PART 13 THE SPIRITUALITY PUZZLE

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 7:15pm

Is Salvation Obtained by Repentance, Belief, Water Baptism, and Godly works?

PART 13 The Spirituality Puzzle

What causes someone to become a child of God and have assurance of eternal life? 

Chapter 21

The Salvation Message Finalists – Compare and Contrast 

     In order to get a clearer perspective as to how the salvation message of Repentance and Belief is similar to and yet differs from the salvation message of Repentance, Belief, Water Baptism, and Godly Works I have included a compare and contrast table of information. After you have read this over, I will proceed to present information that hopefully will help us determine which one of these gospels is the will cause an unbeliever to find God or become his child and have an assured better place to reside at death. 

     When reading the table, I recommend beginning at the top left row from left to right. In other words, read whatever information is being presented on each aspect in one row under the column the salvation message of Repentance and Belief and then proceed to the right column under the salvation message of Repentance, Belief, Water Baptism, and Godly Works. This way you will focus on one aspect of each gospel at a time.  

 

The Salvation Message of Repentance and Belief

The Salvation Message of Repentance, Belief, Water Baptism, and Godly Works

The salvation process is repenting of one’s sins and believing the gospel (the good news; the salvation message). Acts 2:38; Acts 17:30; John 3:36; Romans 1:16; 1 Corinthians 4:15; Ephesians 1:13

 

The salvation process is hearing the gospel (the good news; the salvation message), repenting of one’s sins, believing the gospel, confessing it, being baptized in water, and evidencing godly works. Acts 2:38; Acts 17:30; 1 Corinthians 4:15; Ephesians 1:13; John 3:5; Mark 16:16; 1 Peter 3:20; James 1:22; Matthew 10:22; John 8:31-32; Galatians 5:19-21; Hebrews 5:9; James 2:18

 

When a verse does not contain all of the components of salvation, it is understood that whatever components are mentioned that the other is inferred. Acts 2:38; Acts 17:30; John 3:16; Acts 16:30

Whenever the word ‘repent’ is used it is understood to mean repent and believe, and vice versa. Acts 2:38; Acts 17:30; John 3:16; Acts 16:30

Even though the only word mentioned in the salvation process in John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life is “believeth”, the other component of repent is inferred. 

In Acts 17:30, And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: only one component of the salvation process is mentioned. Based on this gospel the other component of belief is inferred.

 

When a verse does not contain all of the components of salvation, it is understood that whatever components are mentioned that the others are inferred. John 3:5; Mark 16:16

 

Even though the only word mentioned in the salvation process in John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God is “water”, the other components of repentance, belief, and godly works are inferred. 

In Mark 16:16, He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned only two components of the salvation process are mentioned. Based on this gospel the other two components of repentance and godly works are inferred.

An unbeliever has a relationship with Christ, when they are justified. An unbeliever is justified (put right with God; declared righteous) by faith, which infers repentance - a confession of sins; a hearty purpose to turn from them168 and belief in who Christ is and what he has accomplished Romans 5:1

A believer is justified (pardoned; declared righteous; accepted as his friends) by Christ’s blood (his sacrificial death on the cross). Romans 5:9

     

An unbeliever has a relationship and fellowship with Christ, when they are justified. 

 

An unbeliever is justified (put right with God; declared righteous) by faith, which includes:

Repentance - a confession of sins; a hearty purpose to turn from them180).

Belief in who Christ is and what he has accomplished. Romans 5:1

Water baptism. Romans 6:3-4

Godly works. James 1:22; James 2:17-18; James 2:21; John 8:31-32; Galatians 5:19-21

A believer receives the indwelling Spirit, which is called the Baptism of the Spirit along with twenty or more permanent spiritual benefits (realities) following repentance and belief. John 7:38-39; 1 Corinthians 12:7, 11-13; Galatians 3:26-28; Romans 6:1-4; Ephesians 2:4-5; 1 Thessalonians 5:23

 

Two of the spiritual realties that are provided by means of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is that the believer is baptized (an actual identification; of one’s inward spiritual relation) into Jesus Christ (into close union with a person, coming to belong to him, so as to be in a sense identified with him169) and along with this they are baptized into his death (in them was understood a death to sin, corresponding to his actual death170 having become separated from its power) and likewise as he was raised from the dead by the glory (power) of the Father (in them was understood that they too were raised from the dead by the quickening of the Spirit), so that they would be able to (habitually) walk (live) in newness of life (in an entirely new way). This is otherwise known as retroactive positional truth, which links the time when we are saved to the time when Christ died on the cross and was raised from the dead. Romans 6:3-4

A believer receives the indwelling Spirit, after he/she is baptized in water. John 7:38-39; 1 Corinthians 12:7, 11-13; Galatians 3:26-28; Romans 6:1-4; Ephesians 2:4-5; 1 Thessalonians 5:23

 

There are two spiritual realities that are provided by water baptism. 

Two of the spiritual realties that are provided by water baptism is that the believer is baptized (an actual identification; of one’s inward spiritual relation) into Jesus Christ (into close union with a person, coming to belong to him, so as to be in a sense identified with him181) and along with this they are baptized into his death (in them was understood a death to sin, corresponding to his actual death182 having become separated from its power) and likewise as he was raised from the dead by the glory (power) of the Father (in them was understood that they too were raised from the dead by the quickening of the Spirit), so that they would be able to (habitually) walk (live) in newness of life (in an entirely new way). Romans 6:3-4

The gifts of the Spirit are still operative. 

At salvation, every believer is given at least one gift by the Holy Spirit for the edification of the church. The manifestation of each gift is proof of the Spirit’s presence and evidences the appropriate place of each believer in the body of Christ. 1 Corinthians 12:7;                1 Corinthians 12:11

We are told that tongues will cease, however, scripture is not clear as to when this will take place. 1 Corinthians 13:8

The gifts of the Spirit are no longer. 

The ability to pass gifts was only given by the apostles, so once they died no one else could pass on the gifts. Acts 8:13, 18

 

A believer partakes of God’s nature, when they are filled with the Spirit (the Holy Spirit furnishes the believer with Himself). Philippians 2:1; Ephesians 5:18b

     

To be filled with the Spirit means that the Holy Spirit fills (furnishes; supplies) the believer with himself. Ephesians 5:18

     

A believer has fellowship with the Holy Spirit, when he/she participates in his influences (graces; fruit - love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance). Philippians 2:1

     

The fruit of the Spirit is developed by having our mind renewed by hearing, learning, memorizing, meditating, and applying God’s word or his perspective concerning ourselves, others, and the circumstances of life. Colossians 3:10; Ephesians 4:22-24

 

A believer partakes of God’s nature, when they are filled with the Spirit (the Holy Spirit furnishes the believer with Himself). Philippians 2:1; Ephesians 5:18b

To be filled with the Spirit means that the Holy Spirit fills (furnishes; supplies) the believer with himself. Ephesians 5:18

     

A believer has fellowship with the Holy Spirit, when he/she participates in his influences (graces; fruit - love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance). Philippians 2:1

     

The fruit of the Spirit is developed by having our mind renewed by hearing, learning, memorizing, meditating, and applying God’s word or his perspective concerning ourselves, others, and the circumstances of life. Colossians 3:10; Ephesians 4:22-24

 

Water baptism does not forgive sins. An unbeliever is allowed to repent of their sins and believe in Christ on the basis that all of their sins were already forgiven at the cross. Acts 2:38; Acts 22:16; Ephesians 1:7; Acts 3:19; Acts 10:4

At the cross, Christ paid the debt for sin satisfying the justice of God and along with this provided forgiveness of sin for all mankind, believers and unbelievers. Colossians 2:13; Hebrews 9:24-26; 2 Corinthians 5:19

When a believer repents and believes they receive the indwelling Spirit at which time He baptizes them in Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. Being actually identified with Christ in his death signifies our death to the old life in sin, no longer being under its guilt, power, nature, and consequences. This is what is meant as to their sins being forgiven in time. Romans 6:3-4

 

It is when we are baptized by the Spirit at salvation, that we are washed with the blood of Christ and receive the forgiveness of sins. 

What this forgiveness signifies is our actual identification with Christ in his death signifying our death to the old life in sin, no longer being under its guilt, power, nature, and consequences. 1 Peter 1:2

When rewriting Acts 2:38, Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost according to the context and the Koine Greek it could be restated as Repent and believe in the one who is both Lord and Christ (Messiah) for (on the basis of) the remission (forgiveness) of your sins, and be baptized, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. So, what we can conclude is that an unbeliever is allowed to repent and believe on the basis of the remission (the forgiveness) of their sins which already took place on the cross. 

Acts 22:16 And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord could be rewritten according to the Koine Greek as And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, having already called on the name of the Lord, and wash away thy sins. What we can conclude is that an unbeliever can call on the name of the Lord and have their sins washed away, which refers to them being identified with Christ’s death to sin when they received the baptism (the indwelling) of the Spirit. 

In Christ, we have redemption through his blood and the forgiveness of sins. In time, an unbeliever can repent and believe based on the forgiveness of sins that was already provided for them on the cross. Ephesians 1:7

When an unbeliever repents and believes (inferred), their sins will be blotted out (no more guilt). This refers to their actual identification with Christ in his death to sin, which occurs at the baptism (indwelling) of the Holy Spirit. Acts 3:19; Romans 6:3-4

Whosoever repents (inferred) and believes in Christ will receive the forgiveness of sins. 

The receiving of the forgiveness of sins is an actual identification with Christ that occurs at the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Acts 10:43; Romans 6:3-4

Water baptism provides the forgiveness of sins. In Christ at the cross all sins were bore for both believers and unbelievers. Acts 2:38; Acts 22:16; Ephesians 1:7; Acts 3:19; Acts 10:43

 

 

After a believer repents and believes, they should immediately be baptized in water, which signifies their actual participation in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Being identified with Christ in his death means to participate in Jesus' death during baptism, baptism is the point in which we contact his blood and receive forgiveness of sins. Romans 6:3-4

 

Water baptism is the point in which we contact Christ’s blood and receive forgiveness of sins. Romans 6:3-4

 

 

The apostle Peter said to the Jews, who had come from all over the region to observe the fiftieth day of the feast of Pentecost, that they needed to repent and be baptized in water in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission (forgiveness) of their sins. Acts 2:38

 

 

The apostle Paul following his conversion was baptized in water for the remission of his sins. Acts 22:16

 

 

In Christ, all sins were bore for both believers and unbelievers. When an unbeliever repents, believes, and then is baptized in water, it is this baptism which causes their sins to be forgiven. Acts 2:38

After witnessing a man who was born lame from birth walking in the temple being fully restored, those who were in his periphery were told by the apostle Peter that if they repented and became converted their sins would be forgiven. Based on the salvation process of this gospel, this verse could be rewritten as saying something like, if they repented, believed, and were baptized in water, then this baptism would cause their sins to be forgiven. Acts 3:19; Romans 6:3-4

The apostle Peter proclaims to an unbelieving gentile named Cornelius and his kinsmen that whoever believes in Christ will receive remission (forgiveness) of their sins. Repentance, water baptism that brings about this forgiveness, and the evidence of godly works are inferred. Acts 10:43; Romans 6:3-4

The receiving of the indwelling Spirit comes into an unbeliever’s life following repentance and belief. Acts 10:47-48; Acts 9:17-18; Acts 2:4, Acts 2:38; Ephesians 1:12-13; Galatians 3:2; Galatians 3:14

     

 

 

The Samaritans heard the word, believed, and were baptized in water. Following which, they received the indwelling Spirit by the laying on of hands of the apostles, the reason for such a deviation was to authenticate the position and authority of the apostles of the early church. Acts 8:12-17

At his conversion, the apostle Paul was filled with the Spirit, which indicates that the indwelling Spirit was received prior to at the same time of the filling. In order to be filled with the Spirit, a person needs to be indwelt by him initially. After his conversion, Paul was baptized in water. Acts 9:17; Acts 22:16

     

On the day of Pentecost, the apostles were filled with the power of the Spirit. In order to be filled, the indwelling Holy Spirit must have already been received. In this instance, the indwelling of the Spirit was received, which immediately provided them with his filling (power). Acts 2:4

Cornelius and his kinsmen received the indwelling Spirit having it fall on (take possession of) them, when they heard and believed the spoken word by the apostle Peter. After which, they were baptized in water. Acts 10:47

 

The Holy Spirit comes into an unbeliever’s life following water baptism provided that he/she repented and believed beforehand.    Acts 2:38; Acts 8:1-40; Acts 9:17-18

The apostle Peter on the day of Pentecost declared the gospel to unbelieving Jews, being comprised of repentance, being baptized in water in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and the receiving of the gift (the promise) of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38

Two apostles came to Samaria to lay hands on those who heard the gospel, believed it, were baptized in water, and received the indwelling Spirit. They prayed and laid hands on them so that the Spirit would come upon or fall upon them, thus providing them with power. Acts 8:12-17

Paul, who encountered Jesus on the road to Damascus is now in the presence of Ananias, a disciple of the Lord who laid hands on him so that he would receive his eyesight back and be filled (receive power) with the Spirit. Afterward, he was baptized in water and based on the salvation process, it was at this time when he received the indwelling Spirit. Acts 9:17-18

On the day of Pentecost, the apostles were filled with the power of the Spirit, and following which they were baptized in water, which is when they received the indwelling Spirit. Acts 2:4; Acts 2:38

Cornelius and his kinsmen received power from the Spirit, when it fell on them while they heard and believed the spoken word by the apostle Peter. After which, they were baptized in water and received the indwelling Spirit. This idea of the Spirit coming upon someone relates to the apostles in Acts 1:8 receiving His power (not salvation). At some time later, when they were baptized in water, they would receive the indwelling Spirit. Acts 10:47; Acts 2:38

The purpose of water baptism is to declare to the person being baptized that this ceremony is symbolic or representative of what has already taken place in their life, when they were baptized in the Holy Spirit. Romans 6:3-4; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Colossians 2:12

 

Water baptism is symbolic of two spiritual realities. The believer is initially baptized (of one’s inward spiritual relation by means of the baptism of the Spirit) into Jesus Christ (into close union with a person, coming to belong to him, so as to be in a sense identified with him171) following repentance and belief, and is actually identified with Christ in his death and resurrection. 

Following this, hopefully he/she will be baptized in water, which is symbolic of their ritual identification of being baptized into Christ’s death (in them was understood a death to sin, corresponding to his actual death172 having become separated from its power). And likewise coming out of the water is symbolic of their ritual identification of being baptized into Christ’s resurrection

[as he was raised from the dead by the glory (power) of the Father (in them was understood that they too were raised from the dead by the quickening of the Spirit], so that they will be able to (habitually) walk (live) in newness of life (in an entirely new way). Romans 6:3-5

When a believer is baptized in water a proclamation can be made by the baptizer which might say something like: 

Now that you have repented (changed your mind, acknowledged, and turned) from your sins and confessed belief in Jesus as to who he is and what he has accomplished, water baptism is symbolic of you having received the indwelling Spirit, and being placed in union with Christ having provided you with many inward spiritual benefits or results. The first is that you have been baptized into Christ’s death, which water baptism is a symbolic identification of being dead to sin, and the other is you have been baptized into Christ’s resurrection, where water baptism is the symbolic identification of being raised from the dead by the quickening of the Spirit so that you will be able to habitually walk (live) in newness of life (in an entirely new way).  Romans 6:3-5; Matthew 28:19

The purpose of water baptism is to provide the person with two spiritual realties; the forgiveness of their sins and the receiving of the indwelling Spirit. Romans 6:3-4; Acts 10:43; Acts 2:38; Acts 9:17-18; Acts 8:14-17

Water baptism provides two spiritual realities. Initially, the believer is baptized (of one’s inward spiritual relation) into Jesus Christ (into close union with a person, coming to belong to him, so as to be in a sense identified with him183) and because of such they are baptized into his death (in them was understood a death to sin, corresponding to his actual death184 having become separated from its power); and also as he was raised from the dead by the glory (power) of the Father (in them was understood that they too were raised from the dead by the quickening of the Spirit), so that they would be able to (habitually) walk (live) in newness of life (in an entirely new way). Romans 6:3-5

 

 

 

When a believer is baptized in water a proclamation can be made by the baptizer which might say something like: 

Do you believe Jesus is the son of God, that he lived and walked on the earth as a sinless man, that he died on the cross for your sins, was buried and resurrected on the third day? 

(person being baptized says ‘yes’) Acts 2:22-24

And what is your good confession? (person being baptized says ‘Jesus is Lord’) Romans 10:9-13; Acts 22:16

 

 

Water baptism is not necessary in the salvation process. In order for an unbeliever to enter the kingdom of God they must be born of water (figurative of the salvation message of repentance and belief) and the Holy Spirit (the receiving of the Holy Spirit; the Baptism of the Holy Spirit). John 3:3; John 3:5; 1 Peter 1:22-25; Mark 16:16

 

The word “water” in John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God is figurative for the gospel (the salvation message). John 3:3; 1 Peter 1:22-25 

 

This verse Mark 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned is not in the oldest manuscripts of the Sinaitic and the Vatican, so the idea that by believing and being baptized in water constitutes salvation is not scripturally based.

The baptism that now saves us is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit following repentance and belief. 1 Peter 3:21  

 

Water baptism is necessary in the salvation process. In order for an unbeliever to enter the kingdom of God they must be born of water (water baptism) and the Holy Spirit (the receiving of the Holy Spirit; the Baptism of the Holy Spirit). The other components of salvation such as repentance, belief, and evidence of godly works are inferred.   John 3:5; 1 Peter 1:22-23; Mark 16:16    

The word “water” in John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God is literal for water baptism.                            John 3:3; 1 Peter 1:22-25 

If a person believes and is baptized in water, then they will be saved. The other components of repentance and evidence of godly works in the salvation process are inferred. Mark 16:16       

 

The baptism that now saves us is water baptism. Water baptism along with repentance, belief, and evidence of godly works saves us. 1 Peter 3:21                                                                                                                                 

Godly works are important, but not necessary in the salvation process.  1 John 2:4                    

If a believer is not evidencing godly works this could mean they are growing spiritually and the evidence of such will occur in due time or it could mean they are living in sin and have lost the filling of the Holy Spirit, which has nothing to do with their faith not being genuine or of them having lost their salvation. 1 Corinthians 3:1; Galatians 5:25; Galatians 5:17; Ephesians 4:22

If a Christian says they are obeying God’s commands, but are not, this indicates that they are lying (making a false profession) and are operating according to their sin nature and not according to the truth of God’s word. Therefore, while their salvation faith is not affected, they are not engaged in operational faith. 1 John 2:4

 

Christ is the author of eternal salvation (to be saved forever) unto all them (unbelievers) who obey him (who repent and believe in him). Hebrews 5:9

 

 

 

Being a doer of the word means the believer looks in the mirror of God’s word and notices something about their natural face (who he/she used to be) that he/she is operating in such as a shortcoming or defect. And as such if he/she addresses it by putting the word into practice, they will be a doer of the work (an actual worker). James 1:22

 

Christians who live in habitual sin will not inherit the kingdom of God (will not be under God’s authority) and will give no evidence of being a child of God. Galatians 5:21       

                                                                                                                               

If a believer does not help a fellow believer in need, then their faith is useless (unproductive; destitute of fruit), because they are not operating in the filling of the Spirit. This has nothing to do with salvation faith, but everything to do with operational faith.  James 1:15-17

Those who endure to the end shall be saved is not referring to Christians, but Jews who are living during the last seven years prior to the end of the world before Christ’s return (second coming). If these Jews respond to the gospel of the kingdom and as such do not worship an image called the beast or receive a mark in their forehead, they will be saved from receiving God’s wrath. Matthew 24:13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chastisement (discipline) by God will be implemented if a believer is living in sin and as such is not evidencing godly works. 2 Peter 2:1-22; 1 John 1:9; Hebrews 12:11; 1 Corinthians 11:30

While it is true that every person’s sins were forgiven at the cross, confessing known sin in time provides three benefits:

~ The filling of the Spirit is recovered.

~ We are brought back into fellowship with God the Father.

~ Divine chastisement (discipline) will be removed. 1 John 1:9

If a believer lives in habitual sin after conversion, and as such has used their liberty in Christ as a license to sin, the result will be that they will get involved with their sinful tendencies to a greater degree which will result in a more severe punishment (discipline) from God. 2 Peter 2:1-22

If a believer is living in sin and subsequently is not evidencing godly works, God will chasten (discipline; correct) them with the hope that they will exercise themselves in spiritual matters - the Word of God, prayer, meditation, witnessing173, naming and citing their sins, putting off the old man and putting on the new man, etc. so that what will be produced in them is the peaceable fruit of righteousness (actual righteousness in ourselves174; peace, calmness, submission in the soul175; those fruits by which we gain much, and through which we are made happy176). Hebrews 12:11

Sins that are unconfessed can bring about divine discipline in a believer’s life which could come in the form of being weak (a lack of spiritual comfort and peace; by a loss of communion with God177), sickly (without physical strength due to bodily sickness and disease178), or even sleep (physical death). Loss of salvation is not incurred, but loss of the filling of the Spirit and subsequently loss of fellowship or communion with God the Father is. 1 Corinthians 11:30

Godly works are necessary in the salvation process. 1 John 2:4

 

If a person is not evidencing godly works, this indicates that their faith was not genuine or they lost their salvation. Godly works is the evidence that the person is truly saved. 1 John 2:4; John 8:31-32; Hebrews 5:9; Matthew 24:13; James 1:22; James 1:15-17; James 2:21

If a Christian says they are obeying God’s commands, but are not, this indicates that he/she is a liar (is a phony, is not saved) as indicated by the fact that the truth of God’s word is not evident in his/her behavior. 1 John 2:4

Christ is the author of eternal salvation (to be saved forever) unto all them (believers) who obey him (are loyal to his commands185; on an obedience modeled after that of Jesus who also suffered186; if they repent, turn from sin, believe on Jesus as being a sufficient ransom and sacrifice for his soul, receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, be a worker together with him, walk in conformity to the divine will through this divine aid, and continue faithful unto death187 ; and are baptized in water). Hebrews 5:9

Being a doer of the word means the believer puts the word into practice. James 1:22                 

 

 

Christians who live in habitual sin will not inherit the kingdom of God (will lose their salvation). Galatians 5:21                                           

 

If a believer does not help a fellow believer in need, while proclaiming they have faith, then the faith he/she is operating in cannot save him/her, because this faith is proved not to be genuine. James 1:15-17

 

Those who endure to the end shall be saved is referring to Christians. In order to endure unto the end, this could refer any of the following evidences:  i.e. to obey Christ’s commandments, to bear afflictions and persecutions faithfully; to not grow cold or apostatize either during the time in which believers now live or during the seven-year tribulation period. Those who adhere to this view believe that Christians will along with Jews who believe in the gospel of the kingdom be hunted down and persecuted. And the protocol for a Christian maintaining or keeping their salvation will be the same then as it is now, they must perform godly works. Matthew 24:13

Like Abraham, a person is justified (considered a righteous person; accepted by God) by his works (by his conduct; proof … that a man is justified by works and not by faith only188; good works and a holy life; and where that exists it shows that the faith is genuine189), and so was he when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?             James 2:21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It would be better for a Christian to not have known the way of righteousness, because by leaving their faith and following false prophets and teachers, they have lost the way of righteousness (the Christian faith, the gospel) i.e. their salvation. 2 Peter 2:1-22

If a person is living in sin and subsequently is not evidencing godly works, then their faith is not genuine and therefore something is amiss. Either they never heard the gospel or if they did, they didn’t repent, believe, and/or were not baptized in water. Acts 2:38; John 8:31-32; Acts 17:30; 1 Corinthians 4:15; Ephesians 1:13; John 3:5; Mark 16:16; 1 Peter 3:20

 

If a believer was evidencing godly works and then stopped entirely, they will have lost their salvation. Matthew 10:22; Galatians 5:19-21; Hebrews 5:9

 

 

The Gospel of Christ is the good news of Jesus Christ to the unbeliever, the message of which is that God sent his Son Jesus, who is one of the members of the trinity, the other two being G od the Father and God the Holy Spirit, being born of a virgin, having never committed one sin, died on a cross, paid the penalty for sin in order to satisfy the justice of God, forgave these sins putting them away forever never bringing them up again, rose again after three days never to die again, his sacrifice being accepted by God the Father, and ascended into heaven to be seated at His right hand. 

 

Prior to, but understood to be aligned with it, the unbeliever would be asked to repent (a confession of sins; a hearty purpose to turn from them179). John 7:37-39; John 3:16; Acts 17:30

Following their confession of faith, we will remind them to be baptized in water and that by adhering faithfully to the Bible they will learn how to be filled with the Spirit and subsequently evidence godly works. John 7:37-39; John 3:16; Acts 17:30; Romans 10:10

 

The Gospel of Christ is the good news of Jesus Christ to the unbeliever, the message of which is that God sent his Son Jesus, who is one of the members of the trinity, the other two being God the Father and God the Holy Spirit, being born of a virgin, having never committed one sin, died on a cross, paid the penalty for sin in order to satisfy the justice of God, forgave these sins putting them away forever never bringing them up again, rose again after three days never to die again, his sacrifice being accepted by God the Father, and ascended into heaven to be seated at His right hand. 

Prior to, but understood to be aligned with it, the unbeliever would be asked to repent (a confession of sins; a hearty purpose to turn from them190). John 7:37-39; John 3:16; Acts 17:30

Following their confession of faith, we will remind them that hopefully in the near future they will be baptized in water so that they will receive two spiritual realties, have their sins forgiven and receive the indwelling Spirit, and along with this remind them that by adhering faithfully to the Bible they will be evidencing godly works.  John 7:37-39; John 3:16; Acts 17:30; Romans 10:10

 

     There are some similarities between these two salvation messages, but I would concur that there are mostly differences. This study has helped me understand why some of the churches I have gone to have stressed water baptism as an integral part of the salvation process and why others have not. After narrowing down the salvation message from four different alleged ones to two of them, we are now left with answering this question, which one of the remaining two is the one which will cause an unbeliever find God or become his child and go to a better place at death? 

     As I said to you earlier in this study, I wrote this manuscript because of a difference of opinion that I had with my daughter Renee as to what constitutes an unbeliever becoming saved. And as I began to research this more intently, I have tried to make sure that I didn’t write it or draw a conclusion solely based on my own biblical perspective, which if I did, this would constitute a biblical bias. 

     So, where do we go from here? I can honestly say, I don’t know. What is resonating with me after having read the compare and contrast in the table is that there are four distinct differences in these two alleged gospels. 

The first is the gospel process. 

The second is, when does the forgiveness of sins take place, one says at the baptism of the Spirit and the other at water baptism? 

The third is, when does the receiving of the indwelling Spirit takes place, one says following repentance and belief and the other at water baptism? 

And finally, concerning the difference in meaning between one that says the Spirit falling upon someone means to provide them with power, while the other says the Spirit falling upon someone refers to the receiving of the indwelling Spirit, who provides power. 

     Both gospels sound convincing. Is there an avenue to pursue that hasn’t been followed which might provide certain information that would approve one of these salvation messages and eliminate the other? What we haven’t looked at is any teaching on the subject of ‘another gospel’ or ‘another salvation message’. This was of great concern in the churches of Galatia, Corinth, and Jerusalem. Let’s see what we can learn from what was written about on this topic.

 

Endnotes

168Barnes. 

169The Pulpit.      

170The Pulpit.      

171The Pulpit.        

172The Pulpit. 

173The Bible Exposition Commentary/New Testament. 

174The Pulpit.

175Barnes. 

176Adam Clarke.

177Barnes. 

178Barnes. 

179Barnes. 

180Barnes. 

181The Pulpit.          

182The Pulpit.  

183The Pulpit.    

184The Pulpit.          

185UBS New Testament.

186Bible Knowledge Commentary/New Testament. 

187Adam Clarke.

188The Pulpit.                                                                                             

189Barnes. 

190Barnes.  

 

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