This thread is a continuation of a discussion which developed at the end of the thread entitled "Why is it impossible to convince a Mormon that he is wrong?". We stopped talking about Mormons and began a study/debate of the New Testament starting with the first chapter of Matthew. As we go along, I am going to try and post every passage of Scripture in the New Testament that discusses these topics: 1. Salvation by faith in Christ 2. Any passage that includes the words: saved, salvation, believe, born again, repentance, faith, and grace. 3. Any passage that discusses receiving the Holy Spirit. 4. Any passage that includes the words: baptize, baptism, or any discussion of water in relation to, or possibly in relation to, a spiritual issue or event. The last passage of Scripture discussed on the "Mormon" thread was the parable of "The Rich Young Man". There are many more parables in the rest of Matthew. Many of them discuss what happens to the righteous and what happens to the unrighteous. Since they are parables, the exact significance of the parable may be debatable, so I am not going to list anymore parables. However, if anyone feels we are then leaving an important parable out that relates to the topics above, feel free to bring it up. Just in case you haven't read my profile, I am a conservative Lutheran Christian, so I therefore believe that Justification is by the grace of God, received in faith, but I also hold to the catholic/orthodox position on the doctrine of Baptism. I was raised a fundamentalist Baptist. Even though I strongly believe my Lutheran doctrine, there is still a little Baptist in me that hasn't been 100% convinced that Luther got it right in 1517. My purpose of being on the Baptist Boards is to test my Lutheran doctrines against the denomination whose interpretation of Scripture is, in my opinion, the most plausible alternative interpretation of Scripture---the Baptists. So I will follow this OP with the next passage of Scripture for discussion. I will be using the English Standard Version. If anyone feels that a particular passage discussed in the ESV is at odds with the KJV, I will be happy to post the passage in the KJV also. God bless!