God’s act of redemption: Perseverance

Important points Our salvation does not rest on our performance in sanctification We were not saved, in the first instance, because we were better than others, and we will not be saved, in the last instance, because we improved ourselves on the way God’s grace to us is his promise that we will continue in … Continue reading God’s act of redemption: Perseverance

God’s act of redemption: Sanctification

Important points Being saved by grace, and adopted as God’s children, we now live in the household of God To be holy is to be set apart to glorify God We cannot continue to live the same way as we lived before we became children of God In God’s household, God sets the rules Keeping … Continue reading God’s act of redemption: Sanctification

God’s act of salvation: Adoption

Important points: Abraham was a sinner saved by grace Abraham believed God and received the gift of righteousness Our natural birth does not make us children of God The Holy Spirit gives us a new birth to be adopted as God’s children The Holy Spirit applies the righteousness of Christ to our lives Through Jesus … Continue reading God’s act of salvation: Adoption

God’s act of salvation: Justification

A new Covenant Jeremiah 31:31-37 is the chapter in the Old Testament that speaks of a New Covenant; verses 31-34 is one of the largest portions of the Old Testament to be directly quoted in the New Testament. Let’s look at a few themes in this chapter: everlasting love: Jeremiah 31:3 and 20 tells of … Continue reading God’s act of salvation: Justification

God’s act of salvation: God’s effectual call

The Scriptures teaches us to distinguish between two types of calls: A universal call An effectual call The universal call of the Gospel Some refer to this call of the Gospel as the external or verbal call.  A valid Gospel offer includes:  a presentation of the plan of salvation  an invitation to come to Christ … Continue reading God’s act of salvation: God’s effectual call

God’s act of salvation: God’s covenant

General  In Biblical times, following a war, the nations that were involved drew up covenants (or agreements) which stipulated the conditions and obligations of both the victorious and the defeated armies.  These covenants were not pacts in which both parties contributed to the agreement on equal grounds.  The victorious king set the rules, while the … Continue reading God’s act of salvation: God’s covenant

God’s Act of Salvation: Biblical framework for salvation

Important themes There are main themes running through the Scriptures. To understand how God’s grace and our salvation come together, we need to keep the following truths in mind: God God, the Creator, is holy, loving, just, righteous, merciful and faithful (Isaiah 6:3; 1John 4:8, 16; Exodus 34:6-7; Nehemiah 9:32-33.)  Man Adam and Eve were … Continue reading God’s Act of Salvation: Biblical framework for salvation

God’s Act of Salvation: Introduction

  Introduction One of the recurring prayers of Paul is that Christians should grow in the knowledge of the Lord.  He writes,  I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better. I pray that … Continue reading God’s Act of Salvation: Introduction