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God's Plan of Salvation
What is Godís plan of salvation?
God planned to redeem mankind, both Jew and Gentile, through Jesus Christ in the shedding of His blood, providing forgiveness of sins. The penalty for our sins was paid in that He died for us, making the reconciliation of man to God possible. (Ephesians 1: 7- 12)
When was this plan formulated?
Almost incomprehensibly to us, the plan was made before the creation of the world, before man even existed. Such is the majesty of God. (Ephesians 1: 4)
When was this plan revealed to man?
The Spirit revealed the plan to his apostles and prophets in the last days. The mystery was hidden in former times from Godís people, namely that the Gentiles are intended by God to be fellow heirs and fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in the Christ Jesus through the gospel. (Ephesians 3: 4-6)
How did the rulers of this world contribute to this plan?
Their ignorance of the mystery of Godís plan led then to crucify the Christ thinking they had ended the influence of Christ. In reality they ignorantly completed the plan by putting Him to death. (1 Corinthians 2: 6-10)
How does one respond to Godís grace?
This is one of the most controversial issues in Christianity. Some say salvation is by grace alone. Others say that salvation is by faith alone. Still others say that salvation is by keeping the sacraments or the Ten Commandments or some other law of works. There are elements of truth in most of these responses, excepting be saved by a law of works, but the factors must be defined according to the Scriptures. Plain Talk holds that Ephesians 2: 8-10 combined with Galatians 5: 6 shoes:
God saves by grace through faith, which obey in love!
What is some of the significance of the later answer?
Are other factors included in salvation?
The statement that God saves by grace through faith, which obey in, love by no means exhaust the subject of salvation. It is merely a statement that relates several of the primary factors so that we may understand the relationship. There are some twenty factors that save.
Is salvation secure?
Yes, neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8: 38, 39)
Is salvation irrevocable?
Both experience and the Scriptures tell us that some fall away. We can read of those who have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit falling away. Since we are saved by grace through faith, we can be lost if we no longer believe. Hebrew 6: 4- 6)
Is salvation limited?
Thank God, salvation is not limited. Anyone who wills can be saved. God has not stacked the deck against some. Jesus is the propitiation of our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world. God does not wish for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. (1 John 2:2; 2 Peter 3: 9)
Does God work alone to accomplish salvation?
No, He does not. God stands at the door of our heart and knocks. If anyone hears His voice and opens the door, I will come in and dine with him. God does not kick down the door. He does not overpower you with His Spirit. God has promised to give the Spirit to those that believe and obey. (Revelations 3: 20; John 7: 39; Acts 5: 32)
Does God work irresistibly in our lives to accomplish salvation?
No, He works powerfully and actively to draw men to Him. Godís grace and love draw us to Him. (2 Corinthians 5: 14; Titus 2: 11; Ephesians 2: 5, 8)
Why is man lost?
God is Light, Love and Life. When man sins, as we all have, we separate ourselves from God in whom there is no darkness at all, and suffer the consequence- death. Except for the Love of God our situation would be hopeless. God, however, in Love gave His Son to die for our sins. God graciously accepted His death as payment in full for the sins of the entire world thus allowing us to be reconciled to God. God not only forgives our sins but He clothes us with Christ and His righteousness and gives us Life again.
Plain Talk would like to assist you find the way of salvation as revealed to all in the Scriptures. Unfortunately the doctrine has greatly confused the issue. The first five topics (top row of the menu) deal with salvation, each from a little different perspective.
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