Salvation is the means by which fallen humanity, separated from God by their sinful nature, are set free from the bondage of sin, reconciled to God the Father, and made qualified to serve in the ministry of the kingdom of God.
Have you ever heard anyone say something like this, “Becoming a Christian is easy; being a Christian – living the Christian life – is the tough part”? For anyone practicing the faith that God has instilled in them, the second part of this statement has been proven true on more than one occasion. However, I would like to take issue with the first part of the statement.
There are many opinions about who is a Christian, but what does God himself say about the issue?
When we are talking about becoming a Christian or being a Christian, we must not leave the Holy Spirit out of the discussion. In his gospel, the Apostle John speaks of the role of the Holy Spirit in salvation from the very beginning of the discussion.
In plain language, a profession of faith that is not supported by the practical application of that faith is not a profession of faith at all and is useless for purposes of salvation.