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God’s Plan of Salvation

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Does shedding tears mean repentance? Both Ruth and Orpah shed tears. Only one repented. Dr. McGee explains repentance and salvation from one of his broadcasts on the book of Ruth. To hear his short 8 min. 23 sec. study on Ruth 1.14-18, click here.

What a person brings to Christ when he gets saved. Maybe great talent, great knowledge, wealth, works? What does one have to offer Him? How do you come to Christ? Is one attractive to God? Click here for the short answer to that question.

Below are a brief explanation of God’s plan of salvation, followed by sermons on spiritual warfare, sermons on salvation, with various other resources linked to here and there.

Salvation – Redemption (Bible study)

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God’s Plan of Salvation

2On September 18, 2015 I am beginning to take Bible study notes on “Salvation – Redemption.” I am starting this as my Bible reading is now in Exodus. I will continue this study until I get back to the same verse in Exodus. I have studied this subject as I have read through the Bible many times, but have not taken notes. Click here to go to those notes which already may prove helpful to one seeking to know how to be saved.

The most important question in life is, “Are you saved?” Your eternal destiny depends upon your answer. I am not asking you if you are a church member, how good you are, or Sinhow many good deeds you have done. I am asking you if you are saved. Have you recognized who you are, a worthless sinner who deserves hell, and that you can do nothing whatsoever to earn your salvation? Have you understood that the only way to salvation is “… repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20.21)?

In John 3:3  “Jesus [said to Nicodemus], Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” In John 3:7, Jesus said to Nicodemus, “Ye must be born again.” Nicodemus then said unto Him: “How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?” (John 3:4). The Lord explained that one can be born spiritually:

1b“Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.  The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit” (John 3:5-8)

Jesus explained how to be born again and why many do not choose to be born again:

Jo.3.19_1John 3:14-21:  “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.  But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.”

From these and many other Scriptures in the Bible, one can see how repentance is necessary for the turning to Christ and salvation. To be saved, one must come to the light (repent).

God tells us in other Scriptures in His Word, the Bible, how to be born again which means to be saved. He gives us His plan for salvation. You can be saved today. How?

First, you must understand that you are a sinner. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Because you are a sinner, you are condemned to death. This includes eternal separation from God in Hell: “…it is appointed unto men once to die and after this the  judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). This means that you cannot earn your way to heaven since you are imperfect. This means that you cannot do enough good to pay the price for your sin.Sin3

But God loved you so much that He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus, to bear your sin and die in your place. “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). For he hath made [Jesus,] to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Jesus had to shed His blood and die in order to save you. “For the life of the flesh is in the blood” (Leviticus 17:11). “…and without shedding of blood is no remission” (Hebrews 9:22).

Ro.3.10,23“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). My sins and your sins were laid upon Jesus and He died in our place. He became our substitute. In other words, Jesus Christ paid the price for the sin of every person ever born or to be born.

The Philippian jailer asked Paul and Silas, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved”… (Acts 16:30-31).

Simply recognize that you are a sinner, repent toward God (see Jerald Finney’s Bible study notes on Repentance for more on repentance), and put your faith in Him as the one who bore your sin, died in your place, was buried, and whom God resurrected. His resurrection powerfully assures that the believer can claim everlasting life when Jesus is received as Savior.  “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name” (John 1:12). “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10.9-10, 13). You are included. If you call upon the name of Jesus, you shall be saved.

zAs indicated above, inherent in believing on the Lord Jesus Christ is repentance. “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent” (Acts 17:30). This need for repentance is made clear through teachings throughout the Bible. Jesus said at the beginning of His ministry, “… Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4.17); and later, “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3). The Apostle Paul spoke of the repentance necessary for salvation: “Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21).

This repentance is a change of mind that agrees with God that one is a sinner, and also agrees with what Jesus did for us on the Cross. “Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing.  For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter (2 Corinthians 7:9-11).”

Does shedding tears mean repentance? Both Ruth and Orpah shed tears. Only one repented. Dr. McGee explains repentance and salvation from one of his broadcasts on the book of Ruth. To hear his short 8 min. 23 sec. study on Ruth 1.14-18, click here.

Surely, you realize you are a sinner. Right now, wherever you are, repenting, lift your heart to God in prayer.

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In Luke 18:13, the sinner prayed: “God be merciful to me a sinner.” Just pray. Just cry out to God. There are no magic words. This is the prayer, paraphrased, which I prayed many years ago: “Oh God, I know I am a sinner. I know that I cannot be good enough to earn salvation.  If I were to do the best I could to keep your commandments, to be good, to love my neighbor as myself for the rest of my life and then die and go to hell, I would be getting exactly what I deserve. But your Word, the Bible, assures me that I do not have to depend upon my good works, that I can repent toward God and place my faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. I believe Jesus died on the Cross for my sins and as a substitute for me. I believe His shed blood, death, burial, and resurrection were for me. I now receive Him as my Savior. I thank You for the forgiveness of my sins, the gift of salvation and everlasting life, because of Your merciful grace. [I would suggest acknowledgement of the following in one’s salvation prayer]: I acknowledge that your plan for me now is to follow you, love you, please you, and glorify you. Guide me to a local autonomous Bible believing church wherein I may be baptized and then edified so that I may continue to follow and please you, for your Glory, Amen.” God did show me the matters in the addendum above and He did lead me to a local autonomous Bible believing church where I was baptized and joined to that church body. I have continued to seek to follow Him since that day, the day on which he made me a “new creature,” the day old things passed away and all things became new.

Believe and repent, and you will be saved. Your good works, your church, nothing but Jesus can save you. Only God does the saving.

“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36). Be sure you are saved. If you lose your soul, you miss Heaven and lose all. Please! Let God save you this very moment.

Become an active member of the New Testament Baptist church you are a member of. In order that you shall never fall,Church_JohnsRiverChurch become partaker of the divine nature, and fight the spiritual warfare you are called to as a new believer in Jesus Christ. Utilize your gifts according to the teachings of the New Testament. Stand on the unalterable promises of God. After you are saved, there are three things, in addition to your faithful service through the church you are a member of, to practice daily for spiritual growth: Pray – you talk to God. Read your Bible – God talks to you. Witness – you talk for God. See the “After Salvation” page for more on your new life as a believer.

Another good source which lays out how to be saved can be assessed by clicking the following link: The question is ARE YOU SAVED

The Three-Fold Sin Of Easybelievism by James L. Melton (112115)
Salvation – Redemption (Bible study began Sept. 19, 2015)

Sermons on Spiritual Warfare

Martyr’s Song by Watchmen

Sermons on Salvation


1 Comment

  1. Beth says:

    Don’t trust in the fact that you prayed a prayer, but in what Christ did for you. Too many people believe that because they prayed a prayer or asked Jesus into their heart that they are saved. That is a lie of the devil. You can get anyone to repeat a prayer and they will forever after wonder if they are truly saved because they don’t know if they were sincere enough or prayed hard enough. That is works, not salvation. Salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.

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