Can anyone explain to me how a person can be saved no matter what they do or don't do once they believe that Jesus died for their sins and they recieve the holy spirit and therefore eternal life? I'm asking it this way because even though people mention that all you need to do is believe and there are supporting scriptures for that, what do you do with the scriptures that plainly tell "brethren" or believers to not sin or get caught up in sin again or to not even have "a hint" of immortality named among them?
ESV - 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
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If one claims to be saved but shows no sign of wanting to live as God commands, that person is not truly saved; they are still in their sins because they never truly repented of their sins. The fact that one becomes saved and all their sins are forgiven the moment one realizes they are a sinner in the eyes of God and believe Jesus died for their sins is clearly taught in Scripture (John 3:15-18; 36; 5:24; 6:47, 1 John 5:13, etc.), as you mentioned. Even though those who have been saved from God’s wrath (Romans 5:9) have eternal life and have become a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17; also see Romans 8:1-11), all Christians still sin, as Christians still have the sin nature, that is, we are still in the flesh (Romans 7:14-25; 8:1-11; 2 Corinthians 10:1-6, etc.) The difference between a saved person and a non-saved person is that a saved person will at some point realize they have sinned and will repent and ask God to forgive him or her (1 John 1:8-10). That does not mean that after one repents that one becomes saved again. One can only be saved once. If one would lose their salvation every time one sins, then salvation would no longer be by God’s grace (Romans 2:8-9) but would be conditional based upon whether one has repented of every sin they ever committed before they died. Since Jesus died for every sin that has ever been committed, one is not saved because they repented of every sin they committed but because one recognizes they are not perfect and in need of a Savior (Romans 5:6-9). There is no way that one can earn eternal life, it is purely God’s grace (Ephesians 2:8-9). Just because one is saved by God’s grace does not mean that Christians are permitted to sin (Romans 6:1-11). If one is truly a follower of Jesus, they will live according to what God has commanded, not to gain salvation and eternal life, but one will conduct their lives as to what one believes (Galatians 5:16-26; Ephesians 5:.1-21; Colossians 3:2-11; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; James 1:22-27; 2:14-18; etc.). If one appears at one time to have repented of their sins and accepted Jesus’ atonement for their sins and become a Christian, and then at some point in their lives they turn from the faith and no longer believe that Jesus died for their sins, most likely this person was never saved (Mark 4:1-8, 13-20; 1 John 2:18-19). That is because if one truly believed and became born again (or begotten) John 3:3-8; 1 Peter 1:3-4, etc.), they will eventually return to the faith.
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