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As Christians are we really saved through faith in Jesus Christ alone? If that's really true, then why do we have to repent for our sins? And doesn't the scripture in the Book of Revelation about unbelievers,abominable,liars,murderers,idolterers and those who commit sexual sins not inheriting the Kingdom of God contradict with the we are saved through Christ alone theory?

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  • Not exactly that simple Alison, although it is too simple for some people. In reality we are saved by grace and by faith, Ephesians 2:8 says:

    For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,

    A good way for thinking about GRACE is this: Gifts Redeemed At Christ's Expense. Although grace and our salvation is a gift, paid for by Christ, there are certain conditions attached, it is not enough to believe in God, or to believe that Jesus Christ was real or that He was crucified for our sins; Satan believes in all of these things also. Our salvation depends on our confession that we are sinners, that we have done wrong all of our lives, it then depends on us repenting of those sins and acknowledging that Jesus is God's Son and Lord of our lives. Your iniquities (perversity, moral evil) have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you… [Isaiah 59:2] Because it is sin that separates us from God, stops Him hearing us and stops us coming into His presence, confession and repentance is so very important, because we are incapable of keeping God's laws. So confession and repentance is an ongoing process that we must undertake, not by going to a priest and asking for absolution, but by confessing to God through Jesus, the things we have done, and repenting of them.

     

    The majority of churches today preach that we are 'Saved by Grace' so the law, the Ten Commandments, was made obsolete, done away with when Jesus died on the cross, and the law does no longer need to be observed. However tell those same Christians that their children no longer need to obey them or respect them, they would be horrified, or that murder was now OK, or that we can lye, steal commit adultery, and so on with impunity, that pastor would be sacked. In fact Jesus specifically stated that He had not come to abolish the law but to fulfil it [Matthew 5:17]. in verses 18 & 19 He warns against anyone preaching that the law had been abolished. In John 14:15, Jesus says, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” Jesus was God incarnate so when He said “my commandments , he meant the whole of the law. Just as He stated in verse 19 of “Matthew 5, that “until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.” So in fact Jesus reinstated the law and actually added to it.

     

    So yes,there is more to it than just having faith in Jesus Christ alone, we have to acknowledge Jesus for who He is, repent of our sins after confessing that we are sinful, and if we love Jesus, we must do our best to keep His commandments (the law). Jesus/God knows full well that we cannot keep all of the law, and for this reason Jesus sacrificed Himself in order to fulfil the law for us. I believe that the core of the law is 'obedience', and the core of our sin is disobedience. If in fact we love the Lord we will want to keep His commands, and this is the way to bless the Lord

     

    Hope this answers your question, please get back to me if you have and questions Alison.

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