Salvation, from the Greek term Soter, means save, deliver, or set-free. It is a byproduct of redemption Jesus paid on the cross for all humanity. It is not something a person can earn, or can anyone give to you. It is something that only Jesus can give to a person, in accordance to their obedience to His Word. A person’s response to the Gospel message of Salvation comes from he or she hearing the Gospel; and placing their personal faith in Him as their one and only savior of their soul. The Gospel message of Salvation was proclaimed by the Apostle Peter on the Day of Pentecost. It was/is specifically based on Acts 2:38, and not Romans 10:9-10. Biblical faith has always been associated with a person doing something. Simply believing something mentally is not faith. Doing what you believe is faith. For example, Noah believed God and his faith moved him to build an Ark. If he would have just believed God’s Word mentally and not build the ark, he would have died in the flood. Abraham believed God and attempted to offer up Isaac as a burnt offering to God. The angel then said to Abraham, “Now I know you believe God…” The presence of faith has always been, and will always be associated with the actions of the individual. A person’s actions justify the measure of their faith. In regards to Romans 10:9-10, it is not possible to simply confess with your mouth and believe in your heart in the absence of Repentance from sin, Water and Spirit baptism. A person cannot simply save you by telling you to repeat words that they say (and then supposedly after a person repeated your words they have then been granted salvation). While many churches are telling people to believe in their heart and confess Jesus with their mouth – and viola, welcome to the Kingdom of God! Jesus said, “Unless a person is born again, he or she cannot see the His kingdom. And unless you are born of Water and the Spirit, you cannot enter His Kingdom” (Jn. 3:3-5). Peter took Jesus’ Words and preached them on the day of Pentecost – Repentance, Water Baptism, and the Baptism of the Holy Ghost – which all equal Salvation. The Blood, Water, and Spirit all agree in One. Salvation requires a made up mind and commitment to turn away from sin in repentance to Jesus Christ. The message of salvation proclaimed by Jesus and preached by the Apostle Peter on the day of Pentecost is mostly foreign to many so-called Bible believing churches in the world. These movements claim to be Bible believing but they, in essence, don’t believe in the Bible; nor do they preach it or teach it to people. It is because many false prophets have entered the churches and planted false doctrines while so-called pastors are still counting their money, and working so hard to please people. The Gospel comes before an Epistle. A person has to come through the Gospel before being instructed in the Word as a believer. And if you are living a life of sin, you are on your way straight to hell; regardless of what you claim to confess.
– Blessings to all of you.