What you Need to know about Salvation

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We all have our own ideas about God that are the product of half-truths and our experience. But our thoughts and feelings are not enough. When it comes to our relationship with God we need the whole truth and nothing but the truth. The only source of truth about God is God Himself. So real, saving faith comes as we hear and respond to what God has say in His Word, the Bible.

Peter Jeffery has chosen readings from the Bible which highlight for us the basic truths that we need to know about salvation.

This book will also be a help to new Christians in understanding what has happened to them

PETER JEFFERY

What you

Need to know about

Salvation

INTRODUCTION IN THE BIBLICAL

FUNDAMENTALS OF THE FAITH


Second published: 2019

Original Copyright by Peter Jeffery, 1996

With friendly permission of the author.

© 2019 VOICE OF HOPE

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Design: Voice of Hope

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ISBN 978-3-947102-68-6


CONTENTS

Introduction 6

Chapter 1

GOD‘S NATURE AND HIS ATTRIBUTES

Faith comes from hearing 11

God‘s holiness 15

God‘s love 19

Chapter 2

JESUS CHRIST AND HIS WORK

Jesus – His incarnation 27

Jesus – his deity 31

Jesus – the good Shepherd 35

Chapter 3

THE HOLY SPIRIT AND HIS MINISTRY

Why the Holy Spirit? 43


Chapter 4

SIN AND THE WAY OUT

The fact of sin 51

The effects of sin 55

The consequences of sin 59

No one is good 63

Goodness is not enough 67

Chapter 5

GOD’S WAY OF SALVATION

Old Testament pictures: The Day of Atonement 75

Old Testament pictures: The Passover 79

An Old Testament prophecy: Forsaken by God 83

The curse of the law 87

A righteousness from God 91

Reconciled to God 95

By grace 99

Qualified for heaven 103

A personal testimony 107

Rescued! 110


INTRODUCTION

This book is written for the person who knows he or

she is not a Christian but earnestly desires to become

one. Such a desire is to be commended and encouraged,

because it can sometimes be very frustrating.

People often say, ‘I know I am a sinner. I know Jesus

is the only Saviour and I have asked Him to save me,

but nothing has happened.’ There could be several

reasons for this and one of the main ones would be a

failure to truly understand the nature of salvation. By

this I mean a failure to understand why salvation is

so necessary and what salvation from sin involves. It

is because of this that the Bible insists that faith comes

by hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17). Desires

and feelings are not enough. They need directing by

the Scriptures, because almost everyone who seeks

to find God starts off with preconceived notions.

We all have ideas about God that are the product of

half-truths and concepts that have not been thought

through. Have you noticed how often people who

have little or no Bible knowledge are very quick to

make pronouncements about God, heaven and hell,

sin and holiness? Words without knowledge can be

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dangerous, especially when they are words about

God.

We are all entitled to our opinions about politics, music

and a 101 different subjects, but human opinions

about God are worthless. On this subject, we need the

whole truth and nothing but the truth. From where

can we get such infallible truth? The only source of

truth about God is God himself. So faith, saving faith,

comes as we hear what God has to say in His Word,

the Bible.

To help you arrive at this truth here are twenty-one

chapters, beginning with a text from the Bible. They

are chosen for their importance in bringing to us the

basic Bible message on salvation, and are arranged

under five headings:

• God‘s Nature and His Attributes

• Jesus Christ and His Work

• The Holy Spirit and His Ministry

• Sin and the Way Out

• God’s way of salvation

First of all, read the set passage, praying that the

Lord will speak to you through the Scriptures. Then

read the explanation of the passage, and finally pray

again that your heart, mind and will may receive

God’s truths.

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1

God‘s Nature

and His

Attributes


FAITH COMES

FROM HEARING

Romans 10:1-21

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 cometh by hearing, and hearing

by the word of God. (Romans 10:14.17)

T

he apostle Paul, who wrote these words, had a

deep concern for his fellow Israelites. He wanted

them to be saved. This means he wanted them

to be delivered from the consequences of their sin.

As we shall see in some of the following passages,

breaking the law of God, which is what sin is, puts

all men and women under the wrath and judgement

of the holy God. This means that unless they

are saved, they will spend eternity in hell facing the

punishment their sin deserves. It is this truth that

makes salvation absolutely essential and desperately

urgent.

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Chapter 1 – God‘s Nature and His Attributes

IGNORANCE

So, what prevented these Israelites from being

saved? They were not atheists or agnostics but people

who were zealous for God (v. 2). Their problem

was ignorance. Their zeal was not based on

knowledge. The sort of knowledge to which Paul

refers has nothing to do with a person’s intellectual

ability. It is a knowledge that a child can possess.

Neither was their ignorance the result of the truth

being hidden from them. They were ignorant in the

presence of knowledge. The last verse of Romans

10 is a quotation from the Old Testament, from Isaiah

65:2: ‘I have spread out my hands all the day unto a

rebellious people.’ If you look up that verse in Isaiah

you will see that it goes on to say, ‘... people, which

walketh in a way that was not good, after their own

thoughts’.

It does not matter where a person begins the journey

of faith – whether as an atheist, agnostic, or a

deeply religious man or woman. What is common

to all men when they think about God is what Paul

calls ‘zeal... not according to knowledge’, and what

Isaiah describes as ‘after their own thoughts’. The

atheist says, ‘There is no God.’ The agnostic says, ‘It

is not possible to know, whether there is a God or

not.’ The religious person says, ‘There is a God and

this is how I perceive Him to be.’ Basically, there is

little or no difference in any of these three responses.

All three are men making pronouncements about

God.

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Faith comes from hearing

LISTEN TO GOD

The Bible message says to us, ‘Stop talking, be quiet

and listen to what God has to say: “Faith cometh by

hearing, and hearing by the word of God’” (v. 17). The

Israelites, though deeply religious, were not listening

to God. Because of this they did not know the true

message of the gospel and had concocted a way of

salvation that was unacceptable to God (v. 3).

This compulsive tendency in man to produce a doit-yourself

way of salvation is one of the major obstacles

to a true faith in God. Wherever it is present there

will inevitably be a rejection of God’s way of salvation.

It is this rejection that Isaiah laments over when

he says, ‘Lord, who hath believed our report?’, which Paul

quotes in verse 16. The message Isaiah is referring to

is the message of the gospel, the message of a crucified

Saviour. This is the message the Scriptures proclaim

clearly and incisively, consequently saving faith will

be the result of hearing and believing this message.

God’s way of salvation is through the Lord Jesus

Christ, so if you want to be saved you must go to the

Bible and read there what it has to say about Him.

And notice also in verses 14 and 15 how Paul stresses

the importance of the preaching of the message of

salvation. So go to a church where the Bible is believed

and preached. There is no salvation apart from

the Lord Jesus Christ, and this salvation is described

in verse 9: ‚That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the

Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath

raised Him from the death, thou shalt be saved‘.

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Chapter 1 – God‘s Nature and His Attributes

We shall see what this means in later paragraphs,

but note at this point that we are to believe what the

Bible says about Christ, and not ideas about, or concepts

of, Him that originate in our own minds, or

someone else’s.

The Jesus of Scripture is the incarnate God, born

of a virgin, Who lived a sinless life, died on the cross

to atone for the sin of His people, arose from the dead

on the third day, ascended to heaven and will one

day return to this world.

Reflections

What hindered the Israelites from being saved?

• Why is all human reasoning about God limited and

• therefore wrong or imperfect?

• Where must we turn to in order to find the truth

about God and His plan for salvation?

• To Whom does the Bible desire to lead us?

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GOD‘S HOLINESS

Isaiah 6:1-13

… Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth

is full of His glory. (Isaiah 6:3)

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he Bible tells us many things about God. It speaks

with enthusiasm of His love, wisdom, mercy,

goodness etc., but the truth about God that is emphasized

above all others is that God is holy. Holiness

means not only an absence of all moral evil, but

also the presence of an absolute moral perfection.

God is holy and that in and of itself makes him totally

different from man. But it is also man’s greatest

problem.

Because God is holy he cannot and will not tolerate

sin. This puts man the sinner in a hopeless and

impossible position. How can he ever be acceptable

to a holy God? The person seeking salvation will

soon become aware of this dilemma. It is not just

that his sin separates him from God, but God’s holiness

is also for the sinner an immense problem.

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If you want to know what

it means to become a Christian,

this book is for you.

We all have our own ideas about God that are the

product of half-truths and our experience. But

our thoughts and feelings are not enough. When

it comes to our relationship with God we need the

whole truth and nothing but the truth. The only

source of truth about God is God Himself. So real,

saving faith comes as we hear and respond to

what God has say in His Word, the Bible.

Peter Jeffery has chosen readings from the Bible

which highlight for us the basic truths that we

need to know about salvation.

This book will also be a help to new Christians in

understanding what has happened to them.

VOICE OF HOPE

ISBN 978-3-947102-68-6

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