You are set free

Jun. 8, 2015

“Salvation, Justification and Sanctification”

    “Salvation” literally means to deliver from chains or shackles by a payment or a ransom. Christ, paid that ransom for us by shedding His blood on the Cross. Salvation is a “free gift” that God wants everyone in the world to have. All that is required of us is to believe in what Christ has already done on the Cross and commit our lives to Him.

Acts 3:19- Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, NIV

           

Salvation is wholly a work of God's free grace and not the work of man in whole or in part, nor due to man's goodness or religious ceremony;  grace, is a gift to man received by personal faith at which time the righteousness of Christ is imputed to the sinner, thereby justifying him in God's sight; that those who are saved have been unconditionally elected to salvation in eternity past and have been effectively called by the Holy Spirit. 

At the point of salvation, the sinner becomes totally accepted by God, united totally with Christ loved and accepted by the Father as Christ is loved and accepted; that he is now the recipient of all the riches of divine grace and in possession of every spiritual blessing.

             A lack of or flat out refusal to repent of one’s sin and turn in the right direction is precisely the reason that I believe many “Christians” are not living a regenerate life. They add Jesus to their other religion or sin. So, they never see His power in their lives.

John 3:5 Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, 'You must be born again.' 8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit." NIV

Psalm 19:7 The law of the LORD  is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple. NIV

 

Repentance brings pardon and forgiveness of sin. Isa 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for He will freely pardon. NIV

 

The “Torah” or Law of God shows the sinner that he needs forgiveness to escape the wrath to come. Repentance qualifies a man for a pardon, but it does not entitle him to it.

 

Repentance must touch the mind, Matthew 21:29; man’s will  Psalm 38:18 and

his emotions 2 Cor 7:9-12. Godly sorrow, that produces repentance leading to salvation.  

 

 The Holy Spirit is poured out on those who repent. Acts 2:38_"Repent and ye

 shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost."

 

            The best definition that I can remember for justification is that it means: just as if I’d never sinned.

Rom 5:18 Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for

all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men. NIV

Sanctification is a setting apart unto God and that it is threefold: positional

atonement and justification.

This simple act of faith is called “justification” and is what makes us “declared not guilty” before God. (Rom. 3:26; 4:5-6) Acts 4:12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved." NIV