Believe and call upon the name of the Lord, and you shall be saved. Nothing else is required.
But be not deceived: Salvation isn’t a mere notion or idea. To be saved means to be pulled out of the current state, the current place, the current circumstances, mindset, and turmoil your in. It is to be pulled from Egypt by power!
How is it salvation, if you remain as you are and in the current state you are in? I tell you, that isn’t salvation. That is treason, blaspheme, and denial of God’s power.
Know this as well: Calling upon God is no simple thing. It takes belief, which comes from hearing about God and who He is and what He has done. Fear and tremble! For many will proclaim “Come you weak and weary to the fountain of god!” And without you knowing, they are selling you a god that is not God.
Many atheists attack gods of human creation, rightly so. What is Thor or Zues but a mere super human? Who is Santa but a story turned into fanciful legend?
But God is no super human. Anyone who put’s the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob on the same grounds as the other gods has made a grave mistake. They have turned God into that which isn’t God. And I won’t worship a super human.
Mere understanding of God and accepting that understanding to be true is not salvation. That is just having the knowledge of the truth. But, God’s power is not knowledge. God’s power is power. God’s salvation is power. And that power changes, transforms, and molds people.
Jesus spoke about it in John 15.
I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:1-5)
Someone is apart of Christ, who has been grafted into Christ, who has been grafted into the Salvation of man, will bear fruit. They will change.
A dead branch is, to point out the obvious, dead. It has no life in itself. But a dead branch, when grafted into a tree, will begin to have life, and that life will produce fruit.
In the same way, someone who is “saved” (which is an ambiguous term used by many people today) is grafted into life, and produces life. There cannot be anything else. A dead branch cannot be grafted in and then do nothing. If it does nothing, it will be cut off.
When someone who, claims to have been saved, but are not transformed, we can safely say they have not been saved. For God is a God of power. God is a God of life. To say you can be saved without transformation is to deny God and His power, and that is unbelief.
A person who is saved generally does these things: repent and walk in the truth and light of Christ. When you abide in Christ, by daily nourishing in the vine of His word, His commands, His law, His statutes, His book, then you will be changed. You cannot be grafted into a tree and pull from its nutrients without getting life in yourself.
Do NOT deny God’s power. Do NOT deceive yourself or others by pretending you have come into the light of salvation. God changes. God will convict and change you. God will transform you. You cannot be who you were when you truly abide in Christ. That’s impossible.
Trust in God. Trust in Jesus. Abide. Remain. Nourish on the vine of Christ.
You will be changed.
Salvation is no candy you suck on for a delightful taste. It’s the very soil and ground that you grow up in. It’s the air you breathe, and the lungs you use to breathe air with.
When the Hebrew nation was saved, they were plucked out of Egypt. They were torn away from slavery. They were brought into freedom, even though it was a difficult journey.
So believe upon God, and call upon the name of the Lord, and you will be saved. You will be plucked up from your circumstances. But that doesn’t mean the journey away from your current situation is easy.