Salvation: Is It That Easy?

Matthew 11 21 ‘Woe to you, Korazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! If the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.’

Jesus Himself says it is NOT easy to be saved.

Jesus teaches that miracles by God are meant to lead to repentance.

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Salvation is not a matter of empty promises, like rashly saying you’ll pray for someone and then forgetting about it seconds later. It’s easy to make a verbal promise to pray. It’s much tougher to carry it out. Likewise, it’s easy to confess Jesus with your mouth and hope to God you are saved. It’s much harder to last in your faith,and thus be found to have genuinely confessed Jesus as Lord, and as a result still be standing firm when Jesus comes back.

Jesus Himself says it is NOT easy to be saved.

Do we as followers have the right to correct the Teacher? And not just any Teacher but the One who does the actually saving us? If Jesus says it is hard to be saved, then it is. Period.

Matthew 19 21 Jesus answered, ‘If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.’ 22 When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth. 23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. 25 When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, ‘Who then can be saved?’ 26 Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’

Luke 18 22 When Jesus heard this, he said to him, ‘You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.’ 23 When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was a man of great wealth. 24 Jesus looked at him and said, ‘How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! 25 Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.’ 26 Those who heard this asked, ‘Who then can be saved?’ 27 Jesus replied, ‘What is impossible with men is possible with God.’

Do we as followers have the right to correct the Teacher? And not just any Teacher but the One who does the actually saving us? If Jesus says it is hard to be saved, then it is. Period.

Romans 10 9 That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. 11 As the Scripture says, ‘Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.

…the saving faith spoken of in Romans 10 is not a confession in word but rather a confession in practice

The rest of the New Testament supports that the saving faith spoken of in Romans 10 is not a confession in word but rather a confession in practice.

Luke 14 26 ‘If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters – yes, even his own life – he cannot be my disciple. 27 And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. 33 In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.

John 15 10 If you obey my commands you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love.

Here Christ Himself paints for us a picture that love of God is wrapped up in obedience to God

Here Christ Himself paints for us a picture that love of God is wrapped up in obedience to God-kind of like tissue paper and gift bags. Love of God, being the gift bag, is relatively empty without tissue paper. Obedience, like tissue paper, is lost and even worthless without being firmly planted in love of God (wow, that was kind of corny but it works lol, thanks be to God!)

James 2 14 What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such a faith save him? 15 Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

“…men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ…”

2 Corinthians 9 10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. 12 This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. 13 Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. 14 And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you.

“We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first…

Hebrews 3 14 We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first. 18 And to whom did God swear that they would never enter his rest if not to those who disobeyed? 19 So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief.

“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped…”

Our obedience to God confirms our love for Him. In that way, it is not easy to be saved. If we treat salvation flippantly with an air of entitlement, then we likely do not have it. Jesus did not even count ascending to His rightful throne a thing to be grasped with feelings of entitlement though HE WAS INFINITELY WORTHY.

Philippians 2 5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7 but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross! 9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Luke 14 11 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.

1 Peter 5 5 …All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, ‘God opposes the proud but give grace to the humble.’ 6 Humble yourselves, therefore under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.

It is not blasphemy to be fearful that after we have confessed Him with our mouths we may stray from Him with our life…it is contrary to sound doctrine NOT to think in this way.

As we are far less worthy than Jesus to receive the honored position of life forever in God’s kingdom, then we should be way more humble about receiving it-that is, we will be humble about it if we truly have a heart after Him. If we cannot even humble ourselves as much as God, then how can we be saved? It is not blasphemy to feel unworthy of our salvation. It is not blasphemy to be fearful that after we have confessed Him with our mouths we may stray from Him with our life. In fact, it is contrary to sound doctrine NOT to think in this way.

Philippians 2: 12 …continue to work out salvation with fear and trembling,

:Do fear that your life does not line up with God’s Word. By doing so you may just save it!

If placing saving faith in Jesus occurred by confessing Jesus as Lord with one’s mouth and having a belief limited only to knowledge then demons would be saved as well!

Hence, the next subject matter I will discuss: THE REAL CONFESSION.

Not if you signed a card. Not what church you currently attend. The real confession of Christ is in our daily life and especially those challenging, supernatural moments where we have the opportunity to confess Him, and because of that confession, be persecuted.