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November 25, 2007 / Daniel

Salvation by grace and through the cross

I believe in salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ (Eph. 2:8-9; Tit. 3:5). According to Scripture, salvation is God’s free gracious gift that we could never earn or merit (Rom. 6:23; 11:6). Salvation comes exclusively through faith in Jesus Christ. He is the only way to the Father (John 3:18; 14:6; Acts 4:12).

Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins in order to bring us to God (Rom. 5:1-2; 2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Pet. 3:18). The death of Christ paid the penalty for sin and satisfied God’s wrath against us (Isa. 53:4-10; Rom. 1:18; 3:25-26; Rom. 5:10-11; Eph. 2:3-7; Col. 1:22-22; 1 John. 2:2).

After exhausting the power of evil on the cross, Jesus conquered sin and death by defeating the devil through His resurrection (1 Cor. 15:54-57; Col. 2:15; Heb. 2:14-15; 1 John 3:8; Rev. 1:18).

The cross also sets before us an example of God’s great love and beckons us to die to ourselves and to live for God (Matt. 16:24-26; Rom. 6:1-14; Heb. 12:1-4; 1 John 3:1).

Christ’s work on the cross was sufficient to save everyone, and yet it is only effectual for believers (2 Cor. 5:14-15; 2 Pet. 2:2; 1 John 2:1-2).

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  1. Dennis / Nov 25 2007 11:18 pm

    Daniel,

    Nice thoughts.

    If I may comment on a couple things:

    ” salvation is God’s free gracious gift that we could never earn or merit”

    I liken this to you and Mae. In your life, you feed her, house her, clothe her. You do it all out of love for her and there is nothing she can do to “earn” her food and at the end of your life, she will receive an inheritance from you. There is nothing she can do to “earn” anything from you. You do everything out of love for her. This is how God is with you. There’s nothing you can do to “earn” salvation. It’s all out of love.

    “Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins in order to bring us to God ”

    I would think that the Resurrection is what brings us to God…I think His dying destroyed death. It frees us from sin and washes us clean. In the Resurrection, we gain everlasting life through Jesus Christ.

    “The cross also sets before us an example of God’s great love and beckons us to die to ourselves and to live for God”

    I’m surprised you don’t mention Colossians 2:11-14. Paul uses a great analogy between Baptism and Circumcision where Baptism is a stripping off of the carnal body through the “circumcision of Christ” after which you are “raised with Him” the way way God raised Christ from the dead. Finally taking our sinful body and “nailing it to the cross.”

    “Christ’s work on the cross was sufficient to save everyone, and yet it is only effectual for believers (2 Cor. 5:14-15; 2 Pet. 2:2; 1 John 2:1-2).”

    I don’t disagree with this but just want to note that God’s desire is to save everyone. He wants all men to be saved (1 Timothy 2:4). He wants all men to believe. If a person doesn’t believe then it’s not the fault of God.

    Again, great thoughts. As a Christian, I agree with all of it. If I were a non-believer, it might not make sense but I think that’s probably more by design.

  2. Daniel / Nov 26 2007 1:01 am

    Dennis,

    The resurrection is definitely key to our reconciliation with God.

    I agree that God desires for everyone to be saved. But on the other hand, I don’t think that everyone will be saved because God gives people the choice to reject Him.

    I think that you would agree with that.

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