This post will be limited to one thing…the Author of our salvation. I’ll not talk about “particular election” for my Calvinist friends, or “free will” for my Arminian brothers (this time), no debate about works or “Once saved always saved” and certainly not going to define a “true Christian” for my “legalist” buddies… just gonna deal with where salvation is found…in the atoning work of Jesus Christ….period.
Salvation is NOT found in good works, not in baptism, not in joining a church, not in Jihad, not in martyrdom, not in nature, not in Buddha, not in Muhammad, not in Confucius, not in Wicka, not in animism, not in religion, not in stuff, not in sex, not in a bottle, not in Glenn Beck, not in the Republican party, not in President Obama, not in a priest (unless you count Jesus as High Priest) not in crystals, not in Justin Bieber (nice kid though), not in spiritism, not in education, not in tree huggin, not in UFOs, not in the government (definitely not in the government), not in money, not in … well you get the idea.
The Doctrine of Salvation (Soteriology) Salvation is God’s free gift to us. We receive this gift through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ alone. Repentance means turning away from our sin and turning towards Christ. Faith means trusting in Christ alone for the remission of our sins. When we place our faith in Jesus Christ, His perfect obedience (sinless nature) is credited to us so that God sees us as the “righteousness of Christ”. Every person who truly is saved is eternally secure in the Lord Jesus Christ and will spend eternity in heaven, while those who die in their sins will spend eternity in hell.
Romans 6:23 Titus 3:5, John 14:6; 1:12 Galatians 3:26 Ephesians 2:8-9 Romans 5:1