The Way of Salvation

 

Preamble

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.

Main Section

  1. 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 10:38The 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

  1. Baptism is association with the death of Jesus

  2. 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

 

Summary

Salvation from death requires four steps:

  1. Believe

  2. Repentance

  3. Baptism

  4. Live a life of faith

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