Revelation 20 Lesson

Five Matters Of Salvation

JUDGMENT DAY

When we die, all of us are going to be judged relative to the deeds that we did while we are alive.   That is what the following two scriptures teach us:

  1. “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” – Hebrews 9:27,
  2. “(God) will repay each person according to his deeds: to those who by perseverancein doing good seek glory, honor, and immortality, He will give eternal life; but to those who are self-serving and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, He will give wrath and indignation.” - Romans 2:6-8.

After the judgment, one of two things is going to happen:

  1. We will be given eternal life and invited to be with God, Jesus, and all the saints in heaven,
  2. We will suffer the wrath of God and be sent to hell forever.

That is it! These are the only two possible outcomes mentioned in the Bible.

This should give us pause to think.  After all, eternity is forever, and once we are judged, it will be too late to make any changes to our lifestyle or our priorities.

MATTERS OF SALVATION

Different denominations have differing opinions about what is necessary to go to heaven. In the end, what matters is what God says is important through His inspired Word.

For today’s lesson, we are going to look at five things the Bible teaches us that are necessary for salvation along with the corresponding scriptures.

  1. Believe in Jesus. “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.” – Acts 16:31
  2. Confess our belief in Him. “For with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.” – Romans 10:10
  3. Repent (turn away from) of our sins. “Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” – Luke 13:3
  4. Be baptized. Baptism now saves you—not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ .” – 1 Peter 3:21 and “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” – Mark 16:16
  5. Obey God’s commandments. “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. – Mathew 7:21

These are the things that the Bible teaches us are necessary for salvation.   Believing in Jesus is not enough, we also must confess our belief in Jesus to others if we want to be saved. Jesus spoke about this in what is commonly referred to as “The Great Commission.”

  • Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” - Mathew 28:19-20.

When we believe in Jesus, and confess that belief, we are heading towards salvation. But there is still more that we need to do. If we want to go to heaven, the Bible teaches us that we also need to repent of our sins.

Repentance means, “To turn away.”   For Christians, repentance means turning away from sinful, self-serving behavior, and turning towards God. This means that we are going to need to make some changes in our behavior.  If the people that we associate with, or the places that we frequent are causing sinful behavior, we need to make a change!  Consider the following warning spoken by Jesus in His Sermon on the Mount:

  • “If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. If your right hand makes you stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to go into hell. ” – Mathew 5:29-30.

When we believe in Jesus, confess our belief in Him, repent of our sins, and turn away from our sinful behavior, we are close to salvation, but there is still more to be done.

To be saved, we need to obey the Gospel in baptism. The following two scriptures tell us that baptism is a matter of salvation:

  1. “Baptism now saves you—not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” – 1 Peter 3:21,
  2. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” – Mark 16:16.

The fifth matter of salvation that we will discuss in today’s lesson is obeying God’s commandments.   Obeying God's commandments is a lifelong commitment that we need to work on our entire lives.  And it all begins with regular Bible study.  After all, how can we keep His commandments if we do not know what they are?

CONCLUSION

To prepare ourselves for the Day of Judgment, there are five matters of salvation that we must adhere to:

  1. Believing in Jesus,
  2. Confessing our belief in Jesus,
  3. Repenting of our sins,
  4. Being baptized,
  5. Obeying God’s commandments.

Once we understand what God wants us to do, we need to act without delay! We should never put off until tomorrow what we can do today when it comes to matters of salvation, for none of us is promised another day:

  • “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.” – Proverbs 27:1.

We will conclude today’s lesson with the following passage from the Book of James. It warns us that there will be consequences for those that understand what the right thing to do and choose not to do it.

  • “Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.” – James 4:17.

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Do you agree with the (5) bullet points and what we must do to be saved? Is there anything you would change (please support with scripture)?

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Do you agree with the (5) bullet points and what we must do to be saved? Is there anything you would change (please support with scripture)?

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Larry Lewis
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Hello John! It's great to see you again, in the video. Hope all is well with you and the family. I agree with the 5 points and there is so much more to discuss in regards to being s disciple of Christ and our daily walk. Have you given any thought to having a 'relationship' with God. I'm sure it develops with belief, confession, repentance and obeying His commands. I think it goes deeper because we have to nurture the relationship from the time we start till He calls us home. This relationship with God is more important than anything else or anyone else. There's a lot or prayer, worship, conforming to His will is everything we attempt to do. I love that He gives us freewill to make decisions we are faced with and I also love that He provides His Holy Spirit to direct our lives. Can't get any better than that. What an awesome God we serve.

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John

God already knows who's name will be written in the Book of Life. I do not believe that means that we are predestined to succeed and get into heaven, or to fail an go to hell. Rather, I believe that God gives us freewill and already knows that choices we will make, before we will make them. Just as He knows our needs even before we speak them to Him.

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Larry Lewis
John

Hello again John! Thanks so much for the Virtual Bible Study and the work and effort you put into making it available for all to see. I thank God for you and this work. I know He knows before we even speak it. That's the kind of God we serve. I hope others will be blessed by this work. Thankyou, my brother.

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