.
So I ask you what GUARANTEE does your faith, religion, belief, or philosophy give YOU that when you awake in the next life it will be the absoluet END of ALL SUFFERING once and for all time never to suffer in mind or body ever again?
MY great teacher is the ONLY teacher to ever give such a PROMISE.
Do you want to know his NAME?
Do you want to KNOW HIM personally?
I can assure you that there has never been a holy man as he, who lived his entire life without ever committing even one sin.
And not only that he also teaches US, who believe on him an dhis teachings HOW we too can live our lives without sin.
There is a Holy book that speaks of his BIRTH, long before he was ever BORN.
Here is just one of many, many places in this Holy book to foretold of his coming long before, some 700 years before, he ever came into existence.
“For a Child has been born to us, A Son has been given to us, And the princely power is on his shoulder, And He does call his name Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Father of Eternity, Prince of Peace.”
So ask your self the question:
Was the birth of Siddhartha Gautama prophesied or foretold BEFORE he was ever born?
NO it was not!
But even the very place of where my great teacher would be born was prophesied or foretold some 400 year BEFORE he was ever born and it was exacly as it was foretold.
Here is the PROPHECY, and then we will read the FULFILLMENT of this prophecy, which was fulfilled some 400 year after this prophecy was written down.
“But you, BETHLEHEM Ephratah, though you be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall he come forth unto me that is to be RULER in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.”
So even before this prophecy was ever written down it was of old handed down from generation to generation by mouth. But this verse means far more than this, which we will discuss in a moment after we read in the Holy book to FULFILLMENT of this prophecy over 400 years after it was written down.
“Has not the scripture said, That Christ comes of the seed of David, and out of the town of BETHLEHEM, where David was?”
The scripture in the Holy book called the Holy Bible. The word “CHRIST” means Messiah, Savior and anointed. So this verse is asking a question, which is supporting that this man was the man that was PROPHESIED to come in the Scripture or the Holy Bible some 700 years before this man FULFILLED the prhophesies, which spoke of HIM.
Let us read in another place in the Holy Bible where this man fulfilled the prophecy of him being born of a VIRGIN and being born in the little town of BETHLEHEM in Judaea.
From this point on, I will give the place in the Holy Bible that these words, teachings, or verses are found in the Holy Bible, so you can look them up for yourself and read them straight from the Holy book, the Holy Bible, which is also called the word of God, the Scriptures, and the word of TRUTH.
Please read Luke 1:27-38. This is called a Scripture reference, which means that the name of the book in the Bible is given first followed by a number that is the chapter number of that book. Then the number or numbers after the colon are the numbered verses, which the Bible reference is referring a person to read in chapter one from the book of Luke. So then, the book is Luke, the chapter is chapter 1, and the verses are verse 27 through verse 38.
“27. To a VIRGIN espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the VIRGIN'S name was Mary.
28. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, you that are highly favored, the Lord is with you: blessed are you among women.
29. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.
30. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for you have found favor with God.
31. And, behold, you shall conceive in your womb, and bring forth a SON, and shall call his name JESUS.
32. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
33. And he shall REIGN over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. (Now the angel sent from God the creator of all things is telling the VIRGIN Mary what will happen BEFORE it actually happens. The angel Gabriel is prophesying that she will CONCEIVE in he worb a child and not just any child, but a male child a SON would be conceived in her womb. But she knows that she is a VIRGIN and has not ever been with any man)
34. Then said Mary unto the angel, HOW shall this be, seeing I know not a man?
35. And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon you, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow you: (or power of God himself shall CONCEIVE his SON in your womb) THEREFORE (or for this very REASON) also that HOLY thing (or that hold child) which shall be born of you shall be CALLED the Son of God.
36. And, behold, your cousin Elisabeth, she has also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called BARREN.
37. For with God nothing shall be impossible.
38. And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me ACCORDING to your WORD. And the angel departed from her.”
In other words, the VIRGIN Mary is saying I BELIEVE what you have spoken to me are the words of the Lord God, who created all things so let it BE as you have spoken it to BE.
Now let us go back in time some 700 year BEFORE the angel Gabriel ever appeared to the VIRGIN Mary and see where it was PROPHESIED that God's SON would be born of a VIRGIN.
Please read Isaiah 7:14,15.
“Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a SIGN; Behold, a VIRGIN shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
15. Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may KNOW to refuse the evil, and choose the good.”
Here we see a prophecy being given of a SON being born of a VIRGIN some 700 years BEFORE it came to pass.
Now these are just a few of the more than 300 prophecies of this man called the Son of MAN, and the SON OF God, who was given the name Jesus, which means the salvation of Yahweh. Yahweh is the name of Almighty God the Father, the creator of all things. The Holy Bible calls Yahweh the FATHER of all. Most all believers and followers of his SON Jesus call Yahweh, the Father, with a capital “F”, or Almighty God the Father.
You know that Buddha considered sin a very seriously thing and taught against sin. Well Almighty God the Father is perfect and cannot even be tempted with sin, but he says in his word that WHILE we are yet sinners he LOVES us. This does not mean that the Father loves SIN, but rather that he loves US, even while we are living in sin. Again, this does not mean that our creator loves us living in sin, but rather that he loves US.
If you are a GOOD parent and your child disobeys you, then you may be disapointed in your child disobedience, but you do not stop LOVING your child. So then the LOVE that our creator has form us TEAHCES us to know how to REFUSE the evil and CHOOS the GOOD while we are yet choosing the evil living in sin.
Buddha taught SOME of the same things, but Siddhartha Buddha did not understand about our creators LOVE for his creation especially for creation of mankind.
Even the higher creations of Almighty God are jealous over us saying,
“What is man, that you are mindful of him? And the son of man, that you visitest him?”
The Son of man is speaking of Jesus, the prince of peace. The “YOU” in this verse is the creator and SOURCE of all things seen and unseen. The ones talking are the UNSEEN creation of Almighty God the Father called the ANGELS. Let us read the whole chapter of this book in the Psalms so you will understand by the context of this verse it's true meaning.
Please read Pslam 8:1-
“To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of David. (this first sentence is the title of this Pslam saying the following. David was a king and prophet of Almighty God who wrote down what God REVEALED to him to write down. And this is one of the Psalms that David wrote in the first person.) O LORD our Lord, how excellent is your name in all the earth! who has set your glory above the heavens.
2. Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings have you ordained strength because of your enemies, that you mightest still the enemy and the avenger. (In other words, out of what some consider the FOOLISH things you Lord have given strength. And why you did this was because of your enemy who seeks to destroy your creation called mankind. And moreover that heart of the very reason you have given power and strength to mankind is so that you can shut the mouth of the enemy once and for all time.)
3. When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have ordained;
4. What is MAN, that you are mindful of him? (Or I do not understand WHY you care so much for mankind? WHY do you LOVE mankind so much?) and the son of man, that you visitest him? (And who is this SON OF MAN that you visit him every day TEACHIING him of your ways? Why are you doing this?)
5. For (or BECAUSE) you have made (or created) him (the SON OF man and all of mankind) a little lower (or inferior) than the ANGELS, and (or BUT yet you) have crowned him with glory and honor.
6. You made him to have dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet:
7. All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;
8. The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.
9. O LORD our Lord, how excellent is your name in all the earth!”
Now to understand God great LOVE for mankind you must understand WHY? You must understand WHY God allows suffering and evil in this present world? You must understand WHY God went backwards in his creation to create an INFERIOR race of beings called the HUMANS or mankind after creatimng the ANGELS.
I mean WHY did Almighty God, who is perfect, create an INFERIOR creation, when mankind who is imperfect always tries to do BETTER and IMPROVE the things that we make? WHY go backwards in creation to make babes and sucklings, an INFERIOR creation lower that the ANGELS.
Let us take a moment and MEDITATE on this to learn the reason of WHY?
Remember in the Holy book, the Bible, which we just read in Pslams 8 that it was because of God's ENEMY that he created manking inferior to the ANGELS.
Now if you have not read the Holy Bible, then you would not know WHO God's enemy is. You would not know that God is at war with this enemy even as we speak and that this war will not completely come to an end until all things PROPHESIED in the Holy Bible are fulfilled. But one thing we do KNOW with absolute certainty is that our God WINS this great war and WE who believe and follow his teachings shall live forever in paradise with no more suffering, no more war, no more sickness, no more evil of any kind. And we know also without a doubt that ALL the wicked people living in SIN who REJECT this so great a teaching will be tormented with the eternal punishment to consumed alive in the lake of fire never to rise again.
The word of TRUTH clarly and plainly teaches us in simplicity in John 3:16-18.
“For God so LOVED the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that (or so that or in order that) whosoever believes in him (the Son of man, the Son of God and his TEACHINGS) should NOT perish, but have everlasting life.
17. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18. 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.”
In other words, ALL world religions, ALL beliefs, ALL faiths, ALL philosphies EXCEPT for Christianity DENY that Jesus is the SON OF Almighty God the Father, whom he himself commisioned, ordained, appointed and made his SON Jesus to be both Lord and CHRIST so that WHOSEVER in all the world who will BELIEVE the GOSPEL or the GOOD NEWS of God's SON Jesus should NOT perish in the lake of fire, but should have eternal life in paradise.
So if you are a Buddhist, a Hindu, or you do NOT yet believe on NAME of Jesus and follow HIS TEACHING written in the NEW Testament of the Holy Bible, then I implore you to be ENLIGHTENED and come to the knowledge of the TRUTH that the NAME of Jesus is the ONLY name given among all mankind to be saved.
The Holy Bible clearly and plainly teaches us that Almighty God our creator has appointed for man to die ONCE and after his or her ONE death he or she is to appear before the JUDGMENT of Almighty God.
Please read Hebrews 9:27.
“And as it is appointed unto men ONCE to die, but after this the JUDGMENT:”
Now in truth God never want to JUDGE mankind, but BECAUSE of his enemy, who has accused us before God to be found guilty of SIN, then God was forced to have aJUDGMENT for ALL of mankind.
But God knowing his enemy knew before hand that his enemy would DECEIVE his new creation called manking to SIN os BEFORE God ever created mankind he had a PLAN in mind to REDEEM mankind so that WHOSEVER BELIEVES in his PLAN of salvation could ESCAPE the day of JUDGMENT to be cast alive in the lake of fire, which God himself did create for any of mankind, but rather created for his ENEMIES, the fallen ANGELS wh made war with him to take over his throne.
Please read Matthew 25:31-46.
“When the Son of man (the Son of MAN Is speaking of Jesus, the SON OF Almighty God, whom his God and Father raised from the dead and gave eternal life and also th epowere and the authroity to JUDGE mankind and he) shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory (to JUGDE manking by the WORDS he taught us to believ and follow):
32. And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats:
33. And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
34. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, you blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
35. For (or BECAUSE) I was an hungred, and you gave me meat: I was thirsty, and you gave me drink: I was a stranger, and you took me in:
36. Naked, and you clothed me: I was sick, and you visited me: I was in prison, and you came unto me.
37. Then shall the RIGHTEOUS (who have DONE all these good WORKS of righteousness Jesus taught us to do in is word) answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we you an hungred, and fed you? or thirsty, and gave you drink?
38. When saw we you a stranger, and took you in? or naked, and clothed you?
39. Or when saw we you sick, or in prison, and came unto you?
40. And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me. (In other owrds, whatever we do unto our fellow MAN any other human being we do unto Jesus who will be our JUDGE if so be that we do EVEL unto our fellow man. But if we do only GOOD works of RIGHTEOUSNESS to our fellow man Jesus will say to us when he come to judge the WICKED ONLY he will say to the RIGHTEOUS well done my GOOD and FAITHFUL servant enter into the JOY of your Lord.)
41. Then shall he say ALSO unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, you cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: (You see God did NOT prepare this PUNISHMENT of everlasting FIRE for any of mankind, but because mankind was DECEIVED to follow the LIES of the ENMEY, then God must honor his spoken word and execute judment on the WICKED of mankind as well. And here is the reason WHY the WICKED of mankind will suffer the everlasting punishment of the lake of fire.)
42. For (or BECAUSE when) I was an hungred, and YOU gave me NO meat: I was thirsty, and YOU gave me NO drink:
43. I was a stranger, and YOU took me NOT in: naked, and YOU clothed me NOT: sick, and in prison, and YOU visited me NOT.
44. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we you an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto you?
45. Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as YOU did it NOT to one of the least of these, YOU did it NOT to me.
46. And these (ALL those who do NOT believe on the SON OF God and who do NOT follow his teachings to do GOOD works of RIGHTEOUSNESS) shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the RIGHTEOUS into life eternal.”
There is only ONE WAY to become RIGHTEOUS and that is by FAITH in Jesus. The Holy Bible teaches us that we MUST be BORN AGAIN in order to enter into the kingdom of God.
Please read Acts 4:12.
“Neither is there salvation in ANY OTHER: for there is NONE OTHER NAME under heaven given among men, whereby we MUST be saved.”
The name of JESUS is the ONLY name under heaven given to mankind by our CREATOR wehereby we MUST be saved. And WHOSOEVER of any person on earth who BELIEVES on the NAME of Jesus shall be saved.
So then, WHAT does the Holy Bible MEAN by believing on the NAME of Jesus.
DON’T BE DECEIVED!
No RELIGION can save you. If your belief is in Islam and you follow the teachings of Muhammad and the Quran, then you are NOT saved and you will die in your sins and be cast into the lake of fire on the day of judgment. If you are Hindu or you follow the teaching of Buddha,then you are NOT saved and you will die in your sins and be cast into the lake of fire on the day of judgment. NO RELIGION can save you. Not even Judaism can save you.
Christianity is NOT a RELIGION, but rather being a Christians means to have a PERSONAL or an individual RELATIONSHIP with Almighty God the Father and his SON Jesus working TOGETHER to be a DOER of the word and not a hearer only. In other words, being a good and faithful Christian means being a CO LABORER WITH Almighty God and his SON Jesus to DO the GOOD WORKS of RIGHTEOUSNESS and REFUSING to do evil.
Therefore no individual church denomination can save you. No matter what church you may attend, your simply going to church will NOT save you! DO NOT BE DECEIVED!
And especially do not be deceived if your church dogmatically teaches that they are the ONLY TRUE church and therefore if you do NOT belong to their church, then you are NOT saved and CANNOT BE saved UNLESS you join THEIR church.
No church membership can save you. In other words, just being a MEMBER of a church will NOT save you. Being baptized in the Roman Catholic church cannot save you. Being baptized as a Mormon or a Jehovah's Witness cannot save you. Nor just going to or attending church services will save you in and of itself. But faithfully attending church will or SHOULD lead you to be become saved, because HEARING the truth will bring saving faith to the hearer in most case. Now if you have been attending a church for awhile and you cannot positively without a doubt say with confidence that you ARE indeed saved, then change churches, because that particular church is not teaching the FULL gospel of Jesus Christ.
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 YOUR FAITH IN the sacrifice, which Jesus has made specifically for YOU can SAVE you! Be assured that Jesus, the SON OF Almighty God the Father died for YOUR sins.
The word of TRUTH CLEARLY and PLAINLY teaches us that in order to be saved, AS IN, being forgiven of all your PAST SINS and being placed BACK into RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with the ONE TRUE and ONLY ALMIGHTY God, then you MUST BELIEVE that Jesus is the SON OF Almighty God, the Father. You must believe that Jesus DIED on the cross for YOUR SINS and that Almighty God raised his Son Jesus from the dead. The Bible is very clear on the fact that there is NO OTHER NAME given among mankind whereby we MUST be saved other than the NAME of Jesus, which means the SALVATION of YAHWEH.
No other faith on earth other than Christianity believes that Jesus is the MESSIAH, the SON OF Almighty God the Father. The Jews believe in the one true God, but they do not believe that Jesus is their MESSIAH nor do they believe that Jesus is the SON OF Almighty God the Father. The Muslims believe in the God of Abraham, but they do NOT believe that Jesus is the SON OF Almighty God. The Hindus believe in a supreme being, but they do not believe in the one true God of the Holy Bible. Even some Christians do NOT base their faith upon the whole word of God, but rather some base their faith on man made doctrines and traditions of men, which have deceived many.
IF your faith is not based upon the sure foundation of God’s word, the Holy Bible, the ONLY word of TRUTH, then sooner or later your faith will fail, and you may be in danger of LOSING your salvation. So build a strong foundation for your faith upon the word of God, the HOLY BIBLE, and not upon church traditions, or some other book that some other prophet or angel has said is from the one true and only Almighty God of the Holy Bible.
The Bible assures us that we can KNOW without a doubt that we are saved. No other faith gives the believer this kind of ASSURANCE and PEACE that Almighty God loves you and has forgiven you of all your sins.
So then, 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 (Almighty God the Father) 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. (Meaning that whosoever has FAITH IN the SON OF Almighty God to believe and follow his teachings will be given eternal life in the world of paradise that is to come. So then,) He that has the SON has life; and he that hasNOT 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 (or AND that you may CONTINUE BELIEVING) on the name of the SON OF God.”
Do Buddhist have the SON OF Almighty God? NO they do NOT! Do Hindus have the SON OF Almighty God. NO they do NOT! Do Muslims have the SON OF Almighty God? NO they do NOT! Do Jews have the SON OF Almighty God? NO they do NOT!
No othe faith in the entire world HS the SON OF Almighty God EXCEPT true born again Christians who believe and FOLLOW the teachings of Jesus in the New Testament of the Holy Bible the ONLY word of TRUTH.
This is WHY God gives US, as believers in his SON Jesus, this WITNESS of KNOWING beyond any shadow of a doubt that we are SAVED and are on the RIGHT PATH of enlightenment to inherit eternal life in the world to come. And the reason God gives us this witness of so great an assurance is so that we will CONTINUE to believe and follow the teachings of Jesus and be NOT DECEIVED by other FALSE relgions of the world.
There can only be ONE faith that is the TRUTH faith and that ONE TRUE FAITH is FAITH in the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ taught to us in the NEW Testament of the Holy Bible. So search the word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible for YOURSELF to make absolutel sure you are being taught the TRUTH of the WHOLE word of God.
Again the NAME of God's only begotten Son is Jesus, or Yeshua in Hebrew, which means YAHWEH saves or the salvation of YAHWEH. In other words, Almighty God chose to save those who believe that Jesus died for their sins and who call upon the name of Jesus to save them. When we truly believe on the name of Jesus, the SON of Almighty God, the Father. then God gives us a WITNESS deep within our spirits that no man can ever steal from us, 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 in the teachings of Jesus, the New Testament of the Bible.
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 hisOWN heart.”
You can not depend on the faith of someone else and their belief in the Son of God in order for YOU to be saved, because God desires to testify or to 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. In other owrds, you cannot simly TRY to see if the Bible is true, but rather you must BELIEVE that it is true first, and THEN God gives you the ASSURANCE that his word alone is TRUTH.
Here is verse 13 of 1 John chapter from the Phillips Modern English translation which 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.
Now other religion, faith, belief or philosphy in all the world gives their followers this kind of ASSURANCE that they are following the ONLY TRUTH faith. Only true born again Christians are given this KNOWING deep within themselves that Jesus is the ONLY WAY to eternal life in the world to come.
Romans 8:10 says it this way,
“The Spirit itself (correctly translated as 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 (or deep our spirits or our inner man our inner most being) 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 or provided that we REMAIN in the faith.
You see, the very moment you accept Jesus as your personal Savior and ask forgiveness of all your sins, then in God's eyes you PASS immediately from death unto life, in that, the SENTENCE of DEATH that came upon ALL of mankind, because ALL have SINNED, passes away from you and you are placed back into a right relationship with God.
You see, this WAGE or penalty of SIN, which is DEATH, this SENTENCE of DEATH has been nailed to the cross in the Son of man, Jesus Christ, for ALL your PAST sins and any sin you are committing presently or any sin you commit in the future, IF SO BE, that you REPENT of all present and all future sins.
In other words, if you were to DIE while willingly living in SIN by ignoring the leading of the Holy Spirit for you to repent and confess your sins, then you will PERISH and you will NOT inherit eternal life in the world to come.
Therefore it is VITAL that you REMAIN in the FAITH and OBEY the WORDS and teachings of Jesus written in the New Testament of the Holy Bible.
So then, as long as you CONTINUE to believe the gospel of Jesus Christ, and walk in the light as Jesus is in the light, then the blood of Jesus CLEANSES 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 it ABIDES in you as a WITNESS assuring you that God is always FAITHFUL, and that which HE has PROMISED to 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 unto the END.
Please understand that this is just an introductory Bible study and the other studies that I have listed will explain FURTHER about walking in OBEDIENCE to the words of Jesus in order to receive eternal life in the world to come. In other words, we are saved to OBEY and DO GOOD WORKS of RIGHTEOUSNESS and one of those WORKS, that the disciples of Jesus asked to those who were saved is, "Have you been BAPTIZED since you believed". I share more on the importance of OBEYING the teachings of Jesus and his disciples to be BAPTIZED in water by submersion at the end of this study and in the complimentary studies that I have suggested for you to read along with this study on How to be saved?
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 thepromise of eternal life. I will explain in easy to follow steps what I mean by accepting Jesus as your Savior in a moment.
Again this does not mean that you will never die physically, but rather when you die physically and you have the promise of eternal life abiding in you when you die, then God will raise you from the dead at the second coming of Jesus, and then at the time of this resurrection you will be given an immortal glorified body of flesh and bone just like Jesus has now dp you can live eternally with the Lord, IF SO BE, that you are FOUND to be that GOOD and FAITHFUL servant unot thr END. The END means when you die or when Jesus comes again, ehiv ever comes first.
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, AS IN, you are FORGIVEN of ALL your PAST sins and placed back into a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with Almighty God the Father 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 of the process of your being saved. For you see, the Bible ALSO says that Jesus is not only the AUTHOR of our faith but that he is the FINISHER 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."
This means that you are not ALONE on the path of enlightenment that leads to eternal life. This means that Jesus has promised to HELP us by asking God to send us a HELPER to live and dwell IN us who EMPOWERS us to live without sin. More on this subject in the studies listed below at the end of this study in God's word. For now please know and understand that just as Jesus had the JOY or eternal life and reigning on his Father's throne set before him, so also have we the JOY set before us of RECEIVING the reward of ETERNAL LIFE that has been PROMISED to us, IF SO BE, that we CONTINUE BELIEVING by OBEYING the word of TRUTH, the gospel of our salvation and endure unto the END.
You see my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ, it is ONLY those of us, who REMAIN saved or more precisely, it is ONLY those BELIEVERS in Jesus Christ, who REMAIN FAITHFUL to the WORDS of Jesus by WALKING AFTER the Spirit to OBEY the Holy Spirit of Almighty God that 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 WARNS us as believer that any one of us CAN be DECEIVED by the enemy to fall back into a lifestyle of sin and lose our salvation after we have received Jesus as your Savior. In other words, the whole word of God does NOT teach that once you accept Jesus as your savior that you can never lose your salvation no matter what.
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 it is ONLY 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:
Be careful of WHAT you hear being TAUGHT by anyone and consider closely what you were TAUGHT in the past, because it may not be the WHOLE word of TRUTH.
Yes, it 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.
You see my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ, when we first accept the sacrifice that Jesus made for us and REPENT of our SINS, then 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 provided for ALL of mankind to be a partaker of this FREE GIFT of SALVATION when we first BELIEVED and ALL our PAST sins are forgiven.
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, who EMPOWERS us to LIVE a RIGHTEOUS and Holy life before God.
Please read the CONTEXT of Ephesians 2:8,9 by continuing on and reading verse 10 as well, 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 is just mentioned) is the GIFT of God:
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 (So then, the VERY PURPOSE of DOING GOOD WORKS of RIGHTEOUSNESS is WHY Almighty God has made us to be NEW CREATURES in Christ Jesus. Therefore if so be that you do not have a DESIRE in your heart to do good works that are pleasing to God, then I myself would QUESTION as to whether or not you are TRULY SAVED! All other rligions of the world fail to teach the TRUTH that we are HIS workmanship, meaning that God hates BOASTING of men and therefore has conclude ALL men under sin so HE ALONE can save us though his SON JESUS the ONLY WAY to the father and eternal life.).”
So then, in verse 10 you can clearly see that the REASON WHY we have been saved is to DO GOOD WORKS of RIGHTEOUSNESS. Please know and UNDERSTAND that you cannot do these good works in your OWN strength, but rather it is Almighty God the Father, the eternal Holy Spirit DWELLING IN you, who empowers you to DO these GOOD WORKS of righteousness.
It is Almighty God himself, who puts that great desire deep within you to do his will. So as long as this desire remains in you to stop sinning and DO GOOD WORKS, then you can be ASSURED that you are BEING SAVED. You may still be giving into temptations and being over come by sin, but as long as you KEEP FIGHTING that good fight of FAITH, by REPENTING of your sins and asking God to forgive you of your sins, then you are made PERFECT again just as if you have never sinned each and every time you repent and ask forgiveness of your sins.
Please read the study “HOW TO LIVE YOUR LIFE FREE FROM SIN!”, but for now one of the things that God desires or wills for us to do is to be baptized in water by submersion to be saved. Please read the study “DOES BAPTISM SAVE US or HOW BAPTISM SAVES!” for a deeper understanding of why we should be baptized.Again please read the many other studies that complete what this study does not cover in depth.
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.”
There is only ONE WAY to experince the LOVE of Almighty God and that is being IN Jesus Christ, as in, BELIEVING on Jesus and following his teachings. 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, or of you yourself having the ASSURANCE that you yourself will never fall away from the faith is a process that requires each one of us to feed upon the promises of God's word.
And also keep in mind that at any time this FAITH can be diminished to the point of even being lost IF the individual believer does not KEEP him or her self in the word of TRUTH. So then, this ETERNAL SECURITY that any believer can develop to become FULLY PERSUADED in his or her OWN heart and mind does NOT mean that each and every believe can never lose their salvation, by being DECEIVED by a false religion.
In other words, by no means does the Bible teach that once a person accepts Jesus as their Savior, then they are eternally secure or GUARANTEED that the can never lose their salvation no matter what they do or do not do as some falsely teach. The whole word of God does NOT teach that a true born again believer can NEVER LOSE their salvation. Please read the study “DOES THE BIBLE TEACH ONCE SAVED ALWAYS SAVED?”
However, the Bible does teach us that each and every believer can and should 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 THEN, WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED?
Now in this section we will just be looking at what one must DO in order to INITIALLY RECEIVE the FREE GIFT of salvation, which is to be forgiven of all your past sins and placed back into a right relationship with Almighty God. And without this initial receiving of God's so great a gift of salvation NO man can be SAVED. This is why it is so important for ALL of mankind to HEAR the gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ, because there is NO OTHER name under heaven whereby mankind MUST be saved.
So I implore all my readers and seekers of the truth, no matter if you presently believe in Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism or any other religion, faith, beilieve or philosophey othe than TRUE Christianty to read and study the Holy Bible for YOURSELF along with all the teachings I have written for YOU so that you will be sure to receive eternal life in the world to come.
Then in the next section we will discuss briefly as to what one must DO in order to receive the END of their salvation, which is to actually receive their reward of eternal like in the world to come.
So then, the first step to INITIALLY receive the FREE GIFT of salvation that must be taken in order for you to be saved is for you to come to the REALIZATION that you are a sinner and that you NEED a Savior. You cannot save yourself by your OWN righteousness. And you will not reach out to be saved, until you come to the knowledge of the truth that we ALL have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God before we accepted Jesus as our Savior and were forgiven of all our past sins. An alcoholic cannot and will not be delivered or saved from alcoholism UNTIL he or she ADMITS that they NEED to be delivered from alcoholism.
You must come to the knowledge of truth that you are a sinner, and that you need a Savior. This first step is also accompanied by a WANTING to be saved or delivered from sin realizing the NEED to be delivered from sin.
The Bible says in Romans 3:23,
“For ALL have sinned, and have come short of the glory of God.”
Many preachers use Romans 3:10 to wrongly teach that all of mankind was BORN in sin, but in truth this passage of scripture is referring to the end of the age, when wickedness has come to full, but nonetheless, we it is true that we ALL have sinned at one time or another in our lives and therefore have fallen short of the glory of Almighty God and are in need of being saved,
“As it is written, there is NONE righteous, no, NOT ONE.”
Again, plain and simple it does not matter how good or righteous you may be or think that you are, you still need a Savior, because Almighty God HIMSELF, the one who created you, says that you do. These are God’s words and not my own words. You see my dear friend, it is by God's GRACE and MERCY that Almighty God has concluded ALL of HUMANITY to be under sin, so that he could bring us GRACE and PROVIDE for us HIS WAY to be saved.
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?
Or would you rather remain under the false teaching of REINCARNATION having nothing to look forward to but ENDLESS suffering life after life after lifetime of suffering.
You see, it does not matter what you or anyone else thinks or believes.
The only thing that matters is what the WORD OF ALMIGHTY GOD himslef clearly and plainly teachings us in the word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible.
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 I implore you my dear friend to 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 certainlybetter than some of those Christians I know”, and this may be true, but God does not look upon our OWN righteousness or good works that we do in our OWN strength 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”.
The fact is that some Christains may be Christians in NAME only following their religious church denomination teachings that are NOT sound Biblical teachings, and therefore they think that they are saved, when it truth they are not truly BORN AGAIN Christians.
Any true born again Christian HATES sin and does his or her best to live without sin. Again 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, because they are not bearing any fruits of righteousness, and they honestly and INCORRECTLY believe that they can continue to live in SIN and still be saved.
The Bible says that there are those who 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,...”
There are Jews who SAY that they are Jews and they are NOT. And in like manner there are Christians who SAY that they are Christians and they are NOT really and truly bron again Christians, who are OBEYING the teachings of Jesus and his disciples taught to us in the NEW Testament of the Holy Bible.
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 also that you cannot save yourself.
This brings us to the SECOND STEP that you must take in order to be saved.
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 even faith itself is the gift of God.
Yes! Even the FAITH you NEED in order 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. In other words, faith is NOT a WORK, as in, being your OWN work done in your OWN strength. The Bible teaches us that God GAVE every man the same measure of FAITH. Any one of us can increase our faith or become more aware of the faith that each and every one of us ALREADY possesses. I explain how to do this in the study “BIBLE MEANING OF FAITH!”
So once again, your own good works cannot save you. However, good works should and will follow you, IF SO BE, 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.
Even those who BOAST that they can be saved by their OWN good works have SINNED, because in the eyes of God the BOASTINGof man is SIN.
So then, in truth according to the ONLY word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible, ALL Buddhist are sinning by the mere fact that they are doing good works in their OWN strength giving NO GLORY to their creator. The same is true of Hinduism, Islam, and even Judaism. You see the word of TRUTH clearly teaches us that we are NOT saved by our OWN good works that we do in our OWN strength, but rather we are HIS workmanship. Therefore ALL the glory goes to Almight God the Father and his SON Jesus so that there will ne NO boasting or pride that can be lorded over another person.
Romans 3:20-23,27 says,
“Therefore by the deeds of the LAW (ANY law, the law of Karma or the RITUAL laws of world religions or the ceremonial laws undoer to old covenant in the Old testament) there shall NO flesh be justified in his sight:
21. But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested (or is made known to us).
22. Even the righteousness of God, which is BY FAITH of Jesus Christ unto all, and upon all that BELIEVE; for there is no difference.
23. For ALL have sinned, and come short of theglory of God.....
….27. 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! And your faith came by the GRACE of God, who sent his Son to reveal himself to all of mankind.
But the question is "Saved from what?" In truth we are saved from the bondage of sin. Yes, it is also true that ALL our PAST sins are forgiven us and we are placed back into a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with Almighty God, but what some Christian have not yet realized it that we have been set free from the DOMINION that sin once had over us.
Some Christians are wrongly and incorrectly taught that they are SINNERS after they have been born again to become NEW CREATURE IN Jesus Christ. This kind of false teaching keeps Christians UNDER the bondage of sin. So then KNOW dear child of God that Jesus has set you FREE from the BONDAGE of sin the very moment that you received Jesus as your Savior by asking him to forgive you of all your sins.
Then the next question is WHY or for what reason are we saved from the bondage of sin? And the answer is so that we may LIVE unto God in righteousness and DO the good works of righteousness which God has ORDAINED us to do.
In other words, Almighty God saved us to serve him in righteousness. And the ONLY way that we can continually and consistently OVER COME sin is BY the FAITH that God has GIVEN us BY his GRACE. To say this anoter way, we do not DO these good WORKS of righteousness in our OWN strength. The Bible teaches us that Jesus lived his life FREE from SIN as an EXAMPLE for us to FOLLOW in his STEPS. For a deeper understanding of this Biblical truth please refer to the study entitled “HOW TO LIVE YOUR LIFE FREE FROM SIN!”
This brings us to the THIRD STEP that you need to take in order that you might be saved.
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 you into the WAY OF salvation for you to walk is throughout your entire life. This is the ONLY TRUE path of ENLIGHTENMENT.
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 and foloow his teachings unto the END. In other words, Jesus is the ONLY TRUE PATH of ENLIGHTENMENT that leads to eternal life in paradise with no more suffering, no more war, no more sickness nor disease, no more sorrow, no more pain, no more wickedness of any kind and no more death.
I John 5:12 says,
“He that has the SON has LIFE; and he that has NOT the SON OF God has NOT life.”
In other words, if you do indeed believe in God a higher power, the cosmos, the univervers, a force, or a creator, but do NOT believe that Jesus is the SON OF the ONE TRUE and ONLY Almighty God, then you areNOTsaved. You do not have eternal life abiding in you. if so be, that you do NOT believe that Jesus is the SON OF Almighty God the Father, AND that Jesus died for your sins and that God raised his SON Jesus from the dead after three days. And therefore you are not going to receive eternal life in the world to come, if so be. that you do NOT believe that Almighty God sent his SON Jesus to die for your sins.
This is why I say Muslims, who believe in Islam are NOT saved, because they do NOT believe that Jesus is the SON OF Almighty God let alone that Jesus DIED for their SINS.
The Bible teaches us that the Jews are God's chosen people, but UNLESS they come to the knowledge of the TRUTH that Jesus is the SON OF Almighty God and that Jesus is their MESSIAH, who died for their sins, then they are NOT saved.
And this is why I am imploring ALL who believe in ANY othe religion, faith, belief, or philosophy that does NOT believe on Jesus as the SON OF the living God to TURN AWY from their faith to believe ONLY the word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible and the teachings of Jesus in order to be saved.
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 (God's only begotten SON) should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17. For God sent not his SON into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through HIM (Jesus the SON OF God who died for the sins of the whole world) might be saved.
18. He that believes on HIM (the SON OF Almighty God the Father) 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 MUST 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 what I mean by this confessing what you believe in your heart.
This brings us to STEP FOUR on “WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED?”
Confession is made unto salvation. Confession here means speaking words of FAITH is a consittent manner saying the SAME thing never wavering or going back to your old ways.
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 shall BELIEVE in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you shall be SAVED. For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth CONFESSION is made unto salvation.”
Again, 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 still 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 teaches 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 rather it is YOUR BELIEVING the word of God, which you heard preached or that was taught to you from the word of God that brings about your salvation. So just hearing the word of God alone is not enough to save you. You must be a DOER of the word and NOT just a hearer only DECEIVING your own self.
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 in God's word. And true faith comes only through the word of God. One can believe and trust in the Quran, but this is not true faith in the word of TRUTH, which is the Holy Bible.
The Jews can believe and trust in the Torah and the Old Testament, but the Old Testament speaks of JESUS to be the coming MESSIAH as the chosen one of Almighty God to redeem mankind back to himself. The Jews were looking for a coming KING to rescue them and did not understand that their Messiah must suffer and die for their sins FIRST before God would HIGHLY EXALT his SON to become a King of kings and a Lord of lords to rule and reign in his Father's kingdom.
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 or our spirit. Once our hearts are filled with ABUNDANCE of God's WORD, then out of our heart the mouth speaks forth that “word of faith”.
OR if ones heart is filled with things other than the word of Almighty God, then that person's mouth will bring forth the “word of unbelief” or that which contradicts what the Bible ITSELF teaches.
In other words, ALL other religion, faiths, beliefs or philosphies in the entire word are false teachings leading to UNBELIEF in what the Bible ITSELF teaches, and therefore they are evil teachings in the eyes of our creator. To say this another way all other faiths apart from Christianty are doctrine or teachings of devils given by Satan to DECEIVE as many of mankind as he can.
So then, which ever is the abundance in our heart the mouth will speak forth to bring it to pass. 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 yet been rooted soundly within you, as in. your inner man.
Head knowledge is not the same as heart knowledge. 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 your God given faith before you can receive anything from God. If you continue in UNBELIF, which is actualing believing that which is NOT taught in the Bible ITSELF, then you will NOT receive the things that God has ALREADLY GIVEN to whosoever BELIEVES HIS word of TRUTH unto the END without wavering.
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 IBE SAVED?”you will begin to transfer it from yourmind, HEAD KNOWLEDGE, to your spirit or heart.
So then, the more you consider the word of God the more and more the word of TRUTH will penetrate into your heart, which is A KNOWING DEEP IN YOUR HEART,until finally therecomesanoverflowing abundance in your heart that just seems to come forth out of your mouth. without your head getting in the way. Once the word of truth is received into your heart in this ABUNDANCE, the Bible says that you have believed UNTO righteousness, and then CONFESSION comes forth from this abundance in your heart to produce salvation in you.
In other words, you are on the brink of being saved as you consider and receive the word of truth deep into your heart. The word is NIGH you and even in your mouth, that is to say the word or God that has become the abundance in your heart is aching within you to be spoken forth. So then, 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 that you must continually and constantly confess, as in, to never shut up, but rather what I mean by continuing in your confession of faith is for you not to waver or CHANGE your confession of faith. Do NOT let DOUBT creep into your heart, because the more you consider and meditate on thoughts of doubt the more they become the ABUNDANCE of your heart and eventually you will speak forth that which is in our heart. 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. Please read the study “THE POWER OF OUR WORDS” for a deep understanding on what Jesus taught us about guarding our hearts lest we be deceived.
This brings us to step five.
Now that you have come to the knowledge of the truth and have made or initial confession of FAITH to yopurself and to God, 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 before men, or before your fellow man.
Question: Do you believe in your heart that there is only ONE TRUE God, the creator of all things? Then confess it! Not just to yopurself and to God, but to OTHERS. This is something you want to SHARE.
Confession: God, I believe that you are the only true and wise God and that you created all things. But after this tell your good news to others. First to those who share the gospel to you, then share the same gospel with your family and friends and all people.
Question: Do you know in your heart that you are a sinner and that you need a Savior? Then confess it!
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 back toAlmighty God? Then confess it!
Confession: Almighty 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.
The more you talk to God speaking his word back to him the closer you draw to him and the more he will speak to you. Likewise the more you share his word with others that he has revealed to you, the more revealtion he will give to you.
Question: Do you believe in your heart that Almighty God the Father, has raised his Son, Jesus, from the dead so that those who believe in Jesus as His SON 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 by your Holy Spirit, and crown me with eternal life.
The more you confess God's word to God, yourself, and to others, the greater the good treasures of your heart will become.
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 that you have forgiven me of ALL my past sins and you Father havebrought me into a right relationship with You by cleansing me of all my sins. I will not be moved by what I see or feel. Your word says that I am saved, therefore I am saved. So I thank you Father in the name of your Son Jesus whom you sent to die for my sins. Help me now to live my life according to your way of righteousness.
Now that you have completed step number five of CONFESSING your faith there are still things you must do in order to remain saved to receive the END of your salvation. When I say the END of your salvation this means that a believer must REMAIN stead fast in their faith UNTIL they actually RECEIVE what they are believing to receive FROM God.
One of the first things a believer should be seeking to receive from God is the ASSURANCE and PEACE of KNOWING without a doubt that God has heard their prayer and they know that they know that they know that they ARE saved. Remember the ONE of the meanings of the word “SAVED” means that you are brought back into right relationship with Almighty God by the CONFESSION of your FAITH.
Also remember that the word “confession” means to say the same thing continually or consistently without wavering. 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 when you first believed. God is not a man that he should lie and his WORD is TRUTH.
This means that at times we NEED to go back and READ the word of TRUTH for ourselves over and over keeping it FRESH in our mind and in our heart.
The enemy of your soul may try to steal your faith by speaking to your mind 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 your faith unto the END, if you are to receive your salvation. The Bible calls this RESISTING the devil and assures us that if we resist these thoughts of doubt, fear and unbelief unto the end that the devil will without fail flee from us and these thoughts of doubt fear and unbelief will leave us.
This applies to ALL areas of salvation that you are standing in faith and are believing to receive from God. I explain what I mean by this in the next study called “WHAT DOES BEING SAVED TRULY MEAN?”, because some Christians have not cometo the knowledge of the truth that HEALING is also a part of what it means to be SAVED. The word “SAVED” comes for the Greek word “SOZO”, which means saved, as in, being HEALED, being rescued, being delivered, being set free, being protected, and being BROUGHT into RIGHT RELATIONSHIP. Some Christians have never been taught that healing has already been provider for them by the stripes that Jesus bore before he died on the cross for their sins.
Now all that some Christians have ever been taught is that saved means to be forgiven of all their sins. But this is not the WHOLE truth of the WHOLE word of God.
In other words, you have been BROUGHT into a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with Almighty God by your confession of FAITH and now you are on the TRUE path of ENLIGHTENMENT, the RIGHT ROAD to, or in the WAY of SALVATION that will one day LEAD you to obtain ETERNAL LIFE in the world to COME, IF SO BE, that you REMAIN in the WAY of God's salvation, or on the ROAD of salvation.
Jesus is the ONLY TRUE author of your faith and Jesus is the FINISHER of your faith as well, IF SO BE that you CONTINUE to believe and OBEY what the Holy Spirit shows you in the word of Almighty God. So then, if DOUBT and UNBELIEF come your way, then you must,
Quench these fiery darts of the wicked one by holding up your shield of faith by continually confessing God’s word.
I am not moved by what I see or feel but only by the word of God that is true and real. Confess God's WORD.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! You will have this TESTIMONY within you that you KNOW that you have been FORGIVEN of ALL you past sins.
Let me summarize just briefly the steps of being saved.
First, you hear the word of God the ONLY word of TRUTH. Then after you have heard or you have read God’s word like this study you are reading now, YOU have to make a CHOICE. No one can make that choice for you. You are the one you has to decide whether or 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). Say or confess “I Accept what I just heard as being true.” Then follow up with the next step.
Step (B). Say or confess, “I Believe in my heart God’s words above all else.” And then follow up with the next step.
Step (C). Then, you must Confess the TRUTH of God's word as though it is SO, even though it may not see or feel like it is so in the natural, that is, rationally speaking. So you must hold fast to your confession of faith, until you actually RECEIVE what you are BELIEVING in God's word of TRUTH to receive.
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 rather healing is not allowed to flow freely to us because of our own UNBELIEF. God may have made the rules, but he has clearly laid them out for us in his word. Do not blame God. Read his word and hide it in your heart. Our only enemy is the adversary the devil. God is always FOR us and he is never against us.
Their is NO NEUTRAL ground so 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. When God's WORD of TRUTH says that whosoever does NOT believe in the name of Jesus, the Son of God is CONDEMNED ALREADY, because they have NOT BELIEVED, then that person shall REMAIN dead in theirs sins and they shall be cast alive into the lake of fire to be destroyed body and soul never to rise again.
In other words, the word of TRUTH clearly and plainly teaches us that 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 yourselfto outer darkness and eternal damnation. Hell and destruction in the lake of fire is your destination, not heaven. This is not just my opinion, but is what the very word of Almighty God HIMSELF clearly teaches!
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 murderers, 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!
God wants with all his heart for YOU dear reader to CHOOSE LIFE so that you and all your familay man have eternal life in the paradise to come. But YOU have to make that CHOICE whether to REMAIN in the religion or faith that you are in now OR choose to believe the ONLY word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible, which I have taught you in this teaching form my great teacher, Jesus, the Christ, the SON OF the one ture and only living God our creator.
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. There is MUCH that we can have NOW in the PRESENT world. The word “saved” is the Greek word “SOZO”, which means saved, healed, rescued, delivered, protected, being made whole, and being placed back in right relationship with God.
Again there are many benefits for us as believers NOW in THIS life, and in the world to come ETERNAL LIFE. However, it will be ONLY those of us, who have been found to be that good and faithful servant unto the END, who shall be given the right to the tree of life to obtain ETERNAL LIFE.
Some Christians have not yet been made aware of the many benefits in which a believer can receive NOW in this present world 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?”
Also some Christians have been FALSELY taught that as soon as they accept Jesus as their Savior that they are ETERNALLY saved so therefore they can NEVER ever lose their salvation no matter what they do or do not do. If you have been taught the doctrines of Once Saved Always Saved or Eternal Security, then I implore you to read the study called “IS ONCE SAVED ALWAYS SAVED BIBLICAL?”, because some Christians who have been taught this doctrine are living in SIN as if it does NOT matter if they live in SIN of not.
Now if you have indeed completed the five steps to become what the Bible says as being BORN AGAIN, then WELCOME to the kingdom of God, for I know this WORD of 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!
May God bless you richly as you CONTINUE to seek the TRUTH of the WHOLE word of God. Remember that you are SAVED, in that, you have been FORGIVEN ALL of your PAST sins and have now been placed back into a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with Almighty God.
Never allow the devil to steal from you that assurance and peace of KNOWING that your ARE saved. KNOW that God has placed his very own Holy Spirit within you to lead and guide you into all truth, but also know that God wants you to be FILLED with his Holy Spirit so you will be empowered to live your life free from sin and also DO the WORKS that Jesus did. Please read the studies “THE POWER AND THE AUTHORITY OF THE BELIEVER!” and “STIR UP THE GIFT THAT IS WITHIN YOU!”
Know that your new life in Jesus Christ is likened to that of a new born baby that NEEDS to feed upon the sincere milk of God's WORD every day. As you read God's word be faithful to OBEY the leading of the Holy Spirit. In other words, when the Holy Spirit leads you into the TRUTH that you are to be BAPTIZED in water, then follow on to OBEY this leading of the Holy Spirit.
And if so be that you have sincerely and honestly been a DOER of the word of God to have done what I have taught in this study then your ARE indeed SAVED, in that, you have been FORGIVEN of all your past sins and now Almighty God the Father, the eternal Holy Spirit DWELLS IN you to empower you to live your life without sin. Do not worry if you do not FEEL saved at first. BELIEVE that your ARE saved and the JOY and PEACE of salvation will ideed come.
You ARE saved so I welcome to the family of God, the body of Jesus Christ, the called out ones to live godly lives before our God and his Son Jesus and to walk in love one toward another. You have completed the FIRST part or step of being saved, which is broken down into five basic steps that you just read in this study in God's word.
Now on to NEXT step or part of salvation, which is to LIVE what you BELIEVE unto the end in order to be found that good and faithful servant to be given the RIGHT to eat of the tree of life in the world to come. This is what the Bible calls receiving the END of our salvation, which is the HOPE of every believer.
Salvation is a PROCESS that must be CONTINUED unto the END in order for you to obtain eternal life in the world to come. This PROCESS of salvation to receive the END of our salvation, which is our reward of ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come absolutely without fail REQUIRES that we must OBEY the words and teachings of Jesus and his disciples unto the END.
And one such teaching is to be BAPTIZED in water by submersion as an outward physical ACT of obedience demonstrating our old man of the flesh dying and our remaining dead and buried to our old lifestyle of sin and then our coming up out of the water represents our being raised from being spiritually dead to a new life of living in righteousness. Please read the very first sermon preached by the disciples of Jesus throughout the New Testament.
“You men of Israel (or WHOSOEVER shall HEAR or RECEIVE the TRUTH), HEAR these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man APPROVED OF God among you BY miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as you yourselves also know:
23. Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, you have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:
24. Whom God has raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.
25. For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:
26. Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:
27. Because you will not leave my soul in hell, neither will you suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. (This is a prophecy foretelling that Hod would rasie his SON Jesus from the dead and give him eternal life never to suffer of die ever again.)
28. You have made known to me the ways of life; (This shows us that ALL that my great teacher Jesus was taught was TAUGHT to him by the CREATOR himself, Amighty God the Father of all) you shall make me full of JOY with thy countenance.
29. Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day.
30. Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;
31. He seeing this before spoke of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.
32. This Jesus has God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. (Siddhartha Buddha is DEAD and in the grave, but my great teacher Jesus is ALIVE for ever more never to suffer of die ever again. And this SAME eternal life he wants to GIVE to WHOSOEVER in all the world who will BELIEVE and follow HIS teachings, which he receive FROM the CREATOR HIMSELF.)
33. Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he has shed forth this, which you now see and hear.
34. For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he said himself, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit uou on my right hand,
35. Until I make your foes your footstool.
36. Therefore let all the house of Israel KNOW ASSUREDLY, that God (the CREATOR of all things) has made that same Jesus, whom you have crucified, both Lord and Christ.
37. Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, WHAT shall we DO? (They are already believing the word of TRUTH, but they have not yet been taught to CONFESS their sins and be baptized in water by submersion in the NAME of Jesus)
38. Then Peter said unto them, Repent (or confess your sins to God and tell God the you BELIEVE in his SON Jesus and that he suffer and died on the cros for YOUR sins and the sins of the WHOLE word), AND be BAPTIZED every one of you in the NAME of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
39. For the PROMISE is unto YOU (who BELIEVE), and to your children (who BELIEVE this gospel of salvation, which you teach to them), and to ALL that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. (the word “call” here mean to as many who shall HEAR the gospel of Jesus Christ for how shall they believe unless the HEAR the word of TRUTH and how shall they HEAR unless YOU teach them? So if you want your children to be saved, then teach them the TRUTH. If you want your wife, your husband or any member of your family to be saved, then they must HEAR the gospel. And if they do not hear it from YOU, then WHO will teach them the TRUTH? Who loves your family MORE than YOU? No one. So be BOLD and teach them the TRUTH even if they hate you for leaving the so called “family religion”, from which God deliver you. Jesus was sent to his OWN people and they rejected him and persecuted him. Jesus said the the world will HATE us, BECAUSE we teach them the TRUTH.)
40. And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.
41. Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
42. And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.”
This whole passage of scripture are quotes from the Old Testament scriptures that are PROPHECIES speaking of Jesus, the prophesied coming Messiah, whom the Jews rejected and crucified. Peter is preaching and teaching them and us that this Jesus, who was crucified for the sins of the whole world, and that his God and father raised from his Son from the dead as a SIGN to all that world that Jesus is truly the SON OF Almighty God the Father and the ONLY NAME under heaven given among men where by we MUST be saved.
In Acts chapter 1 Jesus instructs his disciple NOT to go out and preach the gospel until AFTER they be ENDUED with POWER from on HIGH speaking of the baptism of the Holy Spirit, sometimes referred to as being FILLED with the Holy Spirit with the evidence or SIGN of speaking in other tongues. Please read the studies “THE POWER AND AUTHORITY OF THE BELIEVER” and “STIR UP THE GIFT THAT IS WITHIN YOU!” for a deeper understanding of how to RECEIVE the infilling of the Holy Spirit and power from on high.
Remember that to be TRULY saved is to be a DOER of the word and NOT just a HEARER ONLY whereby the hearer ONLY is DECEIVING their own self.
I have a list of studies below that will help you grow and become strong in the Lord and in the power of HIS might. Always be FAITHFUL to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. If this study has blessed you, then pass it on to a family member, a friend a co-worker, a neighbor, spread the word of truth wherever you go. Tell others about this website here at AMatterOfTruth.com and pray that their eyes of understanding be opened to the TRUTH of the WHOLE word of Almighty God.
May God bless you richly as you CONTINUE to seek him and draw closer to him.
Your brother is our Lord Jesus Christ,
Always and Forever in Christ Jesus,
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BIBLE STUDIES ON SALVATION
Here is a list of the studies that I have presently at this time that are related to this subject of SALVATION. I have also INCLUDED the studies I have written on HEALING as well, because in TRUTH healing is PART of your salvation whether you realize it or not as yet.
"Almighty God LOVES you SO MUCH!"
"WHAT Does being SAVE TRULY MEAN?"
"BIBLE MEANING OF FAITH!"
"GOD'S WORD IS LIKE A JIGSAW PUZZLE"
"YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN!"
"WE ARE NOT SAVED BY OUR OWN GOOD WORKS!"
"THE WORKS of the LAW VERSES GOOD WORKS!"
"ABEL verses CAIN"
"I AM THE WAY"-WHAT DID JESUS MEAN?"
"TRUE BIBLICAL REPENTANCE"
"WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO TRULY FORGIVE?"
"WHAT IS THE TRUE MEANING OF GRACE?"
"WHAT IS GOD'S WILL?"
"IT IS ALWAYS GOD'S WILL TO HEAL YOU!"
"THY WILL BE DONE!"
"HOW BAPTISM SAVES!"
"WHAT DOES IMPUTED RIGHTEOUSNESS MEAN?
"WITHOUT HOLINESS NO MAN SHALL SEE THE LORD!"
"HOW TO LIVE FREE FROM SIN!"
"WEAPONS OF THE ENEMY SATAN"
"WHY WE ALL NEED THE FEAR OF THE LORD!"
"DOES THE BIBLE TEACH THAT ONCE YOU ARE SAVED THEN YOU ARE ALWAYS SAVED?"
"GOD'S PLAN OF SALVATION FOR MANKIND"