Agree, though this contradicts a bit of what you say near the end. This almost sounds like an incomplete forgiveness. A conditional forgiveness upon our merit and not on what Christ freely bestows upon us. Not even to end upon our death but also our actions into purgatory. Kind of a way to pay for our forgiveness though Christ paid it all.Salvation is forgiveness of that sin. Salvation is "that which restores our relationship with God."
We are not in full agreement with how Christ saves but I agree that Christ wants us to know him more and there are some who don't know him well.One can have a saving relationship with God and still just barely know Him. Perhaps one has read about Jesus in the Scripture, and even prayed a sincere prayer of offering oneself to Jesus. This is adequate for salvation, but Jesus wants more for us.
I only see two reasons as to why you would write thisHe wants us to know His friends, His family, His Mother and for us to have relationships with them now, as we will in Heaven.
Jesus wants us to receive the reality of His body and blood, and not just as a spiritual thing. He wants to part of us now, as He will be in heaven.
Jesus also wants us to have the fullness of Truth, the truth that sets us free. He wants us to know the Scriptures, and he wants us to know what the Apostles knew as they wrote the Scriptures. Indeed He expects us to understand more deeply than the Apostles did, as His Holy Spirit has been guiding us for 2000 years.
Collectively, the truth of divine teaching, the conduits of sanctifying grace, and the fellowship of all Christians (on earth and in heaven) is known to us as Christ's "Church." Jesus also spoke of it often as the "Kingdom of God." It is the Way, the Truth, and the Life that Jesus spoke of.... His Church is the means for us to participate in Him. It is no surprise that the Church in Acts 2 referred to themselves as "The Way."
1. You don't believe Protestants agree with this.
2. You believe only the RCC has access to answers for this information.
Prots believe we have an active family relationship with all believers. We have our differences in Trans/Consubstantiation but that doesn't mean we don't believe we are part of him now. We don't believe we are now like we will be in heaven because the Bible says we will be different in heaven. We also believe Jesus wants us to have the fullness of Truth. This is why he sent the Spirit and his Word. We also believe this has guided us for 2000 years. We also believe we are part of the Kingdom of God and church participation for believers.
-With our differences I can agree on your first point as one who receives a saving faith will make a proclamation they accept that Christ is Lord.Perhaps it helps to look at salvation as a process.
- The first step of salvation is some decision of will to accept Christ as Lord and Savior.
- The ongoing process of salvation is to live obediently to His commands, and enter into all of these things -- which Christ has given us -- that draw us closer to Him.
- The final end of salvation is death, judgment, and hopefully eternity with Him.
-The ongoing process of sanctification allows us to see the holiness of God more each day in contrast to our sin filled life which gets bigger everyday. This reminding us daily of the cross and what Christ freely saved us from and imputed his righteousness to us.
+There is no end to this salvation, there is no death and we can have full assurance that we have inherited an eternal relationship with Christ.