THE BIBLE PLAN OF SALVATION

On the Day of Pentecost, the Apostle Peter preached the first gospel sermon. As Peter preached that marvelous message, the Holy Ghost pricked the hearts of sinners with conviction and they cried out, "Men

and brethren, what shall we do?" (Acts 2:37 ) . In response to their question, Peter, with the endorsement of the other Apostles, proclaimed the New Testament plan of salvation:

"Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." (Acts 2:38 )

This is the original New Testament plan of salvation preached and taught by the apostles. God has never changed His plan of salvation. It is still the same today.

THE KEYS OF THE KINGDOM

Jesus had given to the Apostle Peter the "keys of the Kingdom"

(Matthew 16:19 ) . Peter was to have the privilege of opening the door of the Kingdom to both Jews and Gentiles in the new age. Peter first used the "keys of the Kingdom" on the Day of Pentecost, when he preached the gospel to the Jews (Acts 2) . At the close of his Pentecostal message, Peter set forth the New Testament plan of salvation. Peter thus opened the door to the Kingdom by presenting the terms of salvation by which people can enter the Kingdom of God . Peter used these "keys of the Kingdom" again when he preached the gospel to the Gentiles at the house of Cornelius (Acts 10) and presented to them the same Bible plan of salvation.

THREE SIMPLE STEPS

Our salvation must be "built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone"

(Ephesians 2:20 ) . We are saved only by grace through faith in Jesus Christ (Eph 2:8) . Saving faith in Christ includes obedience to the gospel of Christ as preached by His apostles (Matthew 28:19-20;

Luke 24:46-49) . If a person wants to be saved from his sins and become a member of the New Testament church, he must obey the original Bible plan of salvation as given in Acts 2:38 which consist of three simple steps:

(1) Repentance

(2) Water baptism in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins

(3) Receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost.

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