How does a living faith of abiding in trust apply to your life? The Bible says that without faith, it is impossible to please Him (Hebrews 11:6).
What do you think you must do to be saved or to please God? Go to church regularly? Read the Bible every day? Pray every day? Tithe to the church? Be an evangelist and recruit others to your church? Petition the government to legislate morality? Do you need to fast from eating food to expel demons? Give up meat for Lent? Confess your sins daily? What does the Bible say you must do to be saved and delivered? How does God’s Word answer this question?
Acts 16:31, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved? They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved – you and your household.”
John 3:5-7, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, “You must be born again.”
We are all physically conceived in the water of the womb and born corrupted. To be saved, we must be “born again” in spirit, by the Spirit of God….through FAITH/TRUST/BELIEVE IN and RELY ON Jesus, His chosen Savior for us.
You see, in reality, TRUE Christianity is a relationship and NOT a religion. It is about what He did for us…and then we begin to put our minds, hearts, trust, and life in Him…to the point we live it out! All those other ideas in the opening paragraph concerning how to be saved are religious….they are of the humanistic worldview because they are all dependent on what “I” do.
The true Christian worldview has the only good news! What is the great news? We are saved by what He did and then coming into a real relationship with Him….following Him…and overcoming with and through Him!
Ephesians 2: 8-10 (Amplified version), “For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through your faith. And this salvation is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God;
9 Not because of works [not the fulfillment of the Law’s demands], lest any man should boast. [It is not the result of what anyone can possibly do, so no one can pride himself in it or take glory to himself.]
10 For we are God’s own handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].”
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Only a fool would NOT choose JESUS and instead depend on himself or other people! But, notice that after we choose Jesus, we should follow Him and become His workmanship….repent of our old ways and change to His new ways and works of righteousness (right being and right doing).
We can say we choose Jesus and His worldview, but what do we really live out? That will reveal where our minds, hearts, and faith is really at. Remember the parable of the father and two sons, where the one son says he will work as the father requests, but does not; and the other son says he will not work as the father requests, but he changes his mind and does what the father asked? Matthew 21:28-32. What we do is important…it reveals our real heart.
And remember the parable of the 10 virgins? All believed the Bridegroom would soon be coming…but only 5 had prepared with oil for their lamps. Not just believing, but also preparing in expectation of the joy of seeing the Bridegroom! When the unprepared try to scramble and do the good work to buy the oil and return for the wedding feast, Jesus tells them “I do not know you.” They believed, but did not have heart relationship…no anointing oil in their lamp bodies. They thought they would be saved just because they knew the doctrine of Jesus return. They thought they could go buy oil in the world. But, we need to buy this oil from our Savior Jesus Himself. Notice, Revelation 3: 14-22. The unprepared did not live with or come to know Jesus….no real relationship.
Faith in Him (focus on Him) with corresponding works (humbling self and submission to follow Him) lives out the true Christian worldview…. to the best of a person’s dedication and efforts. We are encouraged to search for Him and pursue righteousness (right being and right doing) in Matthew 5: 3-11 (the beatitudes – make us beautiful in His image). He saves us, not our works. But, we are to live in Truth because we love Him…… and He loves us and wants what is best for us! Jesus is the Way, the Truth, the Life! What joy to be free from self salvation or dependent on other people and putting my trust in them to save me! I have the one and only true Savior in Yeshua Jesus, He is faithful to His promises! Hallelujah!