Salvation - Basic Elements



I. The Need of Every Person: the starting point of the gospel

1a. The Flaw of Man: every man is born with the nature to sin – man is basically good?

1b. Nature

1c. God created man in His image: thus man was given a freewill to choose who he would worship and obey

2c. The first man, Adam, choose to disobey God and passed this rebellious spirit down to everyman and woman (Rom. 5:12, 19; 1 Cor. 15:21)

2b. Activity

1c. Driven by a sinful nature, tempted by the lusts of the flesh, the world, and the devil - all individual's commit sin involving their thoughts and actions against both God, man, and even creation (Rom 3:23; Isa. 53:6; 64:6-7; Eccl. 7:20; 1 Jn. 1:8)

2c. So much a part of man is this sinful pattern, that often he sins without even being aware that he is sinning (Eph. 2:1-4) – he can not even know his own heart! (Jer. 17:9)

2a. The Judgment of Man

1b. The Verdict Given: because of man’s sins or better crimes against God, humanity, creation man has already been found guilty and sentenced (Jn. 3:17-19; 3:26; 1 Jn. 1:8; Matt. 5:20; James 2:10-11)

2b. The Verdict Carried Out: Wrath of God (Eph. 2:3; 5:6) 

1c. Complete Separation from God (Isa. 59:2; 64:7)

2c. Punishment for ever and ever (Mk. 9:47-48; Rev. 30:14; Lk. 16:19-31)

3a. The Inadequacy of man: all are incapable of paying the penalty for their sin (Eph 2:1-2, 8-9; Isa 64:6-7; 2 Tim. 1:9; Rom 11:6)

II. The Provision of God

1a. God's Provision

1b. Since man was condemned and incapable of saving himself, God, in love, choose to do it for him (John 3:16; 1 John 4:9-11)

2b. God took on the body of man (Jn. 1:14; Phil. 2:5-8) through a virgin birth (Mt. 1:18; Lk. 1:26-38), lived a sinless life, and suffered hell for all mankind upon the cross (Mt. 27:45-56: Isa. 53:6; 1 Pet. 3:18)

2a. Man's Reception

1b. Though the provision is made for all, it is not forced on men and women,  but is offered as a gift to accept or reject (Eph. 2:8-9: Rom. 6:23;  Eph. 2, 8-9, "It is a gift of God"

Rom. 4:5, “But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness”

Rom. 6:23, "But the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord"

2c. As Adam had the choose to follow God or reject him so we have the  same choice as we encounter the message of the Gospel

3c. God has promised that if we repent of our sins, ask him to forgive us our sins, and to save us He will do so. Since we can not see him do so we must trust in his promise by faith and the testimony of the Spirit of God within

John 3:16, "Whosoever believes in Him...shall have everlasting life."

Eph. 2:8-9, "For by grace are we saved by faith."

John 3:18, "He who believes in Him is not condemned, but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."

Heb. 2:3, "How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation,"