Salvation doesn’t end here – Part 1

It is important that everyone should be saved because this is the will of God as Paul wrote in 1 Timothy 2:3-4 and as  God spoke of old, saying “As surely as I live, says the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of wicked people.” Ezekiel 33:11a. No one shall escape the coming wrath of God unless they believe in the Son of God Jesus Christ as the bible says in the book of John 3:16, 36.  It has been made clear that “all have sinned and they fall short of the glory of God” Roman 3:23, meaning everyone is bad and they don’t deserve heaven. Roman 6: 23 ” The wages of sin is death…” meaning due to sin we are owing to die. Before we kill ourselves though there is good news  in the same verse, “…but the give of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord” and Romans 8:1 makes the news to even sound better,  ” Therefore, there is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus”

Friends salvation is received by faith in Jesus Christ and not by good works . You may have your good works but if you are outside Christ you are just as bad enough as someone who is going to hell. You cannot save yourself with your own righteousness, that is why God made us his own righteous through Christ Jesus (2 Corinthian 5:21). One has to confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and believe that God raised Him from the dead in order to be saved, see Romans 10:9-10. This is  grace,  something we did not earn through our efforts. Ephesians 2:8, says, “For by grace you have been saved, through faith , not by your efforts but it is the gift of God.”

Being saved by grace through faith doesn’t say that we shouldn’t do good works but it in terms of salvation, works are not good enough to produce salvation requirements. So, we received a gift from God so that we can do the good works not for salvation but for the love of God.  The blood of Jesus paid for our salvation and we receive it by faith, not only are we saved by faith but we live also by faith (see Romans 1:17, Hebrews 10:38, Galatians 3:11)

James  says, ” …faith without works is dead” (James 2:26). What is this then? Should we work for faith to salvation? No, we are saved by faith, then after being saved or justified we were sanctified or set apart for good works. Before salvation our works were dead, we could not be saved through our dead works since we ourselves were dead, therefore Christ gave us life so that we may produce fruits. See Ephesian 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” We are saved to produce good works or fruits of the spirit.

Just because we have been saved by faith, we cannot just sit in our churches and missions preaching to ourselves  and sing “Praise the Lord, Siyakudumisa” but at the end we are found to have no fruits.  Jesus says that He is the true vine and we are the branches. It was God who made us branches in that true vine but for us to remain in that vine we need to bear fruits, see what he says, “He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more…. Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned.” John 15:2, 5&6 NLT

If you are Christian, you need to bear fruits to remain in Christ and if you don’t you will be cut off and be cast into the lake of fire. If you are not a Christian, you need to believe in Christ before you can bear acceptable fruits or good works because Jesus Himself says “…Without me, you can nothing” John 15:5b, if not you will be cast into the lake of fire, where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.

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