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The way of Salvation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

What is the Gospel?  The Bible tells us that the gospel is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth (Romans 1:16).  Therefore, we know that the gospel is a message of salvation, a message that you will either believe or disbelieve.  The apostle Paul, a preacher of the gospel, gave us a clear definition of the word in the book of I Corinthians:  Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures (I Corinthians 15:1-4)  

 

What does I Corinthians 15:1-4 Teach us about the Gospel?

 

1.  The Gospel is a message that is preached.

2.  The Gospel is a message from God that has the power to save, when it is believed.

3.  The Gospel is centered on the Lord Jesus Christ..

4.  The Gospel message MUST include the truth about the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

5.  The Gospel must proclaim the biblical truth that Jesus died a vicarious death on the cross in order to save us from our sins.

6.  The Gospel message cannot be added to or detracted from. This is the ONLY way of salvation that God offers to man and NOTHING can be added to it or taken away from it.  

 

What about Repentance?  When we say that a sinner must repent in order to be saved, we are not adding to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Repentance is not the means of salvation, but it is necessary to salvation.  The reason for this is very simple:  How can you put your faith in the blood of Christ to save you, if you do not want to be saved?  Jesus Christ came into this world to save sinners, but if you do not wish to be saved from your sins, then the blood of Christ is really not going to be appreciated by you.  His blood was shed in payment for your sins and to free you from the power of sin.  If you have no desire to turn from your sin, then you really have no desire for a Savior.  The same is true of repenting of your “dead works,”  the good deeds that you feel are earning you favor with God.   You are not truly valuing Christ’s sacrifice on the cross if you are still holding onto your own works to merit you favor with God.  You are not really trusting in Christ’s sacrifice if you feel that you have something to do with your own salvation.  The same is also true of turning away from your false church.  If you attend a church (and perhaps you have all your life) that teaches a false gospel (it teaches salvation through some means other than through faith in Christ’s sacrifice on the cross alone), then you are not really valuing Christ’s sacrifice on the cross.  If you are still holding onto a false church, then you have not really come to Christ’s Church or to His cross.  So, repentance and faith are intertwined.  Repentance turns the soul to the Saviour and to His saving work on the cross.  Without repentance, you have not really turned to the cross for salvation because you have never turned AWAY from your sin, your false faith, your own works, or your false church.  The Bible says that Paul (the foremost apostle to the Gentiles) preached repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ for salvation (Acts 20:21).  If you have not repented, then your faith in Christ’s sacrifice is not genuine.  There is a much longer article on this subject within the “in-depth Gospel.”  If you doubt that repentance is necessary for salvation or you wonder if the Bible really teaches repentance for salvation or if you think that repentance is somehow a work, then please read that article.  You can jump to it here if you wish.  

 

What is a FALSE Gospel? The Bible tells us that there are false gospels, which claim to be the message of salvation, but are not based on the truth of Scripture and, if believed, are not able to save the soul.  The Bible describes a false gospel as another gospel, or one that is different from the gospel that the Bible preaches: For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him  (2 Corinthians 11:4).   The Bible tells us that some people pervert (change or distort) the gospel of Jesus Christ:  I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

 

Which Gospel Did You Trust In? If you believe that you have been saved, are you sure that you heard the true gospel?  Are you sure that the way of salvation you were taught is the one that the Bible teaches?  The truth is, the majority of preachers today do NOT preach the true gospel.  The Bible tells us that this is so: This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come ... evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. ...  For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect (2 Timothy 3:1,13; Mathew 24:24).  

 

Please take a moment to hear the TRUE gospel: Below, I will provide you with some links to articles that will explain to you the way of salvation according to the Bible.  There is only ONE way of salvation, and each of these articles/sermons/books describes that ONE way.  You do not have to be in doubt about salvation. You can KNOW for sure where you will go when you die!  You do not have to wonder where you will spend eternity! The gospel that you will hear preached here  is the gospel of Jesus Christ that the apostles preached in the Bible.  It is the gospel of Jesus Christ that conforms to the criteria set forth by the apostle Paul in the book of 1st Corinthians (which we reviewed above).  It is the gospel that is the power of God unto salvation.  

 

 

Please don’t walk away and pass this by.  Please take a moment to hear the message of the gospel:

 

                 

 

 

                                                                                

 

                                                                                                                 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Case For The ATONEMENT OF CHRIST by Chester Tulga (This book explains in great detail the fact that Jesus saved us from our sins through His death on the cross, and how we receive that salvation by FAITH in His blood sacrifice.  This book is well-written and thoroughly covers the topic of Christ’s redemptive work and is based on the Bible.   Most churches FAIL entirely to focus on the truth about Jesus’ sacrificial work on the cross; some even fail to mention it when preaching about salvation or when attempting to lead a lost sinner to Christ.  Yet the truth about the atonement is CENTRAL to Christianity; in fact, without the atonement of Christ, there would be NO Christianity.  The sad reality is that we live in a day when the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross for the salvation of sins is being blatantly ignored.  Many churches mention the work of Jesus Christ on the cross, but teach that actual salvation is the result of  receiving Jesus or calling upon the name of the Lord, rather than faith in the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ.  

The In-depth Gospel (This link will take you to several articles that provide comprehensive coverage of the gospel message. This is good for someone who has spent years in church  and has read the Bible, although anyone can understand its simple message.  The reality is that many people who have spent years in a church that teaches a false gospel need in-depth coverage of the Bible’s true gospel in order to see the error of what they have been taught.  Each point must be thoroughly covered and explained so that you can see, point by point, how the gospel that you have heard all of your life might differ from the one the Bible actually teaches.

The TRUE Gospel This is an article that briefly covers each essential element of the gospel message and provides a basic overview of the gospel.    It is good to read, especially for someone who has never yet been exposed to the gospel of Jesus Christ).

 

Baptist Sermons on Salvation:  Below, I will provide links to old Baptist sermons, which cover the topic of salvation.  Many of these sermons will be quoted in part, for the sake of brevity, to include only those parts of the sermon dealing with the issue of HOW one is saved.  I will not hide the matter from you, that some of these sermons (when the full sermon is quoted) have a distinct Calvanist flair, as during Baptist history, the churches of the Lord Jesus Christ were plagued by this particular blight of error.  For those who are unfamiliar, Calvanism states that Jesus died only for the “elect,” “the chosen,” rather than for the whole world.  The Bible, however, is explicit on this subject: And he is the propitiation for our sins and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the WHOLE world (I John 2:2, emphasis added).  Therefore, I will cut out, to the best of my ability, any Calvanist statements from these sermons in an effort to provide you with the pure, Biblical Gospel, where Jesus is properly set forth as the Savior of the WHOLE WORLD, not the select few.   What I hope you  will see through these sermons is the fact that we are saved through faith in the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross.  Even those who, in times past, were beset with Calvanist error, maintained this glorious truth.  The Bible teaches that we are saved through the BLOOD of Jesus Christ, and on this point, each of these sermons agree.  I pray that you also will believe and be saved!

 

 

 

"Justification" By Rev. William Rogers, Pastor Philadelphia Baptist Church, 1785

 

The Assurance of Grace and Salvation, Reverand Joshua Jones, 1792

 

The Atonement of Christ, Andrew Baker, 1841

 

Jesus Christ: The  MEDIATOR between God and man, Rev. Oliver Hart, 1782

 

God’s Love is Given to us THROUGH Jesus Christ, 1843

Is it any wonder that Jesus asked this poignant question regarding His return: Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? (Luke 18:18). If your “conversion” to Christ was not based on faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ ALONE for the forgiveness of sins and eternal salvation, please hear the truth from the Bible, turn to God in repentance, put your faith in Christ’s sacrifice,  turn away from every other false hope, and be wondrously, gloriously SAVED today!

 

That is how it was for me before I was saved.  I had spent almost my entire life in church, and had read the Bible from cover to cover many times, but had somehow entirely missed the truth of the gospel.  The sad truth is, a person can spend their entire life in church, yet never get saved.  A person can spend years reading the Bible and trying to obey it and never get saved.  In order to get saved, a person must hear and believe the gospel; they must trust in its message alone to save them. This is why I have taken the time to carefully detail each Biblical component of the gospel: I don’t want anyone to miss it!)

 

What is the way of salvation?  It is the way that a sinner, condemned to eternal hell because of his sins against a holy God, is freely forgiven and receives the gift of eternal life. The Bible uses the gospel message to tell us the way of salvation.  Many people are unsure about salvation; they wonder, how do I get saved? How do I know if I have been saved?  How can I know for sure that I will go to heaven when I die?  Where will I spend eternity? God has the answer to these questions.  He has not left us alone to grope for the truth, hoping to stumble upon the right answer .  God does not want you to leave your salvation up to chance. He does not want you to merely hope for the best. He does not want you to wonder whether or not your good outweighs your bad, whether or not you will be accepted of Him in the end.  In order to get saved, you MUST hear the Gospel.