In closing thought, I know it’s hard from some Christians to fathom that a born-again believer can sin in foul and perverse ways or curse God’s name or deny God’s love for them but I have heard the testimony of saved people who turned their back on Christ and committed terrible sins, only to later sense God hounding them and holding them and calling them back into His fellowship. ): John 3:3-5 ” Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord—, Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the, As we can see from Philippians 1:6, God is going to complete the good work that He began at Salvation.  God is going to burn off the “dross” of sin in the person through the Sanctification process.  If the believer cooperates with the Holy Spirit, then the believer will inherit rewards in Heaven.  If the believer doesn’t cooperate with the Holy Spirit after he is Saved then he will have a miserable time fighting the Holy Spirit, probably die an early death and have little to no, in Heaven but he will have his “entrance” into Heaven and his, When a person is saved that person receives a, When we follow the Holy Spirit and do the good works of faith that God has prepared for us to do we store up rewards in Heaven for our inheritance.  It we are unfaithful and walk by our sin nature then we will notÂ, Christian tries to do good works by their own power and reasoning, thinking they must do good works or they will loose their Salvation.  But as I said before, we are not to be motivated by “fear” but by “faith”.  God has prepared the good works and He provides the means for us to do them.  It’s the “joy of the Lord” that is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10).  We must deny our selfish reasons and do it out of our love for God, knowing that in this way we are drawing closer to God and He will reward us for doing so.Â, a life lived in trust and obedience to God’s, Think of the difference between enter and inherit from the standpoint of your earthly family. John 10:28 and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. 12 Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. All saints will enter the kingdom through faith alone (Jn. I have no works of my own to claim I am worthy to enter the Kingdom and no works to claim I am worthy to stay … I am clinging to Christ and His righteousness. – Galatians 6:8.  God is a “promise keeper”.  Therefore if you “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33)“, then your will be storing up treasures in Heaven that you will enjoy for all eternity (Matthew 6:20). Jesus loves everyone, including the Scribes and Pharisees that He rebuked. It is interesting that when I first joined a church I had a Bible teacher who knew Greek and he spent a year of Sunday School classes teaching how Hebrews 6 actually proves that you can’t loose your Salvation. Galatians 5:19-21 - Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, (Read More...) John 3:5 - Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and [of] the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. In other words, their sins were forgiven and they were made holy and right in God's sight. I wonder whether you meant the other way round? The salvation that comes from God is not based on human logic, but on the sacrificial death of Jesus.  We can be born again solely because of the atonement of our Lord.  Sinful men and women can be changed into new creations, not through their repentance or their belief, but through the wonderful work of God in Christ Jesus which preceded all of our experience (Corinthians 5:17-19).  The unconquerable safety of justification and sanctification is God Himself.  We do not have to accomplish these things ourselves— they have been accomplished through the atonement of the Cross of Christ.  The supernatural becomes natural to us through the miracle of God, and there is the realization of what Jesus Christ has already done— “It is finished!” (John 19:30). Â. read "see." From the tons of comments on your articles, I guess I am not the only one having all the enjoyment here! Not by our works or from fear of sin It’s being said that all Christians will enter the Kingdom, but not all Christians will inherit the Kingdom. 3 Galations 5:19 –21. But what do you think about his self righteous brother, who had good works but a bad attitude toward the Grace given to his prodigal brother … was this brother saved? 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law. Go Team Grace, you’ve won the race Matt 5:20 “For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. A profession of faith (head knowledge about Christ) without a possession of faith (being born again in Christ) is not Salvation … you must be “Born Again”! Matt 7:21-23 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My … Â, I’m sorry, I kind of went off on a tangent but I am trying to convey the concept that, thrown out” of the Kingdom since it is Christ who has saved you and guaranteed your entrance by grace through faith not based on your works of righteousness, which are like filthy rags … and therefore there are no works of unrighteousness that you can do that will cause you to loose your salvation.  It is Christ who seals your salvation (Ephesians 1:13) and it is Christ who will “complete” your salvation (1 Philippians 1:6).  Therefore, in Christ you have confidence that Jesus will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5).Â, This is what it means to be “born again” … it means you have a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ.  God is able to lead you, guide you, comfort you, satisfy you with His love and overflow you with His joy … so it spill over onto others.Â, God disciplines those who are His (Hebrews 12:6), so they see the futility of their sin (self indulgent nature) so they will deny their sin and trust in Holy Spirit to overcome their sin.Â, God wants us to “rest” in His Grace and yield to Him as He completes the good work of Salvation that He began in His born again child (Phil 1:6).Â, Salvation in Jesus Christ is not to be seen as a license to sin and still be able to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, like you are holding a “get out of jail free card”.  If you are not concerned with living a life of repentance toward sin and righteous toward Jesus Christ, then you most likely are NOT saved.Â, Salvation actually “begins” a battle within the believer between the new, On the other hand, if you think you have done or said something that caused you to loose your salvation then this is a good sign that the Holy Spirit is alive and well in you.  However, a believer shouldn’t live in fear of loosing their salvation but they should live with the assurance that Jesus who saved them from the penalty of sin (justification) is able to complete the good work of saving them from the power of sin (sanctification) until the day the believer is delivered from the presence of sin in a resurrected body (glorification).Â, The issue of how a person is saved (Salvation) and how a person is kept saved (Sanctification) is divided into to primary camps called “. We inherit the kingdom only through trials, testing, endurance and the refining of fire until we reflect the image of the king. Children Exclusion Like Good People Birth, Spiritual People Converted Kingdom Of God, Entry Into Entering The Kingdom Teachableness Christ Telling The Truth Kingdom Of Heaven Loving Children and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. In contrast, when these Corinthians believed in the good news of Jesus Christ (John 3:16), they were washed, sanctified, and justified. Kim, Thank you for your comment. It is never that!  I am made right with God because, prior to all of that, Christ died.  When I turn to God and by belief accept what God reveals, the miraculous atonement by the Cross of Christ instantly places me into a right relationship with God.  And as a result of the supernatural miracle of God’s grace I stand justified, not because I am sorry for my sin, or because I have repented, but because of what Jesus has done.  The Spirit of God brings justification with a shattering, radiant light, and I know that I am saved, even though I don’t know how it was accomplished. 18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Entering the kingdom of God/heaven serves as the prerequisite for inheriting the kingdom of heaven. 3:3), but only obedient saints who endure, who overcome, and who perform works of righteousness (e.g., ministering to Christ’s brethren) will inherit it, i.e., rule there. Most people wonder what is the difference between being “born again” and being born of “water and Spirit”. In Salvation, you are asking Jesus to come “into” your life … to comfort you, guide you, give you His love and eternal life … and you are receiving Him into your life with thanksgiving and joy to change you into the person He created you to be!Â, You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Your questions are coming from the teaching of “Lordship” Salvation, that says that a person has to test to see if they are saved by looking to see if the works of their life are a good reflection of Jesus. Jesus’ words of truth were to pierce the hard heart of the Jewish Legalist so they could hear God and repent of their self righteous ways. It’s one thing to enter the kingdom it’s another to inherit it. 14 Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.  I know that I need Your forgiveness to cover the penalty of my sin and Your righteousness in order to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. https://hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/questions/13361/is-there-a-difference-between-seeing-the-kingdom-of-god-and-entering-it-j, The idea is that one leaves the dominion of Satan (darkness) and enters the dominion of God (light). Salvation Obtained by the Free Will of Man?   “Sitting down, He called the twelve and said to them, “If anyone wants to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all. For although conversion is not the ground of pardon, yet we know that …  It was God’s decision and His gift to give you life … you can’t be unborn or unrelated from your family no matter how hard you try …  it is a logical impossibility. 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