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