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 that the Apostle Paul said we were “…created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them“.
Similarly, the spiritual “fruit” (John 15:2) that God the Father regularly inspects from Christians represented as the “branches” grafted into Jesus “the Vine” (John 15:5) can only be produced from “works” (James 2:26) that fulfill God the Father’s will (Matt 12:50) . This is why God requires Christians to accept and implement Initial and Final Salvation, because ONLY Final Salvation accommodates both “faith” + “works” and the spiritual maturity that accompanies it.
Scripture verses that prove Final Salvation
Below are the key verses which prove that God requires His people to “ENDURE TO THE END to be Saved“:
“Receiving THE END OF YOUR FAITH, even THE SALVATION OF YOUR SOULS.”1 Peter 1:9
The five things ALL Christians MUST DO TO THE END of their faith journey to be Saved are these:
1. ENDURE TO THE END to be saved (Matt 10:22; Matt 24:13; Mark 13:13).
2. HOLD FAST THE HOPE of eternal life TO THE END (Heb 3:6).
3. HOLD THE BEGINNING OF OUR CONFIDENCE [obtained at Initial Salvation] steadfast TO THE END (or, Final Salvation – Heb 3:14).
4. SHOW THE SAME DILIGENCE to the full assurance of hope TO THE END (Heb 6:11).
5. OVERCOME AND KEEP CHRIST’S WORKS TO THE END (Rev 2:26).
With the above warnings established, I encourage you to to explore what Initial and Final Salvation represents, so that from this, you can “…work out your own Salvation in fear and trembling [to determine if your Salvation is secure or not].” (Phil 2:12)
Final Salvation also relates to running the “race that God has set before us” (1 Cor 9:24 and Heb 12:1-2) that attracts a “prize” if completed. Failure to “run the race” means the Christian will not achieve Final Salvation.
To obtain an overview of the above chart, it is suggested you watch this video presentation prior to reading the information that follows.
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