The Plan of Salvation

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Salvation is the process by which God ultimately fulfills his will to create beings, just like himself, who live forever and possess holy righteous character. The first step in the plan of salvation is that God draws a person toward him and Jesus Christ.

44. No one can come to Me unless the Father, Who sent Me, draws him . . . (John 6:44, Holy Bible in Its Original Order - A Faithful Version)

Once drawn toward him the next step in salvation is that God gives a person the opportunity to understand and accept the fact that they have sinned. Sin is Biblically defined as breaking God's holy and righteous laws and commandments, whether in the letter or in the spirit (intent). They also become aware of the ultimate penalty for their sins.

3. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; (Romans 3:23)

4. Everyone who practices sin is also practicing lawlessness, for sin is lawlessness. (1John 3:4)

23. For the wages of sin is death . . . (Romans 6:23)

Through the Father's perfect love a person is led to true repentance - a profound remorse for their sins and a willingness to obey their Creator. Repentance then leads a person to ask for forgiveness through their acceptance of the sacrifice of Christ.

4. Or do you despise the riches of His kindness and forbearance and long-suffering, not knowing that the graciousness of God leads you to repentance? (Romans 2:4)

8. But God commends His own love to us because, when we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8, see also John 3:16 - 17).

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After repentance and acceptance of Jesus' sacrifice for sins the next step in the plan of salvation is for a person to be baptized by a complete immersion in water. After baptism occurs the person has hands laid on them by mature believers who pray that they are granted the gift of his Holy Spirit.

38. Then Peter said to them, "Repent and be baptized each one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you yourselves shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:38, see also Acts 8:14 - 15, 17)

Christians are commanded to not only obey God throughout their lives but also to grow spiritually mature in him. This part of the salvation plan includes regular study of God's word and serving others through good works. It also includes obeying God and his commandments, not just in the letter but also in their spirit (1John 5:2 - 3). Believers are also to, according to the Apostle Paul, dedicate even their bodies to serve and please God (Romans 12:1 - 2, see also Ephesians 2:10).

18. Rather, be growing in the grace and the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (2Peter 3:18)

15. Diligently study to show yourself approved unto God . . . (2Timothy 2:15)

Each believer is promised that he or she, after living a faithful life to the Father, will be resurrected from dead and given an eternal life full of love and purpose. God personally promises that those who overcome shall be given ALL things. Even more amazing is that God will consider those who are saved as part of his family (Revelation 21:7)! This is the ultimate goal of salvation.

6. Blessed and holy is the one who has part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power. But they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years. (Revelation 20:6)

3. And they who are wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament, and they who turn many to righteousness shall shine as the stars forever and ever. (Daniel 12:3)

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