What is Salvation, and how to be Saved?



"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega,... 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, ... have right to the tree of life, and... enter ... the city."

 

I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.

A great multitude of people will be saved. But one group, who will sit in his throne, are those who forsook the worldly things and followed Jesus Christ. If we obey the Lord Jesus Christ in our calling, we will be saved from hell and inherit heaven.

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What is the true Salvation?

Salvation is to be saved from the wrath of God, since we do not obey God. 1 John 2 says, in "15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. (That is, God will love you, if you do not love the world). 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. (lust of the flesh refers 99% to illicit sex; lust of the eyes, is our admiration for worldly glamour; and pride of life, is our pride.) 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever." All these three things are attractive, desirable, and give pleasure. This pleasure may last as long as we live. But, if we believe in eternity, this life is for 100 years, and eternity is for millions of years. The pleasure in heaven is thousands of times more enjoyable than the worldly pleasures. Further, if we do not do what God tells us to do, there will be punishment. Real salvation comes by avoiding these three things, and inherit the kingdom of God, rather than to be punished. This is the true salvation. But this is not what Christians mean when they say that they are saved. They refer some incident, perhaps with emotional experience, that could have happened on a certain day, and because of that they are saved. Such a salvation is not according to the bible, yet it is unanimously accepted as salvation in churches. It is fake and deceptive salvation.

Religion cannot Save anyone.

Chief Priests, High Priests, ordinary Priests, Elders, Pharisees, Scribes, and Sadducees, all were in the temple. They suppose to represent God. But John the Baptist called them as generation of vipers, and Jesus Christ called them as the sons of the devil. Jesus Christ told them, "you hypocrites! ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer others go in." So, they forced Romans to kill Jesus on the cross. So also, the present-day Christian Church is the exact replica of the old testament Judaism. At that time, God became Man Jesus to be killed, and that is why they were able to kill him. But for the last 2000 plus years, Jesus Christ is here with us as God, in omnipotent Spirit. Now, churches cannot kill him. So, they have rejected him, and worship the legend Jesus, who is the imaginary projection of Man Jesus, as God. The bible says that he is another Jesus and false Christ. The true Jesus Christ, who is in the omnipotent Spirit, is here with us as God. Christians go to Church for their salvation, but they do not even recognize the true God Jesus Christ. Christians are making the same mistake that Jews made when Jesus came as a man. Religion cannot give us salvation. Only God Jesus Christ, who is in the omnipotent Spirit, can give us salvation.

How God saves us, or takes us to heaven?

Matthew 1:21 says, "... call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins." That is, Jesus Christ will save his people from their sins; then they will inherit heaven. "1 John 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Acts 3:26 ... first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities." Jesus Christ has come to the world to save his people from sinning, and sinning is the work of the devil. So, Jesus Christ removes the sinning of his people and destroys the work of Satan. "Philippians 2:12 says, as ye have always obeyed, ... work out your own salvation with fear and trembling." We must obey God for our salvation. As we obey God, God will fulfill our salvation. Romans 3:25 says "God .. declares his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;" So, God forbears until we become obedient, and then only he forgives our past sins, which will make our salvation complete.

Seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus

Ephesians 2:1... you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins: God says we were dead. We were not physically dead, but God calls us dead since we were in trespasses and sins. God quickened us, that is, God brought us to life; that is, he pulled us out of trespasses and sins. 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That is, God pulled us out of sins, placed us in Christ and in heavenly places, and says, "by grace ye are saved;" Now, the salvation is done, or we are saved. But what has happened in real life? 2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. Our past life is changed. We were disobedient in the flesh and in the mind, but now we are obedient, that is, we were sinners, but now we are righteous. This is salvation. But churches set up a perfect trap and we fall right into it and die. That is, they want us to be religious, teach us the verses to memorize and we start quoting scripture verses, without any change in life. It is not salvation. Memorizing scriptures is not salvation, but salvation is living by the scriptures.

Eternal Salvation to only those who obey him.

Another false teaching is that Jesus Christ died on the cross to take our punishment, or he died in our place, or God the Father punished him instead of punishing us, so that we may go to heaven. This is lie and fabrication of the devil. But most Christians believe this. Jesus died on the cross for the sins of the whole world, but he did not burn in hell for the sins of the whole world. Our punishment for sins, is to be burned in hell for eternity, not to be crucified on a cross. If Jesus Christ took our punishment, he could have been still burning in hell for eternity. Jesus was not cast into hell in our place, but he died on a cross. Hebrews 5:8 says, "by the things which he suffered; (that refers to his death on the cross) 9 he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;" Point #1. By dying on the cross, he became the author of eternal salvation. Point #2. He will give eternal salvation only to those who obey him. So, those who do not obey him, will not be saved.

Be Servants to God; Give fruits unto Holiness.

Romans 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? That is, if you do sin, you are servants to sin and you will face eternal death which is hell. But if you obey God, you will live a righteous life, and verse 22 says that you will inherit eternal life. 17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. It says, you were servants to sins in the past, but now you obeyed the commandments of Jesus Christ. As you obey Jesus, his blood cleanses you from all unrighteousness, which was the root cause of all sins and then God forgives your past sins; as in 1 John 1:7-9 and Romans 3:25. Romans 6:18 says Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. That is, now we serve God doing righteousness, but not committing sin. 22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. If Jesus Christ is the Lord of our life, we will obey him, we will live righteously and with holiness. The end is everlasting life. This is our salvation from Jesus Christ.

God's Purpose for Salvation is to beget Sons

God, who created all things, lives in a glorious place called heaven. God created people. His primary purpose of creating people in his own image, giving them the holy spirit, is to beget sons from them. In the process many will attain heaven also. God created Adam and Eve and the whole world of people through them. He gives commandments to the people, chooses the obedient, grants them Spirit and power to become holy and perfect, purifies them to the point that they are without spot or wrinkle. He will raise them with the same glory of Jesus Christ and will declare them as his sons. They will live with him as his children in heaven. Thus, God begets children for himself. They will live eternally in the status of Sons of God, and as joint heirs with Jesus Christ. "James 1:18 says, Of his own will begat he us ... Romans 8:17 says, And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; ..." If you are interested to study this in detail; here are the links for the articles. Links: "Jesus as the Begotten Son", "God may choose us as begotten sons").

God Saves multitude; Seats few on His throne

"Revelation 7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, etc 10 cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb." Jesus Christ was seated on the throne of God. Then the great multitude shouted that salvation to the Lamb of God. So, to be seated on the throne is also salvation. Two kinds of people will sit on the throne of God. In Matthew 19:27 Peter said unto Jesus Christ, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? 28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, etc. So, the disciples, who forsook the worldly things and followed Jesus Christ, will sit in the throne of glory. In Revelation 3:21 Jesus Christ says, to him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. These people will overcome sins, the world, and Satan, as Jesus Christ overcame. They will also sit on the throne of Jesus Christ. It is salvation. It is available to us also, but the price is very high. Please notice that there will be a great multitude of people in heaven. They are not on the throne; and they do not have to pay the high price.

The Four different Status in Heaven.

God give different calls to different people; a few as disciples, some as witnesses or servants, and the rest of us as believers. And those who have become perfect, have another call to become the bride of the Lamb. So, there are four different levels of calling and there are four levels in heaven also. If you have known and obeyed your calling, you are saved, and you will attain heaven in that level. For an example, if you are an ordinary believer, you are expected to do two only things. 1, Love God with reverence and fear. 2, don't do any harm to your neighbor. If you do those two, you will escape the punishment of God, that is, you will be saved. If you are strong enough for heavy weight championship, consider this calling. You must follow Jesus Christ, deny yourself, and be willing to die for him at any time. Love not your father, mother, son, daughter, wife, brethren, and sisters, for his sake; and give your things to the poor. This calling is the high calling of his bride. Preachers show such callings to ordinary Christians and threaten them and deceive them to fake salvation by disobedience. It is a trap. This calling is real, but many are not called for this. I am not. I know my calling; and I will remain there truthfully. I hope you will also. It makes us humble. If you like to know more, let me give you the links for "Four levels of Heaven". 1, Video. 2, Transcript

The Covenant for our Eternal Salvation.

Heaven is real and practical as anything else; but it is spiritual reality. Think of flea market purchase, where you pay 10 dollars for 10,000 dollars' worth. You are going to God for the purchase. God is not a respecter of persons. Don't trust preachers; You are not the sweet heart of God. You are just one, among trillions before God. Don't be deceived by sweet talks of preachers. Give very high honor and respect to God with love and fear. The Lord Jesus Christ is God, and he is neither your brother nor your groom. Don't try to get familiar with him. He is God in the omnipotent Spirit. God has four levels of heaven to offer his people. God knows what you can afford and how much you will strive for it. He will offer you the level that you can afford. Accept it with love, reverence and fear. There will be no room for cheating, lie, eye service, or exploiting. God will also help you and work with you, to fulfill the covenant. You and God will be a team, if you are truthful to him. You don't need a middleman. You will inherit heaven, if you are honest and obedient. Either you will be among the multitude, or you will be in the throne, or you will be in between. Wherever you are, you will be fully happy, you will love it and will enjoy it. This is your eternal salvation.

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