There has been much confusion and false teaching going around as to what constitutes salvation.
- “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
- “And anyone who believes in God’s Son has eternal life. Anyone who doesn’t obey the Son will never experience eternal life but remains under God’s angry judgment” (John 3:36).
- “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12).
But faith is a word with broad ramifications. If a person claims he believes in Jesus but fails to make Him Lord in his life—and continues to willfully live in sin—his belief is fake, spurious and questionable. Without repentance and obedience, belief alone is empty. Genuine faith has to be evidenced by good works. Faith, by itself, without works, is dead (James 2:17, James 2:26).
So if we want to know whether we are saved, we have to ask ourselves is there any evidence to show that our faith is genuine? We need to subject ourselves to self-examination to see whether our faith is genuine.
The following questions should be able to offer some help.
- Do we work out our salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12-13, 1 Corinthians 9: 24-27)?
- Do we make every effort to build ourselves in the faith, thus confirming our election and calling (2 Peter 1:5-10)?
- Do we prepare ourselves spiritually in anticipation of Christ’s return like the five wise virgins (Matthew 25:1-13)?
- Do we show love for our fellow brethren (1John 3:14)?
- Do we abide in Christ and bear fruit befitting of a transformed life (John 15:5,8)?
- Do we continue to study God’s word and seek to obey Him (John 8:31-32, John 14:21)?
- Do we utilise our time, talents and resources for God’s glory (Matthew 25:14-30)?
- Do we keep ourselves in the love of God and not merely presume on His kindness (Romans 11:22, Jude 21)?
- Are we able to overcome increasing end time lawlessness, deception and persecution (Matthew 24:9-13)?
- Do we demonstrate characteristics similar to that of goats or sheep according to Jesus’ end time teaching (Matthew 25:31-46)?
- Have we the kind of faith that perseveres no matter what happens (Hebrews 10:36-39)?
- “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns” (Philippians 1: 6).
- “Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault” (Jude 24)
- “Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers” (1 Timothy 4:16).
SALVATION: A FUTURE HOPE AND INHERITANCE
SUMMARY OF WHAT SCRIPTURE TEACHES ABOUT SALVATION
The above, What Scripture Teaches About Salvation, is extracted from http://relentlessheart.com/blog/2015/12/1/once-saved-always-saved
PROCESS OF SALVATION
The above, Process of Salvation, is extracted from https://billmuehlenberg.com/2015/02/16/antinomianism-and-the-hyper-grace-error/