Salvation is found in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Every passage that deals with salvation in the Bible and with Christian responsibilities, points toward the believer having a relationship with Christ. Repentance, Confession, and Baptism all make a relationship possible with Christ. Church attendance, prayer, Bible reading, evangelism, and Christian responsibility aim at creating and maintaining a relationship with God, John 1:4; 17:3.

Every relationship begins, develops, and becomes intimate through communication. The relationship begins hearing the word of God. When one hears the word of God, faith is developed, Romans 10:17.

Faith then moves the person to grow in the knowledge of God, and moves the person to come closer to him. As a result of  the person’s desires become knowledgeable of one’s sinful condition, and of the need of God. The person becomes knowledgeable of God and desires to give Him the appropriate place in His heart. That is when repentance takes place. 

After the individual repents, the person surrenders to Jesus all that they are and becomes one with Him, in His sufferings, death, and resurrection. This is obtained through the baptism. At that point, the unification with Jesus causes a holy state and all the sins of the individual are forgiven, Acts 2:38. It is at this point that the individual truly has an intimate relationship with God. That is the reason for Galatians 3:27 to say that those who were baptized into Christ have being clothed with Christ.

This process of salvation is all a gift from God. He is the one who forgives one’s sins; who embraces one as one is, and who enable the closeness with Him.

  August 2020  
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