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Which best represents the problem with the comment?
Self control is not left out and is very important as you know. It is the word "temperance" at the end of the fruits of the Spirit in Galatians 5:23.
Im sure you understand that it was more than just believing in a name it was more than the initial repentance,
John baptized in water to bring us unto repentance mmm But Jesus was the one that baptizes with the Holy Ghost and with fire...
What is the purpose of the three baptisms. ??????
"saved by Grace THROUGH FAITH"
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." Ephesians 2:8&9
You cut short that verse to construe it to your purposes. "and that(the faith)not of yourselves; it is the gift of God"
Faith in God is a gracious gift of God.
"Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith" Hebrews 12:2 I believe that if you or I were the author of our faith it will finish badly.
"There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." Proverbs 14:12 & 16:25
Saved is not a condition whereby you are clinging to God, but he with you in his grasp.
Ephesians 2:8,9, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast."
I believe that it is by God's Grace through faith alone in Christ's finished Work that brings us salvation & nothing else. But works that FOLLOW faith, is the proof of the reality of that faith. Once works, or anything else, is added to God's Grace through faith, then it is no longer of Grace, but of works, "And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work." Romans 11:6.
If it was only my human faith, without God's Grace that undergirded & provoked me towards salvation, I would be in a pitiful state accounting that my generated faith alone was sufficient. Of ourselves, faith cannot succeed - we need the whole: God's Grace & Faith without any hint of human contribution towards it. But it may be that that was the intent of your statement. Blessings.
We are JUSTIFIED (DECLARED righteous [we don't BECOME righteous] before God, saved, a ONE TIME EVENT) by FAITH ALONE (no works allowed) in Christ alone.
We are being SANCTIFIED (A CONTINUING PROCESS). Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. By their fruits ye shall know them. Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
"Neither of the two Scripture tell you how to be saved"
Obviously you are entitled to your opinion, however, you seem insistent on
distinguishing your preference for 1Corinthians15. Now why is that? Why are
you insisting a narrow view of what God uses to "save" lost people when God
has provided so many verses that he uses to lead people to himself through
his son? It seems to me your focus on this issue is to create a right and
wrong way on the matter of what to tell lost people. Am I right about that?
Suppose God chooses to begin leading a person to himself with Amos4:12?
Clearly the Lord Jesus left Nicodemus to ponder a second birth, and not
the sign of Jonah, as he also said would be for Israel. God has never been
limited to demonstrate grace in a particular age. Rather, it is we who make
distinctions, for the purpose of distinguishing Gods revealed methods of
demonstrating his presence in our time period on earth. The whole of God's
word is for all people to see him as he wills it so. I understand
dispensationalism to organize a view of Gods history with man, but his
salvation work is not so limited in his sovereign exercise of gracious love.
John 3:16 tells us who Jesus was and what He accomplished, that whoever believes IN Him, shall not perish, but rather have everlasting life. Believing IN means putting your trust IN Jesus, His death and Resurrection, just Jesus ALONE, not Jesus PLUS other requirements.
Galatians 5 talks about those "other requirements" that weigh people down in bondage. "Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage." Gal 5:1. Read the whole chapter.
He was warning them about Judiazers, that were telling believers that they had to keep the Mosaic Law. Paul was telling them that they don't have to keep the Mosaic Law, be circumcised or baptized or give to the church or go to church or ANYTHING added to saving faith in Jesus.
Grace alone by Faith alone in Christ alone as instructed by The Scripture alone!