Over the years I have wondered what it means to be saved. People have said if you say the magic incantation;
I believe in you Jesus
that you are miraculously saved from the fires of hell where otherwise you would burn eternally.
I don’t believe that any longer and you shouldn’t either…here’s why.
First we need to
Define Some Words
Let’s start with salvation. What are we saved from and where are we saved to.
Hebrews 9:27 27Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment,
Matthew 10:28 Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
Revelation 20:14 14Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death.
Revelation 20:6 6Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years.
John 14:6 6Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
John 3:3-5 3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God
Let’s tie those verses together.
We need to believe in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus (Yeshua). He represents the first fruit of the harvest. Because he overcame the second death. He did NOT die for our sins or so that we could go on sinning.
We are saved from the second death (which kills both the body and soul).
We are saved to the Kingdom of Heaven. I suspect this is the Garden of Eden which was taken up before the flood and will come back down as the New Jerusalem.
What is Sin?
1 John 3:4 Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.
What is the law? The “law” was given to Moses at Mount Sinai. Pretty much anything that Yahuah says to do or not do is the “law”. One can start with Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and love your neighbor as your self. The BIG ten come off that and the whole 613 branch off of those ten.
Can I know I am Saved?
1 John 2:3
By this we can be sure that we have come to know Him: if we keep His commandments.
So, the answer is yes. Have the testimony of Yeshua and KEEP his commandments.
What is Grace
Grace is the father reaching his hand down into creation; faith, through obedience is creation taking that hand to walk in confidence.
Has He Not Told You O Man
What does the LORD require of you?
Walk humbly with your Elohim