Are These the Two Greatest Prayers?


I believe that the two greatest prayers you could pray would be for another person’s salvation, and for the hearts of others to be filled with the love of God in Jesus Christ–both of these are the will of God.

I wish you grace, salvation, assurance of salvation, assurance of eternal security, growth in grace and knowledge, discernment in your spirit from God’s Spirit, God’s presence and comfort, His guidance, His peace, love, joy, wisdom, revelation, spiritual fellowship with God, spiritual fellowship with other believers, strength, health, healing, stability, security, provision, protection, honesty, purity, sincerity, success, bravery, righteous anger, blessing–and maturity, and heavenly rewards, in Christ. I wish you His love.

I send these emails to you because I love you and I care about your current and afterlife well-being. Here are some of my favorite Bible verses that clearly teach salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus, eternal security, and sanctification by grace through faith in Jesus.

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he [or she] who believes in Me HAS everlasting life.” -Jesus, in the Bible book of John, chapter 6, verse 47.

“He who believes in the Son HAS everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” -John 3:36

“FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD that He gave His only begotten Son, that who whoever believes in Him should not perish but HAVE everlasting life.” -Jesus, in John 3:16

“this [Jesus] is He who BAPTIZES WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT.” -John 1:33

“Moreover, brethren, I declare to you THE GOSPEL which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved…For I delivered to you FIRST OF ALL that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures..”
-Paul the apostle in 1st Corinthians 15:1-4.

“In Him… HAVING BELIEVED, you were SEALED with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the GUARANTEE of our inheritance…”
-Ephesians 1:13, 14.

“For THE LAW was given through Moses, but GRACE AND TRUTH came through Jesus Christ…” -John 1:17

“Everyone who…believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I [Jesus] will raise [resurrect] him [or her] up at the last day.” John 6:40

“He who testifies to these things [Jesus] says, “Surely I am coming quickly.”
Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.” Revelation 22:20,21 (the last two sentences in the Bible)

All these verses are quoted from the New King James Version (NKJV) of the Bible. The NKJV is the Bible translation I have found most accurate to the original Greek. It is a near-perfect English representation of the original.

..”what must I do to be saved?”
..”believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved. -Acts 16:31

“…whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” -Acts 2:21

If you are not saved, or are not sure if you are saved from God’s Hell-punishment of you for your sins, just call out to Jesus right now with a sincere heart, “Jesus save me!” and you will be saved immediately and permanently. You can call out to Him and be saved by His grace through faith in Jesus. You will be immediately saved, you will be immediately forgiven of all sins: past, present, and future, you will immediately be declared righteous, you will immediately be indwelled by God’s Spirit–forever, and you will be guaranteed to go to Heaven the very moment you die.

“Therefore, HAVING BEEN justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” -Romans 5:1

“Through Him we have received grace… for obedience to the faith…” -Romans 1:5

“There is therefore now NO CONDEMNATION to those who are in Christ Jesus..” -Romans 8:1

“For sin shall NOT have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.”
-Romans 6:14

You are a new creation in Christ.

Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.

“…forgive…” -Matthew 18:35

“Let brotherly love continue….”
-Hebrews 13:1

“Love others as yourself.”

“Fight the good fight!”

“…God is love…” -1st John 4:8

“He who does not love does not -know-* God, for GOD IS LOVE.” -1st John 4:8

*This verse refers to -knowing- God in -spiritual fellowship-. This is -not- a salvation verse.

–Curtis Smale

It All Boils Down To This


 

Spiritually, everything boils down to this: having faith in the God-man Jesus, crucified on the cross for all sins, and resurrected, for our salvation; loving God, and loving and forgiving others as yourself, as Jesus loves; believing and following the Word and Spirit as a redeemed child of God, by His grace; and eagerly looking forward to Jesus’ Return and Our Father’s promise of Heaven–our destiny.

–Curtis Smale

“What is the Difference Between Salvation and Fellowship with God?”


Many people today in various churches believe that something more than, “believe in Jesus” is needed for salvation. (This is the deadly false doctrine called, “Lordship Salvation” taught by the Roman Catholic Church, and by ~many~ Protestant churches today.” It is the number one lie of Satan.)

Some of the things that people believe they need to do to get saved or maintain being saved are:

1) “repentance from sins” (turning from sins)

2) being water baptized

3) attending church (or Mass),

4) avoiding big sins

5) doing good works of discipleship

6) loving your neighbor as yourself

7) forgiving people

8) giving money faithfully to the work of the church

9) being positive and joyful

10) knowing the Bible

11) raising good kids

12) being tolerant

13) attending Communion or Lord’s Supper regularly

Now these are all positive things, but you can’t get saved by doing ~any~ of them. These are all the works of ~men~.

~The Bible says very clearly, over and over, that no one can be saved by doing good works.~

~The Bible says very clearly, over and over, about 150 times, that the ~only~ thing that is necessary for a person to be saved is for that person to BELIEVE IN JESUS.~ The Philippian jailer asked Paul the apostle, “What must I do to be saved?” Paul answered: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.” (Acts 16:30,31)

Jesus said the same thing in John 3:16 and John 6:47:

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” –John 3:16

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.” –John 6:47

~Nothing else~ is required of you for you to be guaranteed of salvation, to be completely forgiven, to be transformed, and to be guaranteed to go to Heaven when you die.

Jesus did it ~all~.

Anything you add to believing in Jesus, anything else you are trusting in, in addition to Jesus, to be saved, creates a false Gospel that cannot save you.

If you add your good works or your discipleship to the Gospel of Jesus, it becomes a false Gospel (see Galatians chapter one).

~Trust in Jesus ~alone~ and you will be saved.~

Don’t make your good works or your discipleship or your ~repentance from sins~ or your water baptism part of salvation–they are not part of salvation.

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Secondly, we are only kept in ~fellowship~ with God through faith in Jesus.

Our good works done as believers, motivated by the Spirit of God, are ~not~ what saves us –they are ~not~ part of salvation, they are the ~result~ of salvation.

Only the perfect life, death and resurrection of Jesus can save us.

Doing sins does not damn us and doing good works does not save us.

Our sins have been forgiven by Jesus.

Our sins would have damned us, but they have ~all~ been paid for by Jesus’ dying on the cross.

Repentance means to “change your mind” and to realize that your are a sinner and that Jesus is God and Savior. The repentance spoken of in the Bible in association with salvation is not, “repent of your sins,” but, “repent” (change your mind about your unbelief–and believe in Jesus.)

The Bible ~never~ commands us to “repent of our sins” in order to be saved.

Certainly, changing our minds about sins and stopping doing sins is a good thing, but doing this will ~not~ save you.

Only believing in Jesus will save you.

The baptism that saves your soul is ~not~ water baptism, but ~spiritual~ baptism, where we are baptized into the death and resurrection of Christ, invisibly, at the moment of belief. (Romans 6:3-4)

Our attempts at being good, our good works and our avoidance of sinning does not qualify us for fellowship with God.

Only Jesus’ forgiveness and righteousness can qualify us for fellowship with God–only He makes us pure in the sight of God.

So here we see freedom in salvation through faith in Christ, and freedom in fellowship with God through faith in Christ.

Believe in Christ, and you will be saved.

(Another way of saying this is to “trust in Jesus as your Savior from sin and Hell.”)

If you believe in Jesus you will also be sanctified, if you follow the Spirit and do good works.

Only belief in Jesus saves anyone from their sins and from Hell.

Only believing in Jesus is the way to Heaven. (John 6:47; John 3:16; 1st Corinthians 15:1-4; Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 1:13,14; Ephesians 2:8,9)

–Curtis Smale