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GOD’S PLAN OF SALVATION

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Many people believe in God. Some believe there are many gods. Christians believe there is only One God and He commands men and women from all nations to worship Him only. The Biblical text of Luke, chapter 4 and verse 8 (Luke 4:8) states “It is written, you shall worship the Lord your God and serve Him only”. Christians also believe that the Bible is the normative source for Theology – The God of heaven is the ultimate source of His own theology, even though others have suggested many possible sources of revelation about God. God reveals Himself to us through the works of His hands (Psalm 19:1; Romans 1:18-20), through the “built-in knowledge of His moral laws” (Romans 2:15), through general and special revelation, and through tradition. We cannot rely on “subjective general revelation” as this can lead to error – “We exchange God’s truth for lies in order to justify our unbelief and to excuse our sinful ways” (Romans 1:25) [1].

The Bible affirms that God is its author (Matthew 15:6) and urges us to live by “every word that proceeds from the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4). Jesus when He was on the earth calls the word of God “His words” (John 5: 38-39) and the Apostle Paul calls the writings of the Bible “The very words of God” (Romans 3:2). The Bible therefore, is “inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness (the ways of God) and for training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16). The Bible then is the divine authority of the God of heaven (2 Peter 1:20-21) and gives instructions to man as to the need for salvation.

As it is written in the Bible, “There is none righteous, no, not one…All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one” (Romans 3:10-12). This biblical text sums up the condition of man – “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). The Apostle John said, “If we say we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8). In other words, we all need help to overcome our sin problem. The answer to sin is found only in the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: No man cometh unto the Father, but by Me”. Jesus, the Son of God (1 John 5:20) declares that salvation is found only in Him: “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12).

 Revealing The Plan Of Salvation

In time, God provided an answer for the problem of sin in a rescue mission. This rescue mission was announced over all of history, recorded in the biblical text, and revealed finally with the Birth of Jesus. An Angel from heaven announced this rescue mission stating “Behold I bring you good tidings of great Joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:10-11). Jesus was born of the virgin Mary (Matthew 1:25). He lived among the people, experienced life within His community, experienced life like any human, and later began His teaching ministry. He healed the sick, cured diseases, cast out demons, worked miracles, taught the people the words of God, and was later offered up as a sacrifice for all mankind (John 3:16-17). He was offered up on a cross for the propitiation of sins (1 John 2:2). He endured the cross, despised the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of God (Hebrews 12:2). While we were still sinners, Christ died on the cross (Romans 5:8). Jesus fulfilled His mission to rescue man from their sins. He was the only way.

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