What doesn’t save anyone-Believe and be saved

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What doesn’t save anyone-Believe and be saved.

Repenting of sins, turn from sins, surrendering one’s life to Christ, cleaning up one’s act/life, making a commitment to Christ, following Christ going to church, reading your Bible, being baptized, having a church membership, paying your tithes and offerings, being a good and exemplary citizen in society are NOT the Gospel, and do not/cannot eternally justify a person. These are all good things, but are works that cannot save. These things do not and cannot atone for anyone’s shortcomings, mistakes, sins, trespasses, iniquities, etc. God is perfect.
None of us is perfect. That is why we need someone else’s perfection to save us. God offers this to us in the finished work of His Son, Jesus Christ. We are to look at Jesus the Savior alone in faith to be saved eternally and enter heaven. He saves us by His grace not by our works (Ephesians 2:8-9) After we believe Him for His gift to us, then, a believer should grow, should learn to love the Lord, should obey God’s Word, should walk in the Spirit to not fulfill the lusts of the flesh, etc….. these are things that a already saved believer should do, but they are not guaranteed outcomes, so are not to be thought of as proof one is saved, proof one continues to be saved, or as a means to be saved. Only Jesus saves. We have nothing to offer.
The only condition God asks of unbelievers to be justified to go to heaven is that they believe the Gospel. This is a one time occurrence and cannot ever be lost because His gift is eternal life; not probation.
We DO NOT give our lives to Christ to be saved. We accept/believe that He gave His life up for us on the cross and rose from the dead in His great love for the world/us sinners.
When a hearer hears the Gospel of Jesus Christ as their only hope, they are supposed to believe it to be saved. They are not supposed to walk an aisle, or ask Jesus into their hearts. Neither of these are the Gospel, and neither can save. Believing/trusting God’s testimony of Jesus, What Jesus sufficiently accomplished for us, and promises to whosoever believes is what saves.
Many, many pastors have done a terrible job all across the country at keeping the Gospel clear and oftentimes backload or frontload works into their messages making it a double bind confusing message. Oftentimes they unwittingly prevent unbelievers from believing the Gospel, because it’s been added to from the pulpit by the pastors, who they themselves are repeating what their seminary professors or some other pastor teaches; rather than what the Word of God says. They add to the simplicity that is in Christ.
Do you believe the Gospel, or are you trusting somehow that what you do or don’t do will somehow make you good enough to be righteous?
The Scripture testifies to us that no one is righteous. We all have sinned and fallen short of God’s perfection. Only Jesus Christ who is God in the flesh is perfect. He shed His perfect spotless blood for us so that our sins would be forgiven. Trust Him for His payment for your sins. He guarantees you eternal life if you believe He did that for you. He rose from the dead fir you. He is the living Savior. The Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world. Do you believe this????
Repent doesn’t mean repent of your sins, it means change your mind from unbelief to belief.
Be comforted by the verses below. If salvation were hard, none of us would make it. ❤️
John 3:13-18 15 –
13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
15That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him 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 believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
John 3:36 –
36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
John 5:24 –
24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
John 6:29 –
29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.
John 6:35-
35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
John 6:40 –
40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.
John 6:47 –
47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that
believeth on me hath everlasting life.
John 7:38 –
38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
John 11:25-26 –
25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
John 20:31 –
31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.
Acts 10:43 –
43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.
Acts 13:39 –
39 And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.
Acts 15:7-
7 And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe.
Acts 15:11 –
11 But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.
Acts 16:30-31-
30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
Romans 1:16-
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
Romans 3:22 –
22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
Romans 3:26 –
26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
Romans 4:5 –
5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
Romans 10:4-
4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one thatbelieveth.
Galatians 3:22-
22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
1 Thessalonians 4:14-
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
1 John 5:5-
5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
1 John 5:10-13-
10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.
11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
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