Requirements for Salvation?

Is obedience required for salvation? Are there things we must do or not do in order to receive salvation from sin and eternal life with God?

John 8:51 ESV: “Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.”

John 14:23-24 ESV: “Jesus answered him, ‘If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.’”

Hebrews 5:9 ESV: “And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him.”

John 3:36 BLB: “The one believing in the Son has eternal life, but the one not obeying the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

Acts 5:32 ESV: “And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.”

Romans 2:6-8 ESV: “He will render to each one according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; But for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury.”

Romans 6:16 ESV: “Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?”

2 Thessalonians 1:7-8 ESV: “..when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.”

1 John 2:3-5 ESV: “And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. Whoever says ‘I know him’ but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected.”

1 John 3:24 ESV: “Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.”

1 John 5:3 ESV: “This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome…”

2 John 1:6 ESV: “And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.”

1 Peter 1:2 ESV: “…who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance.”

Luke 9:23-26 ESV: “And he said to all, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself? For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.’”

John 10:27 ESV: “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.”

Romans 8:12-14 ESV: “So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.”

Romans 8:5-8 ESV: “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.”

Galatians 5:19-21 ESV: “Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

Galatians 6:7-8 ESV: “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.”

2 Corinthians 5:10 ESV: “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.”

1 John 3:7-10 ESV: “Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God. By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.”

Titus 2:11-14 ESV: “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.”

Ephesians 2:10 ESV: “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

Jas. 1:21-25 ESV: “Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls. But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.”

4 thoughts on “Requirements for Salvation?

  1. And there’s more: Faith in God is virtually synonymous with Obedience to God – at times in Scripture Faith & Obedience are used interchangeably:

    NKJ Rom. 10:16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report1?” Not only is the Gospel to be obeyed, which in itself tells us that obedience is required for Salvation, but “obeyed the gospel” and “believed our report” are stated in parallel – Faith and Obedience are in essence being used synonymously by Christ’s Apostle Paul.

    This is just scratching the surface on this Biblical Truth. If we don’t obey God, then we don’t believe in God. If we don’t obey God, then we don’t love God (1John5:3). Obedience to God is at the core of most, if not all of the important terminology pertaining to His Children in Christ. Some will twist this Truth and call it “works salvation.” Such ones are teaching a false gospel. They understand neither Biblical Faith, nor Biblical Salvation correctly, and they are misleading many.

    Nice work, Sue. Thank you and He who directs you.

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    • gl – absolutely! Thank you for sharing these additional Scriptures. You are so right. Faith and obedience are synonymous. We can’t have one without the other. And Yes, if we teach this truth we will be marked as those who are teaching “works-based” salvation. But we must persevere in getting out the truth, for many are dying and going to hell on the promise of heaven. And thank you for your encouragement. All glory to God!


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