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How do I accept Jesus as my Savior?

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I personally believe if you accept Jesus Christ by faith alone you should testify to the world by Water Baptism if so possible.

Note: Thief on the Cross got saved but we have no clue if he was ever baptized?

You are saved by faith alone working through the Grace of God. :smile:
Hello Troy. Because you joined this wonderful "Talk Jesus Forum" I'd like to call you my friend, if that's Ok with you. I have retired from the full time ministry to Churches. I spent 40+ years as a Pastor of three Baptist Churches. I also in the past 30+ years served Jesus as a Christian Psychologist.

Since you are my new Christian Friend, if there is any way that I can help you, either to understand God's matchless Word, or counsel you in any trial that you may be facing or involved in, please give me the honor in helping you.

I love you already. :hug

You are absolutely correct in believing that our Salvation is based on Faith in Christ Jesus alone. As James says, Good works will follow Salvation in Jesus which is a testimony that Salvation is real and complete.
 
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Thank you very much.

Yes, I appreciate your offer. I may take you up on it from time to time.

God Bless you,

Troy
 
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Thank you very much.

Yes, I appreciate your offer. I may take you up on it from time to time.

God Bless you,

Troy
Thanks for the reply Troy. Since I'm a bond Servant of Jesus Christ, it would be an honor to help you in any way I can. We both know that the real Counselor is the blessed Holy Spirit, and I rely on Him whenever I serve you or anyone else.

Be blessed my friend. And, remember John 14:27....John 14:27 "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid." I personally have received a wonderful blessing of peace when the bottom falls out of my day. This peace is something like Salvation. Jesus' Peace must be received by faith. It'll work every time my friend.
 
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I wholeheartedly give my approval for Brother Chopper to you Brother Troy! You can't go wrong communicating with him!
We are blessed to have him here at Talk Jesus!
Just so you know :smile:

With the Love of Christ Jesus.
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There is no safety in numbers, or popularity of opinion... salvation is about obedience to the teachings of God, and not of men..
Which teachings aer we suppose to obey? There are many teachings recorded in the Bible, but which ones will we be judged by to determine our salvation?
 
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Which teachings aer we suppose to obey? There are many teachings recorded in the Bible, but which ones will we be judged by to determine our salvation?
How about being judged by God as He looks at our hearts? Who else can always read our hearts? What is in our heart written there by God and what from some other source? Quoting a single verse of scripture won't answer your question if it is simply memorized by our natural head and not coming from God. Did not satan have verses he quoted to Jesus? Would satan be saved because of the scriptural knowledge he had?

"And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.

Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God." Matt 4:6-7
 
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Which teachings aer we suppose to obey? There are many teachings recorded in the Bible, but which ones will we be judged by to determine our salvation?

A person's salvation is 'secured' by acknowledging his/ her being a sinner , first of all. Acknowledging that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that His death, burial and bodily resurrection on the 3rd day is necessary. Jesus Christ, God's Son, took our sins upon Himself and died with them. Went to hell In Our Place. And then rose again bodily. And it's not just acknowledging in our heads -- it's applying that to our heart. John 3:16 -- For God so loved the 'world' that He gave ...... who so ever believeth on Him will Not perish but have eternal life." We / each person/ is part of the 'world'. Each person, you , me , your neighbor, etc. are All personally responsible to God -- am 'I" going to accept or reject the fact of Jesus Christ's death, burial and bodily resurrection the cross is enough to take care of my sins? Or am I going to Try to add something To the cross // baptism / church membership / being a good neighbor, etc. These are all 'good' things to be doing. But they are Not to be added To what Christ has already done on the cross. His blood is sufficient to take care of 'my' sins.

And, baptism by immersion is NOT required to 'complete' a person's salvation.

The thief on the cross died on that cross -- No chance to be baptized. Jesus Christ was in process of dying For his, our sins. He told the repentant thief that that very day, He would be with him in Paradise.

After a person accepts Jesus Christ as their Personal Savior -- the Holy Spirit comes to indwell them -- Immediately upon their salvation that happens. And Then that person will have a desire To please God Because the Holy Spirit is indwelling them. And that person Will have a desire to read God's Word / pray/ follow the leading, guiding Of the Holy Spirit. Have the desire To do something good, doesn't mean we're Always going to Do it. The devil is still around this world -- he knows our strengths And weaknesses. So satan, the devil is going to working on our weaknesses to make those look Very attractive. We Can resist those temptations. But sometimes we don't. And we can always realize that we've messed up -- ask forgiveness and continue growing spiritually.
 
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A person's salvation is 'secured' by acknowledging his/ her being a sinner , first of all. Acknowledging that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that His death, burial and bodily resurrection on the 3rd day is necessary.
Where does Jesus say - what you quoted above 'secures' our salvation?
Went to hell In Our Place. And then rose again bodily. And it's not just acknowledging in our heads -- it's applying that to our heart. John 3:16 -- For God so loved the 'world' that He gave ...... who so ever believeth on Him will Not perish but have eternal life."
How does one acknowledge Jesus in their hearts? It must be more than just confessing Jesus, isn't it? Jesus says, "These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me." It seems only professing we believe Jesus with our lips is not enough for our hearts to believe in Jesus.

Each person, you , me , your neighbor, etc. are All personally responsible to God -- am 'I" going to accept or reject the fact of Jesus Christ's death, burial and bodily resurrection the cross is enough to take care of my sins? Or am I going to Try to add something To the cross // baptism / church membership / being a good neighbor, etc.
When you say, "add something to the cross", it sounds like you are promoting lawlessness. You are saying that we shouldn't try and be good neighbors, or else we are 'adding' to the cross. This isn't taught by Jesus. Jesus says He won't save people because they didn't do good to their neighbors. Isn't this the story of the sheep's and the goats? How can you say that is is 'adding to the cross' to do good to our neigbors, when Jesus says it is something we are suppose to do?

These are all 'good' things to be doing. But they are Not to be added To what Christ has already done on the cross. His blood is sufficient to take care of 'my' sins.
You are really saying that His blood has allowed me to not obey His commands. Since I don't need to obey Him to be saved, then I can feel justified in my disobedience. Luke 6:46, " And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?"

Sure, His blood is sufficient for those that accept Jesus. Those that accept Jesus are only those that try their best to obey Jesus. Mark 8:38, "Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels."

Are you ashamed of Jesus' words?

And, baptism by immersion is NOT required to 'complete' a person's salvation.

The thief on the cross died on that cross -- No chance to be baptized. Jesus Christ was in process of dying For his, our sins. He told the repentant thief that that very day, He would be with him in Paradise.
I agree. Being water baptized isn't a necessity for salvation.

The thief on the cross is more of an exception, rather than the rule. If we are wanting to get in like the thief, then we should question why that is.
The thief didn't have time to follow Jesus since, you know, he...was...on...a....cross! Can't expect much from a man in that predicament. However, those of us who aren't being brutally tortured and know the commands of our lord, will be judged by a different standard (Luke 12:48).

After a person accepts Jesus Christ as their Personal Savior
Just saying a prayer accepting Jesus into our hearts is not taught by Jesus. As Jesus mentioned, professing Him with our lips isn't good enough.

This may not be what the churches teach or people believe, but this is what Jesus, our Lord, the Author of our salvation, the king of kings and Lord of Lord's teaches. Who are we going to put our faith in, today?

In peace
 
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How about being judged by God as He looks at our hearts? Who else can always read our hearts? What is in our heart written there by God and what from some other source? Quoting a single verse of scripture won't answer your question if it is simply memorized by our natural head and not coming from God. Did not satan have verses he quoted to Jesus? Would satan be saved because of the scriptural knowledge he had?

"And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.

Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God." Matt 4:6-7
I agree. Someone can go through the motions of obeying God, but if their heart is for the wrong motives, then it doesn't count.

It is like what Jesus taught about praying in secret: Matthew 6:5-6,"
And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.


6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly."

It amazes me how clear this teaching of Jesus is, yet isn't being taught or practiced in most churches today. Everywhere in church we find pastors and preachers praying "in the Synagogues" for others to hear them. Why does this happen when Jesus tells us not to? Jesus answers this by saying," That they may be seen of men." Though prayer is something good and should be practiced by Christians; it can be turned into a self-righteous show of how "holy" we are.

This type of attitude towards doing good works for God isn't counted in heaven, rather the reward stays with the one(s) that saw the good works.

In peace
 
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I agree. Someone can go through the motions of obeying God, but if their heart is for the wrong motives, then it doesn't count.

It is like what Jesus taught about praying in secret: Matthew 6:5-6,"
And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.


6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly."

It amazes me how clear this teaching of Jesus is, yet isn't being taught or practiced in most churches today. Everywhere in church we find pastors and preachers praying "in the Synagogues" for others to hear them. Why does this happen when Jesus tells us not to? Jesus answers this by saying," That they may be seen of men." Though prayer is something good and should be practiced by Christians; it can be turned into a self-righteous show of how "holy" we are.

This type of attitude towards doing good works for God isn't counted in heaven, rather the reward stays with the one(s) that saw the good works.

In peace
Preachers, teachers and ministers like everyone want to be appreciated and effectively patted on the back. This is the way of men. Even a good minister can slip in this by trying to please the congregation instead of telling the truth which God wants him to share. But then the congregations are also to be faulted here:

"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;" II Tim 4:3

Between the speakers and the hearers, we have a whole boat load of churches aiming to please men, but how many are trying to please God and do His work?
 
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Preachers, teachers and ministers like everyone want to be appreciated and effectively patted on the back. This is the way of men. Even a good minister can slip in this by trying to please the congregation instead of telling the truth which God wants him to share. But then the congregations are also to be faulted here:

"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;" II Tim 4:3

Between the speakers and the hearers, we have a whole boat load of churches aiming to please men, but how many are trying to please God and do His work?
Where are the prophets that are willing to be hated by all men to speak the oracles of God?

The church world is indeed led by men seeking their own lusts. The people, as you correctly pointed out, are to blame for giving such reverence to men that they should give to God.

In peace
 
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I was looking at a lot of the answers to the this question. I find it very odd that none of the verses that were used to tell someone how to be saved were out of the four gospels. If you want to know how to be saved go to the one who saves you Jesus. All of his teachings are in the four gospels Mathew, Mark, Luke and John. He has 240 commands that He ask of His followers in those 4 books. I suggest that if you want to be saved then you try to the best of your ability to put His teachings into action in your own life.
 
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I have a question.

What does every single post after the O.P have to do with, uplift or encourage any one?

If I was searching and found the op I would be moved unto Salvation but if I continued to read all the rest of the post, well I would run away from all this.
Blessings
 
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I have a question.

What does every single post after the O.P have to do with, uplift or encourage any one?

If I was searching and found the op I would be moved unto Salvation but if I continued to read all the rest of the post, well I would run away from all this.
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Hey, I am sorry if I am asking a stupid question, please forgive me. But what is O.P?
 

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