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Salvation through mere belief in Jesus Christ

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Greetings all,

Hope you have had a great and joyous time and started the new year in a God pleasing manner with the Love for God the Father, The Son and Holy Spirit.

i had posted a question under another topic which has evolved beautifully but then i realised the replies i have been receiving may have little to do with the topic or question at the top, so i thought it might be a good idea to start a new topic with Salvation in mind so if someone like me with suchlike questions and ambiguities in mind come by could reach the answers as i have been lucky to reach.

On 12/26/2018 at 3:07 PM, Totoosart said:

Greetings all,

I understand that baptism is a very important column in faith, but what if it is practically impossible (absence of authority) to get baptised? Would mere hearty belief in Jesus Christ save me?

Thank you for your kind time and attention.

Totoosart

On 12/26/2018 at 6:12 PM, Alan said:

Yes, a mere heart belief in the Lord Jesus as your Saviour would save your soul.

On 12/26/2018 at 6:16 PM, Totoosart said:

That's a relief, thanks a lot, Alan.

I look forward to getting baptised, if i can, but till then, sit still my heart.

Bless your heart, Alan,

Totoosart

On 12/30/2018 at 4:02 AM, heartstrings said:

The thief on the cross was never baptized, yet he went to be with the Lord.

On 12/30/2018 at 1:47 PM, Totoosart said:

Dear Heartstrings,

Thanks so much for your kind reply and time.

It is heartwarming to learn that and it has been a great load lifted off my heart and mind.

Cheers and best wishes

On 12/31/2018 at 2:13 AM, Eustace said:

John 3:16 King James Version (KJV)

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

My pastor ultimately Baptized me based on Acts 2:41 where 3,000 are Baptized on a single day after just hearing the word of the lord.  The barrier to Baptism is not high at all.  But I don't think it is required for salvation either according to scripture.

On 12/31/2018 at 3:04 AM, Totoosart said:

Cheers, Eustace,

Bless your heart, i do feel better about not being baptised already. Still would definitely feel better and more relax if i could get baptised.

Best wishes

On 12/31/2018 at 8:28 AM, Salyan said:

If you have trusted Christ as your Saviour, then baptism is a good and proper thing to do, and a good thing to be desired. But you need to be certain that you are not desiring it because you think, in any way, that it will help assure your salvation. Baptism is a work - a thing we can do in obedience to God - thus to reliance on it in the least little bit for grace for salvation means that a person is not relying wholly and completely on Christ for salvation. And if we are depending on anything other than Christ alone as the propitiation for our sin (there's a good word to study!), then we are not truly saved. 

On 12/31/2018 at 1:01 PM, Totoosart said:

Dear Salyan,

i have been a perfectionist in my work and in my craft. So i guess the desire to be baptised roots in that aspect of my personality, i want to be a perfect Christian, in every way personally possible. 

i do understand better now, with your and other kind friends' help here. i need to let all go and just hang on to Jesus Christ and all will hopefully be well for me.

Thank you all and God bless your hearts

Best wishes for the New Year 🙂

On 1/1/2019 at 1:12 AM, Jim_Alaska said:

Baptism is a church ordinance, it is considered the first step of obedience for the newly saved Christian. But it does not stand alone, any Scriptural responsible church would not Baptize and then just turn the newly saved person loose to be at the mercy of any teaching that happens by. We are responsible to disciple those we Baptize, not just turn them loose.

 Mt 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 
 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 
 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 

This can only be accomplished in a local church setting that places the newly saved person in a place of church membership and accountability.

To my mind finding a Scriptural New Testament Church should be of utmost importance, this is the only entity that is authorized to Baptize. You can find some so-called church, or pastor to Baptize you, but the real concern should be; is that baptism valid?

On 1/1/2019 at 1:55 AM, Totoosart said:

Thanks a lot, Jim,

Well, i suppose if i could have found a church to go to, i would probably not have found you kind people here online.

As i mentioned before, it seems practically impossible for me to get baptised since there is no church i could attend and become a regular member and then get disciplined and so on and so forth.

Thanks to other kind people above and you i have learnt that i could be saved even if i have not or cannot in the future get baptised and that has brought me great hope.

For now, i am studying the Holy Bible regularly, listening to some sermons our kind friends here have suggested and i am trying to strengthen my belief in the Lord as the Saviour and i am also trying to stop my brain asking thoughtful questions, since this belief should come from the heart, not the head.

Cheers and best wishes,

Happy New Year and may Lord Jesus Christ have mercy upon you and your family and friends today, tomorrow and till the end of time.

Stay beautiful

On 1/2/2019 at 12:50 AM, Pam McConnell said:

Totoosart,

I'm new on here, so someone may have addressed your question on baptism.  Also, I'm not sure how to use the site or respond to specific questions.Baptism does not SAVE anyone.  Only by having a saving faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ will anyone be saved.  Baptism is to make a public statement of your faith.  The result is having an official place in your church family.  So not being able to get baptized does not affect your salvation.  

21 hours ago, Totoosart said:

Dear Pam,

Thanks so much for making that more clear for me.

I am trying to reach that level of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ that would ultimately bestow His gracious Grace upon me.

Bless your heart

Best wishes and Happy New Year 🙂

7 hours ago, Baptist_Bible_Believer said:

Here is a series on the Cross that James W. Knox preached at his church . . . They should be very helpful in understand biblical salvation by grace through faith without works. The one at the bottom is the first in the series.

https://jameswknox.org/category/the-cross/

Dear BBB,

Thanks a lot for your kind reply.

Which raises other questions which i am trying to understand but will not put forward for now. 

i need to learn much more and learn to be patient, the answers are coming 🙂

Thank you all for your kind time and attention and care.

Bless your hearts and stay beautiful

Totoosart

 

 

 

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