God's Plan for Salvation
A short time after the creation of mankind sin entered the world (Genesis 3) which caused a separation between God and mankind. From that time men and women have sinned and fallen short of what God desires us to be (Romans 3: 23). Fortunately, the Heavenly Father designed a plan for every person to be reconciled with Him. Jesus Christ said, “Whoever obeys my word will never see death.” (John 8: 51).
From the day sin entered the world God had a plan to be reunited with his children. God sent his only Son to earth to live a perfect life and to sacrifice himself so that every person can be redeemed and spend eternity with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit for eternity.
The Old Testament is filled with evidence and prophesies of God’s plan to send His son to earth to fulfill His plan for our redemption and salvation (Isaiah 53, Joel 2:28-32, Psalm 16:8-11). The New Testament tells us about Jesus Christ life on earth (John 1:14), that He was born of a virgin (Matthew 1:22), lived a perfect life (I John 3:5), sacrificed his life on a cross (Mark 15), rose from the dead (Luke 24), and returned to Heaven to prepare a place for us to spend eternity with Him (Mark 16:19).
During Jesus Christ’s time on earth, He stated that He was the Son of God and came to provide a path to reconciliation with the Heavenly Father, “I (Jesus) am the way, the truth, and the life. (John 14:6).
Jesus Christ himself told his followers and us what we need to to to be saved. He said that whoever believes in Him will not perish (John 3:16). He told followers to “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near” (Matthew 4:17). Jesus said, “ Whosoever, therefore, shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 10: 32). And shortly before Jesus ascended into Heaven He said. “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned” (Mark 16:16).
In the first days of the church, Peter and the other Apostles began preaching and teaching about the Good News of Jesus Christ and the salvation that could come by following the Savior. The Apostle Peter, in a sermon on the Day of Pentecost, convinced a large group of people that the Jesus who had been crucified was, in fact, the son of God. These people were sorry and asked what they should to be forgiven. Peter told them to “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 2:38).
When Philip, an apostle, was teaching in Samaria the people believed what he told them about Jesus and they were baptized (Acts 8:12). Then the Holy Spirit guided Philip to meet a man known as the Ethiopian Eunuch. The man was reading about the prophecy of the Savior from the Book of Isaiah. After hearing what Philip had to say about Jesus the Eunuch confessed that “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God” (Acts 8:37) and then Philip and the Eunuch “both went down into the water, Philip as well as the eunuch, and he baptized him” (Acts 8: 38).
There are many more examples throughout the New Testament of people learning about the saving power of Jesus Christ. The same plan that Jesus laid out in the four Gospels is available to everyone in today’s world.
We can know by studying the Bible that the Heavenly Father wants us to be redeemed and spend eternity with Him in Heaven. Jesus Christ told us what we need to do in order to be saved. There are many examples of how people responded to the Good News of Jesus Christ throughout the New Testament.
If you would have questions or would like to study about God’s plan of salvation please contact us at any time.