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Lesson 14

GOD's Plan of Salvation

There are seven facts revealed in God’s plan of salvation, and as you study them, keep in mind that this is God’s plan -- not man’s -- it is God’s.  There is no other plan that can save your lost soul and make you a child of God (Acts 4:12).

All roads may lead to Rome, but all religions do not lead to God and salvation. There is only one way, and that is God’s way; and God’s way is a person, and that person is His Son the Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:6).

God’s salvation is threefold:

Now come to the seven facts of salvation with an open mind and a receptive heart, that God may bring salvation to your soul!

I.

It is a fact that God loves you

Read: John 3:16

It is an eternal fact the God loves you with and everlasting love that cannot be fathomed; it is so boundless that it can only be known by faith.

The little word "so" in John 3:16 is most expressive. It gives you some concept of the magnitude of God’s love.  God so loved you, that He gave His only begotten Son, to be made sin for you, that you might become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Cor. 5:21).

Jesus Christ was made that which God hates: sin -- that you might become that which God loves: righteousness.  Because God so loves you, you can exchange your sins for His righteousness.  Could you ask for greater evidence of love?  Calvary is proof that God loves, and longs to save you.

Before going to the next fact, admit to yourself that: "God loves me!"

II.

It is a fact that you are a sinner

Read: Rom. 3:23

What is sin?

God, who cannot lie, said: "All have sinned." "All" includes you!  You have sinned against God by thought, word, and deed. You have committed sins of commission and sins of omission.  In the sight of God, you are a lost sinner.

Before going to the next fact, admit to yourself that: "I am a lost sinner, because I have sinned."

III.

It is s fact that you are now dead in sin

Read: Rom. 6:23

You have already confessed and admitted that you are a sinner. Now God would have you know that "... the wages of sin is death."  You are dead in sin until you accept Christ as personal Savior.  The Apostle Paul said, "And you were dead in your trespasses and sins" ( Eph. 2:1).  To be saved is to be made spiritually alive in Christ.

What is death?

You know that God loves you, and that you are a sinner -- dead in sins. Before going to the next fact, admit to yourself: "I am dead in sins."

IV.

It is a fact that Christ died for you

Read: Rom. 5:6-8

He died for those who are unlike God; this includes you!  "While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Rom. 5:8).

"He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him" (2 Cor. 5:21).

Knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like sliver or gold ...but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ" (1 Pet. 1:18, 19).

For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit" (1 Cor. 15:3).

In light of these wonderful Scriptures, will you now thank God for His great love in sending His Son to bear your sins in His own body on the cross, and admit to yourself that: "Christ died on Calvary for me!"

V.

It is a fact that you can be saved by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ

Read: Acts 16:30, 31

The Philippian jailor asked Paul and Silas: "Sirs, what must I do to be Saved?"  The answer was quick in response, and positive in content: "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you shall be saved, you and your household." Paul and Silas preached the gospel to the jailer and those in his house; they believed and were saved.

What is this gospel that saves when believed?

First, it is: "that Christ died for your sins."

Second, it is: "that He was buried."

Third, it is: "that He was raised on the third day" (1 Cor. 15:3, 4).

Jesus Christ the God-man died for you, was buried for you, and rose from the dead for you; and is now at the right hand of the Father interceding for you (1 John 2:1).

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes" (Rom. 1:16). The gospel is the power of God for salvation only when you believe.  Your faith in Jesus Christ releases the power of God that saves your soul.

The man born blind received physical sight by a miracle; but, spiritual sight came when Jesus asked, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?" He answered, "Lord, I believe" (John 9:35-38).  Salvation came to Thomas when he believed and confessed, "My Lord and my God" (John 20:24-29).

When you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved (Rom. 10:9, 10).

Accept Him now by faith, and pray this prayer: "Lord Jesus, I know You love me, because You died on the cross bearing my sins.  Thank You, Lord, for revealing to me my lost, sinful condition.  I confess that I am a sinner, dead in sin, and cannot save myself. I do now by faith, gladly accept You as my personal Savior, and thank You, Lord, for eternal salvation. Amen!"

VI.

It is a fact that you can be saved and know it

Read: 1 John 5:10-13

"... that you may know that you have eternal life... " (1 John 5:13).  Upon the authority of God’s Word, you can be saved and know it. Your faith in God’s infallible Word is your assurance of salvation.  "He who believes in the Son has (present tense) eternal life" (John 3:36).

The Bible is a book of certainties.  It strengthens convictions, and establishes beliefs. God would have you know:

 

Could you have greater assurance than is found in God’s infallible Word? "Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words shall not pass away" (Matt. 24:35).

VII.

It is a fact that you are now a child of God and you are to obey Him

Read: Acts 5:29

"We must obey God rather than man" (Acts 5:29). You now belong to Jesus Christ.  He is your Lord and Master, and "no one can serve two masters" (Matt. 6:24).  Determine now to obey your Lord and Master, Jesus Christ, in all things:

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