The Bible tells us in many places that we are saved by faith and faith alone, yet the Bible also tells us to believe Jesus is Lord, to repent in order to be saved, that all must confess Jesus as Lord, be baptized, and do good works. So what is it faith and faith alone, or are there more requirements…sure sounds like there are more requirements?
Faith: Romans1.17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”
Believe: When the jailer at Philippi asked Paul and Silas, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” they replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:30–31).
Confess: In Matt 10:32–33 Jesus says, “Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.”
Repent: Jesus says that “unless you repent, you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3,5). Our only choices are “to perish” or “to come to repentance” (2 Pet 3:9).
Baptism: Acts10.48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.
Good Works: James2.14 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?
The casual readers of the Bible and great scholars have had difficulty with this question throughout the ages. Denominations have arisen and Churches have fallen on the understanding of the requirements of salvation.
Here is my try at keeping it very simple and in one paragraph: faith and faith alone: you are Saved… now faith in what? You believe that Jesus is Lord and that Jesus died, was buried and arose from the grave. After belief, you confess for you want your belief known on earth and in Heaven. To repent you change your mind toward sin and turn toward God, with a Godly sorrow for past sins and a hatred of all sin. Are these conditions of salvation or understanding of faith…they are an understanding of faith. Now that you are saved you want to be baptized because Jesus both asked you to and commanded you to... why: because you were saved by your faith because you believed, confessed, repented, and you now are a changed person and furthermore you want to do good works. AMEN.
There I said it in one paragraph. Hope this helps the next time someone wants to dispute about words just: Remind them of these things, and charge them before God not to quarrel about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers. 2Tim2.14
Published on Sunday, January 4, 2015 @ 7:44 AM CDT