Bible Thoughts About Salvation
The gospel is the good news that salvation can be ours through Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:1-4) Man has two great needs: (1) to become a Christian, and (2) To live a Christian live. A Christian is a saved person. One is saved when he had died to sin, been buried with Christ in baptism, and has been raised to walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:1-4) The Bible says much about salvation.
Salvation is not forced on anyone. “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come! And let him who hears say, Come! And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.” (Revelation 22:17)
Salvation is available to everyone. “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.” (Mark 16:15-16)
Salvation is for those willing to come. “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
Salvation is in Christ. “Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.” (2 Timothy 2:10)
Salvation is conditional. “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.” (Acts 34:35)
Salvation is for those who obey a form of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. “Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection.” (Romans 6:3-5)
Are you in Christ? If not, would you be saved and then live for Christ till death?
By Charles Box, Walnut Street Church of Christ, P.O. Box 551, Greenville, Alabama 36037 USA