The Basis of Salvation Today

The souls of men hang in the eternal balance, thus, it’s important to give a clear presentation of “the gospel.” It’s amazing how the Holy Spirit sorts through the maze of confusion regarding the various plans of salvation that have been developed and fostered by ‘man’s religion’ over the years. Although all the three (3) plans below contain an element of truth, they leave the door open to mislead the sinner... such that the sinner likely seems to ‘earn his salvation’ by his effort, thus he is either not saved or, not secure in his salvation. The taint of self-effort precludes one’s salvation by “the grace (free gift) of God” (cf. Eph. 2:8-9).

We need to define what is Scriptural versus what is Dispensational.

- Scriptural refers to anything found anywhere in the Bible, the “word of God.”

- Dispensational refers to Bible information that applies ONLY during a particular dispensational age.

Paul, as “the (one) Apostle to the Gentiles” (Rom. 11:13) calls today’s dispensation for the Gentiles; “the dispensation of the grace of God.” (Eph. 3:2). Paul’s gospel is for “all men,” now being called “Gentiles” (cf. Gal 3:28). “For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,” (Ephesians 3:1, cf. 3:1-5)

Paul’s gospel has distinctly different terms of salvation and relationship between God and man versus “the dispensation” of “the Law” that applied from Exodus through the earthly ministry of Jesus of Nazareth, applying to Israel only.

he (Jesus) answered and said, I am not sent but (only) unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” (Matt. 15:24)

Jesus also instructed His Twelve Apostles likewise. “These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: 6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” (Matthew 10:5-6 (KJV)

Do All these ‘SCRIPTURAL’ terms make up the ‘Plan of Salvation’ for Today?

Plan One:

  • Admit you are a sinner (Rom. 3:23).
  • Be willing to turn from your sins (repent) (Matt. 3:2).
  • Believe Jesus Christ died for you on the Cross (I Cor. 15:3).
  • Through prayer, invite Jesus Christ to come in and control your life.

Plan Two:

  • Confess your sins (Mark 1:5).
  • Open the door of your heart so Christ can come in (Rev. 3:20).
  • Believe on Jesus Christ (Acts 16:31).
  • Come forward publicly to receive Jesus as your personal Savior. (Rom. 10:9)

Plan Three:

  • Acknowledge you are a sinner (Rom. 3:23).
  • You must make Jesus Christ Lord of your life (Rom. 12:1).
  • Believe Christ died for you (I Cor. 15:3).
  • Accept Christ as your personal Savior by praying to God.

There are two serious flaws with the above three (3) Scriptural plans.

  1. First, they confuse the terms of salvation under Israel’s “gospel of the Kingdom” with today’s “the gospel of the grace of God,” for all men during todays “dispensation of the grace of God.”
  2. Second, the sinner could easily place his trust in what he has done, rather than that of the Savior.

The DISPENSATIONAL Terms of Salvation, which correctly applies from today to the Rapture:

“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31a, cf. Rom. 4:5), believing Jesus “died for your sins, was buried and rose again” (I Cor. 15:3,4).

The unsaved that we know are dangling over “everlasting destruction” (2Thes 1:9) by one thin thread of today’s limited time of the age of grace, in which men may be saved from God’s wrath. The only sure thing that is standing between them and eternal judgment is the good news of “Christ and Him crucified,” dying “for the sins of the world.”