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Truth About Salvation

1. What is meant by Biblical salvation?

Biblical salvation is the gracious act of God whereby, thru the offering of the Lord Jesus Christ, fallen man is given the opportunity to be brought back into a right relationship with God. It is presented in the Bible as a free gift because God is the one who has supplied the provision (or gift) for man, who was in the impossible position of having absolutely no hope of reconciliation to God by anything that they could have done on their own. God freely, apart from man’s doings, supplied the provision. It is a salvation from sin (which leads to death and separation from God) and the effects thereof (Matt. 1:21).

2. How does one obtain salvation?

This free gift is offered by God to those who believe, or put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the person, and in His work of atoning for our sins on the cross (John 3:16; Rom. 10:9-10), who repent of their sins and turn to God (Luke 13:3; Acts 17:30), who are subsequently baptized (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 22:16; 1Pet. 3:21), and who live a life remaining faithful to God until the end (Matt. 10:22; 1Pet. 1:7-9).

3.What occurs at an individual’s salvation?

The Bible teaches that there are two aspects to an individual’s salvation: one’s initial or present salvation, which is referred to in the past or present tense in which one has been regenerated or born again (Titus 3:5), given a new heart (Ezek. 36:26), set free from the slavery to sin by which they were once held (John 8:32-36; Rom. 6:22), are passed from spiritual death to spiritual life (John 5:24), from darkness to light, from the power of Satan to the power of God (Acts 26:18), where they have become a new creature (2Cor. 5:17) who has been washed and made clean (1Cor. 6:11), having received forgiveness of sins, the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38), an inheritance (1Pet. 1:4), adoption as sons (Rom. 8:15), justification before God (declared righteous in His sight at that moment), and have been sanctified (or have been set apart to and for God) (1Cor. 6:11).

The second aspect, or the actual salvation of one’s soul forever, which is presented in the future tense, is the future aspect of the actual entering into life, or into the presence of God, either at death or at the coming of Christ (Matt. 7:14; 25:46; Mark 10:30; John 6:27; 12:25; Rom. 2:7; 6:22; 13:11; Gal. 6:8-9; Titus 1:2; 3:7; Jude 21). This is given to those who have remained faithful to God throughout their lifetimes (Matt. 10:22; 1Pet. 1:7-9; Rev. 2:10).

4. Are there conditions attached to our salvation which must be met to attain to eternal life and if these conditions aren’t met can a person forfeit or fall away from their salvation? Or does the Bible teach that once a person has truly been saved, that they will remain saved unconditionally?

Jesus taught:

Matt. 6:14-15 + Matt. 18:23-35- One must always forgive others to be saved

Matt. 10:22- One must endure to the end to be saved

Matt. 25:14-30- An unprofitable Christian will be cast into outer darkness where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Luke 8:12-13- There are those who “believe” to be saved who later fall away.

John 8:31-32- One must continue in God’s Word to be a disciple indeed and to know the truth and to be set free.

John 15:2,5-6- If a Christian does not bear fruit he will be taken away and if a Christian does not abide in Christ he will be cast into the fire and burned.

Rev. 2:7- Only Christians who overcome will eat of the tree of life.

Rev. 3:3-5- Christians must hold fast and be deemed worthy or else they will have their names blotted out of the book of life.

Rev. 3:16- Christians who are lukewarm will be vomited out of the body of Christ.

 

 

The Apostle Paul taught:

Rom. 8:12-13- That if Christians live by their flesh (or sin nature’s) and not by the Spirit, then they will suffer spiritual death.

Rom. 11:19-22- That one must continue in God’s goodness otherwise they will be cut off

1Cor. 15:1-4- That you are saved by the gospel if you keep in memory what was preached to you, otherwise your initial belief will end up being useless.

Gal. 6:7-9- That Christians who sow to their sinful nature’s will reap destruction and also that if we sow to the Spirit and faint not, we will receive life everlasting.

Col. 1:21-23- That you would be presented to God as holy and unblameable if you continue in the faith, grounded and settled and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel.

1Tim. 3:6- That it was possible for a new Christian to fall into the condemnation of the devil.

2Tim. 2:12- If we, as Christians, deny Jesus, He will deny us.

 

 

Peter taught:

2Pet. 2:20-22- That if a Christian once again becomes entangled with the pollutions of the world that it would have been better for them if they had never been saved in the first place.

2Pet. 3:17- That we should beware, because if we are led away by the error of the wicked, we will fall from where we now are standing.

 

 

James taught:

Jam. 4:4- That Christians who leave God to become friends of the world become the enemies of God

Jam. 5:19-20- That a Christian who errs from the truth is a sinner who needs his soul saved from death.

 

 

John taught:

1Jn. 2:24- That we will continue in Christ and God if what we have heard in the beginning remains in us.

 

 

The writer to the Hebrews taught:

Heb. 3:6- That we are part of Christ’s house if we hold fast our confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.

Heb. 3:12-14- That Christians will be made partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end.

Heb.6:4-6- That a Christian could fall away to the point where it would be impossible to renew them again to repentance.

Heb. 6:10-12- That Christians who show diligence to the end, with faith and patience will inherit the promises.

Heb. 10:26-31- That Christians who go on sinning willfully will face the fiery judgment of God.

Heb. 10:35-38- That if a Christian stops living by faith, that God will have no pleasure in him.

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