If someone came up to you on the street and asked you, "If you die today, will you go to heaven"? What would you HONESTLY say? Unfortunately in this day and time Salvation has many different faces, and has become to a lot of people just a "word" with many meanings and as many ways to receive it. The spirituality of it is having less and less of an impact. If you ask ten people what Salvation is and how to get it, you would more than likely get at least six or seven different answers. There are misconceptions that are liable to get people into trouble "salvation-wise", ideas such as "once saved always saved", or "I'm a good person, so I'll automatically go to heaven" to name a couple. In addressing the "once saved always saved" belief, in the Bible it speaks of people turning away from God over and over again and He turns them to reprobate minds. Second Timothy 3:1-6 talks of this problem and its consequences. It talked of people having an "outward appearance of godliness, but denying the power of it which describes doing activities not connected with having a relationship with Jesus Christ and it got continually worse from there. God got tired of trying to talk to them. If you're doing something wrong, and feel it in your spirit, or conscience, but keep doing it, eventually your conscience or spirit will be seared and you won't hear that little voice inside anymore. This is what is meant when it is a person has no conscience. A person can easily fall from grace at this point, so we must be vigilant in our walk with God.
To be "saved" according to His Word, (Acts 2:38) God's "plan of salvation" includes Him wanting us to repent which means to turn away from sin, in other words don't do something "wrong", go to church, say your sorry and ask forgiveness, then do the SAME thing again a couple of days later. Repenting is to NOT do the same thing again intentionally.
The next part of God's plan of Salvation is to be baptized in Jesus' Name for the remission of sins, (not titles such as Father, Son and Holy Ghost, but the Name of Jesus) the only time these 3 titles are mentioned as far as baptism is Matthew 28:19. In all other scriptures about water baptism, it's in the Name of Jesus. The last requirement that this scripture mentions is "and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (or Ghost). Receiving the Holy Ghost means the in-filling of the Holy Spirit (Ghost) which will guide us into all truths and teach us. Corinthians 2:13 says," These things we also speak, not in words which man's wisdom teaches, but words which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. It is after these steps are taken that a person begins their life's journey of being saved by living for God and doing His will.
There is much more to being "saved" and receiving Salvation than "saying I acknowledge Jesus as my Savior or being a "good person". I hope to be writing more about it in the near future.
I know we have been hearing that Jesus is coming back for many years. They were saying it back in the 1940's and probably earlier, but in that case we have to realize that the time is even nearer now. My yearning is that I do as God ask and play a part by planting seeds of hunger for the need of Salvation wherever I can. God Bless and Keep you.
Reference: New King James Version Holy Bible Second Timothy 3:1-6 First Corinthians 2:13 Acts 2:38
Author Bio Hi! I'm Patti. I am the wife of a Disabled Veteran and a 57 year old homemaker. I have three passions in my life; the love for God and hunger for Him, the love for my husband, and the love for life. My favorite thing to do is write blog posts. I told God when I started this endeavor that this blog was His to do with as He Willed. He tells me, and I write. For more info, please see PJ's Prayer Line at http://pjsprayerline.blogspot.com.