SALVATION

(Eph 2:8-9) “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

We believe salvation is the free and gracious gift of God made available to every human through repentance toward God and faith toward Jesus Christ

Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ac 20:21)

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (Joh 3:16)

Repentance or Confession: Genuine expression of godly sorrow and acceptance of personal responsibility for sin along with a choice to turn from sin and to God. Repentance is a change of mind that results in a change of direction

For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.” (2Co 7:10)

“From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Mt 4:17)

“I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” (Lu 13:5)

“Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;” (Ac 3:19)

“But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.” (Ac 26:20)

Faith: A conscience choice to believe that Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose again for our sins just like the Bible says along with a heart belief that His work on the cross sets us free from the penalty of sin

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confessionis made unto salvation.” (Ro 10:9-10)

“And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” (Ac 16:30-31)

“But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.” (Joh 20:31)

At the moment of repentance and faith, the soul is released from the law of sin and death in the flesh and made righteous by the law of grace in the Spirit

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” (Ro 8:1-4)

The old sinful nature is spiritually crucified with Christ on the cross, and a new nature is spiritually resurrected in Christ: the Bible calls this event being, “Born Again”

“Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” (1Pe 1:23)

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” (Ga 2:20)

Once a person is genuinely saved, he is saved forever, and can do nothing to lose that salvation, even if he chooses not to follow God anymore, even if he does not believe he’s saved anymore

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.” (Joh 10:27-29)

“In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.” (Eph 1:13-14)

“If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.” (2Ti 2:13)

If a believer willfully resists or defies God’s leadership in his life, God will bring chastisement upon the backslider in order to lead him to repentance

For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. (Heb 12:6)

God’s intent is that believers would recognize the value and benefit of their new life in Christ and choose to walk in the Spirit as a saved person living like a saved person, rather than continuing to walk in the flesh as a saved person living like a sinner

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2Co 5:17)

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” (Ga 5:1)

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