A Word About Plans of Salvation
There are many people who espouse many different views about God's plan of Salvation as they hold to one denominational belief or another, and by doing so inadvertently do not give all that the Scriptures teach about salvation, which when a new believer begins to read the scriptures and encounters these other items cause many to become confused and they will either question their salvation rightly or go on believing something that may not be true. I dare say no one who is a committed believer will say that the scriptures say things that are not necessary or unimportant, so why then would we leave anything out when dealing with such an eternally important topic.
The goal of providing someone online with a plan for salvation may or may not be a great idea in the first place. While it is true no one can really know your heart except for God, there is however an idea in scripture that Salvation is not so much of a private thing to allow for an individual to be saved in the private comfort of their home while surfing the web. With that said, God is awesome and very capable of delivering anyone in anyway He would so choose. With that said, scripture is also very clear that there is a process one goes through to be saved, while some people would say that is not the case, I will present here in totality what the Scriptures say is involved in being saved to eternal life, whether or not it agrees with any denominational position. I will not forgo one scripture on the subject to hold up any denominational belief. However, I will not exhaust a certain aspect of the process either, I will attempt to give a full understanding of what the whole of the New Testament says on the subject.
I will go ahead and answer one objection now, I personally consider nothing of this process to be a work. For if one is a work then they all must be a work. Let me express this about salvation by works, the scriptures are very clear that the works done by Christians are evidence of their salvation not a means by which they are saved. There are many who will say for example that Baptism is a work, however Baptism is a command, not only given in Mark 16:16, or Acts 2:38, Jesus commands it in Matthew 28, and some will even say that His conversation with Nicodemus also reveals the necessity of Baptism. My goal is not to argue in favor of Baptismal Regeneration. My goal is just to make certain that the whole of scripture is taken into account on the subject lest we find on the day of judgment that we have been deceived and are not saved. God has prepared works for the believer to do, however for the unbeliever, God has commanded a certain path by which one one can be saved. I present this for you to contemplate, work is something one does, it is done to collect a payment or meet goal of some sort, you can not submit to your own work, you can submit to someone else's work though. A surgeon works and if he operates on you, you are not performing the work, he is, you are submitting to his work on you and the same is true in baptism, you are not in the position of performing, you are in the position of submitting to the Work of God.
This plan is presented only for information purposes, if you want to submit your life to Jesus, and we earnestly encourage you to do so, we must also encourage you to go immediately to a mature believer, whether that be a minister, or someone who has been a faithful Christian for some time to help you in your desire to submit your will and life to the Will and way of God, and do exactly as the scriptures say so your name may also be found in the Lamb's Book of Life!
Lastly, do not make a rash decision based on emotion, know what you are getting yourself into, giving your life to Jesus is not an easy ride, walking the narrow road is not for the faint of heart and while God freely gives His grace and mercy in the plan and process of salvation, this decision will cost you plenty, your life will no longer be yours, it will belong to God, you may lose your job, your friends, your family, it may very well cost you everything you own, it may even cost you your life! But the eternal reward is far greater than the temporal discomforts!
Salvation: God's Plan of Grace
Remember, this is not an exhaustive list, rather these are the things the Scriptures say must be done and a list of some scriptures where the instruction can be found!
You must first hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ, these scriptures support this position; John 5:24; John 6:45; Romans 10:14,17; Revelation 1:3 Revelation 3:20
You must have faith, that is believe in and on Jesus, in His virgin birth, His sinless life and work, His death on the cross as our substitute, His death, resurrection and ascension, these scriptures support this position; Hebrews 11:6; John 6:29; John 8:24; Romans 10:11; Ephesians 2:8; John 3:15-16;
You must repent of your personal sin, against God and your fellow man, these scriptures support this position; Acts 17:30; Luke 13:3-5; Acts 2:38; Acts 26:20; Luke 15:7; Romans 2:4; II Corinthians 7:9-10
You must confess Jesus as Lord, these scriptures support this position; Matthew 10:32-33; Romans 10:9-10; I Timothy 6:12; Acts 8:35-38; Matthew 16:16
You must be Baptized, these scriptures support this position; Romans 6:3-4; Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; Acts 10:48; Acts 22:16 Colossians 2:12; I Peter 3:21; Galatians 3:26-27
You must persevere, that is live a Godly life, these scriptures support this position; II Peter 1:5-8; Revelation 2:10; Hebrews 5:8-9; Revelation 3:21
Without a doubt we are saved by the richness of God's Grace, see Ephesians 2:1-10 for an excellent explanation of our condition before accepting Christ all the way through to Salvation. His Grace is an unmerited favor, the plain and simple fact is we could never deserve this rich treasure nor could we ever do anything to earn Salvation, God offers this freely, we just have to avail ourselves of it, and we do that but submitting to the things above. I ask you to think about this seriously for awhile, if God intended for anyone of these things not to be a part of His plan do you honestly think they would be in His book. It does not have to make sense to us, nor do we need to agree with it, we just have to accept that He is God and He is the Sovereign one not us, and when we get there we just need to say, it is in His Word and it is my duty to Honor Him by Honoring the Word and simply do and teach what it says!
There are those who offer some objections as to why they cannot or do not want to be saved and I would like to answer a few of those.
Objection 1: I can't believe!
Answer: That is not true, the Apostle John writes in John 20:30-31 that these things, (the scriptures) were written so that you might believe and have life.
Objection 2: I can't understand the Bible!
Answer: Again that is not a true statement, John 7:17 makes it abundantly clear that if you are willing to do God's will, that person will know of the teaching and whether it is of God or not.
Objection 3: I can get saved later, i.e. I want to live it up!
Answer: Paul in his letter to the Galatians explains to us that God is not mocked my friend, he also writes that we will reap what we sow. So, if we sow to the flesh you will reap corruption, but if you sow to the spirit you will reap life.
Objection 4: This whole religion thing, this Gospel is foolishness!
Answer: Careful friend, it is the foolish things that God uses to confound those who profess themselves to be wise. In II Corinthians 4:3-4 Paul writes that if the Gospel is veiled it is so to those who are perishing and that it is not God but the ruler of this world, the devil, who has blinded the minds of the unbeliever.
Objection 5: I am not concerned with the future, when you die you are dead nothing more!
Answer: Wrong, Romans 14: 10-12 tells us that "We will stand before the Judgment seat of God. Each one of us shall give account of himself to God". We will all have an eternity the only problem is many will spend it in hell, rather than taking God's offer of an eternity spent with Him. I implore you friend do not make that mistake.
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All Scripture quotations taken from the NASB unless otherwise stated.
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