Semi Automatic Salvation

Every time you pull the trigger, people get saved. Now wouldn’t that be a nice change.file0002087894502

Unfortunately, as our most recent family devotion through Claiming Christ discussed, that is not how the Bible teaches that salvation occurs. Salvation does not develop in either a semi or a full auto manner. It is a process that begins and ends with the grace of God and that requires willing human participation along the way.

It is not a new idea, but the teachings of some have attempted to convey the attractive idea that so long as a person is a member of the right group, they are guaranteed salvation. When Jesus walked this earth, the Jews claimed that they were assured salvation because God had given an eternal promise to Abraham and his descendants, for which they had legal birthrecords to prove their inheritance. In a sense, they not only had an unconditional guarantee, God needed them in order to fulfill his promise.

In more recent times, many believers have been taught that as long as they remain a member of the Catholic or other church, they are guaranteed an eternity in white. Even a catchy phrase has been invented to confirm the belief of “once saved, always saved”.

But the snake that deceived Eve back in that lush garden so many years ago, still slithers through God’s gardens Today.

Of all the valid human testimonies listed in Scripture, only to one did Jesus ever specifically give the divine stamp of “truth” and this is what he had to say to the eternally-assured pious among us:

“You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. The axe is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire”.

God’s promises never need us in order to be fulfilled. God can give eternity to rocks and make them alive as children of Abraham if that were ever necessary. Our perceived connection to Abraham (both racially and spiritually), to the “right church”, or to some out-of-context passage of Scripture that we think guarantees our personal salvation, has a holy axe aimed at its root.

The testimony of faith that Jesus commends as both true and light is this:

“Produce fruit in keeping with repentance”.

It almost sounds like an echo of our Lord’s own words in Jn 15 about the Vine and the branches, even down to the detail of fire for those lacking in the evidence God requires.

And so the snake hisses… “Did God really say that you need to produce fruit? Haven’t you heard that you are guaranteed eternity, just as you are? Don’t worry about it. Good fruit is just a works thing that can’t impact salvation.” hssss….

Who will you listen to?

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  1. WHAT DID THE FIRST CHRISTIANS BELIEVE?

    THE CHURCH OF CHRIST HAD ITS BEGINNING ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST 33 A.D.. WHAT BELIEFS AND ACTIONS DID THE THREE THOUSAND CONVERTS TO CHRIST HAVE IN COMMON? DID GOD APPROVE OF EVOLVING BELIEFS, DIFFERENT REQUIREMENTS FOR SALVATION? IF THAT WERE TRUE, THEN WOULD IT NOT BE FOUND IN THE NEW TESTAMENT SCRIPTURES?

    Acts 2:41 So then, those who received his word were baptized; and there were added about three thousand souls. Acts 2:47….And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.

    All three thousand believed the apostle Peter’s message and were baptized in water. Then they were added to the Lord’s church by the Lord Himself. The Lord did not add the unsaved to His church. They had to believe and be baptized in water prior to being added to the body of Christ.

    1. Acts 2:22 Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know—

    All three thousand believed Jesus was a miracle worker.

    2. Acts 2:31-32 he looked ahead and spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that He was neither abandoned to Hades, nor did His flesh suffer decay. 32 This Jesus God raised up again, to which we are all witnesses.

    All three thousand believed in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

    3. Acts 2:36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ—this Jesus whom you crucified.”

    All three thousand believed that Jesus was Lord and Christ.

    4. Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

    All three thousand repented in order to have sins forgiven. (repentance meant that they made the commitment to turn from their unbelief and sinful lifestyle and turn toward God).

    All three thousand were baptized in water in order to have their sins forgiven.

    All three thousand received the indwelling gift of the Holy Spirit after they believed, repented, and were baptized in water.

    5. Acts 2:40 And with many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, “Be saved from this perverse generation!”

    All three thousand were saved after they believed Peter’s message: They believed, repented, confessed, and were baptized in water. (Mark 16:16, John 3:16, Acts 3:19, Acts 2:38, Romans 10:9-10, Acts 8:35-38) THEN THEY WERE ADDED TO THE LORD’S CHURCH! (Acts 2:47)

    WHAT THINGS DID PETER NOT PREACH AND WHAT THINGS DID THE THREE THOUSAND NOT BELIEVE.

    1.Peter did not preach that men were saved by grace alone.

    2.Peter did not preach that men were saved by faith only

    3.Peter did not preach that God had selected a few to be saved and that all others would go to hell.

    4. Peter did not preach that water baptism was not essential to salvation.

    5. Peter did not preach that Jesus was just one of many Saviors.

    6. Peter did not preach that once you were saved, that you could continue in a sinful lifestyle and still be saved.

    7. Peter did not preach that God did not have the power to give us an inerrant translation of the Scriptures.

    8. Peter did not preach that God would provide hundreds or thousands of different Christian denominations, and that they would teach different ways of being saved.

    9. Peter did NOT preach that you had to speak in tongues as evidence that you were saved.

    AS BELIEVERS IN CHRIST, MEN SHOULD USE THE BIBLE AS THEIR GUIDE FOR SALVATION. Looking to man-made creed books, Bible commentaries, denominational statements of faith, and church catechisms, is looking in all the wrong places for the absolute truth!

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