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Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, where we must be saved (Acts 4:12). Jesus saith (said) to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh (comes) unto the Father, but by Me (John 14:6).
THE SAVIOUR OF LOST MANKIND
Everyone in the whole human race is hopelessly lost in sin's dark night. There is no hope for you outside of a Divine intervention. The beauty is, God has intervened on your behalf through the Lord Jesus Christ. By accepting God's plan of salvation, you can be saved from your sins and have a personal, loving relationship with God.
Are you ready to explore the wonders of God's salvation plan?
The next four (4) chapters will guide you through this delightful land of joy and peace with God.
KEY 1 - God has a plan for sinful man.
(See "The Way of Salvation" at the bottom of this page to see what God's plan is for sinful man.)
KEY 2 - People sin individually.
"But if ye (you) will not do so, behold, ye (you) have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out" (Numbers 32:23). (See Ezekiel 18:20.)
KEY 3 - There are national as well as individual sins.
"Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against His Anointed, saying, Let us break Their bands asunder, and cast away Their cords (restraints) from us" (Psalm 2:1-3).
KEY 4 - You are born with a proneness to go the way of sin.
"For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth (dwells) in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth (dwells) no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth (dwells) in me. I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me" (Romans 7:14-21).
KEY 5 - You cannot save yourself from your sins.
"O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?" (Romans 7:24).
KEY 6 – Everyone, including you, needs a Savior.
"And you hath (has) He quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye (you) walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh (works) in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others" (Ephesians 2:1-3).
KEY 7 - Only God can provide a Savior for you.
"For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time" (I Timothy 2:5, 6).
KEY 8 - God has given you a Savior.
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His Only Begotten Son, that whosoever believeth (believes) in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved" (John 3:16, 17).
KEY 9 - God's plan of salvation must be accepted by you.
"That was the True Light, which lighteth (lights) every man that cometh (comes) into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him, to them gave He power (the right) to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God" (John 1:9-13).
KEY 10 - Jesus Christ is the only Savior you have.
"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved" (Acts 4:12).
KEY 11 - God's salvation deals with your spirit, soul and body.
"And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is He that calleth (calls) you, who also will do it" (I Thessalonians 5:23, 24).
KEY 12 - God's salvation was foretold years before it came to you.
(See Appendix E - Prophecies concerning the Messiah)
KEY 13 - There are types of the plan of salvation found in the Bible.
(See the book of Hebrews for examples of this.)
KEY 14 - There are things found in nature that illustrate salvation
(beauty in nature, animals protecting their young, metamorphosis).
KEY 15 - There are people in the Bible who illustrate Jesus' love—Joseph, Joshua, Moses, to name a few.
KEY 16 - Your Savior is God in the flesh (the Perfect God-man).
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. ... And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth" (John 1:1, 14).
KEY 17 - Jesus was supernaturally created in the womb of Mary.
"Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as His mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost (Spirit)" (Matthew 1:18).
KEY 18 - Jesus was supernaturally raised from the dead.
(See Matthew 28; Mark 16; Luke 24; John 20 and 1 Corinthians 15:1-24)
KEY 19 - Jesus' salvation brings freedom to you from sin and sinning.
"For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His death, we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth (from now on) we should not serve sin"
(Romans 6:5, 6).
"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 (has) 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" (Romans 8:1-4).
KEY 20 - Jesus was born without sin. He lived a sinless life among us.
"For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin" (Hebrews 4:15).
KEY 21 - Your salvation will be completed when Jesus returns. (See Romans 8:18-25.)
Chapter 9 Study Questions
The answers to these question are found in Romans, the Gospel of John and 1st John in your New Testament Bible!
1. Have you accepted Jesus as your own personal Savior?
2. In what ways do people sin against God:
a. as individuals?
b. as a nation?
3. Can you quit the sin business on your own? Explain!
4. Why do you need a Savior?
5. Who can provide salvation? How? Why?
6. Do all roads lead to Heaven?
7. Can someone else be saved for you?
8. What is meant by full salvation?
9. Was salvation an after-thought of God?
10. What are some "types of salvation" found in the Bible?
11. What are some illustrations of salvation found in nature?
12. What makes Jesus different from everyone else?
13. Why is Jesus' resurrection so important to your salvation?
14. What is the importance of your coming resurrection?
pp. 163-166 in 7 Steps to God's Glorious Freedom
The Way of Salvation
When we are discussing salvation, we are talking about the main message of the Bible.
1. You must realize your need of being saved. If you think you can make it through life without God or anyone else's help, you will never be saved.
2. Before you can be saved, you need to see your lost condition. (Read Romans 5.)
3. You need to realize you are away from God with no way of getting to Him without His direct intervention. Regardless of what you do or anyone else does, you cannot be saved without God's forgiveness and love.
(Read the Book of Romans found in the Christian Bible.)
4. The answer to this problem has been worked out in a wonderful way through what Jesus has done for you. He took your guilt upon Himself and paid the price for your redemption. It is only through Jesus you find a way to be saved. (See Acts 4:12 and John 14:6.)
5. You do not work your way into salvation. Your good works will not save you. You need to accept what God has done for you through Jesus. (Read Proverbs 28:13, Ephesians 2:8-10, 1 John 1:9.)
6. When you are saved, you become a new creation with a desire to please God. (See 2 Corinthians 5:17-21.)
NOTE: A detailed discussion of this subject is found in Formulating a Christian Theology under Salvation. As you will see in Formulating a Christian Theology found at the end of Chapter 13, God saves you from the power and penalty of sin in this life. He saves you from the presence of sin when you are taken up into heaven to live with Him either by death or by the rapture.
pp. 82-83 in "7 Steps to God's Glorious Freedom"
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