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God’s Plan of Salvation | Rightly Dividing the Truth – Podcast

God’s Plan of Salvation

While much of the religious world would have you grab a verse here or there like a buffet, I assure you that was not God’s intended plan.  I dare say if I asked 1000 people if those that obeyed God’s will during the New Testament times were saved Christians, 1000 people in a row would say yes.  My point is if you believe that those people that Peter taught, and Philip taught and Paul taught and who obeyed what they heard are 100% Christians, why on earth do you feel you need to be more then that.  I don’t need to be more then a Christian.  I don’t need to one up those who came before me.  Therefore as a great man once said, “If we do now what they did then, we can be now what they were then”.

God’s Plan of Salvation

Hearing

To even begin this process you have to have heard God’s Word.  But you also have to have heard it for what it says and not what you want it to say.

Acts 8:30-31 – 30 So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31 And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.           

Romans 10:14 – 14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?           

Romans 10:17 – 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.    

Believing       

This belief is more then just knowledge, it carries with it the idea of Faith or assurance that what God said is truth.  But more importantly that that truth can save us or condemn us.

John 20:31 – But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.   

John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.   

Hebrews 11:6 – And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.   

Repenting of our sins 

It should be rather self explanatory that the choice to become a Christian involves a change in our life.  If no change is needed to be a Christian how will we be different from those in the World.  But its obvious God’s Word expects a change, a true turning away from the sins we want to do, to a better life in Him.

Luke 13:3 – 3 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.           

Romans 6:1-2 – 1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?           

2 Peter 3:9 – 9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you,not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.    

Confession of our belief in Christ

Though there is no doubt the idea of confession carries with it a lifelong action, it is also very evident that a confession that we believe who Christ is also plays a role in our Salvation.

Matthew 10:32-33 – 32 So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, 33 but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.           

John 12:42-43 – 42 Nevertheless, many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue; 43 for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God.           

Acts 8:37 – 37 [And Philip said, If thou believest with all thy heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.]    

Baptism

Well I won’t spend hours on end proving the requirement for Biblical Baptism as a necessity for Salvation in this post.  Instead I will just simply say you can not read God’s word in its entirety and claim Baptism is not essential without ignoring a ton of scripture along the way.

Colossians 2:11-13 – 11 In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. 13 And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses,           

Acts 22:12-16 – 12 “And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law, well spoken of by all the Jews who lived there, 13 came to me, and standing by me said to me, ‘Brother Saul, receive your sight.’ And at that very hour I received my sight and saw him. 14 And he said, ‘The God of our fathers appointed you to know his will, to see the Righteous One and to hear a voice from his mouth; 15 for you will be a witness for him to everyone of what you have seen and heard. 16 And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name.’           

Acts 2:38 – 38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.           

Mark 16:16 – 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.           

1 Peter 3:21 – 21 Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,     

      

Once we are saved in the watery grave of Baptism our journey is not over, rather it is just beginning.

Romans 6:1-2 –What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?

Romans 12:2 – Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.