Salvation is a free gift. HOWEVER, it takes good works that lead to holiness to be eligible for the free gift of salvation simply because the ones ones doing bad work (s) do not qualify for the free gift of salvation, neither for grace, neither for remission of their sins. Ezekiel 33:13-20

The majority do not understand Ephesians 2:8-9 which speaks of salvation as a free git. Indeed, it is a free gift but what does that free gift mean and entail?

Satan has most certainly spread his twisted interpretation of Ephesians 2:8-9, kind of telling his followers to just show up to church, claim that they believe in Jesus, and that they are already saved because they believe and because salvation is a free gift that requires no change of behavior from them because salvation is at it sounds, a free gift, and, on top of that, we are saved by grace.

However, if we do not have to do anything for salvation, for grace, for holiness (sanctification), for justification, why did Jesus God commission the Apostles to go preach the world the Evangel of repentance, confession of sins for their remission, and baptism?

Ephesians 2:8-9 ASV

(8) for by grace have ye been saved through faith [belief, trust]; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;

(9) not of works, that no man should glory.

To understand why salvation is free we must be able to grasp what we call sin is and the IRREVERSIBLE consequence of sin.
Sin has been a disagreement with what God commands and remains the same forever even after the end of the world. That is why we each must prove to God here on earth that we would rather die here on earth than disagree with Him no matter what we are facing. That is the tenor of Matthew 6:10: 'Your will be done on earth as in heaven'. In other words God wants zero disagreement (sin) from mankind to qualify for take advantage of the offer of the gift.

What is the punishment for disagreeing (sinning) with God. Irreversible death, as attested by the fate of the fallen angels and those who follow their rebellion or disobedience.

For whatever reason, according to Jesus, out of love for His own Image, God designed the plan of salvation to give man another chance at immortality. How would God fare in the shoes of man, God might have asked Himself? Then, God Father chose YHWH God and presented the plan to YHWH God for its execution  who naturally (heavenlily??) agree (John 10:17-18).

If Jehovah God would have failed, man would have be doomed forever for destruction with Satan and God would have been left with no remembrance of His other Image, man, whom they fashioned at Their own Image. That was too much for the Father to bear.

Adam and Eve must have repented after they realized that God was right and Satan was wrong. Their repentance meant nothing apart from the successful completion of the plan of salvation by YHWH God way after the first sin. Because there is no contrition from man that could have changed the outcome of sin, salvation becomes a gift to those who want to sign up for the successful completion of the plan as Jesus did complete it. The difference is that Jesus just as Adam had one chance but that we have multiple tries until we overcome (Revelation 3:20-21).

Overcoming for salvation (Revelation 3:20-12) requires works of struggles, failures, and victory. Salvation does not initiate those struggles, the hope of salvation (1 Thessalonians 5:8) does because salvation is hope, promise (2 Thessalonians 5:8, 1 Peter 1:13), not something tangible yet.

According to Ezekiel 33:13, we can lose that hope if we get blinded by it by not working it out with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12).

Salvation takes so much work that, in Philippians 2:12, Apostle Paul counsels us to work out our salvation with fear and trembling.

Philippians 2:12 ASV
(12) So then, my beloved, even as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;

It is claimed that those who attempt to save themselves by keeping the law will fail in their efforts. But Ezekiel 33:13, James 2:10, John 14:21-23, et cetera, contradict that claim that keeping the law will not save us because not keeping the law 100% will cause us to die and to be tormented day and night in the lake of fire with Satan.

When we repented, our sins were forgiven to become holy as the commandment of holiness wants us to be and our sins were paid for until we sin again. At baptism, we became holy, sanctified (sanctification in which we must live and die in righteousness) to be then sanctified if we overcame with the stamp of approval of the grace of God.

Apostle Paul teaches that we believe to become righteous (Romans 10:10-11) by living in holiness which is attained by keeping all the commandments of Jesus God according to Numbers 25:40.

Apostle Paul teaches that one ONE thing saves or that salvation is obtained by one thing: confession wit our own mouth that Jesus is YAHWEH ELOHIM in the flesh of Jesus. Romans 10:10

Romans 10:10 ASV
(10) for with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Good works must follow repentance to overcome the evil and the devil unto victory for salvation (Ezekiel 33:13-20). It is not salvation that drives us to become holy or righteous but it is belief that does that drives us to righteousness (Romans 10:9-11).

Ephesians 4:17-32 ASV
(17) This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye no longer walk as the Gentiles also walk, in the vanity of their mind,
(18) being darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardening of their heart;
(19) who being past feeling gave themselves up to lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
(20) But ye did not so learn Christ;
(21) if so be that ye heard him, and were taught in him, even as truth is in Jesus:
(22) that ye put away, as concerning your former manner of life, the old man, that waxeth corrupt after the lusts of deceit;
(23) and that ye be renewed in the spirit of your mind,
(24) and put on the new man, that after God hath been created in righteousness and holiness of truth.
(25) Wherefore, putting away falsehood, speak ye truth each one with his neighbor: for we are members one of another.
(26) Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
(27) neither give place to the devil.
(28) Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing that is good, that he may have whereof to give to him that hath need.
(29) Let no corrupt speech proceed out of your mouth, but such as is good for edifying as the need may be, that it may give grace to them that hear.
(30) And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, in whom ye were sealed unto the day of redemption.
(31) Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and railing, be put away from you, with all malice:
(32) and be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, even as God also in Christ forgave you.

Matthew 16:24 ASV
(24)  Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man would come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

1 Peter 1:13-16 ASV
(13)  Wherefore girding up the loins of your mind, be sober and set your hope perfectly on the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; (14)  as children of obedience, not fashioning yourselves according to your former lusts in the time of your ignorance: (15)  but like as he who called you is holy, be ye yourselves also holy in all manner of living; (16)  because it is written, Ye shall be holy; for I am holy.


Let us know what you do not understand in the Evangel of salvation of Jesus as it is written, 'I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for except ye believe that I AM [YHWH per Exodus 3:13-15], ye shall die in your sins.' John 8:24 ASV