FORTY THINGS WE ALL NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SALVATION
(A JOYOUS PRELUDE TO THIS WEEK’S “NEWS & VIEWS”: Carson Fulford, our sweet and beautiful fifteen year old granddaughter, was baptized into Christ by her father (our son) this past Sunday night at the church of Christ in Mentor, Ohio. We are so happy for Carson and so proud of her! Our son, his wife, and our two grandchildren are now all faithful members of the body of Christ. What more could a mother and father and a grandmother and grandfather ask for?)
Last summer we did three essays (not consecutively) on Forty Things We All Need To Know About The Church, Forty Things We All Need To Know About Christ, and Forty Things We All Need To Know About The Holy Spirit. Periodically throughout this year we plan to do three or four additional “Forty Things We All Need To Know . . .” articles. This week we identify Forty Things We All Need To Know About Salvation. It is important to note that in the Scriptures salvation is attributed to a number of factors. No one passage sets forth everything that is involved in one’s salvation, but while more may be required than a single passage states, nothing less than what is stated in a passage is necessary for salvation. For example, we are saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9), but that does not negate the fact that we also are saved by baptism (Mark 16:16; I Peter 3:21). Following are forty things we all need to know about salvation.
1. All have sinned and are in need of salvation (Romans 3:23).
2. God planned before time began to provide salvation through Jesus Christ (II Timothy 1:8-11; Titus 1:1-3).
3. Salvation is made possible according to the eternal purpose which God purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord (Ephesians 3:11).
4. Throughout the ages of Old Testament history God was preparing mankind for the coming of Christ into the world to save mankind (Genesis 3:15: 12:1-3; Deuteronomy 18:15-18; Galatians 3:16; 4:6).
5. Through numerous Old Testament types, shadows, pictures, and prophecies the redeeming work of Christ was set forth (I Peter 1:10-12; Hebrews 7:1-10:25).
6. God is our savior and desires all people to be saved (I Timothy 2:3-4).
7. Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners (Matthew 1:21; Luke 19:10; I Timothy 3:15).
8. Salvation is possible because of the death of Christ and His subsequent life following His resurrection (Romans 5:6-10; Hebrews 7:25).
9. Salvation is by the grace and mercy of God (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:4-7).
10. Salvation is by faith (Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 5:1).
11. Salvation is by the blood of Christ (Matthew 26:28; Romans 5:9; Ephesians 1:7).
12. We are saved by the gospel of Christ (Romans 1:16-17; I Corinthians 15:1-4).
13. Salvation is in the name of Christ (Acts 4:11-12).
14. Not everyone will be saved (Matthew 7:13-14, 21; II Thessalonians 1:6-10; Revelation 21:8).
15. Salvation depends on one’s obedience to Christ and the gospel (Matthew 7:21; Romans 6:16-18; Hebrews 5:8-9).
16. Salvation requires that one be born again of water and the Spirit (John 3:3-5).
17. The word of God is able to save our souls (James 1:21).
18. In order to be saved one must hear and understand the gospel (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Romans 10:17; I Corinthians 18:8; cf. Mark 4:12).
19. Salvation is dependent on faith in God and believing that Jesus Christ is the Son of God (Hebrew 11:6; John 8:24; 14:6).
20. Salvation demands genuine repentance of all sin (Luke 13:3-5; Acts 3:19; 17:30; II Peter 3:9).
21. Salvation requires a confession of one’s faith in Christ as the Son of God (Matthew 10:32-33; Acts 8:37 [KJV; NKJV]; Romans 10:9-10).
22. Baptism is necessary to salvation (Mark 16:15-16; Acts 2:38; 22:16; Galatians 3:26-27; I Peter 3:21).
23. Salvation requires being buried with Christ in baptism and being raised from the waters of baptism to walk in newness of life (Romans 6:1-6).
24. One is saved by calling on the name of the Lord (Acts 2:21; 22:16).
25. In order to be saved, one must obey from the heart that form of teaching (doctrine) to which he was delivered (Romans 6:16-18).
26. Salvation is not by meritorious works of human righteousness (Titus 3:4-7).
27. Salvation is by works of obedience to the will of God and not by faith only (Acts 10:34-35; James 2:24; Hebrews 5:8-9).
28. Salvation exists in three stages: a) Salvation from past sins (Acts 2:38; 22:16; Romans 6:1-7), b) Salvation in the present by remaining faithful to the Lord and continuing to walk in the light of God’s word (I John 1:8-10), c) Eternal salvation in heaven (I Peter 1:9; II Peter 1:10-11).
29. Salvation involves being reconciled to God in the one spiritual body of Christ, the church (Ephesians 2:11-22; 1:22-23; 4:4).
30. When one is saved from his past sins, he is added to the church, the body of people who have already been saved from their past sins (Acts 2:47).
31. Christ is the savior of the body, the church, and one must be a member of the church in order to have eternal salvation (Ephesians 5:23).
32. When one is saved from his past sins, he is translated into the kingdom of the Son of God’s love (Colossians 1:13).
33. At the end of time, Christ will deliver the kingdom to God the Father, and one must be a citizen of the kingdom in order to be among those who will be presented to the Father (I Corinthians 15:24).
34. We are saved in/by hope (Romans 8:24; Titus 1:1-3).
35. Eternal salvation in heaven depends on remaining faithful to the Lord and continuing steadfastly in service to Him (Matthew 10:22; Revelation 2:10; Acts 2:42; I Corinthians 15:58).
36. One can forfeit his or her salvation and fall away from the Lord, fall from grace, and be eternally lost (I Corinthians 10:12; Galatians 5:4; Hebrews 3:12).
37. Eternal salvation depends on being repentant of the sins we commit as Christians and confessing those sins (Acts 8:22; I John 1:9).
38. As Christians we must make our calling and election sure, so that we may have an abundant entrance into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (II Peter 1:10-11).
39. Eternal salvation will be realized in everlasting life in heaven (Philippians 3:20-21; II Corinthians 5:1; John 14:1-3).
40. Those who reject God’s gracious offer of salvation through Christ and those who forfeit their salvation by becoming unfaithful to the Lord will be eternally lost in hell (Matthew 25:46; II Thessalonians 1:6-10; Revelation 20:15; 21:8; Hebrews 10:31).
April 3, 2018
April 4, 11, 18, 25: Green Hill Church of Christ, Mount Juliet, TN