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Statement of Salvation

     Salvation is the work of the Lord Jesus Christ by the will of the Father. It begins with Him, is sustained through Him and is finished by Him. He is the author and finisher of our faith (Heb 12:2). Salvation is the means by which mankind can enter into a right relationship with God. (Rev 3:20) The work of Jesus Christ includes Him living a perfect life (I Pet 2:22), dying on the cross for our sins (which consists of His body being broken and the shedding of His blood) (Heb 9:22 & I Pet 2:24) and His bodily resurrection conquering death (I Cor 15). It is only by the work of Jesus our Lord that we can have salvation. There is nothing that mankind can do to add to the work of Jesus in order to earn salvation (Eph 2:9). Mankind is in need of forgiveness of all sins we have committed. It is by the grace of God that He extends His forgiveness to us (Eph 2:8). Through faith we can receive His forgiveness by admitting we are sinners, believing on the Lord Jesus Christ who is God’s one and only Son, and confessing our need and desire of His forgiveness.

     Salvation is not free. Although it is a gift, it cost Jesus everything. He had to die to be the perfect sacrifice for our sins. He is the only one who could atone for our sins (Psalms 65:3). Our sins needed atoning because the wages of sin is death (Rom 6:23). We are enemies with God before salvation (James 4:4). Thankfully He gave us hope through His Son Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. It will cost you something as well. It will require that you give up your current identity and become a new creature (II Cor 5:17). Jesus desires that you are changed from the inside out. That is why He sent the Holy Spirit to dwell in us (John 14:16). You must be willing to sacrifice all that you are and all that you have. (Matt 16:24) Once you realize though your life is not worth saving, and that Jesus is willing to save it anyway, laying down your life for Him is the easiest thing you will do (John 3:16)

     Ultimately, He did all this to glorify Himself. A human-centered salvation is no salvation at all. When God is at the center of salvation only then can true transformation occur.