|Acts 2:43-47 |
43 And fear came upon every soul; and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.
44 And all who believed were together, and had all things in common;
45 They sold their possessions and goods, and distributed the proceeds among all, as every man had a need.
46 And they continued daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and singleness of heart,
47 Praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.6
6 And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved. This clearly shows that being saved is not instantaneous with believing, baptizing, and joining the church; no, they were described as were being saved — as a process with an end in the future, at the death of their selfish spirit on the cross. This was the church of the Apostles; people were not saved instantly, even when the Apostles could lay hands on them and speak from the Spirit of God. Further evidence that being saved is not instant, but a process of carrying your cross is: For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Cor 1:18
Paul further shows that believing and salvation do not occur simultaneously in his letters to believers in the churches.
And Peter echoes the same message that salvation is not just believing or faith, rather salvation is the end of faith's obedient journey and requires growth:
Who are kept by the power of God through faith to salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
In that greatly rejoice though it is necessary to suffer a few griefs through various trials,
so that the trial of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes,
though it is tried with fire, might result in praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.
Though you have not seen him, you love him; though you do not see him now,
but believe in him, you rejoice with joy that is unspeakable and full of glory,
Receiving the end of your faith — the salvation of your souls. 1 Pet 1:5-9
As newborn babies, desire the sincere milk of the word, so that you may grow up to salvation, 1 Pet 2:2
Salvation occurs when you experience the grace of God (Christ) bring it to you, when Christ destroys the selfish spirit in you by the spirit in his mouth and by the brightness of his coming, when he crushes the head of Satan under your feet, [a personal experience with your feet and Christ], and when you enter union with Him.