Originally posted at http://gephartr.blogspot.com
What an important question! Ever since childhood I have been taught and believe in one single answer: believe on the name of the LORD Jesus Christ and you will be saved. And it is such a true answer. But it also the simple answer; the milk of the answer – as it were. So, if I am saying this is not the entire answer, what do I think the answer is?
Read the following quote from Romans. The bolded sections are bolded by me to point out the “meat” of the answer.
Rom 3:21-26 (NLT)
“But now God has shown us a different way of being right in his sight – not by obeying the law but by the way promised in the Scriptures long ago. We are made right in God’s sight when we trust in Jesus Christ to take away our sins. And we all can be saved in this same way, no matter who we are or what we have done. For all have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet now God in his gracious kindness declares us not guilty. He has done this through Christ Jesus, who has freed us by taking away our sins. For God sent Jesus to take the punishment for our sins and to satisfy God’s anger against us. We are made right with God when we believe that Jesus shed his blood, sacrificing his life for us. God was being entirely fair and just when he did not punish those who sinned in former times. And he is entirely fair and just in this present time when he declares sinners to be right in his sight because they believe in Jesus.”
Rom 4:20-25 (NLT)
“Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. He was absolutely convinced that God was able to do anything he promised. And because of Abraham’s faith, God declared him to be righteous. Now this wonderful truth – that God declared him to be righteous – wasn’t just for Abraham’s benefit. It was for us, too, assuring us that God will also declare us to be righteous if we believe in God, who brought Jesus our Lord back from the dead. He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised from the dead to make us right with God.”
Therefore, the “meat” of the answer is this: we are saved by our faith that the LORD God will keep His promises. Jesus coming to earth to be the shepherd/saviour/sacrifice was a promise of the LORD. Jesus being resurrected to eternal life and the millenial reign in Eden/paradise/Jerusalem is a promise of the LORD. Our receiving this salvation if only we believe in the promises of the LORD is another promise of the LORD. This is all in the Scriptures of old (a lot in Isaiah). So, the “meaty” answer is trust in the promises of the LORD and you will be saved.