Salvation and the Christian Life
Salvation is given by grace and received through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, plus nothing. The precious blood of Christ was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of sins and the hope of eternal life to all who believe. The cross and the resurrection from the grave on the third day are the central historical truths of the gospel. Salvation is found in no other source and by no other means. Saving faith is characterized by a glad, humble embrace of the gospel, repentance, and a heart changed by the Holy Spirit that produces fruit over time. Those who have been or will be born again are those chosen and predestined according to God’s eternal, hidden, purpose and plan.
As new creations in Christ, Christians are called to walk according to the Spirit and not according to the flesh. In this life, however, none of us are entirely delivered from the flesh with it’s fallen nature. Therefore, the Christian is to always pursue subjection to Christ and His commandments by the power of the Holy Spirit. In Christ, the redeemed have been adopted as sons and daughters of God, are indwelt by the Spirit, and will be kept until Christ return by God’s power. Secure in Christ and the salvation He gives, we can rejoice and exult in the assurance of our salvation. God’s Word, the ongoing presence of the Holy Spirit, and the communion of saints experienced in the local church all contribute to that assurance, to the glory of God and our great joy.
Key Texts: John 3:3, 1 Peter 1:23, Titus 3:5, Ephesians 2:8-10, John 1:12, 1 Peter 1:18-19, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Romans 13:13-14, Galatians 5:13, 22-25, John 15:10, Titus 2:11-14, John 6:37-40, 10:27-30, Romans 8:1, 38, 39, 1 Corinthians 1:4-9, 1 Peter 1:5
This series lays out my understanding of Scripture’s teaching on primary theological topics. My complete doctrinal statement is available here.