A True Believer of Christ

Baptismal Class Lectures

by

Pastor Diosdado E. Tabuena

Acts 16:31

And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

There are many uncertainties we face in this world of sin.  This uncertainty is a result of the depreciating economy, climate change, global warming, scarcity of food, religion, politics, health, life, possessions, future, and many other things which are inevitably declingin and vanishing.

But we thank God for His great love and abudnant grace who saved us according to the praise of His glory and the certainty of the words of truth.  The Apostle Paul declares that any one who believes on the Lord Jesus Christ is…SAVED.

I. A TRUE BELIEVER OF JESUS CHRIST IS SAVED

A. FOR BY GRACE ARE YE SAVED (Eph. 2:8a; Acts 16:31)

1.  Grace – means “unmerited favor”

unmerited – not deserved

favor – a gift or present; something bestowed as evidence of good will: a token of love

2. Salvation by grace is God’s gift.

a. It is the gift of God. (Eph. 2:8d)

b. It’s a gift by grace. (Rom. 5:15)

c. It’s a free gift. (Rom. 5:15)

d. By the righteousness of one (Christ), free gift came upon all men. (Rom. 5:18)

e. For it was paid by Christ (Rom. 6:23)

3. Salvation by grace is God’s gift to the undeserving.

a. For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. (Rom. 3:23)

b. He died for the ungodly. (Rom. 5:6)

c. He died for us when we were yet sinner. (Rom. 5:8)

d. He died for us when we were His enemies. (Rom. 5:10)

e. He died for the chief sinner. (1 Tim. 1:15)

f. He tassted death for every man (Heb. 2:9)

g. He died for our sins (good news!). (1 Cor. 15:1-4)

h. He paid our sins (we are debt-free!). (Rom. 6:23)

i. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew kno sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (2 Cor. 5:21)

4. Salvation by grace brings some changes.

a. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. (Rom. 6:14)

1. From the dispensation of the law to the dispensation of grace. (Rom. 6:14Eph. 3:1-2)

2. From the gospel of the kingdomto the gospel of the grace of God. (Mt. 9:3510:7Acts 20:24)

3. From the twelve apostles to the apostle Paul. (Luke 6:131 Tim. 2:7)

4. Not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ. (Gal. 2:16)

B. THROUGH FAITH (Eph. 2:8b)

1. Through faith – through the faith of Christ (Phil. 3:9)

2. The righteousness of God revealed (Rom. 1:17a)

a. From faith – his faith (Rom. 1:17b; Hab. 2:4)

Man’s faith accompanied by works – the righteousness which is of the works of the law. (Phil. 3:9;Jas. 2:7) — uncertain

b. To faith – the fatih of Christ (Gal. 2:16) Rom. 1:17c; Gal. 2:16

the righteousess of God by fatih  (Phil. 3:9) — sure

To be continued…