Salvation can be compared to a contract, the stipulations or provisions of which are as follows:
1. Saved by grace through faith, not of works – Ephesians 2:8-9, Philippians 3:9, Galatians 2:16.
2. By the gospel of God, also known as the gospel of Christ – Romans 1:1, Romans 1:16, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4.
3. One’s required input with respect to the contract: Faith in Christ’s payment for one’s sin debt and his resurrection from the dead. Romans 4:13, Romans 3:30, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4.
After one has “signed on the dotted line” (believed) one owns or possesses Christ’s provision for one’s sins, and by believing, one has therefore agreed – accepted “the contract”.
Benefits of “signing on the dotted line” (believing the gospel of Christ):
*One receives the forgiveness of one’s sins, Acts 26:18, (that which Christ accomplished/made provision for on the Cross almost 2000 years ago), which results in one being –
*declared holy in the eyes of God (justified, Romans 5:1) – reason: One is now clothed in His righteousness (therefore, no sins are being imputed to one’s account), 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 – the slate has been wiped clean, furthermore,
*one is sanctified, 1 Corinthians 1:2, namely, set-apart for his use, which is the preaching of the gospel to those without, as well as coming to the knowledge of the truth, rightly divided. (Being a workman, studying the word of truth, rightly divided). 2 Timothy 2:15.
*One also has peace with God as one is now reconciled to Him. Colossians 1:21.
*One cannot lose one’s salvation. 1 Corinthians 3:15.
*One automatically forsakes one’s earthly citizenship for a heavenly one. Philippians 3:20.
*One becomes a child of God, His heir, and a joint-heir with one’s Saviour, Jesus Christ, thus gaining a heavenly, God-given inheritance which is eternal. Romans 8:17-23.
“The contract” cannot and does not, however, guarantee comfort and ease in this world to those who preach Christ crucified and who live godly lives in Christ as their enemy is not made of flesh and blood, but is rather a malevolent, sinister spiritual power, otherwise known as the god of this this world, the devil – Satan, who takes every opportunity to hamper the spreading of the gospel and Saints being edified. Philippians 3:10, Ephesians 6:12.
© Audrey Henry – 6 August 2018