Salvation

Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.

A. Regeneration, or the new birth, is a work of God's grace whereby believers become new creatures in Christ Jesus. It is a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Repentance and faith are inseparable experiences of grace.

Repentance is a genuine turning from sin toward God. Faith is the acceptance of Jesus Christ and commitment of the entire personality to Him as Lord and Saviour.

B. Justification is God's gracious and full acquittal upon principles of His righteousness of all sinners who repent and believe in Christ. Justification brings the believer unto a relationship of peace and favor with God.

C. Sanctification is the experience, beginning in regeneration, by which the believer is set apart to God's purposes, and is enabled to progress toward moral and spiritual maturity through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in him. Growth in grace should continue throughout the regenerate person's life.

D. Glorification is the culmination of salvation and is the final blessed and abiding state of the redeemed.

Genesis 3:15; Exodus 3:14-17; 6:2-8; Matthew 1:21; 4:17; 16:21-26; 27:22-28:6; Luke 1:68-69; 2:28-32; John 1:11-14,29; 3:3-21,36; 5:24; 10:9,28-29; 15:1-16; 17:17; Acts 2:21; 4:12; 15:11; 16:30-31; 17:30-31; 20:32; Romans 1:16-18; 2:4; 3:23-25; 4:3ff.; 5:8-10; 6:1-23; 8:1-18,29-39; 10:9-10,13; 13:11-14; 1 Corinthians 1:18,30; 6:19-20; 15:10; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Galatians 2:20; 3:13; 5:22-25; 6:15; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-22; 4:11-16; Philippians 2:12-13; Colossians 1:9-22; 3:1ff.; 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24; 2 Timothy 1:12; Titus 2:11-14; Hebrews 2:1-3; 5:8-9; 9:24-28; 11:1-12:8,14; James 2:14-26; 1 Peter 1:2-23; 1 John 1:6-2:11; Revelation 3:20; 21:1-22:5.

 

YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN

In recent years the words "born again", have been misused and misunderstood by many well-meaning people. Jesus introduced this term in the third chapter of John's Gospel when Nicodemus came to Him one night concerned about, "who this Jesus fellow really is."

Nicodemus' inquiry:

John 3:1 There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.

2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, "Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from

God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him."

Jesus' answer gets straight to the point:

3 Jesus answered and said to him, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."

Nicodemus is confused:

4 Nicodemus said to Him, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?"

Jesus explains:

5 Jesus answered, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot

enter the kingdom of God.

6 "That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

7 "Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again.'

8 "The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and

where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit."

Nicodemus needs more help:

9 Nicodemus answered and said to Him, "How can these things be?"

Jesus responds:

10 Jesus answered and said to him, "Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things?

11 "Most assuredly, I say to you, We speak what We know and testify what We have seen, and you do

not receive Our witness.

12 "If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly

things?

13 "No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is

in heaven.

14 "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up,

15 "that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.

16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should

not perish but have everlasting life.

17 "For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him

might be saved.

18 "He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already,

because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

19 "And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather

than light, because their deeds were evil.

20 "For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be

exposed.

21 "But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been

done in God."

In the book of Romans the Bible tells us that "All have sinned and come short of the glory of God." 3:23

1st John 1:5 This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and

in Him is no darkness at all.

6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.

7 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.

8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all

unrighteousness.

10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

That the wages of sin is death (eternal separation from God in a place identified as the lake of fire in Revelation 3:15), but the gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23

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. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, "Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame." For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. Romans 10:9-12

For "whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved." Romans 10:13

I have shared this information with more people than I can remember. In response I received questions like:

What about all of the good things that I have done? Don't they count for anything?

I am kind, I give to the poor, I help the weak, I work with under privileged children, volunteer time at the hospital, ** ** ** ** ** ** ** * and so on.

In Romans 6:23, God tells us that our born again experience is a gift from God. A gift that is freely given and must be freely accepted, not worked for or earned in any way.

The Bible puts it this way in Ephesians 2:8-9 "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."

We are told in Galatians 2:16 "knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified."

And in Galatians 3:11 "But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for "The just shall live by faith."

And in Galatians 3:24 "Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith."

In Titus 3:5 we read "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,"

These are only a few verses in the Bible that assure us that we can not be born again by any good works on our part.

Jesus said to His disciples in John 14:6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

After reading this you may be asking yourself, how did I ever get into a situation like this?

"THE BEGINNING".

*************** In the beginning God created man and woman: **************

Genesis 5:1 This is the book of the genealogy of Adam. In the day that God created man, He made him in

the likeness of God.

2 He created them male and female, and blessed them and called them Mankind in the day they were

created.

God created man and woman in His Image, or likeness. A sinless, perfect, righteous creature. We know that God did not create them in His physical image, for God is spirit and has no physical image. JOHN 4:24 teaches us that "God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."

God's reason for creating man and woman:

Revelation 4:11 "You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will (for your pleasure) they exist and were created."

Dwelling provision for man and woman:

Genesis 2:15 Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.

16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, "Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat;

God's only restriction on man and woman in the beginning:

Genesis 2:17 "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." (Be spiritually opposed to God)

God's first allowed testing of man and woman:

Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, "Has God indeed said, "You shall not eat of every tree of the garden?"

2 And the woman said to the serpent, "We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden;

3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat it, nor

shall you touch it, lest you die."

Satan's first lie recorded in the Bible:

Genesis 3:4 Then the serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die."

5 "For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."

 

Jesus taught, speaking to the Pharisees:

John 8:42 Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth

and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me.

43 "Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word.

44 "You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a

murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him.

When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.

Man and woman fail God's very first test:

Genesis 3:6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.

Too late man and woman realize their failure:

Genesis 3:7a Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked;

Man and woman's effort to cover their sin.

 

Genesis 3:7b and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.

God visits man and woman in the garden:

Genesis 3:8 And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and

Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.

Then the LORD God called to Adam and said to him, "Where are you?"

Man responds to God's presence:

Genesis 3:10 So he said, "I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself."

God requires accountability:

Genesis 3:11 And He said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?"

Man and woman confess their sin of disobedience to God:

(The origination of "the blame game".)

Adam blames Eve;

Genesis 3:12 Then the man said, "The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate."

Eve blames the Serpent;

13 And the LORD God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?" The woman said, "The serpent

deceived me, and I ate."

Spiritual death brings God's judgement.

Genesis 3:14 So the LORD God said to the serpent: "Because you have done this, You are cursed more

than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you shall go, And you shall eat

dust All the days of your life.

15 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."

God pronounces judgment on the woman:

Genesis 3:16 To the woman He said: "I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; In pain you shall bring forth children; Your desire shall be for your husband, And he shall rule over you."

God pronounces judgment on the man and earth:

Genesis 3:17 Then to Adam He said, "Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten

from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, 'You shall not eat of it': "Cursed is the ground for

your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life.

18 Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, And you shall eat the herb of the field.

19 In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, For out of it you were

taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return."

God's hatred for sin is so great that only the shedding of blood can atone for it.(Provide a covering.)

Genesis 3:21 Also for Adam and his wife the LORD God made tunics of skin, and clothed them. (Something had to die to cover man's sin.)

Hebrews 9:22 And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.(Freedom)

Through man's genealogy, sin has been passed down through the centuries, so all are born with a sin nature.

Genesis 5:3 And Adam lived one hundred and thirty years, and begot a son in his own likeness, after his image, (sin filled likeness and image)and named him Seth.

Because of the inheritance of the sin nature we are aware that we all have the same tendency to fail.

For hundreds of years God allowed people to transfer the penalty of their sin to animals that were sacrificed in their place. (example)

Leviticus 4:32 'If he brings a lamb as his sin offering, he shall bring a female without blemish.

33 'Then he shall lay his hand on the head of the sin offering, and kill it as a sin offering at the place

where they kill the burnt offering.

34 'The priest shall take some of the blood of the sin offering with his finger, put it on the horns of the

altar of burnt offering, and pour all the remaining blood at the base of the altar.

(NOTE: Sin offerings were required for individual sins committed. See the book of Leviticus for a detailed study.)

God's reminder in the new testament of the penalty for sin.

Romans 6:23a For the wages of sin is death,

God's provision for that sin comes in the form of a gift from God to the sinner.

Romans 6:24b "but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."

God; in His sovereignty, replaced the sacrifice for the price of sin from animals to His own Son.

God sent His Son Jesus to take our place.

Galatians 4:4 But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born

under the law,

5 to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.

God did not cancel out the requirement for accountability for sin. He sent his Son to meet that requirement.

Matthew 5:17 "Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.

John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Jesus did not come to judge or condemn

John 3:17 "For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

18 "He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already,

because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

19 "And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather

than light, because their deeds were evil.

20 "For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be

exposed.

21 "But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been

done in God."

Question: How can Jesus take my place if all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God?

Answer: Jesus does not have the same Father as we. He is the Son of God and did not inherit the sin nature through Adam's genealogy.

Luke 1:26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named

Nazareth,

27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin's name was

Mary.

28 And having come in, the angel said to her, "Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed

are you among women!"

29 But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this

was.

30 Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.

31 "And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus.

32 "He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the

throne of His father David.

33 "And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end."

34 Then Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I do not know a man?"

35 And the angel answered and said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the

Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son

of God.

Matthew 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit.

21 "And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people

23 "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,"

Jesus' Father is the Holy Spirit, Who is in fact God.

Acts 5:3 But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep

back part of the price of the land for yourself?

4 "While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why

have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God."

Jesus being born sinless and living a sinless life does not owe his life to sin. Therefore He is able to offer His life as payment for all that have sinned.

1st Peter 2:21 For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:

22 "Who committed no sin, nor was guile found in His mouth";

2nd Corinthians 5:21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

1st John 2:1 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 (Holy innocent).

2 And He Himself is the propitiation (payment in full) for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the

whole world.

How then does one receive this gift of forgiveness?

Romans 10:1 Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved.

2 For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge.

3 For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have

not submitted to the righteousness of God.

4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

5 For Moses writes about the righteousness which is of the law, "The man who does those things shall

live by them."

6 But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, "Do not say in your heart, 'Who will ascend into

heaven?' " (that is, to bring Christ down from above)

7 or, " 'Who will descend into the abyss?' " (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).

8 But what does it say? "The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart" (that is, the word of faith

which we preach):

9 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.

10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto

salvation.

God makes no distinction between people.

Romans 10:12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him.

For "whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved."

How then do we obtain this forgiveness and become a child of God?

Romans 10:9 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.

10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto

salvation.

A simple prayer of confession is all that is required:

Father I understand by what is taught in the scripture that I am a sinner. I understand that I am in need of a Savior. I believe that You have provided that Savior in Your Son, Jesus. Please forgive me for my sin Lord Jesus, and come into my heart. Live your life through me that You may be glorified in all I say and do. Give me power through your Holy Spirit to resist the temptations of Satan and protect me from the Evil One. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

*** In the end, God has offered redemption to every Man, Woman, and Child. ***

After accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior it is important to locate and attend a good Bible teaching, Bible preaching Church that is interested in sharing the truth of man's need with others.

Jesus performed many wonderful miracles while He lived on earth, but by His own words He tells us that His primary purpose for coming was to redeem mankind.

Luke 19:10 "for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost."

May God bless you in your new life and if you have questions please feel free to call on me at any time.

Pastor Stan Smith

Dayspring Baptist Church

369 NE "A" Street

P.O. Box 2662

Grants Pass Oregon, 97528

(541) 476-4547

We find this fact confirmed in the Scripture.

which is translated, "God with us."

from their sins."

God pronounces judgement on the tempter; Satan:

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