The Plan of Salvation

The subject of Salvation is often approached with preconceived ideas of who God is and how to get to Heaven. It is required that these opinions be set aside to allow the truth of God's Word to become the authority on this issue.

What is Salvation?

Salvation is the cancellation of a person's debt to God and their reconciliation to him. It is an act of faith that can occur only between that person and God himself; no one else can do it for them. It is personal. When a person gets saved, they appear innocent before God, and the Spirit of God indwells that person just as their own spirit resides in them.

Who is God?

God is the eternal, immortal, self-existent one who is omnipresent (everywhere), omnipotent (all-powerful), and omniscient (all-knowing). Contrary to today's teachings, there is only one true God.

Psalms 14:1 "The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good."

Isaiah 45:22 "Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else."

1 Timothy 2:5 "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus."

He is the creator of everything including time, space, matter, and the souls of mankind. As a result, He is also the owner of all these things.

Genesis 1:1 "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."

Isaiah 45:18 "For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else."

Colossians 1:16 "For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist."

He is holy, just, and pure.

Deuteronomy 32:4 "He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he."

Psalms 145:17 "The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works."

1 John 1:5 "This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all."

But it is not enough just to believe in God; even his enemies believe in him.

The threefold being

As humans, we have a will, intellect, understanding, and the ability to reason. It does not take a scientific study to realize that there is something different between mankind and the animal kingdom. We are not mindless animals or preprogrammed robots. The difference is we have a soul and a spirit. These are the immaterial, immortal parts of man. The soul is our mind, our will, and our emotions. The spirit is where the conscience resides, the knowledge of right and wrong. The soul and spirit never die.

What is death?

The word "death" literally means 'separation'. When you die, your body will be put in the ground and return back to the elements from which it was created. But you yourself (your eternal soul and spirit - the real 'you') will return to God for judgment.

Psalms 104:29 "Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled: thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust."

Ecclesiastes 12:7 "Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it."

This is physical death. Spiritual death (separation from God) will occur to those that die in sin without Salvation or reject God's prompting throughout their life to be saved until God will no longer deal with them any more.

What is sin?

Sin is the violation of (or transgression from) God's law. Much of God's law is already written in our conscience. How do you know it is wrong to steal or lie? His laws are also written in His Word, the Bible. Some of the most well-known laws are these:

  • Thou shalt not steal.
  • Thou shalt not kill.
  • Thou shalt not covet.
  • Honor thy father and mother.
  • Thou shalt not have any gods before me.

Romans 3:20 "Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin."

Perfectly keeping every point of God's law won't save anybody. Even if you think you are basically a good person and haven't broken any of these laws, you are still a sinner because it is an inherited trait. You were born in sin. Adam, the very first man that God created, chose to disobey God's commands and thereby plunged all mankind into sin and death. The very fact that you know you will someday die is self-evidence that you are a sinner.

Romans 3:23 "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God."

Romans 5:12 "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned."

Sin is responsible for the condition of our world today. Death, famine, sickness, disease, crime, conflicts, and wars are all curses of sin. But the worst consequence of sin is the separation it causes from God. Because God is pure, he cannot allow sin to enter his presence. It is diametrically opposed to His character.

Psalms 5:4 "For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee."

Isaiah 59:2 "But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear."

Since sin is a crime against God, there is a penalty for committing it.

Ezekiel 18:4 "Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die."

Romans 6:23 "For the wages [the payback] of sin is death..."

The penalty is death.

Why must I be saved?

It is the only way to escape God's judgment upon you for your sin.

Hebrews 9:27 "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment."

In a nutshell, you must be saved because you are a sinner. Without Salvation, you will face God in judgment after you die and will be eternally separated from God.

Romans 14:12 "So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God."

Revelation 21:8 "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death."

Because God is just, he cannot and will not allow sin to go unpunished.

Romans 2:11-12 "For there is no respect of persons with God. For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law."

2 Corinthians 5:10 "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad."

You cannot pay for your own sins, because you are the very sinner guilty of committing those sins. Your life is forever stained with sin. You have nothing else that is pure and clean with which to cleanse yourself. The absolute best you can do is totally unacceptable to God.

Isaiah 64:6 "But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away."

Because of your sin, you are in debt to God with no possible way to redeem yourself. All you have is your life, and because you were born in sin, the only thing you have with which to clean yourself is a dirty rag. You need an outside intercessor to cleanse you.

The Book of Life

Revelation 20:15 "And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire."

The Book of Life is God's record of those who have, by faith, trusted Jesus Christ to be their sin-bearer. They are forever reconciled to God by the blood of Jesus Christ, the only thing in the universe that can make payment for sin. They were sinners who realized that they were spiritually bankrupt and could do nothing to redeem themselves.

At the final judgment, those whose names are not found in the Book of Life will be severed from God, forever tormented in the Lake of Fire because of their unbelief and rejection of the blood of Christ.

Who is Jesus Christ?

1 Timothy 2:5 "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus."

God knew that no one could ever be free from sin and escape his judgment. But even though he is a God of justice, he is also a God of mercy and love. God cares about his creation, and desires to have fellowship and reconciliation with mankind.

Just as man is a threefold being (body, soul, and spirit), God is also a trinity. Jesus Christ was God in human form. Because sin is in the blood, and the blood of every person comes from their biological father, God chose a virgin to supernaturally bring forth his human body.

Matthew 1:23 "Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us."

This all happened a little over 2,000 years ago. Our modern calendar revolves around this event (2021 A.D.). Jesus was born fully man and fully God. But his blood was from God his father, not the sin-cursed human race. As a result, Jesus lived a perfect, sinless life.

Jesus was God's plan to bring Salvation to mankind.

1 John 4:9 "In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him."

Being God, Jesus was hated of his enemies. He was tortured, nailed to a cross, and left to die while hanging in agony. As he was on the cross, Jesus, who had never sinned, accepted the sins of all mankind upon himself along with the penalty for those sins.

Romans 5:8 "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."

1 Peter 2:24 "Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed."

1 Peter 3:18 "For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit."

Though God demands death as the payment for your sin, he never said who had to die. This is where Jesus stepped in and became your mediator. Because he had no sin of his own, Jesus Christ was free to take your sin upon himself and bear the penalty of that sin in your place. His innocence made him the acceptable substitute to God for your sins.

Colossians 1:14 "In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins."

Hebrews 9:12 "Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us."

Even though Jesus died on the cross, God's work of redemption for mankind was not yet completed. Death had not been conquered. So three days later, God resurrected Jesus from the dead and gave him a glorified body which would never again see death. The work of Salvation was finished.

After his resurrection, Jesus was seen by hundreds of people. This is a documented, historic fact, and some of their accounts are written in the Bible. Jesus ascended back to Heaven, where he now intercedes to God his father on behalf of those who trust his blood for the forgiveness of their sins.

Romans 5:9 "Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him."

Hebrews 7:25 "Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them."

Hebrews 10:12 "But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God."

How can I be saved?

Romans 10:13 "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."

Salvation is in a person; it is not in an experience, not in church attendance, not in good works or sacraments. It is through faith in Jesus Christ, and him alone.

John 3:16 "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."

Acts 4:12 "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."

Salvation is a free gift. There's nothing you can do to merit it. If you had to earn it or pay for it, it would no longer be a gift; it would become a reward.

Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."

Ephesians 2:8-9 "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."

When you realize that you are a guilty sinner who is completely helpless to save yourself, and are willing to repent (turn from) your sin, you are ready to be saved. Salvation is not offered to the proud or self-righteous.

Romans 10:9-10 "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."

Salvation comes through the complete placing of one's trust in the blood of Jesus Christ as the payment for their sins. It is enacted simply by believing from your heart and confessing with your mouth. Ask Jesus to save you now; as God, he is everywhere, even where you are right now. Simply ask him to save you. He will hear you.

Salvation is voluntary; God will never force his way into your life.

Revelation 3:20 "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me."

When can I be saved?

If you realize that you are a helpless sinner in need of God's Salvation, you may be saved right now!

2 Corinthians 6:2 "For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation."

God will only save you when you realize that you are a helpless sinner in need of his Salvation. If you realize this fact, and are ready to repent of your sin, simply ask Jesus to save you. "Jesus, please come into my heart and save me."

After death, it is too late to seal your fate with God. Your lifetime is the opportunity He has given you to accept His free gift of Salvation. You will have no other chance.

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