Explaining Salvation

Q. I want to start off by saying that I love your site, and I think it’s the best.

My question is this. I’ve been discussing with my friends lately on how to become saved. I told them that if we believe in Jesus and realize that we are sinners, and we are in need of savior then we are saved. We must have faith in Jesus Christ.

The question that they always throw at me is this. “If Jesus paid for our sins then can we just go around and do anything we want and still be saved?” My answer is, yes, they are still saved, but if they are truly saved then they would want to try and honor Jesus.

Is there a good way for me to answer this question that they are throwing at me?

A. You’ve done pretty well on your own. Although believers can sin and still be saved, the Holy Spirit, who was sealed inside us at the time of our salvation, guides us away from behavior that would embarrass the Lord and toward behavior that would please Him. We still make the choice to accept or reject this guidance but we strive to please Him with our behavior. We don’t do this because we’re trying to get saved or stay saved, but because we’re grateful that He’s already saved us.

Help your friends understand that it’s what we believe that saves us and keeps us saved, not how we behave.

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