I Pray in the name of Jesus, will I be Saved?Q: Dan, if I am a gentile believer and I pray in the name of Jesus for the forgiveness of my sins and to be saved am I saved?A: All those who have repented of their own sins and picked up the message from the Book, the book believers call the Holy Bible (Hebrew/Christian writings), hearing and believing that message about -- His Promise of the New Covenant, will be saved eventually. Most who call themselves Christians are sincere but most are in the Baptism of John, which is the Baptism of Repentance. That is a good baptism and it does change lives and prayers are answered, no matter the name used, by reason of the Law of Faith (Roman 3:27 -- all of Chapter 3 should be read). But, to enter the Kingdom everyone will have to confess our Savior and that confession will have to identify Him by His Name, the Name given to Him at birth (Luke 1:31).
Your question is interesting. I have heard it asked before and in different ways. Here is the deal, Marc, if you understand His Birth Name, and know it, then why continue praying to a name that never existed until recent history?
If you understand that He came in His Father's Name then why continue in a name that came about by the twisting of letters, leading away from the One Name that we are told we MUST be saved by -- it is not the Name, but the owner of that Name and to whom that Name points, it is the name that identifies the Son of the Living God and Father in Heaven and it is the Name He was given at Birth, not made up later or changed later by men.
Acts 4:12, tell us in no uncertain terms, that there is not any other name found among mankind, on this earth, in otherwords, by which we MUST be saved. So, yes, all those living in ignorance of this truth, but have repented of their sins will eventually be saved at the Judgment period when the final truth is revealed, but for those of us who already see and understand this truth are being judged now by what has been revealed to us.
There is an example from the Book of Acts that illustrates this very thing. Paul is sitting around watching the crowd of people and 12 of John the Baptists disciples come along and Paul asked them what Baptism were they? They said, John. Paul then presented the Message of the New Covenant, the Promise through YaHshua. The 12 disciples of John, all baptized believers, listened and believed that what Paul told them was true and asked what they should do? He told them to all get baptized, again, in the name of YaHshua and they did. This is the place I see most Christians today, they are mostly in the Baptism of Repentance, in the Baptism of John but not yet finished into the baptism of His Identity, His Holy Name, whom all will have to confess one day, if not now, then later.
Acts 19:3-5 -- Remember, when you read this account, the name Jesus never existed, so what name, then, were these believers baptized into?
Luke 3:3 -- identifies the Baptism of John as the Baptism of Repentance only
Acts 18:24-26 - Apollo, although a good teacher he had only the Baptism of John.
Thanks for the great question, I hope I have answered it well enough for you. If you have a different view or a better answer I would hope that you would share. And if you have any other questions. Peace, Dan