Religions seek to show that man is a sinner through moral and legal issues, but the Bible shows that all became sinners because of a single offense “And when He comes, He Will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment “(John 16: 8).
Many Christians do not know if they are saved, insecurity that comes from certain doctrinal positions, or do not understand some bible verses.
Verse containing warning in caring for the salvation seem to outweigh the guarantees contained in the gospel of salvation, and many doubt they are really saved.
Understanding the warning contained in the following verse: “Not every one that saith unto-me, Lord! enter the kingdom of heaven, but He Who does the Will of my Father Who is in heaven “(Mt 7:21).
Given this verse, many doubt their salvation and Wonder about the possibility of being deceived because they believe they are saved. Beyond doubt, are still the masters of pseudo Christianity that use the verse only to instill fear in people, but also do not understand the truth contained therein.
When Jesus Said, ‘Not every one that saith unto-me, Lord, Lord, ‘ was talking to a crowd demonstrating that, just do not call him Lord, before it is necessary to do the will of God in order to enter heaven.
Jesus explained his listeners about what it takes to have assurance of salvation when He demonstrated his listeners to say ‘Lord, Lord’, does not guarantee salvation. The assurance of salvation is to do the will of the heavenly Father. Jesus demonstrated not only what does not guarantee salvation and left by man has to decide for yourself what is the will of God. Do Not! Jesus came into the world to do the Father’s will and declare unto man what is God’s will to be done by man to attain salvation.
What is the will of God that the man perform, guarantee entry to heaven?
Some preachers, in possession of this verse arrematam saying such words have targeted those Who ‘profess’ publicly with his lips who believes in Christ, but never became genuinely claiming to confess that he believed in Christ does not yield salvation if the penitent not obey God doing his will, which is confusing because it does not clarify what the will of God, or worse, they claim that conform to behaviors established by the company as correct is to carry out God’s will.
One thing is certain: only enter in heaven who born again! Just enter in heaven who have work more than the scribes and Pharisees! Just enter in heaven who does the will of God! But the will of God is specific: they believe in Christ.
The work of God, or the commandment of God, or God’s will is summarized in the following sentence: “And this is his commandment: to believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as the his commandment “(1 John 3:23; John 6:29).
But if God’s will is that men believe in Christ when Jesus said he did not just say, -‘Senhor, Lord, ‘but it is necessary to do the work of God – the essence of Christ’s message is that believed n “He” Jesus answered and said to them: The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent “(Jn 6:29).
Do the will of God brings salvation, never the other way, that salvation results in doing the will of God. Buzzwords like, ‘You do not make God’s will for you to be saved, but shall do the will of God if you are truly saved,’ has a tremendous mistake.
Often the sinner hears that is sinful to have been generated from Adam and he needs Christ to be saved, and after the sinner believe that Jesus is the Son of God who takes away the sin of the world, has its confidence deconstructed according to argument that ‘the true fruit of salvation is to do the will of God.’ This is one of Satan’s devices which is the round about seeking whom he may devour. This is a mistake of perdition, for believing in Christ is God’s will, an essential condition to enter the kingdom of heaven, when the believer begins to be in Christ and Christ in the believer “And he that keepeth his commandments is therein, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us “(1 John 3:25).
To believe in Christ as the Christ of God who had come into the world is the same as being in Christ, therefore, who believes becomes a new creature, because just believe in Christ for man to fulfill the commandment of God.
When the Philippian jailer asked the apostle Paul and Silas what he must do to be saved, the response was specific and categorical: believe on the Lord Jesus! “And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved, and thy house “(Acts 16:30 -31).
Who believes that Jesus is the Son of God overcomes the world “Who is it that overcomes the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?” (1 John 5: 5). To admit that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that God raised him from the dead is salvation “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved “(Romans 10: 9).
When you believe in Christ, that is, when does the will of God, man shall be connected to the true vine. Being a stick attached to the vine is impossible not bear fruit “Abide in me, and I in you; As the branch itself can not bear fruit if it is not in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches; who is in me and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing “(John 15: 4 -5, 1 John 3:25).
When Jesus says, “Abide in me and I in you, ‘he was saying -” Do the will of the Father “; – “Believe that I am the one sent by God”; – “Perform the work of God” because whoever believes in Christ shall be in Christ and Christ in the believer. To be in Christ enough to believe in Christ (John 14: 1), for this is God’s command that results in salvation, since Christ was sent by God so that everyone who believes in him may not perish before have eternal life (John 3:16).
The fruit that produces the believer is to profess the name of Jesus as savior of the world “therefore let us offer to God for him sacrifice of praise, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name” (Hebrews 13:15). Do the will of God is to believe in Christ, and the fruit of the believer is to profess Christ, the fruit of lips, which is not the same as’ fruit of salvation “(Heb 13:15).
The commandment is to believe in Christ, the fruit is to announce the good news of the gospel, because the fruit is the seed that produces life. It is a grotesque mistake to confuse the fruit of lips to the commandment of God.
The evidence of salvation is that God raised His Son from the dead, and that everyone who obeys God by believing in Christ is saved, for his commandment is to believe in Christ.
If the Christian believes that Jesus is the savior of the world, the Son of God born in the house of David, who lived a sinless life, died and rose from the dead and is seated at the Father’s right hand on high, is saved, as we read “who promised before through his prophets in the holy scriptures, Concerning his Son, born of the seed of David according to the flesh, declared Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord “(Rom 1: 2 -4).
Do not let someone else examine the authenticity of your salvation before prove, analyze yourself if you remain believing in Christ, for He is the faith that was to manifest and we were manifest (Galatians 3:23). If the believer remains believing that Jesus is the Christ according to the Scriptures says, is approved before God.
If someone tries to put in doubt the salvation of those who believed in Christ, just do the recommended by the Apostle Paul to the Corinthians Christians: “Examine yourselves, whether in the faith; prove your yourselves. Know ye not your own selves, that Jesus Christ is in you? If you are not already deprecated “(2 Corinthians 13: 5).
It is for this reason that the believer should interirar than reached after hearing the gospel and believe in Christ “Who ye also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; and, having also believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise “(Eph 1:13).
Now, if the Christian does not know that is in Christ and Christ is in him; is known that is a new creation to be in Christ; it is unknown which is the temple, the indwelling Spirit of God; it is unknown which is the body of Christ; is known that is light in the Lord; it is unknown who is the son of God; is unknown who was baptized into Christ’s death; is known that already risen with Christ from the dead; is known that the Father and the Son came and did it address any question from the antichrist demoverá such Christian faith and will be found disapproved “Examine yourselves, whether in the faith; prove your yourselves. Know ye not your own selves, that Jesus Christ is in you? If you are not already deprecated “(2 Corinthians 13: 5).
The Christian who does not understand that the will of God is to believe in Christ, or who does not understand that believing in Christ is sufficient to result in salvation, is comparable to the seed fallen by the way side, susceptible to the evil come and snatch the seed, as we read in the parable of the sower: “when anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart; this is what was sown by the wayside” (Mt 13:19 ).
If the believer believes that:
- Was a sinner because he was a descendant of Adam, because it was generated in sin (Rom 3:23);
- Jesus was sent into the world to save mankind because everyone was alienated from God because of the offense of Adam (John 3:16);
- Jesus is the eternal Word who was in the beginning with God (John 1: 1 -2), and being God, emptied of its power and glory and became a man (Phil 2: 7);
- Jesus was introduced to the world as the only begotten Son of God generated in Mary’s womb by the Spirit of God (John 1:18; Mt 1:18);
- Jesus lived among men, was a participant in all afflictions, yet was without sin (Hebrews 2:17);
- Jesus was crucified, died, was buried and rose again the third day and is seated at the right hand of God in the highest (Rom 1: 3 -4), means that repented, ie, that its design was changed, transformed by the message gospel and effectively saved.
There is a misreading of what is genuine repentance that also blurred the understanding of many Christians. Repentance according to the bible says to change the design of understanding. When Jesus tells the Pharisees: “… unless you repent, all likewise perish” (Luke 13: 5), was demonstrating that despite thinking he was in prime condition before God for being descendants of Abraham, in fact, it did not change the design they had, perish the same way as those nations that the Pharisees had just issued a judgment.
Repentance is not confess mistakes and crimes. Repentance is not going to a confessional. Repentance is not penance up. Repentance is not remorse. Repentance, ‘metanoia’ in Greek, is bound to have a concept to embrace a new understanding.
The Pharisees believed it was saved by being descendants of Abraham, but if a Pharisee repent, should replace the concept that was saved by being a descendant of Abraham by the idea that salvation is in Christ, the descendant promised to Abraham. This is why John the Baptist said to the scribes and Pharisees – “Repent. That is, change the design of you, for to be saved not just think of your father Abraham, because the stones God can raise up children to Abraham “; – “Change the design of you, for the kingdom of God is within you.”
Say: – ‘Lord, Lord’, is behaving as some Jews who claimed to believe in Christ (John 8:31), but when questioned, presented their real belief, “We are Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to no one; how sayest thou, Ye shall be free “(John 8:33)?.
Although many Jews believe in Christ, to create their own way, because they understood that Christ was of the prophets, or that it was only a son of Joseph and Mary. They did not believe in Christ as the promised descendant of David; did not believe that Christ is superior to Abraham; did not believe that Christ existed before Abraham; did not believe that Jesus is the I Am (John 8:53).
The Jews believed in God, however, did not obey Him, so Jesus said to his disciples: “Believe in God, believe also in me” (John 14: 1). The protest of James and the positioning of the Jews is clear: “You believe that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.” (James 2:19). But why James protested this way? For the commandment of God that men believe in Christ, and who actually believe in God, must believe in Christ “And Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that me sent “(Jn 12:44). If you do not believe in Christ, does not actually believe in God “that all may honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him” (John 5:23).
Believing is enough and believe is required for the salvation of the soul. When someone claims to be saved ‘is not appended believe, before there is a specific belief’ back only obstacle to understanding.
What is the kind of belief that is for the salvation of the soul?
Now, believe that Jesus came in the flesh is the kind of belief that is for the soul salvation, but believe that Jesus did not come in the flesh is a lost belief fostered by the antichrist “For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ came in the flesh This is the deceiver and so the antichrist “(2 John 1: 7; 1 John 4: 2)..
Believe that Jesus was crucified, died and rose from the dead is the kind of belief that results in salvation of the soul, but believe that Jesus did not die or do not rise from the dead, is the kind of belief that no free from condemnation (1 Cor 15: 3 -4).
Believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ, the Son of God, is the kind of belief that is to salvation, but to deny that Jesus is the Christ is the kind of belief that does not yield salvation.
Believe that Jesus is the Eternal, the same yesterday, today and forever, is the kind of belief for salvation, but believe that Jesus is an angel or archangel, does not yield salvation.
Confess, admit that Jesus is the Son of God is the kind of belief that results in salvation but believe that Jesus was born of Mary and Joseph is the kind of belief that is not the truth of the gospel, therefore, does not yield salvation.
Believe that Jesus performs miracles, which is one of the prophets, the greatest teacher ever, which is the greatest psychologist, the kindest man who ever passed through the land, which solves problems thousand, etc., is not the kind of belief that results in salvation, but is saved who believes that Jesus is the Son of God who has the words of eternal life “In fact, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life “(John 5:24).
The Jews stumbled over the stumbling block because they did not recognize that Jesus was the son of David, so the Son of God, the heart of Christian confession “And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Mt 16:16). If accepted that Jesus was the Son that God promised David, concomitantly have to admit, according to the Scriptures that Jesus was the Son of God (2 Sam 7:13 -14; Psalm 2: 7). Sister confession of Lazarus, Martha, was in line with the declaration of the apostle Peter, “she said unto him, Yea, Lord: I believethat thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world “(Jn 11:27).
The conversion of man follows the preaching of the gospel message, similar to what happened with the people of Nineveh who, hearing the prophet Jonah’s message, converted (Luke 11:32). The conversation has no relation to the type of program that the Christian watch on television; in the costume of the man or woman; with physical appearance; with hair, whether short or long; with ornaments, earrings, perfumes, etc., before the conversion is tied to the confession of the gospel.
Another mistake resulting from a misreading of Scripture is the idea that a person can only truly believe when ‘regret’ sense regret, remorse, sorrow for errors committed conduct. Now, ‘repent’ is the same as believing in the truth of the gospel, for believing in Christ for salvation is possible only when man abandons (metanoia) their own concepts as salvation.
For example: When the evangelist Matthew tells the parable of the two sons told by Jesus to the Pharisees, it was shown that the publicans and the harlots believed in the message of John the Baptist, but the religious, despite seeing such Wonder, believing sinners, have not changed the design to believe in the message of John the Baptist “… not later repented believe him” (Mt 21:32).
One evidence that the Pharisees did not believe the word of John the Baptist is that they have not changed the confession, because despite hearing that the kingdom of God is at hand, kept saying that they were descendants of Abraham. If there were repentance, no longer to refer to Abraham and would confess that Jesus is the Christ.
The Pharisees did not repent (metanoia) Because they believed and did not believe because not changed the conception they have learned from their parents (not repented). Care must be taken not to confuse ‘metanoia’ (repentance) with the Catholic conception of indulgence derived penance that still permeates the meaning of the word ‘repentance’.
To be saved is necessary that the Holy Spirit convict the man of sin, righteousness and judgment. The conviction of sin that the Holy Spirit does not promote stems from legalistic, moralistic or formalistic issues. The conviction of sin that the Spirit Sato promotes awareness is according to the Scriptures, that:
– Man is sinful because of Adam’s disobedience; that the offense of Adam brought judgment upon all men to condemnation.
– The judgment of God has been established in Eden, bringing condemnation upon all men.
– The righteousness of God is an act of substitution, the obedience of Christ by the transgression of Adam, not by behavioral issues.
Religions seek to show that man is a sinner through moral and legal issues, but the Bible shows that all became sinners because of a single offense “And when He comes, he will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment “(John 16: 8).
When one believes in Christ, man passes from death to life. When it is believed, the man enters through the narrow gate. When it is believed, the man goes to be in Christ, the narrow way that leads man to God. Just being in Christ that man has become separated from sin and united with God.
Man is saved by the gospel, which is the power of God for salvation to all who believe.
When we say that man is saved by faith, we are saying that man is saved through the gospel, because the gospel is the faith delivered to the saints, as was manifested in the fullness of time (Jude 1: 3; Galatians 3: 23).
Man is saved by the hearing of faith, which is God’s gift. When the man heard the gospel and believed, obeyed the faith, giving you power to be made a child of God (John 1:12). The belief (faith) genuine results from the works that Jesus did at Calvary (obedience) which resulted in his resurrection from the dead.
To be saved is to believe that Jesus died for sinners to redeem them from condemnation inherited from Adam.
However, thousands, maybe millions of religious, who are members of churches, said that invoke the Lord, will be shocked when they are rejected by God. How come? Because some believe in Christ in their own way, and not according to the Scriptures “And Jesus went out, and his disciples, to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and the way he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I am? And they answered, John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and others, One of the prophets “(Mark 8:27 -28). Others because they have not wholly believing in Christ according to the Scriptures, before vanished in their own concepts, rejecting the truth of the gospel “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise “(Hebrews 10:35 -36), for Christ’s promise is specific to those who believe in his name:” And this is the promise he made us, even eternal life “(1 John 2:25); “To him give all the prophets witness, that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name” (Acts 10:43); “Yet to all who received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12).
Believe that Jesus is the Son of God is sufficient for salvation, however, is necessary to keep this confidence to the end, as this is the admonition of the Apostle Paul “By which also ye are saved, if you hold fast as I will give you announced if that is not believed in vain “(1 Cor 15: 2). Once you have done the Will of God, that is to believe in Christ, Just enduring to the end to achieve the promise, eternal life!
The purpose of the gospel and of the Scriptures is that man may believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ “But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name “(John 20:31)