Returning to: Openyourmind786:The Issue:
MT 10:22, 24:13, MK 13:13 He that endures to the end will be saved.MK 16:16 He that believes and is baptized will be saved.JN 3:5 Only he that is born of water and Spirit will be saved.AC 16:31 He that believes on the Lord Jesus will be saved.AC 2:21 He that calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.RO 10:9 He who confesses with his mouth "Jesus is Lord" and believes in his heart that God raised him from the dead will be saved.1JN 4:7 He who loves is born of God (and presumably will be saved.)
These are all true. None of these declarations are contradictory. People should not think they will find correct answers when pasting various scriptures out of context. Everything that is said about a subject is pertinent. Jesus himself often answered with the words, "It is also written." The student must ask himself logical and rational questions, such as: Who is being spoken to? What is the setting and circumstance being addressed? --dc
We stand in relation to salvation in precisely the same way that a cross-country traveler can determine whether he is in New Jersey, Florida, California or some point in between. With a road map, or GPS in his car, the traveler can determine not only the proper route to follow but also the distance he has already traveled and how far he must go to reach his destination.
As the traveler continues on his way from California to Florida, he expects to receive different answers to the same question, "How far is it to Florida?" In California someone answers, "2,310 miles to Florida." In Utah, the answer is, "1,840 miles to Florida." Still a different answer is given in Oklahoma, "960 miles to Florida." The traveler is not disturbed over receiving different answers to his same question, "How far is it to Florida?" The different answers show that at each point he has moved closer to his destination.
In the same way, as a person travels toward salvation, different answers will be given to the same question, "What must I do to be saved?" The answer to this question always depends on just how near the questioner is to salvation. This can be determined only by consulting God's spiritual map, the Bible.
A prayerful study of the Bible impresses all of us with our dire need for salvation through Jesus' blood and our deep craving to draw closer to God.
Many conflicting answers have been given by men to the question, "What must I do to be saved?" But, the one and only sure answer to this question is revealed by Jesus in the New Testament. Jesus has said, "...no man cometh unto the Father but by me" (John 14:6). --(Last five paragraphs here, Ref: Visualized Bible Study Series, God's Plan for Redeeming Man, written by Jule L. Miller and Texas H. Stevens, Book four of, 'An objective survey of the Bible and church history', Copyrighted 1969 Jule Miller, Gospel Services Inc., Houston, Texas 77017.)