Initial and Final Salvation

Initial and Final Salvation
This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Initial and Final Salvation

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

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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Final Salvation: Running the ‘Race’

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Initial and Final Salvation

The God of Creation who created the heavens and the Earth — together with everything in them (Isa 42:5) has set challenges for every person born upon the Earth to “seek Him while He can be found”:

Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: {7} Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.” 

(Isa 55:6-7)

Once modern-day individuals hear the Gospel message — 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 successfully finish.

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PROOF that MOST Christians are NOT SAVED!

PROOF that MOST Christians are NOT SAVED
This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Initial and Final Salvation

My recent advertising campaign using Google ads to promote my post titled Initial and Final Salvation has 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).

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Spirit, Soul and Body — the Inner and Outer Man

This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series Spirit Soul and Body

Most Christians do not appreciate that they have their own personal Spirit which is contained within their physical Body termed the Outer Man. The Outer Man also contains their Inner Man that the scriptures refer to as the Soul.

The presence of both the human Spirit within the Soul is termed the “Inward Man” as shown in the scripture verse below. It is this invisible spiritual component of “mankind” that departs the deceased body to spend the remainder of eternity elsewhere.

…but though our OUTWARD MAN perish, yet the INWARD MAN is renewed day by day.”  

2 Corinthians 4:16

This article is the first one in a series that aims to help Christians understand more about their spiritual ‘organs’ that our Creator has given us—and from this, obtain a better understanding as to how the spirit world around us functions.

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Spirit, Soul and Body – the HEART

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series Spirit Soul and Body

Our physical BODY also contains our SPIRIT and SOUL; and within our SOUL, the Bible says is our HEART.

This article follows on from the previous article in the series titled “Spirit, Soul and Body – the MIND

The highlighted section of the image below represents the various ‘organs’ of our bodies that we will be looking at in this series—in particular the HEART and how it impacts the MIND.

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Spirit, Soul and Body — Our ‘Spirit’

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series Spirit Soul and Body

Our physical BODY also contains our SPIRIT and SOUL, and the Bible indicates our SPIRIT (with our CONSCIENCE) is located in the purely spiritual realms.

The highlighted section of the image below represents the various ‘organs’ of our bodies that we will be looking at in this series—in particular the SPIRIT and how it impacts the MIND, the SOUL and the HEART .

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Are You Walking in Spirit or in the Flesh?

The Bible contains many strange statements that are not easily understood – especially of “walking in the spirit“.  Much research and questioning is often required to discover what these topics truly mean. 

  • Holiness (Heb 12:14-16)
  • Sanctification (1 Thes 4:4)
  • Righteousness (Matt 5:20)
  • Truth (John 18:38)
  • Predestination (Rom 8:29)
  • Walking in the Spirit/Flesh

This article will endeavor to explain what “Walking in the Spirit” vs “Walking in the Flesh” means from the Bible’s perspective.

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Understanding My Gospel

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.

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Part 1: The Generations of the Heavens and the Earth

Creation Timeline
This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series The Generations of the Heavens and the Earth

The Apostle Peter speaks in the Bible about “The Generations of the Heavens and the Earth” in 2 Peter 3:7 in much the same way as we speak of grand parents, children and grand children, as revealed in the three passages of scripture verses below:

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