Everyone who calls on His name will be saved.
~ Joel 2:32
The Bible says that if you confess that Jesus is the Lord, and believe that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. That is an emphatic promise: You will be saved. There are just two conditions in view. Speak up and proclaim that the name of the Lord is Jesus. And believe that Jesus rose from the grave. The grammar of the word ‘believe’ is present continuous, which implies ongoing faith, and this requirement is confirmed in other places in the Bible.
Faith is the key. Believing in Jesus. And continuing to believe in Him.
The question is: What are you saved from? And, what are you saved to?
What are we saved from? And, what are we saved to?
You are not saved from a miserable life and brought into a rich material existence. You may receive this blessing but this was not the experience of Paul, nor of other apostles, nor of multitudes of people who have become Christians. For them, when they came to faith, their lives became more difficult – except that they knew that their eternal destiny was assured and that their future would be magnificent.
Everyone knows of celebrities who live long, happy, healthy and prosperous lives and who have no faith. How, some ask, did they get so lucky?
The effect of salvation will be known in the world to come. It will be salvation from the judgment of God.
If we are trusting in Christ then no punishment awaits because He has paid the price on our behalf.
Salvation will be from God’s righteous condemnation and will be unto eternal life.
This future endless existence will be in a perfect world, with sights and sounds that are too wonderful to imagine. There will be no sorrow and no shame. And we shall be in the presence of the King – Jesus, who redeemed us.
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… everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved…
“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”×
That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
… He has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in His sight, without blemish and free from accusation – if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel.×
1 Corinthians 15:1-4
Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures …×
Since we have now been justified by His blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through Him!
... the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of His holy ones to judge everyone, and to convict all the ungodly of all the ungodly acts they have done in the ungodly way, and of all the harsh words ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”×
1 Corinthians 2:9
However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him” ...
He will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces; He will remove the disgrace of His people from all the earth. The Lord has spoken.
1 Thessalonians 4:17
After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.×