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Soteriology

Gospel: I believe that the Gospel is the good news that a penitent sinner under the wrath of God can be justified through faith alone in the Person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ in His substitutionary death on the cross and bodily resurrection. Romans 3; 5; 10; Ephesians 2; I Corinthians 15

 Salvation: I believe that Biblical salvation is a glorious gift received completely by the grace of God through faith in the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 3; 5; 10; Ephesians 2; I Corinthians 15

Explanation: I believe that there are three aspects that must be understood properly in regards to Biblical salvation.  They are justification, sanctification, and glorification.

  • Part 1: Justification is a one time legal act whereby an unrighteous man is declared righteous positionally before a holy God based fully on the merits and work of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross.  This is a permanent position and is neither strengthened nor weakened by the works of the man who has been justified, because it is by grace alone and free from any work of man.  This act is described as eternal salvation from the penalty of sin. This is the focus of evangelism. Romans 3:20-28; 5:1, 6-9
  • Part 2: Sanctification is a life long process whereby a now regenerate man is delivered from the power and imprint of indwelling sin.  Through the renewing of the mind, a believer is conformed into the image of Jesus Christ, the God-man.  This is a day by day process which can never be truly completed in the presence of indwelling sin.   This process is co-operative in nature, yet it too is a work of God’s grace.  This is the focus of discipleship. John17; Romans 6, 8; Philippians 2; II Corinthians 3
  • Part 3: Glorification: is the culminating act of our salvation which we often refer to as the blessed hope of the believer.  This is the point in time when the believer will receive a glorified body free from the taint of sin and the presence of the effects of the fall.  This also is an act of the grace of God promised and guaranteed at the point of justification. Romans 8; I Peter 1; II Corinthians 15; II Thessalonians 5; Ephesians 6

 Eternal Security: I believe that the believer’s position in Christ is eternally secure being all of grace, and that there is nothing that can be done to strength or weaken this position in Christ. John 5; John 6; John 10; Romans 5; Romans 8; I Corinthians 1; Ephesians 1; Ephesians 4; Hebrews 13; I Peter 1; Jude 24

 Specific issues regarding salvation:

  • I believe that Christ’s sacrificial death was for the sins of all mankind; however a man is not justified before God until he humbly repents of his self-righteousness and dead religion to place his faith alone in the Person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Salvation is by grace through faith and free from works. Romans 3:22, 24-26; Romans 5:6; 18; I Timothy 2:6; I John 2:2; Ephesians 2:8-10
  • I believe that at the moment of the justification, a sinner under the wrath of God and separated relationally from God is declared righteous; forgiven of all sins past, present, and future; becomes a child of God; is indwelt with the Holy Spirit; is baptized into the body of Christ, and becomes a new creature in Christ. Romans 3:24-26; Romans 5:1-5; Romans 6:1-6; II Corinthians 5:17
  • I believe that it is the desire and will of God that all men be born again. I Timothy 2:4; II Peter 3:9
  • I believe that no man can or will come to the Father apart from the convicting work of the Spirit of God by means of the preached Word. John 6:44-46; John 16:7-11; Romans 10:14-17
  • I believe that many reject the clear call of God to salvation and that whosoever believeth on Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16; Romans 10:16-21
  • I believe that the believer’s election is a place of privilege and blessing, and is completely secured by the grace of God, and is based upon the foreknowledge of God.  Romans 8:28-31; I Peter 1:2
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