Salvation for Dummies
Salvation is both a complex process and a simple concept. You only need to know 4 things about it to totally understand it. You only have to do one thing to get it and have it forever. There are only two places listed in the Bible where we will all end up after our time on earth is over. We will either go to Heaven or Hell.
Everyone who was or will ever be born will wind up in one of the two places.
The trick is to find out and then pursue the way to enter into the better of the two, right?
Hell is described as a place of flesh eating worms, unbearable heat, unrelenting thirst, darkness, flogging, weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Heaven is described as a place of peace, light, comfort, and joy, the responsibility of judging angels and wonder filled experiences too difficult to put into words. Salvation means to be saved from hell and for heaven.
- Saved from what?
Simply stated, Hell is what we are being saved from; specifically the lake of fire which burns forever.
“And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.”
The persons to be judged are the dead, small and great; young and old, low and high, poor and rich. None are of so little worth to God, but they have some talents to account for; and none so great, as to avoid having to account for them. Not only those still alive at the coming of Christ will be judged, but all the dead will also be brought back for judgment.
There is a book of remembrance both for good and bad: and the book of the sinner’s conscience, though formerly secret, will then be opened. Every man will recollect all his past thoughts and actions, though he had long forgotten many of them and then be judged by them.
Another book shall be opened, the book of the Scriptures, the rule of life; it represents the Lord’s knowledge of his people, and his declaring their repentance, faith, and good works; showing the blessings of the new covenant. By their works men shall be justified or condemned; he will try their principles by their practices.
Those justified and acquitted by the gospel, shall be justified and acquitted by the Judge, and shall enter into eternal life, having nothing more to fear from death, or hell, or wicked men; for these are all destroyed together. This is the second death; it is the final separation of sinners from God.
The last book opened will be the book of life. Those whose names are written in the book of life will not be judged but will instead be rewarded for their good works.
- Saved by whom?
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
In every sense Jesus is the resurrection; the source, the substance, the first-fruits, the cause of it. The redeemed soul lives after death in happiness; and after the resurrection, both body and soul are kept from all evil forever.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Christ is not merely “a” way, as he goes before his people as an example; or merely as a prophet, pointing out unto them by his doctrine the way of salvation; but he is THE way of salvation itself by his obedience and sacrifice; nor is there any other; he is the way of his Father’s appointing, and which is entirely agreeable to the perfections of God, and suitable to the case and condition of sinners; he is the way to all the blessings of the covenant of grace; and he is the right way into a Gospel church state here; no one comes rightly into a church of Christ but by faith in him; and he is the way to heaven: he is entered into it himself by his own blood, and has opened the way to it through himself for his people.
He is the true God, and eternal life; truly and really man; as a prophet he taught the way of God in truth; as a priest, he is a faithful, as well as a merciful one, true and faithful to him that appointed him; and as a King, just and true are all his ways and administrations: he is the sum and substance of all the truths of the Gospel; they are all full of him, and center in him; and he is the truth of all the types and shadows, promises and prophecies of the Old Testament; they have all their accomplishment in him; and he is the true way, in opposition to all false ones of man’s devising.
Christ is the only way of access unto the Father; there is no coming to God as an absolute God, not upon the foot of the covenant of works, nor without a Mediator; and the only Mediator between God and man is Christ: he introduces and presents the persons and services of his people to his Father, and gives them acceptance with him.
- Saved by what process?
Faith is a hard concept to grasp and understand. You cannot see it; hear it smell it, touch or taste is. There is no actual way to measure how much anyone has compared to any other person.
Ephesians 2:8–9 says, “For it is by grace you have been saved through faith. It is not from yourself or anything you’ve done, but the gift of God.” Salvation, therefore, is a free gift of grace from God”.
When you first believe you are saved and you will continue forever to be saved through your continuing faith. And this faith is not something you generate or earn it; it is the gift of God. You do not deserve the gift and cannot ear the gift, you can simply accept the gift and enjoy it forever.
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”
The meaning of the clause is that faith is a confidence that we shall receive the good things for which we hope, and that by it we enjoy, as it were, a present subsistence or anticipation of them in our souls.
“For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.”
For we hold that a man (any human being—whether Jew or Greek) is justified by faith, independently of any works prescribed by law.”
Now, if we were saved by our own works, boasting would not be excluded. But the way of justification by faith forever shuts out boasting. Yet believers are not left to be lawless; faith is a law, it is a working grace, wherever it is in truth. By faith, not in this matter an act of obedience, or a good work, but forming the relation between Christ and the sinner, that the believer should be pardoned and justified for the sake of the Savior, and that the unbeliever who is not thus united or related to him, should remain under condemnation.
The law is still of use to convince us of what is past, and to direct us for the future. Though we cannot be saved by it as a covenant, yet we own and submit to it, as a rule in the hand of the Mediator.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
A sinner goes to hell because he deserves it; a righteous man goes to heaven because Christ has died for him, and communicated that grace by which his sin is pardoned and his soul made holy. Salvation is a gift from God to those who receive it. Those who receive the gift have their names written in the book of life.
- How do I get saved?
He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved–you and your household.”
“But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: that if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.”
Acknowledge the Lord Jesus Christ as the only Savior. Believe in your heart that he who died for all of your offenses has been raised so you can receive justification; and you depend solely on him for that justification, then you will be saved from the punishments reserved for those who will die and then go to hell.
True faith does not lie in the bare assent of the mind to the Gospel, or any truth contained in it. It does not reside in our thoughts concerning the person and office of Christ, but in the heart. It is not a notional knowledge of things to be believed; nor is it “saying that a man believes”; but it is heart work, a believing with all the heart. This is the type of a faith in which all the powers of the soul, the understanding, will, and affections, are concerned; it is a seeing of the Son, a beholding of the glory, fullness, suitableness, ability, and willingness of Christ as a Savior, with the eye of the understanding spiritually enlightened; it is a going out of the soul to Christ, in various acts, such as venturing into his presence, prostrating itself at his feet, resolving if it perishes it will perish there; a giving up itself unto him, determining it will have no other Savior, leaning and relying on him, and living upon him; which faith works by love to Christ, moves the affections, stirs up the desires of the soul to his name, and endears him and all that belong to him to it.
And everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved; for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance, as the LORD has said, among the survivors whom the LORD calls.
For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
Salvation is the possession of everyone who confesses their sins and believes that Jesus died to take the punishment they deserve upon himself and then call upon the name of Jesus.
Yes, and I ask you, my true companion, help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.
Everyone who believes and confesses Jesus as their savior has their names written in the book of life.
This then is God’s plan for man’s salvation.