“So then faith comes by hearing and hearing the word of God”(Rom. 10:17).
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarded of those who diligently seek Him” (Heb. 11:6).
“But as many as receive Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of flesh, nor of the will of man, but of the God” (John 1:12-13).
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
When the Bible speaks of believers being saved, it means obedient believers and not the disobedient ones. “Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common (Acts 2:44). “And he brought them out and said, ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’ So they said, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household, ” 34 “ Now when he had brought them into his house, he set food before them; and he rejoiced, having believed in God with all his household” (Acts 16:30-31,34) “And many who had believed came confessing and telling their deeds” (Acts 19:18).
Faith alone will not save. “But do you want to know, o foolish man, that faith without work is dead? 22. “Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? 24 “You see then that a man justified by works, and not by faith only” (James 2:20,22,24).
“I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3).
“Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent” (acts 17:30).
To repent means to change one’s mind and conduct. But, what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first sand said, Son, go, work today in my vineyard, ‘He answered and said, I will not, but afterward he regretted it and went. Then he came to the second and said likewise. And he answered and said, ‘I will go sir, But he did not go . Which of the two did the will of the father? They said to him, ‘the first” (Matt. 21:28-31).
“Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him, I will also confess before my Father in heaven” (Matt.10:32).
“for with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Roman 10:20).
One is not to confess that he is taking Jesus Christ as his personal Savior, or that God for Christ’s sake has pardoned his sins, but that Jesus is the Christ the Son of God. “Then Philip said, ‘If you believe with all you heart, you may.’ And he answered and said, ‘believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God” (Acts 8:37).
“Then Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins,…’ ” (Acts 2:38). “And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord” (Acts 22:16). “he who believes and is baptized will be saved;…” (Mark 16:16). “For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ” (Gal. 3:27).
BAPTISM IS A BURIAL
“Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life” (Rom. 6:4).
“Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, ‘See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized? Then Philip said, ‘if you believe with all your heart, you may.’ And he answered and said, ‘I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.’ So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him” (Acts 8:36-38).