How is salvation gained?
God said in his "Word" that Not many are saved
Someone asked him, “Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?”
He said to them, 24 “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door,because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. Luke 13:23-24
Then God said that Moses and the prophets are sufficient for salvation
“Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’
30 “‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’
31 “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’” Luke 16:29-31
Then God said that It is only through Jesus, and not through the Law of Moses
Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12
Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses. Acts 13:39
This means that all those who died before Jesus’ time, or who have never heard his gospel, are excluded and not saved.
God said in his word - By Faith (belief) only (Luke 7:50, John 3:14-16, 18, 36, 5:24, 6:29, 35, 40, 47, 70, 10:25-28, Acts 13:39, 16:31, Rom 1:16, 3:20-26, Rom 4, 9:32, Gal 2:16, 3:11, 14, Eph 1:13, 2:8-9, 1 Tim 1:16, 2 Tim 3:14-15, 1 Pet 1:9, Heb 10:38-39, and 11:17, where Paul gives as an example Abraham offering Isaac).
God said - that mercy can substitute for unbelief
Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. 1 Tim 1:13
God said - By works only (including obedience to commandments) (“do the will” of God, Matt 7:21, “keep the commandments,” 19:16-20, Luke 10:36-37, 12:47-48, 19:8-9, John 14:15; also Lev 18:5, Ps 65:12, 103:17-20). Paul also says works (“law”) (Rom 2:5-6, 13, 2 Cor 5:10), and says we must “work out” our own salvation (Php 2:12).
James also says works, giving the example of Abraham offering Isaac (James 2:20-24). James also says “faith without works is dead” (James 2:14-26), and “be doers of the word,” which you must also know (so that knowledge is also required; James 1:22-27). Also Ezek 18:1- 22, 30, Rev 20:12-15 (“judged according to their works”), 22:12-14, 2 Pet 1:10, 1 John 2:3-5, Ps 62:12, Jer 17:10, 2 Tim 3:17, Heb 5:9.
God said - charity is more important than faith
If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 1 Cor 13:2
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Cor 13:13
Those who do not help the needy are condemned
Matt 25:34- ....
“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ 45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ 46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” Matt 25:34-46
God said - By grace only, i.e., it is a “gift” (John 6:44, 65, Isa 43:25, Jer 30:21, Acts 15:11, 22:14, Rom 3:24, 5:15-21 (a “free gift”), 6:23, 9:16, 11:5-6, Eph 2:5-9, 1 Pet 1:10, 2 Tim 1:9, Tit 2:11, 3:5-7).
God said - By confession of sin
Ps 32:1-5 Catholics like this one.
God said - By Repentance (Isa 55:6-7, Matt 3:1-6, 4:17, 9:10-13, Luke 13:1-5, Acts 17:30, Rom 6:23, James 4:7-10, 2 Pet 3:9, Rev 3:19-21).
God said - By repentance plus baptism (Mark 1:4, Luke 3:3, Acts 2:37-38, 22:16).
God said - By Baptism (Matt 3:1-17, 28:19-20, Luke 7:28-30, John 3:5, Acts 10:47-48, 16:25-33, 22:10-16, Gal 3:27, Heb 6:1-2, 1 Pet 3:21).
God said - By Belief and baptism
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. Mark 16:16
God said - By repentance, faith, baptism, and laying on of hands
Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death,[a] and of faith in God,2 instruction about cleansing rites,[b] the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. Heb 6:1-2
God said - By Calling on the Lord’s (or Jesus’) name (Acts 2:21, Rom 10:13; but Matt 7:21 says “not everyone that saith Lord, Lord shall enter;” also Luke 13:25).
God said - By stating aloud a belief in Jesus and his resurrection
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Rom 10:9
God said - By Enduring to the end
You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. Matt 10:22
but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. Matt 24:13
Everyone will hate you because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. Mark 13:13
God said - By Poverty (Matt 19:21-24, Mark 10:21-24, Luke 18:24-25, Luke 19:8-9).
God said - By losing our life for Jesus
For whoever wants to save their life[a] will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. Matt 16:25
God said - By being “born again”
Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again." John 3:3
God said - By eating Jesus’ flesh John 6:48-58
But, God decides, regardless of what we do (Matt 20:23, John 6:44, 65, 17:2, 6, 9, Acts 2:39, 47, 4:28, 13:48, Eph 1:4-5, 11, 2:10, Ps 133:3, 139:16, 1 Thess 5:9, 2 Thess 2:11-14, Rom 2:4, 8:29-30, 9:11-18, Cor 12:18, Php 2:13, 2 Tim 1:9, 1 Pet 2:8, 5:10, Rev 17:8).
God said in his word - Salvation through Jesus can be learned from the scriptures, i.e., the OT
“Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’ 30 “‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ 31 “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’” Luke 16:29-31
and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 2 Tim 3:15
God said - But the Gospel had been kept hidden until Jesus
Now to him who is able to establish you in accordance with my gospel,the message I proclaim about Jesus Christ, in keeping with the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, 26 but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all the Gentiles might come to the obedience that comes from[a] faith— Rom 16:25-26
the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. Col 1:26
God said - Jesus uses parables so that the meaning will be hidden
At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Matt 11:25
The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?”
11 He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. 12 Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 13 This is why I speak to them in parables:
“Though seeing, they do not see;
though hearing, they do not hear or understand.
14 In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:
“‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding;
you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.
15 For this people’s heart has become calloused;
they hardly hear with their ears,
and they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
hear with their ears,
understand with their hearts
and turn, and I would heal them.’ Matt 13:10-15
He told them, “The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables 12 so that,
“‘they may be ever seeing but never perceiving,
and ever hearing but never understanding;
otherwise they might turn and be forgiven!’ Mark 4:11-12
He said, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that,
“‘though seeing, they may not see;
though hearing, they may not understand.' Luke 8:10
God said - But Jesus came to bring the truth
“You are a king, then!” said Pilate.
Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” John 18:37
Will anyone, once saved, be lost?
God said in his word - NONE will be lost
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all[a]; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. John 10:27- 29
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Pet 3:9
God said - SOME will backslide and be lost
No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. 1 Cor 9:27
The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 1 Tim 4:1
It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, 5 who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age 6 and who have fallen[a] away, to be brought back to repentance. To their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace. Heb 6:4-6
If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. 28 Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? Heb 10:26-29
If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and are overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. 21 It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. 22 Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,”[a] and, “A sow that is washed returns to her wallowing in the mud.” 2 Pet 2:20-22
God said - The former righteousness of a sinner will be FORGOTTEN
Ezek 3:20, 18:24, 26, 33:12, 18