Good works ain’t a part of getting you saved. They ain’t allowed!

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To include the good works of discipleship in justification to salvation is to make man his own Savior. There are no good works required for someone to be saved–only faith in Jesus, who died for all of our sins.

Curtis Smale

Believe in Jesus for a Moment and You are Saved Forever.

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.

Curtis Smale

What Happens in the Moment of Salvation

When a person believes in Jesus as Savior, who He is and what He did for us (dying for the forgiveness of our sins and rising again on the third day)— he thereby ~repents of his unbelief~ and believes in the Gospel. This is ~saving faith~.

He is immediately forgiven of all sins, past, present and future. He becomes a child of God, holy and perfect in Christ. He is unstoppably destined for Heaven, with his name written in Heaven. He is crucified and risen with Christ. He is ~spiritually baptized~ into the death and resurrection of Christ.

His salvation is ~eternally~ and irrevocably saved and ~secure~.

Curtis Smale

Salvation is by FAITH in Jesus (not by you having a changed life because of your faith in Jesus)

He who believes in Jesus has eternal life. (John 3:36)

If a person ~repents~ (changes his mind about) his unbelief and believes in Jesus as Savior for even a moment, he is forgiven of all his sins and he is saved forever, whether or not he ever does any good works, whether or not he is a good disciple, whether or not he “stops sinning.”

Even if a person, who once believed, loses his faith or opposes Jesus later, commits grievous sins or commits suicide, he is still eternally saved.

None of these terrible things is the will of God.

He who believes in Jesus has eternal life. (John 3:36)

The one who saved him is Jesus (the sinless Son of God) who died for all his sins (on the cross) according to the Scriptures, was buried, and rose again from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures. (1st Corinthians 15:1-4)

Jesus has done EVERYTHING necessary for our salvation.

The ONLY requirement for people to RECEIVE SALVATION is that we BELIEVE in Him.

The one who believes in Him is immediately spiritually ~baptized~ into the death and resurrection of Christ. He is a new person in Christ. (He who believes and is baptized shall be saved.)

Spiritually, the believer in Christ is new and perfect and holy. (The practical expression of faith in this perfection is a matter of faith after salvation: i.e. living as a holy child of God.)

The believer is immediately and irrevocably and eternally saved. 

He is -eternally secure- in his salvation, no matter what he does, good or bad, after that moment.

He becomes a child of God forever.

Discipleship, good works and repenting of sins (which are good works) and growth in grace and the fruit of the Spirit and living out our identity in Christ are good things commanded or provided by God that can naturally result from saving faith, that are the will of God, that -should- result from saving faith, but they are NOT requirements of eternal salvation.

There are other factors. If a person loses their faith, they will not have the  assurance of everlasting life. If a person sins grievously, they will be disciplined by God, up to God taking them out of this life. And, they will lose rewards if they do not do the will of God. 

And they won’t have inner peace in their willful, egregious sinning.

But they will not lose salvation. Salvation is eternal.

He who believes in Jesus HAS eternal life. (John 3:36)

Curtis Smale

Good Works

If we are saved by good works, we don’t need God— weekly reminders of the do’s and don’ts will get us to heaven.  If we are saved by suffering, we certainly don’t need God.  If we’re saved by doctrine then, for heaven’s sake, let’s study!  But be careful, student.  For if you’re saved by having exact doctrine, then one mistake could be fatal.

That goes for those who believe we’re made right with God through good deeds.  I hope the temptation is never greater than the strength.  If it is, a bad fall could be a bad omen.  And those who think we are saved by suffering, take caution as well, for you never know how much suffering is required.  It took Paul decades to discover what he wrote in only one sentence. Romans 3:28, “A person is made right with God through faith.”  Not through good works, suffering, or study…just faith!