In the study of end-time prophecy, the period leading up to the raising of the dead and lifting of the veil which hides the spiritual realm, one encounters the issue of salvation and what happens to the soul after death. Since one's view of salvation affects how one views prophecy, especially biblical prophecy relative to others, I'd like to share my views on this topic. Here are some straight forward statements. They may offend some. So be it. They are just my opinion based upon a lifetime of experience with the Bible.
Salvation is based upon love in the heart,
not a name in the head.
A person who died with a loving heart,
yet never knew the name Jesus,
will certainly be saved.
Jesus is one with God
and co-creator of our universe.
He demonstrated the perfect life of love
by the way He lived His life.
Jesus is powerful.
Calling upon His name
can bring about a change of the heart.
However, if you are not willing to let God's love enter,
the name has not saved you.
If you can not believe that God
can and would send His son to be among us,
how can you accept all that God is?
If you are one with God,
by whatever name you call Him,
you can not help but be one with Jesus also,
whether you recognize it consciously or not.
Here are biblical verses which are supportive of these ideas:
1 John 4:7-12
Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love. In this way the love of God was revealed to us: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might have life through him. In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also must love one another. No one has ever seen God. Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us, and his love is brought to perfection in us.
For it is not those who hear the law who are just in the sight of God; rather, those who observe the law will be justified. For when the Gentiles who do not have the law by nature observe the prescriptions of the law, they are a law for themselves even though they do not have the law. They show that the demands of the law are written in their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even defend them on the day when, according to my gospel, God will judge people’s hidden works through Christ Jesus.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel. It is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: for Jew first, and then Greek. For in it is revealed the righteousness of God from faith to faith; as it is written, “The one who is righteous by faith will live.”
For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Then Peter proceeded to speak and said, “In truth, I see that God shows no partiality. Rather, in every nation whoever fears him and acts uprightly is acceptable to him.
[Jesus] answered him, “Why do you ask me about the good? There is only One who is good. If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments .”
A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a rotten tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. So by their fruits you will know them. Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.
Therefore, I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven; but whoever speaks against the holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.
This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
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©1998 Collins Hamblen
First Posted: 01/18/98
Last Update: 06/15/03