About Grace, Gospel and Salvation
Paul told the Corinthians they could be saved by the Gospel of Christ if they would receive it; stand in it; and keep it in memory. (1 Cor. 15:1-3)
The truth about OUR need of salvation is that “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Rom. 6:23) So, we know that “the wages of sin is death,” don’t we? But, “the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Please understand what God has done on our behalf; “He commended his love toward us in that while we were yet sinners; Christ died for us.” (Rom. 5:8) Christ died for the ungodly! We did not deserve it and did not do any good thing that caused Christ to do it. But he did! We recognize it as God’s grace. Salvation is a gift from God.
The gift has been given; what can we do? Well, just as Paul told the Corinthians to receive the Gospel, we too MUST RECEIVE the gift of God. How? “God be thanked, that you WERE the servants of sin, BUT you have OBEYED from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being THEN made free from sin you became the servants of righteousness.” (Rom. 6:17-18) Paul further explains what the Corinthians did. “Know you not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death.”
Friend, in baptism is when and where we contact the blood of Jesus, which was shed for the remission of sins. Therefore, when we rise from the watery grave, we walk in “newness of life.” (Rom. 6:3-4)
Have you noted the consistency of Paul’s preaching to that of Jesus’ commission to the apostles? “Go into the entire world and preach the gospel to every creature, he that believes and is baptized shall be saved, but he that believes not shall be damned.” (Mark 16: 15-16) Apostle Peter told the people on the day of Pentecost to “repent and be baptized FOR the remission of sins. (Acts 2:37-39)
Friend, you do know that there is great danger in not believing; accepting; standing in; and not keeping in memory the good news of the gospel, don’t you?
Paul said that Jesus would come back in “flaming fire and take vengeance on them that know not God, and that OBEY NOT the gospel.” (1Thess. 1:7-9) “…Jesus became the author of eternal salvation unto ALL THAT OBEY HIM.”