Salvation - To Believe on the Lord JESUS
"And how shall they preach, except they be sent?" Romans 10:15a
The greatest of all subjects is Jesus Christ and His work. Salvation is of primary importance as the soul of a person will live in eternity somewhere; be it heaven or hell. Fundamental focus is made upon salvation. What is it? How does one obtain it? Is it possible to lose salvation after one has supposedly obtained it? Where are we in current events as pertaining to Bible prophecy? What does God expect of each member of his body, the church?
There are as many ideas of what is necessary for salvation of the soul as there are people. Each person has his or her own concept of God and His requirements for eternal life.
The above verse stated by Paul to the keeper of the prison seems simple enough; that is, simply believe on the Lord Jesus. Then the question begs to be answered is how does one believe on the Lord Jesus? Is believing on the Lord only a mental exercise using our intellectual minds in that Jesus is confessed to be our Saviour? Or does this word Believe require a condition of the heart comprising both our spirit, soul, and body?
Unfortunately, most theologians have adopted an easy believism in obtaining salvation, not realizing the depth of the word to Believe. Lets take a look below at the Greek word used for believe in the New Testament. It is pisteu/w. Does this simply convey intellectual faith as simply a mental exercise that requires nothing else; or rather some higher prerogative and law of the soul? The law of the soul is the determining factor in order to believe in that it requires the mouth to speak out of the abundance of the heart which is manifested in the works that accompany salvation; that is, to believe. The manifestation of one that believes then requires his or her spirit, soul, and body in order to believe on the Lord Jesus. This covers many things in ones prerogative of the soul in order to believe.
Jesus is the object of our belief and the sole profession of our faith. In order for one to believe on the Lord Jesus, one must hear and receive the things of the Word; for Jesus is the Word of God. (Revelation 19:13b) Therefore, to believe on the Lord Jesus, then one must believe the Word of God as to the way, the truth, and the life in order to have everlasting life. To aid in this, God gives gifts unto men, for God has chosen the foolishness of preaching to save those that are lost. How shall they believe without a preacher, and how shall he go except he be sent? The Word then is given to Gods ministers of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers for the work of the ministry, for the perfecting of the saints, until we all come into the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the fullness of the measure of the stature of Jesus Christ. The sole purpose of the church as the body of Christ is to be a perfect image of Jesus Christ, thus revealing Jesus to a lost and dying world to the glory of God.
The church is required to believe which brings salvation by faith through grace. Faith works by love, not that we first loved God, but that he first loved us. And because He first loved us and gave Himself for us while we were yet sinners, we are able to love; for God is love. Anyone that does not love does not know God and abides in darkness even until now. For he that says that he loves God and abides in darkness is a liar and the truth is not in him. Therefore a simple confession of the mouth is not enough to believe, for John tells us the following verse of scripture which plainly shows that simple confession of the mouth alone as an intellectual exercise is not enough for salvation.
Again, John plainly tells us that saying we know Jesus is not enough.
To believe, one must keep the Word of God in order to know that we are in Jesus, thus having salvation because we have Him, the author of our salvation. He that loves God keeps his commandments and his commandments are not grievous. Speaking that we love God or that we know God is not enough to believe, for one must show forth the works that accompany salvation; for if one is saved, he will walk in love even as Jesus walked in love.
John speaks of continuing on in the Lord Jesus, not being stagnant becoming content and at ease in the things of the Word of God, but we must press onward to the mark of the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus, unto the end; for he that endures to the end, the same shall be saved. It is not enough to start the race, but we must grow up in Him, in all things in order to be pleasing to God, doing the will of God. John also states that if any man loves the world and the things of the world in reputation, fame, money, power, etc. cannot love God, for these are contrary to each other. The works prove that one believes on the Lord Jesus and thus has salvation, because he does those things that pleases God and brings glory to God by his or her good works done in the world.
A believer then is one that not only confesses the Lord Jesus, but believes in his heart that God raised him from the dead, keeping the commandments of God according to the Spirit of grace, that by faith through grace we are saved, and are being saved, even unto the end of these things that comprise our faith unto perfection and subsequent glorification.
Is repentance necessary for salvation? Of course repentance is necessary for salvation. Is baptism in the name of Jesus Christ necessary for salvation? Of course baptism in the name of Jesus Christ is necessary for salvation. For it is written in the word of God as follows when the lost asked the apostles, What shall we do when they were pricked in their heart.
So repentance is necessary along with baptism in the name of Jesus Christ in order for an individuals sins to be remitted or washed away in Jesus name. Is that all there is to salvation? No, but it is the beginning. Now the race starts for the individual which must follow on to know the Lord in various revelations as the Lord leads the new believer on unto perfection, unto His own image and likeness; i.e. a Christian (Christ like).
One must then receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost in order to have the Spirit of Christ dwelling in him or her. When the Holy Ghost is received, the same manifestation of the Spirit of God will take place in the believers life as written in the Word of God. For the Word of God is not static, but dynamic and alive. It is not enough to have the Holy Ghost, but one must be led of the Spirit of God in order to be sons of God.
There are many things of the Spirit of God that will be revealed to the individual believer in his or her walk in the light in order to do the will of God. Any time a believer turns back and does not follow the leading of the Holy Ghost, then a term called a backslider or backsliding is used to describe this individual. God will then deal with this individual based upon how much has been given to him or her; for to whom much is given, much is required. The Lord then calls for repentance which is a turning back to God which requires a change in direction and renouncing the error of his or her way. These things are the things that make up a persons faith; for faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
It is impossible to please God without faith, therefore, salvation cannot be obtained without faith; that is, one must receive these things of the Spirit which are not seen which are the eternal things of God in truth from good. These things are spiritual truths of the Word of God that is required for a believer to grow up in God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.
We must all strive to enter in at the strait gate and narrow way, for all else is destruction. Striving requires one to always be diligently seeking the things that comprise our faith, striving for the truth in Christ Jesus. The Lord gives severe warnings to those who are settled on their lees and at ease in Zion. Most go to church believing that they are saved and have no regard for more truth which is required to grow up and become fully mature unto perfection. We must not fall into the devils trap becoming complacent. We must press onward to the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus, striving to be like him in all things of faith.
And of course, our faith works by love though grace. Now we have the mercy of God that gives us the grace in order to live the God-life. Most will state that grace is the unmerited favor of God. I like to put it this way; grace is God giving us the things of faith that we do not deserve; while mercy is God not giving us the things that we do deserve. Grace is alive and effectual, always working in the believer by the Spirit of God according to the will of God to bring the believer unto a full mature Christian which the Bible calls unto perfection.
We must allow God to work in us according to His will so that the church of God can be completed unto perfection, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; the church coming in the full image of Jesus Christ in the earth. When the church is fully manifested as the sons of God in the perfect image of Jesus, all things being restored back to God, then Jesus will come to receive His bride as a perfect mirror image of Himself; fully Christ like or Christians; who have made themselves ready, without spot or blemish, or any such thing. For the heavens must receive Jesus until the times of the restitution of all things. (Acts 3 20,21).
Some of us may die in the faith, but there is a church that is predestinated to be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ and will bring the revelation of Jesus Christ to a lost world, making the kingdoms of this world, the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ.
So do not let anyone tell you that you have all you need for salvation. Strive onward in the things of God in order to receive the things that God has prepared for them that love him. We are not to become complacent in these things of faith, otherwise, the Lord Himself will not be pleased with us at His coming, so that we can be presented blameless at the appearing of the Lord, both in spirit, soul, and body.
God is doing a great work in His body, but will the Lord Jesus find faith when he comes? Let us all strive to enter into Jesus unto perfection. This is the end; for whosoever abides unto the end, the same shall be saved. In a sentence; to believe in the Lord Jesus is to do the things of faith by grace; thus doing the will of God. For whoever does not do the will of God will not be saved as stated by the Lord Jesus in his address in setting up His governmental constitution and by-laws as follows:
Notice in the above, Jesus states that we as the body of Christ must do the will of the Father in order to be saved. We must hear these things, the things of faith by the Word teaching us the spiritual things of God unto perfection or full maturity and then do those things that please God; being not a hearer of the Word, but a doer of the Word, for then only will we be justified by faith through grace through believing in the Lord Jesus.
Again, Jesus states the following truth that we must not only hear or understand these things of God, but we must do them also in order to believe on the Lord Jesus and do as He has spoken to us in His eternal Word.
There is a great shaking ahead concerning all nations; rains, floods, and great winds that will blow against you as a house and the temple of God that you are as a member of the body of Christ, the church. Only the ones that dig deep and receive these things of faith in the Word of God will be able to stand in that day, knowing what it truly means to believe on the Lord Jesus".
God bless you and yours,
Dennis A. Beard