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Salvation is of works, otherwise faith is dead

Michael, it sounds as if you have a checklist which man must complete in order to be saved. Isn't this simply salvation by works?

Not a list which must all be accomplished in some legalistic manner but a list of guidelines and instructions that one must lovingly obey in order to properly accept the free gift of salvation.

Salvation is not by faith alone but also by works, but of course that means it is not works alone either, works and faith together are the proper acceptance of the free gift. Works which perfect faith, works which obey the Gospel, and works of love, all play a role in accepting the free gift. These works do not earn the gift anymore than faith earns it - but they are required.

JQLogan said -
Are you linking salvation with the reception of the Holy Spirit?

Acts 2:38 and Acts 10:47 seem to indicate that the receiving of the Holy Spirit occurred both before and after baptism in some cases.

Salvation is a process, the final state of which is determined after our death. But somewhere along the line one must accept the free gift properly and receive the Holy Spirit and then not stray far enough that one loses that state of grace, in order to be found to be saved at the judgment.

JQLogan said -
I believe baptism is an outward sign of our acceptance of Jesus death as our death and our resurrection into a new life. Almost like a rite of passage similar to marriage. It is a symbol of our commitment to Jesus. A witness that we have given our dead life to Christ so that we might receive a living life from Him.

But it cannot be merely a symbol when scripture makes it a mandatory requirement to enter the kingdom of heaven.

Joh 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.