(God’s Word on Salvation)
Used with permission from Discover God’s Blessings by Dr. John Hash and updated by Robbi Cary. (This is Appendix E in the book.)
God made all of creation wonderful, and He loves us dearly.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD; plans for good, not evil; plans to prosper you, and give you hope and a future (Jer. 29:11).
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights (James 1:17).
God has shown His love to us by sending His only Son into the world. God did this, so we might have life through Christ (1 John 4:9).
All the pain, suffering, and death in the world are the result of Satan’s work and the sin of all people. Sin is falling short of God’s ways and commands. Sin is harmful to ourselves and others; it shows a disregard for God; it separates us from God; and it brings punishment and death (physical and eternal). Death is not non-existence, it is being shut out from the life, presence, and glory of God (2 Thess. 1:7-10).
The thief, Satan, comes to steal, and to kill, and to destroy (John 10:10).
Your iniquities [sins and shortcomings] have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden His face from you (Isa. 59:2).
All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23).
“For the wages of sin is death” (Rom. 6:23).
For those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and who follow evil, there will be wrath and anger (Rom. 2:8).
We are all accountable to God and will one day stand before Him and answer for our thoughts, words, and actions.
Man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment (Heb. 9:27).
We will all appear before Christ, and be judged by him; we will receive what we deserve for the good or evil that we have done while in this earthly body (2 Cor. 5:10).
On that day God will judge the secrets of each person through Jesus Christ (Rom. 2:16).
He has appointed a day, in which he will judge the world in righteousness by the man whom he has ordained; and he has given proof and assurance of this to all men by raising him from the dead (Acts 17:31).
Because God loves us greatly, He sent Jesus into the world to rescue us and give us new life.
For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Rom. 6:23).
Whoever hears my word and believes Him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged [condemned]; he has crossed over from death to life (John 5:24).
God gives us the choice to receive and accept Him, or reject Him.
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the LORD shall be saved” (Rom. 10:13).
“If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” (Rom. 10:9).
And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized, and wash your sins away, calling on His name (Acts 22:16).
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned (Mark 16:16).
But to all who believed Him and receive Him, He gave the right [and blessing] to become children of God (John 1:12).
God gives us assurance concerning this new life, and He gives us His Spirit to help us.
These things have been written, so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing, you may have life in His name (John 20:31).
And I will give you a new heart and spirit. I will put my Spirit in you. No longer will you have a heart of stone, but you will be able to follow my commandments. . . . You will be my people, and I will be your God! (Ezek. 36:26-28).
God gives us instructions for our new life in Him. With His help, we are to know Him, grow in Him, and grow in all that He has given us.
This is eternal life—that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent (John 17:3).
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Pet. 3:18).
If you love me, keep my commandments (John 14:15).
(A few key verses regarding our calling, inheritance, blessings, and provisions include Ps. 1:1-6; 103:1-6; Eph. 1:2-23; 3:18-20; 6:10-17).
God gives us important, difficult, and wonderful news concerning the future.
In the last days, there will be terrible days (2 Tim. 3:1). Stand firm, and you will be saved (Luke 21:19).
I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among people! He will dwell with them, and they will live with Him and be His people. God Himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever (Rev. 21:3-4).
No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him (1 Cor. 2:9).
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