Faith Mountain

Am I Really Saved?

Am I Going To Heaven?

By Russ Pickett
Pastor

Words of Jesus Christ are in " RED "   ~   Scripture verses are in " MAROON "

Greek words are in " PURPLE "   ~   Text in " DARK BLUE " are highlighted points

All scripture verses in this document are from the original 1611 " King James Bible ".


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       Most professing Christians say that they are "Born Again"!   But are they really ?   Are you really ?   Many believe that in order to go to heaven " ALL " that you have to do is ask Jesus Christ to come into your heart ... and then you are heaven bound !


   " But is that what the bible says ? "


     There is " so much " confusion concerning salvation through Jesus Christ in our world today !


I hear these kind of statements and questions from so many professing Christians:

  • I really did something bad and now I really wonder if I'm saved or not ?

  • When I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior I didn't have any feelings like so many others did ?   Am I still saved ?

  • I don't really feel that I'm saved and will go to heaven even though I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Saviour !

  • I haven't been to church for years and now I wonder if I'm still saved !

  • If I'm saved why do I still have the thoughts that I shouldn't have ?

  • I know others who say they are "Born Again" but they still just go about living life as they always did and I now wonder if they are saved and even wonder about myself !

  • My church said that if I accept Jesus as my saviour then I could always be assured that I was going to go to heavean.   But isn't there more to it than that ?   I did accept Him as my Saviour but I really don't feel that I'm saved.   How can I know that I'm saved ?


" Basically all these statements, questions, and feelings boil down to one question. "


I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior .... but I don't feel saved.

Do you know why I feel that way ...... how can I know that I'm saved ?

My answer is always the same:

Yes I can answer that question for you based on the Bible.

You may be truly surprised that according to the Bible and the Lord Jesus Christ

there is more to it then simply just asking .....

And " who " you asked for Salvation is also important .....


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Before we start this article I have to basically let you know where I'm coming from .....


     So ..... Lets understand a few thing right off the bat concerning the Bible ..... If you are a "true" fundamentalist, as I am, you know that there are two important things concern the Bible:

First:   The Bible never contradicts itself !   That is, one verse always compliments another.   Way to many well intentioned pastors, preachers, and teachers like to pull verses " Out Of Context " to use in their messages.   This is not only " WRONG " but also causes division amoung the people of God and is the main reason for Christians having " way to many " different denominations when there should be only one Church.

Second:   The Bible is the inspired word of God !   Information such as the creation of man and the flood, etc. are not fairy tales " but " instead are factual information from a Holy God to His creation !


     So ..... if you don't believe either of the above statements then realize this: You are not a Christian Fundamentalist !   A Christian Fundamentalist believes the Bible in it's entirety and does not pick and choice what parts they want to believe and what parts they don't .....

So with that settled ... let's move on for the rest of this article.

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     The question, " Am I really saved ? " is the number one question on " so many hearts " of those that proclaim to be Christians from around the world !   Many have been given a " false idea and faith " as to what it means not only to be " saved " but also " how to know that you are " !   The answer is basically " SO SIMPLE " but not the answer that most "Professing Christians" want to hear ....


     And unlike many articles that you will find on the web, "I'm going to tell you the answer right away on how to get to heaven", .... That is, I'm not going to build up to a climax so that you have to scroll down to find the answer like so many others do .... Then I'll go about providing scriptures to show that it is indeed what the Bible tells us ....


So how does one get to heaven based on the Bible?

There are three things we must do:

  1.    Believe in God The Father, Jesus The Son, and the Holy Spirit ...

  2.   Accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour ... and from that point on ....

  3.   Keep the commandments and words of our Lord Jesus Christ !


( " NO " ...... you can't go on living your life the way you want too ! )


     I know what many of you are thinking ( because it's the same way I use to think )   ....   " I've always been told that if I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior that the bible says that is " ALL " that I have to do and then I'll go to heaven.   Even my pastor has told me that.   What you are saying goes against everything I've been told ! "

     Well I do understand that is what many of you have been told.   And if we are to "Keep the commandments and words of our Lord Jesus Christ" that sounds like works doesn't it ?

After all   ....   we all know, or have heard, these verses:


Ephesians 2:8-9:

 [ 8 ]  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:   [ 9 ]  Not of works [ ergon ], lest any man should boast.


John 1:12:

  [ 12 ]  But as many as received him, to them gave he the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:


Romans 10:9:

  [ 9 ] That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.


But read on my friend and it shall all come to light !


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     The first question that comes up is, " How did you receive Jesus as your Saviour ? "   Many people are told, in error, to pray to Jesus and say to Him that they accept Him as their Lord and Saviour.   But what does the Bible say about that ?   Note this about our Lord Jesus Christ:

" Jesus never once in the Scriptures said to Pray to Him ! "


" Every Time " ..... thats right, ..... " Every Time "

that Jesus talked about prayer and how to pray in the scriptures

" He always said to pray to the Father ! "

" In fact, we are to pray to no one else " !


Matthew 6:6

  [ 6 ]  But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret;  and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

Matthew 6:9

  [ 9 ]  After this manner therefore pray ye:  Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be they name.

John 16:16 ~ Jesus tells His disciples that he is leaving .....

  [ 16 ]  A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father.

John 16:23 ~ Jesus tells His disciples how to pray once he is gone .....

  [ 23 ]  And in that day " ye shall ask me nothing ".   Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever " ye shall ask the Father " in my name, " He will give it you ".


You might ask:

     " Isn't this idea basically just merely a play on words ?   So what if I asked Jesus to save me instead of God the Father ?   Aren't they basically one and the same anyway ? "

     It is true that Jesus said " I and my Father are one. " ( John 10:30 ).   And we know that the "trinity" of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are one   .....   But still what did Jesus say in Matthew 6:6:   pray to thy Father which is in secret   and then in John 16:23:   ye shall ask me nothing.

     So we do see that Jesus must have thought that once he was " gone " the disciples might try to pray to him which he apparently " didn't " want them to do......

Consider the following story:

     I'm out sitting on my back porch one summer afternoon.   A young man, not seeing me, pulls up in a pickup truck and proceeds to go over to my lawn mower sitting in my yard.   He wheels the lawn mower over to his truck and starts to load it.   I approach him and ask "What do you think you are doing?"   Well, he says with a smile, "Your son said I could use it."   "Sorry," I say, "but I don't know you and its not my son's to lend out so please put it back."   Which he does ....

Now consider these verses prayed by our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father:

John 17:9-12

  [ 9 ]  I pray for them:  I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me;  for they are thine.  [ 10 ]  And all mine are thine, and thine are mine;  and I am glorified in them.  [ 11 ]  And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee.  Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.  [ 12 ]  While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name:  those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition;  that the scripture might be fulfilled.

     Just as the lawn mower was mine, and not my son's to lend out, so salvation is from God the Father since as Jesus said in verse 9 above, "but for them which thou hast given me;   for they are thine.   And in verse 11, those whom thou hast given me.   And finally in verse 12, I kept them in thy name:   those that thou gavest me....

     Listen ..... God the Father sent His Son Jesus Christ down to live with us to show us, by Jesus' example, how to live and also to be a ransom for many.   God the Father provided us a way to escape being dead in our sins.   Who should we thank, praise, bless, pray too, and ask for salvation for our sins by accepting His Son Jesus Christ as our Saviour?   The answer is:


" God The Father ! "


     There are "so many" denominations out there that centralize there worship on "Jesus Christ Only"   .....   They tell you to pray to Him, be baptised only in His name, etc.   Then in the other spectrum there are those that say to worship God the Father only and they basically leave Jesus out of it.   Both views are cults...and not true Christianity because they do not follow the Bible !

Jesus Himself told us this:

John 5:23-24

  [ 23 ]  That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father.  He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.  [ 24 ]  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation;  but is passed from death unto life.

     We could also take the above verse " out of context " which could leave you to believe that if we honor the Son and the Father, and believe in them both ... we would be "Born Again" into life eternal.  But as I previously note, we aren't taking verses out of context.


     So at this point we have learned that when it comes to being " Saved " that we must ask God the Father for salvation that was given to us by Him, through His Son, Jesus Christ.


Now on that note ..... Let's move on to the second area we are studying:


" There is more to it then simply just asking ..... "


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     Do you remember when you first accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior ?   If it was anything like my experience, and I find that the majority had the same experience, you may remember that either before doing so, or shortly after doing so you came up with the question or thought:

" There has to be more to it then just simply asking. "

     You might have asked a pastor or someone else close to you why you felt that way.   You were more than likely told to just have " faith " that you were saved.   They told you " Don't worry about whether or not you feel saved.   There are a lot of bible verses that tell you that you are now saved.   You just have to have faith that you are. "

But wait a minute ..... is that really true ..... does the Bible really say:

" All you have to do is accept and believe that Jesus Christ is your "Lord & Savior" and nothing else ? "


Let's start by considering these verses written by the Apostle Paul:


I Timothy 4:1:

[ 1 ]  Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

Reading this verse you might want to ask:

Wait a minute Paul ..... what do you mean some shall " depart from the faith " in the " latter times " ?

     I was told that once I truly accepted Jesus Christ as my " Lord and Savior " that that was all I had to do and that I was " saved " !   What does it mean that " some shall depart from the faith" ?   How can people be part of the faith and then " depart " or leave that faith ?


II Thessalonians 2:1-4:

[ 1 ]  Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,  [ 2 ]  That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.  [ 3 ]  Let no man deceive you by any means:  for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first  [ apostasia ], and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;  [ 4 ]  Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped;  so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

Reading this verse you might want to ask:

Okay Paul .... for the second time you've said ..... before the last days people shall basically " depart from the faith " in the " latter times " ?


     As a note the greek word used for " falling away first " is " apostasia " which is where we get the english word " Apostasy "!   Apostasy literally means, " to defect, or to forsake the faith ".   So once again you might ask what does " falling away first " mean ?   How can people be part of the faith and then " depart or fall away " or leave that faith as these two scriptures tell us ?

Keep reading ..... It will all come to light soon .... and be based on our Bible !


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We are going to start our journey now in a book of the Bible that many avoid like the plague ...


" REVELATIONS " !


       This book, and the study thereof, is avoided by not only everyday Christians .... but by many pastors and teachers (and I use to be one of them) of the word of God.   Why is this book avoided by so many and why aren't there more people reading and teaching from Revelations ?

     Basically because John used so much Symbolism within it that its hard to understand at times.   However, is that truly a good reason not to study it more ?   Do you realize that Revelations is the " ONLY " book of the bible that blesses those that read it and curses those that try to change it ?


Revelation 1:3:

[ 3 ]  Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein:  For the time is at hand.


Revelation 22:18-19:

[ 18 ]  For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this "book", ( The Book Of Revelations ) If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this "book": ( The Book Of Revelations )    [ 19 ]  And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this "book". ( The Book Of Revelations )

     Many people believe that " the book " that John is talking about in the above verses is the " Entire Bible " .... But in fact he is talking about the " The Book Of Revelations ".   It's the last book in the Bible for two reasons.   First it explains the end times and second is because it was the last book written by an Apostle.


If you haven't studied Revelations as of yet ... kind of makes you wonder why you haven't ... doesn't it ?



     Now, many believe that Revelations only reveals the end times  ...  Which indeed it does.  But did you also know that it reveals three other things which are:

  • The seven different styles of churches at that time,

  • Who is in hell and what they are suffering ... and,

  • Who is in heaven and how they got there.

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     Now let's think about this logically if you will.   If John wrote 5 books in the New Testament ( Gospel of John, I John, II John, III John, and Revelations ) and he wrote the Book of Revelations last ..... would it not stand to reason that " whatever " he wrote in Revelations " would not conflict in any way with his previous books ? "

Remember the quote from the 1st chapter of John above:

John 1:12:

[ 12 ]  But as many as received him, to them gave he the power [ exousiazo ] to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

     So that would mean that whatever he says in Revelations would " indeed " agree with what he wrote in the above verse.   Now most people read the above last part of the verse to mean that " ALL " you have to do is "believe on his name" to become a son of God and go to heaven.   And the sad part about all of this is that many teach that is exactly what it means !   When clearly that is not what it means !

     Whenever you see a word in italics in the bible, such as the word " even " in the above verse ... " you must realize that it is not in the original greek text ".   That is, it was added by the translators to " hopefully " make the verse more clear.   So without it, how does the verse read:


John 1:12:

[ 12 ]  But as many as received him, to them gave he the power [ exousiazo ] to become the sons of God, to them that believe on his name:


If we look at the actual, word for word, Greek language translation of this verse it would be interpreted this way:


John 1:12

[ 12 ]  But as many as received him he gave to them authority [ exousiazo ] children of God to be, to those that believe on name his.


When you take out that little " even " and read it the way it is stated in the Greek

That verse "does not" say that you only have to believe on the name of Jesus Christ for salvation

But also received him ( Be Born Again ) !


( To be "Born Again" does not simply mean to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior ... There is more to it than that based on the Bible ! )


     We also note in the above Greek translation that the word "authority", instead of "power" ( used in the KJV ) is used.   Basically both words do mean the same thing.   However I think that the word "authority" is much clearer.   The Greek word used for "authority" is exousiazo {ex-oo-see-ad'-zo} which basically means "to have power or authority, or the ability to use the power".   So what is the verse actually telling us?   Basically this:


     Those that come to realize that Jesus Chris was "exactly" who He said he was ( "believe on His name" ) .... and have prayed to God the Father asking to receive Jesus Christ as their saviour ( "as many as received him" ) ... now have the "authority" ( or ability ) to become "children of God to be".


And in today's english, as I was told by a very trusted greek friend and devoted Christian, the greek text would read like this:

John 1:12

[ 12 ]   To those that believed on his name and received him, to them gave he the ability to become the sons of God.

     Please note that is does not say ( as many have been taught ) that you "become a Child of God" and therefore are "Saved" !    .... It says that you now have the "authority or ability" to be "Saved" and become a Child of God.   The ability to be saved ( and go to heaven ) is another thing all together !

Consider this story:

     You work as a clerk in an office at a plant of some type.   In the office is a security box that includes all the keys that unlock "everything" in the entire plant.   Some of those keys open areas that are "highly" secured to which few people have access due to a high risk of personal danger.   Your supervisor gives you a key to open that security box and tells you that it is just incase you should ever need them.   Basically your supervisor has given you the "authority" to access and open any door in the entire plant!   Whether or not you use that "authority" is basically up to him and you ...

     So, using the above story, when we "believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God", and when we pray to the Father and "receive Jesus Christ as our Saviour", we now have the "authority" to become the Children of God !  Note that we do not "become the Children of God", we merely now have that Authority !

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     Now the Apostle John, who was transported into heavan, in the book of Revelation wrote two verses that have to make you think.   The first is about the Christian's he saw in heaven ... and the second is about "who has the right to get into heaven".   They are:

Revelations 14:12:

[ 12 ]  Here is the patience of the saints:  here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.


Revelations 22:14:

[ 14 ]   Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have " right " to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.


     First we notice in Rev. 14:12 that those that John saw in heaven ( here are they ) had two qualities, for the lack of a better way to put it:

     1. - " they keep the commandments of God " and,

     2. - had " the faith of Jesus " ( or excepted Jesus by faith ).

So .... who did he see in heaven?

Those that "kept the commandments of God" ( Obedience )

" AND "

had accepted Jesus as their Savior ( Born Again )


     And we notice in Rev. 22:14 " who " John said had the right to the tree of life, or who had the right to enter into the gates of the city ( Heaven ) and what quality they had that gave them that right:


" they that do his commandments " !


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Now .... let's look at other verses "through out" the New Testament that back up what John said in Revelations about getting to Heaven !


" Let me first ask you this .... Do you love Jesus Christ ? "


If so ..... Jesus told us how to prove that we do !


John 14: 15:

[ 15 ]  If ye love me, keep my commandments.


And John backed up what he said in Revelations and also about loving, or knowing, Jesus !


I John 2: 4-6:

[ 4 ]  He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, " IS A LIAR ", and the truth is not in him.  [ 5 ]  But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected:  hereby know we that we are in him.  [ 6 ]  He that says he abides in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

So .... do you love Jesus Christ ?   Or are you, as John said, a Liar ?

And it isn't only Jesus and John that talk about this.   In James chapter 4, in the King James version of our Bible we read this:

James 2:14-19

[ 14 ]  What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works [ erga ] ?   Can faith save him ?  [ 15 ]  If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,  [ 16 ]  And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled;  notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body;  what doth it profit ?  [ 17 ]  Even so faith, if it hath not works [ erga ], is dead, being alone.  [ 18 ]  Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works [ erga ]:  shew me thy faith without thy works [ erga ], and I will shew thee my faith by my works [ erga ].  [ 19 ]  Thou believest that there is one God;  thou doest well [ kalwv poieiv ] :  the devils also believe, and tremble.


     In the Greek there are "two" different words translated as " work " or " works " ( just like there are four different words for " love " ).   They are " erga " and " ergon ".   And based on which one is used .... the meaning is very different as follows:

" erga " ~ means "anything accomplished by the mind or through thought ( mentally ).

" ergon " ~ means "anything accomplished by hand, art, or industry ( physically ).


     So in our Ephesians verse noted in the beginning of this article we see " works " is " ergon ".   So we are saved by " grace " and not by something we can physically do or accomplish.

Ephesians 2:8-9:

  [ 8 ]   For by grace are ye saved through faith;  and that not of yourselves:  it is the gift of God:    [ 9 ]  Not of works [ ergon ~ Physical works ], lest any man should boast.


     The Greek word used for "works" in the above scripture from James Chapter 2, however, is "erga" which again basically means "anything accomplished by the mind or through thought ".  Even though it is "tap danced" around by many Christians ... basically it means:

" Obedience ! "


     So if we change the word " works " in James Chapter 2 to its correct interpretation " obedience " we see that it would change the verse " drastically " and it would correctly read like this:


James 2:14-19

  [ 14 ]  What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not obedience ?  Can faith save him ?  [ 15 ]  If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,  [ 16 ]  And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled;  notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body;  what doth it profit?  [ 17 ]  Even so faith, if it hath not obedience, is dead, being alone.  [ 18 ]  Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have obedience:  shew me thy faith without thy obedience, and I will shew thee my faith by my obedience.  [ 19 ]  Thou believest that there is one God;  thou doest well [ kalwv poieiv ]:  the devils also believe, and tremble.


          So now we see that James is basically asking two questions in verse 14.   The first question is "What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not obedience?" ... The expected answer is "It doesn't profit him anything to say he has faith if he has no obedience" !   And the second question is "Can faith save him?" ... The expected answer is "No, faith without obedience cannot save him"!


          Also .... do you see that statement "doest well" in the last part of verse 19?   That puts a "cap" on what James is trying to say.   The Greek words used for "doest well" is "kalwv poieiv" which basically means "doing well, as far as that goes".


James states in verse 19:


James 2: 19

  [ 19 ]  Thou believest that there is one God;  thou doest well [ kalwv poieiv ] :  the devils also believe, and tremble.


What is James saying in a nut shell?   Basically this:

     You say that you believe that there is one God.   And as far as that goes you are doing well.   However remember this, the devils also believe that there is one God just like you do.   And the devils tremble at the thought.   Merely saying that you believe that there is one God is not enough.   You must also have " obedience " because simply having faith is not enough!


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Now some of you might be thinking:

Wait a minute ....

Paul says in Romans that we are " justified " by our faith .... if we are " justified " by our faith alone why do we need obedience ?


Romans 5: 1

  [ 1 ]  Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:


Remember .... let's not read verses " out of context " since James also cleared that one up with this:


James 2: 24

  [ 24 ]  Ye see then how that by works [ erga ~ obedience ] a man is justified, and not by faith only.


Which when correctly translated would say this:


James 2: 24

  [ 24 ]  Ye see then how that by obedience a man is justified, and not by faith only.


So " yes " we are indeed " justified " by our faith as Paul noted ....

but Paul also knew that our " justification " only comes by " Obedience " :


Paul stated:

Romans 6:14-16

  [ 14 ]  For sin shall not have dominion over you:  for ye are not under the law, but under grace.   [ 15 ]  What then?  shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace?  God forbid.   [ 16 ]  Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey;  whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness ?


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Here is more on

" Justification by Faith Alone "   OR   " Once Saved Always Saved "

which was brought to the forefront and taught by Martin Luther that most don't know:


     Martin Luther, who was once a Catholic Priest and Monk, was responsible for the translation of the Bible from Hebrew and Koine Greek into the German Language.   It was during this translation that Luther found the section in the book of Romans concering " Justification By Faith " as told by the Apostle Paul.

     The Catholic Church, at that time, taught that an individual could actually " purchase " freedom from God's punishment's for all of their sins through what the church called " Indulgence ".   Basically the individual would give the Church money to be free from their sin's and punishment.

     After coming upon " Justification By Faith " in Romans Luther decided, without further investigation concerning Justification, that the Catholic Church was wrong and that the "Indulgence" was a false teaching ( which it indeed was ).   Luther also decided that if an individual had " faith only " in Jesus Christ that they needed nothing else in order to go to heaven.

That is, he taught nothing about " accepting "   or   " receiving " Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, or about being " Born Again "
.

     Luther was " so addiment " about salvation being " Justification by Faith Alone" that in his first printed version of the Bible, to prove his point, he personally added the word " alone " in Romans 3:28 so that it would read:

Romans 3:28

  [ 28 ]  Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith " alone " without the deeds of the law.

     Luckily his addition of the word was later stricken from all future bibles printed.   However Luther was also "strongly" against having the New Testament books of "Hebrews, James, Jude, and the Revelation of John" being in the Bible at all.   ( Hmmmm .... two of these books disprove his theory of being "justified by faith alone" ).

Due to this teaching

" Justification by Faith Alone " has recently become the battle cry, so to speak,

of so many in the current church that say that you only have to

" Receive Jesus Christ as your savior " and " nothing else ".


Note: See the article titled:

     Why does the current church teach " Once Saved Always Saved ? ~ COMING SOON !


Break Line


It was from the teachings of Martin Luther, plus other verses used " out of context ", that the current church started teaching:


" Justification by Faith Alone "   OR   " Once Saved Always Saved "


     The idea of being simply " Born Again " after accepting Jesus Christ as our saviour ( which is true, "We Must Be Born Again" ) not only comes from Martin Luther's idea but also comes from many verses in the Bible used " out of context ", such as:


John 3:3

  [ 3 ]  Jesus answered and said unto him,  Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

I Peter 1:23

  [ 23 ]  Being born again, not of corruptable seed, but of incorruptable, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.


Or the ones we have already discussed:


Ephesians 2:8-9:

 [ 8 ]  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:   [ 9 ]  Not of works [ ergon ], lest any man should boast.


John 1:12:

  [ 12 ]  But as many as received him, to them gave he the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:


Romans 10:9:

  [ 9 ] That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.


     But not telling someone that there is more to it than just " asking " causes people to feel like they are not " saved " and causes them to eventually ask the question:   " Am I really saved ? ".   Dietrich Bonhoeffer in his book " The Cost Of Discipleship " called this type of teaching " Cheap Grace ! "


Have you ever read or heard this:


If a pig goes to the altar and prays for salvation and after returning is still a pig,
then this is not a believer in Jesus Christ but a deluded lost soul.

But if a pig goes to the altar and prays and after returning is a lamb of God,
then the conversion was true toward salvation.

Joining a Church, Walking Down The Aisle, or even Being Baptised, Saves No One ...

Only true conversion of the Heart will do that!


Break Line


What did Jesus Say

about those that live by " Faith Only "

without " Obedience " ?


Now we come to a point that is so very clear in the bible and it concerns being " Born Again and/or Saved ".

And this verse from our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is " Crystal Clear " and is the main point expressed in this article, " Am I Really Saved ! "

What did " Jesus " have to say about Obedience?:


Matthew 7:21-23

  [ 21 ]  Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord,  [ faith only ]  shall enter into the kingdom of heaven;  but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven  [ obedience ].    [ 22 ]  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name ?  and in thy name have cast out devils ?  and in thy name done many wonderful works ?


  [ 23 ]  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you:   depart from me, ye that work iniquity.


And what about these words from Jesus ?


In John Chapter 5 we have the story of Jesus healing a man that was waiting by the pool of Bethesda.   Our Lord, after the healing, found the man once again in the temple in Jerusalem and said to him:


John 5:14

  [ 14 ]  Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him,  Behold, thou art made whole:  sin no more,  [ obedience ]  lest a worse thing come unto thee.


In John Chapter 8 we have Jesus talking with the woman caught in adultery:


John 8:10-11

      [ 10 ]  When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her,  Woman, where are those thine accusers ?  hath no man condemned thee ?      [ 11 ]    She said, No man, Lord.  And Jesus said unto her,  Neither do I condemn thee:  go, and sin no more.  [ obedience ]


In John Chapter 8 we have Jesus talking to a group of non-believing Jews:


John 8:51

  [ 51 ]  Verily, verily, I say unto you, if a man keep my saying,  [ obedience ]  he shall never see death.


Break Line


So, back to the original question posed for this article:

" Am I Really Saved and Heaven bound ? "


To be Saved and Heaven bound based on the Bible .....
basically takes three steps which I have noted in this article.

If you don't "feel saved" it may well be that you have left one of these steps out:


  1.   First you must believe and come to the understand that God the Father, Jesus Christ His Son, and the Holy Spirit are real !

    ( You must believe and have faith in all three ! )
  2.   Second, you must pray to God the Father and accept the salvation that he provided through the sacrifice of his Son Jesus Christ !

    ( Receive Jesus as your Saviour! )
  3.   Third, once you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour you must show that you are serious about your salvation and faith in HIM by living a life of obedience !

    ( Faith without obedience is dead ! )


Break Line


    As I have hopefully " Clearly Shown " the Bible tells us that Faith without Obedience is dead ! It may not be what you wanted to here .... but I'm not the one telling you about this ..... It is what our Bible "clearly" tells us.




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