Originally posted by Conrau K
How would you reconcile this with John 3, "Unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Ghost, he can not enter into the Kingdom of God"?
The answer is more involved, so I'll cut to the chase.
As a Jew, under the law, a believer would demonstrate his faith by doing what was required by the law. The law required that one keep it for salvation.
Jesus is the only person who ever lived that kept the law. In fact, He took the law a step further.
That step further entails what was accomplished at the cross. What was accomplished at the cross is fully developed by the Apostle Paul.
But before Paul came along Jesus' disciples were instructed to preach the Gospel that He had taught them during His ministry.
Along comes Pentecost, and the beginning of the fulfilment of the prophecy concerning the establishing of Gods' kingdom on earth through Israel.
But, things changed. For one thing, Israel, national, did not repent and recognise that Jesus was the Messiah.
This gets complicated, yet it is so simple.
We now live in a parenthetical period of time called the dispensation of the Grace of God.
It is an unprophesied period of time which was reveled to Paul. Which, ironically enough, was destroying the church of God until Jesus appeared to him.
When this dispensation ends, God will again resume His dealings with Israel with the unfolding of the rest of the prophecy. It will be with a believing Israel who will recognise Jesus as the Messiah.
Anyone who is ever saved is save by Grace regardless of what dispensation he lived in. The difference is that today all that is required is faith in what Jesus did on the cross on our behalf.
There are no ordinances, rites, or rituals. Except the Lords supper. And that isn't about salvation.
The above is only a crude outline. Each point can be proven by scripture. That is, if you believe the Bible. You'll have to do alot of reading between the lines. I can develope this further, but that would take hours, and I need to go to bed.