August 9, 2013

Salvation: The Free Gift of God

These are the verses that come to mind when I think of Salvation. There is nothing you can do to earn it, or lose it. 

Yet to all who received him, to those who BELIEVED in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—John 1:12

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever BELIEVES in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever BELIEVES in him is not condemned, but whoever does not BELIEVE stands condemned already because he has not BELIEVED in the name of God’s one and only Son. John 3:16-18

Whoever BELIEVES in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.” John 3:36

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who BELIEVES in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and BELIEVES in me will never die. Do you BELIEVE this?” John 11:25

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12

The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “BELIEVE in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” Acts 16:29-31

I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who BELIEVES: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by FAITH from the first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by FAITH.” Romans 1:16-17

But now a righteousness from God, apart from the law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through FAITH in Jesus Christ to all who BELIEVE. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are JUSTIFIED FREELY by his GRACE through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through FAITH in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished—he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have FAITH in Jesus. Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? On that of observing the law? No, but on that of FAITH. For we maintain that a man is justified by FAITH apart from observing the law. Is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too, since there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by FAITH and the uncircumcised through that same FAITH. Do we, then, nullify the law by this FAITH? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law. Romans 3:21-31

Therefore, since we have been justified through FAITH, we have PEACE with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by FAITH into this GRACE in which we now stand. Romans 5:1

Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who BELIEVES. Romans 10:4

But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the word of FAITH we are proclaiming: That if you CONFESS with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and BELIEVE in your heart that God raised him from the dead, YOU WILL BE SAVED. For it is with your heart that you BELIEVE and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you CONFESS and are saved. As the Scripture says, “Anyone who TRUSTS in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses ALL WHO CALL ON HIM, for, “EVERYONE WHO CALLS ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.Romans 10:8-13

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by FAITH in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not set aside the GRACE of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” Galatians 2:20-21

In him we have redemption through his BLOOD, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s GRACE that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. Ephesians 1:7-8

But because of his great LOVE for us, God, who is rich in MERCY, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by GRACE you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his GRACE, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by GRACE you have been saved, through FAITH—and this not from yourselves, IT IS THE GIFT OF GOD—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:4-10

So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God, who has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and GRACE. This GRACE was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. 2 Timothy 1:8-10

He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his MERCY. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us GENEROUSLY through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his GRACE, we might become heirs having the HOPE of eternal life. Titus 3:5-7

If there are any Salvation verses I have missed feel free to let me know what they are. Remember, there is nothing we can do to earn it or lose it.

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