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Q. There are so many ways of salvation preached today. What is the real answer to “What must I do to be saved?”
A. We agree that there are many contradictory voices lifted now as to the way of salvation, probably 20 different versions within Evangelical Christianity. The true answer to the question is found in Scripture: “And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved, and your house” (Acts 16:31). Salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. The Scripture says, “He that believes on Him is not condemned: but he that believes not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:18).

Q. After I receive Christ, what must I do to “keep” saved?
A. Happily, we have the clear word of Christ in answer to this question as well. Christ, speaking about His own, said, “I give to them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand. My Father, which gave them Me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of My Father's hand” (John 10:28,29).

The answer therefore is that I can do nothing to “keep saved” but I am “kept by the power of God through faith to salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” (I Peter 1:5).

Q. Having received Christ and knowing the assurance of salvation, is there a further call that is extended upon my life?
A. Yes, it is the call, the opportunity to be committed to the Lord Jesus. I am not saved by commitment, dedication, sacrifice, or any of those things, but I'm saved by the blood of Christ. To all who know Him, however, the Bible says, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service” (Rom. 12:1). I then have the promise that, when I make such a commitment to Christ, I am enabled to produce “that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” in my life. Yes, every Christian is extended the upward call to dedication to the Lord Jesus as a consequence of which he can be greatly used of God.

Q. Now that I'm a Christian, how does the Holy Spirit work in my life?
A. First of all, we are all baptized by the Holy Spirit into the Body of Christ, “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit” (ICor.12:13). In the Christian life, every believer possesses the Holy Spirit. Indeed, this is the mark of a Christian. The Apostle Paul says, “Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His” (Rom.8:9). This chapter also tells us of one of the great ministries of the Spirit in working with our own personal desires and hopes, “ For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God” (Rom. 8:14).

The Holy Spirit works in the life of every believer, constantly filling and using us as we walk in obedience to the teaching of the Word of God.

Q. Will there be people in mortal bodies on Earth during the Millennium? I thought we received glorified bodies at the Rapture and Resurrection.
A. Those believers who die prior to the Rapture will have their bodies placed in the ground, while their souls and spirits go up immediately to be with the Lord.

“We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord” (2 Cor. 5:8).

At the occasion of the Rapture and Resurrection, the souls and spirits of those who have gone before will return with the Lord, and be rejoined to their new glorified bodies which they will have for eternity. Those Christians alive at that time will be taken up and changed to have these glorified bodies as well (1 Thes. 4:13-18; 1 Cor. 15:51-53). These bodies will be like that of Christ after He rose from the dead.

“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is” (1 John 3:2).

By the time the Lord comes to rule in His millennial Kingdom, following the Rapture and the Tribulation, the saints will still have these glorified bodies. But those who endured the Tribulation and proceeded into the Millennium will maintain their mortal bodies and continue to bear children. Children are mentioned as being part of the millennial Kingdom.

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