Because Jesus willingly became obedient unto God, the Father, even unto death on the cross (Philippians 2:8), God gave “all authority in Heaven and Earth” to Him (Matthew 28:18). God went on to say, “Cursed is he that loveth not the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 16:22). In other words, whether we are saved or lost is up to Jesus. God will not even consider saving one apart from Jesus. It was Jesus who shed His blood, it is therefore Jesus who acquits or indicts.
In Mathew 7:21-23, we have very religious people who had done many wonderful works, cast out demons, and even prophesied all in the “name of Jesus!” However, they were lost. How do I know that? Because Jesus said, “Depart from me…I never knew you.”
In Revelation 5, we see God the Father setting on His throne in Heaven. He was holding the Book of Life, and it was still sealed. God would not open it! Only Jesus could take the Book and open it. If it were not for Jesus, the Book would have remained forever sealed!
Moving a little deeper, Jesus Himself cannot save you apart from His Blood. Paul, writing to Christians, said we have forgiveness of sins through His blood (Ephesians 1:7).
Many have convinced themselves that because Jesus died on the cross, everyone will be saved. Wrong. If that is true, why did God destroy Jerusalem in 70 A.D. Why did He strike Annaias and Sapphira dead for lying? (Acts 5:1-11).
The Bible teaches “without blood, there is no forgiveness” (e.g. Hebrews 9:22). Many believe we are saved by “faith only,” but that is not what God has said (James 2:24). We must apply the blood of Christ to our sins, or there will be no forgiveness. We do that by “obedience to the faith” (Romans 16:26). — Toby Miller
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Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3; 1 Cor. 12:13; 1 Pet. 3:20-21). Bible baptism is by immersion only (“burial,” Rom. 6:4), and once it is done, heaven puts that person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27; Rom. 6:3). After proper baptism a person has their sins forgiven (Acts 2:38).