Below is an article by Rick Gedeon, my brother in Jesus Christ. Rick explains the simplicity that is in Christ by answering a question from one of his readers.
Rick mentions in his reply that the answer is both simple and complex then gives the basic truth about how one is saved by faith through grace. To understand what Rick means by complex both he and I, on his site and my blog, have other articles that elaborate on the truths that have been lost since the first century and these things are what we should have faith about. The gospel is the message we must hear and understand to have the hope of salvation but over the years since it was first preached many false apostles and deceitful workers have entered in changing the truth of this gospel into lies thereby making the simplicity of what God and Christ gave to us confusion. Rick and I have dedicated ourselves to eliminating the confusion and bringing the truth in the beauty of its simplicity to our readers. I encourage all who visit his site and my blog to read the articles and end the confusion, the complexity, and be set free.
Could You Please Tell Me How A Person Is Saved?
By Rick Gedeon
Back in January of 2011, a man named Rob e-mailed me, and told me he had looked over the material on this site, and could not find a clear definition of how someone is, or becomes saved. I responded to his question by telling him that the way to being saved was simple yet also complex. I went on to explain to him the first 2 basic steps to become saved, and told him I would continue to communicate with him further on how a person is saved, but for some reason, I never extended the discussion with him about this gravely important subject. I will mention it again, because of what has happened to the faith once delivered to the saints. This question, that at the birth of Christianity was quite simple, has now become simple and complex. The explanation of the first two basic steps to be saved pleased Rob, and he recommended that I publish it on the site, so here is the e-mail discussion we had below. This subject will be expanded in further articles over the next several months.
Rob's first E-mail
I read a good portion of your web site, but could not find a clear teaching anywhere on what an individual must do or believe in order to be saved. Could you please tell me HOW, in your opinion, a person is saved?
My Response To Rob's All Important Question
Thank you Rob for the most important question one could ever ask. I will give you-as you say, my opinion on how one becomes saved. This is in my opinion, a very simple, but yet very complex answer, and it will take more than one e-mail to explain it. The simplest explanation for the first step in order to be saved can be found in Romans chapter 10, and verses 8 through 13. Some of these scriptures derive from the Old Testament and are meshed in with the truth of the New Testament:But what does it say?
"the word is near you, even in your mouth and in your heart (Duet. 30:14)" (that is the word of faith which we preach):THAT IF YOU CONFESS WITH YOUR MOUTH THE LORD JESUS AND BELIEVE IN YOUR HEART THAT GOD HAS RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD, YOU WILL BE SAVED. For with the heart one believes to righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made to salvation. For the scripture says:
"whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame (Is. 28:16). "For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek (or meaning Gentiles), for the same Lord who is over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For "whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Joel 2:32)."
So I believe:I: You are saved when convicted in your heart and mind that Jesus is both Savior and Lord, and through the belief in His death for the forgiveness of your sins this conviction is testified by confession through the mouth, and therefore you are saved by being given the gift of eternal or age abiding life through Jesus Christ (Rom. 6:23).
II: Step number two is that it is through belief alone in Christ that justifies you through faith and this alone, and through this faith you are given the free gift of the same righteousness as God and Jesus.
Notice the justification through faith in him first in Galatians chapter 2 and verse 16:"Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law (Old Covenant) BUT BY FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST, EVEN WE HAVE BELIEVED IN CHRIST JESUS, THAT WE MAY BE JUSTIFIED BY FAITH IN CHRIST AND NOT BY THE WORKS OF THE LAW; FOR BY THE WORKS OF THE LAW NO FLESH SHALL BE JUSTIFIED."
Now let's read about the righteousness that is given to us in Romans 5:17:"For if by one man's offense (Adam) death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace AND OF THE GIFT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS will reign in life through the one, Jesus Christ."
So in my opinion, and I think the word of God agrees that:
In order to be saved you must believe that you are saved through faith in Christ and faith in Him alone for justification, and no good work you do will in anyway save you, and because of that faith alone in Christ you are imputed with the same righteousness that God and Christ possess just as David testified through Paul in Romans 4:7-8:"Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the man in whom the Lord shall not impute sin (Psalm 32:1-2)."
So if God, who has no sin in Him imputes no sin to the one who has faith in Christ, he stands with God and Christ with their same righteousness.
Well got to run, will continue with my opinion every few days and I will probably end up using this as an article on the site, for you made me realize that it is desperately needed.
Rob Responds Back
Thank you, Rick, for your prompt and TOTALLY BIBLICAL answer. May Jesus richly use you and your ministry for His glory. Amen.
P.S. May I respectfully suggest you permanently post this on the website. Prophecy is great, but even correct eschatology doesn't save anyone. Knowing the Savior INTIMATELY does. Thanks again.