the doctrine of salvation

By Andrew E. Courtis

What is Salvation?

The only way people will not be judged and punished by God is if they can be rescued. This is called “salvation”. What do people need to be rescued from? All people need to be rescued from God’s punishment and from their own sin. We are all sinners (Rom. 3:23), which means we do not have peace with our Creator. This is why we all deserve to be punished by God.

 

Where does Salvation come from?

The only way for us to be saved from God’s punishment and from our sin is if God rescues us. We cannot save ourselves because we are sinful and unable to come to Him with our own efforts (Rom. 3:10-12). Because God is loving and kind, He has made a way for sinners to be saved (Rom. 5:8). It is important to understand that salvation comes from God alone (Psalm 3:8).

 

We cannot save ourselves
None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one (Romans 3:10-12)

God has made a way for sinners to be saved
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8)

Salvation comes from God
Salvation belongs to the Lord; your blessing be on your people! (Psalm 3:8)

 

What is the New Birth?

How do sinful people who are unable to save themselves get rescued? Because they are “dead in their sins” (Eph. 2:1), they must receive the new birth (John 3:3). The new birth is God the Holy Spirit making you alive spiritually. When the Holy Spirit does this you are able to repent from your sin and believe in Jesus Christ for salvation. The new birth is having your sin washed away and being made new on the inside (Titus 3:5).

 

If we are going to be saved we must receive the new birth
Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God (John 3:3)

The new birth is having your sin washed away and being made new on the inside
He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5)

 

What is Repentance and Faith?

To repent means we turn away from our sin and turn to God (Acts 3:19). When we repent it is by God’s help that we realize that we are sinful and need forgiveness. So the Holy Spirit helps us turn from it and go to God for forgiveness. How do we receive this forgiveness? It comes through faith. Faith is trusting in all that the Lord Jesus Christ has done for us. Faith is only in the Lord Jesus Christ because only He can save sinners (Acts 4:12).

 

Repentance
Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out Acts 3:19

Faith
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God Ephesians 2:8

 

What are Good Works?

Good works are those things that God wants us to do. Good works do not save us (Eph. 2:9), but if you are saved you will want to do good works. The only works that save a sinner are the works of Jesus Christ. Because of His works, those who are forgiven obey Him because they love Him (John 14:15).

Good works do not save us
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Christians obey Jesus because they love Him
If you love me, you will keep my commandments (John 14:15)