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Can an Individual Be Saved Without Hearing the Gospel?

One might ask the question, What do you mean by "being saved?" The answer is: When an individual receives Jesus as his personal Savior, God gives unto him eternal life (John 3: 15), everlasting life (John 3: 36), and at the same time, God forgives him of his sins and thus, he becomes saved. Because of all that, he can go to Heaven. That is, providing that individual has received Jesus as his Savior (John 1: 11 - 12) by faith, (Rom. 3: 25, Gal. 2: 16, Eph. 2: 8 - 9) (with a true, sincere, heart), and has done what the Bible says he needs to do to be saved, namely, "...whosoever shall call upon (through prayer) the name of the Lord (Jesus) shall be saved." (Rom. 10: 13). By asking Jesus to save him and forgive his sins, that individual at that point becomes saved. This is only possible because Jesus died on the cross, shedding His precious blood, which atones for men's sins, and God, the Father, raised Jesus from the dead by His Spirit, the Holy Spirit. And now, when an individual receives Jesus as his Savior, that individual is then taken out of Satan's family (John 8: 44), and placed in the family of God. He is passed from death unto life (John 5: 24) and shall not come into judgment for his sins (John 5: 24). That all happens when one accepts Jesus as his Savior (John 1: 12). God (Jesus) causes that individual to be born again (John 3: 1 - 5). Born again of the Spirit. That's God the Father's Spirit, the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is also the Spirit of Jesus. He is called the Spirit of Christ (See Rom. 8: 9.). When an individual receives Jesus as his Savior, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Christ, comes into his heart and causes him to be born again. (See Gal. 4: 6, Eph. 3: 17, II Cor. 1: 22, I Cor. 3: 16, Rom. 8: 9, 15.). The Holy Spirit (the Spirit of Christ) comes into his heart and he is placed into the family of God and he is born again (John 3: 1 - 3). Thus He is saved at that point. And when he dies he will go to Heaven to be with the Lord. So, he is saved from the penalty (punishment) of sin (Rom. 6: 23), which is to spend an eternity in eternal damnation, in the Lake of Fire (Rev. 20: 11 - 15) and is, instead, in its place, given eternal life in a place called Heaven where there is only joy, peace, and happiness for all eternity.

Another question one might ask is: What do you mean "receive Him?" This is putting one's trust in Christ. Accepting Jesus' conditions for one's salvation. And in this case, one places his trust in Jesus' finished work on the cross for his salvation. He receives, accepts, and believes in God's Word (the Bible), and because his faith is genuine, he then puts those things into practice that he has learned in God's Word. This too shows that one receives not only Jesus, but His Word also. So, when one "receives Him" he puts his full trust in Jesus and in those things that are written in His Word, the Bible (I Cor. 2: 9 - 10, 14).


When an individual quotes statements such as the following, they are often refuted or ridiculed.

"A person cannot go to Heaven if he or she does not receive Jesus as his/her Savior."

"He or she must hear the message of salvation to be saved."

"An individual has to hear '...how that Christ died for our sins...', '...that He was buried,...' '...and that He rose again the third day...' (I Corinthians 15: 3 - 4) to be saved."

Jesus shed His precious blood, which atones for our sins, to save us. That blood atonement is not automatically applied to, nor does it wash away, one's sins, until he/she receives Jesus. For the Bible says, "In whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins:" (Col. 1: 14). (See also Ephesians 2: 8. Here are some other verses you should read Eph. 1: 7, I Peter 1: 18 - 19, Rom. 3: 22 - 25, 5: 8 - 12. Read also Gal. 1: 8 - 9.).

Also other statements such as,
"For an individual to be saved, he or she needs to be told how to, according to the Scriptures." (See Rom. 10: 14 - 17.).

"There has to be a witness or he/she must read God's Word (the Bible) to know how to be saved and to do what God says he/she has to do to be saved." (Read Rom. 10: 13, John 1: 12.). Man is not automatically saved. (See also Rom. 8: 9, John 3: 36, Heb. 9: 27.).

"The Bible teaches that Jesus is the only way to Heaven and the only way to God the Father." (Read John 14: 6.).

Probably other statements are heard also. When an individual makes statements such as these, because that is what he or she believes, some people get angry. A lot of ridicule is heaped on them for making those kinds of statements, statements indicating what he or she believes in, his or her beliefs. When an individual talks about this, the usual responses are, "Well, what about the Muslims, the Buddhists, and so forth? If that is what they're taught from childhood on, how can a holy righteous God punish them for something they did not even know was wrong? That's not their fault. They don't know any better. What if that's all they knew? What if they never heard? What if they do not hear about how Jesus died on the cross? That's not fair for God to send them to hell for that. Some people will never get the chance to read the Bible. They don't even know there is a book called the Bible. They may not even know that God exists. So how can God send them to hell for something like that? I think God will take them to Heaven." That is what they say. Those are some of the questions and statements that are made when an individual says, "A person cannot go to Heaven if he or she does not receive Jesus as his/her Savior.", etc... or "For an individual to be saved, he or she needs to be told how to, according to the Scriptures.", etc....

Well, you will find the true answers in this paper, if you'll read it. Can an individual be saved without hearing the gospel? Or you could say, "Can a person be saved without a witness? Can an individual be saved just by doing the best he or she can, just by living a good life?" The answer is, "No!" He or she must hear, or read, God's Word (the Bible) to know how to be saved, and that individual needs to receive Jesus as his Savior.

The Scripture says,
"That if thou shalt (shall) confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath (has) raised Him from the dead, thou shalt (you will) be saved." (Rom. 10: 9)

"For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." (Rom. 10: 10) (See Gal. 1: 8 - 9.).

"For the scripture saith (says), Whosoever believeth on Him (Jesus) shall not be ashamed."
"For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon Him (Jesus)."
"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."
"How then shall they call on Him (Jesus) in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in Him (Jesus) of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher (or a witness)?" (Rom. 10: 11 - 14)

"So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." (Rom. 10: 17) (And you can increase your faith by reading the Bible too.).

How can they confess Jesus as their Savior if they never heard about Him? How can they call upon Him if they never heard about Him? That's impossible! Yet the Bible tells us they need to do that to be saved. You must hear the Word of God to desire to be saved. (Or you can read the Bible. Reading God's Word will also increase your faith and desire to be saved.). That's why it's so important for Christians to tell others how to be saved, and how to read the Bible, for they cannot go to Heaven apart from Christ. They must receive Him and call upon Him, through prayer. Prayer is the only way to communicate to Him. To be sure, He hears and knows all things, but we still need to pray to Him. Jesus told us that we ought to pray, as He Himself communicated with His Father in that way. And, of course, He can communicate with us through His Word, the Bible. That's one of the reasons we should be reading His Word. That's how we learn all about God and the things that have happened, and the things that will happen in the future (prophecy). So, can a person be saved by just living a good life, doing the best he can, or by looking at a tree and saying, "My, that represents the God who made it," and thus be saved? No he can't. He must hear the message of salvation or read God's plan of salvation in the Bible, to be saved and then receive salvation. And if you receive Jesus as your Savior by faith, true genuine faith, then you will not be ashamed to talk about Him, and about the Bible, with other people, whether they are saved or unsaved. You will enjoy talking about God and the things of God.

Is There Such a Thing as Being Saved?

Yes there is. The Bible tells us if we do something, namely, confess Jesus with our mouth and believe that God raised Him from the dead, we will be saved. When we do this we are receiving Him as our Savior.

"He came unto His own (the Jews), and His own received Him not."
"But as many as received Him, to them... (to those who received Jesus, the Word) ... (He) gave... (them the) ...power to become the sons (children) of God, even to them that believe on His name:" (John 1: 11 - 12) (See also the NASB.).

"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt (shall) believe in thine heart that God hath (has) raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." (Rom. 10: 9)

"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord (Jesus) shall be saved." (Rom. 10: 13)

"Whosoever therefore shall confess Me (Jesus) before men, him will I confess also before My Father which is in heaven."
"But whosoever shall deny Me (Jesus) before men, him will I also deny before My Father which is in heaven." (Matt. 10: 32 - 33) (Also read Matt. 10: 37 - 40.).

You need to confess Jesus as your Lord and Savior. This is very important. And confession is simply telling others that you received Jesus as your Savior. When we receive Jesus we often make it public by walking down the aisle to the front. You're not saved by walking down the aisle. You are saved by asking Jesus, through prayer, to forgive you of your sins, and at the same time, you can ask Him to come into your heart and write your name in the Book of Life (Rom. 10: 13, Rev. 20: 15). Then, after praying, it is important to acknowledge and confess Jesus as your Savior. You can acknowledge and confess Jesus by giving your testimony, telling others when they ask about your salvation and by making it public by walking down the aisle and by giving your testimony at the time of baptism. It's a sign to those around you that you're confessing Jesus before man. However, you may not be in a church when you receive Jesus. Then just make sure you tell people that you received Jesus as your Savior, especially if they ask you, "Have you received Jesus as your Savior?" Tell them you received Jesus as your Savior. Tell them "I invited Him into my heart." Explain to them when and how it happened. Now, if you don't remember a special moment in your life when you asked Jesus to save you, then pray and ask Jesus to come into your heart and give you the assurance of your salvation at this moment. Don't be ashamed of Him. He wasn't ashamed of you when He hung on the cross. When you're baptized, it's a sign to the world that you're taking your stand with Christ, identifying yourself with His death, burial, and resurrection. And, if you really love the Lord, you'll have a desire to do those things that He asks and commands us to do. Not only that, but you'll enjoy talking to other believers about the Bible and about the things of God. If you don't like to talk about God and His Word with other believers, maybe it's because you're not saved or you are still struggling with your faith and with accepting the absolute certainty of your complete salvation. I have found that if a person really loves the Lord, he has a deep desire to talk to others about the Bible and the things of God. And if an individual does not want to talk about those things it may be because he's not sure of his salvation. If you're saved you'll also desire to read the Bible and other good Christian books. And you'll take time to spend with God in His Word. Remember, "...faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." (Rom. 10: 17). And might I add, faith will come by reading God's Word (the Bible) too. And then tell people about your experience, and ask them if they would like to go along to Heaven too, and tell them how to be saved. It you don't know how to tell them to be saved, then learn how to tell them. Learn the Scriptures, that will make a big difference.

You Must Believe in Jesus the Son of God

"For God (the Father) so loved the world, that He (the Father) gave His only begotten (one and only) Son (Jesus), that whosoever believeth in Him (Jesus, the Son) should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3: 16) (Also read I Cor. 2: 9 - 10, 14, Gal. 1: 8 - 9.).

That word believeth does not mean just to know in your mind, but it means to believe in your heart also.

"Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils (demons) also believe, and tremble (shudder)." (James 2: 19)

The Devil and the demons know and believe, more than we do, that Jesus is God. (Read Phil. 2: 5 - 11, Col. 1: 19, 2: 9, Heb. 1: 1 - 10, also 1: 6, John 9: 37 - 38.). Men and angels worshipped Jesus and only God can be worshipped. See Gen. 1: 1, John 1: 1, 14, 10: 30. There is more, but that is enough for now.). You can also read "The Essentials of the Faith". Satan and the demons were with God in the beginning. They saw Jesus and they believed and knew that He was real. He created them, but, even though they believed, they still rebelled against Him. That's like people do today. They know about God and they say they believe, but they don't want anything to do with Him. They won't study the Bible to learn more about Him, and they don't read good quality books about God. Even people who are basically good people, try to just live a good life. They're the hardest to witness to because they believe they're good enough to go to Heaven when they die. But little do they know that their sin still remains recorded against them. All it takes is one sin, and down they go into hell with all the evil people like Hitler, Stalin, and the rich man that's mentioned in Luke 16: 19 - 31. There is a difference in believing with head knowledge and believing with heart knowledge. If you believe with your heart than that's true faith. (See Romans 10: 9 - 10, 13, 17.). And if it's genuine faith you'll desire to read Christian books, God's Word (the Bible), go to church and fellowship with the believers, etc.... However, doing those things doesn't mean you're saved. You need to receive Jesus; then if you do those things, it shows that it's genuine faith. You're not saved by works. However, God expects some works. We call them fruits. (Read Gal. 5: 22 - 23, Eph. 5: 9 - 10, Col. 1: 10, Matt. 7: 16 - 20.).

"For the scripture saith (says), Whosoever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed." (Rom. 10: 11)

"But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleaneth us from all sin." (I John 1: 7)

I believe that means having fellowship in church with other believers. God wants us to go to church because the Bible says, "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together,...". (Read Heb. 10: 24 - 25.).

Saved By Faith in Christ

You're saved by faith, but you also have to do the other things that the Bible says you need to do to be saved, namely, call upon Jesus, receive Him, and believe in Him with a true heart. Trust in His death, burial, and resurrection, and His shed blood. Trust His Word (the Bible) to be true. So your trusting in these things is by faith.

"So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." (Rom. 10: 17)

When you hear God's Word, your faith in Him will increase and that pleases the Lord.

"Now the just (the saved) shall live by faith:..." (Heb. 10: 38) (See Heb. 11: 1, 6. Read also Gal. 3: 11.).

Faith in whom? Faith in what? In Jesus Christ, His blood, and His Word, etc....

"Knowing that a man is not justified (saved) by the works of the law, but by the faith of (in) Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified (saved) by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified." (Gal. 2: 16 - 17) (Also read I Cor. 6: 9 - 11, Rom. 3: 20, 28.).

How Can a Person Be Saved?

I already told you, but I'll tell you again. When we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we pray a sinner's prayer, asking Him to forgive us of our sins and to save us. At that point, He causes us to be born again of the Spirit. Jesus' Spirit (the Holy Spirit) comes into our hearts and we're born into the family of God. He forgives us of our sins, He justifies us, and washes our sins away in His own blood. And now that He has justified us (it's as if we have never sinned) the slate is wiped clean and our sins are forgiven and forgotten. God doesn't remember them anymore. Praise God for that!" (Read Isa. 43: 25, Jer. 31: 34, Ps. 103: 12.). That's why a person can go to Heaven to be with Jesus when he dies. His or her sins are forgiven and are washed away in the blood of Jesus. Now this only happens to those who receive Jesus as their Savior.

This is talking about Christians. If you haven't bowed your head and asked Jesus, through prayer, to save you and to forgive you of your sins, most likely you're not saved, because you didn't do what the Bible says you need to do to be saved.

"and it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Acts 2: 21)

The opposite of that verse is, that if you don't call upon the name of Jesus, who is Lord, and ask Him to save you, you're not saved.

"He came unto His own (the Jews), and His own received Him not. "But as many as received Him,..." (John 1: 11 - 12)

This is speaking of Jesus. He is called the Word. He is the living Word.

"...to them..." (John 1: 12)

To those who received Him. To them, He (the Word, Jesus)

"...gave... (the) ...power to become..." (John 1: 12)

You're not automatically a child of God. You become a child of God when you receive Jesus as your Savior. There are two families. Jesus said to the religious leaders of His day, "Ye are of your father the devil,..." (John 8: 44)

Let's continue to look at the second family.

"...the sons of God,..." (John 1: 12)

The sons of God or the children of God (which is the same). If my brothers and I are the sons of Donald Duitman, we are also his children. The same principle applies here.

"...even to them that believe on His name:" (John 1: 12)

"He that beieveth on the Son (Jesus) hath (has) everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him." (John 3: 36)

"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth My word, and believeth on Him (the Father) that sent Me (that's Jesus), hath (has as of now) everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation (judgment); but is passed from death unto life." (John 5: 24)

We were dead spiritually, but made alive when we received Jesus, the Son of God. (Read also Acts 4: 4, 12, Rom. 10: 9 - 11 - 13.).

We Are All Sinners

"Wherefore (therefore), as by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:" (Rom. 5: 12)

"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" (Rom. 3: 23). (See also Rom. 3: 10, 22, 24 - 25.).

Those last two verses include you and me. We know that everyone has committed sin, we have all committed at least one sin, therefore, we are sinners. All it takes is one sin to be lost (unsaved). Therefore, we cannot go to Heaven because God is Holy and He cannot tolerate even one sin in His presence. That's why we cannot go to Heaven without accepting what Jesus did on the cross for us. His blood is our ticket to Heaven. And when we receive Jesus as our Savior and pray asking Jesus to forgive us of our sins, He forgives us and washes us in His precious blood. He comes into our hearts through His Spirit, the Holy Spirit, who is called the Spirit of Christ and He dwells within each Christian. He does not dwell in the unbeliever. And God causes us to be born again of His Spirit. The Holy Spirit seals us until the day of redemption, which will be when the Rapture takes place (unless, of course, we die first, then it will be the day we die). God takes us out of the family of Satan and puts us in the family of God. And at that point we become one of God's children (sons of God). But all of us have sinned. And, if we want to go to Heaven, we need to get rid of those sins and you can only do that by receiving Jesus as your Savior and having your sins washed away in His precious blood. Even after we accept Jesus as our Savior, we still fail the Lord so often, but we strive toward a cleaner life in Christ. We need to try to turn from our sins. We know that our sins past, present, and future are all covered by Jesus' blood.

"Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying (building up), that it may minister grace unto the hearers." (Eph. 4: 29)

"...And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity." (II Tim. 2: 19) (Read also I Cor. 2: 9 - 10, 3: 16 - 17, II Cor. 1: 22, 5: 17, 6: 2, Rom. 8: 9, John 1: 12, 3: 3, 18, 35, 36, 14: 6, Gal. 4: 6, Eph. 1: 13, 3: 17, 4: 30 - 32, Col. 3: 8.).

The Fundamentals of the Bible
(Essentials of the Faith)

It is my belief that if an individual denies any of the fundamentals (essentials) of the Bible, he/she cannot be saved. They don't need to know about them to be saved, but they better not deny them if they want to go to Heaven.

The Virgin Birth

Does it matter what you believe about the virgin birth of Jesus? Yes it does. Why so? If a person does not believe in the virgin birth, what is the alternative? Well, if Jesus was not born of the virgin Mary, as the Bible says, then the alternative is that He was born from the seed of man. And, if He was born of the seed of Adam, He cannot be our Savior because He would be a sinner and He would have to be punished for His own sins. It takes a perfect sacrifice to atone for man's sin, and that's why the Bible says, "But when the fulness (fullness) of time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law," (Gal. 4: 4).

"Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession."
"For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin."
"Let us come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." (Heb. 4: 14 - 16)

"Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel." (Isa. 7: 14) (See Matt. 1: 23.). (God with us, Jesus, the Messiah.) (Also read Rom. 1: 3 - 4, Luke 1: 26 - 35, 2: 4, 11, Matt. 1: 18 - 25, Isa. 9: 6 - 7.).

Here are some other verses you can read that may help you. Romans 8: 1 - 3 - 39, I Corinthians 2: 9, 6: 9 - 11, Colossians 2: 8, Philippians 2: 10, 3: 10, II Corinthians 1: 22, 6: 2, Galatians 2: 16, 20, 4: 6, 5: 16 - 26.

The Blood Atonement

Except for Jesus' shed blood on the cross there is nothing that can atone for (wash away) our sins (Heb. 9: 22). Certainly our good works do not get rid of our sins in any way, shape, or form. (Read Rom. 3: 24 - 25, I Cor. 15: 3 - 4, Eph. 1: 7, Col. 1: 14, I John 1: 7, Rev. 1: 5 about the blood of Christ.).

We will sing in Heaven about His blood (Rev. 5: 9). If you reject His blood and refuse to sing about it here on earth, you'll not sing about it in Heaven either. You will be lost (unsaved) unless you repent, tell God (Jesus) you are sorry, through prayer, and ask for His forgiveness. And you must do this before you die. Now is the time. For none of us knows the hour when we will die.

"...Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood," (Rev. 1: 5)

Faith in His shed blood. Hebrews 9: 22, "And almost all things are by the law purged (cleansed) with blood; and without the shedding of blood (there) is no remission (forgiveness of sin)."

"Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold,..."
"But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:" (I Pet. 1: 18 - 19)

"...and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanse us from all sin." (I John 1: 7)

"If we confess our sins (to Jesus), He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (I John 1: 9)

Death, Burial and Resurrection

Our faith is in His death, burial, and resurrection. If we do not believe Jesus rose from the dead, our faith is in vain. We serve a risen Savior, not a dead corpse. (Read I Cor. 15: 3 - 4, 14, 17 - 19.).

"For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly." (Rom. 5: 6)

"But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Rom. 5: 8)

"Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him." (Rom. 5: 9) (Read also Rom. 3: 25, Eph. 1: 7, Col. 1: 14, I John 1: 7, Heb. 9: 22, I Pet. 1: 18 - 19, Rev. 1: 5, Heb. 12: 2.).

You must believe in the death, burial, and resurrection. If you don't, Paul says your faith is in vain. (See I Cor. 15: 3 - 23.).

Jesus Came in the Flesh

If you do not believe God came to earth as Jesus in the flesh, your faith in Him is in vain (John 1: 1 - 14, I John 4: 2). (I John 2: 22 - 23 includes those who deny His, Jesus', deity and the deity of the Holy Spirit as well. Also read I John 5: 7, KJV, the Father, the Word, the Son, Jesus, and the Holy Ghost, Spirit, three in one, one God, in three Person.). Read John 1: 1, 14, "...God (Jesus) was manifest in the flesh,...", (I Tim. 3: 16, KJV).

The Trinity of God

First we have the Father. Most people do not have a problem believing that He is God. Then we have the deity of the Son, Jesus Christ. Many people believe that He is the Son, they choose not to believe that He is God the Son, coequal and coeternal (John 8: 58, 10: 30, 17: 5) with the Father and the Holy Spirit. The Father is fully God, so are the Son and Holy Spirit. (See Phil. 2: 5 - 11, Isa. 9: 6 - 7, Heb. 1: 2 - 3, Gen. 1: 1, Col. 1: 13 - 14, 15, 18, I Cor. 15: 3 - 19, 20 - 23, Col. 2: 8 - 9. Read also in Hebrews 1: 13, Isa. 66: 1, Matt. 22: 44, Mark 12: 36, John 1: 1.). Men and angels worshipped Him (Jesus). (See Matt. 2: 11, 9: 18, John 4: 23 - 24, Heb. 1: 6.). God alone is to be worshipped. It is a sin to worship anyone or anything else. You can also read those verses that have to do with Christ's (Jesus') deity. Read Luke 2: 11, 5: 20 - 25, 7: 48. Only God can forgive sin.). Thomas called Jesus, Lord and God (John 20: 24 - 28, 27 - 31). Jesus knew their thoughts (John 2: 24, 44 - 50, 4: 39, Luke 6: 8) and only God could know their thoughts. Titus 2: 13, "...(the) appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ;" Jesus is "...the great God...". He is the only One who is appearing in the Rapture. Revelation 20: 11 - 12 is where the Great White Throne Judgment takes place and there is One seated on the throne. This is Jesus on that throne, because the Father does not judge man, but the Son only (John 5: 22, 27). And the Bible tells us that God (Jesus) is on the throne (Rev. 20: 12). Jesus is the first and the last, the Almighty. (See Rev. 1: 8, 11, 17 - 18, 21: 6, 22: 13.). Jesus is the God of the Old and New Testaments. He is Jehovah, the Great I Am! The God of the Old Testament is called the first and the last. (Read Isa. 41: 4, 44: 6, 43: 3, 11, 45: 15, 18.). Jesus is the Savior (Luke 2: 11). Jesus is the Creator and Sustainer of all things. (Read Isa. 43: 15, Col. 1: 14, 16 - 17, Heb. 1: 2 - 3, Gen. 1: 1, John 1: 1 - 3.). There is more, but that is enough to establish the fact that Jesus is God, One with the Father.

Now, the Holy Spirit is God. He is God the Father's Spirit. He is Jesus Spirit too (Rom. 8: 9). The Spirit of God and the Spirit of Christ are one and the same. Read the story about Ananias and his wife Sapphira (Acts 5: 1 - 10). They lied to the Spirit of God, who is also called the Holy Ghost (Spirit) (Acts 5: 3 - 4). The Bible says they, "...lie to the Holy Ghost..." "...thou hast not lied unto man, but unto God." They lied to God the Holy Spirit. So, the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God the Father as well as the Spirit of the Son, who is called the Spirit of Christ (Rom. 8: 9, 11). One God, but three Persons. I like how Paul F. Little puts it. He said in his book called Know What You Believe, "God is one Being, but He exists in three Persons." I like that.

If you do not believe in the Trinity of God, ask the Devil when you get to Hell, because you will be there if you deny the Son's deity or the Holy Spirit's deity. The Devil believes in the Trinity as indicated by his copying the true Trinity. He has a trinity too. (Read Rev. 16: 13, 12: 9, 13: 4, 20: 10, 19: 20, 20: 2.). It includes the dragon (Devil, Satan, or Serpent) Revelation 12: 3, 9, 13, 15 - 17; the beast (Antichrist), I John 2: 18, 4: 3; and the false prophet, the second beast of Revelation 13: 11. And thus we have the Devil's trinity, which was copied from the Holy Trinity. Satan, the Devil (Rev. 12: 9), imitates God the Father (Rev. 16: 13, 20: 10, John 8: 44). The Beast, Antichrist, (See Rev. 13. Read also I John 2: 22 - 23, 4: 1 - 3, 5: 7, KJV, John 5: 43.), imitates God the Son (Jesus), and the false prophet imitates God the Holy Spirit. Some of the Jews of Jesus' day did not believe Jesus was the Son of God or God the Son. They knew that if God had a Son, He would have to be God too. And they chose not to believe that Jesus was the Son of God or God the Son. See John 5: 18, 8: 24.

So there is God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, and these three are one (I Cor. 8: 6, Eph. 4: 3 - 6). One God, but three Persons of the Godhead (Col. 1: 19, 2: 9). If you deny that Jesus is God the Son or if you deny that the Holy Spirit is God, equal or one with God the Father, you cannot be saved. How can you deny any part of God's existence and yet expect Him to take you to Heaven to be with Him? That is impossible! You can deny Jesus by saying He never existed (I John 3: 22 - 23, 4: 2 - 3, II John 1: 7), by denying that He was the Son of God and by denying He is God the Son. In any of the three cases you are denying His deity. If you deny His deity in any of these three areas, you cannot be saved (I John 2: 22 - 23).

God the Father - (Read John 6: 27, 16: 27, II Pet. 1: 17, I John 5: 7, KJV, II John 1: 3, Jude 1: 1.).

God the Son - (See Rev. 1: 8, 17 - 18, 22: 13, Isa. 41: 4, 43: 11, 15, 44: 6, 48: 12, 17, 49: 26, Luke 2: 11, I John 4: 14, 5: 20, Jude 1: 25, Phil. 2: 3 - 11.).

Many individuals do not have a problem believing that Jesus is the Son of God. However, some individuals do have a problem believing that Jesus is God the Son, equal or one with God the Father and equal or one with God the Holy Spirit. Is Jesus just merely the Son of God or is He also God the Son, equal or one with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit? He is indeed God the Son!

Jesus has many titles. Let's take a look at some of them. Jesus is called Immanuel (Read Isa. 7: 14, also Matt. 1: 21, 23.). His name is called "...Wonderful, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace (Isa. 9: 6 - 7). He said, "I (Jesus) am the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending,...which is, which was, and which is to come, the Almighty." (Read Rev. 1: 8.) (Read also see 21: 6.). He is the first and the last. (See Rev. 1: 11, 17 - 18, 22: 13.). The God of the Old Testament claims to be the first and the last. (Read Isa. 41: 4, 44: 6, 48: 12.). Therefore, we see that Jesus is the God of the Old and New Testaments. Jesus is the King (Rev. 19: 16). (See Isa. 43: 15, Zech. 14: 9.). He is the "King of Kings, and the Lord of Lords" (Rev. 19: 16). He is called Savior in Jude 1: 25. In Titus 1: 3 He is, "...God our Savior...". We see in Titus 2: 13 that it says, "...the glorious appearing of the great God,...". So, Jesus is God! We are told in I Timothy 4: 10 that Jesus is "...the living God who is the Savior...". He is the Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob, the Son of the Highest, the Son of God. (Read Isa. 49: 26, Luke 1: 32, 35.). He is Lord and Christ (Phil. 2: 11). (See Isa. 49: 26, Luke 1: 31 - 33, 35, 2: 11, Acts 8: 37, 11: 17, 16: 31, Matt. 27: 43, I Tim. 4: 10, II Pet. 3: 18.). He is called the Son of man. (Read Luke 5: 20 - 25, 9: 22, Matt. 16: 16 - 17, John 4: 42.). Jesus is called the spiritual Rock (I Cor. 10: 4). Jesus is the Word. (See John 1: 1, 14, I John 5: 7, KJV, Rev. 19: 13.). He is the door, the bread of life, the light of the world, the way, the truth, and the life, the chief Shepherd. (Read John 6: 48, 9: 5, 14: 6, Heb. 13: 20, I Pet. 5: 4.). He has many more titles but that is enough for now.

God the Holy Spirit - (Read Acts 5: 3 - 4, 9, Rom. 8: 9, I Cor. 3: 16, 12: 13, Rom. 8: 11, 14, I Pet. 1: 11, Phil. 1: 19, I Thes. 4: 8.).

The Holy Spirit has many titles too. He is called the Holy Ghost (Spirit) (John 7: 39, Acts 5: 3 - 4), the Comforter (John 14: 26), the Spirit of the Lord (Acts 5: 9, 8: 39), the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Christ (Rom. 8: 2, 8 - 9, Phil. 1: 19), He is the Spirit of the Father. (Also read Rom. 8: 11, Eph. 1: 13, 4: 4 - 6, 9, Gal. 4: 6, 5: 22 - 23, 25, I Cor. 2: 9 - 10, 14, 3: 16 - 17, 6: 11, 19, 12: 4 - 6, 8 - 9, 13, II Cor. 1: 22, 3: 3, 17 - 18.).

It does not matter what people reason in their heads. It does not matter what men and women think or what their thoughts and sayings are. One time Jehovah's Witnesses came to my place. One of them came to the door and talked with me. She said, after I told her that Jesus is God the Son, "Are your daughter and you the same? Are your son and you the same?" I did not know what to say for a few moments. But the Holy Spirit brought the answer to mind. And I said, "It is what God's Word says. That is what matters (counts)." She got in the car and they left. Go to the Bible and see what it says, for there is the absolute truth. It does not matter what I think or what someone else thinks. It is what God's Word, the Scripture, says. So don't use that kind of shoddy reasoning. Use the KJV by Thomas Nelson and Zondervan, the New American Standard Bible, or the Bible that the Gideons give out. There are some other good ones too. But be careful not to get the wrong King James Version, by the Jehovah's Witnesses. They have changed the Scriptures to fit their religion. The Bible forbids that (Rev. 22: 18 - 19). Be careful that you do not get the Book of Mormon as well.

Many of the religious leaders (Jews) did not believe Jesus was God either, (Read John 10: 30, 33, 36, 5: 18, also 8: 24, 53 - 54, 58 - 59.), but Thomas and the other Apostles believed Jesus was God (John 20: 28 - 31). Thomas said, "...My Lord and my God." Did Jesus rebuke Thomas for calling Him Lord and God? No He did not. That is because Jesus is God. He is God the Son. (See Titus 1: 3, 2: 13, I Tim. 4: 10, Jude 1: 25.).

Another thing to look at is in Colossians 1: 15 where it says, "[He] Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:" This has nothing to do with Jesus being created by God the Father. Jesus is coeternal with the Father and the Holy Spirit (John 8: 58, 10: 30, 17: 5). If Jesus had not died on the cross, shed His precious blood to pay (atone) for our sins, and after being buried had not been raised bodily from the dead, He would not have become the firstborn of every creature. And we would still be in our sins. Because He (Jesus) conquered sin and paid the full penalty of our sins by His death, burial, resurrection, and the shedding of His blood, Jesus became the first-born of every creature. None of us could be born again apart from that. So Jesus has become the firstborn of every creature, the first fruits (I Cor. 15: 3 - 19, 20 - 23). If He had not accomplished that which He did on the cross, no one would have become the firstborn of every creature and the first fruits of those who slept (died) in Jesus (James 1: 18). And because He did that, men can be saved. Otherwise, we would all be lost (unsaved) and everything would perish.

By the way, prayer is to God alone. It is a part of worship. The question should not be: Where in the Bible does it say it is wrong to pray to (or talk to) someone else such as Mary or other saints who have died? But instead, the question should be: Where in the Bible does it say it is all right to pray to (or talk to) or worship anything or anyone but God alone? John, who wrote the book of Revelation, was reprimanded for doing that. John was overwhelmed with what he saw and apparently forgot that he was not to worship anyone but God (Rev. 19: 10, 22: 8 - 9). Daniel went to the lions' den because he refused to pray to Darius (Dan. 6). Shadrack, Meshach, and Abednego went to the fiery furnace and God spared their lives. They refused to bow down to, or pray to anything, including that image in Daniel 3, or to anybody.

"Thou shalt have no other gods before Me."
"Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:"
"thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me;" (Ex. 20: 3 - 5)

I would like to tell you another thing also. I heard someone talk about the seven Spirits of God. (Read Rev. 1: 4, 4: 5 and 5: 6, 8: 2, 6, 15: 1, 6, 8, 16: 1, 17: 1.). The Holy Spirit does not have seven different Spirits. These seven spirits that are mentioned in those verses above are 7 special angels. Their appearance is described in a spiritual way, and these angels are before God's throne and they, during the tribulation period (the 70th week of Daniel), are sent forth into all the earth to blow the trumpets (the 7 trumpet judgments) and to pour out the 7 vials. Whatever God wants them to do, they do it. The Bible refers only to the three persons of the Holy Trinity. (See I John 5: 7. Read also I Cor. 12: 1 - 13.). Angels are ministering spirits, but there is only one Holy Spirit. And the Holy Spirit gives the gifts of the Spirit to whomever He chooses.

We're Saved By God's Grace

You're not saved by doing good works. You may be the sweetest old man or the nicest old lady in the world, and if you did not receive Jesus, you will not go to Heaven because your sin still remains. You can only go to Heaven by accepting Christ. Then, if it's genuine faith, you'll want to do good works, but you're not saved by doing them. Now if you say you accepted Jesus as your Savior and you're not living for Him, then there's a possibility you may not be saved. Don't take that chance. Make sure you're saved according to what God says in His Word and then live for Him. Jesus said, "Ye shall know them by their fruits." (Matt. 7: 13 - 20). We do not have a right to judge, but we do have a right to be a fruit inspector, but we must be careful in that area because some may be saved and have not yet grown in the Lord.

"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:"
"Not of works, lest any man should boast." (Eph. 2: 8 - 9) (See also Rom. 11: 6, I John 5: 4 - 5.).

Knowing For Sure That You're Saved

"He that believeth (believes) on the Son of God hath (has) the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made Him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of His Son." (I John 5: 10)

It is important to believe with your mind, but it is even more important to believe with your heart and mind. Satan and the demons (James 2: 19) believe in God the Father and God the Son. They stood in their presence. So we need to believe, receive, and accept Jesus as our Savior to be able to go to Heaven. We must call upon Jesus through prayer to be saved and believe with our heart and mind by faith (Rom. 10: 13). The more we believe and the more genuine our faith becomes, the more we'll live for Him and serve Him. (Read Rom. 10: 17, Eph. 2: 8 - 10, James 3: 14, 17 - 18, 20, 26.). We must have faith in many things. (See Rom. 3: 25, 5: 1 - 2, I Cor. 15: 3 - 5, Heb. 11: 6, Eph. 3: 17, and faith in many more things.).

"And this is the record, that God hath (has) given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son."
"He that hath (has) the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life."
"These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye (you) may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God." (I John 5: 11 - 13)

The truth is, those who never heard about Jesus and how He died on the cross and shed His blood to save us (His death, burial, resurrection and blood atonement) cannot go to the Father. And they cannot go to Heaven apart from Christ and His finished work, which was accomplished at Calvary. But not only that, a person must hear the gospel message to be saved. They have to hear that Christ (Jesus) died for our sin and rose again to be saved (I Cor. 15: 4).

They can also read God's Word (the Bible) and find the real truth about salvation to be saved.


If you do not remember praying to Jesus asking Him to save you and to forgive you of your sins, please do it now before it is too late. He is the only way to God the Father and the only way to Heaven (John 14: 6, Acts 4: 12). Here is a suggested prayer to pray.

Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner. I know that I cannot save myself. I also know that You are the only way to the Father according to Your Word, the Bible. Jesus, come into my heart and save me right now. Write my name in Heaven, in the Lamb's book of life, and wash my sins away through Your precious blood that You shed on the cross at Calvary. Thank you, Jesus, for saving me. I ask and pray in Jesus' name, Amen!

If you prayed this prayer, then contact an evangelical Bible-believing church near you and tell them you just received Jesus as your Savior. Ask for some instruction to help you grow in the Lord. And read His Word, the Bible, daily. That is very important. It is also helpful to listen to Christian radio and tapes, and read good quality Christians books. They will help you to grow spiritually.

A special thanks to those who gave their time in preparation of this manuscript.


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