A requirement for one of my current classes is to post a doctrine statement on a personal blog. I have chosen to post about God’s great salvation.
God created man perfectly in His own image, without a sin nature (Gen. 1:26, 31). However, man used his free choice to disobey God’s law by eating fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Gen. 3:6). As a result, man became sinful, helpless, and spiritually dead. Man’s sinfulness stood in enmity to God, and God’s wrath kindled against these trespasses (Jn. 3:36). Man is totally depraved; he cannot placate God’s wrath (Eph. 2:9). Because every man commits sin, no person can earn entrance into heaven (Rom. 3:23). His only hope for salvation was in someone who was not affected by the sin nature.
In eternity past, God planned for the Son to become this payment (Gal. 1:4). Jesus, the God-man, is the only person who has ever lived a sinless life. In willing obedience to God the Father, Jesus suffered on the cross, taking the penalty of all mankind on His shoulders (II Cor. 5:21). The world grew dark for three hours as Christ became the atonement for the sins of all mankind (Mark 15:33). The price that man would have had to pay for eternity was covered in hours through substitutionary atonement. Jesus was buried and rose from the dead three days later (I Cor. 15:3-4).
Because vicarious payment was made, man can be bought back from sin-slavery and redeemed to freely serve God (Eph. 1:7). Salvation allows man to be spiritually resurrected to a reconciled relationship with God (Rom. 5:10). God’s wrath was turned away by Christ’s offering (I Jn. 2:2), and he voluntarily forgives confessed sins (I Jn. 1:9). Personal deliverance from God’s wrath only comes “by grace, through faith” in the Lord Jesus Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection (Eph. 2:8). Salvation does not make a man righteous. Rather, God justifies the saved man, or declares him righteous. He is born again, or given new life, and must develop as a newborn baby (John 3:3). Yet, God adopts the believer into His family with the full rights and benefits of an adult child (Rom. 8:15). Once he is in the body of Christ, the saved believer can be sanctified to the image of Jesus (I Thess. 4:3a).
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