Hebrews 3:14 - For if we are faithful to the end, trusting God just as firmly as when we first believed, we will share in all that belongs to Christ. (New Living Translation)
Sometimes we behave our life after our salvation is some sort of spectator sport. Since we are not saved by works of righteousness, we figure there is no need for us to walk worthy or learn to live by faith. If this were true, the Bible would not talk about how we should now live, how we should grow in grace and it certainly would say very little if anything about faith. God's Word talks about these things for a reason and we would do well to listen.
We are told that if we are faithful to the end, if we trust God as firmly as when we first believed, we will share in all that belongs to Christ. Logic dictates that if we believe this statement to be true then it must also be true that if we are not faithful to the end, if we do not trust God as firmly as when we first believed; we will not share in all that belongs to Christ. Are these tough words? You better believe they are! I am squirming even as I am typing them for I realize that if I attempt to do this myself, I will fail miserably. I simply cannot do this on my own.
This is why there was a need for the Teacher, the Holy Spirit to come. He teaches and helps us to live in a manner pleasing to God. He helps us to do what we cannot do; be faithful to the end regardless of what we face and continue to trust God... no matter what! A faithful servant who trusts in God, this is the way we must live.
So true K
So many think all you need is to believe Jesus died for them on a cross and their sins are forgiven -they didn't get the part about - "go and sin no more". salvation includes a commitment and requires changes to the heart and ones life. No it doesn't happen in a split second, it takes the rest of our earthly life.