The Truth About Saving Faith
Is Loving God a Salvation Issue?
What is the gospel of Jesus Christ? ANSWER: The gospel of Jesus Christ is the same as the bible plan of salvation and the bible plan of salvation is how a person finds forgiveness of his sins, becomes born again and a new creation in Christ.
Regarding salvation (or the plan of salvation) Jesus pointed people to himself with the following vital conditions attached:
Then he said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self? If anyone is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels” (Luke 9:23-26).Jesus also told people he had a spiritual yoke for us to wear much like oxen or other animals in the natural have that would be working in a field and pulling a burden:
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light (Matt. 11:29,30).(NOTE: You will never find rest for your soul until you come to Jesus on his terms.) But there is another part to the question, what is the gospel of Jesus Christ? Jesus taught you must turn from sin (repent) or you would perish (in hell's fire):
But unless you repent, you too will all perish (Luke 13:3).Hence, repenting is in the Biblical plan of salvation. You can't get born again without it. In other words, as long as you cleave to the pleasures of sin for a short time (Heb. 11:25) you do not and can not have the salvation which is only found in the Lord Jesus.
Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires (Gal. 5:24).To turn from your wickedness, which is dragging you to hell, and to wisely chose to submissively place Jesus' yoke on yourself to follow and serve him is equated to believing on Jesus. This is also the same as getting born again. When a person is born again, he is also forgiven of all of his sins and set free from the sin addictions he was a slave to (John 8:34-36; Rom. 6:22). In particular, it is contact with Jesus' cleansing, precious blood (Rev. 1:5; 1 Pet. 1:19; 1 John 1:7) that brings this new creation (2 Cor. 5:17) miracle about.
Getting born again occurs at the point of a trusting-and-submitting faith in Jesus for personal salvation. All 100% of our trust must be in mankind's only Savior, who is Jesus, to have salvation (John 14:6; Acts 4:12; etc.). Again, Jesus must be the focus of our faith. (Many have, unfortunately, been deceived into lethally trusting church membership, water baptism, Mary, Saturday Sabbath keeping, Lodge membership, wearing the brown scapular, etc., for salvation. Some others are trusting in Jesus partly and in someone else or some other thing also for their salvation. They also have been dangerously misled.)VERY IMPORTANT: The Bible refers to the term salvation, or a derivative of it, such as saved, in two different ways. At times it is used in reference to initial salvation and at other times for final salvation. (Initial salvation refers to the point of getting saved or being born again while final salvation refers to an actual entrance into God's kingdom after physical death.)
A few examples of initial salvation verses:
Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace” (Luke 7:50)
He then brought them out and asked, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" They replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved - you and your household" (Acts 16:30,31). Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham” (Luke 19:9).Examples of final salvation verses are shown here:
Our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed (Rom. 13:11).
All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved (Matt. 10:22).Someone asked him, “Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?” He said to them, “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to” (Luke 13:23, 24). In this last passage, Jesus answered the question about being saved by mentioning entering through the kingdom doors. He also stated we will need personal effort to get in. This is Jesus' teaching, not mine or some other Christian's. That is part of his plan of salvation. Jesus taught an instant salvation through repenting and submissively trusting in himself for salvation, but also taught a continuous effort on man's part (to stay spiritually alive) to enter God's kingdom doors. A raging spiritual battle is going on with the forces of darkness as they try to lead you astray and cause you to fall from grace (Gal. 5:2-4); shipwreck your faith in Jesus (1 Tim. 1:19,20); get you to become immoral, impure and greedy (Eph. 5:5-7); etc.
When God opens your eyes to these truths, the Bible makes much more sense, especially when studying the words eternal life. The salvation-related term eternal life becomes one's personal possession when the repentant starts to follow or believes on Jesus for his soul's salvation or as he turns from idols to serve God (1 Thess. 1:9).
The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers (Gal. 6:8-10).Too many have never heard that declared as part of the plan of salvation! Clearly, eternal life is also reaped but only by those sowing to please the Spirit of God (in obedience). Hence, eternal life is a hope, as shown elsewhere in Scripture (Titus 1:2; 3:7).
The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life (John 12:25).
In spite of the clarity of these facts shown throughout Scriptures, false teachers want to convince us otherwise. Of this group, the most deadly false teacher of all for those that have been born again are the eternal security teachers. Because of the popularity of this doctrine and these teachers often being exalted as spokesmen and apologists for evangelical Christianity, many Bible believers just accept their sinister teaching and security-in-sin-with-salvation theology. Such dangerously deceived people are usually very casual readers of Scripture (at best) and just implicitly trust their pastor, radio teachers, etc. for truth instead of reading the New Testament for themselves and putting into practice its life-giving message. Scripture actually says that there are people that will seek out (false) teachers to say what their sinful ears want to hear (2 Tim. 4:2-4).
To refer to any eternal security teacher as a ravenous wolf in sheep's clothing is not being unloving or judgmental. In fact, it is expressing Christian love to all who have ears to hear. It is being Biblical and trying to wake up those who have been deceived by that counterfeit gospel and grace turned into a license for immorality. The one and only real gospel message focuses on Jesus and declares this to real Christians:
By this gospel you are saved, IF you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain (1 Cor 15:2).That is a vital part of the real gospel message (plan of salvation). There are free will and human responsibilities involved in this salvation by grace, according to Scripture. Furthermore, sin is still the issue since Calvary's cross, according to true grace teaching. Paul wrote real Christians these facts: For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live (Rom. 8:13). The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God (Gal. 5:19-21). See also Mark 9:43-48. Such important teachings as these can never be correctly termed a works salvation, legalism or cultic, but the dangerous and basically unrecognized eternal security wolves want you to think this way! Those vital teachings about sin's destructive power originated with the Lord and his apostles. They are not new with us. They are connected with the true plan of salvation.
In other words,
unless you endure, remain faithful to God and hold firmly till the end, your getting born again will be useless and you will still get thrown into the lake of fire -- the same as though you were never born again. Moreover, you will be worse off at the end than you were before initial salvation (2 Pet. 2:20).
You won't ever hear that Bible truth from Joseph Prince podcasts, but
it is still true! AVOID Joseph Prince messages. They are sugar coated poison. More and more Bible believers are becoming aware of these facts about the plan of salvation (or gospel message) and spreading this vital information to others for their benefit. Remember Jesus described real Christians as those that hear God's word and put it into practice (Lk. 8:21). That is a concise way to know the real plan of salvation. Hopefully, the aforementioned adequately explained what is the gospel of Jesus Christ to where you can now understand it.
[For much more information about this subject please consult our two evangelical books related to this topic: The Believers Conditional Security and The Myth of Eternal Security. Neither book has ever been refuted and never will be. Though these books have created a stir and brought many to repentance for salvation, the eternal security teachers are afraid to even mention their existence, since they can't adequately deal with the evidence and defense therein presented. Without a doubt, they don't want others to know about them.]
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