Is Salvation Free?

Number 35

Yes. Salvation is freely offered and freely given but salvation is not a license to sin. You cannot repent, be baptized, and continue to willfully sin.

Faith without works is dead and works without faith is dead. You have to have both.

James 2:14: “What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?”

James 2:17-26

17 “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.”

18 “Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.”

19 “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.”

20 “But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?”

21 “Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?”

22 “Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?”

23 “And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.”

24 “Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.”

25 “Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?”

26 “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”

Ephesians 2:8: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:”

The Father calls you.

John 6:44: “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.”

Acts 2:39: “For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.”

Romans 8:28: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

I Corinthians 1:24: “But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.”

I Corinthians 1:26: “For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:”

When the Lord calls you, His Spirit starts working with you.

John 14:17: “Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.”

During this time, you start putting sin out of your life and bring forth works worthy of repentance.

Matthew 3:6-8

6 “And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.”

7 “But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?”

8 “Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:”

Acts 19:18: “And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds.”

Acts 26:20: “But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.”

This process is shown in the first three annual Holy Days.

1) The Passover represents Jesus dying for our sins.

2) The Days of Unleavened Bread represents putting sin out of our lives.

3) The Day of Pentecost represents the giving of the Holy Spirit.

These annual Holy Days are in order. These first three days are fulfilled when we receive the Holy Spirit.

Jesus died for our sins.

You are baptized for the remission of sins. You then receive the Holy Spirit when hands are laid upon you.

The Lord may make exceptions under some circumstances. He did this for the thief on the cross who could not be baptized and have hands laid upon him.

Salvation is freely offered and freely given.