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Partial trust on Jesus does not save

that means most “Christians” are not saved according to the Bible

Mat7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

We will get back to the rest of this Matthew 7 passage later.

In order to be saved, the bible is clear, we believe on the Lord Jesus. One of many such verses:

Acts16:30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? Acts16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

Since in order to be saved, the word believe is used, we should understand what the word believe means.

The current English definition of believe means:

intransitive verb To accept as true or real. intransitive verb To credit with veracity. intransitive verb To expect or suppose; think. intransitive verb To have firm faith, especially religious faith. intransitive verb To have faith, confidence, or trust. intransitive verb To have confidence in the truth or value of something. intransitive verb To have an opinion; think. idiom (believe (one’s) ears) To trust what one has heard. idiom (believe (one’s) eyes) To trust what one has seen. To have faith or confidence.

So the current English definition is correct.

But even more importantly than the English definition is letting the Bible define the word.

Eph1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Eph1:14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

If you study the above verse carefully, you can see the word trusted and believe being used interchangeably. Simply, they mean the same thing according to the bible.

They trusted in Jesus after they heard the word of truth (the bible/gospel). After they believed/trusted, they were sealed with the holy spirit of promise until the redemption of the purchased possession.

Hence when one says partial trust on Jesus does not save, that is the same as partial belief on Jesus does not save.

Therefore we are saved by trusting in Jesus or believing in him to save us from hell and that he has given us what he promised, which is eternal life. Him alone.

1Jn5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

The bible also says, we are EITHER saved by grace OR by works.

Eph2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Eph2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Even more clear, it’s EITHER by grace OR by works, IT CANNOT be a mixture of any kind.

Rom11:6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace.

The rest of the verse re-states the above, in reverse order for you, in case it wasn’t clear enough the first time, that it’s EITHER grace OR works, IT CANNOT be a mixture of any kind.

But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.

The last part of this verse is especially important, it says, if by works, then it is no more of grace.

So what is work which is incompatible with being saved under grace?

The current English definition of work is:

noun Physical or mental effort or activity directed toward the production or accomplishment of something. noun Such effort or activity by which one makes a living; employment. noun A trade, profession, or other means of livelihood. noun The part of a day devoted to an occupation or undertaking. noun One’s place of employment. noun Something that one is doing, making, or performing, especially as an occupation or undertaking; a duty or task. noun An amount of such activity either done or required. noun The action or effect of an agency. noun Something that has been produced or accomplished through the effort, activity, or agency of a person or thing. noun An act; a deed.

The current English definition is correct again, but once again, more importantly let’s let the bible define the word work for us.

Jonah3:8 But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands. Jonah3:9 Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not? Jonah3:10 And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not. Jonah4:1 But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry.

We can see a lot of important doctrine from this passage. The people in Ninevah were wicked in the Lords sight and in Jonah’s.

God wanted them to be saved, so he sent Jonah (and punished him when he didn’t go). Earlier in the passage the people of Ninevah now believed and are now saved.

However, even though they are saved, the passage is saying will they turn from their past evil ways and sinful ways? Because, if not, God is angry at them and planning to do evil (harm) against them. And we see above, that they stop sinning and doing evil things, and God changes his mind (repents) on the evil he planned to do against them.

Importantly, God calls them turning from their past sins and past evil ways as works. Which aligns to the English definition, because work is something we do, which requires effort. Turning from our sin and trying to live a Godly life, certainly is effort and work.

So therefore the definition of work is something we do, something that requires effort, even turning from our past sins and trying to be better.

Therefore going back to Romans 11 verse:

But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.

That means, that if someone is relying on their works - even partially - then it makes it incompatible with grace - that it is no more of grace.

Again if it not by grace and is by works, we are not saved at all.

Eph2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Eph2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

It is crystal clear. Works is something that man does, hence he can boast about his work. But he can’t boast about his salvation, because he did no work for his salvation. Stopping your past evil ways is works. It’s a good thing, yes. God wants us to do it, yes. But it has nothing to do with us being saved.

Another verse that makes this clear is:

Gal5:4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.

Clearly Christ is of no effect unto the above person. Why? Because they are trusting on the law, which is themselves, that they are living a good life measured against the law. We say that earlier, that God calls that work. Work and grace are opposites and can’t mix, hence this person is not saved.

Going back to Matthew 7, fittingly this passage talks about false prophets and the false doctrine of partial trust on Jesus to save and the results of it:

Mat7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Mat7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? Mat7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

So why was the above person not saved? It says this person went around preaching the name of Jesus, was probably involved in a “church” of some kind. Therefore according to him and those around him, he believed in Jesus. Well, if you study carefully you can see this man is trusting in his works and himself not in Jesus’s finished work. He thinks that his salvation has something to do with Jesus name AND his work. Moreover in this verse, God says, he never knew you. That’s because once he knows you, you are saved, it’s a done deal.

Some may say, but see, it says we need to do the Lord’s will to be saved. Well yes, we do. So what is the Lord’s will?

2Pet3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

The Lord has many will’s for us. But the most important will for us, is that we should not perish (die a second death) but that we should come to repentance, that is turn from unbelief to belief. Unfortunately the word repentance also causes much confusion and misunderstanding.

As we saw in the earlier passage, repent does not mean confessing your sins and turn from your past sins and trying to be better. As it was God himself that was repenting in Jonah, the word merely means to turn or change your mind.

So when God says above, he want’s us to repent and not perish, he want’s us to turn from unbelief to belief and be saved and have eternal life.

It therefore makes sense that those that are trusting partially on Jesus, also deny eternal security and once saved always saved doctrine, because they are trusting on themselves and not on Jesus.


Date: 2021-08-10

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