“Brother, are you saved?” may have been a question you have been asked by fundamentalist-bible-believing Christians. I think it would better if we asked a question that explained precisely what we mean by “being saved.” For many this would present a challenge.
As you read through the article below, it is our intention to enable you to know how to ask the question in a manner the listener will understand correctly – what “saved” or “salvation” means.
Despite the different teachings of various churches, the only place where we can find the correct answers is the Bible. Only God Himself can provide the truth about this subject; so in this study we will attempt to determine from God’s own Word what salvation is and how to obtain it.
Our first step is to believe the message of Jesus Christ; the second is to embrace the message as being for you personally; and thirdly, following actions of changing life directions towards God and living according to His ways must follow. The Bible describes this in the word (repent) from sin. Belief without corresponding actions is purely mental accent, an academic position, the biblical impact of believe will compel the “believer to act or react” to sin, the desire to disobey God should no longer be part of the believers life, in fact the consequence of becoming a believer is a desire to obey.
Can salvation be obtained by simply repenting and deciding to obey God’s laws?
Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
Keeping the law will not make us righteous in his sight (God’s) if the Law was able to do that then what point would there be for God to send His only Son to be crucified on the cross for our sin?