Understanding Salvation

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To understand salvation fully, a person should read the Gospel of John (or any of the four gospels) and the book of Acts.

The gospel of John teaches us who Jesus is, and what He has done for us. The book of Acts is the only book of the bible that gives detailed accounts of what specific individuals did to be saved after Jesus rose from the dead. These two books, prayerfully read by someone seeking God, will provide the answer to the question, “What must I do to be Saved?

Story of Salvation through Jesus Christ

We have also provided the story of salvation through Jesus Christ, with scripture references, below:

  • The most important truth we can ever learn is that God loves us.
    (John 3:16, 1 John 4:9-10, Romans 5:8) 
  • Even though we have fallen short of the perfect love and obedience that is required to spend eternity with Him. 
    (Romans 3:23, Romans 3:9-10, Isaiah 53:6, 1 John 1:8-10)
  • God has provided a way for us to overcome our failures. The way is through Jesus Christ, who is the Son of God. There is no other way to God except through Jesus.
    (John 14:6-7, John 10:9, Luke 22:67-70, Acts 4:10-12)
  • As the Son of God, Jesus left His place in heaven and became a man.
    (John 1:14, John 3:17, Philippians 2:5-8, Galatians 4:4-5)
  • As a man, Jesus lived a perfect life of love and obedience to His Father (God).
    (Hebrews 4:14-15, John 15:10, John 14:31)
  • Jesus was also willing and able to bear the punishment for our failures (our sins).
    (Titus 2:14, Matthew 16:21, John 18:11, Galatians 1:4)
  • Since the punishment for sin is death, Jesus took our sin upon Himself and was put to death on a cross.
    (2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 6:23, Matthew 27:31, Romans 5:6)
  • His dead body was taken away and buried.
    (Matthew 27:59-60, Acts 13:29, John 19:40-42)
  • On the third day after His crucifixion (death on a cross), God raised Jesus from the dead. Jesus will never die again. He has eternal life.
    (Acts 13:30, Romans 6:9, Acts 10:40-41, Hebrews 7:23-28)
  • If we have faith in His Son (Jesus), God promises to give us eternal life. We do not have to do anything to justify ourselves to Him. He already paid the price for our sin.
    (Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 3:21-30, Galatians 2:16, Galatians 3:24-27)
  • Faith is sometimes mistaken for merely understanding His promise, but faith is much more. It is being so sure of God that we do what He asks, knowing He will keep His promise to those who obey Him. This is not justifying ourselves to God; it is simply doing what He asks of us.
    (Hebrews 11:1-40, James 2:14-26)
  • The faith that initially brings us to salvation is through obedience to the gospel.
    (Romans 16:25-27, Hebrews 5:9, 1 Peter 4:17)
  • The gospel is a simple message that tells the story of Jesus and what He did to provide a way of salvation for us.
    (Acts 2:22-41, Acts 8:32-38, Acts 10:34-48)

It tells us that if we do the following, we will be saved and will receive eternal life:

  1. Believe in Jesus as the Son of God. (Mark 16:16, Acts 16:30-34, John 20:31, Romans 3:22)
  2. Repent from our sins and turn to God. (Acts 2:38, Acts 3:19, Acts 26:20, Acts 20:21)
  3. Confess our belief in Jesus as the resurrected Son of God. (Romans 8:9-10, Acts 8:37, Matthew 16:15-18, Luke 12:8, 1 Timothy 6:12)
  4. Be baptized. Baptism (immersion in water) is for forgiveness of sins and is what God asks us to do to be united with Jesus Christ. Our dead body of sin is buried with Jesus through baptism and raised with Him through our faith in the power of God. (Acts 2:38, Acts 22:16, Romans 6:1-11, Colossians 2:11-12)
  • If we will obey the gospel, God promises to give us His Spirit to help us through life.
    (Acts 5:32, Acts 2:38, John 14:15-17)
  • If we remain faithful, He promises to give us eternal life with Him in heaven.
    (Hebrews 10:36-39, 1 John 2:15-17, Galatians 6:8, 2 Peter 1:5-11)
  • God will do these things because He loves us.
    (1 John 3:16, Ephesians 2:4-6, 1 John 3:1)