Salvation in Jesus Christ

Posted: November 27, 2013 in The Christian Standard
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Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt.  I said to myself, ‘I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.’  And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.” (Psalm 32:5)

“Either way, Christ’s love controls us.  Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life.  He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves.  Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.  So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view.  At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view.  How differently we know him now!  This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person.  The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”  (2 Corinthians 5:14-17)

“Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean.  Your filth will be washed away, and you will no longer worship idols.  And I will give you a new heart and I will put a new spirit in you.  I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.  And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations.” (Ezekiel 36:25-27)

“Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God?  Don’t deceive yourselves.  Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people–none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God.  Some of you were once like that.  But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”  (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)

“The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience.  And God is faithful.  He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand.  When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.”  (1 Corinthians 10:12-13)

“He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God.” (Romans 4:25)

“And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony.”  (Revelation 12:11)

Salvation is not a cookie cutter prayer at the front of a church. Salvation is the point where our belief in Christ Jesus, conviction of our sins, confession of our sins and repentance of our sins occur.  The result of these actions is that God forgives us and makes us new in Christ Jesus so that we are no longer slaves to sin.  The evidence of our salvation is that we live a lifestyle in Christ of life and truth that replaces our old dead lifestyle, whatever it was.

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