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Biblical Christianity

part 3
Purpose of this Series:

To provide a clear understanding of what “Christianity” looks like from a “Biblical” perspective
Especially to point out important elements of Christianity that may seem to get little attention in the popular churches today
To bring attention to areas where “pop culture” and tradition have replaced sound doctrine in many popular places with things that may sound true but are not
To provide proof of these points with sound scriptural references and illustrations
Biblical Christianity
Part 1: Biblical Prosperity
Part 2: Biblical Faith
Part 3: Biblical Salvation

What is Salvation?

Webster: Salvation:
1 a: deliverance from the power and effects of sin

sal•va•tion \sal-ˈvā-shən\ noun

[Middle English salvacion, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin salvation-, salvatio, from salvare to save—more at SAVE] 13th century

1 a: deliverance from the power and effects of sin

b: the agent or means that effects salvation

c Christian Science: the realization of the supremacy of infinite Mind over all bringing with it the destruction of the illusion of sin, sickness, and death

2: liberation from ignorance or illusion

3 a: preservation from destruction or failure

b: deliverance from danger or difficulty—sal•va•tion•al \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective

1 a: deliverance from the power and effects of sin
b: the agent or means that effects salvation
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3 a: preservation from destruction or failure
2: liberation from ignorance or illusion
3 a: preservation from destruction or failure
b: deliverance from danger or difficulty—
Following is an excerpt from The New Bible Dictionary article on Salvation in the Old Testament:
ROM10.9-10
The principal Heb. term translated ‘salvation’ is yēša‘ and its cognates. Its basic meaning is ‘bring into a spacious environment’ (cf. ; ), but it carries from the beginning the metaphorical sense of ‘freedom from limitation’ and the means to that; i.e. deliverance from factors which constrain and confine. It can be referred to deliverance from disease (; cf. v. 9), from trouble () or enemies (; ). In the vast majority of references God is the author of salvation. Thus God saves his flock (); he rescues his people () and he alone can save them (); there is no other saviour besides him (). He saved the fathers from Egypt () and their sons from Babylon (). He is the refuge and saviour of his people (). He saves the poor and needy when they have no other helper (; ). The word of Moses, ‘stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord’ (), is of the essence of the OT idea. Thus to know God at all is to know him as a saving God ()
For today we will focus on the idea of salvation as:
deliverance from the power and effects of sin
Power of sin = temptation, bondage, addictions, character flaws, relationships, pressures, etc.
Effects of sin = sickness, poverty, loneliness, ultimately death
Romans 6:23 NKJV
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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Romans 3:23 NKJV
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
The ultimate power and effect of sin is death
Not only physical death, but also spiritual death
Spiritual death results in eternity in hell

Salvation = Being Saved

Saved from Sin and Death
Saved = Greek Sozo
Completely delivered from the power of satan, and from hell
In the Old Testament, salvation is from God, received through faith, by keeping the law
example the passover
sacrifices
Salvation is and always was received through faith -

New Testament Salvation

Faith in Jesus Christ
In the old testament faith was expressed through keeping the law
In the New Testament faith is expressed through trusting Jesus Christ
His blood applied as sacrifice for our sin
His Lordship over our life
His authority to redeem us and reward us.
Matthew 1:21 NKJV
And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”
Matthew 1:23 NKJV
“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”
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Jesus came into the world to “save” us from our sin
He is not saving us from the devil
It is our sin that gives the devil dominion over us
“whoever commits sin is a slave to sin”
If the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed
In the same way that those at passover were protected in the instant that the blood was applied to the door posts, this salvation through Jesus Christ is effective “immediately” upon our trusting in Jesus Christ
This “trust in Jesus Christ” is expressed through repentance and following Him
We call this being “born again”
Repentance from sin - must turn from your sin - Eze 33
Repentance from dead works - cannot save yourself
John 3:3 NKJV
Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
being born again = a new life - new creation
Apart from this salvation we will all perish
John 3:16 NKJV
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.
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John 3:18 NKJV
“He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
We must be saved from this condemnation
Apart from Jesus there is no way to be saved
John 3:36 NKJV
He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
So, then, Biblical Salvation, is the process of being saved completely from sin and “all of its consequences

Biblical Salvation

Another way to say this is that “Biblical Salvation” is trusting in Jesus Christ
Trusting His death alone as payment for your sin
Trusting Him alone as your example to live by
Trusting His authority alone as Lord of Your life
Often described as Confess and believe:
Romans 10:9–10 NKJV
that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

1trav•el \ˈtra-vəl\ verb

-eled or -elled; -el•ing or -el•ling \ˈtra-və-liŋ, ˈtrav-liŋ\ [Middle English travailen, travelen to torment, labor, strive, journey, from Anglo-French travailler] verb intransitive 14th century

1 a: to go on or as if on a trip or tour: JOURNEY

b (1): to go as if by traveling: PASS 〈the news traveled fast〉

(2): ASSOCIATE 〈travels with a sophisticated crowd〉

c: to go from place to place as a sales representative or business agent

2 a (1): to move or undergo transmission from one place to another 〈goods traveling by plane〉

(2): to withstand relocation successfully 〈a dish that travels well〉

b: to move in a given direction or path or through a given distance 〈the stylus travels in a groove〉

c: to move rapidly 〈a car that can really travel〉

3: to take more steps while holding a basketball than the rules allow verb transitive

1 a: to journey through or over

b: to follow (a course or path) as if by traveling

2: to traverse (a specified distance)

3: to cover (an area) as a commercial traveler—travel light: to travel with a minimum of equipment or baggage

This means more than simply acknowledging His existence and repeating a prayer
Let your life “confess” that Jesus is Lord - the Words you speak -
Let your heart believe that God has raised Him from the dead - In Him is Life
That you also are raised to a new and eternal life
That you “believe” unto “righteousness”
If your “belief” or “faith” does not believe unto righteousness, is it really faith?
Remember the pseudo Christians from Sermon on the Mount
If Jesus Christ is not Lord of ALL then He is not Lord at all
Romans 10:13 NKJV
For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Romans 3:23 NKJV
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Look to Him and be Saved

Being saved from sin means being saved from all of its power
Romans 10:13 NKJV
For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
examples of the power of God’s Salvation include:
The woman with the issue of blood
Jairus’ daughter
The centurion whose servant was sick
the blind man and one of the ten lepers in Luke
As many as touched Him were made well
Paul saw that the crippled man had faith to be healed
He who endures to the end
Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it
These are examples of being saved - Sozo - made whole, delivered
through God’s deliverance the devil’s work is destroyed
All these miracles are the work of salvation also
These miracles are received in the same way as being saved from death - By Faith

Salvation is by faith

Believe God - this is righteousness by faith
Believing God always leads to repentance
It is not possible to truly believe God without repenting
You may not be able to repent in your strength
But through believing Him You can
Everything we receive from God, we receive by faith
This is part of “Biblical Salvation”

Salvation is receiving Christ by faith

and following Christ by faith
So Biblical Salvation is not only being saved from eternal death in hell
It is also the condition of living for Jesus on earth
It is also being in the position of receiving God’s providence through faith daily in our lives
salvation from sickness
salvation from poverty
salvation from emotional impulses
salvation from oppression
salvation from despair and hopelessness
salvation to victory
salvation to reigning with Jesus
salvation to power over our own selves
salvation to fulfil God’s purpose
Acts 10:31–37 NKJV
31 and said, ‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard, and your alms are remembered in the sight of God. 32 Send therefore to Joppa and call Simon here, whose surname is Peter. He is lodging in the house of Simon, a tanner, by the sea. When he comes, he will speak to you.’ 33 So I sent to you immediately, and you have done well to come. Now therefore, we are all present before God, to hear all the things commanded you by God.” 34 Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. 35 But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him. 36 The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ—He is Lord of all— 37 that word you know, which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee after the baptism which John preached:
Acts 10:36 NKJV
36 The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ—He is Lord of all—
Acts 2:39 NKJV
39 For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”
This promise of salvation is for you, and those that are far off
all of us know people who are “far off” today
People we know and love, but are lost “afar off” from God’s salvation
People we don’t know, but who God loves, and are “afar off” from God’s salvation
These people who are “afar off” are doomed to eternal death unless they are saved
There can be nothing more important
what could be more important than life?
How can we say we love God, if we do not love His children who are lost?
What would you do for one who brought back your lost child, and saved them from death?
Even more, what would you do to the one who could have saved you child, but turned away and left him lost?
How can so many people who say they are Christian, live their lives daily consuming the blessings of God without any regard to those lost and perishing souls who will be forever suffering apart from Him?
How can we reconcile our shallow, frivolous lives with the depth of God’s Word and the testimony of the saints who were before us?
You cannot find “Americanized Christianity” or “Selfianity” as I call it, in the book of Acts
James 5:20 NKJV
20 let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.
So this thing called “Biblical Salvation” truly is the result of “turning a sinner from the error of his ways”
And it truly does result in “saving a soul from death”
And you who undertake to do so, will considered wise, and will shine!
Romans 10:13–17 NKJV
13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” 14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!” 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?” 17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Faith comes by Hearing

So is anyone proclaiming
1trav•el \ˈtra-vəl\ verb
-eled or -elled; -el•ing or -el•ling \ˈtra-və-liŋ, ˈtrav-liŋ\ [Middle English travailen, travelen to torment, labor, strive, journey, from Anglo-French travailler] verb intransitive 14th century
1 a: to go on or as if on a trip or tour: JOURNEY
b (1): to go as if by traveling: PASS 〈the news traveled fast〉
(2): ASSOCIATE 〈travels with a sophisticated crowd〉
c: to go from place to place as a sales representative or business agent
2 a (1): to move or undergo transmission from one place to another 〈goods traveling by plane〉
(2): to withstand relocation successfully 〈a dish that travels well〉
b: to move in a given direction or path or through a given distance 〈the stylus travels in a groove〉
c: to move rapidly 〈a car that can really travel〉
3: to take more steps while holding a basketball than the rules allow verb transitive
1 a: to journey through or over
b: to follow (a course or path) as if by traveling
2: to traverse (a specified distance)
3: to cover (an area) as a commercial traveler—travel light: to travel with a minimum of equipment or baggage
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