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Plan of Salvation

Jesus Christ died for you and me, in order for our sins to be forgiven and so we can live forever in heaven someday. However, this salvation is only given to those that allow Christ into their lives, and do His will.This will is outlined below, as was given to us in the Bible. All these steps are necessary for salvation. Here, we'll go though the 6 crucial steps for salvation, as found in the Bible, and talk briefly about each one:

1. Hear the word (gospel)

Gospel means good news. The news of Jesus Christ, His life, His death and sacrifice for us, and then His rising from the dead, ultimately giving new life to those who believe in Him and do His will. Read 1 Corinthians 15:1-4. The gospel was preached for the first time by the apostles in Jerusalem when the Jews were gathered to celebrate the feast at Pentecost. They were told of how Jesus had been crucified, and how He died for the forgiveness of sins, and of how he arose again on the third day. The Bible says: “Now when they HEARD this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and the rest of the apostles, 'Men and brethren, what shall we do?'” This can be found in Acts 2:37. This is one of the many instances in the Bible that shows the importance of hearing.

2. Believe

What is it to hear, but not believe? Hearing is easy, but what does it mean if we don't believe what we hear? Another word for belief, is faith. The Bible says: “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Rom. 10:17). This verse shows us that after we hear the word, the next step is to believe, or to gain faith. Our entire outlook and the actions we take in our Christianity are all based on faith. We see from the Bible that without faith, we cannot be pleasing to God: “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Heb 11:6). What is faith, exactly? “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Heb. 11:1). To have faith, to believe, is to understand in your heart that God exists, and that His son died for us. Without this faith, we cannot hope to enter into the eternal kingdom.

3. Repent of sins

With faith added unto you, you'll see that there are changes to be made in your life. If you have heard the word, and believe in it, you'll soon begin to see the plan God has for you, and know that there are needs to be met. The Bible tells us that all have sinned. You see, God has blessed us with "free will", meaning that He does not force us to come to Him. We have a choice to either serve God, or Satan. We all at some time in our lives have made a choice to follow Satan, but we also all have the ability, and opportunity to make another decision, one to turn from the ways of the world, and follow God. To repent is to turn away from sin, to make a complete change (Luke 3:8), and to begin to follow God. Once we realize the wrong we have done against God, we will be sorrowful, and it's this realization that produces repentance (2 Corinthians 7:8-10). Once we see that we have sinned, it's time to turn away from it, and follow God. This step is very important. Without turning away from the sin in life, you cannot hope to follow God or be a friend to Him.

4. Confess Christ before men

One meaning of "Confess" is to admit, or to proclaim faith in something. When we have faith, and we confess Christ, we show deep conviction of Jesus, His life, death, and His ability to save. The Bible makes it clear that confessing Christ is an important part of accepting the Word, and ultimately of achieving eternal salvation. The Bible says in Matthew 10:32, "Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven." In Romans 10:10 Paul said, “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” This verse talks about the "mouth", meaning confessing verbally unto men, that we believe in the Christ, the son of God. But there is also a second type of confession. We must also make a confession that we belong to Christ; He bought us with His blood. This second type of confession is shown by the way we live. We show that we follow Christ and are obedient to Him by our actions, our priorities, and by our attitudes. Both types of confessions are important. But remember, if you confess Christ, He will confess you before the Father.

5. Be baptized (fully immersed in water)

Jesus, when He lived here on earth, was our greatest example. We look to Him to see how we should act as Christians. Christ, when first beginning His ministry, was baptized as an example to us. During His time of preaching and teaching, His disciples baptized, and near the end of His time on earth He gave a command to continue to baptize, in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, making disciples of the nations (Matt. 28:18-20). The word baptize is taken from the Greek word "baptizo", which, when in the context of salvation, means to be fully immersed in water. This action is the final one, from which we will be filled with the Holy Spirit. It is a symbolic action that was commanded by Christ. The water we are plunged into represents the grave (our old selves dying), and the rising up out of the water represents our rising to new life (a life in Christ). Just as Christ rose again, we also rise again.In doing this action, we take off the old and sinful self; this part of us dies, and then we put on the new self, as Jesus talks about in Ephesians 4:22-34. We are then made new again, rising up to newness of life, a life with Christ! For someone who had water sprinkled or poured onto them, this is not a true biblical baptism, for it does not represent the burial and death, and raising to new life. This type of baptism is not authorized in the Bible as a way to salvation. Also, for those who have been fully immersed in water, but did not realize the importance or significance of it, they must be taught to fully understand what it means, and be baptized again. Read Acts 19:1-5. Infant baptism is not biblical as you must BELIEVE to be saved. Infants cannot believe. They have not been taught, and they do not understand. Read Mark 16:16: "Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned." Children are not in need of baptism. In God's eyes, small children are perfect and blameless. Matthew 18:3: "And he said: 'I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven'." Only after one reaches the age of accountability, meaning they know right from wrong, is baptism necessary.

6. Remain faithful

The blood of Christ is very powerful, and can remove all sin. When we come up out of the waters of baptism, we are new, clean, white as snow, and completely clear of sin. But it is possible to fall back into sin. When we sin after we are baptized it is not necessary to be baptized again, but to ask for forgiveness from God and to turn away from the sin, trying our best to never do it again, as in step 3. The Bible makes it clear that once baptized, if we sin, and don't repent, our salvation will be taken from us. Romans 11:22: "Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity;but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off." Let's not allow that to happen. Once baptized, remain faithful, and the crown of life will be yours!

 Revelation 2:10: "...Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life."