Plan of Salvation
In Romans 3:23, the apostle Paul says, “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”. Sin entered the world in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve. All of their descendants have continued to sin ever since. Sin is living contrary to God’s will. The wages of sin is death.
God’s plan for salvation was finalized before the human race was created. The Son of God, Jesus Christ, was the “sacrificial lamb”. Jesus, God in the flesh, came and dwelt among us and took upon himself our humanity. Jesus “nailed our spiritual debt of guilt to the cross”. He wiped out our sins so that we might live. Jesus died to save us!
God’s purpose in sending Jesus is summed up by the scripture, John 3:16, “for God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life”. God sent Jesus into the world so that the world through Him might be saved.
In God’s plan of salvation, we must be justified and made right with God. Justification is much more than God pardoning our sins. God actually rescued us from sin and enabled us to trust, love, and obey Him through the power of the Holy Spirit. Justification is the act of bringing us into an intimate relationship with God. Without Jesus’ sacrifice and God’s grace we are in bondage to sin. Sin separates us from God.
God’s plan for salvation requires that sin be condemned. Even though Christians are living under grace, we still commit sin. However, the Holy Spirit continually leads us to repentance. God has given us salvation in order that we may do good works. We cannot earn God’s grace. Salvation is God’s “gift” to us. Salvation is not something we can obtain by religious works of any kind. There is nothing that we can do to merit God’s favor. Once God calls us and we respond with trust and obedience, God makes us His children. Jesus promised that everyone who believes in Him will have everlasting life. That is good news!