Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation
The love of God makes possible the salvation of mankind.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
God's love fell upon His people because His mercy moved Him to have compassion on a remnant from fallen humanity. God’s choice of a people with which to share His love and mercy took place before the world was made. In 2 Thessalonians 2:13, Paul wrore, But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: To the saints at Ephesus he wrote, 1:4 ". . . even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world." And to Moses, God said, "I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy." (Romans 9:15-16)
Having mercy on His people, God did not give them them punishment they deserve; instead, He gave them the gift that they don't.
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: (Romans 3:23-24)
The Effectual Sacrifice of Jesus Christ
Christ’s blood paid a debt we could never pay. His blood purchased our redemption.
“…and without shedding of blood is no remission.” (Hebrews 9:22) "Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many." (Matthew 20:28)
Through the good news, the Gospel, God calls His sheep by name, and they hear Him, and follow Him. Jesus said, "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:" (John 10:27) What Jesus people hear is the good news that Christ Messiah has come to redeem sinners from the wages of sin, death,, and that we can be saved by believing in His Name. Romans 9: 14 says, How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? The Holy Spirit then uses this powerful truth of the Gospel to make us alive to believe.
Regeneration is the gift of spiritual life from the Holy Spirit who calls us from within to believe the saving Words that come to our ears, thus, ". . . with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." (Romans 10:10)
God Converts Sinners
Conversion is the combination of repentance and faith. Repentant sinners sense their guilt before almighty God and so they turn to Him in faith. This too is a gracious blessing from God.
Justification is God’s sovereign declaration that a person is legally cleared of all guilt in His sight. All those who put their trust (faith) in Christ for salvation are justified. Logically then, first there is faith, then there is justification. Romans 5:1 – Therefore having been justified by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Sanctification is God the Holy Spirit's gift by which He set the regenerated, converted, justified believer apart to God. This is the work of a lifetime as God keeps us from perishing until the day of final redemption.
Glorification is the final application of all God's graces to the resurrected Christian in the eternal state. Having demonstrated that salvation is a free gift of God's grace it seems redundant to say that salvation is not of ourselves, but a gift from God.
Salvation is a Gift of God's grace thus, it is in no way dependent upon works. The good news is that the gift is free to all who will believe and it cannot be earned by turning over a new leaf, denying ourselves or by any good works we might perform. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9) “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us,… being justified by his grace…” (Titus 3:5-7)
God Bears Spiritual Fruit in His People
Evidence of a new life in Christ
Salvation through Christ leads to creation of a new person who loves the Lord and desires to serve and obey Him with all his heart.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” Matthew 22:37
“For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.” 1 John 5:3
Here is What God Expects of YOU if He is to Save You!
Recognition of Sin
Admit that you are a sinner.
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” 1 John 1:8
Understand the Wages of Sin
Unless you recognize your sinful state and make a change, your soul will be eternally lost.
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23
Appeal to God's Love, Mercy, and Grace
Guilty men do not insist on the law to help them because the reason they stand before a judge is because they have violated that very law.
For this reason, the Bible says, "Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified." (Galatians 2:16)
Believe in Christ and His Atoning Work on the Cross
You cannot save yourself, you need the Savior. Believe God and His Word.
“…Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” Acts 16:31
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6 “Jesus said in John 11:25, "I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:"
Feel regret for sin, change your mind, and turn from sin to God. Demonstrate the change in your heart by your actions.
“I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” Luke 13:3
“Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance.” Matthew 3:8
“…repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. Acts 20:21
LIVE THE CHRISTIAN LIFE
Be Baptized with Water
Baptism is an outward testimony of an inward transformation and a symbol of fellowship with Jesus in his death and resurrection, of their being grafted into him, of remission of sins, and of submitting themselves to God through Jesus Christ to live and walk in newness of life.
“He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” Mark 16:16
“Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him...” Colossians 2:12
Attend Church Regularly
Associate often with God’s people. Become an active member of a like-minded, Bible believing church. In the church find fellow believers who read and live the truth that can provide accountability to your commitment to surrender totally to the will of God. Don’t try to make it on your own.
“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” Hebrews 10:25
Read and Obey God’s Word
God’s Word is the source of faith and hope. Read it often, believe it and obey it.
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17
“If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.” John 15:10
Prayer is conversation and communion with God.
“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: and if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” I John 5:14-15
“But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” Matthew 6:6
Resist the Devil
Temptation is not sin but yielding to temptation is sin. We are called to be overcomers of sin.
“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13
“He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God and he shall be my son.” Revelation 21:7
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7
Be Separated from the Sins of the World
As he instructed his chosen people, Israel, to remain apart from the world, He also instructed His church in the New Testament to “come out from among them, and be ye separate.” (2 Corinthians 6:17) The Bible knows nothing of salvation apart from obedience. A superficial decision to “accept the Lord” while retaining a love for the pleasures of the sin of the world will not yield the power that transforms the soul and consistently overcomes sin.
But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Thessalonians 2:13). And, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” 1 John 2:15
"Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? …Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” 2 Corinthians 6:14, 17, 18
A born again believer considers self-denial and self-discipline a privilege.
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:1-2
By the power of Christ through the Holy Spirit, seek to live an overcoming, pure life in all your thoughts, motives, conversation and actions.
“But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:15-16
“Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.” Hebrews 12:14
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13