What Is Salvation? Part 1

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“Cast away from you all your transgressions by which you have transgressed against Me, and make you a new mind and heart and a new spirit. For why will you die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of him who dies, says the Lord God. Therefore turn (be converted) and live! (Ezekiel 18:31–32, AMP) “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.” (1 Timothy 2:3–4, NASB95)

Opening Remarks: “Salvation is one of the central messages of the Bible. Scripture reveals God but it also reveals his plan for the human race, that of salvation. In that sense, salvation is the theme of both the OT and NT. Because of the progressive nature of revelation man sees different aspects of God’s plan, but the kernel truth of salvation is present throughout the writings of the Bible. God is a God of salvation desiring that all humankind repent and be saved (Ez 18:32; 1 Tm 2:3, 4).” [Walter A. Elwell and Barry J. Beitzel, Baker encyclopedia of the Bible, 1988, 2, 1884].

In this intro lesson we are looking at an overview to the subject of Salvation. We are just crisscrossing this crucial subject. More details will be added in the upcoming Lessons.

[1] Salvation originates from/ belongs to/ spring from God — “Salvation belongs to the Lord. Your blessing is upon Your people. Selah” (Psalm 3:8, NKJV) “But the salvation of the righteous is from the Lord; He is their strength in the time of trouble.” (Psalm 37:39, NKJV) “Truly, in vain is salvation hoped for from the hills, And from the multitude of mountains; Truly, in the Lord our God Is the salvation of Israel.” (Jeremiah 3:23, NKJV)

[2] Salvation is of the purpose of God — [God] “who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began,” (2 Timothy 1:9, NKJV)

[3] Salvation is of the appointment of God — “For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,” (1 Thessalonians 5:9, NKJV)

[4] Salvation is by Christ — “In all their affliction He was afflicted, And the Angel of His Presence saved them; In His love and in His pity He redeemed them; And He bore them and carried them All the days of old.” (Isaiah 63:9, NKJV) “For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body.” (Ephesians 5:23, NKJV)

[5] Salvation is by Christ alone — “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”” (Acts 4:12, NKJV)

[6] Salvation is not by Works — “Not of works, lest anyone should boast.” (Ephesians 2:9, NKJV) “who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began,” (2 Timothy 1:9, NKJV) “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,” (Titus 3:5, NKJV)

[7] Salvation is of Grace — “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,” (Ephesians 2:8, NKJV)

[8] Salvation is of Love — “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8, NKJV) “In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (1 John 4:9–10, NKJV)

[9] Salvation is of Mercy — “Return, O Lord, deliver me! Oh, save me for Your mercies’ sake!” (Psalm 6:4, NKJV) “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,” (Titus 3:5, NKJV)

[10] Salvation is of the long-suffering of God — “And consider that the long-suffering of our Lord [His slowness in avenging wrongs and judging the world] is salvation (that which is conducive to the soul’s safety)” (2 Peter 3:15, AMP)

[11] Salvation is through faith in Christ — “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” (Acts 16:31, NKJV) “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9, NKJV)

[12] Salvation was announced after the Fall — “And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.”” (Genesis 3:15, NKJV)

[13] Salvation of Israel was predicted — “Say to those who are fearful-hearted, “Be strong, do not fear! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, With the recompense of God; He will come and save you.”” (Isaiah 35:4, NKJV) “But Israel shall be saved by the Lord with an everlasting salvation; You shall not be ashamed or disgraced Forever and ever.” (Isaiah 45:17, NKJV) “The Lord their God will save them in that day, As the flock of His people. For they shall be like the jewels of a crown, Lifted like a banner over His land—” (Zechariah 9:16, NKJV) “And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The Deliverer will come out of Zion, And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob;” (Romans 11:26, NKJV)

[14] Salvation of the Gentiles was predicted — “I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles, That You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.” (Isaiah 49:6b, NKJV) “The Lord has made bare His holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; And all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.” (Isaiah 52:10, NKJV) “Look to Me, and be saved, All you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other.” (Isaiah 45:22, NKJV)

[15] Salvation is revealed in the Gospel — “In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,” (Ephesians 1:13, NKJV) “But has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel,” (2 Timothy 1:10, NKJV)

[16] Salvation came to the Gentiles through the fall of the Jews — “I say then, have they stumbled that they should fall? Certainly not! But through their fall, to provoke them to jealousy, salvation has come to the Gentiles.” (Romans 11:11, NKJV)

[17] Reconciliation to God: A pledge of Salvation — “For if when 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.” (Romans 5:10, NKJV)

[18] Confession of Christ is necessary to Salvation — “For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:10, NKJV)

[19] Regeneration is necessary to Salvation — “Jesus answered him, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that unless a person is born again (anew, from above), he cannot ever see (know, be acquainted with, and experience) the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3, AMP)

[20] End time perseverance is necessary to Salvation — “And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.” (Matthew 10:22, ESV)

[21] Salvation: Searched into and exhibited by the prophets — “Of this salvation the prophets have inquired and searched carefully, who prophesied of the grace that would come to you,” (1 Peter 1:10, NKJV)

[22] The gospel is the power of God to Salvation — “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.” (Romans 1:16, NKJV) “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:18, NKJV)

[23] Preaching the word is the appointed means of Salvation — “For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.” (1 Corinthians 1:21, NKJV)

[24] The Scriptures are able to make wise to Salvation — “and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 3:15, NKJV) “Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.” (James 1:21, NKJV)

[25] Now is the day of Salvation — “Thus says the Lord: “In an acceptable time I have heard You, And in the day of salvation I have helped You; I will preserve You and give You As a covenant to the people, To restore the earth, To cause them to inherit the desolate heritages;” (Isaiah 49:8, NKJV) “For He says: “In an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” (2 Corinthians 6:2, NKJV)

[26] Salvation (from sin) is to be worked out with fear and trembling — “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;” (Philippians 2:12, NKJV)

 DEVOTIONAL IMPLICATION: Beloved, God is willing to give us Salvation– to save all human kind; but it is a choice each one of us need to make.  Listen to this text: “For 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.” (1 Timothy 2:3–4, NKJV) “The fact that God wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth does not mean that all will be saved—the Bible affirms that many people reject Christ (Matthew 25:31–46; John 12:44–50; Hebrews 10:26–29). But God’s desire is that all people would be saved, and he has provided in Christ the means to salvation. First Timothy 4:10 shows that the guarantee of salvation applies only to those who receive it.” [Bruce Barton, Philip Comfort, Grant Osborne, Linda K. Taylor, and Dave Veerman, Life Application New Testament Commentary, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale, 2001), 936].

THE GOSPEL’S VOICE: Beloved, we are saved by grace through faith: “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,” (Ephesians 2:8, NKJV) “Who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and gracewhich was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began,” (2 Timothy 1:9, NKJV)

Secondly, “the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,” (Titus 2:11, NKJV). This is a reference to the Incarnation, the first Advent of Jesus Christ, whose visitation upon the Earth came directly and solely from the grace of God. With His birth at Bethlehem, it was appropriate to say that salvation had indeed been brought to all men.

What is God’s grace?It is His “unmerited favor toward wicked, unworthy sinners, by which He delivers them from condemnation and death. But the grace of God is more than a divine attribute; it is a divine Person, Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ not only was God incarnate but was grace incarnate. He Himself personifies and expresses the grace of God, the sovereign, eternal, and unmerited divine gift of Him who has appeared, bringing salvation to all men.”

“Has appeared is from epiphainō, which carries the meaning of coming to light, especially that of becoming manifest in a way that previously was unseen. Jesus brought God’s saving purpose out of the shadows, as it were, into full light. God “has saved us, and called us with a holy calling.” [John F. MacArthur Jr., Titus, MacArthur New Testament Commentary, (Chicago: Moody Press, 1996), 107].

ACTION STEP: What response do you think this lesson should inspires us to do? [1] Know that God is willing to give you His salvation; Are you ready to receive this gift? [2] Be humble: Salvation is by grace through faith; “not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace.” There’s nothing you can do to purchase God’s salvation. It is not for sale! [3] Believe: Salvation is through faith in Jesus Christ.

[4] Because God has wonderfully saved us, the proper way to respond to His grace is to live holy lives. We ought to say “No” to sin and worldly lusts. What does God’s grace do to us? (v. 12) It teaches us to deny ungodliness — “It has trained us to reject and renounce all ungodliness (irreligion) and worldly (passionate) desires, to live discreet (temperate, self-controlled), upright, devout (spiritually whole) lives in this present world, (Titus 2:12, AMP) Beloved, Grace not only brings about initial change in our lives (conversion); it enables us thereafter to live victoriously: victory over sin.

WHAT MUST I DO? [1] Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ: “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.” (Mark 16:16, NKJV) “So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”” (Acts 16:31, NKJV)

[2] Confess the Lord Jesus: “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9, NKJV)

Have a Blessed Day:  “Look to Me, and be saved, All you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other.” (Isaiah 45:22, NKJV)

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