Malankara World

What Shall I Do To Be Saved?

By Rev. Dr. Curian Kaniyamparambil

Question 56. Will any one receive grace from God through the acts of baptism, sacraments, etc..?

Yes. Here are the reasons

  1. The real power behind the apostles and therefore among their successors is our Lord. Any one receiving the sacraments officiated by authorized persons, are sure to receive grace from Christ and the Holy Spirit.

  2. When a sacrament, authorized by Christ is administered to a person, by someone authorized by Jesus Christ, the receiver of the act will receive the grace from God

  3. What ever is done to others in the name of Jesus Christ, one will receive reward.

  4. Because of the act of laying the hands one can receive the Holy Spirit.

  5. Because of the acts of talking by the apostles - these things happened

    -- Ananias and Sapphira died. (Acts 5)

    -- The crippled beggar was cured. (Acts 3)

    -- Eutychus (Acts 20), Tabitha (Acts 9) and Dorcas came to life

  6. By the act of touching the robes of the apostles?

    -- People with chronic illness were saved

  7. The act of confessing to a priest will result in the remission of sins

  8. By the act of receiving His blood and flesh the receiver will obtain eternal life. If His blood and flesh are received unsecured, by this act the receiver will be punished.

  9. By act of prayer, fasting, alms-giving, God will reward you.

  10. Suffering because of Christ, one will live with Christ.

  11. By the act of being baptized in water and Spirit, the receiver shall enter into the kingdom of God

  12. By the act of baptism with water and Holy Spirit, one will surely receive the right to enter into heaven, right to be sons of God, rebirth and remission of sins (already discussed earlier) .

From the above we can infer two things:

1) Any act as per the will of oneself will not bring the grace of God

2) But on the contrary, if the receiver does the act with the help of persons authorized by Christ and the Holy Spirit, the receiver obtains abundant blessings from God.

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