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)
Jesus Christ presented His Ten Commandments in the form of warnings that Christians should take notice, that their Salvation is at risk. If they ignore these warnings, they will NOT inherit eternal life with Him.
In this, Jesus said:
“If ye love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15)
The above verse could also be interpreted as saying:
“If ye [really and sincerely] love me [as you claim you do, then], keep [or OBEY each of] my commandments.” (John 14:15)
Recently I discovered the following Ten Commandments of Jesus that are expressed in the form of ‘negative commandments’. In this, they are presented as warnings from Jesus for every Christian to take notice. As an example, one warning in John 3:5 says they “…CANNOT ENTER INTO THE KINGDOM OF GOD”.
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“.
Jesus Christ used parables to describe what the Kingdom of Heaven was like. This article represents a modern-day parable of the education system. As such systems of education are found in many countries, they are used to illustrate the Biblical truth about Salvation and how God expects His people to progress and mature from beginning (Initial Salvation) to the end (Final Salvation).
The scripture verse that underscores the message in this post is this:
“It is written in the prophets, And THEY[ALL truly 'born-again' Christians] shall be ALL TAUGHT[PERSONALLY] of God [the Father]. Every[truly 'born-again'] man[or woman] therefore that hath HEARD, and hath LEARNED of [God] THE FATHER, COMETH UNTO ME [Jesus—at the Rapture].” (John 6:45)
Every Christian commences their faith-journey when he or she first accepts Christ as their personal Savior. This symbolizes in the parable a young child commencing their education years in kindergarten.
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:
Most Christians cannot conceive that Judas Iscariot had many disciples, and these would continue on preaching his beliefs well after his death.
In the article ‘Are Only FEW Christians Saved“, it showed how the Bible reveals that only a “FEW” of God’s people have been ‘saved’ throughout the history of the Earth. To appreciate the facts behind this claim, it is worthy to first understand a little more about what the Bible reveals about Judas Iscariot.
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).
A recent article I read identifies society’s corruption that the Prophet Jeremiah experienced in his day some 2,600-years ago. It also reveals how today’s corrupt world parallels Jeremiah’s world back then. Naturally, such a situation brought about God’s judgment on an area of the world back then, as stated in the Bible:
"And upon Elam[on the Northeast side of the Persian Gulf] will I bring the four winds from the four quarters of heaven, and will scatter them toward all those winds; and there shall be no nation whither the outcasts of Elam[the Elamites] shall not come. 37 For I will cause Elam to be dismayed before their enemies, and before them that seek their life: and I will bring evil upon them, even my fierce anger, saith the Lord; and I will send the sword after them, till I have consumed them: 38 And I will set my throne in Elam, and will destroy from thence the king and the princes, saith the Lord." (Jeremiah 49:36-38)