Salvation

by Matt Slick

  1. Salvation by grace alone through faith alone, without works
    1. Romans 3:28, "For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law."
    2. Romans 4:1-5, "What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, has found? 2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 3 For what does the Scripture say? “ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS CREDITED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS [Genesis 15:6].” 4 Now to the one who works, his wage is not credited as a favor, but as what is due. 5 But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness."
    3. Romans 4:11, "And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had while still uncircumcised, that he might be the father of all those who believe, though they are uncircumcised, that righteousness might be imputed to them also."
    4. Romans 5:1, "Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ."
    5. Romans 9:30, "What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, attained righteousness, even the righteousness which is by faith."
    6. Galatians 2:16, "nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we may be justified by faith in Christ, and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law shall no flesh be justified."
    7. Galatians 2:21, “I do not nullify the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.”
    8. Galatians 3:5-6, "Does He then, who provides you with the Spirit and works miracles among you, do it by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith? 6Even so Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness."
    9. Galatians 3:24, "Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, that we may be justified by faith."
    10. Eph. 2:8, "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God."
    11. Phil. 3:9, "and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith."
    12. Paul
      1. Paul the apostle said in Romans 3:28 that a man is justified by faith apart from the works of the law. The works of the law are Deuteronomy 6:5 to love God, and Leviticus 19:18, to love your neighbor (summarized by Jesus in Matt. 22:37-39). Paul the apostle clearly tells us that we are justified by faith IN CHRIST apart from the works of the law, apart from doing good. GOOD is a result of our salvation it does not keep us saved.
  2. Eternal Security
    1. SCRIPTURAL PROOF THAT WE CANNOT LOSE OUR SALVATION:  Jesus said, John 8:29, "And He who sent Me is with Me; He has not left Me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to Him." And, John 6:39, "This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day." If people lose their salvation, then Jesus will have failed to do the will of the Father by both losing some and by not resurrecting them. But, if Jesus were to fail to do this, he would have sinned. Therefore, we must necessarily conclude that not only will Jesus do the will of the Father by not losing anyone who has been given to him, but that he will also do the will of the Father by resurrecting those same people to glory. Also, to say that some are lost means that God the Father himself failed because some of the ones the Father decided to give to the Son for the Son to keep ended up being lost.  Doesn't the Father, in all his omniscience, know who to give to the Son so that they will not be lost? Of course!  But to say that some of the ones given to the Son by God the Father will be lost is to accuse God the Father of making a mistake in his judgment of trusting Christ not to lose any.
    2. SHORTER:  Jesus said in John 6:39, "This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day." If people lose their salvation, then Jesus has failed to do the will of the Father and he has sinned.  The will of the Father is that Jesus lose none.  Jesus always does the will of the Father (John 8:29).  So, Jesus cannot fail to do the Father's will; therefore, none can be lost.
    3.  by both losing some and by not resurrecting them. But, if Jesus were to fail to do this, he would have sinned. Therefore, we must necessarily conclude that not only will Jesus do the will of the Father by not losing anyone who has been given to him, but that he will also do the will of the Father by resurrecting those same people to glory. Also, to say that some are lost means that God the Father himself failed because some of the ones the Father decided to give to the Son for the Son to keep ended up being lost.  Doesn't the Father, in all his omniscience, know who to give to the Son so that they will not be lost? Of course!  But to say that some of the ones given to the Son by God the Father will be lost is to accuse God the Father of making a mistake in his judgment of trusting Christ not to lose any.
  3. Hebrews
    1. Hebrews 10:26.  In our immediate context we see that many in the Hebrew Christian community were still looking to the Old Testament sacrificial system (Hebrews 10:1-4), with its burnt offerings (Hebrews 10:6, 8), Temple work (Hebrews 10:19, 20), priesthood (Hebrews 10:21), and the Law of Moses (Hebrews 10:28). We cannot assert that Hebrews 10:26 is written specifically to those who are saved. After all, how could they be saved if they are looking back to the old sacrificial system? But, without knowing exactly who is and is not trusting in Christ, the writer of Hebrews would generically address everyone and give the proper warning that if you go on sinning willfully (i.e. abandon the truth found in Christ and his sacrifice) then there will be no sacrifice for sins, because Jesus' sacrifice is the only one that can take away sin (Hebrews 10:4, 12-18). That is why it says in verse 18 it says "Now where there is forgiveness of these things, there is no longer in the offering for sin."  He is telling us that when someone is forgiven, there's no longer a need for another offering, the Old Testament type offerings. To reject Christ's sacrifice is to go on sinning willfully by remaining in the Old Testament sacrificial system. For those who do that, there is no longer sacrifice remaining for sin, because for them, Christ is not a sacrifice that will save them. But for the real Christians, he is.
  4. James 2:24
    1. James begins this section by using the example of someone who says he has faith but has no works, "What use is it, my brethren, if a man says he has faith, but he has no works?  Can that faith save him?"  (James 2:14).  In other words, James is addressing the issue of a dead faith; that is nothing more than a verbal pronouncement.  It is empty of life and action.  He begins with the negative and demonstrates what an empty faith is (verses 15-17, words without actions). Then he shows that that type of faith isn't much different from the faith of demons (verse 19).  Finally, he gives examples of living faith that is words followed by actions.  He writes of Abraham and Rahab as examples of people who demonstrated their faith by their deeds. In brief, James is examining two kinds of faith: one that leads to godly works and one that does not. One is true, and the other is false. One is dead, the other alive; hence, "Faith without works is dead," (James 2:20).
 
 

About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.