• Steve McAtee

Salvation


Day 12 of the 22 Day Salvation Study

Notes compiled by Steve McAtee and Marty Zide


Definition of Method

A means or manner of a procedure, especially a regular and systematic way of accomplishing something. For example, what method do you use for making a pie crust?

The method that God uses to save a person involves three essential ingredients. They have always been present no matter if we are talking Old Testament, New Testament or the present.


1. Salvation is always by blood

There is no salvation without blood. From God’s perspective, any method of salvation that does not contain blood is a false means of salvation and will not save anyone.


Heb. 9:22 - And according to the Law, one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.


Eph. 1:7 - In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.


1 Pet. 1:18-19 - knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of the Messiah.


Rev. 1:5 and from Jesus the Messiah, the faithful witness, the first-born of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us, and released us from our sins by His blood.


Col. 1:19-20 - For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.


Why is blood necessary?

Because that’s what God established as the means for forgiveness.


Leviticus 17:11 - For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement.


We see the truth of the necessity of the blood illustrated throughout the Bible: Adam and Eve, Passover, Jesus


Genesis 3:7 - they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings.

(there’s no blood with fig leaves)


Genesis 3:21 - And the Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them. (there is blood with an animal skin)


Exodus 12:13 - And the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live; and when I see the blood I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.


1 Peter 1:18-19 - knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life... but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of the Messiah.


2. Salvation is always by grace

There is no salvation without grace. From God’s perspective, any method of salvation that is not totally by grace is a false means of salvation and will not save anyone.


Eph. 2:5, 8-9 - Even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Messiah (by grace you have been saved). For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast.


Rom. 3:24 - being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Messiah Jesus.


Eph. 1:7 - In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.


Any amount of works that would be added to salvation would no longer make it salvation by grace. Grace and works cannot be mixed.


Rom. 11:6 - But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace.


Titus 3:5-7 - He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus the Messiah our Savior, that being justified by His grace we might be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.


3. Salvation is always through a person

There is no salvation without a Person. From God’s perspective, any method of salvation that does not include the Messiah Jesus is a false means of salvation and will not save anyone.

One must come to the Father through the Messiah Jesus. All attempts to get to the Father without going through the Son will fail.


John 5:23 - In order that all may honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.


1 John 2:22-23 - Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Messiah? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also.


John 14:6 - Jesus said to him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.


Acts 4:12 - And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved.


1 Thess. 5:9 - For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus the Messiah.


Heb. 5:9 - And having been made perfect, He (Jesus) became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation.


The method that God uses to save a person has never changed. It has always been by blood, by grace, and by the Messiah Jesus. All other methods, suggestions, or ideas that are contrary to God’s Word will fail to save anyone.


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