Bible Studies - Salvation
Are You Saved?
texts are from the King James Version.
Acts 16:31 "And they said, Believe on the Lord
Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house."
This text tells us if we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ
we will be saved. But, how can this be when 1 John 3:4 and Romans 6:3
"Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also
the law: for sin is the transgression of the law." 1 John 3:4.
"For the wages of sin is death; . . .
" Romans 6:3.
When we try hard to keep the law and find that we fail
dismally are we lost?
Romans 3:20 "Therefore by the deeds of the law
there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the
law is the knowledge of sin."
If we cannot be saved by obedience to God's law in our own
strength, can we hope for salvation?
Romans 8:3 "For what the law could not do, in that it
was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the
likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:"
Romans 1:17 "For therein is the righteousness of God
revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just
shall live by faith."
In Acts 16:31 the jailer was told to have faith in the
Lord Jesus Christ. In Jesus we are to put our trust, because He took
our place on the cross and died for our sins.
1 Corinthians 15:3 "For I delivered unto you first of
all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our
sins according to the scriptures;"
God gives us salvation as a free gift. When we believe on
the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour as having taken our place, God
says our sins are charged to Jesus.
Romans 4:3 "For what saith the scripture? Abraham
believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness."
None of us deserve life, but God loves us so much that
through the death of Jesus on the cross a way was made for the
salvation of guilty man. Jesus became our substitute and all our sins
were placed on him and so our salvation is a free gift -
Romans 5:18 "Therefore as by the offense of one [Adam]
judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the
righteousness of one [Jesus] the free gift came upon all men unto
justification of life."
This free gift becomes the gift of grace, which is by one
man, Jesus Christ.
The apostle Paul declared in Ephesians 2:8 :-
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and
that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:"
When we believe on Jesus as our redeemer and accept His
offered salvation, what does God do in us?
Psalms 51:10 "Create in me a clean heart, O
God; and renew a right spirit within me."
Luke 13:3 "I tell you, Nay: but, except ye
repent, ye shall all likewise perish."
Jesus said :-
"And that repentance and remission of sins
should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning
at Jerusalem." Luke 24:47.
When a person has truly repented, there will be evidence
in their life of a change of character. Where once they may have been
dishonest, they will be honest; where they were impure, they will be
pure; and so on. Their habits will be changed. They will become a new
person, and when this happens Christ will confess them before the
angels of God.
Luke 12:8 "Also I say unto you, Whosoever
shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess
before the angels of God:"
The final part is found in Mark 16:16 :-
"He that believeth and is baptized shall be
saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned."
The apostle Peter summed it up in his sermon in Acts2:38
"Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be
baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission
of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost."
We are saved from the condemnation of sin by faith in
Jesus Christ as our Saviour. We receive justification by the grace of
God, then we begin to grow in grace through obedience to the Word of
God with the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit. Growing in grace is
called sanctification and is the work of a lifetime.
So "Are you saved?"
It is true that we are saved by the grace of God, but only
God knows if we have truly repented of our sins and are living a life
in accordance with His will.
© S. D. Goeldner
© S. D. Goeldner, February, 2011. Last updated October, 2017.
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