6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
John 14 v 6
After hearing the word, being convicted of our sins and genuinely repenting from our hearts, we must confess our sins in order to be forgiven and to obtain salvation.
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Romans 10 v 9-10
Many of us have been deceived by the enemy in thinking we can obtain salvation by other means. Some have come to Christ without repentance from the heart and confession with their mouths. As we read in John 10 v 10, John 14 v 6 and Romans 10 v 9-10, we learn that it is only through Jesus Christ that we can obtain salvation. Being born into a Christian family does not mean a person automatically receives salvation. There is no such a thing as an automatic salvation. Jesus Christ is the only door that leads to eternal life and that starts with acknowledging our depraved nature as mortals, repenting and confessing our sins. Many of us Christians have a vicarious relationship with Christ through our family members or even our pastors! Having a pastor as a father, child or a husband does not guarantee a person’s salvation is secure. Bible says
5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
1 Timothy 2 v 5
This scripture makes it clear that Jesus Christ alone is the mediator between God and men therefore bypassing Christ is a huge mistake as it’s only Him that can appease God. Some believe in confessing their sins to their pastor/priests but what must be remembered is these priests are humans just like us, also sin and have no power to take away the sin of another. They too will stand before the judgement seat of Christ at the end of the age to give an account to Christ for deeds done here on earth. Although we are encouraged in the Book of James 5 v 16 to confess our sins to one another, we cannot substitute that with going before Almighty God and pouring out our hearts and sins to Him through Jesus Christ. Pastors/priests cannot take away anyone’s sins simply because they did not die on the cross for anyone. Only Jesus Christ did! Only Jesus Christ can forgive sins and remember them no more and it’s only Him too that can save us from the prospects of hell and give us eternal life in Heaven. No human being can save. My question to you is who are you confessing your sins to? Who are you trusting to save your soul when you depart from this earth?
We must believe in our hearts that Jesus Christ is God who descended here on earth in the likeness of man, had no sin but took upon the sins of the world (past, present and future), was crucified and died for us all.
2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
1 John 2 v 2
We must also believe that after being buried in the tomb for three days, Jesus Christ rose again…
5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.
6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
Matthew 28 v 5 – 6
He made Himself known to the saints and disciples…
34 Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon.
35 And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread.
36 And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
37 But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.
38 And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?
39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have
Luke 24 v 34 – 39
He also ascended into Heaven:
50 And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands and blessed them.
51 And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.
Luke 24 v 50 – 51
He is seated at the right hand of God the Father:
32 This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.
33 Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.
Acts 2 v 32-33
Jesus Christ will return to the earth again to judge it.
11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse, and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness, he doth judge and makes war.
12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name is written, King Of Kings, And Lord Of Lords.
Revelation 19 v 11-16
God is a God of order so unless we go through the process His way, we find that our ‘salvation’ is flimsy and not substantial.
After genuine repentance and confessing our sins to God, we must believe that God has heard us and has forgiven us. Repentance in the Christian’s life is not a one-off event but a continuous act. It’s not about being obsessed with our sins but reverencing God and acknowledging that even our righteousness is as a filthy rug in His sight and that as long as we are in this corrupt world, we are prone to sin.
Once a confession has taken place and Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit have been invited to dwell in the heart of the new Believer, its safe to say that that person has been born again into to family of God Almighty and the person’s name written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Jesus Christ however said,
13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. Matthew 24 v 13
This makes us understand that repentance and confession of Jesus Christ at a point in time is not sufficient to gain eternal life. Its about how we live our lives after the initial confession that will determine the end of the Believer. Therefore the belief that once saved always saved is not substantiated by this verse. Our final destination after conversion is dependent on how we have worked out our salvation. Many would say salvation is by grace and not works but in the Book of James, we learn that:
17 Even so, faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers and had sent them out another way?
26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
James 2 v 17; 20 ; 24 – 26
If Grace has saved us, then are our works evident of this? Apostle Paul in Romans chapter 6 asked what shall we continue to sin because grace abounds? Grace should empower us to live a life worthy of Christ!
In Matthew 7 v 13 – 14, Jesus Christ also makes known to us the roads available to a Christian:
13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Based on this we can safely say there are two types of Christians in the world – the Broad way Christian and the Narrow way Christian.
If God permits we will take a look at these two types of Christians and see what differentiates them. I believe this will also help us answer the question of whether our conversion was ever true in the first place.
*All scriptures are taken from the King James Version of the Bible
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