Who shall be forgiven?
John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Does this line tell us that whoever believes that God and Christ exists shall be saved? No, it does not. If that was the case we would not need a complete doctrine and twelve commandments.
‘Whoever believes in him’ = whoever believes that which he taught is the truth and thus follows him. This is what’s meant with the quote. So you have no excuse for your sins after your supposed baptism, for if you did ‘receive the Baptism’ (as I call it) you could sin no more, for you’d have been reborn of incorruptible seed.
PE1 1: 23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
So, believing in Christ is believing that all he taught is the truth and that if you believe in him you follow him. Remember what he in The Revelations said to that church: “Because you are not hot, nor cold, I spew you out!”. You are cold and are called to the Gospel – The Church of Christ. If you come half-way, consciously breaching commandments, fornicating, etc. you are lukewarm and you will be spewed out.
Matthew 22:14: “For many are called but few are chosen”.
A believer is not saved but surely knows how to be saved, for he has read the truth.
People seem to grade Christians into devout and not devout. This is wrong and the term ‘Devout Christian’ should be ‘Christian’ for one is not a Christian if one is not devout, but a mere ‘Believer’. So we have ‘Believers’ and ‘Christians’, the latter are the repented and baptised, thus having become Christians, Holy and Saints.