God’s Plan For Your Salvation

 

The church of Christ at Penngrove


 

Here’s some wonderful news: God has a plan for your salvation! Here’s even more wonderful news: God has revealed this plan in its entirety in His word, the Bible, and it’s a plan anyone can follow.

First, you need to hear about God’s plan. (That makes sense, doesn’t it — how could you act on a plan you had never heard about?) The plan is the gospel or “good news” of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:1-4):

  • The eternally-existent Word, who was God, took on humanity and lived on earth in the person of Jesus of Nazareth, who is now the Christ, or the “Anointed One” (John 1:1-3; John 1:14; Acts 2:36; Philippians 2:5-11).
  • At the end of a sinless life, Jesus was crucified for the sins of humankind (2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:22-28).
  • He was buried in a tomb and raised again the third day, which was the first day of the week (Matthew 28:1-10).
  • He ascended again to the Father, where He ever lives to advocate and intercede for those who are His (Acts 1:6-11; Hebrews 7:25; 1 Timothy 2:5-6).

Having heard that Jesus has died for your sins and been raised, you need to believe that this is true (John 3:16; John 8:24; Romans 10:17). Genuine belief is called faith (Hebrews 11:1,6). Faith motivates action (James 2:14-26).

If you have faith, you must then repent of sin (Luke 13:3, 5; Luke 24:47; Acts 2:38; Acts 17:30-31). “Repent” means“change directions.” In this case, repentance means turning away from a life of disobedience to God and toward a life of obedient submission to His will.

A person who has repented of sin must confess his or her new faith in Jesus Christ (Luke 12:8-9; Romans 10:9-10).

Having confessed Christ, you must obey His command to be baptized — buried in water — for the forgiveness of your sins (Mark 16:15-16; Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:38; Acts 22:16; 1 Peter 3:21; Romans 6:3-4; Galatians 3:27).

Once baptized, you must continue to live faithfully in Christ for the rest of your life (Revelation 2:10). This means obeying all that He has commanded (Matthew 28:19-20; John 15:10,14; 1 John 5:2-3).

Here’s a list of frequently asked questions about God’s plan for your salvation.

 

“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.”
— Jesus Christ (Mark 16:15-16)