The Doctrine of Salvation is the last in this doctrinal study. Let me make a statement of faith by this study–I believe that Repentance towards God, and Faith towards our Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work on Calvary, is the only ground for salvation from sin – “Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Acts 20:21) I pray that this study will accomplish God’s perfect will wherever He sends it.
“How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that hear him;” (Hebrews 2:3)
Salvation is great! It is the most wonderful gift a person can ever receive from God. This doctrine is a study of that great salvation.
The believer is to put on the “helmet of salvation” as part of his armor against the wiles of the devil (Ephesians 6:17). The helmet protects the head (mind) from doubts. Very few believers ever amount to anything until they understand so great salvation and the security that we have in it.
Salvation means “to deliver and salvage.” Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us; (2 Corinthians 1:10).
The “finished work” means that Jesus Christ bore our sins in His body on the tree – 1 Peter 2:24 “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” Jesus died for our sins, paying the penalty – Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” He was buried and rose again, physically, from the grave 3 days and 3 nights later – 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”
Jesus said, “It is finished” before dying on the cross (John 19:30). He was the final physical sacrifice that was ever needed to satisfy the wrath and anger of a Holy God against sinners. Jesus satisfied the just demands of a Holy God that sin be paid for by the death and the blood of a perfect sacrifice. God is satisfied forever – thus Jesus is the Author and the Finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2).
Never again does a sacrifice for sin need to be given, for God considers the believer in Jesus Christ to be “perfected forever” by the work of Christ, on Calvary’s cross, once for all. Hebrews 10:10-14 “By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.”