PLAN OF SALVATION
I. Purpose of God (fellowship)
- Man created in image of God with meaning and purpose to fellowship with and glorify God. (Gen. 1:26-31)
- God simply required man’s obedience. (Gen. 2:16,17)
II. Problem of Man (sin)
- Man chose to be his own god, to disobey God, and sin. (Gen. 3)
- Sin brought physical and spiritual death, i.e., separation from Holy God. (Is. 59:2)
- All men have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. (Rom. 3:23; 5:12)
- Wages of sin is death. (Rom. 6:23; Heb. 9:27; Rev. 20:15)
- The shedding of blood is required for forgiveness of sins. (Heb. 9:22)
- Eternal destiny of unsaved is separation from God. (John 3:18, 36: Jude 7; 2 Thess. 1:8-9)
Issue: Since Scripture says all men are dead in sin and alienated from God (Eph. 2:1,12), how can man be brought back into right relationship with God?
III. Provision of God (salvation)
Man cannot save himself—
- Being good is not enough. (Is. 64:6)
- Doing good is not enough. (Eph. 2:9)
- Wisdom and intellect is not enough. (Matt. 16:17; 1 Cor. 1:21)
God through Jesus Christ makes salvation available to all men.
- God so loved the world that He gave His Son. (John 3:16)
- Jesus is God. (Jn. 10:30; Mt. 1:21-23; Mk. 14:61-62)
- While we were yet sinners and helpless, Christ died for us. (Rom. 5:8)
- Christ bore our sins in His body and paid the penalty for us by shedding His blood on the cross. (1 Pet. 2:22-24)
- Christ died for our sins, was buried and raised the third day according to Scripture (1 Cor. 15:3-6).
- Jesus is the only way to God (Jn. 14:6; Jn. 8:24; 1 Tim. 2:5; Acts 4:12).
- The Gospel is the power of God for salvation to all who believe. (Rom. 1:16-17)
IV. Procuring by man of God’s provision (faith)
- Salvation is the free gift of God’s grace. (Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:8; Gen. 12:3; Gal. 3:6-9)
- Salvation is made effective by faith alone (Acts 16:31; Rom. 10:9; Gen. 15:6; Hab.2:4)
Note: Faith is not simply intellectual agreement, but actively trusting in Christ for forgiveness of sins and eternal life as one turns from sin to God.