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John Calvin puts forward a very simple reason why love is the greatest gift: “Because faith and hope are our own: love is diffused among others.” In other words, faith and hope benefit the possessor, but love always benefits another. In John 13:34–35 Jesus says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Love always requires an “other” as an object; love cannot remain within itself, and that is part of what makes love the greatest gift.
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I am an eighteen year old girl, wondering about how becoming saved really works? This may seem like an ignorant post but ive googled and gotten quite a few different answers. I have went to my brother only to find out he didn't fully believe in Christ himself.. Is becoming saved just accepting or is there more to understand?

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I am an eighteen year old girl, wondering about how becoming saved really works? This may seem like an ignorant post but ive googled and gotten quite a few different answers. I have went to my brother only to find out he didn't fully believe in Christ himself.. Is becoming saved just accepting or is there more to understand?
You can't. No one can.

 

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I am an eighteen year old girl, wondering about how becoming saved really works? This may seem like an ignorant post but ive googled and gotten quite a few different answers. I have went to my brother only to find out he didn't fully believe in Christ himself.. Is becoming saved just accepting or is there more to understand?

 

Hi Xveres,

 

I recommend starting here: https://www.christforums.org/forum/c...m-vs-synergism

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask!

 

God bless,

William

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I prefer the simple answer, myself. Pick up a Bible in a translation that is readable for you and start with the Gospel Of John (the most often recommended place to start). Then, if you're still working with all this, read through the books in the New Testament, especially the ones that come after Acts. Don't feel like there is some formula you are supposed to follow, just let the Word speak to you on it's own terms. That is the relatively easy way, and that frees you from getting bogged down in the endless array of opinions. I hope that helps...

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Here is my working definition ...

 

Romans 10:5-13 [New Living Translation]

For Moses writes that the law’s way of making a person right with God requires obedience to all of its commands. But faith’s way of getting right with God says, “Don’t say in your heart, ‘Who will go up to heaven?’ (to bring Christ down to earth). And don’t say, ‘Who will go down to the place of the dead?’ (to bring Christ back to life again).” In fact, it says,

 

“The message is very close at hand;

it is on your lips and in your heart.”

 

And that message is the very message about faith that we preach:

 

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.

 

As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. For “Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.”

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The truth about salvation and everything else begins with God. He is perfect and he created a perfect universe and two perfect humans to populate the world. Adam and Eve sinned by disobeying God and by doing this they acquired a sinful nature that they passed on to their descendants. God is holy and can't tolerate sin so our sinfulness has created a barrier between us and God that must be removed if we want to approach him. Jesus Christ, God's son, came into the world as a man to provide the way our sins can be removed. When Jesus was crucified his blood atoned for our sins and his resurrection proves that God has accepted his sacrifice. If we repent of our sins and put our faith in Jesus his sacrifice takes away our sins and we can come into God's presence. Here is a site that explains this more completely:

 

http://www.backtothebible.org/who-is-jesus-contact

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Yes, our salvation is not something we can accomplish on our own. It is only found in believing upon the name of Jesus and the victory he has given us over sin and death. 1 Corinthians 15:54-56

Acts 4:12

John 14:6

Ephesians 2:5-10

Romans 8:1

Romans 10

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