Must we “change” in order to be saved from death in Hell?
Responding to error,
Your suggestion earlier to a comment that we must “change” to be saved is incorrect. Though we repent and believe in Jesus as Lord, change does actually manifest until subsequent the establishment of covenant relationship by faith in Jesus where the Holy Spirit is given as the Guarantor of that relationship (Ephesians 1:13-14); then, and only then, does the new nature manifest in the life of the believer (2 Corinthians 5:17) and authentic “change” is initiated through sanctification…a daily, incremental, process of “change” into the obedient image of Christ as the Spirit prepares us for service in the New Jerusalem (Galatians 5:16; 1 John 2:27; John 16:13-14).
To say we must “change” to be saved is tantamount to a works heresy, salvation through self-righteousness, and dilutes the sufficiency of Christ to save by grace through faith, alone. Jesus Christ is willing to meet us where we are in our daily lives and when we turn our failures over to Him by faith and trust in Him to make us a new creation by covenant promise (Hebrews 8:12), God is faithful to initiate that change in us through the anointing of the Holy Spirit given to all who believe that Jesus is Lord; it is the Spirit within that manifests change in the heart, mind, body, soul, not the will of man but the will of the Father through His Spirit by faith, not works.