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SALVATION
 by Dietmar Scherf

> 95 Things God Provides at the Point of Salvation
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Jesus Christ loves you and He died for you! Please believe in Him as you accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior!

 


When it comes to Salvation the Bible makes a distinction between the Salvation of the soul (from damnation) and the Salvation (deliverance) of the believer in daily Christian living.

Here we'll briefly discuss the Salvation of the soul from damnation which is the necessary step for an individual to become a true born-again Christian. At this point a person enters the Christian life. Without the Salvation of the soul, a person is not able to understand the issues regarding the Christian life as only at the moment of Salvation a person receives the Holy Spirit who is necessary for understanding spiritual issues as taught in the Bible.

One amazing aspect of Grace is that we do not need to debate the false teachings regarding Salvation, because there are only two basic teachings regarding Salvation:

(1) Salvation can supposedly be obtained by the efforts (works, performance, rituals, merit, etc.) of an individual or a group, which of course is not compatible with the principles of Grace;

or:

(2) Salvation is free: a gift/benefit available to all who want to receive it by Grace through faith, and that's exactly what the Word of God teaches.

The Bible clearly teaches the only condition for Salvation of the soul from damnation as the Salvation question was put forth in Acts 16:30-31 by one individual who wanted to know exactly how to obtain Salvation:

"What must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house."
Acts 16:30-31

Not only are there many Scripture passages that support the Grace doctrine of Salvation, but Salvation by Grace is the only teaching regarding Salvation that is compatible with the very nature and essence of God. For further explanation read e.g. the following verse:

"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast."
Ephesians 2:8-9

This distribution of Grace was made possible by an act of Mercy by God which was rooted in His Love based on His character and nature. In order to accept us into His presence, He had to take care of our rightly deserved punishment and consequences of sin as He as a holy God cannot look upon sin. There had to be a qualified sacrifice and/or substitute to satisfy His justice and to pay the debt that we couldn't pay. As God is perfect, He can only accept perfection. Therefore trying to do the best we can, just doesn't cut it, because it isn't perfect. But God had a perfect solution as He sent His son, Jesus Christ, who was the perfect sacrifice and the only acceptable payment for our debt.

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."
John 3:16-18

Again, in this Scripture passage we read that the only condition for Salvation is to believe in Jesus Christ, meaning God offers every human being Salvation by Grace (as a gift). HIS Mercy took care of the judicial issue so that now Grace can be distributed freely. Please also read the following verses:

"So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many."
Hebrews 9:28

"Who His own self (Christ) bare our sins in His own body on the tree."
1 Peter 2:24

"For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God."
1 Peter 3:18

"And He (Christ) is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world."
1 John 2:2

"Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him."
Hebrews 7:25

As we can see, Christ took care of sin and therefore it is no longer a sin issue, but instead, now Christ is the issue. Do I have Jesus Christ as my personal Savior or not? If we accept Jesus Christ as our personal Savior with our free will, by Grace through faith, then we have freely received Salvation and therefore Eternal Life (1 John 5:12). As we read above, He is able to save us to the uttermost―it is a complete Salvation.

Salvation is freely offered to every person here on earth (1 Tim. 2:4; Titus 2:11; 2 Pet. 3:9) and as an individual exercises his/her free will to believe (trust) in Jesus Christ as his/her personal Savior, such a person takes advantage of God's freely offered Salvation unto men and becomes a born-again Christian.

At the very moment an individual believes that Jesus Christ is his/her only way of Salvation (Acts 4:12; John 14:6) and therefore puts his/her trust in Him regarding this essential issue, a person is saved, which means that such a person has received Eternal Life at that very moment. There are 95 Things God provides at the point of Salvation.

Salvation is a gift, something we don't deserve and we can never earn (Rom. 4:5), but we can make a decision in our free will to accept this glorious gift. Practically speaking: as we hear the Gospel, faith in Jesus Christ becomes freely available (Rom. 1:16) as the Holy Spirit convicts us of the fact that we need Jesus Christ as our Savior, and with our free will we'll make a decision to either accept or reject Jesus Christ as our personal Savior.

Salvation by Grace is the basis for the Christian life. Without it, an individual is left to himself and to his desperate attempts and poor efforts trying to please God according to his/her own concepts apart from the plan of God. A life like that, as humanly good as it may be and as "religious" as it may appear, is truly a struggle and a waste. Such an individual misses out on the gift of Eternal Life (1 John 5:11-13), and also on the benefits of an Abundant Life (John 10:10) here on earth. God will accept you just as you are right now. HE loves you so very much!

Why not accept this beautiful gift from God of Salvation by Grace through faith right now as He stretches his hands out to you to give you Eternal Life? You don't have to change and you don't have to do anything, but simply believe (trust) in Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. HE already died on the cross for you and He rose from the dead so that He can offer Eternal Life as a gift to you. If you want to receive Salvation by Grace as a gift right now as you truly believe in your heart that Christ is your sole personal Savior, then please say a simple prayer like this:

"Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I know I'm a sinner; I cannot save myself, but I believe that You died for me on the cross and that You shed Your precious blood for me to pay for all of my sins. Come into my heart to live as I accept you now as my personal Savior. Thank you for Eternal Life. Amen."

While a prayer like this by itself wouldn't save you, a prayer like this, if you truly meant it in your heart, confirmed your genuine Salvation because of your exclusive trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as the only Savior of your soul. And now you're saved forever and Christ lives in you through the Holy Spirit, leading and guiding you in your life as you let Him. Your eternal destiny is forever secure as you've received Eternal Life at the very moment when you believed (trusted) in Jesus Christ as your personal Savior.
(Please note that you may not understand and/or know all the theological details about Salvation and these aren't an issue at this time, but you've simply believed with child-like faith the finished work of Christ on the cross and that Jesus Christ is your personal Savior; and that's the only requirement for salvation and to receive that Eternal Life for an eternal destiny in the presence of God).

And remember, nobody (incl. yourself) can ever take this precious gift of Salvation/Eternal Life away from you as we are kept by the power of God (1 Peter 1:5) and we're sealed by the Holy Spirit (Eph. 1:13; 4:30). Your Salvation was fully the work of God and He can't deny Himself (2 Tim. 2:13) and whatever He does shall be forever (Eccl. 3:14).

If you've just accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior, we'd love to hear from you―please send us a note to:

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95 THINGS GOD PROVIDES AT THE POINT OF SALVATION

There are two categories:

(a) Positional
(b)
Experiential

Important Note: Some of these things are corresponding issues or are synonymous with one thing or the other. The purpose of this compilation is to show the various aspects in detail of what God does for the believer at the point of Salvation. And also, we read in the Word of God that repetition is for our safety (Phil. 3:1).

(A) POSITIONAL (68 Things)

  (1)  God Foreknew us (Rom. 8:29; 1 Peter 1:2)
  (2)  God elected us (Rom. 8:33; Col. 3:12; 1 Thess. 1:4; Titus 1:1; 1 Peter 1:2)
  (3)  God predestined us (Rom. 8:29-30; Eph. 1:5, 11)
  (4)  We are chosen (Matt. 22:14; 1 Peter 2:4)
  (5)  We are called (1 Thess. 5:24)
  (6)  We are reconciled by God (2 Cor. 5:18-19; Col. 1:20)
  (7)  We are reconciled to God (Rom. 5:10; 2 Cor. 5:20)
  (8)  We are redeemed by God (Rom. 3:24; Col. 1:14; 1 Peter 1:18)
  (9)  We are born again spiritually (John 3:7; 1 Peter 1:23)
(10)  We are regenerated (John 13:10; 1 Cor. 6:11; Titus 3:5)
(11)  We are made righteous (1 Cor. 1:30; 2 Cor. 5:21; Rom. 3:22; Phil. 3:9)
(12)  The righteousness of God is unto us and upon us who believe (Gal. 3:22)
(13)  We are justified (Acts 13:39; Rom. 3:26; 5:1; 8:30; 1 Cor. 6:11; Titus 3:7)
(14)  We are glorified (Rom. 8:30)
(15)  We are adopted (Rom. 8:15, 23)
(16)  We are complete in Him (Col. 2:10)
(17)  We are sanctified (1 Cor. 1:30; 6:11)
(18)
 We are forgiven (Acts 10:43; Rom. 4:25; Col. 1:14; 2:13; 3:13; Eph. 1:7, 4:32, 1 Peter 2:24)
(19)  We are quickened (Eph. 2:1; Col. 2:13)
(20)
 We are perfected forever (Heb. 10:14)
(21)  We are accepted (Eph. 1:6; 1 Peter 2:5)
(22)  We are made qualified to be partakers of the
           inheritance of the saints
(Col. 1:12)
(23)  We are crucified with Christ (Rom. 6:6-8; Gal. 2:20; 1 Peter 2:24)
(24)  We are buried with Christ (Rom. 6:4; Col. 2:12)
(25)  We are raised with Christ (Rom. 6:4; Eph. 2:6; Col. 3:1)
(26)  We are born of the Spirit (John 3:6)
(27)  We are baptized with the Spirit (1 Cor. 12:13)
(28)  We are indwelt by the Spirit (John 7:39; Rom. 5:5; 8:9;
                     1 Cor. 6:19; 2 Cor. 1:21; Gal. 4:6; 1 John 3:24)
(29)  We are sealed by the Spirit (John 7:39; 2 Cor. 1:22; Eph. 1:13; 4:30)
(30)  We are in God (1 Thess. 1:1)
(31)  We are in Christ (John 14:20; Rom. 8:1; 12:5; 1 Cor. 1:30; Eph. 2:10, 13)
(32)  We are in the Spirit (Rom. 8:9)
(33)  We are dead to the law (Rom. 7:4)
(34)  We are delivered from the law (Rom. 6:14; 7:6; Gal. 3:25)
(35)  We are circumcised in Christ (Rom. 2:29; Phil. 3:3; Col. 2:11)
(36)  We are made near to God by the blood of Christ (Eph. 2:13)
(37)  We are delivered from the power of darkness (Col. 1:13; 2:13-15)
(38)  We do not abide in darkness (John 12:46)
(39)  We are translated into the Kingdom of God's dear Son  (Col. 1:13)
(40)  We are given as a gift to Christ by the Father (John 17:6, 11-12; 10:29)
(41)
 He gives us life in His name (John 20:31)
(42)  He gives us eternal life in His Son (John 3:15-16, 36;
                         John 5:24; 6:47; 11:25; 1 John 5:11-12)
(43)  We will never die (John 11:26)

WHAT HE IS TO THE BELIEVER:

(44)  Jesus Christ is our propitiation (Rom. 3:25-26; 1 John 2:2)
(45)
 Jesus Christ is our foundation (Eph. 2:20; 1 Cor. 3:11; 2 Cor. 1:21)
(46)
 Jesus Christ is our life (John 14:6; Col. 3:4)
(47)
 He is our Head (Col. 1:18; 2:10; Eph. 4:15; 5:23)
(48)
 He is our husband (Eph. 5:25-27; 2 Cor. 11:2)
(49)  He is our advocate (1 John 2:1)
(50)
 He is our brother (Heb. 2:11)
(51)
 He is our friend (John 15:15)

WHAT HE MAKES US:

(52)  We are sons of God (John 1:12; Rom. 8:14; 2 Cor. 6:18; Gal. 3:26; 1 John 3:1-2)
(53)  We are a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17; Gal. 6:15)
(54)  We are members of His Body (1 Cor. 12:13, 27)
(55)  We are His Bride (Eph. 5:25-27)
(56)  We are saints (Romans 1:7; 1 Cor. 1:2; Phil. 1:1; Col. 1:26; 1 Peter 2:9)
(57)
 We are His holy priesthood and holy nation (1 Peter 2:5, 9)
(58)
 We are His royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9; Rev. 1:6)
(59)  We are a chosen generation, a peculiar people (1 Peter 2:9; Titus 2:14)
(60)  We are His inheritance (Eph. 1:18)
(61)  We are God's building (1 Cor. 3:9)
(62)  We are heavenly citizens (Luke 10:20; Eph. 2:19; Phil. 3:20; Heb. 12:22)
(63)  We are laborers together with Him (1 Cor. 3:9)
(64)  We are ambassadors for Christ (2 Cor. 5:20)
(65)  We are ministers of God (2 Cor. 3:3-6; 6:4)
(66)  We are His household (Gal. 6:10; Eph. 2:19; 3:15)
(67)
 We are His brethren (Heb. 2:11)
(68)  We are now light in the Lord (Eph. 5:8; 1 Thess. 5:4)

(B) EXPERIENTIAL (27 Things)

  (1)  There is no condemnation for the believer (Rom. 8:1; John 3:18; 5:24; 1 Cor. 11:32)
  (2)  Our sins are forgiven (1 Peter 2:24; Rom. 4:25)
  (3)  We are quickened (Eph. 2:1; Col. 2:13)
  (4)  We have access to God (Rom. 5:2; Eph. 2:18; Heb. 4:14-16; 10:19-20)
  (5)  He loves us (John 3:16; Eph. 2:4; 5:2)
  (6)  He gives us grace (Romans 1:5; 5:17; Eph. 2:8)
  (7)  He gives us power (2 Cor. 4:7; Eph. 1:19; 3:7; Phil. 2:13)
  (8)  He is faithful to us (Phil. 1:6; 2 Tim. 2:13; Heb. 13:5)
  (9)  He gives us His peace (Phil. 4:7; Col. 3:15)
(10)  He gives us hope (Eph. 1:18; 2 Thess. 2:16)
(11)  He gives us every spiritual blessing (Eph. 1:3)
(12)  He gives us rest (Matt. 11:28; Heb. 4:3)
(13)  He gives us joy (Rom. 15:13; Phil. 4:4; 1 Peter 1:8)
(14)  He consoles us (2 Thess. 2:16)
(15)  He intercedes for us (Rom. 8:34; Heb. 7:25; 9:24)
(16)  He keeps us (1 Peter 1:5)
(17)  He instructs us (Titus 2:12-13)
(18)
 He saves us (Rom. 1:16; Heb. 7:25)
(19)  He gives us an inheritance (Eph. 1:14; Col. 3:24; Heb. 9:15; 1 Peter 1:4)
(20)
 We have fellowship with Him (1 Cor. 1:9; 1 John 1:7-9)
(21)  He is faithful to us in suffering (Rom. 8:18; Phil. 1:29;
        Col. 1:24; 1 Thess. 3:3; 2 Tim. 2:12; 1 Peter 2:20; 4:12-13)
(22)  The Word of God works in us (1 Thess. 2:13)
(23)  We are not ashamed (Rom. 9:33; 10:11)
(24)  We will never thirst again (John 6:35; 7:37)
(25)  We will not be confounded (1 Peter 2:6)
(26)  We overcome the world (Romans 8:37; 1 John 5:5)
(27)  His great power is toward us who believe (Eph. 1:19)

You may also want to read our article on Identity in Christ.


Video Devotionals by Dietmar Scherf:

"Once Saved, Always Saved" ... a video devotional by Dietmar Scherf
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUd5az_14WY

        

        


"Hell is Real" ... a video devotional by Dietmar Scherf
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpWx7JHGJmE

       


"No Second Chance" ... a video devotional by Dietmar Scherf
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQukdG7UJ1U

         

More >Video Devotionals by Dietmar Scherf


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