The Doctrine of Salvation and Faith Ephesians 2:8-9

The Doctrine of Salvation and Faith Ephesians 2:8-9

     The Bible references salvation and can be divided into two parts: the Fall and God’s plan of salvation. When Adam and Eve sinned, what happened to mankind?

   Moral death – death of God’s life in them and their nature becoming sinful-Gen. 2:17

   Spiritual death – the relationship of innocence died resulting in guilt and condemnation-Gen. 2:17

   Physical death – God has a time allotted for everyone but everyone will die-Gen. 5:5

     The Bible teaches that the law of sin and death is now passed on to all humanity (Rom. 5:12, 8:2, 1 Cor. 15:21-22). After sin (the Fall), the rest of the Bible is God unfolding his plan to curse the devil and redeem mankind. In the OT, God demonstrates his love by continually raising up witnesses of His nature of saving.

   Noah, the only one – God raised up humanity and saw one man; he and his family were saved.

   Abraham – God raised him up; his family and their families were saved.

   The Law, the Prophets and the Writings – God raised up a written standard for His people to know His nature.

   Israel – God raised up a nation to witness His saving nature.

   Prophets – God raised them up to proclaim the witness of His saving nature.

   Kings – God raised up a line of kings that would witness that God was their king

   Messiah – God raised up the messianic prophecies for the final answer to man’s sin (moral, spiritual, physical).

 In the NT, God fulfilled all His promises for the salvation of man.

    Moral death – The nature of believer is reclaimed-2 Peter 1:4

    Spiritual death – The relationship of the believer is restored-Ephesians 2:12

    Physical death – The death of the believer is reversed-1 Corinthians 15:21-22, 26

If you do not believe that man is lost, then the doctrine of salvation means nothing. You would answer, “Saved? From what? I know what I am doing and where I am going. What sin?” Some believe that God will dispense His grace on people based on natural revelation or their own goodness. Rom. 10: 14-15- (4 Hows) “How can they call, how can they believe, how can they hear, how can they preach” This answers the question to natural revelation. People are lost unless they respond to the preaching of Christ. Paul says there is no other way other than the gospel. Natural revelation only reveals that you are a lost sinner.

      When we speak of the doctrine of salvation, the following words come to our mind: justification, redemption, adoption, forgiveness, grace, repentance, Lordship, etc. and today’s topic- FAITH

Faith – What is the nature of saving faith? 

3 aspects of Saving Faith

1.  Saving faith is a call. Matt. 11:28-31- Jesus denounced the places where the message was not received and then speaks to the crowd in Galilee. The context of this passage refers to salvation. These verses reveal that faith in Jesus is a call.  “rest” as your priest  “yoke” as your king  “learn” as your prophet.

2.  Saving faith is a conviction. Hebrews 11:1 “Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certainty of what we do not see.” substance means evidence and certainty implying conviction. How can one have substance of a conviction of something you can not see? The only answer is faith.

3.  Saving faith is a commitment. It is fiduciary. This is where the present tense is so important. “he that believes” (continuous action) Jn. 3:15-18

      In the doctrine of salvation, faith is a major component. Here are three observations:

1.  Man is forever limited in his ability to save himself. A moral man is still lost according to the Bible-Rom. 3:23

2.  Man is forever limited in his ability to please a holy God. A righteous man is still not perfect-Rom. 3:10

3.  Man is forever lost unless he repents and has faith (believes) that only God can save him-John 1:12

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