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      How to be Saved

      Are we saved simply by accepting Jesus as Saviour (believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved)

      Is it thur Grace --(For by grace are you saved)

      Must we repent (Repent...for the remission of your sins)

      Do these statements conterdict each other?

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      Only if you are a Calvinist do they contradict each other.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Jeff View Post
      Only if you are a Calvinist do they contradict each other.
      Jeff, can you define a "Calvinist" properly within the context of history? We are not "we four and no more." A true person who holds to the doctrines of Grace (and can you name them), finds as he/she matures become exceptionally humble at the faith and grace of God that has been granted to such a lost sinner as me. Have we merited his grace? NO. Do we know somehow early on in life that we are part of his adopted family? NO. Then how to we become saints? We hear the Gospel and believe. Ah, and in that process, we find (sometime later) that the faith, repentance, and grace were gifts and that his divine providence led us to the place of our need to bow and cry unworthy, unworthy.

      A. N. Martin's little booklet from Banner of Truth entitled, THE PRACTICAL IMPLICATIONS OF CALVINISM expresses the humbleness and the fear of the Lord that must be part of the newly born soul's discerning makeup.

      I would also recommend J. I. Packer's INTRODUCTION TO JOHN OWEN'S DEATH OF DEATH IN THE DEATH OF CHRIST. In his treatise, the difference in Calvinism and Arminianism (and its parasites) are expressed in language that renders the sinner's soul to revisit the doctrines of grace and see how they, not the "free-will" crowds synergism (helping God in the process) understand Jonah's famous quote after being spewed from the great fish, "Salvation is of the Lord."

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      Quote Originally Posted by Jeff View Post
      Only if you are a Calvinist do they contradict each other.
      Quote Originally Posted by SALTY View Post
      Are we saved simply by accepting Jesus as Saviour (believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved)

      Is it thur Grace --(For by grace are you saved)

      Must we repent (Repent...for the remission of your sins)

      Do these statements contradict each other?
      The gospel is not a momentary feeling or change of heart while in the "fox hole" or in a troubling situation. The Gospel is the death, burial, and resurrection -- yes, absolutely!!! However, it is not just something that happens and we embrace it or let it pass through (see the 4 soils in Matthew 13 as an example). Everything we receive is sourced in Jesus Christ - 1 Corinthians 1:26-31. Note that God CHOSE 3x and verse 29 states the purpose, "so that no human being might boast in the presence of God."

      Verse 30 seals the whole discussion - [B]He [God] is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, whom God made our wisdom and our righteousness and sanctification and redemption./B] {Emphasis mine - ESV] Read Verse 31 for the final "so that" or purpose.

      Those adopted are now on a different path (the narrow one). As such, we walk differently, we are sorrowful for sins that once did not mean anything to us, we are children of God through the blood of his Son and therefore, we learn to discern His will and shy away from bring a disgrace to the cross.

      Sanctification comes AFTER justification and, therefore, it serves as the process which makes us into His image of being blameless and holy. What an obligation, not to remain saved, but to be the witness he calls us to be. Our salvation will one day be complete when we fulfill Philippians 1 "And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus christ."

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