What is the “Plan of Salvation”?
“How Sin Entered Into The World”
God formed Adam out of the dust of the Earth, and took his rib and made Eve. Both of them were told by God not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Gen 2:17, “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, though shalt not eat of it: for in the day that you eatest thereof you shall surely die.” As long as they did not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they were innocent before God. When Adam and Eve ate of the tree sin entered into the world and death by sin, for all have sinned. Rom 5:12, “Wherefore as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.”
The last plague in Egypt shows the necessity of the blood sacrifice. For God told His people to put blood on their door post so the angel of death would pass over their houses. In like manner the blood of lambs or goats covered the sins of God’s people. The high priest went into the Holy of Holies once a year for sin for himself and the people. Heb 9:7, “But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself and for the errors of the people.”
“Who Is Jesus?”
Because all men sinned God needed to find a pure blood sacrifice; this is why Jesus entered into the world. Christians know there is one God the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost. Two places in the scriptures speak of this. Gen 1:26a, “And God said, let Us make man in Our image.” St. John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” As you continue to read the scriptures, the Word became flesh and His name is Jesus. This is what separates Christ from every man born into this world. Christ was born of the Holy Ghost, not of the seed of Adam. Therefore Christ’s blood was pure. Jesus put on the flesh though Mary His mother. St. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Jesus lived 30 some years without sin to go to Calvary where He spilled His blood for the sins of the world to as many as will believe. Heb 9:14, “How much more shall the blood of Christ who through the Eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God.”
Abraham believed God and it was imputed or accounted unto him for righteousness. This shows us Abraham was justified by his faith in God. Gen 15:6, “And he believed in the Lord; and He counted it to him for righteousness.” Gal 3:6, “Even as Abraham believed God and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” This is how men in the old covenant walked with God by faith. God promised Israel a Messiah would come. Now comes the new covenant which is through Jesus the Messiah. Men of old went to the grave waiting for the Messiah. When Jesus died and rose again, a new covenant began with God. We now must believe on Jesus and the words He spoke. Therefore we believe on God and Him whom He has sent, Jesus Messiah. St. John 5:24, “Verily, verily, I say until you, he that heareth My word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation, but is passed from death unto life.” In the old covenant, men believed God and it was accounted unto them as righteousness. In the new covenant men must believe on Jesus Christ to be justified by God. So then by faith in Jesus we are saved. St John 3:18, “He that believeth on Him is not condemned but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
We now come to the third part of God, the Holy Ghost. Jesus already went into the grave and took all those who believed on God with Him. Jesus rose from the grave and dwelled with men for 40 days and nights then ascended into heaven to sit on the right hand of His Father. At this point the Holy Ghost was sent by Jesus from God. And it is the Spirit who convicts men of sin and testifies of Jesus. St. John 15:26, “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, He shall testify of Me.”
The phrase “Born Again” is commonly mocked by men in this world. Also how the Father, Son and Holy Ghost are one God. St. John 3:12, “If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall I tell you of heavenly things?” We are born into this world a natural man, when we are born of the Holy Ghost we become a spiritual man. This is what Born Again is. St. John 3:3, “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily I say unto thee except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
“Receiving the Holy Ghost”
When Christians truly believe in God and also His Son Christ Jesus, the witness of their faith is receiving the Holy Ghost. Acts 2:38, ‘Then Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”
At the end all will stand before the judgment seat of God. Those in the Lamb’s book of life passed judgment. Everyone else was judged for every word and every deed recorded in the others books. Those who believe will live forever in paradise with God. Those in unbelief will be cast into the lake of fire forever. Rev 20:12, “And I saw the dead, small and great stand before God. And the books were opened and another book was opened, which is the book of life and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books according to their works.” Rev 20:15, “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
God would have none to perish. With all our hearts you are our brothers and sisters and we hope to see you with us in paradise. St. John 14:1, “Let not your heart be troubled; Ye believe in God believe also in Me.” This is what Jesus said.
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