Salvation: The Bottom Line
©2012 Stan Hallett
There are some of us that just want to get to the point without having to read a book to find out what some refer to as the “bottom line”.
“What do I have to do to be saved?” A direct and simple question. The direct and simple answer is that you need to first believe that Jesus was and is the Christ, and that He was God manifested in the flesh, and is indeed the Savior. For Jesus said; “for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.” – (John 8:24)
Then you simply need to obey the Gospel;
“The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ” – (2 Thessalonians 1:7,8)
The plain Gospel is stated in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4
1* ¶ Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2* By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
3* For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4* And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
The Gospel or “Good News” is the Jesus died, was buried and rose again. So the obvious question is: “How do we obey what only appears to be an historical event?”
Peter told us how in Acts 2:38 where he said to:
“Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift (Luke 11:13) of the Holy Ghost.”
God did not ask us to be crucified as He was and die as He did. He asks us to die to ourselves through repentance. He does not ask us to be buried in a tomb as He was, but rather be buried with Him in the waters of baptism for the remission of sins. Then He promises that same Spirit that rose Jesus up on the third day would be given to us in the baptism of the Holy Ghost.
Repentance = Death (A simple and sincere turning away from sin).
Baptism = Burial (by immersion and in the name of Jesus. – Acts 2:38, Acts 8:16, Acts 19:50).
Holy Ghost = Resurrection (with the evidence of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance – Acts 2:4, Acts 10:44-46, Acts 19:6).
This is the only way that you can be saved. “Accepting Jesus as your personal Savior ” or saying a “sinners prayer”, or “joining a Church” is no where to be found in God’s Word.
Jesus said; “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God“ – (John 3:3). Then He clarified; “Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God“ – (John 3:5).
This is what is referred to at the New Birth. When we repent and are baptized by immersion in water in the Name of Jesus our sins are remitted or washed away (Acts 2:38). Therefore when we come up out of the water it is like a new birth in the flesh in the sense that we are now sinless, and truly have a new beginning or birth.
A baptism reciting Matthew 28:19 (Father, Son, and Holy Ghost) is not valid. Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are titles, and not names. The Apostles knew what the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost was and they obeyed it. They baptized only in the name of Jesus.
Colossians 3:17 says “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus…”. This includes baptism!
Then when God fills us with His Spirit which is evidenced by a heavenly language that flows from out lips as the Holy Ghost gives the utterance or ability (Acts 2:4), we then then being born of the Spirit as well. We then become a child of God, our name in written in the Book of Life (Revelation 20:15). Now that same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead, resides in us, which will raise our mortal bodies (Romans 8:11) when Jesus returns for His Church.
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