God’s Plan of Salvation
God has provided a wonderful plan, a way for you to be saved. There are many presentations of what is supposed to be God’s Plan of Salvation that have very important things removed, added, and/or changed from what the Scriptures teach. This is very important! If we follow the wrong plan, it will not be God’s plan and the results will be eternally disastrous (Galatians 1:6-9)! It is not enough to just assert that something is correct. This is why it is important that we see the steps of salvation in book, chapter, and verse from God’s word.
Many people may not even think they are in need of salvation. It is impossible to see the need to be saved if we do not see that we are lost. Perhaps you think of yourself as a good person. By human standards you may be a very good person. But God’s standards are not human standards. God is supremely, absolutely holy (cf. Isaiah 6:1-5). His standards are so high that even anger can put us in danger of judgment and looking in sexual lust can constitute adultery! (Matthew 5:21-22, 27-28) No matter how much good you think you do, or have done, can you think of any time when you have neglected to do what you know you should have done? James tells us that if we know to do the right thing and fail to do it, it is sin (James 4:17). Most of us look at our own lives and have little trouble seeing that we have failed our Creator who has blessed us and wants to bless us so much more, with the removal of that which separates us from Him spiritually, our sins. From God’s point of view, not one of us is really good (Romans 3:12). This is why, when Christ comes in the last day with his mighty angels, He will inflict vengeance on those who have not obeyed His gospel (2 Thessalonians 1:6-8). Sin is the disease, death is the result, and Jesus Christ is the cure! “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord,” Romans 6:23.
(Learn) the Gospel
The power God uses to save is called “the gospel” (Romans 1:16). The word gospel means good news. It is good because it relieves us of the bad news, our sin and its horrible consequences. While we are saved by faith (Romans 5:1-2), it is the gospel that produces that faith (Romans 10:17). Jesus put it plainly when he said, “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, 'And they shall all be taught by God.' Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me,” John 6:44-45.
The foundational truths of the gospel are that Jesus died, was buried, and resurrected (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). In his death Jesus became the perfect sacrifice for all our sins. He truly is “The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29) In His resurrection he overcame death for us and by the power of an endless life he now lives and intercedes for us in heaven (1 Corinthians 15:20-21; Hebrews 7:25). Click here to continue