Many People will do Great Works in the Name of Jesus and Never be Saved. Why?

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If there’s ever been a scripture that made me examine my salvation to make sure it was according to God’s Word and not a religious institution, it is this one.

Matt 7:21-23
Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.

Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?

And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’ NASB

There will be those who did great and supernatural works in the precious name of Jesus Christ who will be turned away into eternal damnation on judgment day. In fact, there will be many. How can one access the power and authority of Jesus, yet never be saved from their sin?

Standing with Jesus

There will be those who did great and supernatural works in the precious name of Jesus Christ who will be turned away into eternal damnation on judgment day.

 

Some people reference this scripture when referring to backsliders. They say this scripture is talking about people who started mightily in Christ, and then backslid into an unsaved state. This line of thinking is incorrect. Jesus says, “I never knew you.” This means they were never saved from their sins. We can see from their surprise in verse 22, that they thought they were saved. The fact that they were moving in some of the greatest spiritual gifts one can have probably convinced them even more. There are a few key points we learn from this scripture:

  1. It is possible to believe that the Name of Jesus has power, and access that power by calling on His name, yet never be saved from one’s sins.
  2. God has a will one must obey in order to be saved.

The people referred to in this scripture are un-saved because they failed to do something the Word of God asked them to do. The Greek word for lawlessness is anomia. The KJV translates this word as iniquity. According to Blueletter Bible, the outline of Biblical usage of this word is:

1) The condition of without law

a) Because ignorant of it
b) Because of violating it

2) Contempt and violation of the law, iniquity, wickedness

Note how it says we can be in iniquity because of violation of the law or just by ignorance. Let’s state this again: There is something God told us to do in the initial plan of salvation that many people will not do – whether of ignorance or purposefully ignoring God’s Word. We can say we love God, but if we are in disobedience…

John 14:15 “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. NASB

1 Samuel 15:22 Samuel said, “Has the LORD as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices As in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams. NASB

Luke 6:46-49 “Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? NASB

Let’s finish the thought from our main scripture in Matthew 7.

Vs 24
Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock.

“And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.

“Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.

“The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.” (bold added)

“Therefore” means he is referencing the previous statement. If we hear Jesus’ words and act on them, we won’t be in the group who is told to depart from Jesus because He never knew us. Jesus is talking about obedience to something he said.

Note that both of these builders had houses. I’m sure the houses both looked very similar from the outside. Yet the builder who built on the sand failed to heed the foundational building instruction. Because he “heard and did not act accordingly” (vs 49), his house collapsed after it was fully built.

The man who acted on God’s word and the man who ignored God’s word both had houses that looked the same from the outside, but only one house would stay standing.

We can’t work our way into heaven, but we must accept God’s free gift of grace by faith to be reconciled back to Him, to “know him” as our personal Father. To enter the Kingdom of God we must be born again (John 3:3-5). This is a spiritual rebirth. We are reconciled back to God by the blood of Jesus Christ, and He once again knows us in the context that our main scripture is talking about. Many who live a life for God will never truly be born again, or as we read in Matthew (and Luke), never have a true foundation.

How do we truly know that we are born again? How can we be sure we are known of God? The Bible talks about three main areas when accepting God’s gift of salvation.

  1. Belief
  2. Repentance
  3. Baptism

Let’s examine what the Bible says about each. Please join me in prayerfully studying the scripture and asking God if we are lacking in any of these areas.

BELIEF

Believe: Pisteuo Strongs G4100
To have faith (in, upon, or with respect to a person or thing) i.e. credit; by impl. to entrust (espec. one’s spiritual well-being to Christ); – believe, commit (to trust), put trust with. (6)

“to believe,” also “to be persuaded of,” and hence, “to place confidence in, to trust,” signifies, in this sense of the word, reliance upon, not mere credence. (5)

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. NASB

John 3:18 He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. NASB

John 1:12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, NASB

Mark 16:16 “He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned. NASB

Romans 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; NASB

We just covered a few out of the many scriptures on belief. Is belief in the Son of God essential to salvation? Yes! And what is it that we must believe? We believe the Gospel, or Good news. And this is that God sent his only begotten son to be the propitiation for our sins, and that through faith in Jesus Christ we can be forgiven and be reconciled back to God.

Now, is simply believing that this good news exists enough? The Bible says that demons believe in God too (James 2:19). The point James was making here is that faith without works is dead (James 2:26). Demons believe, but it doesn’t spark a change inside of them. Now, I’ve rarely seen anyone hear the Gospel message, understand it, believe in it, and not move onto the next step, which is repentance. I do see it occasionally however. Some people believe, but do not give Jesus their sins because they want to continue in sin for a season. For most however, belief leads directly to repentance.

REPENTANCE

1) to change one’s mind, i.e. to repent
2) to change one’s mind for better, heartily to amend with abhorrence of one’s past sins (2)

“Repentance (metanoia, ‘change of mind’) involves a turning with contrition from sin to God; the repentant sinner is in the proper condition to accept the divine forgiveness.” (3)

“In the New Testament, the greek word translated as repent (metanoeō) is always used as a repentance from sin, except in Luke 17:3.” (4)

Mark 1:15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” NASB

Matt 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” NASB

Luke 13:3 “I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. NASB

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

Acts 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; NASB

Acts 17:30 “Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, NASB

2 Corinthians 7:10 For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death. NASB

BAPTISM

So we’ve believed the Gospel, and through that belief God has convicted us of our sins. We have repented to Jesus. Did God tell us to do anything else to be saved? Remember, we are looking at how we can be fully obedient to God’s word and what he commanded us to do to be saved.

Did God command water baptism? Yes.

Is water baptism an essential part of the salvation process? Yes.

Is water baptism a work? No.

Does water baptism make faith void? No, obedience to the commandment to be baptized is faith.

Let’s examine the scripture.

We already read that we must be born again to enter the kingdom of Heaven. The scripture clarifies:

John 3:5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. NASB (Bold added)

Jesus says “water and spirit”. The word used for water (hydōr) is not a trick word. It simply means the element of water. After Jesus had ushered in the New Covenant through his death, burial and resurrection, he gave the commandment of water baptism.

Mark 16:15-16 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.

“He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned. NASB

Matt 28: 19 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,

teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” NASB

Jesus gives the commandment and ascends into Heaven. From this point on, anyone who wanted to be saved was immediately baptized in water after believing.

We see the first account of salvation in the New Testament (Even though the four Gospel books are in the “New Testament” portion of our English Bible, the New Covenant and commandment of water baptism did not come into effect until after Jesus has risen from the dead) in the book of Acts.

Here is the first account of salvation after Jesus had ascended.

Acts 2:36-41 “Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ—this Jesus whom you crucified.”

Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brethren, what shall we do?”

Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

“For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.”

And with many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, saying, ” Be saved from this perverse generation!”

So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls. NASB

Peter had been given the keys to the Kingdom of heaven (Matt 16:19). He had been entrusted with the Church. The first commandment he gives is nothing different than what Jesus said, “He who believes and is baptized shall be saved”. Peter taught them Jesus. When they accepted, they were baptized.

Other Accounts:

Acts 8:12 But when they believed Philip preaching the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were being baptized, men and women alike.

Even Simon himself believed; and after being baptized, he continued on with Philip, and as he observed signs and great miracles taking place, he was constantly amazed. NASB

Just as commanded in in Mark 16:16, we see belief and baptism inseparable.

 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning from this Scripture he preached Jesus to him.

As they went along the road they came to some water; and the eunuch said, “Look! Water! What prevents me from being baptized?”

And Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”

And he ordered the chariot to stop; and they both went down into the water, Philip as well as the eunuch, and he baptized him.

When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; and the eunuch no longer saw him, but went on his way rejoicing. NASB

This account of Philip and the eunuch is quite incredible. I’d encourage you to read it from start to finish if you never have. Philip was told by the Holy Spirit to go and speak to the Eunuch. The eunuch was reading from the book of Isaiah about a prophecy regarding Jesus. He did not understand who the prophecy was referring to, so we read starting at vs 35 that Philip preached unto him Jesus. We don’t know exactly what Philip said word-for-word, but we know that when he was done sharing the Gospel, the first thing the Eunuch said was “Look! Water! What prevents me from being baptized?” Keep in mind they are on a desert road. The fact that they just happened to encounter a body of water exactly when Philip finished explaining the Gospel to him is no coincidence. We then see Philip make sure the Eunuch believes the Gospel. Once again, belief and baptism go together. Baptism without belief is just getting wet. It’s also important to note in this story that Philip is caught away by God as soon as the Eunuch comes up out of the water. God didn’t take him away when the Eunuch confessed Jesus with his mouth; He took Philip away after he had baptized the Eunuch by submerging him in water.

Acts 19:18 And immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he regained his sight, and he got up and was baptized;

Acts 10:47-48 “Surely no one can refuse the water for these to be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we did, can he?”

And he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to stay on for a few days.

Acts 16:14 A woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple fabrics, a worshiper of God, was listening; and the Lord opened her heart to respond to the things spoken by Paul.

And when she and her household had been baptized, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house and stay.” And she prevailed upon us.

She responded to the things spoken by Paul. Paul also taught baptism as part of the gospel message.

Acts 16:30-33 and after he brought them out, he said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
They said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

And they spoke the word of the Lord to him together with all who were in his house.
And he took them that very hour of the night and washed their wounds, and immediately he was baptized, he and all his household.

Acts 18:18 Crispus, the leader of the synagogue, believed in the Lord with all his household, and many of the Corinthians when they heard were believing and being baptized.

Acts 19:3 And he said, “Into what then were you baptized?” And they said, “Into John’s baptism.”

Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in Him who was coming after him, that is, in Jesus.”

When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

Acts 22:16 ‘Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name.’

1 Peter 3:21 Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you — not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience — through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,

We can see that baptism was a part of the salvation process. When one was taught about Jesus and salvation they were taught water baptism. We see the fulfillment of Mark 16:16 in all these accounts of salvation in the book of Acts. Belief, repentance and obedience to the commandment of water baptism equates to faith. We are saved by grace through faith, not of ourselves, but of the gift of God (Eph 2:8). Baptism is the “water and Spirit” talked about in John 3:5. Without both the water and Spirit, we are not reborn, and we shall not enter into the Kingdom of God.

Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

A spiritual rebirth and water is also spoken of in a 1 John 5:8.

And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. KJV

Baptism is the bringing together of the water and Spirit that apply the blood of Jesus to our lives.

Romans 6:3-4 Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death?

Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. NASB

Why people sometimes leave out belief, repentance, or baptism out of salvation.

We can look at the Church today, and see some people who may believe, but not baptize, or may baptize, but not truly have a repentant heart, or may repent to God, but not truly believe in the resurrection of the Son of God. The goal of this study is to prove that belief, repentance, and baptism are all necessary to fulfill the will of God. We’ve just done that through scripture. One cannot take a scripture that says baptisms saves, and ignore the scripture that says belief or repentances saves, and vise-versa. All scripture must be interpreted in light of other scripture.

“general harmony of fundamental doctrine which pervades the entire Scriptures. It assumes that the Bible is a self-interpreting book, and what is obscure in one passage may be illuminated by another. No single statement or obscure passage of one book can be allowed to set aside a doctrine which is clearly established by many passages” (449).

The doctrine of belief in Jesus Christ is clearly established in many places. I cannot use a verse such as 1 Peter 3:21 that says baptism saves us and use it to say I don’t need belief.

1 Peter 3:21 The like figure whereunto [even] baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: KJV

Having said that, I also can’t take a scripture about belief such as Romans 10:9-10, and use it to say that I don’t need water baptism.

Romans 10:9-10 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;

for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.

When we accept verses like 1 Peter 3:21 and Romans 10:9-10 in light of each other, the Bible begins to fit together in beautiful harmony. For example, here is an account of salvation in Acts:

Acts 22:16 And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord. KJV

We see here that this person was baptized, and also called upon the name of the Lord, the name we know to be Jesus. And because he called on the name of the Lord, we know he must have believed in the name of the Lord:

Romans 10:13-14 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? NASB (Bold added)

God’s Word is complete the way it is. It is perfect from beginning to end. And it is only perfect if you take it from beginning to end.

Psalms 119:160 The sum of Your word is truth, And every one of Your righteous ordinances is everlasting. Shin. NASB (Bold added)

No single statement or obscure passage of one book can be allowed to set aside a doctrine which is clearly established by many passages

You and I cannot reject certain areas of text if one says to be saved this way, and another appears to say to be saved that way. It’s only when we take all scripture in harmony that the amazing Word God preserved for us fits together. When we look at all the accounts of salvation in the book of Acts (if you have not, I encourage you to quickly read the book), people were taught Jesus, had a change of heart, believed on Him, and were water baptized in His Name.

Remember, the point of this study is to make sure one has the essentials covered in order to be saved from sin, or to “know” Jesus. We can feel the Holy Spirit, teach the Gospel, even perform miracles in the name of Jesus, but if we are not obedient to God’s plan of salvation, he will say “Depart from me, you who work iniquity (or lawlessness).” Before we move on, I want to review the scripture again to stay on track.

Matt 7:21-23 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. KJV

Let’s continue on in Matthew 7. Jesus makes it perfectly clear to us that He is talking about obedience to his words.

Vs 24
Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

“Therefore” means he is referencing the previous thought.

And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. KJV

Conclusion

If we want to do the word of God, we must believe, repent, and be baptized in Jesus’ Name according to scripture. To be lacking in one of these is enough to not make it into the Kingdom of God.

I hope you have found this study helpful. I know it may seem that due to the length of this study I am trying to overcomplicate God’s gift of salvation. I’m not; I’m just using scripture to describe in detail what God made very easy for us. How easy?

Here is what Jesus said:

Mark 16:15-16 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.

“He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.

Here is what the church did when people wanted to be saved:

Acts 2:36-38 “Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ—this Jesus whom you crucified.” (They preached Jesus)

Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brethren, what shall we do?”

Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (-and they baptized)

Thanks for taking the time to read this study. Please contact me with any questions, for prayer, or if you want to be baptized. I’m part of a ministry that can offer love and support. I’m not necessarily interested in you joining the ministry that I am a part of as much as I am of you being 100% sure of your salvation; not a salvation based on religious tradition, but on the word of God. God bless you.

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A Little More on Water Baptism in Jesus’ Name

 

Because baptism is often a controversial issue and misrepresented by churches, I’d going to go into it in more detail in this next section.

Baptism in “the name of Jesus” vs in “the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”

*Update May 2013

For further discusion on this topic, I’ve published this article.

Baptism is not a work, or something put on top of faith. Baptism is faith.

It’s more than just getting wet. It’s response to a command. It’s your belief in action. It’s faith.

1 Pet 3:20-21 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.

The like figure whereunto [even] baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: KJV

Verse 20 is talking about Noah and the Ark. Note how he says that it was water that saved Noah, not necessarily the Ark. The water is what washed away the sin of the world and gave Noah a fresh start. Peter then relates this to water baptism. “The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us…” Not just getting wet, but responding to God in faith. Colossians 2 clarifies:

Col 2:12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with [him] through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. KJV

When Hebrews 11 describes faith it gives us examples. One example is Noah, who we just read about. Noah believed that God would send a flood. He had faith because he built the ark. Faith is our response to belief.

There are often other questions that come up, such as infant baptism or sprinkling. This isn’t really the place to address those questions. This isn’t meant to be an extensive study on baptism, but a study on being obedient to God’s Word on Salvation.

Here is a site with more details on baptism if you’re interested.

www.truthaboutbaptism.com

However, if you do have questions that were not addressed, please post them below or email me, and they will get addressed below. Thanks!

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Q&A

Below are some questions that have arisen since the original posting. If anymore come my way, I will add them here. (click question to reveal answer)

What about the thief on the cross? He was not baptized.

That is correct, he was not baptized. There are two reasons the thief did not need to be baptized:

  1. The commandment for water baptism had not been given. In fact, Jesus had not died and been resurrected yet. He had not conquered death and ushered in the New Covenant.Technically the thief was still under the Old Testament Law. The commandment to be baptized into the name of Jesus (the only name given under heaven for salvation (Acts 4:12) was given after Jesus had risen from the dead.
  2. Jesus as a man had power on earth to forgive sins (Matt 9:6).

 

There was an instance in Acts where people received the Holy Spirit before being baptized. Does this mean that they were saved before being baptized?

This is a great point. Let’s examine the instance where people received the Holy Spirit before water baptism.

Acts 10:43-48 “Of Him all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins.”

While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who were listening to the message.

All the circumcised believers who came with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also.

For they were hearing them speaking with tongues and exalting God. Then Peter answered,

“Surely no one can refuse the water for these to be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we did, can he?”

And he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to stay on for a few days.

We see the Holy Spirit “fell on them” (vs 44). It was “poured out on them” (vs 45). Then in verse 47, Peter says they had “received the Holy Spirit”.

Let’s look at John 3:5 one more time, it says unless one is born of water and of Spirit they cannot not enter into the Kingdom of God.

John 3:5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. NASB

The people is Acts 10 were born of the Spirit after they believed on Jesus Christ. This is the Spirit. Then, immediately after the received the Holy Spirit, Peter commanded them to be baptized. This is the water. Were they born again (saved) after they had received the Holy Spirit? The Bible says we must be born of the water and spirit. So no, they were not born again according to scripture. Where they born again (saved) after being baptized? Yes, because they had been born of the water and Spirit. There is the answer.

A quick note, being born of the Spirit does not mean one has to speak in tongues or have any other type of physical manifestation. It is a spiritual rebirth. Tongues can often occur, but is not necessary. In fact, we read in 1 Corinthians 14 that tongues can serve as a sign for unbelievers. For the first gentile converts to speak in tongues would make sense as a sign in this case. We see this in verse 46. It says those of the circumcision were amazed because they saw the evidence of the Holy Spirit. I’ll bet they were even more sure now that salvation had come to the Gentiles (read chapters 9-11 for full context). Also note they were immediately baptized in water. I’m sure Peter was exhausted at this point. The didn’t hold a ceremony or wait until the families of those who believed could arive to watch the baptism, they did it right then.

 

 

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5 thoughts on “Many People will do Great Works in the Name of Jesus and Never be Saved. Why?

  1. herb

    one scripture i love to hear is the one about keeping the traditions received from jesus through the apostles. if all we are handed is a road map, that doesnt really tell us how to get about. we need the help of experience in the way. it is evident through scriptures that the tradition of the apostles was a doctrine of repentance from dead works and of baptism in jesus’ name and of laying on of hands and of resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment. it is through personal interaction with people of faith that this insight is revealed. the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith as the just shall live by his faith.

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    1. Yassin

      May I correct your qusiteon; it is not Apostolic Churches who baptize in the name of Jesus, but non apostolic churches. Apostolic churches (Catholic, Orthodox etc) baptize as Jesus commanded (Matthew 28: 19). Protestants and Pentecostals have invented this new baptism which is anti-scriptural. Since they do everything against the word of God, this is no surprise. While Jesus commanded to pray in silence, they shout and blabber in the name of prayers. While Jesus commanded to do the will of his father to attain salvation, they teach that just faith in Jesus is enough for salvation. Don’t marvel at their teachings for they do not represent God, but Devil in disguise.

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