God Doesn't Need Me to Do Anything to be Saved: Believing is Enough

A fellow sent me a link to look at a fundamental Baptist website. And one of the first pages I reviewed was “How to Get to Heaven.” What I found was the author believes there are things that I need to do in order to be saved. That always interests me when I hear what someone needs to do because people are not saved by works (Titus 3:5).


From the website, I learned “first, God needs you to confess.” Is that right? Is God in need for me to do something in order to be saved? From the website, I learned that I need to “call.” This is what is presented on the website.

“What does it mean to call to God? You call to God in prayer. This is not an audible prayer that man needs to hear, it is a prayer of the heart that God needs to hear. Call simply means to ask (believing His Word by faith, believing He is true to His Word, then acting on that belief). We ask God by praying to Him, believing His Word is true and that He will do what He says He will do” (http://militarygetsaved.tripod.com/heaven.htm).

Does God need me to do things? Does the Sovereign God of the Universe need anything? Is it true that God needs to hear a prayer from my heart? Is this web author teaching biblical truth?

The short answer no. God can save anyone; He can save anyone he chooses to save. Even before the foundation of the world God chose to save people (Eph 1:4). In love God predestined believers unto salvation before the foundation of the world (Eph 1:5) .

In Acts 17:25, Paul makes it perfectly clear that the Sovereign God of the Universe does not need anything from man.  To say that God “needs” something is heresy. God does not need anything that man can provide or is not present in the Tri-unity of God. He does not need my love or worship or anything. He does not need my faith to save me. Instead, He has ordained that by His grace man may be saved by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Eph 2:8-9).

In Acts 16:30-31, Paul and Silas answer the most important question in the Bible. Luke, the author of Acts writes:
And brought them [the prison guards] out, and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” And they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”

That is the answer. God does not need me to believe—I am the one that needs to believe. What do I need to do? I am the one who needs to believe—not for God—but for myself.
Was there something that needed to be satisfied within God? Yes—God’s wrath needed to be satisfied and Christ is the One who answered that need—for “it is finished” (John 19:30).

There is not anything else that God needs to save people. Christ satisfied the wrath of God. Does God need me to pray something from my heart?

John 2:25 answers the question and the answer is “no.” God knows the heart man. I cannot make my heart communicate something. I can communicate with my mouth, hands, and eyes but not my heart. It is unbiblical to tell someone that they must communicate something to God with their heart or that they need to articulate something in order to be saved.
John 2:25 And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.

According to Hebrew 4:12, Jesus Christ the “Word of God [see John 1:1-4, 14] is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

Jesus is the discerner of the heart. This is why he knew who believed unto salvation and who didn’t in John 2:23 for “many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did,” but Christ did not commit himself unto them because he knew what was in man.

Christ knows whether one’s faith in authentic or not. My confession does not make it authentic; articulating words does not make it authenticate. Saying something in my heart or with my mouth, heart, or mind doesn’t make it authenticate. I must trust in Christ to be saved.
For more about what does it means to call upon the name of the Lord check out
http://pastorseansblog.blogspot.com/2011/02/what-does-it-mean-to-call-upon-name-of.html

In the end, to suggest that God needs man to do anything is unbiblical. Does man need to believe unto salvation, yes, but not for God or God’s sake.

2 comments:

  1. Good post. This is fuel for my fire as I prepare to preach at a conference next week. Title of the conference: "What must I do to be saved." I was heading the same direction as you, but you have given me some good ideas! God bless and thanks for all you do. David Taylor

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  2. Excellent post. I agree with the overall thought here. The only disagreement I have is with the following sentence…

    “In love God predestined believers unto salvation before the foundation of the world (Eph 1:5).”

    I do not believe that God “predestined believers unto salvation before the foundation of the world”. Rather, I believe that God predestined believers unto ADOPTION of children by Jesus Christ to himself, as Ephesians 1:5 clearly states. In other words, God decided that all those who would place their trust in Christ for salvation would be adopted as God’s children.

    Similarly, Ephesians 1:4 does not say that those of us who have placed our trust in Christ were chosen to do so before the foundation of the world. Rather, I believe that it is saying that before the foundation of the world, God decided that all those who would place their trust in Christ for salvation would be “should be holy and without blame before him in love”. Additionally, it should be noted that the words “should be” is not to be interpreted as “should try to be”. The Greek word used here is “einai” [1511] and means “to exist”. In other words, God predestined that those who would place their trust in Christ for salvation ARE (they do exist) holy and without blame before Him.

    Again, I agree with the overall thought that we need not (nor can we) do anything for God’s benefit in order to be saved.

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