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Discussion in 'Christian Theology Forum' started by Christophany, Nov 16, 2020.

  1. Christophany

    Christophany Well-Known Member

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    1)the wages of sin is death but the free gift of God is eternal life is Christ(Romans 6:23)
    2)salvation as a free gift (Romans 5:15)
    3)salvation is received by faith apart from any works (Ephesians 2:8–9).
    4)salvation is found in the gospel message and is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes(Romans 1:16).
    5)salvation comes when a person hears the gospel and confesses Jesus is Lord,’ and believes in their heart that God raised Him from the dead and they will be saved” (Romans 10:9).

    In the apostle Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, he lays out the content of the gospel message, “Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:1–4).

    In this passage, we see three essential elements of the gospel message. First, the phrase “died for our sins” is very important. As Romans 3:23 tells us, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” The reality of sin needs to be acknowledged by all who approach the throne of God for salvation. A sinner must acknowledge the hopelessness of his guilt before God in order for forgiveness to take place, and he must understand that the “wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). Without this foundational truth, no gospel presentation is complete.

    Second, the person and work of Christ are indispensable components of the gospel. Jesus is both God (Colossians 2:9) and man (John 1:14). Jesus lived the sinless life that we could never live (1 Peter 2:22), and, because of that, He is the only one who could die a substitutionary death for the sinner. Sin against an infinite God requires an infinite sacrifice. Therefore, either man, who is finite, must pay the penalty for an infinite length of time in hell, or the infinite Christ must pay for it once. Jesus went to the cross to pay the debt we owe to God for our sin, and those who are covered by His sacrifice will inherit the kingdom of God as sons of the king (John 1:12).

    Third, the Resurrection of Christ is an essential element of the gospel. The resurrection is the proof of the power of God. Only He who created life can resurrect it after death, only He can reverse the hideousness that is death itself, and only He can remove the sting that is death and the victory that is the grave’s (1 Corinthians 15:54–55). Further, unlike all other religions, Christianity alone possesses a Founder who transcends death and who promises that His followers will do the same. All other religions were founded by men and prophets whose end was the grave.

    Finally, Christ offers His salvation as a free gift (Romans 5:15; 6:23), that can only be received by faith, apart from any works or merit on our part (Ephesians 2:8–9). As the apostle Paul tells us, the gospel is “the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile” (Romans 1:16). The same inspired author tells us, “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9).

    These, then, are the essential elements of the gospel: the sin of all men, the death of Christ on the cross to pay for those sins, the resurrection of Christ to provide life everlasting for those who follow Him, and the offer of the free gift of salvation to all.got?

    hope this helps !!!
     
  2. justbyfaith

    justbyfaith Well-Known Member

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    1Pe 2:22, Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:
    1Pe 2:23, Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
    1Pe 2:24, Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
    1Pe 2:25, For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.


    More specifically, if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus.

    This includes confessing Him for who He is...confessing a counterfeit Jesus will not save anyone.

    Not contradicting anything you have said, @Christophany, just adding to your points.
     
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  3. Christophany

    Christophany Well-Known Member

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    agreed as we can have an entire thread about the meaning of Jesus is Lord and what does it mean that we are to confess/agree with that He is Lord (YHWH). Its a stumbling block for many, a Rock of offense.
     
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    so why is it when devils would confess Jesus as Son of God Jesus would tell them

    ok then, how does that fit in with called chosen and faithful?
     
  5. Michiah-Imla

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    And the free gift comes with instructions on how to see it finalized and secured unto the end.

    You must have the right attitude and continue in the gospel (Romans 11:20; Romans 11:22).

    You must work this salvation out in fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12).

    You must continue in this salvation grounded and settled (Colossians 1:23).

    Your salvation will be voided if you’re tempted by the tempter and moved away from it (1 Thessalonians 3:5).

    You must endure persecutions and tribulations to be counted worthy of the free gift (2 Thessalonians 1:4; 2 Thessalonians 1:5).

    We are counted in the household of Christ if we hold fast or hope unto the end (Hebrews 3:6; Hebrews 3:14).

    So look diligently that you don’t fail of the grace of God (Hebrews 12:15).
     
  6. Christophany

    Christophany Well-Known Member

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    So are you saying we are saved by grace but our works keep us saved ?
     
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    Michiah-Imla Well-Known Member

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    The Bible says so.

    I posted some scriptures that confirm this.

    It’s up to us to either hear or ignore.

    Ezekiel 2:7 KJV
    And thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear: for they are most rebellious.
     
  8. justbyfaith

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    It is the Holy Spirit who keeps us if we are truly born again (Ephesians 1:13-14, 2 Corinthians 1:22, 2 Corinthians 5:5, Ephesians 4:30).

    We are of course to heed all of the scriptures that you have quoted.

    I would just want to make certain that the understanding is not lost concerning what our Lord said to us here:

    Jhn 5:24, Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
     
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    Galatians 2:16
    Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

    Galatians 3
    You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. 2 I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard? 3 Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh? 4 Have you experienced so much in vain—if it really was in vain? 5 So again I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard? 6 So also Abraham “believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”

    hope this helps !!!
     
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    Michiah-Imla Well-Known Member

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    You must hear his words.

    If you don’t hear the scriptures I quoted by his apostles the rest of the passage is voided unto you.

    John 5:24 KJV
    [24] Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
     
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    Michiah-Imla Well-Known Member

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    These foolish Galatians weren’t even saved yet and tried to go to circumcision for salvation.

    Galatians 4:19 KJV
    [19] My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you

    Once you are saved:

    1 Corinthians 7:19 KJV
    Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God.
     
  12. justbyfaith

    justbyfaith Well-Known Member

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    Is that not what I said?
     
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    Yes, you did.

    At first glance it appeared you partly challenged what I said. You have my apologies.
     
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    You seem to have omitted the fourth essential element of the Gospel, which is repentance for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38; 3:19; 17:30). Repentance and faith are two sides of the same coin, and repentance is also essential for salvation.
     
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    @Michiah-Imla Elsewhere Paul in Romans speaks of 'obedience to the faith' and 'the obedience of faith': very distinct indeed from law-keeping, which was implied by compulsory circumcision.
     
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    @Michiah-Imla If someone lives and dies in sin and unbelief, s/he never had the free gift of salvation in the first place. Everlasting life in John 3.16 is not everlasting if it supposedly comes and goes.
     
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    I find the “faith versus works” entire argument to almost always be a straw man or people using different words for the same concept.

    No, you don’t buy your way to Heaven, or otherwise earn it yourself. Salvation comes from God and is a matter of faith.

    Also: a disciple of Christ should indeed follow Him. That does indeed mean follow- not just sit on your natively sinful butt like you did before. Action is a central part of being a Christian.
     
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    Indeed as faith by definition involves action.
     
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    @Christophany Interesting verse: "Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth" (James 1.18).
     
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    Christophany Well-Known Member

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    Yes both our physical life and spiritual live come from God who does the begetting. :)

    But as we know some like to receive glory and take credit for their own birth and righteousness before God.
     
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