Doctrine of Salvation

God gave Adam a moral test (Gen 2:16, 17). When Adam failed this test, he lost fellowship with God; as a result, sin and death came into the world and passed to mankind (Gen 3:11-12; Rom 3:23; 6:23; 8:22). Sin is the lack of conformity to the moral law of God in desire, act or deed, in disposition or state. God gave to man a law to reveal his unholy state and desperate need for a savior (Rom 3:23; 1 Tim 1:9). All of mankind is guilty of sin. The penalty for sin is death both physical and spiritual (Ezek 18:4; Rom 6:23).

The salvation of man came through Jesus Christ the Son of God (John 3:16; 6:37-44; 14:6). The plan of salvation is wholly of God by grace on the basis of the redemption of Jesus Christ, the merit of his shed blood, and not on the basis of a person's merit or works (Rom 5:8; Eph 1:7; 2:8-10; 1 Pet 1:18-19). God graciously regenerates, saves, and sanctifies (Eph 1:4-11; 2 Thess 2:13; 2 Tim 2:10; 1 Pet 1:1-2). Regeneration is the work of the Holy Spirit by which He creates life in the believer at the moment of salvation (John 3: 3-7; Titus 3:5; 2 Cor 5:14-17).

Justification is the work of God by which He declares a person innocent and righteous upon faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ (Rom 8:33; Gal 3:6-8). The nature of justification is once-and-for-all. God imputes righteousness to the sinner's account. The vehicle of justification is by faith. Faith and repentance occur simultaneously (Acts 3:19). Repentance is to turn away from sin and towards God. It is intellectual, emotional and volitional.

God's salvific plan produces union with Christ (1 Cor 6:17; Eph 1:6; 2 Pet 1:4). For those in Christ, there is no condemnation and they are made free from the law (Rom 8:1-2). Union in Christ enables man for sanctification. Sanctification is both positional and progressive.  Throughout the life of the believer, God molds the believer into the image of Christ (1 Cor 6:11; Phil 1:6). Those who are in Christ can rest secure that their salvation is eternal and they do not risk losing it. Once a person is in Christ, he can never be removed from his position in Christ (John 10:28; Rom 8:31-39). Every person alive in Christ is involved in a daily conflict between sin and the Spirit. Man is often faced with temptation to sin and will at times fall to that temptation. This does not take away or remove his position in Christ or his salvation.

 

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