This blog discusses the spiritual requirements for Salvation that most Christians are not aware of
The Bible speaks of CONDITIONAL SALVATION. “Holiness” (Hebrews 12:14) and “Perfection” (Matthew 5:48) are just two of many requirements for Salvation.
This means that Christians MUST OBEY what the Bible says if they sincerely hope to achieve eternal salvation after they die. The failure of Christians to OBEY GOD’S WORDS puts them into the same category of Adam and Eve as – REBELS!
This is Satan’s desire for all Christians over the past 2,000-years.
Only those who are “…sober,…vigilant” will be saved. This is “…because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith…” 1 Peter 5:8-9).
The articles in this category examines these claims in detail.
This Bible-based analysis of the Apostle Paul’s Gospel of Salvation tends to indicate that most Christians today have failed to meet the CONDITIONS associated with eternal salvation with Jesus Christ.
It also reveals that the FAITH LEVEL of MOST Christians today is at the very base level of faith necessary to enter the “RACE that God has set before every Christian” (Hebrews 12:1-2). This indicates they have failed to prepare themselves for the “endurance race” that God has set before every Christian to “RUN” (1 Corinthians 9:26):
"...and LET US RUN WITH PATIENCE THE RACE THAT IS SET BEFORE US, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith..." (Hebrews 12:1-2)
“And ye shall be HATED OF ALL MEN for my name's sake:but HE [or her] THAT ENDURETH TO THE END [to the FINISH LINE of his or her lifetime on Earth as one of My disciples] SHALL BE SAVED.” (Matthew 10:22)
“I have FOUGHT A GOOD FIGHT [with Satan’s people], I have FINISHED MY COURSE [of trials and temptations], I have KEPT THE FAITH [that was originally given the saints – Jude 1:3];” (2 Timothy 4:7)
This article will explain in detail the Eight Stages of Biblical Salvation necessary to Save Christians from spending eternity in Hell.
Each of the above stages is essential for Christians to experience the “revelation of the mystery” to understand how to “run the race” that each Christian must “run” – spiritually.
“…and let us RUN WITH PATIENCE the RACE THAT IS SET BEFORE US, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of ourfaith…” (Heb 12:1-2)
The Gospel of Initial and Final Salvation closely associates with the Apostle Paul’s Gospel that he termed “My Gospel“. This is the ONLY Gospel that will give Christians the promises of eternal life that God has promised.
Throughout the last two centuries of Christianity, the ‘gospel’ being preached centers upon Salvation through faith alone (Eph 2:9).
However, this Faith Alone ‘gospel’ fails to address the need for any accompanying “works” mentioned in Eph 2:10. In this, Paul said, we were “…created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them“.
The Bible says that God the Father regularly inspects each christian for spiritual “fruit” (John 15:2).
The Christians symbolised as “branches” grafted into Jesus “the Vine” (John 15:5) can only produce “fruit” from “works” (James 2:26). These “works” are produced to fulfill God the Father’s will (Matt 12:50) .
This is why God requires Christians to accept and implementInitial and Final Salvation. This is because ONLY Final Salvation accommodates both “faith” + “works” and the spiritual maturity that accompanies these “works“.
God has established the requirement for every Christian to “Run the Race” that has been established for them:
“…let us [meaning every Christian]RUN WITH PATIENCE THE RACE that is set before us, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith…”Heb 12:1-2
Once modern-day (unsaved) individuals hear the Gospel message—those who believe and then accept the ‘Good News’ by confessing Jesus Christ with their mouth, the Bible says that such people are ‘Saved’ from spending eternity in Hell (Rom 10:9-10).
However, such people are yet to run the race God has established for every Christian to embark upon and hopefully finish.
This ‘race’ is necessary because there is a Devil dwelling among us who does not like sinners ‘Saved’ out of his kingdom of lies, unbelief, sins, hatred, etc. into God’s kingdom of truth, mercy, peace and Godly love (i.e. “charity” — 2 John 1:3).
After Satan has lost one of his own to Jesus, his role is to have such people:
An advertising campaign I ran some time ago using Google ads produced statistical proof that most Christians are not Saved!
To illustrate that this situation has been a pattern of God’s people throughout millennia, the Bible reveals that in the days of Noah (Luke 17:26-27) it was only Noah and his seven other family members who were saved from that world-wide flood. If it is assumed that there were 1 billion people on the Earth at the time, this means that the percentage saved would be 0.0000008%.
Similarly, ALL of the inhabitants of the cities associated with Sodom and Gomorrah perished in the fire and brimstone that rained down upon them from Heaven — but it was only Lot and his two daughters who were saved from that catastrophe (Gen 19:24; 30). Again, it was a very tiny percentage of people who were ‘finally Saved’ from God’s judgments.
Often the Bible talks about a “remnant” of God’s people that were saved (rather than a multitude) as can be seen in these the Bible references (Rom 9:27; 2 Kings 19:30-31; Ezra 9:8; Isa 1:9; 10:21-22; 11:16).
The Bible contains many truths in the parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins that preachers prefer to ignore. It is because of this that many Foolish Christians will be left-behind after the Rapture.
This article looks at what each of the symbols represent in this parable. This is to allow Christians to appreciate how significant this message from Jesus is. It represents a warning that highlights what events will take place leading up to the (Pre-Trib) Rapture.
The New Testament is very clear that God the Father requires to see Christians demonstrate “works of faith” (James 2:20-26). This is so every Christian is able to bring forth spiritual “fruit” (John 15:1-9) into His kingdom.
The spiritual “fruit” referred to represents the lost souls in this world. These are those who are living a life of sin (Luke 15:10). This is because Satan has ensnared them in unbelief (Heb 4:6). The only way to “save” them (Rom 10:14) is for God’s people to preach the True Gospel. The Gifts of the Spirit (Mark 16:20) should accompany such preaching, as stated in the scripture verse below:
"And they [Christ's disciples] went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word WITH SIGNS FOLLOWING. Amen." ( Mark 16:20) — Jesus speaking
The significance of “Loving Truth” is closely associated with Salvation. On the contrary, I have discovered that human nature has a habit of avoiding “Loving Truth” in favour for “Convenient Truth”.
When circumstances dictate that people must face up to, they invariably do everything they can to avoid the issue. In this, they often fail to appreciate that their Creator is wanting them to confront whatever “truth” He has placed before them. God does this to determine if He is able to present to them the most important truth in their life, which often involves the Gospel message of Salvation in Jesus Christ.
Therefore, it can be seen that “having a love of the truth” is essential for Salvation to be achieved.
The Apostle Paul termed “My Gospel’ and his other teachings a “mystery”. He therefore required Christians to develop knowledge, wisdom and understanding of the scriptures (Col 1:9) to attain spiritual maturity so as to fully appreciate what he was saying.
Paul also stated that “OBEDIENCE of the faith” (Rom 16:26) is a basic requirement of Salvation. Such “Obedience” must be understood and applied in the Christian life (Rom 10:16) for salvation to be achieved.
The ‘Mystery’ of the Gospel
If Paul considered ‘My Gospel’ to be a “mystery”, why then are the modern gospels so simple in their presentation? Could it be that there is MORE to the True Gospel of Jesus Christ than most Christians have been told or believe? Have the modern gospels replaced “obedience” with tolerance and “love” (Phil 1:17)?