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Salvation is through faith in Jesus by the grace of our God, Yahweh, the Father. Scripture also requires baptism in order to gain salvation. It is not just any “faith” that saves, but salvation requires a “saving faith.” Following Jesus and obeying his commands is explicitly taught as a requirement of that saving faith. Not following Jesus demonstrates a lack of faith in Jesus. Therefore, choosing to follow the commands of Jesus, as a necessary component of saving faith, is required for salvation. This is not “earning” salvation. Rather, it is the Biblically specified process of having saving faith in the Savior Jesus and making the choice for salvation.

These verses are from the World English Bible (WEB) translation.


John 3:15-17 15 that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God didn’t send his Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through him.

John 3:36 One who believes in the Son has eternal life, but one who disobeys [a] the Son won’t see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.”
Footnotes: John 3:36 The same word can be translated “disobeys” or “disbelieves” in this context.

John 6:40 This is the will of the one who sent me, that everyone who sees the Son, and believes in him, should have eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”

John 6:47 Most certainly, I tell you, he who believes in me has eternal life.

Acts 4:8-12 8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “You rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, 9 if we are examined today concerning a good deed done to a csippled man, by what means this man has been healed, 10 be it known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, in him does this man stand here before you whole. 11 He is ‘the stone which was regarded as worthless by you, the builders, which has become the head of the corner.’[a] 12 There is salvation in none other, for neither is there any other name under heaven, that is given among men, by which we must be saved!”
Footnotes: a. Acts 4:11 Psalm 118:22

Hebrews 5:9 Having been made perfect, he became to all of those who obey him the author of eternal salvation,

1 John 2:24 Therefore, as for you, let that remain in you which you heard from the beginning. If that which you heard from the beginning remains in you, you also will remain in the Son, and in the Father.

1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,

Matthew 5:20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, there is no way you will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.

Matthew 7:13-16 “Enter in by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter in by it. 14 How[a] narrow is the gate, and restricted is the way that leads to life! Few are those who find it. 15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves. 16 By their fruits you will know them. Do you gather grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles?
Footnotes: Matthew 7:14 TR reads “Because” instead of “How”


Mark 1:8 I baptized you in[a] water, but he will baptize you in the Holy Spirit.”
Footnotes: a. Mark 1:8 The Greek word (en) translated here as “in” could also be translated as “with” in some contexts

Mark 16:16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who disbelieves will be condemned.

Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 10:47-48 “Can anyone forbid these people from being baptized with water? They have received the Holy Spirit just like us.” 48 He commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to stay some days.

Acts 22:16 Now why do you wait? Arise, be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.’