When I die where will I go? Will forgiveness of my sins get me saved, or not?
2 Thess 1:7-8 NASU …When the Lord Jesus will be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing retribution on those who do not (currently) know God, that do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
9-10 They will pay the penalty of eternal destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from His glorious power; When He comes to be glorified in His saints…
Matt 25:32-46 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them …and these will go into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.
Do I know and obey God, am I a saint, am I righteous, will my forgiveness alone save me?
Acts 26:17-18 (Jesus)…I now send you, to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an (eternal) inheritance among those who are sanctified (made saints) by faith in Me. Notice its forgiveness plus sanctification.
2 Thess 2:13 …Salvation (from sin is) through sanctification (being made a saint) by the (Holy) Spirit (obeyed) and belief of the truth (God’s living words in my heart),
But if I’m elected, chosen by God isn’t my salvation secure? No, not if I now disobey God:
1 Pet 1:2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience… (but I can lose my election:)
2 Pet 1:10 …Brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if you do these things (and so obey God), you will never fall:
But surely just by being forgiven I became a child of God? No, just the right to become one
John 1:12 As many as received Him (believed His forgiving word), He gave the right to become children of God…Being born again…by the word of God 1 Pe 1:23
Matt 18:3 (Jesus) Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted (forgiven and born again) and become as little children (in submission, obeying your heavenly Father), you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven (enter heaven).
1 Cor 15:50 I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God;
Rom 8:9 (written to Christians) But you are not in your flesh (human nature) but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God lives in you (and controls you)…Therefore only:
Rom 8:14 As many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the children of God. (I can be forgiven but if with my will I don’t obey God, how can my soul, my will, be saved?)
Won’t all of my past good works count in my favor? No, not if I’m now disobeying God:
Ezek 33:18-19 When the righteous turn from their righteousness and commit sin, they will die (to God, eternally) because of it. But when the wicked turns from their wickedness and do what is…right, they will live (eternally) because of it.
Heb 5:9 …Jesus became the source of eternal salvation for all those who obey Him,
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