The Absolute Truth About Salvation

In a prayer to the Heavenly Father, the Lord Jesus Christ said, "Thy word is truth" (John 17:17). The Bible is God's word, and is therefore the absolute truth. In John 8:31-32 Jesus said, "If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." We invite you to freedom. Look up the Bible verses referenced after the following statements, to see that the statements are true.

  1. Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners, not to save people who are self-righteous; there is only one way of salvation found in the Bible, and that is salvation by God's grace through faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ (1 Tim. 1:15; Luke 5:31-32; Eph. 2:8; Rom. 1:16).
  2. Grace means that salvation is not something you earn and deserve, but is rather an undeserved, free gift (Rom. 5:15-21).
  3. Faith is not just a mental belief that a great teacher named Jesus once existed; rather faith is heart belief, that is, trusting in Jesus alone to save us from our sins and from Hell (Rom. 10:9-10).
  4. Salvation is not of works, lest any man should boast (Eph. 2:8-9; Rom. 4:4-5).
  5. Salvation is not by keeping the Ten Commandments or other Bible laws (Rom. 3:28).
  6. God's plan of salvation is called the Gospel, which means good news (Rom. 1:16).
  7. The Gospel is not all the teachings of the Bible, but is the following three basic doctrines: "how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures (1 Cor. 15:1-4).
  8. Faith in the Gospel of Christ implies believing that Christ shed his pure, sinless blood on the cross of Calvary to wash away all our sins, to justify us in God's sight, to redeem our souls, to impute Christ's righteousness to us, to cause God to forgive us of all our sins (past, present and future), and to result in our being spiritually born into the family of God (Rom. 3:24-26).
  9. Salvation is once and forever; it cannot be lost; once saved, always saved (John 3:14-16, 36; 5:24; 6:47; 10:28-30; 11:26).
  10. However, "once saved always saved" does not mean we are given a license to sin; we are not saved to sin, but rather from sin (Rom. 6:1-7).
  11. Repentance is inseparable from faith, and is also necessary for salvation (Luke 13:3-5;).
  12. Repentance is not just turning over a new leaf; true repentance is turning from our sins to God; it is surrendering our souls to God to let God make us new creatures in Christ through the new birth-new creatures with new righteous desires: "ye must be born again" (John 3:1-21; 2 Cor. 5:17; Acts 20:21).
  13. When Christ gives a person eternal life that person knows for sure that he has it; a person that does not know for sure he is saved is not saved (1 John 5:9-13).

Louis A. Turk, B.A., M.Div., Ph.D.


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