Bible Studies - Salvation

Are You Saved?

All Bible 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 say:-

"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

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