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Christian Salvation: Soteriology, What It Means To Be Saved

Updated on February 11, 2011

Soteriology The Doctrine of Christian Salvation

Soteriology the doctrine of Christian salvation, is something of great importance to believers. Although I find many Christian today don't know or understand truly what is Christian salvation? Neither do they know what Christian salvation means to them, or what Christian salvation is all about. I strongly believe not knowing these thing will eventually hurt you because you are easier prey for the devil. The Bible says, people perish for a lack of knowledge. So it is with that in mind, that i have took the time to try to expound on some what, Soteriology The Doctrine of Christian Salvation, or what you might know better as Christian salvation.

1. I believe we as Christians should not just be thankful and happy that we are saved, but should also know what salvation is all about.
2. What God has done (Justification)
3. What part Jesus Christ plays in our redemption and what our response should be to this great gift.

To fully understand man's need for salvation one must understand:

Whether we have sinned consciously or unconsciously, we have rebelled against God. "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" (Romans 3:23).

Our need for salvation came when Adam and Eve fell in the garden. The bible declares that Adam was our representative and when he fell, we all fell "in" him. (1 Cor.15:22) (1 Cor.15:45)

We cannot look at ourselves and properly judge how far we fell "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?" (Jeremiah 17:9), so we need to look through the eyes of scripture to see how God viewed our dilemma.

The Doctrine Of Salvation (Soteriology)

Salvation: Deliverance and preservation.

When man fell, every faculty that man possessed became tainted by sin. Sin brought death to every level of man's being. (Ephesians 2:1-3)

Sin built a wall that separates God and man. As long as sin separates us from God, we will never have a right relationship with Him. No matter how good we try to be, for the Word of God says in (Isaiah 64:6) "But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are as filthy rags;...."

So the question then becomes, what would move God to save us, or rather, what moved God to save us? What would cause a sinless God to give the life of His sinless Son, to save a sin-filled people? It is good to know that God is not just an ordinary man. He made the sacrifice through giving the life of His Son to save a world that hated everything that is holy.

The bible gives three reasons for God's motivation in saving sinful man.

1. God's greatest motivation is His great love for us. God gave his "only begotten son" Jesus. (John 3:16) "But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved)(Ephesians 2:4-5)

When Christ died for us, there was nothing good in us that would motivate Him to do so, except that He had chosen to love us.

(Agape: An unconditional love found i God's WILL)

{ah GAH pay}- a Greek word for love used often in the New Testament

(John 13:35; 1 Cor. 13; 1 John 4:7-18). Contrary to popular understanding, the significance of agape is not that it is only an unconditional love, but that it is primarily a love of the will rather than the emotions.

The New Testament never speaks of God loving unbelieving human beings with emotional love or a love which expects something in return. But He loves with His will-with agape

(John3:16; Rom.5:8) The reason for this is that God can find nothing enjoyable about a sinner on whom His wrath still abides. So He loves by His will; it is His nature to love.

2. Salvation allows God to show His amazing grace and demonstrate His loving kindness throughout eternity.

That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness towards us through Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:7)

3. God's desire was also to bring RECONCILIATION to His chosen people.

RECONCILIATION: To become friends again.

"And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;(2 Corinthians 5:18)

God's deepest motivation and reasoning may never be fathomed; "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord." (Isaiah 55:8). We are just grateful that He moved when He did to save us.

Christian Salvation Passion of The Christ

Soteriology The Doctrine of Christian Salvation: What God has Done

Soteriology, Christian salvation; next to the study of God Himself (Theology), the doctrine of salvation (Soteriology) is the greatest teaching in all of scripture. Exposition of this great teaching, and this alone, is the most necessary for the salvation of mankind. For without a knowledge of salvation man could have no relationship with his Maker and would not be able to know his Heavenly Father. the scripture says, "Salvation is of the LORD" (Jonah 2:9). this means that God is the designer of the blueprint of salvation.

Salvation covers three distinct areas in the life of the believer. They are:

1. His past

2. His present

3. His future

When a believer is saved, he is saved from the:

1. Penalty of Sin (Through Christ's work done 2,000 years ago)

2. Power of Sin (Through our daily walk with Christ)

3. Presence of Sin (Through the return of Christ for us)

We ARE saved from the "Penalty of Sin"

"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9)

"That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 5:21)

"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." (Romans 8:1)

We are BEING saved from the "Power of Sin"

"Let not sin therefore regin in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God...." (Romans 6:12-13)

"Wherefore he is able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them." ( Hebrews 7:25)

We WILL BE saved from the "Presence of Sin" or the "Body of Sin"

"And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the first-fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body." (Romans 8:23)

"So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory." (1 Corinthians 15:54)

So in conclusion, salvation, which is received by grace through faith, proceeds from the love of God.

1. Is based upon the redemption wrought by Christ through His attonement.

Redemption: Deliverance by payment of a price.

Atonement: Restored "at-one-ment" with God. Reconciled to an "at one" relationship.

2. Is realized in forgiveness, regeneration, and sanctification.

Forgiveness: To give up all claims to exact punishment or penalty; to fully pardon without reservation.

Regeneration: Born again; A new creature; A new creation.

Sanctification: Separated from the power of sin and dedicated to God. "Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy." (1 Peter 1:16)

3. And culminates in the resurrection and glorification of all true believers.

Resurrection: Raised from the dead.

Glorification: The reflection God's moral beauty and perfection of character; a divine quality that man's mind "falls short" in comprehending.

Christian Salvation: Soteriology The Doctrine Of Salvation

Christian Salvation: Peace With God

The term reconciliation means "to change; or to exchange". In relationship, it means a change from being an enemy to being a friend.

When man fell in the Garden of Eden, a great gulf suddenly separated him from God. He no longer had the friendship he once experienced with God. But not only could man no longer talk face to face with his maker, but he was at enmity with God.

"Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be." (Romans 8:7)

Enmity: Deep-seated animosity or hatred.

But through the cross and the Blood of Jesus, God bridged the gap that separated us from Him. Through the perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ, "The Lamb of God", the enmity or "hostility" was between God and man has been satisfied and we are at peace with our God.

1. It is clear from scripture that there was a dispute between man and God, and this put us in the position of being an enemy with God.

"And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:" (Ephesians 2:16)

" For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life." (Romans 5:10)

2. Although God had every right to be angry and hostile toward us, and was under no obligation (nor any "need") to reach out or to show ant compassion to us, God chose, by His sovereign will (Agape), to make peace with us through His own Son.

"To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation." (2 Corinthians 5:19)

3. Since God has shown mercy on us and caused us to be at peace with Himself, He has given us the "ministry of reconciliation"; to bring others to the place of peace that we have found in God. The scripture calls us "Ambassadors for Christ" Meaning we are representatives of Christ.

"And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given us the ministry of reconciliation;" (2 Corinthians 5:18)

"Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God." (2 Corinthians 5:20)

So then reconciliation is the restoration of friendship and fellowship after estrangement:

It is a divine act of God whereby a believer is changed thoroughly from a relational position of an enemy of God to a position of friend of God.

This complete and radical "shift" of man's relationship toward God is afforded to the believer by Christ's atonement.

A Psalm to reflect Upon Concerning Salvation, Justification and Reconciliation is Psalms 126: 1-6.

Christian Salvation: The Doctrine Of Justification

The doctrine of Justification is one of the most important teachings is scripture. Without being justified we could never hope to stand before a living God without fear at the judgement.

To be justified is simply to be pronounced righteous.

Righteous: Holy and upright in accordance with God's standard. (In "right" relationship with God.)

In order for God to truly call us righteous, He had to devise a way that justice could be satisfied and the penalty for sin could be paid.

So God, through the blood of Christ, paid the full penalty for sin.

Christ took our place on the cross (propitiation) so He could legally pardon us.

Propitiation: All penalties are paid in full; freedom is purchased in full!

"For ye are bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's" (1 Cor. 6:20)

God does not overlook our sin, but He forgives our sin because of Jesus.

1. Justification comes by God's grace, and we receive this gift by faith. (Faith is the hand that receives this gift.)

" But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness." (Romans 4:5)

" being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:" (Romans 3:24)

" Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ..." (Romans 5:1-2)

2. Once God has pronounced you justified, you stand blameless before God, even when men are trying to condemn you.

" Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? it is god that justified. Who is he that condemneth? it is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us." (Romans 8: 33-34)

3. When God declared that we are righteous, He is speaking not of our own righteousness (for is as "filthy rags; Isa. 64:6), but He is speaking of the righteousness of Jesus Christ.

"For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." (2 Cor. 5:21)

"For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous." (Romans 5:19)

"For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ." (Romans 5:17)

So in conclusion Justification is a divine act whereby:

An infinitely Holy God legally declares a believing sinner to be righteous.

An infinitely Just God gives the life of His Son as propitiation for the sinner.

The sinner who does, by faith, believe in this Divine act of Awesome God is thus declared righteous and acceptable before Him.


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      Matthews Bantsijang 

      7 years ago

      Agape: An unconditional love found i God's WILL.....

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      7 years ago

      Wonderful to share in this hub. Very helpful

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      9 years ago from Saudi Arabia

      Great hub. Thanks!

      Is God in your side or mine?

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      9 years ago

      Thank u, Create a Page and Sciantel for your encouraging words. I am a student of the Word of God and when ever I glean new insights or think I have something of value, I love to share. For the more you give out what God has placed within you, the more room you have to receive more from tha Lord.

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      9 years ago

      Great hub. Every Christian needs to know at least the Roman road to salvation. I never go without using it in my ministry. God bless and keep up the good work on the Christian insight!

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      create a page 

      9 years ago from Maryland, USA

      This is an excellent hub. I am amazed at how you put such great facts together, and backed them up with Scripture. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. Your hub has inspired me to write a little children play depicting forgiveness and salvation. Thanks again for the inspiration. Keep writing. Never ever stop.


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