Faith Mountain
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Am I Really Saved?

Am I Going To Heaven?

Bible Teacher Russ Pickett

Bible Teacher Russ Pickett



Words of Jesus Christ are in " Red "   ~   Scripture verses are in " Maroon "

Koine Greek words are in " Purple "   ~   Text in " Dark Blue " are highlighted points

All scripture verses in this document are from the original 1611

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            And within it's pages we can not only learn about who God is, but we can also learn the answers to " every basic question " we could possibly have about " ourselves " and " the world around us ! "   Such as:

      How the stars, universe, and the very world we live on was created !

      How, and why, we were created !

      How, and why, God instilled in us all equally His very existence at our births !

      How, after our creation, we became many different races !

      How, and why, God felt it necessary to send His Son to us to be an example of how we were to live !

      How, and why, God felt it necessary to sent His Son to become a " Saviour for us all " !

      How we can " know ", that only due to the love of God The Father, the " Salvation that God wants us to have ! "

      " And any other question we may have ! "


         Now ..... most professing Christians these days say that they are " Born Again ! "

         " But based on the Bible are they really ?  -   And based on the Bible 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 !

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

      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 ?

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 ?

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 :

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


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         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 concerning the Bible :

         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.

         Information contained in the Bible, such as the creation of man and Noah's 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 choose " what parts they want to believe and what parts they don't ..... "

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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:

         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 other " Teachers, Preachers, or Pastors do "  .....  Then I'll go about " providing scriptures " to show that it is indeed what the Bible tells us .....

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How?

There are three things we must do:

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

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

  " Keep the commandments and words of our Lord Jesus Christ ! "


I know what many of you are thinking ( because it's the same way I use to think many years ago )   ....

         " 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, lest any man should boast.

John 1:12:

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:

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.

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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:

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

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.

Matthew 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

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


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 noted, 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:


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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:

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         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:

How?


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:

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.

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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 as well ? "

And they are:

      

      

      

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         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:

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.

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         Remember this ..... 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 the word " even " how does this verse read:

John 1:12:

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

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


         Now 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 Christ 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 " ) ..... they 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:

         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 !

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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 Christians and/or Saints he saw in heaven ..... and the second is about " who has the right to get into heaven ".   They are:

Revelations 14:12:

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

Revelations 22:14:

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 ?

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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:

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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 !

But let me first ask you this .....

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

John 14: 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.

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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 - physical labor ] ?   Can faith save him ?
      ( the expected answer here is " No, faith alone cannot 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 [ ean mh exh erga ], is dead, being alone.  

[ 18 ] Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works [ erga - physical labor ]:  shew me thy faith without thy works [ epywv - more like a thought ], and I will shew thee my faith by my works [ epywv - more like a thought ]

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

        The above section of James, and the below section on James 2:20-26, has troubled local and famous Pastors, Preachers, Evangelists, and Teachers and the vast majority of them avoid talking about it if at all possible.   The hundreds that I've tried to talk to about it immediately become " uncomfortable " and start to " squirm in their seats " and it is all due to the greek word " works ".   And I have to admit that at one time is also made me " uncomfortable " to talk about.

        The reason for the " uncomfortable " feeling is because so many pastors have used " John 3:16 " and " Ephesians 2:8-9 " ( shown below ), together to prove to folks " that all you have to do to be saved and go to heaven " is accept Jesus Christ as your Savior and as " Ephesians 2:8-9 " notes it is the gift of God: Not of works " ..... so therefore you only have to accept Jesus as your savior and you are heaven bound without doing anything else at all !

        If we look at Ephesians below we see the greek word " works " is in fact used correctly as it should be ..... and that is for " physical labor ".   However we can't take them out of context and must see how they apply to the rest of the Bible.

John 3:16:

For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

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 [ erga - physical labor ], lest any man should boast.

        Notice the change in the greek word " works " here shown in verses 14, 17 and the first two times in 18 from [ erga ] to the last part of verse 18 when he switches to [ epywv - more like a thought ] ..... James is starting to change his focus from " physical work " ( helping those who are naked and destitute of daily food ) to something very different ....

And then along comes " James " .....

The New Testament was written, as you may or may not know, in what was known as:

       In the mid-1970's I attended, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, a bible study with a group of men who, for the most part, were all old enough to be my dad.   The group included about ten men:  a Catholic, a Methodist, three preachers ( one Pentecostal, one Baptist, and the other from an indepentant fundamentalist church ), but one man in particular was a member of the Greek Orthodox church named " Lou ".   I learned more about Christianity from this group of men then I have anywhere else in my lifetime ..... " this group, you could say, were the foundation of my christianity ! "

       Now " Lou " became a very trusted christian friend and we always sat next to each other during these bible studies.   He was from Greece and he read and spoke not only " Greek " but also " Koine Greek " fluently.   When I first asked him, in the mid-1970's, to read James 2:2-26 in " Koine Greek " but to read them very slowly translating them into english for me ... he basically said " I've read them before and they are basically what is shown in the King James Bible. "

       He humored me and read them again ...   When he got to " James 2:18 " he paused after reading it and said, " Something is different here . The first word for " works " denote physical labor but the second and third " works " actually is different and it seems as if he is talking about working through a thought ..... using his mind to work on or at something ..... or working mentally at something instead of purely physical labor.   That is he's thinking through something.   He then said, " Let me read all of James Chapter 2 again ..... "

       After him reading it all very slowly .... and then, as we started discussing it together, we came to the same conclusion that the second and third word " works " that was conveyed in " James 2:18 " was actually the word:

       We both were " extremely excited " about it and went on a further study to seek out this new idea for this word for " works " could be found through out the Bible.   And yes we found it in other places within the Bible.   But since that was in the mid-1970's there wasn't an internet to use as a resource ... but we started talking to many local pastor's and started looking in every commentary and study books we could find ... without any results.   But we knew this word " works " in James meant " obedience ".

       Now years have gone by since my old friend has passed away and the internet is available .... and yes " we weren't the only ones to discover and find this answers ".   These two different words, that were both originally translated into English as " works ", actually have two " very different meanings " and it changes " everything and makes it much clearer " as we see in James 2:20-26 below :

James 2:20-26

[ 20 ] But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works [ epywv - obedience ] is dead ?

[ 21 ] Was not Abraham our father justified by works [ epywv - obedience ], when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar ?

[ 22 ] Seest thou how faith wrought with his works [ erga - Physical labor ], and by works [ epywv - obedience ] was faith made perfect ?

The actual greek to english wording of verse 22 is clearer:

[ 22 ] Can you see how his faith along with his physical labor, together with his obedience made his faith perfect ?

[ 23 ] And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.

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

[ 25 ] Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works [ epywv - obedience ], when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way ?

[ 26 ] For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works [ epywv - obedience ] is dead also.

       Now whenever you see a commentary, or discussion, of Abraham and his willingness to sacrafice his son Issac ... and when you also see commentary on Ruth receiving the messengers .... it is always noted that they were basically being one thing:

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       So in James 2:14-18 he is talking about doing "physical work" ( helping your brothers and sisters in Christ ) and then in the last part of verse 18 he is talking about being " obedient to God".   So James 2:18 should read this way:

James 2:18

Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have physically works:  shew me thy faith without obedience, and I will shew thee my faith by my obedience.

       And in our Ephesians verse noted in the beginning of this article we see " works " is " epya ".   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 [ epya ~ physical works ], lest any man should boast.

       So if we change the words " works " in James 2:20-26 to its intended interpretation " obedience " we see that it would change how the verses are read " drastically " and it would correctly read like this in english:

James 2:20-26

[ 20 ] But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without obedience is dead?

[ 21 ] Was not Abraham our father justified by obedience, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?

[ 22 ] Then seeth that faith was working with his physical labor, and by obedience faith was perfected.

[ 23 ] And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.

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

[ 25 ] Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by obedience, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?

[ 26 ] For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without obedience is dead also.


          Also .... backing up a little .... do you see that statement "doest well" in the last part of verse 19? ( see below)    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 2: 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 still 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

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

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Paul later states in Chapter 6:

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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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 and still is ).   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 Martin Luther taught nothing about " accepting "   or   " receiving " Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, or for that matter 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

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

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          His addition of the word was later stricken from all future bibles printed.   However Luther was also " very 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 Martin Luther's theory of being " justified by faith alone " ).

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

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          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

  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

  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 [ epya ~ physical works ], lest any man should boast.


John 1:12:

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:

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.

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer in his book
" The Cost Of Discipleship "
called this type of teaching:

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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 !

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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.

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          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

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

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


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

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( You must believe and have faith in all three ! )

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( Receive Jesus as your Saviour! )

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( Faith without obedience is dead ! )

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    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 ..... "

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