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February 21, 2017 at 13:26
+ “confession in His name and belief in your heart that He is the Son of God and that He was raised from the dead…”
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February 21, 2017 at 13:30
That’s two gold stars
Faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ + nothing else = salvation.
February 21, 2017 at 13:29
You get a gold star!
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February 21, 2017 at 14:23
I would answer Jesus + nothing = Salvation.
But I’m radical that way…
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February 21, 2017 at 14:35
Had I been filling in the blank that would have been my answer
Gold star for you
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February 21, 2017 at 15:10
Ditto all 3 responses.
February 21, 2017 at 15:11
Ditto gold star for you.
February 21, 2017 at 15:20
[Tom, playing the devil’s advocate today]: “Jesus + nothing you say? Well, not quite. I know from 12 years of authoritative religious instruction that we must also do our part by receiving the sacraments and then “cooperating with grace” by obeying the Ten Commandments and church rules in order to merit Heaven. You born-agains are all about cheap grace! You’re just skimming the surface theologically!”
Sorry, Wally! I couldn’t resist going even deeper on the dichotomy of religion vs. God’s glorious salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ ALONE.
February 21, 2017 at 15:22
I just hope people make it to the end of that comment before piling on you
February 21, 2017 at 16:38
Glad you took it in the right way, brother! I used to get retorts similar to that all the time but not so much anymore because I don’t care to get drawn into long winded arguments.
February 21, 2017 at 18:26
I was half hoping somebody would come around to take an opposing view; I was really looking for a chance to share the Gospel.
February 22, 2017 at 04:50
Religionists will say their ability to obey the Law and thus merit Heaven comes from sacramental grace and so they can theoretically agree with your initial premise but we know from God’s Word that nobody obeys the Law. We don’t have a single plea other than Christ’s imputed righteousness when we accept Him as Saviour. Religionists say they actually are righteous themselves, with Christ’s help. Some may see this as splitting hairs but it’s the difference between being saved or unsaved.
February 22, 2017 at 05:07
That’s a good point Tom. This is one hair that needs to be split. I hope you are well this morning?
February 22, 2017 at 05:42
Thanks, Wally, doing great! Another day from the Lord. Hope yours is blessed!
February 22, 2017 at 05:45
Well, I am smoking 40 lbs of pork butt today, off work and all.
Our son is getting married on March 11th and BBQ is what we are doing for the rehearsal supper, and that fell to me.
February 22, 2017 at 05:48
What time is lunch? Can I bring anything?
February 22, 2017 at 06:21
LOL. The wedding is March 11th, but I am doing the butts this week since we will be gone and won’t be back until the day before. I anticipate smoking time to be about 12-15 hours.
Potato salad would be good, though.
February 22, 2017 at 07:02
Congrats on your son getting married BTW! Potato salad? You got it. Plus I’ll bring some of my home brewed iced tea.
February 22, 2017 at 07:18
Sweet tea I hope?
February 22, 2017 at 07:45
I don’t know how anyone can drink it without sugar!!!
February 22, 2017 at 07:47
Well me either, but they say that some yankee places don’t offer sweet tea..heresy I say
February 22, 2017 at 08:50
That was funny Tom. You sounded just like a lot of people with that pretend comment.
February 22, 2017 at 09:13
Thanks, Lee! I’m VERY familiar with that line of thinking. Most of my family and friends are lost (c)hristian religionists and that’s pretty much what they believe.
February 22, 2017 at 09:16
I hear ya brother. It was funny, because it was so accurate.
I used to be that guy too.
February 21, 2017 at 15:30
Jesus plus a mouth confession and believing in the heart that He is Lord and that for our sins He died and was buried and was raised up from the dead on the third day for our redemption.
February 21, 2017 at 15:31
Gold star for you!
February 21, 2017 at 16:47
My immediate thought was nothing but the responses you’ve gotten so far are good.
Nothing was one of them…Anitvan said that.
February 21, 2017 at 17:41
Jesus Jesus Jesus!
February 21, 2017 at 18:29
Gold Star for you!
February 21, 2017 at 19:30
Jesus + accepting the gift of salvation through repentance, confession and continued transformation= salvation.
We can’t earn our way to heaven, for by grace we are saved, but it is a costly grace. God still expects us to go through the continuous transformation process to be more like Him and less like the world. We can’t serve two masters. Either we run the race or we give up.
February 21, 2017 at 20:07
I’m sort of ok there. Not to much on board with continued transformation being part of the equation honestly. Continued transformation should of course come out of it, but never necessary for it. To me, that would indicate failing to continue to transform would open the possibility of a salvation revocation, which I don’t believe to be possible.
I hope that doesn’t sound pugnacious, but I felt I ought to clarify that in my mind.
I absolutely agree there are expectations, though, for our Christian walk only begins at salvation, not ends.
February 21, 2017 at 20:43
Theologians have been arguing about this stuff for decades, so it’s inevitable that we too may not see entirely eye-to-eye on the finer points.
Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to me [Jesus] Lord, Lord shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father in heaven.” That should give us pause. Furthermore, in James it reads, “You believe there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe, and tremble.” God expects obedience from a repentant heart. If we think we can save ourselves by righteous deeds, we are wrong. If we think all we have to do is give verbal assent to Jesus and then go and do whatever we want, that too is wrong. Salvation is brought about by grace given to the heart that humbles itself before God, cleansed by the blood of Jesus.
February 21, 2017 at 20:58
If we think we can save ourselves by righteous deeds, we are wrong. If we think all we have to do is give verbal assent to Jesus and then go and do whatever we want, that too is wrong. Salvation is brought about by grace given to the heart that humbles itself before God, cleansed by the blood of Jesus
My friend, I absolutely agree with that statement.
February 21, 2017 at 20:19
February 21, 2017 at 20:20
Gold star for you brother
February 21, 2017 at 20:48
Jesus + nothing = salvation… Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe!!!
February 21, 2017 at 21:13
I love that song!
Search Jesus Paid it all on my blog, I did a series with that title you might enjoy. Thanks for visiting!
February 21, 2017 at 21:58
Thank you! Will do… 🙂
February 22, 2017 at 08:49
I may be overthinking this… and I don’t want to come across as an atheist troll… but consider this:
Jesus + nothing = salvation.
Jesus + repentance = salvation.
Jesus + faith = salvation.
Jesus + confession = salvation.
If all these are gold-star true, then:
repentance = nothing.
faith = nothing.
confession = nothing.
Can that be right?
Well, if we consider what we must do to be saved, the answer is “nothing”–we are saved by God’s grace, apart from works.
We contribute nothing–which means that Jesus provides us with the repentance, the faith, and the confession we need to be saved.
All the good stuff is packed into Jesus–his sinless life, his redeeming death, and his victorious resurrection.
When I measure my repentance, my faith, my confession, I see that it’s not good enough.
When I look to Jesus, I see that he has done it all. My repentance, my faith, my confession–they all flow from His work and the work of His Spirit. Therefore, from my side of the equation, they all indeed = nothing. J.
February 22, 2017 at 09:27
First. There is much to think about on this!
Let me troll back a bit lol
Obviously I agree Jesus plus nothing equals salvation. I also believe we all have the opportunity to accept or reject the offer of grace.
Some might see your thoughts as implying a universal salvation of all…or a salvation of only the specifically chosen.
February 22, 2017 at 14:16
A–The Bible says that not all will be saved, so there goes universal salvation.
B–The Bible says that we are saved by grace through faith, not by works, so there goes any merit in us causing our salvation. (That includes merit in accepting, choosing, or inviting Christ. He gets all the credit for the change in our lives.)
C–The Bible says that God desires the salvation of all people, so there goes the idea that some are chosen for salvation and others are chosen for condemnation.
D–Where does that leave us? The mystery of God’s election. Those who are saved are saved by God’s grace, having been chosen before the foundation of the world. Those who are lost are lost by their own fault, not because of God’s choice. The atoning sacrifice of Christ was sufficient to redeem every sinner from Adam & Eve to the end of time.
E–When God calls us to “repent, believe, confess,” he also bestows the power to do as he says. This is much like Jesus telling one man to “rise, take up your bed, and walk,” and another, “Lazarus, come out.”
F–Another way to look at it is to realize that we are dead in our sins until Christ raises us by the power of his Word. Dead people cannot make choices. Living people can make choices, including bad choices that lead to death. Rejecting God’s grace is a bad choice, but it is a choice. Being made alive is not a choice; it is a miracle worked by God.
G–Saying that only God’s choice can save a person but only a person’s choice can condemn a person sounds like a paradox. It is a paradox. So is one God who is three persons. So is one Christ who is entirely God and entirely human. We accept by faith that which we do not understand.
I’ll get off my soapbox now. J.
February 22, 2017 at 14:51
Thanks for that J.
A very balanced answer, and I find no fault.
So many come out swinging as if the have the concept of God’ election nailed, and the simple fact is we cannot.
Thanks for that.
February 23, 2017 at 13:41
Lots of good comments on here.
I would still say “Jesus plus nothing= salvation.”
With nothing= none of our works.
Of course one has to believe that (have faith) in order to be saved.
I would say its important to understand Jesus here being the Person of Christ and His work to save us.
February 23, 2017 at 13:52
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