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As the title says, is it enough just to believe that jesus is the son of god?

E.g. i might be a believer and still do bad things every day will i still go to heaven?

If so, what about murderers who believe, what will happen to them? A lot of criminals believe, they know a lot of what they do is evil but they cant help themselves, but still pray to jesus, whats gonna happen to them?

Surely u would think that a good person who helps people evryday and beileves will go to heaven. But will a person who believes and does nothing else, receieve the same reward as the former??

Colossians ch.1:10 that you might walk worthy of the LORD unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, increasing inknowledge of GOD.Faith and obeying God, also repenting, and producing fruit.God wants to use people to preach his word, produce fruit, to be useful.You have to study the bible and know how to handle Gods word, before God will use someone.Next, Repenting is serious business, its written in epistle john ch. 1, if you try to cover your sins, you wont prosper, means God has written down in the books whatever wasn't repented of.Next, You must believe God is real, faith, and God expects us to produce fruit, that's sharing Gods truth, st john ch.14, Jesus states that any branch that doesn't bear fruit is cut off, its useless.Their are conditions to get in to heaven, your not living 25-30 years, where all you had to do is repent and have faith, live a pure life best you can.acts ch 2 and is ch.65, document, God is calling fourth a people to serve him, that are willing to study hid word, and be useful to HIM, THOSE WHO DO THE WILL OF GOD, not play actors.Old testament states capital punishment, for, murder, rape, kidnappers, homosexuals, be put to death under Gods Law.Ezekiel ch 40 to 48, is all about the 1000 year millinium, time of teaching the spirituality dead, if anyone doesn't accept the LORD, doesn't change their wicked ways, will be destroyed, psalms 37 documents the wicked will be destroyed.James ch 1:22 BUT BE YE DOERS OF THE WORD, AND NOT HEARERS ONLY, DECEIVING YOUR OWN SELFS.People living 30 years had a walk in the park, if they repented, faith, died at that time, your living in the end times where God is calling people forward to serve HIM, be useful to HIM.

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..... Repenting is serious business.....

 

Amen~!

 

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Real belief leads to action

Yes :emot-nod:

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As the title says, is it enough just to believe that jesus is the son of god?

E.g. i might be a believer and still do bad things every day will i still go to heaven?

If so, what about murderers who believe, what will happen to them? A lot of criminals believe, they know a lot of what they do is evil but they cant help themselves, but still pray to jesus, whats gonna happen to them?

Surely u would think that a good person who helps people evryday and beileves will go to heaven. But will a person who believes and does nothing else, receieve the same reward as the former??

If you truly believe and tust in Christ as your Savior and King of Kings, your God, than you will have been born again and have received a new heart that wants to please God. You are thankful for all Christ has done for you and feel indebted to Him.

But the truth is that all of us do bad things every day. If they are not outright acts we have evil thoughts such as lustful thoughts or bad attitudes, and anger while driving, for instance, or not quite obeying the speed limit.. The more we grow in Christ the more sin is revealed to us and there is more stuff we need to repent of. 1 John 1 says that if we say we have no sin, the truth is not in us. On the other hand, if we keep on sinning and have no desire to quit sinning, we are on dangerous ground. We can always ask for God's help to change. We may eben be sinning but the Holy Spirit has not yet shown us that it is wrong.. That is whay we have to be patient with others, especially new believers. Often it takes a long time to overcome bad habits and learn to obey the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

It is much easier when your are in a small group that can encourage you, give you advice and pray for you. That stuff also can occur here on Worthy. But some people here are like the blind leading the blind so you have to used what is helpful and leave the rest behind. This is especially true if they they are unbelievers (names in red),

I look at others doing a lot for Christ. Before the foundation of the world God created good works for each of us to do. But God has not enabled me to do a lot of stuff that other people do. I do pray for people, but other than that I feel like I do nothing.. My prayers aren't even eloquent. My heart just wants God to help them so I pray. The works that we do that are done for wrong motives and not led by God will not receive a reward. Those that God leads us to do and are motivated by love will probably get a reward.. Most of us will likely be surprised that a lot of stuff that we thought was good will get burned. No reward.. That kind of judgement is in God's hands.

The only good work that the thief on the cross could do was to say that Jesus had done nothing to deserve this death, and to ask Jesus to remember him when he came into his kingdom. And he called Jesus Lord. He believed in his heart that Jesus was the Christ. He confessed this. Jesus said today you will be with Me in paradice. He may receive a greater reward than I. Just like the widow who gave all she had, a few pennies, maybe.. God judges things differently than we do. He judges our hearts.

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"Not everyone who says Lord, Lord will go to Heaven"  Matt. 7:21

 

God knows who is written in the Book of Life,.. and those who mention his name repeatedly with no heart for him.

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The only thing needed to be saved is to just believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. Here is what Jesus Himself said.

 

John 6:47

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.

 

John 3:14-18

14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:

15 That 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 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?

 

The only thing needed to be saved, according to Jesus Christ, is faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Nothing else is mentioned. It is not believe and anything else.

If not then these statements are false. But Jesus never lies so these statements are true.

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Read the sermon on the mount in Matthew chapters 5 to 7 in which Jesus Christ tells his followers how they must live their lives.  And he concludes his sermon with the following words:

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.

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But there is nothing in this part of the sermon on the mount that says that a person who believe in Jesus Christ does not go to heaven. A foolish man's house may fall in this life, but if he believes in Jesus Christ he still goes to heaven.

 

 

The only thing needed to be saved is to just believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. Here is what Jesus Himself said.

 

John 6:47

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.

 

 

What does it mean to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ? The Holy Bible shows these basic aspects.

 

You must believe in who Jesus is: God.

 

You must believe in what Jesus did: paid for all our sins on the cross by the shedding of His blood then rose from the dead.

 

And you must believe what He said.

 

Here are some passages.

 

Jesus is God

John 8:24, 58

 

24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

 

58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

 

 

The gospel of salavtion

 

1 Corinthians 15:1-4

 

 

1Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;

 

By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

 

For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

 

And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

 

 

Romans 1:16-17

 

 

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.

 

17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

 

 

Romans 3:22-26

 

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:

 

23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

 

24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

 

25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

 

26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

 

 

Believe what Jesus said

 

Romans 4:3

 

For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.

 

 

John 6:47

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.

 

John 3:14-18

 

14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:

 

15 That 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 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?

 

The only belief that does not count is a false belief. The following verse shows that a works based or merit based belief does not count. You must believe that you are justly under God's damnation for sin and that nothing can save you except simple faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Romans 4:5

 

But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

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Micah 6:8

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
    And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
    and to walk humbly with your God.

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Hebrews10:26 If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left,

 

Hebrews 10:29: How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know him who said, "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," and again, "The Lord will judge his people." 31 It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

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As the title says, is it enough just to believe that jesus is the son of god?

E.g. i might be a believer and still do bad things every day will i still go to heaven?

If so, what about murderers who believe, what will happen to them? A lot of criminals believe, they know a lot of what they do is evil but they cant help themselves, but still pray to jesus, whats gonna happen to them?

Surely u would think that a good person who helps people evryday and beileves will go to heaven. But will a person who believes and does nothing else, receieve the same reward as the former??

 

You, and many others, misunderstand the word "believe" as used in reference to God.  It means to "cling to" or "follow" and one cannot do that without obeying His teachings and instructions.  It does one no good to just believe things ABOUT God or Jesus.

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As the title says, is it enough just to believe that jesus is the son of god?

E.g. i might be a believer and still do bad things every day will i still go to heaven?

If so, what about murderers who believe, what will happen to them? A lot of criminals believe, they know a lot of what they do is evil but they cant help themselves, but still pray to jesus, whats gonna happen to them?

Surely u would think that a good person who helps people evryday and beileves will go to heaven. But will a person who believes and does nothing else, receieve the same reward as the former??

 

You, and many others, misunderstand the word "believe" as used in reference to God.  It means to "cling to" or "follow" and one cannot do that without obeying His teachings and instructions.  It does one no good to just believe things ABOUT God or Jesus.

 

To be saved you must believe that Jesus Christ is God Almighty. You must believe that Jesus Christ completely paid for your sins when He shed Hid holy blood on the cross, that He was buried, and then rose from the dead. You must also believe in what He said.

 

Here are some scriptures.

 

Jesus is God

 

John 8:24, 58

24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I AM.

 

The gospel of salvation

 

1 Corinthians 15:1-4

1Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;

By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

 

Romans 1:16-17

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.

17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

 

Romans 3:19-26

19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.

20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;

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:

23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

 

Believe what Jesus said

 

Romans 4:3

For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.

 

John 6:47

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.

 

John 3:14-18

14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:

15 That 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 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?

 

The only belief that does not count is a false belief. The following passages show that a works based or merit based belief does not count. You must believe that you are justly under God's damnation for sin and that nothing can save you except simple faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Romans 4:5

But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

 

Romans 11:6

And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.

 

Ephesians 2:8-9

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Not of works, lest any man should boast.

 

Titus 1:16

They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.

 

Titus 3:5

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

 

Romans 10:3-4

For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

 

 

Now it is true that many people who are saved may at times after salvation do evil things. If they are saved they are saved forever. David committed adultery, murder, tried to cover it up with lies, and other things, but David is in heaven.

If a person has committed evil acts before salvation, and they believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, then all those sins are forgiven and they go to heaven.

Of course, a person may be doing evil things and say that they believe but may be lying or fooling themselves.

In the end we all need the grace of God to forgive our sins from before we are saved and after we are saved. Jesus Christ paid for all those sins on the cross.

Do not worry about others. God will make sure everything works out. But make sure that you are trusting in what Jesus Christ did for you on the cross (pay for your sins) and nothing else for your salvation.

 

In Christ, in love, in meekness

Mark

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Hebrews10:26 If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left,

 

Hebrews 10:29: How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know him who said, "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," and again, "The Lord will judge his people." 31 It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Not too sure if you are implying you can lose your salvation. So I will just give my opinion about the passage Hebrews 10:26-31.

 

From the following verses, it is God’s will, that Paul is the apostle of the Gentiles and that it is through his writings, which he got by direct revelation from the Lord Jesus Christ, that the gospel of salvation is to be preached to the Gentiles.

 

Romans 11:13

For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:

 

Romans 15:16

That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.

 

2 Timothy 4:17

Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.

 

Paul preaches, defends, and declares the gospel of salvation through his writings.

 

Romans 1:15

So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.

 

Philippians 1:17

But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel.

 

1 Corinthians 15:1-4

1Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;

2By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

3For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

4And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

 

It is the gospel of salvation that Paul preaches through his writings that are the very basis of God’s judgment.

 

Romans 2:16

In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

 

From the next verse it is obvious that all who believe the gospel of Christ are saved. No other requirement in mentioned.

 

Romans 1:16

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.

 

In the following verse, we are commanded to rightly dividing the word of truth. Everyone divides the word of truth (the Holy Bible) in some manner. The question is what method is the correct way. For example no one dwells in booths for the feast of tabernacles (see Leviticus 23:42). Most people correctly recognize that the ceremonial laws, the feast days, the Levitical priesthood, the tabernacle care, the dietary restrictions, and the sacrificial parts of the Old Testament law do not apply to us the saved Gentiles since we are under the New Testament. Thus they rightly divide out these commands as not applying to Christians today.

 

2 Timothy 2:15

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

 

But right division also eliminates parts of the New Testament. For example nobody does the following.

 

Mark 16:18

They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

 

Not many do the following either.

 

Acts 4:34

Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold,

 

Rightly dividing the word of truth means to accept that Paul is the apostle of the Gentiles and that his writings declare, defend and preach the gospel of salvation. We are to consider what Paul writes.

 

2 Timothy 2:7-8

Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.

Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel:

 

Paul got the gospel he preaches directly from Jesus Christ (equivalent to words in red).

 

Galatians 1:11-12,15-16

11But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.

12For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

15But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace,

16To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:

 

NOTE that the apostles agreed that Paul is to preach the gospel to the Gentiles.

 

Galatians 2:7-9

But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter;

(For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:)

And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision.

 

Jesus Christ chose Paul for this task.

 

Acts 9:15

But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:

 

Now Paul probably is the author of the letter to the Hebrews. But Paul did not begin the letter with his name. This is important because all of his letters from Romans to Philemon begin “Paul…” This is clearly stated by Paul.

 

2 Thessalonians 3:17

The salutation of Paul with mine own hand, which is the token in every epistle: so I write.

 

Now because Paul did not include this salutation in the letter to the Hebrews, it is not doctrine for the saved during this time. The letter obviously was written to Jews before 70 AD and probably applies to them in the tribulation. So the gospel of salvation is given by the other 13 letters written by Paul, which have the salutation of Paul.

            Although Hebrews has much about the gospel, it also addresses other issues for Jews, probably in the tribulation, one of which is survival. The passage that you quoted from Hebrews never mentions damnation as punishment. The punishment mentioned in the passage is punishment in this life including death.

            Since damnation is not mentioned and the salutation of Paul is not on the letter it cannot be used for doctrine about the gospel of salvation.

 

The gospel of John is identified as the gospel to the world.

 

John 1:11-12

11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

 

Jesus Christ said this simple statement. Do you believe it?

 

John 6:47

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.

 

The following is the testimony of Jesus Christ (see John 3:11 and John3:32-33).  From verse 15 it is absolutely sure that “whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.” From verse 16 it is absolutely sure that “whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Verse 18 shows that belief in Jesus Christ is the only thing that determines salvation or damnation. Do you believe what Jesus said?

 

John 3:14-18

14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:

15 That 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.

 

Jesus Christ said this simple statement. Do you believe it?

 

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?

 

 

In love, in Christ, in meekness,

Mark

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If belief for salvation was the only requirement then Heb 5:9 would read: "and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who believe in him."  But that's not what the verse says - it reads: "and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who OBEY him."  Belief unaccompanied by obedience is worthless.

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Hebrews10:26 If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left,

 

Hebrews 10:30b "The Lord will judge his people." 1 It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

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If belief for salvation was the only requirement then Heb 5:9 would read: "and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who believe in him."  But that's not what the verse says - it reads: "and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who OBEY him."  Belief unaccompanied by obedience is worthless.

 

I say belief is enough, with the understanding that real belief, the kind the bible talks about, is always accompanied by work.

 

You act on what you beleive. Your actions betray what you really think.

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If belief for salvation was the only requirement then Heb 5:9 would read: "and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who believe in him."  But that's not what the verse says - it reads: "and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who OBEY him."  Belief unaccompanied by obedience is worthless.

 

Paul defines obey the gospel as believe the gospel. 

 

Romans 10:16-17

16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?

17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

 

Romans is the preaching of the gospel of salvation by Paul the apostle of the Gentiles (see Romans 11:13).

 

Romans 1:15-17

15 So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.

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.

17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

 

 

Romans 15:16

That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.

 

2 Timothy 4:17

Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.

 

Paul declares the gospel in the following passage. The gospel is a message to be believed.

 

 

1 Corinthians 15:1-4

1Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;

By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

 

 

Ephesians 2:8-9

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Not of works, lest any man should boast.

 

The only commandment from God that needs to be obeyed is to be saved is to believe the gospel. 

 

Here are some more undeniable passages which prove beyond any doubt that salavtion is by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

Romans 3:19-26

19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.

20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;

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:

23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

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 4:3

For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.

 

Here is what God Almighty, who would never lied, said. Since only believe is mentioned and nothing else, then to be true it must be through faith alone. And to have everlasting life means once saved always saved.

 

John 6:47

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.

 

John 3:14-18

14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:

15 That 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 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?

 

Acts 16:31b

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved

 

 

In love, in Christ, in meekness,

Mark

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Hebrews10:26 If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left,

 

Hebrews 10:29: How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know him who said, "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," and again, "The Lord will judge his people." 31 It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

 

One last thing about this passage, the actual lead in to this passage in found in Hebrews 10:25. Here is Hebrews 10:25-31 from the King James Bible.

 

Hebrews 10:25-31

25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,

27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

28 He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:

29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.

31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

 

Notice the “sin willfully” of verse 26 is the “forsaking the assembling of ourselves together” of verse 25. It is not general sin but specifically forsaking assembling. It is always important to read a passage in full context.

 

Again, the passage was written to Jews before 70 AD probably by Paul (that is what I believe). It probably is for Jews in the Tribulation. The passage is not about damnation, but punishment in this life including physical death.

 

Furthermore, since Paul did not start off the Letter to Hebrews with the salutation of Paul, it is not doctrine for Gentiles in this age of grace. The gospel of salvation is given by Paul in the 13 letters, Romans to Philemon.

 

In love, in Christ, in meekness,

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If belief for salvation was the only requirement then Heb 5:9 would read: "and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who believe in him."  But that's not what the verse says - it reads: "and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who OBEY him."  Belief unaccompanied by obedience is worthless.

 

Paul defines obey the gospel as believe the gospel. 

 

Romans 10:16-17

16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?

17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

 

Romans is the preaching of the gospel of salvation by Paul the apostle of the Gentiles (see Romans 11:13).

 

Romans 1:15-17

15 So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.

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.

17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

 

 

Romans 15:16

That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.

 

2 Timothy 4:17

Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.

 

Paul declares the gospel in the following passage. The gospel is a message to be believed.

 

 

1 Corinthians 15:1-4

1Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;

By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

 

 

Ephesians 2:8-9

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Not of works, lest any man should boast.

 

The only commandment from God that needs to be obeyed is to be saved is to believe the gospel. 

 

Here are some more undeniable passages which prove beyond any doubt that salavtion is by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

Romans 3:19-26

19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.

20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;

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:

23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

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 4:3

For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.

 

Here is what God Almighty, who would never lied, said. Since only believe is mentioned and nothing else, then to be true it must be through faith alone. And to have everlasting life means once saved always saved.

 

John 6:47

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.

 

John 3:14-18

14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:

15 That 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 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?

 

Acts 16:31b

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved

 

 

In love, in Christ, in meekness,

Mark

 

I suppose belief would be enough if one were on one's death bed and could do nothing else.  The verses you cite all point to "belief" as a constituent part of faith. However even the demons believe (Jas 2:19) and what good does that do them? James states: "What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them?  Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?  In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead." (Jas 2:14-17).  The notion that faith alone saves is directly contradicted by James 2:24: "You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone."  You claim that belief alone saves ignores many other scriptures that further define what constitutes being saved.  Along with believing, one must repent.

 

Acts 17:30

In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.

 

Acts 20:21

I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.

 

Acts 26:20

First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and then to the Gentiles, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and demonstrate their repentance by their deeds.  The idea that one can repent but not show any changes in one's life is contrary to the gospel message.
 
I ask you - if cognitive assent or belief was the only requirement for salvation, why does Heb 5:9 declare?:  "and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who OBEY him."  We demonstrate our belief in Christ as we humble ourselves and obey him.
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I ask you - if cognitive assent or belief was the only requirement for salvation, why does Heb 5:9 declare?:  "and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who OBEY him."  We demonstrate our belief in Christ as we humble ourselves and obey him.

 

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That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:9-10

 

Obey

 

This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. John 15:12

 

Him

 

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. John 6:47

 

Humbly

 

Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. Romans 3:27

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Repent always means to change your mind

 

            I use only the King James Bible, especially for all doctrinal studies. There are many new versions of the Bible. But in reality none of them even existed until about 1960. If we had any discussion on scripture in say 1940, we could not even use a new version of the Bible. In fact from 1611 to about 1960 the only Bible versions in English with almost any following would have been the King James Bible (the dominate one), the Geneva Bible (a good translation very much like the KJB), and a Catholic Bible. So for those 350 years we would have used the KJB for doctrinal studies.

 

            The best source for a definition of a word for doctrinal studies is the Holy Bible itself. God Almighty is by far the greatest author ever and has included a built in dictionary into the scripture itself. Mankind’s dictionaries can and do change.

             A very good clue to the definition of a word is its first usage in the Holy Bible. Sometimes it is also good to look at its first usage in the New Testament, since it is the new covenant of the grace of God. Of course, a word could have more than one definition so its usage in other parts of the Holy Bible is important.

 

Let’s just use the King James Bible for discussions. The first appearance of the word repent or repentance is in Genesis 6.

 

Genesis 6:6-7

And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.

 

            From this passage it is the Lord God who is repenting. Obviously, repent does not mean to turn from your sins or to stop sinning. God would not need to do so since God never sinned. From this passage we can discern that repent means to change your mind. But the word repent by itself does not tell what you are changing your mind about. That comes from the context in which repent is used. In this case the Lord was changing His mind in a big way.

 

            In the next passage, the Lord will not repent. Obviously, repent does not mean to turn from your sins or to stop sinning.

 

Pslam 110:4

The Lord hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.

 

            From a logical perspective, repent is the flip side of believe. If I change my mind from believing a certain idea (repent), I must logically believe its opposite. If I repent of believing that the pole is green, I must believe that the pole is not green. Believe is quite similar. If I now believe something is true, I must logically believe that its opposite is false. If I now believe that the pole is not green, I must stop believing that the pole is green.

            Unfortunately, when it comes to how people believe things, especially the absolute truth of God Almighty, people are not so logical nor can think so clearly. That is why both repent and believe are used.

            Now looking at Genesis 6:6 in the passage above, it is clear that repentance may be produced by or accompanied by sorrow or grief. It certainly may produce a changed course of action. Here God brought the worldwide flood.

            There are other passages in the Old Testament where God either repented or refused to repent. Obviously repent does not mean to turn from sins or stop sinning.

            Some have argued that repent has a different meaning when applied to God than to mankind. Here is the first time repent is applied to mankind.

 

Exodus 13:17

And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt:

 

Here repent is applied to God and mankind in the New Testament.

 

Romans 11:29

For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.

 

Hebrews 7:21

(For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said unto him, The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec:)

 

2 Corinthians 7:8

For though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent, though I did repent: for I perceive that the same epistle hath made you sorry, though it were but for a season.

 

Obviously repent always means to change your mind and what is being repented of is given by the context.

 

By the way I use BibleGateway.com to search the scripture.

 

Acts 17:11

These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

 

Beware of any definition or doctrine that is from mankind.

 

Revealtion 17:1-2

And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:

2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.

 

The key to understanding scripture is this:

The Holy Bible

The whole Holy Bible, rightly divided (2 Timothy 2:7), taught to you by the Lord and not by man (Luke 24:45), and interpreted by the testimony of Jesus Christ (see Revelation 19:10 and John 3)

And nothing but the Holy Bible.

 

In love, in Christ, in meekness,

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I suppose belief would be enough if one were on one's death bed and could do nothing else.  The verses you cite all point to "belief" as a constituent part of faith. However even the demons believe (Jas 2:19) and what good does that do them? James states: "What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them?  Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?  In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead." (Jas 2:14-17).  The notion that faith alone saves is directly contradicted by James 2:24: "You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone."  You claim that belief alone saves ignores many other scriptures that further define what constitutes being saved.  Along with believing, one must repent.

 

 

Acts 17:30

In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.

 

Acts 20:21

I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.

 

Acts 26:20

First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and then to the Gentiles, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and demonstrate their repentance by their deeds.  The idea that one can repent but not show any changes in one's life is contrary to the gospel message.
 
I ask you - if cognitive assent or belief was the only requirement for salvation, why does Heb 5:9 declare?:  "and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who OBEY him."  We demonstrate our belief in Christ as we humble ourselves and obey him.

 

 

If obedience is required for salvation, are you saying that you always obey God?  And if you do not always obey God, then you are not saved and are damned. Only one sin damns.

 

James 2:10

For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

 

Here is a direct command from Jesus Christ to someone who wanted to earn heaven by obedience to the law.

 

Mark 10:21

Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.

 

Have you done that yet?

 

Furthermore, the word of God declares that no on obeys all of God’s laws, nor stops sinning. Every thought, word and deed that is against God’s law would condemn you.

 

As to the law itself, follow the word “law” from Romans 2:21 to the end of the chapter. The law in this passage is clearly the Ten Commandments. The passage below shows the first 4 verses of that passage.

 

Romans 2:21-25

21 Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal?

22 Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege?

23 Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God?

24 For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written.

 

Notice carefully that this is referring to a person who boasts that they keep the Ten Commandments, that is, stopped sinning.

 

Now you state that you need to obey God to be saved. Are you implying that you stopped sinning? If you haven’t stopped sinning then according to you own belief you are not saved. But if you are saying then you have stopped sinning then the above passage says that you are making thy boast of the law.

 

Now continue reading from Romans 2:21 into Romans 3:19. The only law being discussed includes the Ten Commandments. Here is what Romans 3:19 says.

 

Romans 3:19

Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.

 

The passage clearly states that every mouth may be stopped, which would include making thy boast of the law.

 

Now continue down to Romans 3:27.

 

Romans 3:27

Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.

 

Notice boasting, which would include making thy boast of the law, is excluded. How is it excluded? They are excluded from heaven.

 

Now look at Ephesians 2:8-9.

 

Ephesians 2:8-9

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Not of works, lest any man should boast.

 

Notice verse 9 excludes boasting also.

 

Please notice that it is the boasters of the law (including the Ten Commandments) that are told to repent in Romans 2. That is, they are told to change their mind from the false belief that they are not sinning.

 

Romans 2:3-5

And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?

Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;

 

Here is what God says about those that claim they do not sin.

 

1 King 8:46b, 2 Chronicles 6:36b

for there is no man which sinneth not

 

Romans 3:10

As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

 

Matthew 19:17b, Mark 10:18b

there is none good but one, that is, God

 

Romans 3:12

They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

 

1 John 1:10

If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

 

Romans 10:3-4

For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

 

Only the Lord Jesus Christ was obedient. He is the only one who is by Himself righteous. The saved are counted righteous before God because of the blood of Jesus Christ and all their sins are paid for and forgiven.

 

Romans 5:18-19

18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.

19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.

 

Now consider what Paul writes about himself. Please note that Paul is using the present tense and is saved when he writes this. Also note that the law being discussed includes the Ten Commandments. “Thou shalt not covet” is found only in one place in the law, the Ten Commandments (see Exodus 20:17).

 

Romans 7:7

What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.

18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.

19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.

20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.

22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:

23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

 

Now consider what Paul wrote that David said.

 

Romans 4:6-8

Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,

Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.

Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.

 

Notice it does not say blessed is the man who stops sinning. He writes blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. Of course this implies that they still sin else why the need for the phrase “will not impute sin.”

 

Jesus Christ excludes all works for salvation except just faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

You seem to miss the point that the only work of God for salvation is faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

John 6:28-29

28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?

29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

 

Verse 29 states that the work of God is to “believe on him whom he hath sent.” That statement, by simple grammar, eliminates all other work except faith in Jesus Christ. If there were some other work of God, the statement would not be correct as spoken (but Jesus always tells the truth). The phrase would have to be stated differently. For example, the phrase would say this is one of the works, the first of the works, the most important work, or the works of God include.

            Now the only work needed for salvation is just the only work of God, which is to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. So any other work for salvation is not a work of God at all. In reality any other work for salvation actually comes from Satan who tries to corrupt the gospel of salvation through works. Because any attempt at trying to earn or merit salvation mocks the perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ at the cross.

 

Here is what Jesus Christ also said. Notice that Jesus is the only one who does the work for our salvation (paying for our sins by His shed blood). He empathically declares that work finished.

 

John 9:4

I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.

 

John 19:30b

It is finished

 

Hebrews 12:2

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.

 

In love, in Christ, in meekness,

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I suppose belief would be enough if one were on one's death bed and could do nothing else.  The verses you cite all point to "belief" as a constituent part of faith. However even the demons believe (Jas 2:19) and what good does that do them? James states: "What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them?  Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?  In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead." (Jas 2:14-17).  The notion that faith alone saves is directly contradicted by James 2:24: "You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone."  You claim that belief alone saves ignores many other scriptures that further define what constitutes being saved.  Along with believing, one must repent.

 

 

Acts 17:30

In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.

 

Acts 20:21

I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.

 

Acts 26:20

First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and then to the Gentiles, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and demonstrate their repentance by their deeds.  The idea that one can repent but not show any changes in one's life is contrary to the gospel message.
 
I ask you - if cognitive assent or belief was the only requirement for salvation, why does Heb 5:9 declare?:  "and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who OBEY him."  We demonstrate our belief in Christ as we humble ourselves and obey him.

 

 

The devils believe there is one God. But they do not believe they are saved by faith in Jesus Christ.

 

Here is the passage you quoted.

 

James 2:19

Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

 

Notice it does not say that the devils believe the gospel of Jesus Christ or they believe they are saved by faith in Jesus Christ. Therefore this passage does not refute what Jesus Christ said.

 

John 6:47

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.

 

Now the devils believe that there is one God and that Jesus Christ is God. The devils believe that Jesus took on flesh, never sinned, was crucified on the cross, was buried, and rose from the dead. All the saved Christians, the devils, and you believe this.

            But the devils do not believe that Jesus Christ completely paid for all their sins (past, present, and future) by His shed blood on the cross and that salvation is just by faith in Jesus Christ as Christ said in John 6:47. The saved do believe that Jesus paid for all their sins and they believe John 6:47 that just by faith they are saved. But you seem to side with the devils at this point. So James 2:19 applies to you.

 

Now please look at the verse again.

 

John 6:47

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.

 

Jesus would never lie. For this to be true, it must be belief in Jesus Christ alone that saves. If it were believe and anything else, the statement is not true. But the Lord Jesus Christ never lies and the double verily makes this statement emphatic. Almost the entire world does not believe what Jesus said in John 6:47. That is why Jesus Christ said:

 

Luke 18:8

I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

 

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I suppose belief would be enough if one were on one's death bed and could do nothing else.  The verses you cite all point to "belief" as a constituent part of faith. However even the demons believe (Jas 2:19) and what good does that do them? James states: "What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them?  Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?  In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead." (Jas 2:14-17).  The notion that faith alone saves is directly contradicted by James 2:24: "You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone."  You claim that belief alone saves ignores many other scriptures that further define what constitutes being saved.  Along with believing, one must repent.

 

 

Acts 17:30

In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.

 

Acts 20:21

I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.

 

Acts 26:20

First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and then to the Gentiles, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and demonstrate their repentance by their deeds.  The idea that one can repent but not show any changes in one's life is contrary to the gospel message.
 
I ask you - if cognitive assent or belief was the only requirement for salvation, why does Heb 5:9 declare?:  "and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who OBEY him."  We demonstrate our belief in Christ as we humble ourselves and obey him.

 

 

4. Paul is  the apostle of the Gentiles and has the gospel of salvation.

 

Salvation is by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His shed blood on the cross. It is not of works. Paul, the apostle of the Gentiles (Romans 11:13), wrote the following. Obviously works are not needed for salvation since it explicitly says so in verse 9.

 

Ephesians 2:8-9

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Not of works, lest any man should boast.

 

Jesus Christ proclaimed the following.

 

John 6:47

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.

 

Although everything Christ says is absolutely true, Jesus adds the double “verily” as extra emphasis. Since belief is the only thing mentioned, it must be the only thing necessary for salvation. It cannot be belief plus anything else. If it were, then the statement would not be true. But Jesus said this, so it must be true. If you do not believe these words spoken by Jesus Christ, then you do not believe what Jesus Christ said. Therefore you have not believed on the Lord Jesus Christ. John 6:47 is a faith alone statement.

            It is also a once saved, always saved statement, else it would say might have everlasting life. If a person has everlasting life, they could never be damned.

            Obviously to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ means to believe the actual truth about Him. If you believe that Jesus is anything less than the Lord God Almighty in flesh then you have not believed the truth. You must believe that Jesus completely paid for our sins by shedding His blood when He was crucified on the cross. Christ was then buried and rose from the dead. You must also believe what He said, which is you are saved by faith in Him.  Of course you must believe that you are a sinner under God’s just damnation and that nothing else can save you but Jesus Christ and His shed blood. If you do not believe this then you are denying that Jesus Christ is the required and only Saviour.

            Here are just some of the scriptures for this.

 

John 8:24, 58

24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

 

1 Corinthians 15:1-4

1Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;

By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

 

Romans 1:16-17

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.

17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

 

Romans 3:19-26

19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.

20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;

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:

23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

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 4:3

For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.

 

John 6:47

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.

 

John 3:14-18

14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:

15 That 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 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?

 

The only belief that does not count is a false belief. The following passages show that a works based or merit based belief does not count. You must believe that you are justly under God's damnation for sin and that nothing can save you except simple faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Romans 4:5

But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

 

            The same logic applies to the many (probably well over 200) statements made by Jesus Christ or Paul in his writings where only faith and believe are mentioned for salvation. There are others statements in Acts and other parts of the Holy Bible too. Each of these is a faith alone statement by the same logic.

 

Analysis of James 2:14-26

 

The verse you quote from James 2 is the equivalent of a gnat that someone has strained at. The gnat is a piece of scripture that is taken out of context and then altered. The alteration may ignore words, add words (through a false definition), or actually change the words into other words. But the conclusion requires that you disregard the rest of scripture, which clearly says that salvation is by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and not of works. That is the camel that must be swallowed (ignore all that other scripture) to build a doctrine from the strained gnat. (See Matthew 23:24).

 

Based on verse 2 below, Paul declares that Abraham was not justified before God by works. Abraham was saved by faith in verse 3. Since Abraham was not justified before God by works, Abraham could not have been saved by works, since only God’s justification counts. Therefore Abraham was saved by faith alone. It is clear that Abraham was not saved by works.

 

Romans 4:1-3

What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found?

For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God.

For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.

 

In the following passage, James in verse 21 writes that Abraham was justified by works. But from the context of this passage, Abraham is not justified by works before God but before men. This is seen in verse 18 by the phrase “I will shew thee my faith by my works.” So Paul and James are not in conflict. James never wrote that Abraham was justified by works before God, nor that Abraham was saved by works. Notice how the gnat of verse 21 is removed from context, and that “before God” is in effect added. In fact Abraham is saved in Genesis 15 but does not offer up Isaac until Genesis 22. Therefore Abraham is saved by faith and not works. The works came as a result of salvation not the cause of salvation.

 

James 2:18, 21

18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?

 

In the following passage, Paul declares that no one is saved by works of any kind. Salvation is by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Ephesians 2:8-9

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Not of works, lest any man should boast.

 

In the next 2 passages, Paul goes a bit farther and says that if anyone is trying to earn salvation by works, they are not saved at all. In fact they must stop working for salvation. Trying to earn or merit salvation by works is to count the blood of Jesus Christ and His sacrifice as not good enough and our works as on par with Christ’s sacrifice.

 

Romans 4:5

But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

 

Romans 11:6

And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.

 

In the following passage, notice in verse 10, that everyone who is saved had to cease from his own works to enter into that rest. Therefore, a person must stop trying to earn or merit salvation (works) to be saved. Verse 11 says that working for salvation is actually unbelief (see also Paul in Romans 4:5).

 

Hebrews 11:10-12

10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.

11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

 

Now look at verse 12 in the above passage. It begins with the word “For.” This links verse 12 to the requirement to stop trying to earn or merit salvation through works in verses 10 and 11. The sharper than any two-edged sword is the word of God. It is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart in this case as to works. So there are places in scripture where works may seem like they are required, but the word of God is sharp enough to show that these are just gnats for those that will not receive the love of the truth.

 

Notice in verse 22 of the passage below that all who believe in Jesus Christ receive the gift of the imputed righteousness of God. The phrase unto all and upon all makes this doubly certain. The payment and forgiveness for sins is given through faith in his blood (verse 25). Justification is by belief in Jesus Christ (verse 26). Nothing else is mentioned for salvation.

 

Romans 3:22-26

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:

23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

 

From the following verses, it is God’s will, that Paul is the apostle of the Gentiles and that it is through his writings, which he got by direct revelation from the Lord Jesus Christ, that the gospel of salvation is to be preached to the Gentiles.

 

Romans 11:13

For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:

 

Romans 15:16

That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.

 

2 Timothy 4:17

Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.

 

Paul preaches, defends, and declares the gospel of salvation through his writings.

 

Romans 1:15

So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.

 

Philippians 1:17

But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel.

 

1 Corinthians 15:1-4

1Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;

2By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

3For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

4And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

 

It is the gospel of salvation that Paul preaches through his writings that are the very basis of God’s judgment.

 

Romans 2:16

In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

 

From the next verse it is obvious that all who believe the gospel of Christ are saved. No other requirement in mentioned.

 

Romans 1:16

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.

 

We are commanded to rightly dividing the word of truth. Everyone divides the word of truth (the Holy Bible) in some manner. The question is what method is the correct way. For example no one dwells in booths for the feast of tabernacles (see Leviticus 23:42). Most people correctly recognize that the ceremonial laws, the feast days, the Levitical priesthood, the tabernacle care, the dietary restrictions, and the sacrificial parts of the Old Testament law do not apply to us the saved Gentiles since we are under the New Testament. Thus they rightly divide out these commands as not applying to Christians today.

 

2 Timothy 2:15

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

 

But right division also eliminates parts of the New Testament. For example nobody does the following.

 

Mark 16:18

They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

 

Not many do the following either.

 

Acts 4:34

Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold,

 

Rightly dividing the word of truth means to accept that Paul is the apostle of the Gentiles and that his writings declare, defend and preach the gospel of salvation. We are to consider what Paul writes.

 

2 Timothy 2:7-8

Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.

Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel:

 

Paul got the gospel he preaches directly from Jesus Christ (equivalent to words in red).

 

Galatians 1:11-12,15-16

11But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.

12For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

15But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace,

16To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:

 

NOTE that the apostles agreed that Paul is to preach the gospel to the Gentiles.

 

Galatians 2:7-9

But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter;

(For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:)

And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision.

 

Jesus Christ chose Paul for this task.

 

Acts 9:15

But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:

 

The gospel of John is identified as the gospel to the world.

 

John 1:11-12

11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

 

Jesus Christ said this simple statement. Do you believe it?

 

John 6:47

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.

 

The following is the testimony of Jesus Christ (see John 3:11 and John3:32-33).  From verse 15 it is absolutely sure that “whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.” From verse 16 it is absolutely sure that “whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Verse 18 shows that belief in Jesus Christ is the only thing that determines salvation or damnation. Do you believe what Jesus said?

 

John 3:14-18

14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:

15 That 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.

 

Jesus Christ said this simple statement. Do you believe it?

 

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?

 

James wrote to Jews of the twelve tribes not to Gentiles. James did not write to the Gentiles. Paul is the apostle of the Gentiles and has the gospel, not James.

 

James 1:1

James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.

 

The reason that this is important is that many times things written to the Jews are not always about saved for everlasting life but saved from physical death.

 

In the following passage the word “save” is from physical death. If not, this is any alternate means to salvation without belief in Jesus Christ.

 

James 5:14-15

14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:

15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

 

Obviously in this verse, the word “save” means saved for everlasting life.

 

James 1:21

Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.

 

In verse 15 of the following verse, the word “death” is only referring to physical death. “Once saved always saved” is the truth and James called them brethren in verse 16, so they are saved.

 

James 1:15-16

15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.

 

In the following verse, when it says saved, saved from what? You cannot make a doctrine from this verse until you know the answer to that question? It actually refers to physical death, not damnation. The clue is found in verse 15 with the reference to a brother or sister.

 

James 2:14

14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?

15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,

 

Many times things written about the Jews or to the Jews refer to physical life and death and not everlasting life. The next verse has many saviours. Obviously this is not about everlasting life.

 

Nehemiah 9:27

Therefore thou deliveredst them into the hand of their enemies, who vexed them: and in the time of their trouble, when they cried unto thee, thou heardest them from heaven; and according to thy manifold mercies thou gavest them saviours, who saved them out of the hand of their enemies.

 

Obviously David saved them from physical death and not damnation in the following verse.

 

1 Samuel 23:5

So David and his men went to Keilah, and fought with the Philistines, and brought away their cattle, and smote them with a great slaughter. So David saved the inhabitants of Keilah.

 

The following passage is prophecy that pertains to the tribulation. Many try to use verse 13 to imply effort needed for salvation. But verse 22 explains that the saved in verse 13 means from physical death. Verse 22 is talking about those that survive the tribulation will not die but continue in flesh to live in the 1000 year reign of Christ. The audience for this prophecy are Jews. They do have a concern about physical death and the kingdom being restored to Israel (see Acts 1:6). Many are saved but die during the tribulation (see Revelation 7:9-15).

 

Matthew 24:22

13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

22And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.

 

Gentiles are not concerned about that. People saved in the Gentile age will either die and get a glorified body or be raptured and get a glorified body.

 

Philippians 3:20-21

20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:

21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

 

In love, in Christ, in meekness,

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I suppose belief would be enough if one were on one's death bed and could do nothing else.  The verses you cite all point to "belief" as a constituent part of faith. However even the demons believe (Jas 2:19) and what good does that do them? James states: "What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them?  Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?  In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead." (Jas 2:14-17).  The notion that faith alone saves is directly contradicted by James 2:24: "You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone."  You claim that belief alone saves ignores many other scriptures that further define what constitutes being saved.  Along with believing, one must repent.

 

 

Acts 17:30

In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.

 

Acts 20:21

I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.

 

Acts 26:20

First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and then to the Gentiles, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and demonstrate their repentance by their deeds.  The idea that one can repent but not show any changes in one's life is contrary to the gospel message.
 
I ask you - if cognitive assent or belief was the only requirement for salvation, why does Heb 5:9 declare?:  "and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who OBEY him."  We demonstrate our belief in Christ as we humble ourselves and obey him.

 

 

Paul defines obey the gospel as believe the gospel. 

 

Romans 10:16-17

16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?

17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

 

Isaiah 53 is the passage referred to by Paul in the above verse. It is a message to be believed and the message is that Jesus Christ paid for our sins.

 

Romans is the preaching of the gospel of salvation by Paul the apostle of the Gentiles (see Romans 11:13).

 

Romans 1:15-17

15 So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.

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.

17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

 

Romans 15:16

That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.

 

2 Timothy 4:17

Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.

 

Paul declares the gospel in the following passage. The gospel is a message to be believed.

 

1 Corinthians 15:1-4

1Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;

By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

 

Ephesians 2:8-9

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Not of works, lest any man should boast.

 

The only commandment from God that needs to be obeyed is to be saved is to believe the gospel. 

 

The reason is the following.  When a person believes the gospel of Jesus Christ they are saved and guaranteed heaven.

 

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.

 

We, who are saved, have all of our sins paid for at the cross by the blood of Jesus Christ - past, present, future. See verse 25 below.

 

Romans 3:19-26

19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.

20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;

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:

23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

 

We, who are saved have forgiveness of all sins - past, present, future.

 

Ephesians 1:7, 12-13

7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

 

Colossians 1:5-6, 14

For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;

Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth:

14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

 

We, who are saved, have the gift of righteousness. This righteousness is not our own but the imputed (counted to us) righteousness of Jesus Christ.

 

Romans 5:17-19

17 For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)

18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.

19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.

 

In fact, God does not even remember the sins of us who are saved because they are paid for by Jesus Christ and forgiven.

 

Hebrews 8:12

For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.

 

We who are saved are now the children of God.

 

Galatians 3:26

For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

 

We who are saved are already seated in heaven.

 

Ephesians 2:5-6

Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

 

We who are saved are members of the body of Christ and created in Christ Jesus.

 

Ephesians 5:30

For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

 

Ephesians 2:10

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

 

We who are saved are born again. The spirit that has been created in us is holy.

 

Ephesians 4:24

And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

 

We who are saved are now longer under the law which when broken leads to damnation by under grace.

 

Romans 6:14

For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

 

We who are saved are sealed by the Holy Spirit and can never lose salvation.

 

John 7:38-39

 

38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

 

Romans 11:29

For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.

 

Ephesians 11:30

And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

 

There are many other things that God has given to us who are saved.

 

Here are some more undeniable passages which prove beyond any doubt that salvation is by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Romans 4:3

For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.

 

Here is what God Almighty, who would never lied, said. Since only believe is mentioned and nothing else, then to be true it must be through faith alone. And to have everlasting life means once saved always saved.

 

John 6:47

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.

 

John 3:14-18

14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:

15 That 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 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?

 

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.

 

Now if you are trusting in your own obedience and righteousness, then you will judged by your own obedience and righteousness and you will be damned forever. None of your sins will be forgiven.

 

Romans 10:3-4

For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

 

Galatians 2:21

I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

 

Galatians 5:4

Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.

 

In love, in Christ, in meekness,

Mark

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