DOCTRINE OF SALVATION (Soteriology)
No doctrine is more deserving prayerful and careful study than that of Salvation. The reason for a Biblical understanding of this basic doctrine is that it represents the supreme mission of the Master. It is also important to know what the Bible teaches about Salvation, seeing it contains the only divinely provided remedy for sin. Let us look at seven (7) areas concerning Salvation.
The source of salvation is Grace.
Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Eph 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Justified freely (Rom. 3:24)
The grace of God that bringeth salvation (Titus 2:11)
It is God that draws a man to Him (John 6:44)
The meaning of salvation is Redemption/Redeemer.
Jesus Christ obtained eternal redemption for us. (Heb. 9:12)
The Blood of Christ purged (redeemed) your conscience (Heb. 9:14)
Redemption & forgiveness thru Jesus Christ (Col. 1:14)
The life of salvation is Faith.
Faith is substance & evidence (Heb. 11:1)
Who is the Author and finisher of our faith? (Verse 2)
Who had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles? (Acts 14:27)
Repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. (Acts 20:21)
Thy faith hath saved thee (Luke 7:50) A women’s faith
The soul of salvation is Love.
“God so loved the world” (John 3:16)
“Having loved His own who were in the world” (John 13:1)
He loved then unto the death (John 13:1)
Prayer of love (John 17:11)
16 things about love (I Cor. Chapter 13)
The blessing of salvation is Holiness.
Spirit of holiness & fruit of holiness (Rom 6:19 & 22) V. 19, Yield and V. 22 Servant
Holiness in heart (I Thess. 3:13; 4:7) V. 13 Stablished and V. 7 Called
“Present your body a living sacrifice, holy acceptable unto God” (Rom 12:1) Holiness is acceptable
Our body is the temple of the Holy Ghost (I Cor. 6:19) Holiness lives in us that are saved
The language of salvation is prayer in the spirit,
Praying in the Holy Ghost (Jude 20)
And when they had prayed…they were filled with the Holy Ghost (Acts 4:31)
“The Spirit maketh Intercession for us”(Rom. 8:26)
The outlook of salvation is Hope.
Saved by unseen hope (Rom. 8:24-25) Rejoice in hope of the glory of God. (Rom 5:2)
Hope maketh not ashamed (Rom. 5:5) Rejoicing in hope (Rom 12:12)
Ye are called in one hope (Eph. 4:4) In hope of eternal life, (Titus 1:2)
Heb 2:3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation;
Salvation is great:
Because of its Divine Author.
Commendeth, Rom. 5:8—Chosen us, Eph. 1:4
He promised, Titus 1:2—Foreordained, I Peter 1:20
Because of the price paid to procure it.
His life, Matt. 20:28 Made Him to be sin, II Cor. 5:21
Became flesh and blood, Heb. 2:14-15
Precious Blood, I Peter 1:18-19 The Blood, Acts 20:28
Because of its universality.
Whosoever, John 3:16 Ransom for all, I Tim. 2:4-6
Saviour of all men, I Tim. 4:10
The whole world, I John 2:2; 4:14
Because of the blessings it bestows.
He lives in you, I Cor. 6:19-20
He forgives all your sins, I John 1:9
Because of its eternal duration.
Everlasting, Isaiah 45:17; 51:6
Eternal, Heb. 5:9; 9:12
No man, John 10:28
Everlasting, John 3:36
Record, eternal, hath life, I John 5:10-13
Because of its agency.
Received Him, John 1:12
Repentance, Acts 20:21
Regeneration, Titus 3:5-8
A thought to ponder:
The doctrine of repentance in the Scriptures can hardly be overestimated. Consider this:
- John the Baptist began his public ministry as did Jesus, with the call to repentance upon their lips. (Matt. 3:1-2; 4:17)
- When Jesus Christ sent forth the twelve and the seventy messengers to proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of heaven, He commanded to preach repentance. (Luke 24:47; Mark 6:12)
- Foremost in the preaching of the apostles was the doctrine of repentance. (Acts 2:38; 20:21)
- The burden of the heart of God, and His one command to all men everywhere, is that they should repent. (II Peter 3:9; Acts 17:30)
- The failure of man to heed God’s call to repentance means that he shall utterly perish. (Luke 13:3)