Salvation is the exclusive work of God
on behalf of man (Jn. ). Jesus Christ provided what was necessary for
salvation by His sacrificial and substitutionary death. The work of Christ is sufficient
to save any and all men but efficient for only those that believe. Salvation is realized
in all those whom God has chosen in Christ and called to be the recipients. Those chosen
to be saved, (Acts 17: 24-28) were elected before the foundation of the earth was laid
(Eph. 1:4). Election was not based on any merit that we might have but totally on God's
finished work in Christ Jesus. As a result, the believer is forgiven of his sins and is
adopted into the family of God through Christ's shed blood. We stand sanctified in our
positional stand before God and are
responsible to live sanctified lives experientially. The believer will ultimately be
glorified and freed from the very presence of sin for eternity.
I. Nature of Salvation.
Sovereignty (Rev. 6:10; Jude 4) and purpose to save certain individuals apart from any
merit of their own (Rom. 9:11-16; Eph. 1:4,5,9,11; Titus 1:1; II Tim. 2:10),
foreknowledge of those He purposed to save (Rom. 8:27-30; I Pet. 1:2),
mercy and grace was bestowed in eternity past (II Tim. 1:9; Eph. 2:8 cf. Rom. 3:23),
Father gives those to the Son for His peculiar Possession (Jn. 6:37,44; 17:2;,6,9),
gifts of God:
(Acts 5:31;11:18; II Tim. 2:25),
works (Phil. 2:13) His glory and purpose (Eph.1:11,12).
death was the Propitiation for our sins, (Rom. 3:25; I Jn. 2:2; 4:10). His death was
satisfactory for the demands of God's justice and God looks upon those saved now with
was the ransom of blood paid by Christ to free man from the slave market of sin (Col. 1:14
;Rom. 3:24; Gal.3:13; Eph. 1:7; I Cor. 6:20; 2 Pet. 2:1).
- The relationship between man and God is restored. Those saved can have fellowship again
with God which the first Adam lost for mankind. (Rom. 5:10-11; II Cor. 5:18-20; Eph. 2:16;
- Those saved are made alive by the Holy Spirit, (Eph. 2:1,5;John 3:1-8; Tit. 3:5).
birth (Jn. 3:1-8).
quickening (Eph. 2:1,10).
of New nature (Gal. 5:13-26; Rom. 6; II Pet. 1:4).
from Slavery of sin (Gal. 5; Rom. 6:15-23).
The Need for Salvation:
are sinners (Rom. 3:23; 5:15),
dead in trespasses and sin (Eph. 2:1),
are in bondage to sin (Rom. 6:17,20),
alienated from God (Eph. 4:18; Col. 1:21),
unrighteous (Rom. 3:10).
The Call to Salvation:
given to all (Isa. 45:22; Matt. 11:28; Jn. 3:16; 12:32; Ac. 16:31; I Tim. 2:4).
call is to the elect (Rom. 1:7; I Thess. 2:12; II Thess. 2:14; II Tim. 1:9; Phil. 2:13;
of God is involved (I Pet. 1:23; Rom. 1:17;10:17).
convicting power (Jn. 16:8-11).
The Response to Salvation:
of His gifts (Eph. 1:6-8; 2:8-10),
of His Son (Jn. 1:12),
in finished work (I Cor. 15:1-4; Rom. 10:9),
in Lordship (Rom. 10:9),
response (Rom. 10:10),
change in mind, view, feeling and purpose (Acts 20:21; 17:30; Rom. 2:4; 2 Cor. 7:10),
(Eph. 2:8-9) believing what God says and doing it.
The Results of Salvation:
children (Jn. 1:12) adopted into family of God,
- at salvation (I Cor. 6:11; Heb. 10:10; I Cor. 1:2),
life (I Jn. 5:13),
forgiven (Rom. 4:1-8).
Responsibility in Salvation:
live sanctified lives (I Pet. 1:2; I Thess. 5:23; II Thess. 2:13),
glorify God (Eph. 2:10; 1:6,12),
holy (Eph. 1:4),
(II Cor. 5:18-20).
baptized (I Pet.3:21; Acts 3:41).
part of a local church (I Tim. 3:15; Acts 3:41-47)
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