Commentary By: Gordon King
Getting saved, born again, just what does it involve?
There are many other so-called Christians who will tell you that not only must you repent and believe in Jesus, but they say many things such as you must also be baptized, or belong to a church. Many say that you must read the bible and pray to God daily. And there are even those that say that you must tithe and do good works! Is any or all of this true?
Well my friends, none of this is true, don’t believe a word of it! Scripture never tells us that we must do anything to be saved. Salvation is a free gift from God, apart from works.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.”
There are those believers who are very adamant that a person must be baptized in water before they can be saved. Well, isn’t that a “work”? Or you must belong to a church, or tithe, or read the bible! All of these are “works” my friends, none of which will save us!
If we do anything other than repenting of our sins and believing in Jesus Christ as God our Savior, then it is of our own doing, and not from God! We must understand this, it is God who saves us not anything that we could ever do or have ever done! Period!
You cannot be saved by attending church, or by reading the bible, you cannot even be saved just by believing that Jesus Christ is God. Even Satan believes that Jesus Christ is God! Is Satan saved? No! He believes in God, but he does not submit to God, he rebels against God!
You must repent of your sins, then believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Believe that He came into this world in the flesh, as both a man and God, as a sacrifice for your sins. You must do this and submit to God, then and only then will you be saved! It involves a choice to turn your life over to God, according to His will not your own.
But some will argue that repenting of ones sins is a work! No, it’s not a work, but a change of heart, a change in attitude, and a willingness to stop living in sin and live for Christ!
Some say that the sinners prayer is wrong, and that by saying it you will not be saved. Well, that is partly true. If you do not repent first of your sins you will not be saved. However, if you do this first, then believe and say the sinners prayer, submitting yourself to God, making Him your Lord, then you will be saved!
Some people will try to deceive you into believing many things, many which are just not true! In order to be a Christian you only have to repent and accept Jesus Christ (God) as your savior! That’s it, nothing more, nothing less! You don’t have to attend church, you don’t even have to pray! Although as believers we should be doing these things.
When we become a Christian, we are given a living spirit, we have become a new creation in Christ!
2 Corinthians 5:17
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.“
As a new creation in Jesus Christ, that is us in Christ and Christ in us, we will want to please the Lord. We will be seeking the Lord, giving thanks to the Lord, and worshiping the Lord! We will want to search the scriptures, be around other believers, and perform God’s will here on earth!
As believers in Jesus Christ we are no longer condemned under the Law! This was the Old Covenant, we are under a New Covenant with God. We are not to follow religious practices in order to retain our salvation, nor to get God’s approval, or to get God to love us more! God has already saved the born-again, He has saved us and justified us by His grace not by works, and He loves us as much now as the day we were saved! Nothing we could do would make God love us any more or any less! We must understand this as believers in Jesus Christ!
We are not bound by legalism, meaning that we are free to do as we choose. Does this mean that we should go about breaking the commandments? No! Absolutely not! If we are saved, then we should love God with all of our hearts, this means that we will want to keep His commandments although we are not bound by them!
And if we break the commandments, although we will not lose our salvation because of it, we will have a penalty to pay if we do not turn from it and ask the Lord to forgive us! There is still a penalty for all sin committed here on earth, whether or not you are a believer or an unbeliever! There are consequences for all of our actions. We reap what we sow. However, as believers in Jesus Christ, if we turn from our sin and ask the Lord to forgive us He will!
1 John 1:7-9
“But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.“
We are saved, and we are forgiven. We will sin, we are human! God knows this, none of us are perfect, not one! Do you think that when you sin no one knows about it? That if you just keep quiet, no one will know, not even God.
Then when you decide to tell God, You: “Lord I’m so sorry to have to tell you this..”, God: “Oh my! What have you done now?”
Is this how you think it goes? That it’s a surprise to God that you have sinned?! Remember, God knows everything, every hair on your head, or lack of (ha, ha!), every thought in your mind, everything! He is Omniscient! Nothing is a shock to God, nothing!
We are saved by grace, justified and found righteous by the blood of Jesus Christ! That’s it, nothing more! Don’t let anyone tell you different! If they do then it’s a different doctrine then taught by Christ Himself.
God loves us so much, and I really don’t believe that most Christians really have a grasp of this reality! I have been filled with His love, anointed with His love, yet I don’t really know just how much He loves me! I do know that it’s much, much, more than I could ever imagine! It’s unconditional and everlasting!
I believe that if we truly understood just how much God loves us, then we would all be different believers. We would give everything we have to perform God’s will on earth as it is in heaven! Myself included!
All believers are growing, learning, searching, and seeking the Lord, at least we should be. There comes times when the Lord reveals things to us, gives us sight, clarity, and understanding. This is when we become more Christ like, being sanctified, made holy, righteous, and pure.
God Almighty, Yahweh, Lord of all, please hear my prayers. Forgive us of our sins, and cleanse us of our unrighteousness! I pray for You to give all of Your children the ability to sense Your never-ending, unconditional love! Show us more of Yourself, reveal to us the knowledge of Your wisdom, Your presence, and Your ways. In Jesus name I pray, Amen
God bless my brothers and sisters in Christ! May the good Lord anoint us with His Holy Spirit and guide us in His ways! Maranatha!