Christians are saved by believing the Gospel truths, by God’s grace, also known as “believing in Jesus.” Faith. Many people know this fact. Christians are those who know this fact and also believe it.
The Gospel is: Jesus is both God and man. Jesus died on the cross to forgive your sins, was buried, and rose again from the dead on the third day, according to the Scriptures. The Bible explicitly says that every blessing depends on faith in Christ (Ephesians 1:3).
If you do not believe that Jesus is God, then the Bible says that you are ~not~ saved (John 3:36, 1st John 5:1: The Son of God is God. The Christ is God Incarnate in a human body.)
If you do not believe that Jesus died for your sins, then the Bible says, (by reverse corollary) that you are ~not~ saved. (1st Corinthians 15:1-3).
If you do not believe that Jesus was resurrected from the dead, then the Bible also says that you are ~not~ saved. (1st Corinthians 15: 1-3).
What most Christians do not know, however, the great spiritual secret, is that they are sanctified, or made holy, by merely believing the Gospel truths. Trusting Jesus not only as their Savior, but as their ~righteousness~, as well.
Jesus is the only source of true spirituality.
Whatever truths of God we truly believe, for as long as we believe them, for as deeply as we believe them, will produce good and beautiful spiritual fruit (actions, works), just because we believe them.
Most people think that by trying hard to obey God’s commands (natural, or “fleshly” works) that they can “achieve” the life of God–apart from a direct spiritual connection to and reliance upon Jesus Christ.
But holiness cannot be achieved by the natural (unspiritual) efforts of man to do externally good things. Holiness, always, only, is a result of being spiritually connected to God by faith in the promises of God, in Scripture.
If we ~believe~ the things that God says about us, then we will experience and live in the power of those things, and then we will do truly good things.
1) We are permanently, eternally, saved by faith in Jesus. (John 6:47)
2) We are also sanctified in our practical lives by that same faith in Jesus. Another way to say this is that when we believe what God says about us, then we ~actually experience~ those things in our lives.
Often when a person believes a big truth of God, by God’s grace and Spirit, he immediately becomes aware of his spiritual capacity in Christ to know things.
A few examples of the thousand truths found in the Bible that immediately free believers in Jesus to do God’s will: You are holy and righteous in Christ. You are the light of the world. You are a new person, a new creation, in Christ.
Your sinful self was crucified with Christ and you were risen with Christ to new life, and to a new holy person indwelled by Christ.
You are a perfect, loving person, in Christ.
~There is no “struggling” or “trying” to become what God has already declared is true about you.~
I believe that this is the biggest secret you could ever tell most Christians.