Grace and peace to you!
You've probably heard of the Romans road to salvation. Well this is going to be Jesus' teachings about salvation. I've been wondering why the world as a whole just skipped right over what Jesus said? I think it is because they are hard sayings, who can hear them? It seems that everyone wants to interpret salvation from Paul's writings but shouldn't we start at the start? What did Jesus say?
What if I said that the sins you commit each day will not be forgiven unless you forgive other people their sins?
What if I said to be saved you must live by the teachings of Jesus?
What if I said that if we do not feed the hungry and clothe the poor, we will not see heaven?
Again, what did Jesus say? He said Matthew 6:15 "But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses."
Matthew 7:24,25 "Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not for it was founded upon a rock."
Matthew 25:32-46 "And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth [his] sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me: Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, and fed [thee]? or thirsty, and gave [thee] drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took [thee] in? or naked, and clothed [thee]? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done [it] unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done [it] unto me. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungered, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did [it] not to one of the least of these, ye did [it] not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal." I don't know what you think about those verses but they sound pretty serious to me.
There are others too like: Matthew 7 21-23 " Not every one that saith unto me. Lord, Lord (they have faith that He is Lord) shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." Okay so they had faith that he was indeed Lord and they even had works so what were they doing wrong? They were regarding iniquity in their hearts. The Lord had most likely convicted them of something but they continued to justify it. They justified their sin or just said we don't have to try to be good only Jesus is good. When really we need to be holy as he is holy. Yes of course we are going to sin but are we abiding in willful sin? I believe that if you are abiding in willful sin after being saved then the Bible tells you that it would have been better for you to never know the way of righteousness than after you have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. The Bible is full of warnings! Why are they there if it ultimately doesn't matter? Why did people allow themselves to be burned if it really didn't matter anyway? They could have denied Jesus (saved their life) and then repented. Would they still have gone to heaven? They obviously didn't believe that because they were burned at the stake. Can we all agree that there is something to be lost? Or are the scriptures wrote in vain?
I pray that you keep your eyes on Jesus and living in a way that is pleasing to Him. Walk in the Light! God Bless You!