I learned from Robin Sigers that the New Testament tells us that there are 16 things that saves us. Four of those things you do. Actually, you have help in doing them, help from God himself, he is involved in these four things with you. These are not steps of salvation. These are conditions which place us in the very hand of God because of the heart of God who has chosen to save us by grace through faith.
The first condition is FAITH. “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things not seen,” Heb. 11:1. “Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and rewards those who earnestly seek him” Heb. 11:6. What do
you think. Faith is essential. Now God works in our lives so that faith can be instilled in us, faith in God, faith in Jesus the Son of God. Faith that Jesus is the Son of God and that God has raised him from the dead. Faith that holds onto truth, reality, and fact.
Faith is foundational. If we are building a house, faith is the foundation. Everything else it built on it. You got to have faith!
Another condition of salvation, one of those things you are involved in deciding and doing, is REPENTANCE. Jesus told us, “But unless you repent, you too will perish,” and “But unless you repent, you too will perish,” Luke 13:3 & 5.
Repent means to turn, to hate sin and turn away from sin. It’s really that simple. Though understanding and realizing that is simple, a lot of times, it’s not that simple to do. It implies a trust in God because there is going to be a major change in my life.
Since faith is the foundation, repentance is the framing, the 2×4’s and 2×6’s and such. The structure of the house.
I have to turn to God, away from sin, I have to pronounce that I hate sin, I have to tell people that I am a sinner and my heart is conditioned than to receive God’s grace in Jesus Christ.
And I must CONFESS. What must I confess? Usually in church, when someone presents themselves for baptism, we ask them to
confess their faith in Jesus. Often, mostly, we will say the Good Confession, Peter’s confession of Matthew 16:16, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” This is true, but we should be making the Great Confession. Thomas, doubting Thomas made this confession. when Jesus appeared to the disciples a second time, Thomas was with them than and he saw Jesus and said, “My Lord and My God,” John 20:28.
Our confession is commitment. Are we committing to let Christ take control of our lives. With the Great Commission we will.
Faith is the foundation, and repentance is the framing, confession is the outside, the brick, the siding, the stucco of the walls that people see, seeing the beauty of our life in Christ.
The other condition for salvation is BAPTISM. Baptism is immersion, not sprinkling or pouring, or some spiritual symbol, it is literally being immersed under the water.
One of the Biblical uses of Baptism/Immersion is when they would have the cloth and it was grungy looking, they would dip it in a solution and it would come out white as could be. That is the picture we need of baptism. Jesus told his disciples to make disciples and “to baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,” Matt. 28:19. Peter told the people on the day of Pentecost to “repent and be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins,”
Acts 2:38. Peter again tells us that “baptism now saves us, not the washing away of dirt from the body, but an appeal toward God for a clear conscience,” 1 Peter 3:21. Baptism is where, due to the activity of faith, we come into contact with the blood of Jesus and God washes our sins away. It is when salvation begins in my life.
Faith is the foundation, repentance the framing, and confession the outside of the house. Than Baptism is moving into that house. Let’s get a new address and move into heaven not hell.
I want to be saved. These four conditions are what I am involved in as a thinking and choosing person. Choosing faith in Jesus and choosing to obey the God of creation, so that I will come into a personal and loving relationship with a loving and caring Father who wants to live with me. There are other things that save me, God’s grace, standing firm, and more, but there are four things that I am involved in with God whereby I must be saved.