The Bible truth I want to preach to people is “believe in Jesus for a moment (John 3:14,15) and you are saved forever” —you are forgiven of all your sins—past, present and future (Colossians 2:13), you are sealed by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians1:13-14), you have ETERNAL life (John 3:36), you are justified by God (Romans 5:1), you are irrevocably saved forever (Romans 11:29), and you are destined for Heaven (John 14:2; Philippians 3:20).
Of course, there might be chastisement, loss of rewards in Heaven, and a difficult life because of your sins but it will not result in loss of salvation no matter what, whether you sin a lot or whether you are a great disciple and follower. Salvation is a free gift. (Romans 5:15)
The Jesus you must believe in is the sinless Son of God, the God-man, who lived a perfect life, shed His blood and died for all of your sins on the cross, according to the Scriptures, was buried, and rose again from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures.
After you are saved, it is God’s will that you live by His love, His grace, by faith, and by His Spirit—but this is not a requirement or a proof of salvation.
is by faith in Jesus. (John 6:47)
The Jesus who is the Son of God. (John 3:16)
The Jesus who died for the forgiveness of all your sins (on the cross) according to the Scripture, who was buried, who rose from the dead on the third day, according to the Scripture. (1st Corinthians 15:1-4)
No repentance of sins or turning from sins is necessary or allowed as a condition for salvation. (That is salvation by works of turning from sins.)
No good works are necessary or allowed as a condition for salvation. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
No water baptism is necessary or allowed as a condition of salvation. (That is salvation by ritual good works)
No continued discipleship to Jesus is necessary or allowed as a condition for salvation. (That is Lordship Salvation by Works False Gospel. (Galatians 1: 6-9)
Salvation is eternal. Eternal life. It is eternal life and the guarantee of Heaven at the moment of death. It cannot be lost, sinned away, or given back.
The eternal security of eternal salvation is the biblical truth.
Eternal salvation is a free gift 🎁 received by faith. (Ephesians 2:8)
After the moment of salvation, of receiving irrevocable, irreversible, unreturnable eternal life (Ephesians 1:13-14), it is God’s will that we follow His indwelling Spirit and live by the truth of His Word, as children Of God. But doing this does not get us saved, nor is it any condition of being saved or “staying saved.”
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.
God wants everyone to believe in the Son of God, Jesus Christ, crucified for all sins, dead, and buried–and risen again on the third day, for salvation.
God wants every believer in Jesus to live by His love and grace, and by His Spirit, as a holy child of God, crucified with Christ, and risen with Christ.