1) Eternal Salvation: God’s forgiveness of all our sins, Heaven irrevocably guaranteed, eternal life, eternal security, everlasting connection with a loving God, and a new, holy, loving, righteous self, in Christ and also indwelled by Christ, are the free and loving gifts of Jesus.
We receive this free gift of God’s love in the moment of belief in Jesus, when we believe in the Gospel of Christ. The Gospel message, the Good News, is that Jesus, who is God and man, shed His blood and died on the cross for all of our sins (past, present, and future) according to the Scriptures, was buried, and was resurrected from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures.
2) Practical Sanctification and Communion with God: living daily, in this life, by faith in the perfect and righteous person we have been made in Christ, as children of God our Heavenly Father, indwelled by God’s Holy Spirit, having died with Christ and having been raised to new life with Christ. This perfect, holy, and righteous new self is indwelled by Christ. We do not not believe in ourselves, but in Christ who Himself ~is~ the righteousness of those who believe in Him, by His grace.
In Practical Sanctification, in our present daily life, believers in Jesus, by faith, are ~living by faith in the new holy person we are, in Christ~ which is in union and complete dependence on Christ the Vine. Believers were made into holy persons in Christ by God in the very moment we were saved through faith in Jesus. When we live by this spiritual reality in Christ, we live the Christian life of communion and sanctification, in God.
In the natural sinful nature of the flesh, we are potentially as sinful, evil, and wretched as we ever were.
By God’s grace, we can daily live by faith in this new life in Christ.
I believe that Salvation in Christ and Practical Sanctification/Communion with God are the two most important truths of Christianity that should be focused on and made preeminent in order for people to have eternal salvation; and also for them to have true spiritual growth in the grace of Jesus, who loved us and gave Himself for us, to forgive us our sins and deliver us from our sin and evil and estrangement from God, to His goodness and love.
— If you believe that Jesus Christ is God and man, that He died for the forgiveness of all your sins, that He was buried, and that He was resurrected on the third day, then you have eternal life right now, and you are eternally saved forever, irrevocably, and you are irreversibly guaranteed to get into Heaven when you die. CS —
THE POPE: If he believes what he says he believes, and if he never believed in Jesus without also adding his good works in the past, and if he never believes in Jesus without adding his good works before he dies, the Pope will burn in Hell’s torment forever when he dies. The Bible teaches that salvation is not by our good works—for anyone. CS
— Eternally salvation comes by faith in Jesus. It does not come by repentance of sins, water baptism, a commitment to Jesus, a changed life, discipleship, church membership, your confession of faith, or anything else. These things are all good works. If you believe you are saved by these things, you are believing in salvation by good works. If you believe in salvation by good works, you are not eternally saved. CS —
A person has eternal life if they believe in Jesus. (John 6:47)
Who is Jesus? And what did He do? Jesus is God and man. He died for our sins, he was buried, and He rose again according to the Scriptures. It is by this Gospel that we are saved and sanctified. 1st Corinthians 15:1-4.
Enough is Enough
By johninnc, of the Ex-Preacherman website
John 3:16: 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.
We have received a flurry of emails, of late, expressing concern that our gospel presentations leave out certain essential details regarding God, Jesus, the atonement for our sins provided by the Lord Jesus Christ, and so on.
We believe that it is important for a believer to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. But, we must be careful not to insist that someone MUST know and believe EVERYTHING we know and believe in order to have eternal life. Otherwise, we can eviscerate the assurance of believers, and distract ourselves from our mission of promoting the gospel.
Please note that we are not advocating or excusing theological error, nor are we promoting a gospel message without content. Nor do we want to start a debate.
Following is a summary plan of salvation that we believe has sufficient content for someone to hear (or read) and believe unto eternal life:
1. Everyone is a sinner.
2. The penalty for sin is death (eternal separation from God in a place of conscious torment – hell).
3. One must be perfect to get into heaven. Not good. Not great. Perfect.
4. One cannot do anything of himself to obtain this perfection – this includes turning from sin, committing your life to Christ and so on. God offers eternal life as a gift – it’s not for sale or barter.
5. God provided a sin-bearer for us (The Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, God in the flesh. He had no sin of his own, but he came to die for us, paying the full penalty for our sin. He was raised from the dead, proving that His payment was accepted).
6. All we can do to receive everlasting life is to believe in Jesus Christ as our Savior.
7. Eternal life, once received by faith in Christ, can never be lost or forfeited, no matter what happens in our lives down the road.
What is there to do to receive eternal life? Simply BELIEVE that Jesus made that payment for your sin – for you.