Bible Salvation by God’s Grace

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)

Casual conversations about the day of judgement are always interesting, because it seems that almost everyone has an opinion about that day. Personal views about the “standard” of judgement canĀ  be a point of contention sometimes, as our opinions are usually based on our feelings or emotions rather than upon the one and only reliable source. We need to be as sure as we can be about this matter. We need to accept only the written Word of God and not just any popular doctrine of our day. Obviously, there is no issue in life that is more important than learning what determines our eternal destiny. God has revealed His plan of salvation by His amazing grace within the Holy Scriptures. “And this is the testimony, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.” (1 John 5:11)

God’s Word warns about false teachers. “But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgement has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber.” (2Peter 2:1-3)

God’s Word directs all to “receive” the Gospel. “Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the Gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the scriptures.” (1Cor.15:1-4)

God’s Word requires personal faith in His Word. “And He said unto them, ‘you are from beneath; I am from above.You are of this world; I am not of this world. Therefore I said unto you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.” (John 8:24)

God’s Word requires a “turning from” all sins. “I tell you no; unless you repent you will all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:3) (Acts2:38))

God’s Word requires a public confession of one’s faith. “Therefore,whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.”(Matthew 10:32,33)

God’s Word commands all to be baptized into Christ. “Therefore, let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ. Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles,’men and brethren, what shall we do?’ Then Peter said unto them, ‘Repent and let every one of you be baptized into the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.'” (Acts 2:36-38) The Apostle Paul told the Christians at Galatia; ” For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” (Galatians 3:27)

God’s Word requires Christians to be faithful (and obedient) to Him. “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6)

“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. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:8-10)

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