Bethel Baptist Church

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Lord’s Day: 11.00 am  and 6.00 pm     Thursday Bible Study: Bible Study 7.45 pm

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.            John 3:16

Salvation


1.  Salvation is the gift of God brought to sinful man by grace and received solely by repentance and personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who accomplished complete redemption by His substitutionary death and the shedding of His precious blood. Christ not only died for our sins, but also shed His blood for our sins. His blood and not only His death was necessary for our salvation (Lev. 17:11; Jhn. 19:30; Rom. 4:16; Jhn. 3:18; Gal. 2:16; Eph. 1:7, 2:8-9; Phil. 3:4-9; Titus 3:5; I Pet. 1:18-19: Rev. 1:5).


2.  The Bible presents a “whosoever will” salvation (Matt. 11:28; Jhn. 3:16; Rom. 10:13; Rev. 22:17; Jhn. 5:40). Two distinct lines are also seen in Scripture regarding the sovereignty of God and the responsibility of man.  The entire Bible is an urgent call for sinners to receive salvation.  "Look unto me and be ye saved all the ends of the earth" (Isa. 45:22).  "We have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world" (I Jhn. 4:14).  The Bible also reveals "the family secret" (to use the words of Dr. Harry Ironside) of "chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world" (Eph. 1:4; 2 Tim. 1:9). How these two lines meet are not capable of human explanation.


The two lines are clearly shown with regard to the extent of the atonement. Christ died for "His sheep" (Jhn. 10:15), for "the church" (Eph. 5:25). Christ “tasted death for every man" (Heb. 2:9), and, "for the sins of the whole world"

(I Jhn. 2:2). Calvinism emphasises the one side, and Arminianism the other. The Bible-believer recognizes both, but acknowledges "My ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts"  (Isa. 55:9).


And, because God is "not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance" (II Pet. 3:9), we are to "go into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature" (Mk. 16:15).  See, The  Two Lines - God’s Sovereignty, Man’s Responsibility, 255 Scripture Passages.  Calvinism is a false philosophic system that has been imposed upon the Scriptures.


3.  All the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God's power and are secure in Christ forever.  It is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word, which, on the other hand, clearly forbids the use of our security as an occasion to sin (Jhn. 3:16, 5:24, 6:37-40, 10:27-30; Rom. 8:1, 38-39, 13:13,14; I Cor. 1:4-8; Gal. 5:13; Eph. 4:30; Phil. 1:6; 2 Tim. 1:12, Titus 2:11-15; Heb. 7:25; I Pet. 1:5; I Jhn 5:13; Heb. 12:6).


4.  Every repentant believer in Christ is given a new nature that is in constant conflict with his old sinful nature.  By reckoning upon the principles set out in Romans Six and other passages, provision has been made for believers to be victorious and live a holy Christian life.  While Scripture does not teach the eradication of the old sinful nature before glorification, Holiness should nevertheless characterize the believer in their associations, practices and dress (1Pet. 1:16). The Scriptures rather psychology are the basis of the believer’s victory (Rom. 6:1-23; 8:11-13; 12:1-3; Gal. 2:20; 5:16-25; Eph. 4:22-24; Col. 3:1-10; I Pet. 1:14-16; 2 Pet. 1:3-8; I Jhn. 3:5-9).