What is salvation, or how is a person saved from separation from God in hell. The bible tells us that:
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved [than by Jesus]. Act 4:12
Jesus also said:
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. Joh 14:6
So we need to look to the words and commands of Jesus to see how to be saved. The bible uses the word “faith”, which means trust, to describe salvation. We are told:
Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. Rom 3:28
We are justified by our faith in Jesus to save us, and not by our own righteous deeds.
Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; Rom 4:16
We can be assured of salvation, because it is by faith, not our works. This will bring us peace.
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: Rom 5:1
Yet we are not to take advantage of grace and just continue in sin:
What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Rom 6:1-2
For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. Gal 5:13
But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid. Gal 2:17
So we as Christians, are saved now, by grace, not by our deeds, yet we are not to continue to live in sin, God has a higher path way for us. The grace that saves us, and the thing in which we trust is the forgiveness offered by Jesus when he died in our place on the cross. As a sacrifice for sin.
Every sin we committed was placed upon Jesus at the cross, and He took the penalty that we deserve. Being crucified in the body, but then made alive.
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. Rom 10:9
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isa 53:4-6
So the question has to be asked, what if I were to sin, would Jesus forgive me, would I lose grace. Do I need to be perfectly sinless. Although it is good to be sinless the bible tells us that we will all have a degree of sin at the time we die.
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 1Jn 1:8
So it is not by being sinless that we get to heaven. Yet I give a warning to the one who makes deliberate use of grace to sin, the bible says that when we sin we are hardened, we move toward spiritual blindness.
But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. Heb 3:13
God allows this progressive blindness to occur, so that we will no longer believe if we are desirous of sin.
And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 2Th 2:11-12
So we should always move toward God, and away from sin.
Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. 2Pe 1:4-9
Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. 2Ti 2:19
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