January 11, 2015

Simplified Salvation – Philip Stong

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

By Philip Strong

The apostle Paul wrote regarding the revelation (i.e. the gospel), “…when you read you can understand…” Ephesians 3:4.  Could it be that so many don’t understand the gospel’s message of salvation because they don’t read it?  See if this simplified version helps.

Why do we need salvation?  Romans 3:23, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

What is sin? 1John 3:4, “Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.”  And, 1John 5:17a, “All unrighteousness is sin…”

God wants us to be saved. 1Timothy 2:3-4, “This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

So, He sacrificed His Son to save us. Romans 5:10, “For while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.”   Christ’s blood paid the penalty for our sins.  Ephesians 1:7, “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace…”

And He gave us the gospel.  Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also the Greek.”

The gospel tells us what to do to receive this salvation:

We must hear (listen to and learn). Romans 10:17, “So faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.”  We cannot believe and follow what we will not hear and heed.

We must believe (have faith in) in Jesus Christ, that He is the Son of God. John 8:24, “I said therefore to you, that you shall die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you shall die in your sins.”

We must repent (change) our hearts, minds, and conduct.  Luke 13:3, “I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” 

We must confess (affirm) our belief in Jesus as the Christ.  1John 4:15, “Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.”

We must be baptized (immersed) to contact the saving blood of Jesus and have our sins remitted.  Romans 6:3-4, “Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death?  Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, in order that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.”  

We must live according to the instructions of the gospel.  Titus 2:11-14, “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus; who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.”

Now who can’t understand and follow this simple plan of God for saving and allowing us to spend eternity with Him in heaven? It really is just that simple!


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