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How Someone is saved

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Friend of Discernment

This should not be any secret here.  It is through the preaching the message of the Gospel, the “Good news”.  But good news isn’t good news unless you first are aware of the bad news. 

[1]A street preacher trying to witness and asked a person “are you saved?”  The person happened to be a pastor of a liberal main line denomination.  He replied smugly:  “saved from what?”

You see unless a person sees they are a sinner, that is they have sinned against a Holy God and are under the wrath of God’s judgment for all eternity, they do not know they need to be saved.

Conviction of sin first comes by preaching of the Law.  God gave us the 10 commandments.  With this alone we can bring conviction to the heart of a sinner.

What if someone flat out rejects the Bible?

We have evidence to show the bible we have is a trustworthy text from antiquity.  In it the prophets spoke of 100’s of things that would happen before they did.  The open minded person can believe that the bible is credible, but that is not enough for salvation.

Having convinced such a person of its trustworthiness, you bring them back to the Law.

Before Jesus, John the Baptist preached repentance to prepare the way for the good news. 

(Matt 3:2)  Then Jesus Himself did (Matt 4:17) and so did the disciples (Mark 6:12).  They were to repent to prepare there hearts to receive the good news that was to come.  Repentance was necessary as we see in Luke 13:1-5:

“And some were present at the same time reporting to Him of the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. And answering, Jesus said to them, Do you suppose that these Galileans were sinners above all the Galileans because they suffered such things? I tell you, No. But unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were sinners above all men who lived in Jerusalem? I tell you, No. But unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”

This repentance is born of a godly sorrow for having offended a Holy God and that wants to be reconciled to Him, not the worldly sorrow as of one just feeling guilt or regretting being caught in the act.  As Paul writes:

“For the grief according to God works repentance to salvation, not to be regretted, but the grief of the world works out death.” 2 Cor 7:10

Once the person recognizes he has violated the laws of a Holy God, will be judged by that standard and rightly is afraid leading to repentance, you can go on to share the good news.

 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Rom 6:23

How is this gift obtained?

“For by grace you are saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Eph 2:8, 9

So it is by grace, and this grace is a gift of God.  This gift is received by faith.

How does faith come?

“Then faith is of hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” Rom 10:17

This is why we must preach the Word of God and not the word of man.

How does one exercise his faith and receive the gift?

“…if you confess the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved  For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth one confesses unto salvation.  For the Scripture says, "Everyone believing on Him shall not be put to shame." Rom 10:9-11

This is the confession of faith whereby we can be saved.

[1] I think I heard this on R.C. Sproul’s  Renewing you mind program but I am not certain




Last updated
May 22, 2006