The Doctrine of Salvation

The doctrine of salvation is central to the theme of the Bible.  God our Creator made a perfect world in which all was right and good.  Fellowship with God was uninterrupted and unimpeded until Adam and Eve fell in the Garden in Eden, and the promise that God made to Adam about eating fruit from the tree in the middle of the Garden, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, was realized.  God warned Adam, “but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”  Genesis 2:17  Death entered the universe and the loving innocent communion which Adam and Eve had with God was forever ruined by their disobedience and sin.  Though physical death was not immediately realized, it did come for them eventually.  This physical death revealed their devastated estate, that they were cut off from the life of God and destroyed by their sinful disobedience.  If not for the intervention of God, they would have been doomed to the eternal judgment of God in hell.  But God promised One would come to rescue us from our pathetic plight.   He promised us a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.  All of the Scripture relates to this historical event and the promise of salvation given by God to Adam and Eve after they fell.

Paul’s recourse to this historical event to explain the gift of God through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, is found in Romans 5:12-21.  God in this portion of Scripture reveals to us the origin of the sin that has plagued this world since the Fall, and His glorious mercy given to us through His Son Jesus Christ. 

Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned- (For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law.  Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.  But the free gift is not like the offense.  For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many.  And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned.  For the judgment which came from one offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many offenses resulted in justification.  For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)  Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life.  For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.  Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound.  But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Romans 5:12-21

Those who try to discount the truth of God’s Word, His revelation of the curse of sin, His judgment upon mankind because of our sin and His remedy for our dire predicament, reject the grace of God given to us only through His Son Jesus Christ. 

Just as Satan caused doubt to arise in Eve’s mind about the testimony of God when he questioned her about God’s commandment, And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” Genesis 3:1, so too today, many voices have arisen calling into question the truth of God’s Word.  They often claim to be “recovered Christians” saying that they were either at one time a part of the body of Christ, or they still claim to be “Christians”, but reject God, His Word and His Son.  These are evil workers who lead others astray and deserve the just condemnation of God in hell for their slander of God and His truth. 

But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction.  And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed.  By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber. 2 Peter 2:1-3 

While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage.  For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning.  For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them.  But it has happened to them according to the proverb:  “A dog returns to his own vomit,” and, “a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire.”  2 Peter 2:19-22   

I am always amazed by those who want to give heretics the benefit of the doubt.  If God doesn’t then neither should we as believers.  If we don’t stand against their evil work then we are aiding and abetting the enemy of God and the enemy of the souls of men. 

If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds.  2 John 10-11. 

We must not dialogue with heretics, we must reprove them, preaching the truth and leaving them to God to judge.

The doctrine of salvation is given in these passages of Scripture: 

This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.  However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life.  1 Timothy 1:15-16    

But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.  My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin.  And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.  And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world. 1 John 1:7-2:2 

And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among who also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.  But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.  For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.   Ephesians 2:1-10 

For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another.  But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.  Titus 3:3-7

“The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand.  He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” John 3:35-36 

Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you –unless you believed in vain.  For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received:  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,.. 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 

But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe.  For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. Romans 3:21-26 

The Bible is replete with verses about salvation.  This salvation always centers upon our need for a Savior, because our sins and our evil deeds have separated us from God and incurred His just wrath against us.  Our salvation is dependent upon Jesus Christ and the work that He has completed for us on behalf of holy God.  We must repent of our sin and put our faith in Jesus Christ and believe the good news of His death upon the cross for our sins and His glorious resurrection from the dead.  When we believe the Word of God, the Bible, about God’s Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we are then reconciled to God and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit as the guarantee of our redemption, and our constant guide and teacher as we await Christ’s return or our entrance into heaven upon our death. Jesus Christ, because of God’s great mercy, grace and love has done all for us so that we can have eternal life, knowing the Father and the Son.  Praise be to God for His glorious doctrine of salvation revealed and taught in the Scriptures.  May He be glorified as many turn to Him, believing His wonderful doctrine of salvation.

3 “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.”  John 17:3

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17 Responses to The Doctrine of Salvation

  1. Eliza,

    Interesting doctrine of salvation message – but you messed it up by including works as a requirement!

    You said, “We must repent of our sin and put our faith in Jesus Christ…”

    There is no place in the God’s Word (specifically the KJV) where we are told to “repent of our sins” in order to gain salvation. That would be adding works to God’s Precious Free Gift of eternal Life by Grace through Faith in Jesus Christ alone. We should never add works to God’s Salvation by Grace.
    Romans 11:6
    “And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.”

    Titus 3:5
    “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

    We believe in Jesus, (not by works) then we are regenerated and renewed by the indwelling of God’s Holy Spirit.

    In Jesus Christ eternally, Jack (aka ExPreacherMan)


    • Eliza says:

      Hi Jack,
      You are equating turning from sin to trying to establish our standing before God by what we do, especially law keeping. You have wrested Scripture out of the context of the whole Bible and are trying to make it say something that God never intended for it to say. God’s word clearly says that we must turn from our sin and turn to God. Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him. The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ-He is Lord of all-that word you know, which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee after the baptism which John preached: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. And we are witnesses of all things which He did both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem, whom they killed by hanging on a tree. Him God raised up on the third day, and showed Him openly, not to all the people, but to witnesses chosen before by God, even to us who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead. And He commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is He who was ordained by God to be Judge of the living and the dead. To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins.” While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word. Acts 10:34-44 When they heard these things they became silent, and they glorified God, saying,”then God has also granted to the Gentiles repentance to life.” Acts 11:18 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers, remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father, knowing beloved brethren, you election by God. For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake. And you became followers of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit, so that you became examples to all in Macedonia and Achaia who believe. For from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place. Your faith toward God has gone out, so that we do not need to say anything. For the themselves declare concerning us what manner of entry we had to you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come. 1 Thessalonians 1:2-10 Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” Mark 1:14-15
      These Scriptures make it clear that turning from sin (repentance) and placing our faith in Jesus Christ is required for our salvation. If we continue to sin then we are denying the Scriptures and the whole reason that Jesus came to this earth, He came to redeem us from our sins, not only the penalty of sin but also the power of sin. He genuinely rescues us from our wickedness, but we must agree with Him that it is sin and that we cannot continue in sin, that is called repentance.
      “Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom he has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead. Acts 17:30-31 Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, but declared first to those in Damascus and in Jerusalem, and throughout all the region of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent, turn to God, and do works befitting repentance. Acts 26:19-20
      You preach a false gospel that cannot save. We are clearly commanded to repent and believe in the gospel of our salvation.


      • Eliza,

        Thanks for the voluminous scripture but none of them support your premise that one must turn from sin for salvation. Not one verse said anyone gains salvation by turning from sin in order to believe…

        Tell me:
        1. You state one MUST turn from sins in order to believe to be saved. How many sins do you think one must turn from in order to justify oneself before God?
        2. If one turns from all sins (impossible1 John 1:8) and then believes in Jesus but returns to sin, is he unsaved, and then God removes his Holy Spirit Seal which, according to Scripture, seals believers until the day of redemption. That Seal of the Holy Spirit cannot be removed. Do you not understand that?
        ” And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” Ephesians 4:30
        3. Do you truly believe you have eternal life if you are in any way depending upon your turning from sin? You have an impossible task.

        I pray you will see and believe the Truth. Jesus is the SAVIOR, NOT a probation officer. Believers are saved by grace through their faith decision — not by works; therefore, no one can boast. Believers are created IN Christ Jesus unto (to do) good works — not by any false rules of a lordship “salvation” to be or stay saved. Believers SHOULD do good works because we are Saved by His Grace — unmerited favor. (Ephesians 2:8-10)

        Praying for you Eliza,

        In Jesus Christ eternally, Jack


  2. Eliza says:

    Lordship salvation looks to the law, something that Paul rebuked in Galatians, stating that trying to be justified by keeping the law resulted in the Galatians fall from grace. Nowhere in the Scriptures does God equate turning from sin with law keeping for salvation. The Jews and Judaizers demanded that those who wanted to be saved must be circumcised and keep the law. That is adding works to salvation. Saying one must be baptized or any other work that infers Jesus Christ’s death on the cross was somehow insufficient for our salvation is looking at our own efforts. That is damnable heresy. However, God’s Word is replete with commands to turn from sin. God’s Word clearly explains what repentance is: “Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways,” says the Lord God. “repent, and turn from all your transgressions, so that iniquity will not be your ruin. Cast away from you all the transgressions which you have committed, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For why should you die , O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of the one who dies,” says the Lord God. “Therefore turn and live!” Ezekiel 18:30-32
    Where would the Israelites get a new heart and spirit, but from the living God, from Jesus Christ, Who has given us the way of salvation wherein we do get a new heart and spirit. “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,” then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” Now where there is remission of these there is no longer an offering for sin. Hebrews 10:16-18 “Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them, Ezekiel 36:25-27 For who, having heard, rebelled? Indeed, was it not all who came out of Egypt, led by Moses? Now with whom was he angry forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness? And to whom did he swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief. Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it….Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience. Hebrews 3:16-4:2 & 4:11 Beloved, now we are the children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness. And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin. Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him. Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God. In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother. 1 John 3:2-10
    The Scripture I shared in my first reply demonstrated that repentance was part of salvation, and that repentance resulted in a change of direction for those who had placed their faith in Jesus Christ. Your response to my reply mischaracterized what I said. I did not say one must turn from their sin in order to believe and be saved, I said the Scriptures make it clear that repentance and faith in Jesus Christ is necessary for salvation. I stand by that statement and disavow your twisting of what I said. We cannot genuinely repent of our sin without first believing what the Bible says about our lost condition and God’s powerful effective solution through His Son Jesus Christ. Repentance is acknowledging we are sinners, crying out to God for His forgiveness that He offers us through His Son Jesus Christ, believing the gospel, placing our faith in Jesus Christ, and turning away from going our own way to going God’s way. In Acts chapter two, after Peter had shared the truth about Jesus Christ, those who listened were cut to the heart and cried out what shall we do? Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38 He confronted them as those who murdered their promised Messiah; of course, they would have to repent of what they did and instead place their faith in Jesus Christ as their beloved Savior and Lord. They had to agree that what they did was wicked and instead, believe in Jesus as Lord and Christ. The only work here, is the powerful working of God’s Word in their hearts by His Holy Spirit, convicting them of sin and bringing them to genuine repentance and faith. And so God does with all who are saved. However, we must repent (turn from our sinful rebellion against Him, why do you think the Jews crucified Jesus Christ?) and believe the truth from God’s Word the Bible about His glorious Son Jesus Christ.
    Obviously, God works in us for His glory, praise, honor, and our obedience by His indwelling Holy Spirit, and the effective working of His Word in our hearts and lives. I believe the Scriptures and I am secure in my salvation, knowing that Jesus Christ has forgiven me of my sins and has given me eternal life. I believe God’s Word that if I confess my sins, He is faithful and just to forgive me of my sins and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I know that I have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. I know that He intercedes for me at the right hand of God. I know that I can go to Him and find help and grace in time of need. I also know that He has given me a new heart and spirit, I have Christ dwelling in my heart by faith, and His Holy Spirit engenders within me the desire and ability to obey Him and glorify Him. We are not saved from sin so that we can continue in sin, we are saved from sin so that we can know Him and live for Him. For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. & Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 & 17.
    As with so many, you have placed a grid of your own doctrine over the Word of God, so that you cannot see the clear truth of the Word of God, that we must repent, turn from our sinful rebellion against the Lord God Almighty and put our faith in Jesus Christ.

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  3. Most of the false conversions I have seen (possibly including my own) have a key feature to all of them…no true conviction of sin, or repentance. Usually, a false gospel, or significant error is also involved!

    Repentance, both at conversion and for the rest of our lives is at the heart of salvaion. God calls us, the Holy Spirit convicts us of our sin, and in response we repent and believe in Jesus Christ for our salvation. I am not sure why this is giving Ex-Preacher Man such difficulty. This isn’t works-based. It merely shows the process of salvation. Our ability to repent and believe is a gift from the Lord, but it still has to be done. How can we not repent? I am a bit confused as to EXP’s point.

    Perhaps some further Bible teaching will be helpful:

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  4. lyn says:


    You have rightly divided the word of God, to His glory.
    The Bible does indeed command repentance and believing on the Lord Jesus, that is not a work, it is a command. To present a Gospel without repentance is to present an accursed gospel; those who claim adding repentance as a work are not understanding the repeated command throughout the bible to repent. It is crystal clear in Acts 17:30, ‘ “Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent.’ It was found in the Old Testament as well—-
    Ezek. 14:6 – “Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “Repent and turn away from your idols and turn your faces away from all your abominations.
    Ezek. 18:30 – “Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, each according to his conduct,” declares the Lord GOD. “Repent and turn away from all your transgressions, so that iniquity may not become a stumbling block to you.
    Ezek. 18:32 – “For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies,” declares the Lord GOD. “Therefore, repent and live.”

    If God Almighty commands repentance, who are we to say it shouldn’t be spoken of? Far be if for any man to take away from the word of the Lord.

    May the Lord bless you as you stand firm on His truth

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  5. Eliza says:

    Your words of encouragement mean a great deal to me. Thank you and God bless you:)


  6. Matthew Malin says:

    If the Gospel did not include turning from our sins then Jesus wasted His time on the cross! Forgiveness for our sins was the motivation but us turning from them and following Jesus was the goal!

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  7. Joy says:

    Jesus early message, and John the Baptist’s as well, was simply, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” I do not understand the tangents people get on, where repentance is not necessary. These conversations are like which came first, the chicken or the egg? Does not matter, we must have eggs to have chickens and chickens produce eggs. Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. Go and sin no more. Hold fast to the truth you have been taught. He who persevere to the end will be saved. God knows the exact moment we passed from death to life, when we believed on the Lord Jesus Christ. For some there is a strong conversion experience, (biblical example: Paul) for others, it may not be so clear cut (Timothy, continuing in what he had been taught). That sort of argument is divisive – if you believe on the Lord Jesus, then rejoice that your name is written in the Lambs book of life and live for Jesus. Tell others the good news.

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  8. Eliza says:

    Amen! This is related to denying the Lordship of Jesus Christ over our lives. If we do not believe in the Lord Jesus Christ we are believing in a false christ. There are over 100 verses in the New Testament KJV where Jesus Christ is called Lord. But here is one of the most telling verses regarding His Lordship and our salvation:

    If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha. 1 Corinthians 16:22

    If any man does not love the Lord Jesus Christ let him be accursed. That pretty much says it all. Those who argue against the Lordship of Jesus Christ over our lives and deny the command to repent take Scripture out of context, or don’t compare it to other Scripture, and rely heavily upon human reason.

    In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.
    2 Thessalonians 1:8-10

    Those who deny the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the command for all sinners to repent and put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ are denying the gospel and doomed to destruction. I pray they repent! God bless you:)


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  11. In reading through and studying the Word, is it worth consideration that salvation is made possible by a combination of things? Scripture certainly indicates this. Hearing and believing the word is necessary (Rom. 10:14; 10:17). Repentance (turning away from one’s sin, Acts). Confession also is involved. Baptism (immersion) appears to be part of this entire process (lots of scripture indicate this). Then there is God’s grace (Charis in the greek). A word we have interpreted incorrectly. The writers of the NT and 1st century Christians understood this word as a reciprocity system. Charis (grace) is given but something is also expected in return. The receiver MUST do something as the recipient of Charis. This idea is further supported contextually when we read Rom 3:23. We can fall from grace. Grace is contingent upon obedience. Does this make salvation a work? No…unless one wants to insist that obedience must be relegated to the status of only a “work.” (I would encourage all to read again the story of Noah and identify the precipitating catalyst to his saving of himself and his family). And then, of course, all of this is a mute point without our Savior and his sacrifice. We have a tendency to get hung up on one or two verses, failing to consider the entire process of salvation. Some hang it all on Grace, some hang it all on Belief, some hang it all on Baptism, etc…Just because I believe in Christ does not automatically grant me salvation. Jesus said that the demons believe…are they saved? Faith, Obedience, Hearing, Confession, Repentance, Baptism, Grace, the Cross, Steadfastness…all part of God’s wonderful plan for our redemption and salvation. Why would a Christian want to take any of these pieces out and make an exhaustive declaration based entirely upon that one item? God’s Word does not do this. Neither should we. And certainly not to the point of division among ourselves. I don’t know anyone who would watch 15 minutes of a movie and claim to know the entire plot, or read only one chapter of “To Kill a Mockingbird” and claim to know what motivates Atticus Finch. Yet this is exactly what many do when they read God’s word. Romans is good. So is Acts. The gospels also. But none are greater and more authoritative than the whole. May God’s mercy and peace be upon all of us as we study and strive to become His sanctified children. Peace.

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    • Eliza says:

      I would disagree with you though; salvation is the gift of God given to sinners who repent of their sins and put their faith in Jesus Christ. Why would they repent of their sins? Christ, through His Holy Spirit, has convicted them of their sins, in the first place so they would want His gift of salvation. Without the knowledge and acknowledgment of our sinful dire predicament, that we are rebellious evil-doers who have transgressed God’s laws and are condemned to suffer eternity in Hell because of our sin and God’s righteous judgment, then salvation becomes just adding Jesus to our already great lives. So the sinner goes on in dead in their trespasses and sins having believed in a counterfeit christ who only wants to make their lives happy and fulfilling. This is what drives the prosperity gospel.

      No genuine saving faith is the result of God given conviction through His Word by the power of the Holy Spirit that one is a sinner bound for Hell. The sinner so convinced is then ready for God’s gift of salvation. God has made the way to save the sinner not only from Hell but also from his sin. Jesus Christ died upon the cross taking the punishment that we deserve canceling the written decree against us, killing off the old man so that all who repent of their sin and believe in Him are saved from eternal damnation and the indwelling power of sin. He rose again from the dead proving His atonement was sufficient to save any and all who will come to Him by faith. His resurrection power in the life of the believer gives them the ability to walk in a manner worthy of the calling of Christ. So those who teach faith without repentance are actually denying the gospel. Throughout the whole of the Bible, the gospel is all about delivering the sinner from God’s just judgment and their sin. To continue in a lifestyle of unrepentant sin proves that the power of Christ is not in the life of that individual and so they are not saved.

      Salvation of the sinner in a sense is simple: the sinner only has to repent of their sin and put their faith in Jesus Christ. He has done all to deliver the sinner from the power and penalty of sin. Simple faith in the gospel is the means of salvation. Since the gospel is all about sin, then the individual who is saved must turn from their sin and trust the Savior to give them the gift of eternal life and reconciliation with God through the forgiveness of their sins because He has suffered the wrath of God in their stead when He suffered and died upon the cross. The sinner knows that Jesus Christ is well able to do this because He arose from the dead, being God the Son of God, and is at the right hand of the Father for all who put their faith in Him.

      So we see that salvation is all about Jesus Christ and what He has accomplished for the sinner on the behalf of God the Father. We are saved by grace through faith and that not of ourselves it is the gift of God lest anyone should boast. Praise God for His glorious work and gift of salvation! Amen!

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  12. Eliza, great commentary! I agree with everything you have stated with one exception, and perhaps I am misunderstanding. You stated, “Salvation of the sinner in a sense is simple: the sinner only has to repent of their sin and put their faith in Jesus Christ.” While this is a true statement, I think that there is more to it. We know that there were those in the NT who did this very thing. They were saved! Yet somewhere along they way they slid backwards, they stopped bearing fruit. As a result they were cut off and cast away. Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ once we are saved, however this does not mean that we remain saved without obligation or question. This is where we are obligated to live a life in obedience to God’s will. Although we may continue to fall short (miss the mark-defintion of sin) God’s grace remains available to us as long as we are doing our best to remain steadfast. We are still walking towards God, so to speak. But the Christian who was once saved yet decides to completely reject God and walk away has given up the gift of salvation. Does not mean that they were never really saved. I read several examples in scripture where Christians had salvation and lost it because of their disobedience. Though Christ pleads for us to return to Him, we have the power and free will to reject this gift of salvation. So this thing of obedience plays a major role in the broad scheme of salvation. I’m not in anyway suggesting we can somehow earn our salvation by our deeds. We will always be upside down in this loan…never able to repay the gift. But I cannot support a doctrine of once saved always saved or other Calvinistic theology. With such doctrine one must accept certain contradictions within scripture, which obviously is problematic. Just wanted to clarify some thoughts. Again, I enjoy your insight and your obvious dedication to the study of God’s Word. Grace and Peace to you!

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  13. Eliza says:

    Dear Craig,
    Thank you for reading and commenting. Here is a post about eternal life.

    We have eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ. There is nothing that we can do to earn it, and the very nature, eternal, means we can’t lose it. I don’t agree with Calvinistic theology, but neither do I doubt that the sinner, once saved, is saved for eternity and cannot lose their salvation. A good place to examine this doctrine is in the books of 1 and 2 Corinthians. There was grievous sin occurring in that church. Did Paul say they had lost their salvation? No, he urged them to repent and warned them that those who lived a certain way would not inherit the kingdom of God. In 2 Corinthians, he writes to the church to receive back into fellowship the erring brother and not to be harsh on him, to avoid being involved in Satan’s tactics. At the end of the second epistle, Paul warns the believers that they should examine themselves to see if Christ is in them. If they don’t have Christ, they are not saved. He never says that they have lost their salvation. He does warn them against godless living and doctrine, and in chapter 15 of 1 Corinthians he states that those who reject the resurrection do not know God. They were not believers. We also know from Scriptures that saints can do some pretty awful sinful things, like King David. He was never accused of losing his salvation. No, those who live life without respect to the calling of the gospel, the integrity of God, and His command to live for His glory give testimony that they never knew Jesus Christ. They had believed in a false gospel, received a false spirit and followed a false christ.

    In this chapter of Philippians, God gives us His direction for godly living:

    12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who works in you to will and do for His good pleasure. Philippians 2:12-13

    Our walk with Christ comes from the fact that we are indwelt by Him by the power of the Holy Spirit and of course He is going to work in our hearts to be obedient and bear fruit for His kingdom. He gets all the glory, although, we are commanded to obey. But obedience without the life of Christ in us is just dead religiosity, and a claim to faith without the work of God in our hearts that bears obedient fruit for His glory is just a lie. God abundantly bless you for His glory and praise. Amen!


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