BLANK NOTE AND MAGNET - © Laura Dominguez | Dreamstime.comThe authors and contributors at Psalm11918.org have scoured Scripture and documented the complete list of everything a person must do in order to become saved.

The complete list is provided below.

 

  1. Nothing

 

What? That's the list?

Nothing?

 

Really?

 

Correct. Nothing. Paul tells the believers in Ephesus-

Ephesians 2:8-9

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.

 

There is nothing we can do in order to be saved. Even our belief and faith is a gift from G-d.

Paul makes this point clear in Romans 9-

Romans 9:15-24

For He says to Moses, "I WILL HAVE MERCY ON WHOM I HAVE MERCY, AND I WILL HAVE COMPASSION ON WHOM I HAVE COMPASSION." So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy. For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, "FOR THIS VERY PURPOSE I RAISED YOU UP, TO DEMONSTRATE MY POWER IN YOU, AND THAT MY NAME MIGHT BE PROCLAIMED THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE EARTH." So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires.

You will say to me then, "Why does He still find fault? For who resists His will?" On the contrary, who are you, O man, who answers back to God? The thing molded will not say to the molder, "Why did you make me like this," will it? Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for common use? What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction? And He did so to make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory, even us, whom He also called, not from among Jews only, but also from among Gentiles.

 

These passages and many others make it abundantly clear that G-d is sovereign in His ability to choose who is saved and who is not. It should be noted, however, that it is entirely our responsibility to walk in the mitzvot [good deeds] which G-d prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them (Ephesians 2:10). It is by His Spirit that we are even able to do so (Philippians 4:13).

We are saved by grace through faith and even that faith is not from our own actions or decisions.  G-d instills that faith in us as a gift for His purposes.  (Ephesians 2:8)

As soon as we say that we "have to do" or "can do" anything (be baptized, say a special name, recite a certain prayer, think a certain way, etc) in order to be saved then we have just subscribed to a "salvation by works" mentality.

Every passage of Scripture that appears to describe something we should do in order to become saved actually describes something we should do because we are saved.

Learn more about this in our article entitled What is Salvation.

 

Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. (1 Timothy 1:17)

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וישׁלח (Vayishlach)

 

 

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Yom Rishon, 10 Kislev, 5779

Sunday, November 18, 2018

 

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