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Is belief the only requirement for salvation?

The jailor asked what he must do to be saved. Paul replied to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. He didn't say that the jailor must be born again. He didn't say he had to be in the vine.

Many people believe in Jesus but that's as far as it goes. There is no fruit, no fellowship with other believers, no growth in their walk with God. Is belief then the only requirement to be saved?

Acts 17:1 - 34

ESV - 1 Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. 2 And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures.

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
I understand the questioner's point, but I would say that Paul's statement to the jailer (as well as his writings, such as Ephesians 2:8-9) would be consistent with the Reformation doctrine of "Sola Gratia, Sola Fide, Sola Scriptura" (By grace alone, by faith alone, by Scripture alone), which was a necessary corrective to the pre-Reformation belief that had evolved over the centuries that human works, belief in man-made non-Scriptural doctrines, or observance of purely human traditions had to be added to faith in order for an individual to receive eternal life in God's presence.

SALVATION is the product of faith alone. Faith in Christ is the essential, metaphorical "foundation" on which that salvation rests. The other factors mentioned by the questioner (which the believer would figuratively "build" on that foundation) SHOULD be present in the life of a professed believer, and (to the extent that they ARE in fact present) will serve as the basis for the varying degrees of eternal REWARD that believers will receive from Christ. (The glorified Christ made this point in Revelation 22:12.) Those rewards should serve as a powerful incentive for believers to strive to earn them. But the degree of those rewards will not affect the basic fact or assurance of the believer's salvation.

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