“There’s nothing you can do”, they say. Confusion of the semantically indistinct.

Acts 2:40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.
1Tim 4:16 Take heed to yourself, and to the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this you shall both save yourself, and them that hear you.
The bible uses the term “save your self” and “save yourselves”. Many of today’s Christians think they are smarter than the apostles and can’t even hear such a term. Looking at the state of modern so called Christianity, I think I’ll stick with the apostles.
You can do somethings to save yourself. You can submit to Jesus Christ, repent from sin, be baptized, believe on Jesus Christ, read the bible, pray, seek the Lord earnestly and come to a believing knowledge and faith in Jesus Christ that evidences itself by the choices and decisions you make and the actions you take. You can do what God says to do. Try disobeying God, then telling Him He has to save you because you believe in Jesus. What did Jesus say about that?
John 15:14 You are my friends, if you do whatever I command you.
Saying there is nothing you can do to save yourself is not biblical. What are you going to do, sit on the couch and wait to be saved?
You have to hear or read the gospel for one thing, which entails active listening. Active listening means you are intentionally and voluntarily doing your best to hear and consider what is being said. That is an act of the will, it is your volitional choice, something that you decided to do.
You must respond to the conviction of the preacher and the Holy Spirit. You must humble yourself. You must acknowledge your sinful and powerless state to yourself and to God.
You must obey the Gospel.
2Thess 1:8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
2Thess 1:9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;
1Pet 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
If disobedience damns us, then obedience saves us! How much simpler can it get?
You must seek the Lord. You must decide to and follow through with following Jesus Christ, taking up your cross daily, rejecting the world and it’s allure. separate yourself from fellowship with all that’s wicked and ungodly and offer yourself as servant to Christ.
There’s a lot you must do! All of these things are things you must do to receive remission of sins which Jesus Christ alone can provide.
When Peter said repent be baptized, that involved all of this.
When they asked Peter what they must do, Peter did not say, “you can do nothing” or, “there’s nothing you can do” he gave them instructions.
Acts 2:37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said to Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brothers, what shall we do?
Acts 2:38 Then Peter said to them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Acts 2:39 For the promise is to you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God shall call.
Acts 2:40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.
Now, it would insanely absurd to imply that obedience to the Gospel and to the Lord and His apostles is a work of the flesh or that it somehow takes glory from God giving us a reason to boast. Responding to God’s graciousness or His grace is not antithetical to being saved by grace, it is being saved by grace!
We did nothing, nor can man ever do anything to earn the graciousness of God wherewith He offered us reconciliation through the sacrifice of His Son the Lord Jesus Christ.
Taking the steps and acts to enter in to the benefit of the death and resurrection of Christ does not constitute a so called works salvation. This is not the same as looking to your self or to the law for salvation. Yet many attack obedience to Christ, the gospel and the Apostles as being such.
No one will be saved by empty belief. The devils believe more than we do yet they tremble and are not saved. Easy believing is the belief of devils. Believing earnestly results in inward change and outwardly observable action.
The bible clearly calls us to do some things and it does not amount to self salvation apart from Jesus Christ. That notion is ridiculous.
What more?
We are called to endure and continue and hold fast as well, to the end, by Jesus, the author of Hebrews and by the Apostle Paul.
Jesus: Matt 24:13 But he that shall endure to the end, the same shall be saved.
The Apostle Paul: Col 1:20 ​And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things to himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
Col 1:21 ​And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now has he reconciled
Col 1:22 ​In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and blameless and unreproveable in his sight:
Col 1:23 ​If you continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which you have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;
(((If you continue))) We are called to maintain our saving level of faith, belief, hope in the gospel. That’s doing something on our part no matter how loud the dissenters scream “filthy rags, filthy rags”. They’re wrong, Paul is right, end of story.
The Author of Hebrews: Heb 3:6 But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end.
Jesus said we must do something, He never said there is nothing we can do, period. He said we can do nothing “without Him”, that is to say we can do something and we must do it with, through and by Him.
John 15:5 I am the vine, you are the branches: He that stays in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me you can do nothing.
. . . (((without me you can do nothing))), so we can do something with Jesus.
Look, God gave you instructions and He gave you the ability to do what He said to do. Using the ability God gave you to follow the instructions God gave you is a divine thing, not a flesh thing. Those who think it’s a flesh thing obviously do not consider that God has given them their abilities, which says a lot about their lack of humility and gratitude toward the Lord. Think about it for a moment.
Additionally, obedience to God does not constitute offering our own righteousness to Him and thinking that saves us. It is a response to the righteousness of God and our faith in Him.
An entire theology has been built on a lie and has led millions to believe that a mere sinners prayer saves us and that we have to do nothing at all but just believe that Jesus died and we’ll be saved. It’s a wonder they even bother to lead someone through a prayer since “nothing we do can save us”. All the devils and satan should be saved too since they believe in Jesus, according to modern easy believism..
The lie says that if we do anything we are attributing salvation to our selves. It’s not true. That notion is a broad-brush approach which slanders true obedience and calls people to believe and show nothing for it. It calls people to disobey God claiming that their acts of obedience are filthy rags. They fail to credit God for the ability to obey thereby justifying their disobedience while claiming they are saved by belief and faith with no outward evidence of any belief or faith at all. It’s lip service.
Matt 15:8 This people draws near to me with their mouth, and honors me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
Matt 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
(like pay your tithes and show up on Sundays)
Isa 29:13 Wherefore the Lord said, For as much as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honor me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:
When the bible says “believe” it isn’t talking about a mental ascent and a flippant and empty agreement with a fact or cliche. When the bible says believe it means believe to the point of action.
Gal 3:6 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.
Abraham believed and it was counted unto him as righteousness. Did Abraham sit around in Ur of the Chaldees just claiming that he believed God saying nothing I do matters or did he evidence his belief by getting up and doing what God said to do?
So, even though Abraham did the work which evidenced his belief, the bible says his belief was counted as righteousness, but lest some misconstrue, like so many do, James said Abraham was justified by his works. James expects you to know that they are faith works, not dead works, not flesh works, not works of the law, not filthy rags, etc… but works, or actions that represent and give evidence of Abraham’s believing God.
Jas 2:21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son on the altar?
Jas 2:22 See you how faith worked with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?
Jas 2:23 And the scripture was fulfilled which said, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed to him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.
Jas 2:24 You see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
Jas 2:22 See you how faith worked with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?
And by work was faith made perfect, James said. In other words, belief and faith have evidence that show up in our actions or . . . in things we do. What we do proves and gives evidence of true belief and true faith. Anything less is shallow and pretentious belief of devils.
Jas 2:19 You believe that there is one God; you do well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
It’s a start but consider the devils. We must put substance to our belief. We must apply obedience to God to our faith and belief. For if we believe but don’t obey, we have exacerbated our disobedience and amplified our due judgment. Disobedience in the darkness is one thing but to believe and to disobey in the light is much more serious.
Believe Jesus yes! Believe Him that we must do what He says!
Luke 9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
Luke 9:24 For whoever will save his life shall lose it: but whoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.
Jesus said we must abide in Him.
John 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can you, except you abide in me.
John 15:5 I am the vine, you are the branches: He that stays in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me you can do nothing.
John 15:6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
If we are able to “abide” in Christ with no though of it at all, with no effort at all, then why would He tell us that we must abide in Him? If we just automatically abide with no thought of it and with no choice to not abide then what’s the point of being told that we must abide?
Those are just a couple of things Jesus said, so when you talk about believing in Jesus, you have to believe what He said and obey His sayings. Imagine the insult of someone who said they love or like you but don’t listen to anything you say. They say they believe in you but won’t listen to you. How far is that going to fly with you? Lip service doesn’t fly with Lord either. The Lord is of infinitely higher honor than you are and even you are dishonored by the pretentious one who says he respects or likes you yet disregards what you have to say. How much more severe a trespass is it to do such a thing to Christ?
Jesus Christ brought atonement for sin by the shedding of His blood on the cross, by His death on the cross, by His burial and resurrection. Without that, we would be lost forever with no hope whatsoever. No amount of anything men could do would bring the remission of sins and reconciliation with God. No amount of prayer and desperate plea would endue us with the Spirit so that we could walk in holiness and righteousness and if it did, it wouldn’t save us since there would still be no remission of sins without the shedding of the blood of Christ, His death, burial and resurrection.
But Christ has made a way for us in that He has cleansed of all sin through His shed blood. He has made us acceptable to the Father and therefore qualified recipients of the indwelling assistance of His very Spirit, that same Spirit which raised Christ from the dead, and now by that Spirit, gives us resurrection power to live and walk as Christ walked and as God commands.
By believing on Jesus Christ and substantiating that belief with active and viable obedience which manifests itself in the repentance from sin and the giving of our selves to Christ as our savior and our LORD, we may then be born again of the Spirit so that we are now able to be transformed into the image of Christ, which process is called sanctification, and begin to walk in righteousness, do battle against sin and the flesh and actually win and to serve as the lights we are called to be in this world as ambassadors of Christ who hold forth the words of life which are infused in us by the Spirit of the Lord, prayer and the reading of the Word of God, being regenerated and having our minds renewed thereby.
In all your doing, do all things as unto the Lord. Point all you do toward Christ and look to Christ in all you do. For without Christ you can do nothing and anything you do without Christ is nothing.
God Bless

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