This is a brief little article that examines the validity of one’s profession of salvation. And may I add please, that the only topic I’m addressing here is justification before God. There’s an entirely different discussion to be had about the believer’s blessings and chastisements based on their behavior, but that’s not what this article is about.
This article is intended to help people, not to mock anyone, or to incite strife. So please be honest with yourself as you consider the topic of this message.
So are you saved? The answer to that question depends on what you believe.
Did you place the entirety of your trust in the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ alone for your salvation? With no personal merit or effort ever being contributed as a validation of your justification before God? My friend, if you honestly answered “yes” to those questions, then according to the word of God you are saved, (John chapter 3, Romans chapters 3 & 4, 1 Corinthians 15.1-4, and Ephesians 2.8,9).
However, if you look to your commitment to Christ, church activity, bible reading, morality, performing religious rites, law keeping, religiosity, good works, or turning from sins… (ANY THING that you have ever done, or will ever do, OR ANY MERIT THAT YOU PERCEIVE YOU HAVE) in addition to your faith to validate that you are saved, then you are not saved.
Easy believism is the only way of salvation.
Any contribution on our part in addition to faith for justification nullifies grace, (and that includes backloading works). Our merit is only filthy before God.
Isaiah 64.6 “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”
Galatians 4.19 “My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,”
Galatians 5.4 “Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.”
(“ye are fallen from grace”) does not mean that one had salvation, and then lost it. In the context of the message of Galatians, it deals with false professors of Christianity. Those whom Christ was not yet formed in, they were marginalizing the saving message of the grace of Christ, by embracing the false gospel of works righteousness. They were essentially saying “sure, I believe in Christ, but I’m hedging my bets with law keeping.” And the danger is, for someone who has the knowledge of grace, and then rejects it, is to then be given over by God to permanent apostasy. By rejecting free grace and opting for legalism/Lordship salvation, that person is a worker of iniquity, apostate from the gospel. This is also the theme of Matthew 7.21-23 (paraphrased) Lord Lord, haven’t we done many wonderful works in Your name…then Christ’s response is in verse 23, “And then I will profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
Yes…believers are biblically exhorted to do good works, and to live in a way that pleases God. That is right and that is good, but that’s not the means of, or the test of salvation. Believers are exhorted to act right do good works, because believers always have the choice of how they’re going to behave. Otherwise, biblical exhortations to act right would be pointless, because good behavior would be automatic. And as anyone knows, Christian-looking cults produce exemplary behavior in the name of Christ…but those people are not saved, no matter how good they behave.
So the question is…What do you really and truly believe about the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ?
Do you believe (for salvation) that a person doesn’t ever have to turn from one single sin, and is justified before God SOLELY & ENTIRELY by their believing exclusively on Christ alone?
(That question my friend, is the true test of one’s profession of salvation. Because that question unflinchingly reveals where one’s trust genuinely is. And it reveals whether or not a person genuinely understands the true sinfulness of fallen flesh, and the impossibility of mixing that flesh with faith for justification).
So I’ll close with some encouraging scripture.
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.”
“In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,”