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How To Get Saved
  
Cluny
I agree, folks who want to be saved need to be baptized, but by itself, it can not save you. I wish it worked that way, but it doesnt.

We must follow the path of righteousness, guided by the Holy Spirit, that gift we receive when we repent and are Baptized. If we could save ourselves by being baptized, we could, save ourselves through the act of being baptized. Always remember....Not by works, but by Grace.

Our Obedience to God, while on the path of righteousness, causes us to Grow in his Grace.(John 14:21) Confession of sin, when we fail to keep his commandments, (Which is why many fail) is the key which will keeps us on the path,...a path that will eventually lead you to the salvation we desire.


How To Get Saved
  
(Acts 9)
17 So Ananias left and entered the house. Then he placed his hands on him and said, Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road you were traveling, has sent me so that you can regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit. 18 At once something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he got up and was baptized.


Why did Paul get baptized in water? It appears, he did it to receive the Holy Spirit.


How To Get Saved
  
Now people are confused about water baptism in order to be saved---michael_e

Michael
I agree, folks are confused. Water baptism doesnt save us. But when coupled with repentance, we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. So...Why do we need the gift of the Holy Spirit?

The Holy Spirit is given to guide us, to tell us when God is pleased and when God is displeased with us. And Through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we are able to maintain a good relationship with God.

And it is through this relationship, God decides who he will save. A relationship, that would have been impossible without the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Because his sacrifice, is the only sacrifice acceptable to God for the forgiveness of sin.


How To Get Saved
  
It's common for churches to wrongly teach a performance membership ritual in order to be counted saved They teach it is a custom or tradition required by God.---michael_e

Michael
Jesus taught against following the rituals of men, and then he, himself, engaged in a ritual of men?

Peter lied in (Acts 2:38) and (Acts 2:40)?
What makes you believe your teachers are greater than Peter, a disciple that had the power to bring the dead back to life?


How To Get Saved
  
.....AND being crucified with Christ and raised up together with Him a NEW CREATURE.... we died to sin and no longer walk in it.---kathr4453

Sin is the reason we need to become a New Creation.
Now, If you sinned before you were saved, and you continue to sin after you are saved, exactly what makes you a New Creation?

If sin has died in you, why do folks continue to sin, when Christ and Paul taught, the reason you sin is because sin lives in you?

If you Sin, sin is your evidence, evidence you are a slave to sin. (John 8:34). Again, confess your sin before God and see for yourself. If you feel no change, we are wrong. But if you feel a change, you are wrong. Simple!!


How To Get Saved
  
Nicole
Immediately after Christ was baptized, The spirit of God descended on him and said, This is my Son in whom I am well pleased. If his baptism pleased God, and we are to follow Jesus, I would definitely agree and say it is a good Idea for one to be baptized.

When I was baptized at 13, Something did happen, which made me feel different, special, for a few days, and then it all seemed to fade. I did not confess my sins, alone, before God, until I was 23. And when I did, I began to experience the conviction of sin. Not understanding, and though God never left me, I walked in darkness for the next 26 years.

With a Daily confession of sin, Gods Holy Spirit showed me the way!


How To Get Saved
  
Nicole
Many Christians define Faith as a mere exercise in mental acuity, where the entirety of Christs teachings can be summed up by quoting (John 3:16). I define faith, the faith which causes us to Grow in Gods Grace, as an action taken because we believe in Gods promises, the covenants he has made with man throughout time.

Jesus makes a promise in (John 14:21) and again in (John 14:23). There he teaches the fundamentals of how we Grow in Gods Grace. His promise simply states, If we do, what he commands us to do, God will love us. His Father, who chooses who will be saved, and who will not be saved.

We are not promised instant salvation, we are only promised that God the Father will love us and a hope for our salvation.


How To Get Saved
  
But I wonder how many people are resting their salvation in their own act of faith?---Cluny

I guess, that is because of the many doctrines from which we have to choose, many are confused as to the difference between the Works of the Law and Good works.

Works under the Law of Christ, is simply doing that which is written on our heart. (Romans 2:15)

At first, the Law written in our hearts is much like the Law God had written on stone, but through keeping this Law, we are taught how to Love, Love like Jesus loved. (Ezekiel 36:26)

And when the Law is kept out of Love, when it is no longer kept as the Law is kept. These are the works which are pleasing to God, and cause us to grow in his Grace.


How To Get Saved
  
Thank you all for your answers. And Nicole, it warmed my heart to see you back.

Cluny
An act of faith does not save you, it simply brings you closer to God, brings you into a loving relationship with God, a relationship, which can save you.

How will we know a command from the Lord?
The Lord will command you, through your heart. Lets say you see someone in need. If you ignore their needs, and just go on your way, and guilt sets in, Gods command was for you to help them.

If you Obey the command, the guilt is replaced with joy and you are blessed by being credited with righteousness, which brings with it, many rewards. If you continue to ignore the command, the guilt remains and you missed out on a valuable opportunity.


Faith Without Works Dead
  
The following instruction is for those who seek the Lord, but have failed to find what they were seeking through a man made doctrines. The only way you will know if what I say is true, is to try it! This is my experience with the Lord, and experience with a loving God I want you to have too.

First, get into the habit of a daily confession of sin, praying as the Lord taught in (Matthew 6:9-13). Second, Do what you are guided to do, or not do, by Gods Holy Spirit.

Why is Confession of sin so important? Confession of sin restores the light of God and awakens the conscience. The Lord will guide you by using your conscience, the conscience which feels guilt, when we are disobedient to God. Conscience...Study it in the New Testament.


Faith Without Works Dead
  
Trey
Works do not save you...Grace does!! So what do we gain by our Works, our works being the keeping of the Lords commands?
Grace, is what we receive through our works. (John 14:21)
He that hath My commandments and keeps them, he it is that loves Me, and he that loves Me shall be loved by My Father

A Crystal clear teaching, when not viewed through a man made doctrine.

Paul taught the same in (Ephesians 2:8)
For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.


Now since James taught Faith without works is Dead, the Grace we receive through Faith...must be a faith shown by our works.


Aaron The High Priest
  
Cluny
The way I see it.
God created the Priest, and I dont find it necessary to use a dictionary, to define what God clearly defined in the Bible.

Too many people rely on dictionaries, not understanding the word is not Necessarily what the word actually meant, when first introduced, but how we have come to use it.

Many words, relating to religion, are used differently today than they were in the Bible. And the dictionary merely reflects how the church may use those words today. A word with one definition, written in the early 1900s, may have 5-10 definitions today.


Faith Without Works Dead
  
It appears Cluny needs his depends changed again. Diaper rash really makes him irritable. So sorry Cluny.---kathr4453 on 9/28/19

Kathryn, do you know if Cluny wears Depends? If he does, is a medical condition something to joke about?
Appalling....simply Appalling!!


Aaron The High Priest
  
Did you know that the English word "priest" comes from the Greek word PRESBYTEROS or elder?---Cluny

Never really thought about it. Why would someone use a modern Greek language, to translate a word, that obviously originated from an ancient Hebrew language?


Faith Without Works Dead
  
Not according to Jesus Christ. But if you can find the right Church to attend, you can be saved right up till judgement day.


Works Of The Law
  
David I said YES, and I showed you why you are still in bondage to sin. ---kathr4453

Kathryn
Two questions...since you answered, Yes. According to the Son of God, the Author of Salvation, Does the Slave inherit the kingdom of God? Yes or No?

(John 8:34-35) Jesus replied, Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. 35Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever.

Last question, Which is more important to Salvation, the Word of Jesus Christ or the word of man?


Aaron The High Priest
  
Does that mean He's the only one?---Cluny

Scripturally? Yes
The key word is, Priesthood. The Levite Priests were a Priesthood.
As the High Priest, Jesus Christ is not compared to the High Priest of the Levite Priesthood, but to Melchizedek, a High Priest with no descendants. (Hebrews 7:6) Why is it important for the writer to tell us Melchizedek had no descendants? It is because The Levite Priesthood had descendants, the descendants, made it a Priesthood.

As to your original Question about Aaron. I really don't have a definitive answer, but my guess would be, God was keeping a promise he made to Moses regarding Aaron.(Exodus 7:1)


Works Of The Law
  
David I said YES, and I showed you why you are still in bondage to sin. ---kathr4453

Kathryn
Two questions...since you answered, Yes. According to the Son of God, the Author of Salvation, Does the Slave inherit the kingdom of God? Yes or No?

(John 8:34-35) Jesus replied, Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. 35Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever.

Last question, Which is more important to Salvation, the Word of Jesus Christ or the word of man?


Works Of The Law
  
David, I answered your question more than 20 times.---kathr4453

My question Kathryn?
I gave you a, yes or no question. You never said yes or no so No, you did not answer my question. I made it that type of question to keep you from...well I let Jesus tell you.

How can both be true?---chria9396

Chiria
They cant, and that is why I asked the question. A wise man here on CN, once wisely pointed out, the Ten Commandments are not the Law of Moses. These commandments have existed since the beginning. Adam and Eve committed the first sin. How could Adam and Eve sin without the Law, in respect to what is taught in (1 John 3:4)?
Everyone who sins, breaks the law



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