VIII SOTERIOLOGY - Doctrine of Salvation or the teaching of Salvation

Salvation is the exclusive work of God on behalf of man (Jn. 6:44). Jesus Christ provided what was necessary for salvation by His sacrificial and substitutionary death. The work of Christ is sufficient to save any and all men but efficient for only those that believe. Salvation is realized in all those whom God has chosen in Christ and called to be the recipients. Those chosen to be saved, (Acts 17: 24-28) were elected before the foundation of the earth was laid (Eph. 1:4). Election was not based on any merit that we might have but totally on God's finished work in Christ Jesus. As a result, the believer is forgiven of his sins and is adopted into the family of God through Christ's shed blood. We stand sanctified in our positional stand  before God and are responsible to live sanctified lives experientially. The believer will ultimately be glorified and freed from the very presence of sin for eternity.

I. Nature of Salvation.


  1. God's Sovereignty (Rev. 6:10; Jude 4) and purpose to save certain individuals apart from any merit of their own (Rom. 9:11-16; Eph. 1:4, 5,9, 11; Titus 1:1; II Tim. 2:10),
  2. God's foreknowledge of those He purposed to save (Rom. 8:27-30; I Pet. 1:2),
  3. God's mercy and grace was bestowed in eternity past (II Tim. 1:9; Eph. 2:8 cf. Rom. 3:23),
  4. The Father gives those to the Son for His peculiar Possession (Jn. 6:37, 44; 17:2; 6, 9),
  5. The gifts of God:

    1. Repentance (Acts 5:31; 11:18; II Tim. 2:25),
    2. Faith (Eph. 2:8-10),
    3. His works (Phil. 2:13) His glory and purpose (Eph.1:11, 12).

  6. Christ's death was the Propitiation for our sins, (Rom. 3:25; I Jn. 2:2; 4:10). His death was satisfactory for the demands of God's justice and God looks upon those saved now with favor.
  7. Redemption was the ransom of blood paid by Christ to free man from the slave market of sin (Col. 1:14 ; Rom. 3:24; Gal.3:13; Eph. 1:7; I Cor. 6:20; 2 Pet. 2:1).
  8. Reconciliation - The relationship between man and God is restored. Those saved can have fellowship again with God which the first Adam lost for mankind. (Rom. 5:10-11; II Cor. 5:18-20; Eph. 2:16; Col. 1:21).
  9. Regeneration - Those saved are made alive by the Holy Spirit, (Eph. 2:1, 5; John 3:1-8; Tit. 3:5).
  1. New birth (Jn. 3:1-8).
  2. Spiritual quickening (Eph. 2:1, 10).
  3. Impartation of New nature (Gal. 5:13-26; Rom. 6; II Pet. 1:4).
  4. Freedom from Slavery of sin (Gal. 5; Rom. 6:15-23).

II. The Need for Salvation:

  1. All are sinners (Rom. 3:23; 5:15),
  2. All dead in trespasses and sin (Eph. 2:1),
  3. All are in bondage to sin (Rom. 6:17, 20),
  4. All alienated from God (Eph. 4:18; Col. 1:21),
  5. All unrighteous (Rom. 3:10).

III. The Call to Salvation:

  1. Offer given to all (Isa. 45:22; Matt. 11:28; Jn. 3:16; 12:32; Ac. 16:31; I Tim. 2:4).
  2. Efficacious call is to the elect (Rom. 1:7; I Thess. 2:12; II Thess. 2:14; II Tim. 1:9; Phil. 2:13; Jn. 1:12, 13).

a. Word of God is involved (I Pet. 1:23; Rom. 1:17; 10:17).

b. His convicting power (Jn. 16:8-11).

IV. The Response to Salvation:

a. Receiving of His gifts (Eph. 1:6-8; 2:8-10),
b. Receiving of His Son (Jn. 1:12),
c. Belief in finished work (I Cor. 15:1-4; Rom. 10:9),
d. Confession in Lordship (Rom. 10:9),
e. Heart response (Rom. 10:10),

f. Repentance change in mind, view, feeling and purpose (Acts 20:21; 17:30; Rom. 2:4; 2 Cor. 7:10),
g. Faith (Eph. 2:8-9) believing what God says and doing it.

V. The Results of Salvation:

  1. Justified (Rom. 3:24),
  2. Made children (Jn. 1:12) adopted into family of God,
  3. Sanctified - at salvation (I Cor. 6:11; Heb. 10:10; I Cor. 1:2),
  4. Eternal life (I Jn. 5:13),
  5. Sin forgiven (Rom. 4:1-8).

VI. Responsibility in Salvation:

  1. To live sanctified lives (I Pet. 1:2; I Thess. 5:23; II Thess. 2:13),
  2. To glorify God (Eph. 2:10; 1:6, 12),
  3. Be holy (Eph. 1:4),
  4. Witness (II Cor. 5:18-20).
  5. Be baptized (I Pet.3:21; Acts 3:41).
  6. Become part of a local church (I Tim. 3:15; Acts 3:41-47)

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