Other Issues Concerning Salvation

Lordship salvation
Salvation is very unsure.Philippians 3:10-21 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; {11} If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. {12} Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. {13} Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, {14} I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus……{20} For our conversation (ie citizenship) is in heaven; from…
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Assurance of Salvation

Assurance of Salvation

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The Bible gives us assurance of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. If salvation were to be dependent on us obeying God’s moral commandments, then there is no way the Bible would be able to promise us assurance of salvation. We would always be living in insecurity as to whether we are good enough for God. There are some of the Bible verses on assurance of salvation. John 5:24 “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life. 1 John 5:11 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not…
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The Necessity of Obedience for Salvation

The Necessity of Obedience for Salvation

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The following arguments have been brought up by people who believe that we need to obey God and do good in order to obtain salvation. Obeying the Mosaic Law will not save us but making Jesus Lord will. Ephesians 2:8-9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God– {9} not by works, so that no one can boast. Lordship advocates argue that Paul is teaching that obeying the Mosaic law will not save us. However, true faith necessitates making Jesus Lord of our lives. This is not works as described by Eph 2:8-9 because making Jesus Lord is the work of the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 12:3 Therefore I tell you that no one who is speaking…
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The Characteristics of Saving Faith

The Characteristics of Saving Faith

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Faith without works is dead. Lordship advocates argue that saving faith includes a lifestyle that submits totally to the one whom you believe. James has taught that faith without works is dead. Jas 2:14 What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? (NIV) (James 2:24 NIV)  You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone. Why does James seem to contradict Paul? James says that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone. On the other hand, Paul says that we have been saved through faith alone without works (Eph 2:8-9). If we believe that the Bible is consistent in its teachings, we can…
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The Effects of Sin on Salvation

The Effects of Sin on Salvation

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Regular confession of sins is necessary for salvation. 1 Jn 1:5­9 5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. 8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from…
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Discussion of Salvation-Related Terms

Discussion of Salvation-Related Terms

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The meaning of the word “repentance”.Lk 13:3 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. (NIV) Mk 1:4 And so John came, baptizing in the desert region and preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. (NIV) The Bible teaches that repentance is necessary for salvation. However, many people have a wrong understanding of the word “repentance”. To them, repentance always means turning away from our sins. Therefore, we are not saved if we do not turn away from our sins. Actually, the word “repentance” literally means to have a change of mind towards something or someone. It can refer to changing our mind about sin and turning away from it (Luke 17:3­4) but it can also mean changing our mind about a…
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