The Salvation Plan According to the Bible
Many have labelled Christianity as a 2000 year old religion. But this is not so. Christianity goes back through the Old Testament and the Jewish law to the beginning of creation.
We read this commandment of God to Israel:
6 I the Lord have called thee in
righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a
covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;
7 To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house. Isaiah 42:6-7
Israel was given the law and the redemption of sin not only to the Jews, but also as a light unto the Gentiles. God had always planned to make a new covenant with them by Jesus, their Messiah, and our Saviour:
31 Behold, the days come, saith the
Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with
the house of Judah:
32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord:
33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God and they shall be my people.
34 and they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. Jeremiah 31:31-34
Jesus, the Messiah, the Son of God
Many times Jesus stated that He was the Son of God and the Messiah which would take away the sins of the world.
25 The woman saith unto him, I know
that the Messiah cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell
us all things.
26 Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he. John 4:25-26
Salvation: Are You Ready?
Without being willing to deny oneself, your goals and desires, you are not ready to receive the gospel:
Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. Mark 8:34
Jesus' Blood Sacrifice for our Sins
We need to realize that none of us are perfect; we all are in need of salvation from our sins. That salvation must come from a perfect blood sacrifice.
27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: Hebrews 9:27
23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23
22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. Hebrews 9:22
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16
Jesus came to this earth for one reason only: to shed His Blood as the perfect sacrifice for our sins. Under the covenant of the Old Testament there were regular sacrifices for the sins of the people. But because they were not perfect sacrifices, they were only a temporary covering for sin. However, because Jesus is the Son of God He was perfect, and therefore His sacrifice was a perfect sacrifice.
24 Wherefore the law was our
schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith,
25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. Galatians 3:24-25
Jesus is also the only way to salvation. There is no other way to be saved from your sin.
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6
In order to receive this salvation there are three things mentioned in the Bible:
38 Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission (or forgiveness) of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Acts 2:38
9 That if thou shalt confess with
thy mouth the Lord (meaning Master) Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that
God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession (speaking to someone) is made unto salvation. Romans 10:9-10
The very first point is that you call out to God (He will hear you!) for repentance of your sins. That repentance must come from your heart. Just saying a few words, as some believe, in front of a church to ask Jesus into your heart (something that is not found anywhere in the Bible), or asking Jesus to come into your life, or to make you a better person, is not repentance. You must truly be sorry for your life up until this time, want to be delivered from your sins, and start a new life lived for Jesus Christ.
16 And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord. Acts 22:16
21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us. I Peter 3:21a
16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. Mark 16:16
We must be baptized for the forgiveness of our sins. It is by this that we are baptized into Jesus' death, therefore being saved from our sins.
3 Know ye not, that so many of us as
were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. Romans 6:3-4
It also must be realized that repentance comes first, then baptism. There are those who baptize at birth (no baby has ever repented!). This has nothing to do with the Bible! It is an act made up by man for religious purposes, as opposed to the truth; and has nothing to do with salvation.
Baptism was also done immediately after a person repents. At no time can we find anyplace in Scripture were there was a delay in being baptized. People, such as the jailer in Acts 16:31-33, were baptized in the night time. They did not wait for the sun to come up!
31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness. Acts 4:31
17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost. Acts 8:17
Receiving of the Holy Spirit (or Ghost) is not optional! It is the very power you need to live for Christ! It is only by the power of God that you can walk in the ways of God. Otherwise, you will eventually fall away and back into sin.
When you receive this power from on high you will have boldness to walk in God's ways, and He (the Holy Spirit) will guide you in all things.
8 So then they that are in the flesh
cannot please God.
9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. Romans 8:8-9
13 For if ye live after the flesh,
ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. Romans 8:13-14
If you are anywhere near a church that believes in the power of the Holy Spirit (for some reason many do not!) have them baptize you and lay hands on you to the receive the Holy Spirit. Definitely look for some christian to baptize you! Pray and receive the Holy Spirit. Read the Bible. I recommend reading the New Testament first, because we live in New Testament times. Also go back and read the Old Testament. It is all very important!
Love of God
The Love of God is evident in the salvation message. God sent His Son to die for our sins so that we may spend eternity in His Kingdom of perfection. But while we as christians are still on this earth He shows His love for us with His Holy Spirit that dwells within us and by the many miracles, healings, and wonders of God that come into our lives.
15 And he said unto them, Go ye into
all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
17 And these signs shall follow them that believe: In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues (languages you do not know);
18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. Mark 16:15-18
7 But the manifestation of the
Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues (languages you do not know); to another interpretation of tongues:
11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. I Corinthians 12:7-11
As a body of believers we will have all of these various gifts of the Spirit working through individual people. Each one of us will have some gift or gifts operating through us to help all christians and to witness of the truth to the unsaved. But it is the Holy Spirit who is in charge, and we are obedient to the Bible and the Holy Spirit as we walk as a christian in this world.
Wrath of God
It is important to understand that God does not change. The God of the Old Testament is the same God of the New Testament.
6 For I am the Lord, I change not; Malachi 3:6a
8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. Hebrews 13:8
God cannot change. His love is the same as always, but so is His wrath. The judgments of God continue in New Testament times. In Matthew 24:2 Jesus prophesies of the judgment of Jerusalem and of the temple. This was fulfilled in A.D. 70. In Acts 5:1-11 God struck Annanias and Sapphira dead for their sin. Clearly God still judges as He always has.
If we allow ourselves to fall into sin before God and man by taking our spiritual eyes off of Jesus and looking at and desiring the sins of the world we are not lost. We have an advocate with the Father so that we can repent and continue on with Jesus.
1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not, And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. I John 2:1
All we have to do is to cry out to Jesus and He forgives us of our trespass or sin. This is not an excuse to sin!! But it is our protection against the fact that we are still flesh and are tempted by the sins of this world.
As christians we are called to a holy walk before the Lord. We are not to be like this world, but to be changed to be like Jesus.
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2
6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Romans 6:6,12
As we surrender our entire lives to Jesus we will no longer care about the sins of this world; but rather, we will be concentrating on serving Jesus and telling others of Him.
I encourage you to read the Bible. Since we are living in New Testament times read the New Testament first, perhaps several times; as each time you read it you will see more and more of the power of God. Then go back and read the Old Testament as well. All of the Bible is the truth of God. There is much to learn. Prove yourself a christian by believing all of the Word of God without doubting anything you see in Scripture.
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