Faith alone cannot save you. Just believing something does not mean that you have attained it. You might believe that you can be a doctor or a pilot but unless you fulfill the requirements, go through the training and prove through your performance that you are capable of doing those things then you are a failure. Then your faith is worthless, it has failed you. It was just a hope. It was just an expectation. The very same with salvation.
Faith alone without action, without performance, cannot save you. Your faith must go into action and you have to prove through your performance that you are a child of God, that you are worthy of the kingdom of heaven. You have to comply with the requirements. Jesus Christ said:”Why do you call Me Lord, Lord and you do not what I say?” He said:”Not everyone who says to Me Lord, Lord will enter into heaven, but those who do the will of My Father.” What is the will of the Father? It is that we obey the words of Jesus Christ, not just believe in Him. Jesus said:”Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, pick up his cross every day and come here follow me.” Unless we obey the words of Jesus we prove ourselves to be failures, our faith is worthless. Faith without works is dead.
You can believe and imagine yourself to be a child of God. You can imagine yourself to be saved but if you do not obey Jesus, if you do not repent and are baptized in water, if you do not follow and obey Him and serve Him as Lord and Master, then your faith is useless. If you are living in sin you prove yourself to be the son of the devil. If we follow Jesus we will obey His words and sin no more. We will be led by the Holy Spirit and we will bear fruit of repentance. We will do the works that He prepared for us to do, but if we do not produce the fruit then we will get cut off and burned, then we will fail.
Many people start out in life to do certain things. Many want to become doctors. They drop out of school. Many want to become pilots but they never fly and never become a pilot. You can believe you are saved but if you do not follow and obey Jesus Christ, if you do not live according to His words then you are just fooling yourself. You can quote Bible verses, you can know the Bible, you can even have your own church, but if you do not comply with the requirements of Jesus Christ, His words as recorded in the Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, then you will not enter His kingdom. Jesus said that many will say to Him on that day:”Lord, Lord did we not do many works in Your name? We cast out demons, we healed the sick and He was a to them:”Go away I never knew you.” They never had a real relationship with Jesus Christ, because they never obeyed Him. They never got to know Him, they never received Him, they never heard His voice, they never followed Him. They believed they were saved, but they were just deceived.
Most Christians are deceived. They believe they are saved, but they are on their way to hell because they don’t know Jesus Christ. Do you know Jesus? Do you know His voice? Are you following Him or do you just believe in vain that you are saved while you are on your way to hell? Do not be deceived. Faith alone cannot save you. You have to fulfill the requirements of Jesus Christ, you have to obey His words. You have to follow Him and serve Him until the very end or else you will not enter His kingdom.
May Jesus bless you.