This is an overview of what the Bible says about Salvation. Salvation is not something that just happens in moment in your life; it is more of a process. We’re going to look at the parts of that process in this sermon.
Step 4: Saved (Acts 16:31): Born Again (John 3:3): Justified (Galatians 2:16). … This is where many of us start to learn about salvation. However it is not the first step of the process. … Some people will say they’ve always been a Christian, but that is not an accurate statement. There is a moment for all of us where we are “saved”. It doesn’t matter if you can’t remember that moment. What does matter is what you believe now.
The roots of salvation:
Step 3: Conviction (1 Thess 1:5): Draw (John 6:44): Call (1 Cor 1:9). … God might be calling or drawing you to Him right now.
Step 2: Jesus (1 Peter 1:18-20) … God knew we would need a savior and planned to send Jesus before He even created the universe.
Step 1: Predestination (Ephesians 1;5; Acts 13:48): Elect: Chose … This is a tricky topic. The Bible teaches predestination, but it also teaches the responsibility of individuals to accept the Salvation offered. 1 Timothy 2:4 tells us God wants everyone to come to knowledge of the truth. 1 Peter 1:2 seems to connect predestination with the foreknowledge that God would have.
Step 5:Sanctified (2 Thess 2:13): Grow (1 Peter 2:2) … This is after the moment of Saving and continues throughout our life. We are to grow in our salvation. When we are justified, we are declared righteous and saved from the penalty of sin. When we are sanctified, we become righteous and are saved from being slaves to sin. This process takes time though.
Step 6: Glorified (Colossians 3:4) … This is where salvation is completed. Every bit of us will be saved: our souls and our bodies.
In Romans 8:28-34 Paul ties all of these together.
We looked at these steps or stages out of order first. Here they are in order.
Predestination, Elect, Chose … God’s foreknowledge of everything makes those who accept Salvation the “elect”
Jesus … Jesus came to Earth and died as the final sacrifice for our sins.
Conviction, Draw, Call … The Holy Spirit convicts us of our sins and we are drawn or called to salvation.
Saved, Born Again, Justified … We accept the forgiveness offered and are saved from the penalty of sin as new creations (born again) who are declared to be justified.
Sanctified, Grow … After accepting the salvation, the process of sanctification begins. This is where we grow in our faith and knowledge and work our way to becoming more righteous.
Glorified … Our souls and bodies become glorified and our salvation is complete.