What Does the Bible Say about Salvation?
Some individuals and groups claim that the salvation coming by God is accomplished by a singular thing such as grace, belief, or faith. The Bible refutes such teaching. Salvation absolutely includes these items and they are integral to it, however, considering the full scope of the teachings of Jesus, shared by Himself and the Holy Spirit through the apostles and prophets, a much clearer picture is displayed. Neither by grace, belief, or faith alone shall man be saved.
According to the Bible Man is saved by:
Matthew 10:22, 2 Timothy 2:10 – Endurance for self and others
Matthew 19:23-26 – Impossible by man, but possible through God.
Mark 16:16 – Belief and baptism
Luke 1:77 – knowledge
Luke 8:12 – Hearing, believing in their hearts
Luke 9:24 – Losing one’s life for Christ’s sake
Luke 9:56, John 12:47, Acts 4:12, I Thessalonians 5:9, I Timothy 1:15 – by Christ
Luke17:33 – losing life
John 3:16-17, Acts 16:31 – Believing in Christ
Acts 2:21 – Calling on the name of the Lord
Acts 11:14, I Corinthians 1:21, I Corinthians 15:2 I Corinthians 9:18-22 – by words; preaching
Acts 15:11, Ephesians 2:5 – through grace of Jesus
Acts 28:28 – Salvation of God
Romans 1:16, Ephesians 1:13, Ephesians 6:17 – through the Word of God
Romans 8:24 – Hope
Romans 10:9-10 – Confessing Jesus as Lord and Belief in heart of resurrection
2 Corinthians 7:10 – Repentance
Ephesians 2:8 – Grace through faith by God
Philippians 1:19 – Through prayer of saints and provision of Christ
Philippians 2:12 – fear and trembling
2 Thess. 2:10 – receiving the love of the truth
2 Thessalonians 2:13 – God’s choice, sanctification by Spirit, belief of truth.
I Timothy 4:16 – Self examination and attention to the gospel
2 Timothy 1:9 – According to purpose and grace of God given by Jesus
2 Timothy 3:15 – through faith
Titus 2:11 – God’s Grace
Titus 3:5 – According to mercy by washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost
Hebrews 5:9 – Obedience
Hebrews 7:25 – by coming to God by Jesus
James 1:21 – laying aside filthiness and evil and humbly receiving God’s Word
James 5:20 – turning from sin
I Peter 1:5 – Power of God through Faith
I Peter 3:21 – baptism
2 Peter 3:15 – the Longsuffering of the Lord
Jude 1:23 – by keeping from sin of the flesh
These intertwined conditions can be summed up appropriately by establishing that through God’s grace given in Christ man has the gift of salvation by: Hearing the word, believing the word, confessing Jesus as their Lord, Repenting of their Sins, being baptized for forgiveness of sins, and living faithfully in obedience to the Word which has been given. No single aspect of salvation can stand on its own and bring man to the presence of God.