THE BIBLE PLAN OF SALVATION
heartfelt repentance is the first step in the plan of
salvation. Jesus said, "Except ye repent, ye shall
all likewise perish" (Luke 13:3) .
Paul declares, that God
all men every where to repent" (Acts
The message of repentance is to be preached to all nations.
Jesus said that "repentance and remission of sins
should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning
at Jerusalem " (Luke 24:47) .
There can be no experience of true Bible salvation without
genuine repentance. Repentance must come first.
FROM SIN TO GOD
is a turning away from all sin. The Bible declares,
"He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but
whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy"
(Proverbs 28:13) . Godly
sorrow for sin is the only motivating force for real
repentance. "For godly sorrow worketh repentance
to salvation" (II Corinthians 7:10
also means turning to God in faith, praying for forgiveness
and cleansing from all sin. The repentant person confesses
to God that he is a sinner and asks for forgiveness.
In turn, God promises to forgive and abundantly pardon
when a person fully repents. The Old Testament contains
this wonderful promise: "Seek ye the LORD while
he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous
man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD,
and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for
he will abundantly pardon. (Isaiah 55:6-7).
The New Testament makes a similar promise
to the church today. "If we confess our sins, he
is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to
cleanse us from all unrighteousness"
TO SELF TO SIN
gospel is the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus
Christ. The Apostle Paul said, "I declare unto
you the gospel....by which also ye are saved....how
that Christ died for our sins....and that he was buried,
and that he rose again the third day according to the
Corinthians 15:1-4) . We must obey Christ's
gospel, or follow Christ's pattern, in order to be saved.
-18; 10:16 ;
Thessalonians 1:8; 1 Peter 4:17)
must experience a death, a burial, and a resurrection.
In the act of repentance we die out to sin, the world
and self (Romans 6:2) and
we ask Jesus Christ to become the Lord of our life.
In God's order, repentance must procede water baptism
and the receiving of the Holy Ghost. Before there can
be either a burial or a resurrection, there must first
be a death.