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Steps to Salvation

 

You may have heard many people say all kinds of things about salvation, what they think it is. The

most popular in many of churches of today is to say a prayer and believe and that is all there is. 

Well friend that is far from the truth according to Jesus Christ teachings alone, not to mention what

Apostle Paul and the Disciples has taught about Salvation.  And there are countless numbers of

false doctrines about salvation that is not even slightly Biblical, according to scriptures.

Let Us Pray;  Dear heavenly Father in the name of your son & our Messiah Lord Jesus Christ, we ask that you

open up our hearts, minds and souls to your holy truths and your Holy words (The Bible), so that we may hear, understand and see what you want us to learn and apply to our daily lives, so that we may Glorify you among the

believers and the non-believers in the hope that believers will be encouraged and strengthened in the FAITH and

that non-believers may come to your son Jesus Christ in belief, repentance, self denial, picking up OUR crosses,

and abide in Jesus Christ..  Amen

1) They Love Not the Truth, So they are condemned- 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12- My friend this is part of the

scriptures CONCERNING THE GREAT APOSTASY 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12!  We can not be saved by 

faith alone (John 3:21 James 2:14-26), for we must also Love truth (2 Thess 2:10), for God is truth, as Jesus

Christ said I am the way, the Life and the truth (John 14:6).  For if we love Christ we will also Love The Truth. 

GODS TRUTHS!  And as Jesus Christ also said the Kind of worshippers that God seeks are those that

worships him in truth and in spirit (John 4:23-24)! 

It is also the Truth of God that shall set us free indeed (John 8:32).  In this we must never twist the scriptures to

suit our own evil desires, for in doing so then we would be practicing and preaching a false gospel and

following a false Christ, a Christ that we created in our own minds that is not the Jesus Christ of the Bible

(2Co 4:3-4, Gal 1:1-10).  So friend BEWARE of twisting scriptures, BEWARE of misunderstanding the

scriptures because you are to lazy to study and understand them especially the teachings of Jesus Christ!

2) Religious Works can not save,  Only Faith in Christ  (Hab 2:4, Ro 1:1-17)- I felt it best to include this

section regarding works before all the other sections so that there are no misunderstanding of this teaching.  So

many Christians completely takes the verses regarding works way out of context with complete

misunderstanding!  So now my friend Apostle Paul is talking to the Roman Christian Jews by letter dealing with "BEFORE SALVATION"  regarding that the observance of the old Mosaic Law can not save them, but

only Faith in Jesus Christ can and does save them. 

They that are elected by grace because they believe in Jesus Christ are the remnant (Small part) of the Jews

that will be saved, since most Jews reject Jesus Christ as Messiah. So the Jews has the same opportunities as

the Gentiles, Salvation by Faith not of the old Jewish Works of the Old Testament but of Faith in Christ.  Now

many of Christians seems to think or act like salvation stops at believing in Christ and do nothing else, to not

serve Christ (Mt 10:24, 20:26-28), that they are to bear good fruits (Mt 3:8-10, 7:17-19, 12:33, 13:23, 21:43,

Lk 6:43, John 4:36, 15:2-8, 15:16). 

So then my friend those that does bear the fruits of Christ that he commands us shall remain in Christ and Christ

in him, but those that do not bear the commanded fruits will be cut off and cast out into outer darkness

(Mt 22:13, 25:30, John 12:35-36)  they will be cutoff from Christ forever (Mt 25:41, Lk 13:9, 21:36,

Ro 11:22).

3)  Even the Demons Believe, but They have No Love (Mt 8:29, Mk 1:34, Lk 4:41- Many of Christians are

taught by their churches that all they have to do is to believe in Jesus Christ, that he is the son of God and that is

all there is to salvation.  But my friend even the demons believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God with all

authority.  Even James told the people that even the demons believe that there is one God (James 2:19).  So

then why doesn't that save them?  It is because they DO NOT LOVE GOD NOR DO THEY LOVE

MANKIND, nor do they love their enemies, and so on. 

The demons have no Love at all. So friend Faith must be accompanied by love, compassion, and truth in order

to be a valid Faith, for Love is greater than faith and hope (1 Co 13:13).  As James states that Faith without

works is dead (James 2:14-26).  In other words works is the EVIDENCE of your faith, if you have no

evidence (works) you have no faith! So then Your Salvation not only depends on your Faith (Believing Gods

Words) and doing them (Mt 4:4, 7:24-29), it depends on your Love (Mt 22:34-40), your works as evidence

you have Faith (James 2:14-26)!

4) The True Chosen People of God of Today (1 Peter 2:4-10)  - The Jews are no longer the chosen people

of God (Hosea 9:15, Romans 11:21-22), that ONLY True Born Again Christian (Jews/Gentiles) are the true

Chosen people of God (John 14:6)those of  faith as always in the Old and the New Testament (Habakkuk 2:4,

Romans 1:16-17).  Only through Jesus Christ can anyone enter into the kingdom of Heaven and be saved

(John 14:6) No Jew or Gentile can enter heaven without repenting, and believing (Mark 1:15), and we must

deny your selves, pick up your cross and  follow Jesus Christ (Matthew 16:24) in Truth and in Spirit

(John 4:23),

5) God Foreknew (Foreknew Romans 8:29, Eph 1:4) - God foreknew us (Rm 8:29) before the foundation of

the world (Ephesians 1:4), everything about us, about what we would do and what we would say before we

were ever born. If he didn't know all of that, then there would not be any future prophecies about the coming

messiah, the last days, or any other prophecies of any kind..  So from the beginning of time to the end of time,

(God knew all things),  God knew who would and would not come to salvation, and commit their lives to his

son Jesus Christ.  (1 John 3:20).

God plans everything out in detail in accordance with to his will, and his good pleasure (Romans 12:2,

Philippians 2:13).  Not our will but his will be done.  Gods main plan is to get rid of (Satan), all evil

permanently and those who chooses to follow (Satan) instead of Jesus Christ and then create a new earth and

a new heaven (2Peter 3:13, Rev 21:1), it will be like another garden of Eden.

Biblical Proof - It is Written: Romans 8:28-31
28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the

image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also

glorified.

6) God Predestined  (Romans 8:29-30, Eph 1:15, Eph 1:11) - There are those out there, that has been 

predestined (preselected) for salvation and have not yet come to Jesus Christ in repentance, obedience and

service.  They eventually will though.  God knows all about the future of everyone (See above God Foreknew),

about what we will do, what we will say, and if we actually will come to salvation through Jesus Christ or not. 

So what does the word Predestine mean? See the definition of the word below.

MSN Works Dictionary meaning of Predestine - preselect who will go to heaven: in some religious beliefs,

to select in advance who will go to heaven after death and who will not.   

7) God Calls/Invites (Calls Mt 22:14, 1 Thess 5:24, Eph 1:4 - Invites, few Chosen Mt 22:3, 22:8, Lk 14:24) 

No one can come to Jesus Christ unless God calls them (Jn 6:44-45, 65), or in some bible versions invites them. 

God draws them through the power of the Holy Spirit to our Lord Jesus Christ. For example at a service; when

a person has a over whelming urge (Holy Spirit draws them to Jesus Christ) to go up at a alter call and

confess their sins.  But it is not limited to going up for an alter call. 

A person can get that over whelming urge (Holy Spirit draws them to Jesus Christ) to come to Jesus Christ,

at any time no matter where they are. When this takes place, it is not the persons imagination nor desire

(Romans 9:16), it is the power of God, the Holy Spirit that is calling them (Calls Mt 22:14, 1 Thess 5:24) &

inviting them Invites Mt 22:3, 22:8, Lk 14:24 to come to Jesus Christ.  Now this does not mean that they will

answer Gods Calling (Gods Invitation) to come to Jesus Christ for salvation and be committed to Jesus Christ

in self denial and service. 

Many never do answer that calling and come to Jesus Christ for salvation. And some that do answer that call,

will fall away and never return to Jesus Christ (See Parable of the Sower MT 13:3-9).  And others becomes

lazy and worthless servants (See MT 25:24-28).  That is one reason why Jesus said "Few are Chosen".  Only

a "FEW" of those that were called, As it is written; Matthew 22:14 "For many are called, but few are

chosen.".  God may not offer the invitation of salvation to the people continually, time after time. 

At some time God may decide to no longer try & draw them to his son Jesus Christ.  Just as Jesus Christ

turned his back on the people of the cities that refused to repent to where most of his miracles to place (See 

MT 11:20-24).  The people that does answer that call of God and stays committed to Jesus Christ are the

ones, the only ones that God chooses for salvation in order for them to serve him according to his will and

good pleasure (Lk 12:32, Php 2:13)..

8) God Elects/Chooses (Elect Mt 24:22, Mt 24:31, Mrk 13:27, Lk 18:7 - Chosen MT 12:18, 22:14 (Lk 9:35-

Acts 1:2), 22:14, Jn 13:18, 1Thess 1:4 Now let us look at the meaning of the word Elect before we continue

with this teaching. 

MSN Dictionary: Elect; vt religion choose somebody for salvation: especially in Christianity, to choose

somebody by divine will for salvation

After Gods calling, his invitation, that is drawing people to Jesus Christ his son in complete commitment to

serving Jesus Christ, the slight few people that has accepted God invitation, God elects them, chooses them for salvation, to repent, to believe, for service in Gods Kingdom in Jesus Christ. according to Gods will and good pleasure. God does not call us for our own will, or our own personal needs. By no means, no he doesn't! 

He does not call us so we can live a easy and comfortable life, by no means no!

God does not call us so we can get a raise at our job, a nice house, a nice car etc! By no means no!  We must

deny our selves, (give up who we once were), be transformed by the renewing of the mind (See Romans 12:2), 

pick up our crosses (share in Jesus Persecutions, as those who wish to live Godly Lives will be persecuted

(See 2 Tim 3:12) and follow Jesus (Abide in Jesus/His Teachings, Learn them and apply them, all of them

(See John 14:24) and (See MT 16:24)!

9) God Draws People to Jesus Christ (Draws Jn 6:44-45, 65) Just as John prepared the peoples hearts for

the coming of the Messiah Jesus Christ God Prepares Their Hearts in one way or another for salvation 

(Matthew 3:1-3) & (Mark 1:2-8; Luke 3:1-20) Once God has chosen those that he elected for salvation,

then he, (God) starts working on them, drawing them via Holy Spirit to his son Jesus Christ to be saved, to

become Born Again with a changing of heart & mind.

A complete renewing of the heart and the mind  (See Romans 12:2).  And this is also so they will be molded &

shaped into the likeness and image  of his son Jesus Christ (See Romans 8:29).  We grow in the faith from

Infants (Non-Spiritual) in Jesus Christ to (Spiritual) adults in Jesus Christ (Spiritual Maturity), (See 1 Co 3:1-4, 14:20, 1 Peter 2:1-3)).  In that we are called to be Holy, to live Holy Lives, as a pure Bride without

blemish, spot or wrinkle.

10) They get Knowledge of Salvation - (Lk 1:76-77 To give knowledge of salvation to His people By the

remission of their sins, - This is a part of Zach arias Prophecy letting the people know that John the Baptist will

give the knowledge of Salvation to which is for people to repent of their sins with Godly Sorrow that does lead

to repentance (2 Co 7:10).  And then they will be prepared to put their Faith in our Lord Jesus Christ that is

about to appear.

So then my friends, salvation "ALWAYS BEGINS WITH REPENTANCE" that is with Godly sorrow, to feel

sorry and regret for your sins against God and against mankind, to acknowledge your sins that you have done. 

Once you have done that then and only then can you put your FAITH in Jesus Christ our Lord, Savior, King

and Teacher!

11) Law is Your tutor - Galatians 3:24 Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be 

justified by faith. - My friend with out the law we would not know what sin even was (Romans 7:7), so in that

we could not repent of what we do not know.  And repentance is a requirement of salvation (Matthew 9:13) so

that we can come to the saving Faith of Jesus Christ.  The law shows us our wretched condition before our

mighty and Holy God. For the law was not made for the righteous but for the unrighteous, the lawless people,

those that has not yet come to the saving Faith of Jesus Christ through repentance (1 Timothy 1:9).

12) You Must Repent & Believe (Mark 1:14-15, Mark 16:16) - We are to turn away from our sins, our sins

against God!  A Godly Sorrow produces repentance that leads to salvation (See 2Co 7:10).  We are to hate

our sins and the things of this world.  It is our remission of sins that will give us knowledge of Salvation

(Luke 1:77). 

He is calling us out of this world to no longer be partakers in it (John 15:9, 17:14-16, Gal 6:14, Col 2:20,

James 4:4) In forsaking our sins, we are denying our selves and committing our selves to be disciples of Jesus

Christ instead of being like worldly pagans or religious church goers only. As written; if we are a friend of

this world, we become an enemy of God (James 4:4).  And we are to believe in Jesus Christ words-all of them

without doubt (Matthew 21:21), and without wavering in the Faith. And we are to practice (put to action) Jesus teachings (John 14:15, John 14:23-24).  

It is Written regarding our sins; 2 Corinthians 7:9-11 (GODLY SORROW) 9 Now I rejoice, not that you were

made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might

suffer loss from us in nothing. 10 For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted;

but the sorrow of the world produces death.

(BELIEVE) The Just Lives by Faith (Hab 2:2-4, Ro 1:16-17, Gal 2:20, 3:11, Heb 10:38).  Have Faith as

Abraham Did (Romans 4:1-4, 4:9-25) - This Faith is not only believing in God or in Jesus Christ our Messiah

that we can't touch or see, for even the demons believe there is one God (James 2:19).  Even the demons

believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God (Matthew 8:29, Mark 3:11, Luke 4:41).  But as Abraham believed in

Gods Promise (All Nations) will be blessed through him without doubting (Genesis 22:2-13) even though God

told Abraham to sacrifice his only so, the heir so all nations can be blessed through him  as a burnt offering. 

Abrahams Faith was followed by actions, by his obedience showing his Faith to which proves his Faith in

God.  Just as James has said; Faith without works is dead (James 3:14-26). In other words our Faith is

shown by what we do, not by what we think or so. 

If we say we have faith or even think we have faith and yet do not act on that Faith, then we have no faith. 

Now Faith is HIGHLY believing Gods words (Bible), to accept apply them to our daily ;lives as Jesus Christ

has said; Matthew 4:4 But He answered and said, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'"*

13) You Must be Born Again (Born Again Jn 3:3) To be Born Again can only be done through the power of

God, the Holy Spirit, not by mans own doing. This is how we can tell the difference between true Christians

and false Christians. Jesus Christ him self said we must be Born Again. To be "Born Again" means you will be

a new creation (2Co 5:17) and we are to be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Ro 12:2). My friend

you will no longer be the same person that you once were. You will be a totally different person, with a new

way of looking at life, and a new self in many ways and you will hate and be disgusted with your sins more

than anyone else's sins.

14) You Must Deny Your Self (Deny Self  Mt 16:24a) We must surrender our bodies, our complete lives and

souls to Gods will, his holy ways, and his holy purposes even if it means for us to be killed for his name sake as

so many Christians through out history has happened to them. Read Fox's Book of Martyrs & church history 

more info regarding Christian martyrs.  This also means that our past lives are gone, we gave that life up. Now

we are new people, Born Again,  into the body of Jesus Christ and we now desire the things of God instead of

the things of this wicked world.

15) You Must Pick up your Cross (Carrying Cross) Mt 16:24b) This meaning is that we are to share in the

persecutions, and the sufferings of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Jesus Christ said we will be excluded, hated,

persecuted, falsely accused, imprisoned and even killed because of his Holy Name. And if we are true Born

Again Christians at least some of those things will happen to us, because the Name Jesus Christ and his Holy

Truths carries allot of power, and evil hates truths!  Satan and his demons, and servants of this world hates

Jesus Christ and his Holy Truths.

16) You Must Follow Jesus Christ (Follow Christ Mt 16:24c) This is to be Christ Like, the very image of

Gods son, to abide in Jesus Christ in ways of trusting him, learning and obeying his teachings, to love and to

live as Christ did in love, to do as Jesus Christ did in humility, to care for each other, but all of that is done

with truth and in accordance to sound doctrine. We are to be molded into the image of Gods son, Jesus Christ,

to also have the same view point and outlook towards the world as Jesus Christ does.  We are to do Gods

will as Jesus Christ our Lord has done. Only those who does the will of God shall be saved (MT 7:21,

MT 12:50, JN 6:40).

17) Do the Will of My Father, by Not Practicing Sin (Mt 7:21-23, 13:41 - My Brother/Sister Mt 12:50) -

This is another part dealing with "Biblical Salvation" that most churches never seem to teach there

congregations about and many never read.  That is what Jesus Christ has said to us through his words!  And

as well Apostle Paul has warned us about practicing sin too (Ro 1:32, 2:1-2, Gal 5:19-21, 1Jn 1:6, 3:10). 

So as far as Gods will, it is NOT GODS WILL for us to sin, especially to practice sin, instead it is GODS

WILL for us to live Godly and Holy Lives regardless the cost to our selves (Titus 2:12-13).  In doing so we

do the will of God in accordance to scripture and not some manmade ideas.

18) Do not be of the Great Apostasy 2Thess 2:1-12 - Without Love of the Truth; They Can't Be

Saved 2Thess 2:10-11 -

For a long time there has been many of satins lying wonders, power and signs that not only has come into this

wicked world, but also inside of the churches as well to deceive the church leaders and congregations with

many of his (satins) lies (False Doctrines).  And for Satan it is easy to deceive the many of self proclaimed Christians THEY DO NOT LOVE THE TRUTH, (TRUE TEACHINGS OF THE BIBLE). 

And those false demonic teachings always involve selfish ambitions (2Co 12:20, Gal 5:20), it is what I call the

me, me doctrine!  Instead of serving Christ and others, they expect Christ and others to serve them and their

own selfish desires!  Some of the False doctrines that is related to the me, me doctrines are prosperity, health,

wealth, emergent church, philosophy doctrines, word faith, Chrislam, Pentecostalism, the list goes on. 

So since THEY DO NOT LOVE THE TRUTH, God has given them a strong delusion to believe a lie

(2 Thess 2:11-12)) so they will believe false teachers such as Joel Olsten, Rick Warren, Joyce Meyer, John

Hagee, TBN, Benny Hinn and so on.  Just remember a bad tree (TBN) can not bear good fruit (True

Teachers Etc) (Matthew 7:18) In order that they may be condemned to hell forever  (2 Thess 2:11-12) since

they DID NOT LOVE THE TRUTH!

In this they will believe the lies of the false teachers, false Apostles, false Evangelist and Prophets etc!  There

are those that don't think sound doctrine (Biblical Truths) is important, and yet Apostle Paul himself said sound

doctrine is very important (1 Timothy 4:16).  My friend it is the Mormons, the Jehovah Witness,

Pentecostalism, SDA, Health-wealth-prosperity, Word Faith etc that DID NOT TAKE HEED TO BIBLICAL TRUTHS, SOUND DOCTRINES is how they all got started.

19) Faith is Dead without Works (James2:14-26 ) - These verses my friend refers to after you are saved, not

before you are saved.  (See Section 1 Above).  Apostle Paul in (Romans 1:16-17) teaches (Justification,

Doctrine of Faith), but here James is teaching against the abuse of Paul's teaching (Justification, Doctrine of

Faith) to which many of today are abusing Paul's teaching (Justification, Doctrine of Faith).  In other words there are many that has a (Pretense of Faith) to which is not faith at all. 

They bear no evidence of their faith, no fruits of their faith (James 2:15-18).  James just use one example, one

idea of Faith without works is dead.  He used a brother and sister who has no clothing and no food as this

example.  There are countless numbers of ways that Christians have no Faith with they say they have Faith. 

They bear no good fruits as John (Mt 3:8) and Jesus Christ himself commanded us to do (Mt 7:19, 13:23..

So On). 

There are many of Christians who abuses Paul's (Teaching, Justification of Faith by thinking all they have to do

is believe in Jesus Christ and then they don't have to do anything to serve Jesus Christ and help to advance the

kingdom of Jesus Christ, except go to church and tithe.  And yet there are countless numbers of New

Testament scriptures that commands us to do, to serve, to obey, to love-enemy-poor-widow-God-Neighbor,

and so on.  MY FRIEND do you now understand what James is getting at in these verses (James 2:14-26)?

20) Workout Your Salvation (Philippians 2:12-18) - My friend in working out our own salvation means to grow

in the Faith (1 Co 3:1-3, 1 Pe 2:1-3),  so that our salvation becomes completed, filled with Love towards God

and Mankind, for us to became Holy in Gods sight (Mt 5:48, 2 Co 6:11-18, Eph 1:4, 5:27, 1 Pe 1:15-16,

Rev 22:11)  and to be blameless before him (Lk 1:6, 1 Co 1:8, Php 2:15, Col 1:22, 1 Th 3:13, 2 Pe 3:14,

Eph 1:4, 5:27).  This is so that we as well will be counted worthy (Mt 3:8, 10:37-39, 22:8, 24:45--25:46,

Lk 20:35-36, Col 1:10, 2 Th 1:5) at the judgment seat of our Lord Jesus Christ (Mt 3:36-24:45--25:46, 

Romans 14:10, 2 Co 5:9-11). 

So then my friend when the rapture takes place let us pray that we will be counted worthy, holy and blameless when we stand before Jesus Christ judgment Seat!

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