What We Believe About...
It means deliverance, preservation, safety; it is a term referring to one being made whole. Bible salvation refers to God's desire to see all men saved, delivered, made whole (II Peter 3:9). It is God's plan of delivering man from the punishment that he deserves. It is a term used about 50 times in the New Testment.
Salvation is necessary due to sin
Sin is any act or thought that comes short of, or misses the mark, of glorifying God (Romans 3:23). All men are sinners; all have acted contrary to or thought contrary to the Glory of God (Romans 3:10; Romans 5:12).
God is holy, righteous, and just, and as a result demands punishment for coming short - for our missing the mark - of bringing Glory to Him (Romans 1:18; Romans 6:23).
The punishment for our sins is "death," a separation from God both physically and spiritually. The Bible describes the physical death of man when it says "it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment" (Hebrews 9:27). The judgment is also described in God's Word "Whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire" (Revelation 20:15).
Our sins separate us from God. This is described as "death," physically and spiritually. Nothinig we can do can prevent "death." We cannot stop physical death and we cannot deliver ourselves from the spiritual death of eternal separation from God in the lake of fire. Every aspect of our being is tainted by sinas such, we are totally incapable on our own of reaching God or obtaining any favor with Him (Romans 6:16-23; Romans 8:7-8). This makes salvation necessary. This is why we need to be delivered, why we need to be made whole.
Salvation is possible through Christ's death, burial, and resurrection
Paul described this best in I Corinthians 15:1-4 "Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; by which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:"
This is the Gospel; the "Good News" that man does not have to be separated from God any longer. God's holiness, righteousness, and justice demanded punishment for sin and for sinners. "But God commendeth (proved) His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8)). God loves man. He loves you so very much that He sent His only son Jesus to die in our place, so that we might be delivered, so that we might be made whole, so that we might be saved from eternal separation from God.
Jesus Christ not only died for our sin, but He also rose from the dead three days later. The Bible says He "was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification (Romans 4:25). By His resurrection, Jesus demonstrated victory over sin and death, and revealed that His work on Calvary's cross on our behalf was acceptable and sufficient in the eyes of God the Father.
Salvation is attained through faith alone in the person and work of Jesus Christ
The payment of sins for sinners (you and I) which is the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, is God's gift offered to all mankind. This gift is eternal life with God (Romans 6:23). It is by the very grace of God that we are saved. "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, least any man should boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Salvation is yours if:
• You are willing to believe and receive the gift that is offered to you.
• "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Romans 10:13).
• "But as many as received Him (Jesus Christ), to them gave He power to become the sons of God,
even to them that believe on His name." (John 1:12)
• This acceptance by you is a step of faith, an understanding that you cannot save yourself, you
cannot deliver yourself from the punishment of your sins, you believe that Jesus Christ has paid the
price for your sins and that He and only He can deliver you, save you from "death," and give you
• When you come to this point and accept this gift knowing that there is nothing else you can do -
nothing that anyone else can do can save you but Jesus Christ - then you have experienced the
doctrine of salvation. "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my words, and believeth on Him
that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation, but is passed from death
unto life." (John 5:24)
1. What do the following verses say about the extent of sin?
a. Isaiah 64:6
b. Romans 3:10-12
c. Romans 3:23
d. Romans 5:12
e. Romans 7:18
f. Romans 8:8
2. What do the following verses say about your state in life prior to your salvation?
a. John 3:18
b. John 3:36
c. Romans 5:6-10
d. Romans 8:4-8
e. Ephesians 2:1-3
3. What do the following verses say about your state in life now that you are saved?
a. John 5:24
b. John 10:27-30
c. I Corinthians 6:19-20
d. II Corinthians 5:17
e. Colossians 1:12-14
f. Colossians 1:20-22
g. II Peter 1:3-4
4. According to John 14:6 and Acts 4:12, how many "paths" to God exist?
5. According to John 14:6 and Acts 4:10-12, what is the only "path" to God?
6. According to the following verses, how can a sinner move from death to life?
a. John 3:15-17
b. John 3:36
c. John 5:24
d. Romans 5:1
e. Ephesians 2:8-9
f. I John 5:10-13
7. According to Romans 6:23, what is God's gift to mankind?
8. According to Ephesians 1:7, what two things are given to those who trust Christ
as their Saviour?
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