God the Father and God the Son’s Role:
We believe that salvation is a sovereign, gracious and merciful act by which God the Father through the propitiating (satisfying) and atoning blood sacrifice of His Son Jesus Christ, justifies (accounts as righteous), redeems and rescues sinners from His perfect, just wrath and condemnation, therefore reconciling them (those that believe) to Himself for eternity.
God the Holy Spirit’s Role:
The Holy Spirit provides conviction of sin to the repentant sinner,
"And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment:"
- John 16:8
and at the moment of conversion or salvation, brings a new-birth and indwells the heart of that repentant sinner
"Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”"
- John 3:3
"The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
- John 3:8
"It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life."
- John 6:63
"who has made us sufficient to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life."
- 2 Corinthians 3:6
"In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,"
- Ephesians 1:13
Mankind’s Response and Responsibility:
To confess and repent of sin, and to believe and trust in Jesus Christ by faith- His life, death, resurrection
1 Corinthians Chapter 15
1 - Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand,
2 - and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.
3 - For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures,
4 - that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,
5 - and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.
6 - Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep.
7 - Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles.
8 - Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.
9 - For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
10 - But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.
11 - Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.
12 - Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?
13 - But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised.
14 - And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.
15 - We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised.
16 - For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised.
17 - And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.
18 - Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.
19 - If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.
20 - But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
21 - For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.
22 - For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.
23 - But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ.
24 - Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power.
25 - For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.
26 - The last enemy to be destroyed is death.
27 - For “God has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “all things are put in subjection,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him.
28 - When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all.
29 - Otherwise, what do people mean by being baptized on behalf of the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized on their behalf?
30 - Why are we in danger every hour?
31 - I protest, brothers, by my pride in you, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die every day!
32 - What do I gain if, humanly speaking, I fought with beasts at Ephesus? If the dead are not raised, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.”
33 - Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”
34 - Wake up from your drunken stupor, as is right, and do not go on sinning. For some have no knowledge of God. I say this to your shame.
35 - But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?”
36 - You foolish person! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies.
37 - And what you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare kernel, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain.
38 - But God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body.
39 - For not all flesh is the same, but there is one kind for humans, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish.
40 - There are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is of one kind, and the glory of the earthly is of another.
41 - There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory.
42 - So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable.
43 - It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power.
44 - It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.
45 - Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit.
46 - But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual.
47 - The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven.
48 - As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven.
49 - Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.
50 - I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.
51 - Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52 - in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.
53 - For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality.
54 - When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory."
55 - “O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”
56 - The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
57 - But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58 - Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
and substitutionary work of righteousness
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God."
- John 3:16-18
23 - for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
24 - and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,
25 - whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins.
26 - It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
27 - Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith.
28 - For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.
- Romans 3:23-28
8 - but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
9 - Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.
10 - For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.
11 - More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
- Romans 5:8-11
4 - even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love
5 - he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,
6 - to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.
7 - In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,
8 - which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight
- Ephesians 1:4-8
for the sinner.
God’s election in salvation, in no way violates the responsibility of sinful man to act upon God’s sovereign work in redemption (see below), by exercising faith and belief in the atoning work of Jesus
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life."
- John 3:16
"Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God."
- John 3:18
"For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”
- John 6:40
"Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life."
- John 6:47
"Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him."
- 1 John 5:1
"I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life."
- 1 John 5: 13
on the cross.