8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works so that no one can boast.
1. To be saved means that the Lord Jesus Christ has rescued us from God’s wrath and judgment.
2. Salvation by grace alone means that we did absolutely nothing to earn or merit salvation.
3. Salvation through faith alone means that we receive salvation through trusting in what Jesus did for us on the cross.
4. Salvation is God’s free gift to us.
Simply defined, grace is God’s unmerited favor. If you did anything to earn it or deserve it, it is not grace. If God owes it to you because you’re a pretty good person or you’ve tried to do the best you can, it is not grace. If God gives it to you because He foresaw that you would believe in Him of your own free will, it is not grace. Grace means that you get the opposite of what you deserve. You deserve God’s wrath because you have sinned against Him. Instead, He saves you by His grace.
Salvation can be obtained by repenting from sin that is turning away: which is doing things different from what we used to, and believing on Jesus Christ the divine Messiah that he died on the cross as a sacrifice to atone for sin and that he rose bodily from the dead. When we really believe a thing to be true, that believe will produce actions and a life style that reflect the thing believed on. Salvation is a unexclusive gift of God’s grace apprehended through faith alone and totally on the account of Jesus Christ.
Why the Atonement was necessary? because God’s perfect holy, righteous, character demanded that he punish sin (sinners) his infinite justice need to be satisfied. The substitute who suffered divine wrath in the place of sinners was God’s own incarnate Son Jesus Christ. The redemption of man came from God amazing love. On the Cross Jesus Christ become the object of God’s just wrath against sin.
You cannot take Christ as your Savior without taking him as your Lord, you cannot get forgiveness of sin without holiness.
The gospel of Christ is the power of God unto salvation. This term “salvation” can really only be understood as we understand the biblical teaching as regard to man. We will never know the full content of salvation till we know what man was like when God made him, until we know God’s view of man, man as he came out of the hands of God and was placed in perfection and in a earthly paradise in perfect and absolute correspondence with God enjoying companionship and fellowship with Him without sin in a state of perfect innocence. And in addition to that, to understand the real meaning of salvation, we must also understand what happen to man as a result of the fall.
Salvation is the deliverance of man from the consequences of the fall- and of sin.
There are threefold deliverance from sin in salvation:
1) deliverance from guilt of sin, every one of us is born in a state of guilt and our sins produce guilt in the sight of God.
2) deliverance from the power of sin, we are not just guilty of sin but also slave to sin under its dominion (satan). As God made him (man) was not under the power of sin, he has as result of the fall put himself there. He cannot extricate himself.
3) deliverance from the pollution of sin, meaning by pollution sin in the nature, then every part of us is polluted, apart from the temptation that comes from outside my nature in itself is twisted and perverted.
Salvation it does something else also it completely reconcile us to God, and restore our communion with God.
Salvation gives us eternal life, everlasting life.
Our glorification the final part of Salvation is behind this life and this world, is coming, is certain. But not yet.
We have been saved, we are been saved, we shall be fully and finally and entirely saved (glorified).
The great Salvation of God:
Rom 1:16-17: For it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth, to the Jew first and also to the Greek, for therein is the righteousness God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, the just shall live by faith.
It is the power of God not the power in us, is what God has done.
The Gospel is God’s way of saving us God’s power in producing salvation in us, it is God in us.
The preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness.
Men have always tried to safe themselves that is the meaning of their moralities and their philosophies they really try to improve life. They speak of moral uplift, idealism, effort to make the world a better place, and so on. But all such a talk is of man trying to save himself and unto the nefarious consequences of the Fall and of sin. But it all came to nothing vanity of vanities all is vanity.
God’s power is absolutely certain it saves to the uttermost, till we finally and completely glorified without wrinkle and without a spot.
The ultimate end object of the Christian gospel is to answer the question that was propounded by Job centuries ago “How shall a man be just with God?”the business of the gospel is to make us righteous in the sight of God to unable to stand with righteousness in His presence.
God’s has solved the problem. This is the glory of the gospel God providing the very righteousness that He demands.
The gospel tell us of a righteousness from God, a righteousness provided by God, in and through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
God’s way of salvation is that he now gives to us that believe in Christ, the righteousness of Jesus Christ himself. (For therein is the righteousness revealed… Rom 1:17…)
The business of the gospel is to bring people to God, and to reconcile men to God to save them from the wrath to came, not to fill churches with unscriptural evangelism.
Grace supply us thee power to live in the Spirit, Faith and Work are not incompatible. Salvation by faith does not eliminate work per se. It does away with works that are result of human effort alone. It abolish any attempt to to merit God’s favor by our works. But it does not deter God’s foreordained purpose that our walk should be characterized by good work. Works are not necessary to earn salvation; but true salvation that is wrought by God will not fail to produce good works that are its fruits.
Any Salvation that does not alter a lifestyle of sin and transform the heart of the sinner is not the salvation of God’s word speak of. Sin is always the issue. Evangelism must confront the sinner and measure him against the perfect law of God so that he can see his deficiency. A Gospel that deal only with humans needs, feeling and problems lack balance.
How can we begin a gospel presentation by telling people on their way to hell that God has a wonderful plan for their lives? (Ps 7:11 God is hungry with the wicket everyday…) Its meaningless to explain grace to someone who does not know the divine demand for righteousness. Those who do not sense their own guilt cannot possibly comprehend God’s mercy. Those who are not ashamed of their sin cannot receive salvation. A message that offer mere psychological relief but does not require a turning from sin and an affirmation of the lordship of Christ is a false gospel that will not save.
Conversion is not simply a sinner decision for Christ, is first the sovereign work of God in transforming the individual. It is God who initiate who sovereignly initiate salvation. Salvation is not ultimately a human decision. Salvation is pure grace ; no one deserve eternal life.
Though the gospel according to jesus may offend its message must not be made more palatable by watering down the content or softening the hard demands. In God’s plan the elect will believe despite the negative response of the multitude.
If a profession of faith in Christ does not grow out of a deep sense of lostness if is not accompanied by a deep conviction of sin if it does not include a tremendous desire for the Lord to cleanse and purify and lead, if it does not involve a willingness to deny self to sacrifice and to suffer for Christ ‘sake than its without proper root . its only a matter of time before the flourishing growth withers and dies.
Repentance is the critical element of conversion. A change of mind a repudiation of the old life and a turning to God. It involves intellect (recognising sin), emotions (overwhelming sense of sorrow)and will (transformation of the will/behavior).
No message that eliminate repentance can be called the gospel.
No room for broad ecumenical tolerance or humanistic culture fancies.
Salvation is a total transformation, produces a changed life.
The gate is small and the way narrow that lead to life and a few those who find it, how could Jesus be any clearer?
He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. 1 John 2:2
43 And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me inParadise.” Luke 23:43
13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life. 1 John 5:13
1 For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 3:11
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6
23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.[a] Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:23-26
28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. John 10:28
In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 1 John 4:10
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21
For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, 1 Peter 3:18
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him. John 3:36
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. Hebrews 2:14-15
He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:5-7
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:9:13
Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:1-12
And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 1 John 4:14
And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, Hebrews 5:9
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, Titus 2:11
For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe. 1Timothy 4:10
And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” Luke 23:43
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. Revelation 3:20
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. 1 Peter 2:24
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 1 Timothy 2:1-5
So that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:10-11
He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Romans 8:32
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans5:8
And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”Acts 4:12
I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” John 6:51
For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”John 6:40
But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.Isaiah 53:5
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, Ephesians 1:7