What you need to do to get saved

04 Apr
April 4, 2013

We had a good discussion last night about how much we include in the core gospel message.

By grace alone through faith alone.
Confess with your mouth and believe in your heart.
It’s not by works…

Of course it’d be silly to try to do something to earn your salvation, to ransom yourself back from eternal destruction, to pay your creator God in order to be justified.

But at the same time we realize that we are called to live out the life that we’ve been given in Christ. Live by faith and all that. Put off and put on.

How much of that should you be telling someone when you share the gospel?

The reality is that if someone professes faith and then continues to live the exact same lifestyle we doubt their salvation.

We can never really know about someone else but when we see them doing works in keeping with repentance it gives us faith that they have faith.

I think we need to be careful of either extreme – downplaying works so much that someone feels like they can “go on sinning” or saying that unless you do these ___ number of things you really can’t be saved.

Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him,  rooted and  built up in him and  established in the faith, just  as you were taught, abounding  in thanksgiving.

I know that we don’t get much for comments around here but any thoughts? 🙂

3 replies
  1. Matt Heerema says:

    The reason we get confused here s because we’re thinking in the wrong categories when we ask “what must someone do in order to be saved?”

    Answer: there is nothing they can do. The “what must I do?” is a question asked by all man made religion.

    Salvation is of the Lord (Jonah 2:9). He calls us to come to him. (John 6:44)

    Repentance and a life of obedience (including the profession of Jesus as Lord) is evidence that someone has been saved.

    Salvation is BY grace THROUGH faith, faith comes FROM hearing the word about Christ. So what must we include? The full message about Christ. Their understanding of it is dependent on us only insofar as we speak in plain and understandable language. From there, it’s up to the Holy Spirit.

    Moving away from this understanding is why the reformation needed to happen.

  2. Paul says:

    Yet the question of what must I do is ever present from the book of Acts until now.
    Sure, the answer is the full message about Christ – that’s my point that it isn’t the easy believe-ism or clean up your act moralism.

    • Paul says:

      That question: “what must I do” needs to be a humble “I’d do anything” sort of question instead of a “what’s the least I can do and still be in the clear” sort of question


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