SAVED

by Tony Alamo

Salvation is a gift from God. No person is able to earn it. This magnificent gift is initially given free.1 However, if we are to retain it, we must be obedient to the Lord’s demand of obedience.2 “To obey is better than sacrifice” (I Sam. 15:22).

Christ’s righteousness is only imputed, transferred, to a person who, after they have received the free gift, read God’s (Christ’s) requirements to obey, then follow them. We must become Christ-like, obedient like Christ.3 When a person eventually becomes like Christ is when His righteousness is imputed, transferred unto that person to become a saint.

The entire life of Christ was sacrificial, and He sacrificing Himself even in death would have been meaningless without Him having lived a spotless life.4 I Peter 1:18-19, 22-25: “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:” “Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love [keep God’s commandments] one another with a pure heart fervently: Being born again, not of corruptible seed [as you once were], but of incorruptible, by the Word of God [Christ], which liveth and abideth for ever. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the Word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the Word which by the gospel is preached unto you.”

Our being holy as Christ is holy is connected with our salvation.5 God says, “Be ye holy; for I am holy” (I Pet. 1:16). Active obedience is true obedience.6 Christ’s death on the cross does not save us. It washes all our former sins away, which for the moment makes us sinless and for the moment righteous.7 However, if we do not obey Christ, deny ourselves, and take up our cross and follow Christ,8 we fall away from Christ’s atonement,9 for which He was obedient, suffered, and died, shedding His blood, which is the only cleanser which takes away our former sins.10 After this, we must live the holy life, being the continuation of Christ’s incarnation.11 God the Father was in His human body, which was begotten by the Holy Spirit, making Him both human and God.12 He was not begotten by a human, but by God. Thus, He was and still is the first God-man.

If Christ with His Father is living in us by the Holy Spirit, we by adoption also become the “sons of God” (I John 3:1).13 Paul explains it in these words: “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage [to continue living for sin and self] again to fear [dying]; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Rom. 8:15-18). “And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body” (Rom. 8: 23). There is one original Son of God. We are the adopted sons of God with all the same benefits as Jesus.14

Jesus tells us how to be saved.15 He also tells us how to stay saved, which is to continue walking in holiness to the end.16  “And ye shall be hated of all men for My name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved” (Matt. 10:22). “For My name’s sake.” The name of Jesus is “the Word of God” (Rev. 19:13). “In the beginning was the Word [Jesus], and the Word was with God, and the Word [Jesus] was God” “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us” (John 1:1, 14).

“Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the Kingdom of His dear Son: In whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him: And He [Jesus the Word] is before all things, and by Him all things consist [are together]. And He is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things He might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in Him should all fulness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of His cross, by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself; by Him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in Heaven.

“And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath He reconciled In the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in His sight: If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under Heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister; Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for His body’s sake, which is the church: Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the Word of God; Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to His saints: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: Whereunto I also labour, striving according to His working, which worketh in me mightily” (Col. 1:12-29).

If you are a member of the body of Christ, Christ with His Father by the Spirit is or will be working mightily in you as well.17  If you’re not saved, say this prayer, then continue in the Lord to the end:

Prayer

My Lord and my God, have mercy upon my soul, a sinner. 1 I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God. 2 I believe that He died on the cross and shed His precious blood for the forgiveness of all my sins. 3 I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit 4 and that He sits on the right hand of God at this moment, hearing my confession of sin and this prayer. 5 I open up the door of my heart and I invite You into my heart, Lord Jesus. 6 Wash all of my filthy sins away in the precious blood that You shed in my place on the cross at Calvary. 7 You will not turn me away, Lord Jesus, You will forgive my sins and save my soul. I know because Your Word, the Bible says so. 8 Your Word says that You will turn no one away, and that includes me. 9 Therefore, I know that You have heard me, and I know that You have answered me, and I know that I am saved. 10 And I thank You, Lord Jesus, for saving my soul, and I will show my thankfulness by doing as You command and sin no more. 11


You've just completed the first step in a series of five steps which are necessary to receive salvation. Your second step is to deny yourself and take up the cross daily for the purpose of mortifying yourself, that is, for putting to death your own will, your soulful self, and the world with all of its lusts. All these must be baptized into the death of Christ.

Step three is your resurrection from the satanic life of Adam unto the sinless life of Christ. Step four is your ascension into a position of authority to reign for God on earth, and the fifth step is to reign for God on earth to the end for the purpose of bringing about the kingdom of Heaven on earth. You must learn the Word of God, then submit yourself and do what the Word says, so that the Church and the world may see evidence of your submission to God's Word, His order, and His authority in and by you.

Praise the Lord. May God reward you abundantly.

Pastor Tony Alamo


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Saved footnotes:

1. Rom. 3:23-26, 5:7-19, Gal. 5:1-6, Eph. 2:1-9, Titus 3:3-7 return

2. I Sam. 15:22-23, John 15:10, Acts 5:32, Rom. 1:5-6, 2:6-13, 16-23, Eph. 2:10, Heb. 5:8-9, Jas. 2:12-26, I Pet. 1:13-17, 22-23, 4:17-18 return

3. Eph. 4:11-14, 17-32, 5:1-12, 25-27, Phlp. 2:5-13, Heb. 5:8, I Pet. 1:13-23, I John 3:24, Jude 20-21 return

4. John 7:18, II Cor. 5:21, Heb. 4:15, 7:26-27, 9:13-15, 27-28, I Pet. 2:22, I John 3:5 return

5. Lev. 19:2, 20:7, 26, 11:44, Deut. 14:2, 26:18-19, Matt. 5:48, Rom. 6:22, II Cor. 11:2, Eph. 1:4, 4:23-24, 5:25-27, Col. 1:21-22, I Thes. 3:13, 4:3-7, Heb. 12:14, II Pet. 3:11-12, 14, I John 3:9-10 return

6. Matt. 25:14-46, John 15:2, II Cor. 5:9-11, Titus 2:7, 14, 3:8, Jas. 1:22-25, 2:12-26 return

7. Rom. 3:25, Heb. 9:14-15 return

8. Matt. 10:37-39, 16:24-26, Mark 8:34, 10:21, Luke 9:23-25, 18:28-30, John 12:24-26, Rom. 12:1-2, 13:14, I Cor. 9:26-27, II Cor. 5:15, Gal. 2:20, 5:24, Titus 2:12 return

9. Ezek. 33:12-13, Matt. 5:13, 12:43-45, Luke 9:62, John 15:6, Col. 1:21-23, II Thes. 2:3, I Tim. 1:19, II Tim. 2:12, Heb. 3:6-19, 4:1-11, 6:4-8, 10:25-31, 38-39, II Pet. 2:20-21, I John 3:6-10, II John 9, Jude 5-6, Rev. 2:4-5, 3:2-3 return

10. Rom. 3:25, Heb. 9:14-15 return

11. Matt. 10:1, 7-8, Mark 16:15-18, 20, Luke 24:46-49, John 1:12, 12:24, 26, Acts 1:8, Rom. 8:1-18, I Cor. 3:16, Gal. 4:1-7, Phlp. 2:14-16, I John 3:1-3 return

12. Isa. 7:14, 9:6-7, Mic. 5:2, Matt. 1:18-23, Luke 1:30-35, John 1:1-4, 10-14, 3:16-18, Rom. 1:3-4, Phlp. 2:6-11, Heb. 1:1-9, 2:9-10, 14-18 return

13. John 1:12-13, Rom. 8:14-23, Gal. 1:4-5, 4:4-7 return

14. Matt. 10:1, Rom. 6:3-9, 8:11, 14-19, 28-32, I Cor. 2:9-12, 12:4-11, II Pet. 1:3-4 return

15. John 3:3-7, 16-18 return

16. Matt. 22:36-40, 10:22, Luke 12:35-40, 43-46, John 8:31-32, 15:8-16, Rev. 2:17, 25-26, 3:3-5 return

17. Ezek. 36:27, John 14:15-21, 23, 26, 15:1-11, 26, 17:21-23, 26, Rom. 8:10-11, 26-27, I Cor. 3:9, 16-17, 6:19-20, Eph. 3:16-20, Phlp. 2:13, Col. 1:27-29, 2:9-10, Heb. 8:10, I John 3:24 return


Prayer footnotes:

1. Psa. 51:5, Rom. 3:10-12, 23 return

2. Matt. 26:63-64, 27:54, Luke 1:30-33, John 9:35-37, Rom. 1:3-4 return

3. Acts 4:12, 20:28, Rom. 3:25, I John 1:7, Rev. 5:9 return

4. Psa. 16:9-10, Matt. 28:5-7, Mark 16:9, 12, 14, John 2:19, 21, 10:17-18, 11:25, Acts 2:24, 3:15, Rom. 8:11, I Cor. 15:3-7 return

5. Luke 22:69, Acts 2:25-36, Heb. 10:12-13 return

6. I Cor. 3:16, Rev. 3:20 return

7. Eph. 2:13-22, Heb. 9:22, 13:12, 20-21, I John 1:7, Rev. 1:5, 7:14 return

8. Matt. 26:28, Acts 2:21, 4:12, Eph. 1:7, Col. 1:14 return

9. Matt. 21:22, John 6:35, 37-40, Rom. 10:13 return

10. Heb. 11:6 return

11. John 5:14, 8:11, Rom. 6:4, I Cor. 15:10, Rev. 7:14, 22:14 return