Jesus saves, not knowledge of doctrine

Lee wrote:

Yes, those who believe will acknowledge the truth, and certain truths (such as “Jesus is the Christ”) they will all acknowledge, when they hear and understand them. But knowing facts about Jesus don’t save us, Jesus saves us. Isaiah 33:22 For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; it is he who will save us.

Here’s a quote for you!

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith” (Heb. 12:2). “Faith is not our savior. Faith is simply an attitude of the soul through which Jesus saves. Therefore do not worry about your faith. Do not always be scanning it. Look away from it altogether–unto Jesus. Take care that you are depending upon Jesus to save. And faith will take care of itself” (James McConkey).

My response: First of all, NO ONE needs to do ANYTHING in order to be saved. Salvation is not conditioned on ANYTHING the sinner does or is enabled to do. Neither is salvation conditioned on ANY knowledge or facts about Jesus the sinner acquires. When Jesus saves someone, that person is given SPECIFIC KNOWLEDGE. The Scripture bears out the fact that there is some ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE that every true believer knows and believes. And when he believes, he is NO LONGER a universal atonement “free-willer” or a Muslim or a Buddhist or a Hindu or a Mormon or a JW or a Roman Catholic or a Satanist or an atheist or whatever he was before he was saved.

In fact, when he believes the TRUE gospel, he REPENTS of his former belief and counts it but LOSS and DUNG for the excellency of the KNOWLEDGE of Christ Jesus his Lord (Phil. 3:8).

“And this is life eternal, that they might KNOW thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent” (Jn. 17:3).

What KNOWLEDGE is involved in KNOWING God and Christ, which is eternal life?

“And ye shall KNOW the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).

What is the TRUTH that God’s people KNOW that sets them free?

“… they have no KNOWLEDGE that set up the wood of their graven image, and pray to a god that cannot save” (Is. 45:20b).

What is this KNOWLEDGE that these idolaters are missing?

“For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to KNOWLEDGE” (Rm. 10:2).

What is this KNOWLEDGE that these lost religionists are missing?

“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. … For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the KNOWLEDGE of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Cor. 4:3-6).

What is this LIGHT that the lost people BLINDED to? What is the light of the KNOWLEDGE of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ that has shined in believer’s hearts?

“But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of DOCTRINE which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became servants of righteousness” (Romans 6:17-18).

What is that DOCTRINE that believers believed when they were made free from sin?

Lee, you are trying make the fact that “knowing facts about Jesus don’t save us, Jesus saves us” incompatible with the fact that all saved people believe certain truths. A regenerate person, even if he has been regenerated for only five minutes, will NEVER believe that salvation is conditioned TO ANY DEGREE, IN ANY WAY on himself. He will NEVER believe that it is HIS OWN effort that makes the difference between salvation and damnation. Thus, for example, he will NEVER believe that Jesus Christ died for everyone without exception.

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