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Faith as basis of salvation (2)

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Both in the OT and in the NT faith is the only basis of salvation. Faith is the means by which God’s grace in Christ, and with him the blessings of salvation, is received. Paul’s doctrine of justification by faith emphasises the centrality of faith in the Christian life.

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Salvation by faith in the OT

Habakkuk 2:4 ESV
“Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him, but the righteous shall live by his faith.

The faith of Abraham and other individuals

Genesis 15:6 ESV
And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness.
See also Abraham, the father of those righteous by faith; Abel; Enoch; Noah

Salvation by faith in the NT

Romans 1:16–17 ESV
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”
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Salvation through faith alone

Ephesians 2:8–9 ESV
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
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Salvation is by faith in Jesus Christ

Being “lifted up” is a reference to Jesus Christ’s death on the cross; The necessity of outward confession, as evidence of personal faith in Jesus Christ.
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Salvation is for all who believe

Jesus Christ is the “end of the law”, in the sense that he brings it to its goal and fulfilment, and accomplishes its intentions.
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Salvation is for those who persevere in their faith

Colossians 1:21–23 ESV
And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.
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Saving faith shows itself in action

James 2:14 ESV
What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?

Blessings of salvation received through faith

Justification and peace with God

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Victory over death

John 11:25–27 ESV
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” She said to him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.”

Adoption into God’s family


The gift of the Holy Spirit

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Jesus Christ in the heart

Ephesians 3:17 ESV
so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love,

Protection through God’s power

1 Peter 1:5 ESV
who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

Access to God



Acts 26:17–18 ESV
delivering you from your people and from the Gentiles—to whom I am sending you to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’

New life

Galatians 2:20 ESV
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Eternal life

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