There are five steps of salvation that each of us goes through. Five? This can seem daunting, but don't worry, none of these are hard steps.
I firmly believe that everyone should make firm knowledgeable decisions in every aspect of their lives and salvation is a very important decision. So as I've mentioned there are five step:
In this bible study topic, we will be studying the first two of these steps of salvation.
We are at a very important turning point in our lives...
this point we have heard about of the redemptive act that Jesus Christ
did on the Cross and we know and understand that Jesus did it just to
save us and we are now here at the first of the steps of salvation; Believe.
Hebrews 11:6 " ... he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him"
It is easy to get caught up in the flow of it all and shout on the mountain tops I BELIEVE! But the question still remains, 'What do you believe?' Can you list what you believe? Well after this bible study lesson you will surely be able to.
So, in Hebrews 11:6, we learnt that as we approach him; as we press towards him; as we speak to him in prayer we must believe firstly that 'He is'. Before we even do anything else, we must know without a doubt that he exists.
Second, we must believe that he will reward you when you seek after him.
That you will find out more about Him, that He will give you of His
power and gifts and His fruit when you seek after Him. That he is faithful and true to his word. That he will show up! and when he does ... my oh my, you will never be the same! ( * singing* Oooo Oooo never be the same, by Shana Wilson).
Do you want that change? I do! To be like Christ is my ultimate goal! As we grow closer to him it will take place. My my my, I so want more and more of him. And he promise that he will reward us as we diligently seek him.
Let us now dissect to learn more about this important first of the steps of salvation. Why was is placed first?
Believe comes from the Greek word 'Pisteuo' which means:
So when we say that we Believe, we are in other words saying that we have 'firm persuasion' in every Word spoken by God and we have entrusted our spiritual wellness into the hand of Jesus Christ.
Belief is a very powerful tool. It is actually, the first ingredient in achieving anything in this life and receiving anything from God.
Let me repeat: to receive anything, we must Believe, first.
James 1: 6,7,8 "But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive anything of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways."
On the other end of belief is doubt. Imagine a waves of the sea that goes out, then in; forward then back ward; forward then backward constantly all day, every day. That's a double minded man. That's what doubt does to us when it steps in. It cancels our drive that propels us forward to achieve any goal and before we even releases it, it cause us to loose ground and even go backwards.
Doubt only job is to choke the Word that has been planted in us so that the Word will eventually die. That's why A person filled with doubt cannot receive anything from God because No one can have victory in that condition.
John 1:1 ' In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God'
John 1: 14 ' And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us,(and we beheld his glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
God came to earth and clothed himself in flesh and walked among us. His name was called Jesus which mean Jehovah Saves Us. He felt what it is to have a need; what is to be hungry; what it is to hurt. He identified with us so that when we have a need, we are sure that he will answer because he knows what that need feels like.
Embracing salvation means that you must also believe that Jesus Christ was born of a Virgin. Not a Virtuous Woman, but a Virgin. It may be hard to visualize but this shows us all, how powerful God is! There is nothing impossible with God! We cannot put a limit on his ability in our lives!
Prophesied Isaiah 7: 14
Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel (which means God with us)
Fulfilled in Matt 1: 18 - 23
not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her
is of the Holy Ghost, And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt
call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
He redeem us by dying for our sins, for our healing and for our deliverance.
Prophesied in Isaiah 53: 4 -10
... but he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him: and with his stripes we are healed.
Fulfilled in Matt chapter 26 to chapter 28
Jesus paid the price that we could not pay. We were too far gone. Too wrapped up in Sin. We were doomed. So as Pastor Wintley Phipps said, we restored us. He bought back what first belonged to him because he loved us so much. And he did that by shedding his blood.
He was in the earth three (3) days and three nights, and on the 3rd day he rose again, was seen of many, ascended into heaven and is alive forever.
Matt 28: 6
He is not here: for he is risen as he said. Come see the place where the Lord lay.
Acts 1: 9
And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received out of their sight.
Jesus was the first fruit of them that slept. Being the first fruit does not mean that he was the first to rise from the dead. If that was so then what about the many others in the bible that did rise from the dead, including Lazarus whom Jesus himself rose after four days.
What it means is that he was the first that died and rose and lives forever! Showing us exactly what will happen to us on that glorious day. It give us hope that even if this body dies, we are only sleeping and we shall be risen again to live and reign with him in eternity.
We are God's children, and just as Jesus rose and is alive, we also will be risen also. That self same power that raised Jesus from the dead will raise us up also.
To turn your life around for the better. To perform a miracles in your personality and in your surroundings so that you too can look back at your life in one year and say, look where God has brought me.
Ephesians 3: 20 "Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us"
He is able to do great things in your life. Your strength alone cannot make the changes. If it could, by now the transformation that you've longed for would have taken place already. But God's power can make the changes! His strength is made perfect in our time of weakness.
Do you believe that he is able to do this
John 3: 16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Himshould not perish but have everlasting life."
When you embrace salvation, you also have an opportunity to receive eternal life, through Jesus Christ. Do You believe that he is able to do this?
Acts 1: 11 "this same Jesus, which was taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven"
Believe that this life is not all there is. There is a life after death. That means that we will all live again. Some to a life of joy and peace and some to eternal torment and damnation. But if we believe that Jesus is coming back to reward us for our work here on earth, we will make ourselves ready to receive him.
Do you believe this?
Leave your comments below, then let's mosey on over to the second of the steps of salvation.
The second of the steps of salvation is Confession.
Many are taught that our salvation process ends and begin at the first step, which is to Believe. Boy, are we fooling ourselves. Actually our salvation process has only just begun!
What is Confession really about?
Well, what is Confession really about? Can this step be skipped? Why do we need to lay all our baggage on the table before God? Doesn’t he know about our past already? Let’s see what this scripture for salvation have to say on this matter:
Romans 10:10 "for with the heart man believeth (adheres to, trust in, relies on Christ) unto righteousness ; with your mouth confession ( declares openly and speaks out freely your faith) is made unto salvation"
Before we continue, did you notice what happened in Romans 10 vs 10?
Did you see that these steps of salvation are interlocked? Well look again..
"It is with heart we believe, and with our mouth we confess."
These steps of salvation are like an interlocked chain. None goes without the other. So then salvation is incomplete unless we follow each step. Okay, Okay ( trying to calm my excited self down :) ) Let's move on now:
As we can see, Confession is as important as the first step that you have already taken. With our heart we believe, but it is with our mouth, we confess. As a matter of fact, every one of these steps of salvation is as important as its counterpart. Without Confession our salvation is incomplete.
Let's dig a little deeper to uncover the truth about the power of Confession. Listen to this magnificent definition of Confession:
It is the Outward or Spoken declaration of accepting Jesus Christ as one's Lord and Savior while publicly condemning sin.
When we looked at Believe we realized that our heart must turn to, and rely on Jesus Christ for the deliverance work to begin, but as we look into Confession we realize that we must also declare openly and freely about the transformation that has begun in our hearts.
This does not mean that you gather a pen and a paper and begin listing from birth the things that you have done wrong. That will be quite impossible. It means to acknowledge that you are a sinner and that you've sinned in words, thoughts and deed. And tell and show God that you are sorrowful. Tell him plainly that you are sorry for all that you have done wrong. Then walk and talk, acknowledging that God has begun a wonderful change within you. This is what confession is all about.
I have realized throughout my path of witnessing to others that it has become a comfortable proverb to say ‘Yes I believe on Jesus’. Most persons do not feel compelled or have any interest to go any further.
James 2:19,20: ‘Thou believest that there is one God; thou does well: the devils also believe and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead
Wow! James have some sound words for us all. It shows that belief is not enough for even the devils, (who are the personification of evil, the enemies of God and mankind), they also know and believe that there is a God!
James addressed this matter by saying, believing is good but it is not enough. It must be accompanied with our Works! What are our works? The answer begins with Confession:
……. then Repentance, then Baptism, and then receiving of his Holy Spirit! And that's not the end to our works!
Do you remember the scripture that says ‘Every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess ( Romans 14: 11)? We might have thought that this scripture was written only to the enemies of God but I am using this bible study on salvation as a medium to let all know that this scripture also meant us! None was exempted! Notice, Romans 14: 11 did not say ‘Some’ or ‘Many’. It said what….Every!
So praise God for we are given the opportunity to Confess now unto salvation. For confessing later, will just be a LOT too late.
Let's put it like this: If you are afraid to confess God as your Lord and Savior then He is not your Lord and savior.
Let me give a literally example: Have you ever gotten so embarrassed being around a family member, maybe because they were a BAD singer and they always sang off key? In that very instance if anyone asked your relations, you would think 100 times before you said that you were related in any way... well I know I would. lol
What's the point?
If we are having difficulty confessing Jesus, then that means, we do not want others to know that he is Lord of our lives. We are ashamed or afraid. But Jesus said that if we are ashamed to confess him to others, He will also be ashamed to confess us before His Father.
The Woman of Samaria who met Jesus at the well is our perfect example. When she got just a few minutes alone with him, it was impossible for her to hold her peace! She went running through her village saying ... come see a man!
And because some was in doubt that such a man existed, she took them personally to see for themselves! She was not afraid to be associated with so great a Man and neither should any of us.
The scriptures has identified four main things that we receive when we confess.
Proverbs 28: 13 "He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy"
First we must confess our sins to God so that we can obtain mercy. God does not like pretense. He loves honesty. Your confession to him, is not for him to point fingers back at you. It is for us see ourselves. He promises that when we see our faults and forsake them, he will give us mercy and pardon our sins.
John will give us the second and the third promise:
1 John 1: 9: "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness ( or wrong doings)"
Romans 10:9: That
if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe
in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be
So it Mercy , Forgiveness, Cleansing, and Salvation: all these promised to us in connection with the second steps of salvation.
Did you also realize you see what happened again in Romans 10: 9? The words confession and belief shining through again? I told you the salvation process was interlocked.
Now keep a hold of Proverbs 28: 13 for
the same thing is happening once again but with a different steps of
salvation. Let's go find out.