What are the conditions for salvation?
If I said, “Forget the ‘Roman Road'” would I get stoned by most modern day evangelicals? My definition: Active belief in the promises of God.
In Gen. 15:6 Abram believed in the promise of God for an heir to inherit his wealth. This promise had nothing to do with Jesus dying on a cross, but because he believed God based on the word received, God counted him as righteous. Acts 2:38 says, “Peter replied, ‘Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the Holy Spirit. This promise is to you, all your children and even the Gentiles – all who have been called by the Lord our God.” And in Hebrews 8:6 it says, “But now Jesus, our High Priest, has been given a ministry far superior to the old priesthood, for he is the one who mediates for us a far better covenant with God, based on better promises.”
For the sake of our confidence he says in Hebrews 6:18, “So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us.” Our confidence is in God’s ability to fulfill everything He has promised us, not our ability to obey every order he has given.
What does this active belief look like? James 2:22 says, “You see his (Abraham’s) faith and his actions worked together. His actions made his faith complete.”
Ever seen Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade?
Jones had inactive belief until he took a step out. That’s when faith arose in him. The act of faith. Could he say he has faith if he refuses to step out into the nothingness? He would simply be lying to himself. Try to launch yourself into the vastness of uncertainty and you will find out if you have faith. Will He catch you?
So, my question is, “What are God’s promises?” or “What has God promised you?” Because, as we believe what He tells us, and believe enough to step out in faith, we enter into the fulness of salvation (with all the toppings, as I like to say). Christianity is all about finding God’s promises and “banking” on them.