The Way of Salvation
We have seen Sin → Death, but that sin can be forgiven through the sacrifice of Jesus.
This study is about the way to gain life through Jesus’ sacrifice.
The Sacrifice of Jesus (This is a brief re-cap of Forgiveness and Salvation)
Everyone is a sinner: Sin → Death Rom 5:12
Jesus died to allow us to escape this Rom 5:8,9
But to benefit from Jesus’ sacrifice we need to become part of it (Rom 3:23, vv24-26)
2. Faith: First we need to believe and understand the Gospel
Rom 1:16-17 The Gospel is the power of God for salvation to those that believe
But belief alone is not enough! Rom 2:6-8 v6 - works, v7 - well doing, v8 - obey truth
3.Faith and Works
Heb 10:38 – The righteous shall live by faith. What is faith?
Heb 11:6 – must believe that God exists and rewards those who seek Him → Action – seek God
Heb 11:8 – By faith obeyed God’s command to leave his family and go to Canaan
: :7 – By faith obeyed God’s command to sacrifice Isaac – total trust in God
compare Jas 2:21 – Abraham justified by works
What is going on? The point is that faith includes action
Jas 2:22 – Abraham’s faith was completed by works
:17, 18, 20, 26 Faith without works/action is dead
Consequence: the need to live a life where we believe God and act on our belief.
4. Baptism Re-cap: for our sins to be forgiven we need to be part of Jesus’ sacrifice
Rom 6:3-4 Baptism is a burial in water – we go in to the water and rise from it
This is a symbol of the death and resurrection of Jesus
:5 Thus we are associated with the death of Jesus –
:6.7 Set free from sin
:8,9 To die with Christ in baptism is to live with him
Baptism is association with the death of Jesus
It is the first action of a life of faith. The decision to start a life of faith is called REPENTANCE. Acts 2:37-39
Salvation from death requires four steps:
Live a life of faith