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For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.

Ephesians 2:8-9

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Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.

Regeneration, or the new birth, is a work of God's grace where believers become new creatures in Christ Jesus. It is a change of heart caused by the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin. We respond in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Repentance is a genuine turning from sin toward God. Faith is the acceptance of Jesus Christ and commitment of the entire personality to Him as Lord and Savior. Both repentance and faith are necessary for new birth--they cannot be separated.

Justification is God's gracious and full acquittal upon principles of His righteousness of all sinners who repent and believe in Christ. Justification brings the believer unto a relationship of peace and favor with God.

Sanctification is the experience, beginning in regeneration, by which the believer is set apart to God's purposes, and is enabled to progress toward moral and spiritual maturity through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in him. Growth in grace should continue throughout the regenerate person's life.

Glorification is the culmination of salvation and is the final blessed and abiding state of the redeemed.

Supporting Scripture References

Genesis 3:15 Acts 17:30-31 Ephesians 1:7
Exodus 3:14-17 Acts 20:32 Ephesians 2:8-22
Exodus 6:2-8 Romans 1:16-18 Ephesians 4:11-16
Matthew 1:21 Romans 2:4 Philippians 2:12-13
Matthew 4:17 Romans 3:23-25 Colossians 1:9-22
Matthew 16:21-26 Romans 4:3ff Colossians 3:1ff
Matthew 27:22-28:6 Romans 5:8-10 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
Luke 1:68-69 Romans 6:1-23 2 Timothy 1:12
Luke 2:28-32 Romans 8:1-18,29-39 Titus 2:11-14
John 1:11-14,29 Romans 10:9-10,13 Hebrews 2:1-3
John 3:3-21,36 Romans 13:11-14 Hebrews 5:8-9
John 5:24 1 Corinthians 1:18,30 Hebrews 9:24-28
John 10:9,28-29 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Hebrews 11:1-12:8,14
John 15:1-16 1 Corinthians 15:10 James 2:14-26
John 17:17 2 Corinthians 5:17-20 1 Peter 1:2-23
Acts 2:21 Galatians 2:20 1 John 1:6-2:11
Acts 4:12 Galatians 3:13 Revelation 3:20
Acts 15:11 Galatians 5:22-25 Revelation 21:1-22:5
Acts 16:30-31 Galatians 6:15
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