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the "sinner's prayer"

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ded2daworld:
Yep. We don't do good works to be saved.
We do good works because we are already saved.

reFORMer:
Good answers!
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When we have opportunity, what we share with others can be more personal and interwoven with their lives than some preconceived "plan of salvation," though that may be just the thing in certain circumstances.  This is often different from what we are dealing with as we work out our own salvation, having walked with God for a while.

Beginners are concerned with the outer court of the temple where the focus is on judgement (the altar of sacrifice) and cleansing (the laver.)  What transpires here is with a natural or even carnal understanding (under the sun.)  This is where the virgins (those who have not been intimate with the bridegroom) are.  It seems to me the time spent in the outer court can be very much shortened.

When we are born again this preivious realm becomes ours and we are transferred into the holy place.  Jesus is our lamb upon the altar, and, "He did save us, through a bathing of regeneration, and a renewing of the Holy Spirit, which He poured upon us richly..." (Titus 35-6, YLT,) speaking of the laver.  Not all can enter on in.  Only those appointed by God constitute the Priesthood.  We must be a priest to enter the holy place.  This is what we become by spiritual regeneration.  Then, beyond is the holy of holies, the holiest of all.

Without much elaboration, my mention of these three realms is to illustrate how we are yet in the house, though we leave one realm to dwell in another.  We may be concerned about the anointing in the word that has brought forth the Eclessia (the candlestick) and another has no interest in such things, being preoccupied with repeated stumbling in certain sins.  Not everybody is ready to enter on into God's presence.  Few, if any, can hear those things pertaining to realms beyond their own.

lomarah:
Ah! Good point reF!

CHB:
I think we have been saved since the foundation of the earth (Eph. 1:4-5). We, along with everyone else just didn't, or don't, understand this yet.

We are going to be saved in spite of ourselves because it was in the plan of God before he even created us.

Here is why we do good works. (Eph. 2:10) For we are his workmanship, CREATED IN CHRIST JESUS UNTO GOOD WORKS, which God HATH BEFORE ORDAINED that we should walk in them.

CHB

Deena:
So it is not that we are trying to get them to do something, but are simply sharing the truth of what Christ has done (reconciled us to God) so that people can be free from the torment of impending judgement? That is good news!

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