How am I Saved?

How am I Filled with the Holy Spirit?

 

As you have received Christ Jesus the Lord

So continue with Him in Trust & by Faith

 

The Bible establishes a pattern between our eternal salvation from the penalty of sin and the Christian's deliverance from the power of sin in daily life.  As Christians, scripture uses our eternal salvation as the pattern for our experiential salvation:  restoration from the slavery of sin into God's power and fellowship.  The comparison between these two aspects of salvation may be observed in the following parallel patterns:

 

All need to be saved from the penalty and power of sin.

God’s love desires your salvation from the penalty and power of sin.

Salvation is by and through Jesus Christ from the penalty and power of sin.

Salvation is by grace alone from the penalty and power of sin.

Salvation is by faith alone from the penalty and power of sin.

 

 

The Gospel, Good News for
The Non-Christian

As an Unbeliever

From the Penalty of Sin

 

·         Condition of the One Who Needs to Saved From the Penalty of Sin

 

·         God's Love Desires Your Salvation From the Penalty of Sin

 

·         Salvation is of God Alone From the Penalty of Sin

 

·         Salvation is Only By and Through the Cross From the Penalty of Sin

 

·         Salvation is by Grace Alone From the Penalty of Sin

 

·         Salvation is By Faith Alone From the Penalty of Sin

 

 

The Gospel, Good News for
The Christian

As a Believer

From the Power of Sin

 

·         Condition of the One Who Needs to Saved From the Power of Sin

 

·         God's Love Desires Your Salvation From the Power of Sin

 

·         Salvation is of God Alone From the Power of Sin

 

·         Salvation is Only By and Through the Cross From the Power of Sin

 

·         Salvation is by Grace Alone From the Power of Sin

 

·         Salvation is By Faith Alone From the Power of Sin

 

 

Condition of the One Who Needs to
be Saved From the Penalty of Sin

 

The Bible tells us that the human race needs to be saved from the penalty of sin.  You are said to be lost or condemned and separated from God.  God tells us that there is none righteous, not even one.  All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.  The Bible also reveals that there is nothing you can do to be saved from the penalty of sin.  Your only hope is to completely depend upon God for His saving power and grace.



 

See also 1 Thessalonians 1:8-10; Romans 3:10, 3:23, and 5:12.

 

 

Condition of the One Who Needs to
be Saved From the Power of Sin

 

The Bible also tells us that the Christian needs to be delivered from the power of sin.  This is because of the presence of the sin nature that remains a part of the Christian after salvation.  When you sin, you are similar to when you were unsaved.  You are in a state of unrighteousness and, therefore, not in fellowship with God.  Even though you are now a Christian, you can do nothing to be delivered from the power of sin.  Your only hope is to completely depend upon God for His saving power and grace.

 

See also Romans 7:18-21, 7:24, 8:2; and

1 John 1:8.

 

 

God's Love Desires Your Salvation
From the Penalty of Sin

 

The non-Christian must be saved or delivered from the penalty of sin.  You must have a personal relationship with God.  However, there is nothing that you can do to make things right between you and God.  But God loves us and desires this relationship with each and every one of us, including you.  He desires it so much that He provided the way for us to be saved. 

 

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.”  (John 3:16)

 

See also Matthew 18:14; Romans 5:8; 1 Thessalonians 5:9; and 1 Corinthians 15:22.

 

 

God's Love Desires Your Salvation
From the Power of Sin

 

The Christian must also be saved or delivered from the power of sin that has temporarily separated him from God's power.  Again, there is nothing that you can do to make things right between you and God.  But God loves us and desires that we walk in His power.  And, He has provided the way. 

 

"... But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh."  (Galatians 5:16)

 

 

 

 

See also Romans 7:24-25; 1 John 1:3, 1:6; and Galatians 3:1-5.

 

Salvation is of God Alone
From the Penalty of Sin

 

Salvation must be of God alone.  Every aspect of your salvation is beyond human power and strength.  Because you are helpless under the penalty of sin, you cannot save or deliver yourself.  You must depend totally upon God.

 

"For the word of the cross is to those who are perishing foolishness, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God." 

(1 Corinthians 1:18)

 

 

See also Romans 1:16; Acts 4:12; and Isaiah 43:11, 44:6-8, 59:16.

 

 

Salvation is of God Alone
From the Power of Sin

 

It is equally true that the Christian is helpless to deliver himself from the power of sin.  Now that you are a Christian, every salvation is just as much a deliverance as when you were a non-Christian.  You cannot save or deliver yourself from the power of sin anymore than you could save yourself from the penalty of sin.  You must depend totally upon God.

 

“Wretched man that I am!  Who will set me free from the body of this death?” 

(Romans 7:24)

 

See also Galatians 5:16; Philippians 2:13; and Romans 8:2.

 

 

Salvation is Only By and Through the Cross From the Penalty of Sin

 

God has already solved the problem of the penalty of sin by sending His Son to die on the Cross.  Jesus Christ took upon Himself the penalty for your sins so that God would be free to save you eternally.  By Jesus Christ's death and resurrection, God is now free to save us.

 

"... and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.”  (1 Peter 2:24)

 

See also 2 Corinthians 5:14-15; Isaiah 53:4-5; Romans 5:8-11.

 

 

Salvation is Only By and Through the Cross From the Power of Sin

 

It is by the same pattern of salvation that God is free to deliver or save every Christian after he has committed personal sins.  Jesus Christ has died for all sins -- past, present and future.  Because of this, God is now free to deliver you from the power of sin and to deliver you into His power.

 

"... knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, that our body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin;"  (Romans 6:6)

 

See also Romans 6:10, 8:2-3; 1 Peter 3:18; and 1 John 1:6.

 

 

Salvation is by Grace Alone From the Penalty of Sin

 

Since you as a non-Christian cannot do, say, or experience anything to save or deliver yourself, you must totally depend upon God’s grace.  Grace is God providing everything necessary without any merit or work from man.

 

“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast.”  (Ephesians 2:8-9)

 

See also Romans 6:23.

 

 

Salvation is by Grace Alone From the Power of Sin

 

Again, since you as a Christian are rendered helpless due to personal sins, your salvation or deliverance from the power of sin must be by grace.  It cannot be anything you do, say, or experience while under the power of sin.

 

“But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace.”  (Romans 11:6)

 

 

See also 1 Corinthians 15:10; Romans 6:14, 7:24; and 2 Corinthians 12:9.

 

 

Salvation is By Faith Alone
From the Penalty of Sin

 

Salvation that will deliver you from the penalty of sin and reconcile you with God can only be a work of God.  The only way you can receive what God has done for you is by your faith in the one whom God has sent -- that is His Son, Jesus Christ.  This salvation is yours by a simple act of faith in Jesus Christ.

 

"... knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ ... that we may be justified by faith in Christ, and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law shall no flesh be justified."  (Galatians 2:16)

 

See also Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 3:26; Acts 16:30-31; and John 6:29, 1:12.

 

 

Salvation is By Faith Alone
From the Power of Sin

 

Salvation or deliverance from the power of sin is equally a work of God.  Again, the only response that the Christian who has sinned can have towards God to receive this deliverance is faith in the one whom God has sent -- that is the Deliverer, the Holy Spirit.  Non-Christians are not saved until they trust the Savior and Christians are not saved or delivered until they trust the Holy Spirit.  God has made both of these salvations possible through the work of Jesus Christ on the cross.  Salvation from the power of sin must be claimed by an act of faith.

 

 

See also Galatians 3:1-3; Romans 1:17; John 6:29; 1 Corinthians 2:5; and Romans 7 & 8.

 

 

 

 

"... the Helper, the Holy Spirit,
whom the Father will
send in My Name,
He will teach you all things"
(John 14:26)

"If we live by the Spirit, let us
also walk by the Spirit."
(Galatians 5:25)

"... this is the victory that
overcomes the world,
our faith."
(1 John 5:4)

 

See also 1 Corinthians 2:4-5; Galatians 5:4-5, 5:18, 5:22-24; Romans 5:5; and Philippians 1:11, 3:9.

 

 

 

 

Saved by it!  Restored by it!
Live by it!

 

Now that you are Christian by faith in Jesus Christ, the Bible encourages you to live in the same manner by which you were saved, that is by faith.  Just as your faith in Jesus Christ freed Him to save you, so your faith in the Holy Spirit frees Him to pour into you the love of Christ and all the fruit of the Spirit.  He will guide you.  He will give you a righteous life.  He will reveal the "truth" of the scriptures.  And, He will transform you into the image of Christ.  Therefore, the great battle in the life of the Christian is the battle of faith.  As Paul said to Timothy ...

 

"Fight the good fight of faith"
(1 Timothy 6:12)

 

 

All need to be saved from the penalty and power of sin.

God’s love desires your salvation from the penalty and power of sin.

Salvation is of God alone from the penalty and power of sin.

Salvation is only by and through the cross from the penalty and power of sin.

Salvation is by grace alone from the penalty and power of sin.

Salvation is by faith alone from the penalty and power of sin.

 

 

As an Unbeliever

From the Penalty of Sin

 

·         Condition of the One Who Needs to Saved From the Penalty of Sin

 

·         God's Love Desires Your Salvation From the Penalty of Sin

 

·         Salvation is of God Alone From the Penalty of Sin

 

·         Salvation is Only By and Through the Cross From the Penalty of Sin

 

·         Salvation is by Grace Alone From the Penalty of Sin

 

·         Salvation is By Faith Alone From the Penalty of Sin

 

 

As a Believer

From the Power of Sin

 

·         Condition of the One Who Needs to Saved From the Power of Sin

 

·         God's Love Desires Your Salvation From the Power of Sin

 

·         Salvation is of God Alone From the Power of Sin

 

·         Salvation is Only By and Through the Cross From the Power of Sin

 

·         Salvation is by Grace Alone From the Power of Sin

 

·         Salvation is By Faith Alone From the Power of Sin

 

 

“Fear not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD … for the battle is the LORD'S”

(Exodus 14:13; 1 Samuel 17:47)