The Bible tells us that by grace we are saved(have eternal life) – meaning that it has nothing to do with anything we ourselves can do, but purely God’s freewill gift to us. But even a free gift sometimes comes with certain conditions attached to it. Though our salvation is a free gift from God in response to our faith, the following briefly describes what it is that we must each examine ourselves for to see if we are truly “saved”(2 Cor 13: 5).
See this conditional statement in Romans.
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. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
The first condition in the previous verses that is attached to your salvation is that you must confess with your mouth that Jesus is your Lord. If we take this statement at face value then it seems to be very self-explainitory. But Jesus, as he often does in the Bible, expands a bit on this idea in Matthew, and makes it clear that there’s more to it than that.
Mat 7: 21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
This brings up another question. What is the will of the Father? Here are some verses that help to explain this.
John 5: 21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him…….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…….10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love……. John 15: 12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Mat 7: 12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
If you study these previous verses a little you should be able to see that by obeying his Son Jesus you are obeying the Father. So we are to obey whatever Jesus tells us. Although we are told much more in the Bible, Jesus sums up all of his commands in one sentence – to “love one another, as I have loved you”. Sounds easy – right? This should come as second nature for a practicing Christian, but he also tells us that we are to love our enemies. That’s where it becomes a little more difficult sometimes.
Now here is a further explanation to the second condition for our salvation from Romans 10: 9. The following verses – which were in last weeks study – tell us why it is so important that we must believe that God raised our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead .
1Cor 15:12 Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: 14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. 15 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. 16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: 17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. 18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.
Understanding the Bible is a lot like putting together a jigsaw puzzle. You need to put in the corners – or the foundation first, and the rest of it will go together a lot easier. All of these verses together tell us that in order to have this hope of eternal life – or be “saved”, you must truly believe in your heart that Jesus was resurrected from the dead, and that he can, and will do the same for you as is promised in Romans 10: 9. Then you must choose to faithfully honor and obey him as your Lord – which means that you agree to obey his word, or commands.
This begins a discussion as to what the will of God is for us, which I want to go into more detail about in the next couple of weeks.