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Faith as basis of salvation

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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 NIV
“See, the enemy is puffed up; his desires are not upright— but the righteous person will live by his faithfulness—

The faith of Abraham and other individuals

Genesis 15:6 NIV
Abram believed the Lord, and he credited 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 NIV
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”
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Salvation through faith alone

Ephesians 2:8–9 NIV
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can 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 NIV
Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation—if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.
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Saving faith shows itself in action

James 2:14 NIV
What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them?

Blessings of salvation received through faith

Justification and peace with God

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Forgiveness

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Victory over death

John 11:25–27 NIV
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”

Adoption into God’s family

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The gift of the Holy Spirit

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Jesus Christ in the heart

Ephesians 3:17 NIV
so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,

Protection through God’s power

1 Peter 1:5 NIV
who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.

Access to God

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Sanctification

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

New life

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

Eternal life

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