is God’s gift to mankind and comprises a number of life-changing blessings:
to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death (Lk 1:79)
grace of His calling (Eph 1:18; 2 Tim 1:9; 1 Pet 5:10)
from the bondage of sin (Lk 1:77; Rom 6:17–18)
Deliverance from condemnation, judgment and punishment (Rom 5:16; 1 Thess 1:10;
Justification (Rom 3:24; Gal 2:16; Tit 3:7)
(Rom 5:2; 8:30; Heb 2:10; 1 Pet 5:10)
assurance of everlasting life (Rom 6:22–23)
salvation is for everyone: “For the grace of God that brings salvation has
appeared to all men” (Tit 2:11); “And all flesh shall see the salvation of God”
Q2 Why is it important?
is important because it entails that:
• Our sins are forgiven (Lk 1:77; Acts
5:31). We are powerless to change our own sinful condition—we need the
redeeming grace of Jesus Christ: “In Him we have redemption through His blood,
the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” (Eph 1:7). God
removes our sin and confers His righteousness and justification upon us—freely
and graciously (Rom 3:21–26; 4:5–8).
• We gain eternal life (Jn 10:28). After
the fall of our first ancestors, we were destined to die in sin, physically and
spiritually. However, the salvation of God has meant that “he who believes in
the Son has everlasting life...” (Jn 3:36). This blessing is also referred to
as the “grace of life” (1 Pet 3:7) and the “[passing] from death into life” (Jn
5:24). Paul says, “So that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign
through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom
Q3 Why does God want to save us?
to save us because He loves us (Jn 3:16; 1 Jn 4:10, 16) and because He is
merciful and gracious (Lk 1:77–78; Tit 3:5). He has “loved us and given us
everlasting consolation and good hope by grace” (2 Thess 2:16) and is “rich in
mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us” (Eph 2:4).
Q4 When did God reveal His plan of salvation?
prepared His plan of salvation before the beginning of time (2 Tim 1:9) and
spoke of it through the Old Testament prophets (Heb 1:1). Nevertheless, the
full mystery was not revealed until the appointed time (1 Pet 1:10, 12).
Christ finally made known God’s salvation when He came to the world. Hence,
when the devout Simeon saw the baby Jesus in the temple, the Holy Spirit
inspired him to say, “Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace,
according to Your word; for my eyes have seen Your salvation which You have
prepared before the face of all peoples” (Lk 2:29–31).
Q5 How has God manifested His grace?
The Bible says, “For by grace you
have been saved through faith, and not that of yourselves; it is the gift of
God” (Eph 2:8). God revealed His grace through Jesus Christ (Jn 1:14, 16–17),
who came to the world to redeem us with His own precious blood (Eph 1:7) and to
give us the hope of eternal life (2 Tim 1:10). Hence, John writes, “And of His
fullness we have all received, and grace for grace” (Jn 1:16).
receive God’s grace when we hear and respond to the gospel with faith. Paul
says, “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how
shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear
without a preacher?...So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word
of God” (Rom 10:14, 17). In other words, God calls us through the gospel, but
we need to do our part by believing in Jesus (Mk 16:15–16), obeying the gospel
(2 Thess 1:8) and holding fast our confidence to the end (Heb 3:14).
Q6 What does repentance have to do with salvation?
to repent because God “commands all men everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30). It
entails that we:
• Humble ourselves before God. The Bible
says, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (1 Pet 5:5; cf.
Prov 3:34). In a parable of Jesus, we learn of a tax collector
who was accepted by God because he knew to ask for mercy, unlike the proud and
complacent Pharisee (Lk 18:9–14).
• Acknowledge that we are sinners. We
should confess our sins before God (Acts 2:38; Lk 19:8–9) and change our ways
(Lk 3:8; Acts 3:26; Jas 5:19–20). Without repentance, our faith in God will be
superficial and lack grounding in the truth.
• Fear God. “Surely His salvation is near
to those who fear Him…” (Ps 85:9). We can learn from the devout Jews at
Pentecost who, when cut to the heart by the gospel, accepted salvation through
Jesus Christ (Acts 2:22–41).
Q7 Is faith alone not sufficient?
Jesus Christ is certainly important; however, faith alone cannot save us—we
also need to follow through with our actions. Elder James says, “What does it
profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can
faith save him?” (Jas 2:14).
records many examples to highlight the importance of faith with works. For
example, when Jesus was healing a blind man, He instructed him to wash in the
pool of Siloam (Jn 9:1–7). If the man had merely believed in Jesus, but failed
to act, he would not have regained his sight (Jn 9:7). In another example, a
woman suffering from a haemorrhage touched the
garment of Jesus. Without this action, she would not have experienced His
healing power (Lk 8:43–48).
is true that we are saved by God’s grace through faith, it is also the case
that He expects us to fulfil some practical
But when the kindness and the love of God our
Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done,
but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and
renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus
Christ our Savior.
Paul points out that God saves us through His mercy—but it is a mercy that is
revealed when we receive water baptism and the baptism of the Holy Spirit. This
truth is reinforced by Peter who preaches, “Repent, and let every one of you be
baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall
receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38). Also, Jesus Himself says, “He
who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be
condemned” (Mk 16:16).
summary, we need to believe and have faith in Jesus for salvation. But we also
need to manifest our faith by carrying out God’s requirements: to repent,
receive water baptism and to ask God for the Holy Spirit.
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