Biblical Doctrines for the believer in Christ
The Biblical doctrines covered below are Salvation, Sanctification,
Justification, Righteousness, and Redemption. These biblical doctrines are
the sonship rights of every believer in Christ. It is important for all
Christians to become thoroughly familiar with these doctrines in order to
stand firm in our daily spiritual warfare against the lies of the evil one
and maintain our true freedom in Christ.
Salvation is the free gift
of God to all those who by faith accept Christ as their Lord and Savior.
Through salvation, we are completely and eternally delivered from the
destruction of sin, sickness and death, through the Crucifixion and
Resurrection of Christ, and are given eternal life. We are
spiritually reborn with the seed of God, and when we receive His Holy
Spirit, we become the sons and daughters of God, sanctified or set apart
for God. We are sanctified by the Holy Spirit, in which we are sealed unto
the day of our complete redemption.
Salvation - Act 4:12 - Neither is there
salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given
among men, whereby we must be saved.
Salvation --1Th 5:9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to
obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
Salvation -- Tit 3:5
- Not by works of
righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved
us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
We are eternally saved solely through
the work of Christ. In our present state, we are kept by the power
of God through faith. (1Pe 1:5
Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to
be revealed in the last time). We continue to seek God's deliverance and
wholeness. The purpose of the Lord is stated in the gospel of
Luk 4:18 - The
Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath
anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal
the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering
of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.
Sanctification - Eph 1:13
- In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of
your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with
that holy Spirit of promise.
Sanctification -- 2Th 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks always
to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the
beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and
belief of the truth:
We are eternally
sanctified by God's Holy Spirit unto our full redemption through Christ
alone. In our present state, we need to sanctify ourselves to God by
renewing our minds to God's Word and allowing our lives to be led by God's
Holy Spirit. This is called "Progressive Sanctification," whereby we
reconcile our lives according to God's truth, since God already reconciled
us to Himself through Christ.
(1Th 4:4 That every one of you should know how to possess
his vessel in sanctification and honour; & 3Jo 1:4 I have no greater joy
than to hear that my children walk in
2Co 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for
Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead,
be ye reconciled to God.
Justification, Righteousness and Redemption
We receive our gift of salvation and are sanctified by God's Holy Spirit at
conversion because we were redeemed by the blood of Christ, in which
we have been justified and declared righteous in the sight of God.
Justification is God’s free gift of
grace; whereby, we are declared free from all of the guilt and
penalty of sin, through the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus
Christ. By this, believers in Christ stand before God
completely justified or blameless, washed and sanctified, and are
given the Righteousness of Christ through God's
free gift of His Holy Spirit, being free from sin and the power of
sin. Justification and Righteousness are solely based on
the work of God’s grace through faith in His Son Jesus Christ, and
by this we have peace with God and life eternal.
all its efforts to secure justification and righteousness
through religious or other standards of conduct will never be
acceptable in the sight of God, for man cannot redeem himself.
Redemption means that we were bought back with a
price through the shed blood of Christ. Since man can do nothing to
save himself from doom, Christ, being perfectly righteous, took the
penalty or paid the price of our sin and redeemed
or rescued us from its curse and saved us. We are now in right standing with God, and
free to live unto God, the Justifier of all those who trust in
Christ. It is only when we live or follow our carnal nature that we
experience broken fellowship with God and a sense of condemnation,
this being our state, but our standing of righteousness before God
is permanent, and a free gift from God, eternal in Christ.
Justification -- Rom 5:18
Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to
condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came
upon all men unto justification of life.
We are eternally justified in our standing before God solely through the
work of Christ. In our present state on earth, when we sin, we
seek God's forgiveness through Christ and remain in fellowship with
Him until our full redemption at Christ's return.
Through repentance (turning away from sin) and turning toward God we
are continually cleansed by the blood of Christ.
(1Jo 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is
in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of
Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin).
Righteousness -- Phi 3:9 And be
found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the
law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the
righteousness which is of God by faith:
We stand eternally righteous before God solely through the work of Christ.
In our present state on earth, until our full redemption, we walk in
the righteousness that has been freely given to us by renewing our
minds to God's Word and allowing ourselves to be led by His Holy
Spirit. We need to put off the "old man" sin nature and put on
the "new man" created in God's righteousness. However, at
Christ's return we will be completely redeemed and will no longer
struggle with the old man nature.
(1Jo 3:7 Little children, let no man deceive
you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is
Redemption -- Eph 1:7 In whom we
have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins,
according to the riches of his grace;
We have been redeemed, or rather bought back "purchased with a price,"
that price being the spilled blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.
1Co 6:20 For ye are bought with a price:
therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are
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