The Clear Word 

A Ministry Of Mid-State Ministries  

 

Soteriology

The Theology of Salvation

 
LESSON 8

Numbers 23:19 ... God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

Titus 1:2 ... In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;

When it comes to Salvation, the repentant sinner must have the faith in themselves that God will honor their Salvation petition and make them a saved born again believer. Faith, by way of general definition, is the persuasion of the mind that a certain statement is true Philippians 1:27 & II  Thessalonians 2:13. Its primary idea is trust. A thing is true, and therefore worthy of trust. 

Faith is the result of sound, Biblical teaching Romans 10:14-17. Knowledge is an essential element in all faith. Knowledge is sometimes spoken of as an equivalent to faith John 10:38 & I John 2:3. Yet the two are distinguished in this respect. Faith includes an act of the will in addition to the act of the understanding. Coming to a grasp of the truth of the Gospel is essential to saving faith. This understanding is the ultimate ground on which our understanding to any revealed truth rests. It is essential to our relationship with God.

The purpose of saving faith can be found in the whole revealed Word of God, the Bible. Faith accepts and believes the Scriptures as the very truth. But the special act of faith which unites us to Christ has as its central theme the person and the work of the Lord Jesus Christ John 7:38 & Acts 16:31. This is the specific act of faith by which a sinner is justified before God Romans 3:22-25; Galatians 2:16; Philippians 3:9; John 3:16-36; Acts 10:43 & 16:31. In this act of faith the believer takes rest on Christ alone that he is now a saved born again believer. 

Saving faith is a response of the repentant after hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17). Salvation alters the human will and the human opinion of God I Corinthians 2:14 & II Corinthians 4:4.  Faith, therefore, has its seat in the moral part of human nature fully as much as in the intellect. The mind must first be enlightened by Divine teaching John 6:44; Acts 13:48; II Corinthians 4:6 & Ephesians 1:17-18. These alterations of the human mind must take place before human thinking can discern the things of the Spirit. Faith is necessary to Salvation Mark 16:16.

Faith in Christ secures for the new believer freedom from condemnation. Faith unto Salvation also secures  justification before God John 14:19; Romans 6:4-10 & Ephesians 4:15,16. Salvation also insures peace with God Romans 5:1. Salvation also brings about sanctification Acts 26:18; Galatians 5:6 & Acts 15:9.

God promises in the Scriptures that a repentant with a true heart will become a saved and born again believer John 6:37-40; 10:27-28; Romans 8:1; Acts 6:7; Romans 1:5; Galatians 1:23; I Timothy 3:9 & Jude 1:3.

Psalms 51:17 ... The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

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