part of the what is truth? series

If the message of God’s word is mankind’s redemption and salvation, shouldn’t it include information about what saves you? This is a really BIG question with an eternally-weighted answer. Unfortunately, we can find lots of different answers out there among different church leaders and religious “experts”.

When it comes to what saves you there is actually little consensus. Some will highlight one thing or another. Maybe “grace” or “love” as we see in popular music lyrics. Regardless of what others think, let’s examine what God’s word has to say about what saves you.

There’s only grace
There’s only love
There’s only mercy and believe me it’s enough
Your sins are gone
Without a trace
There’s nothing left now
There’s only grace

how Scripture answers "What saves you?"

If we are to follow all Scripture without Scripture weighting, we understand that our salvation is not simply one thing. It’s not grace3 (alone). It’s not faith1,2 (alone). It’s not baptism5 (alone). It’s all of these and more4,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19!! All of these have a part in what saves you; without any one you are not saved.

Yes, what saves you is all made possible and starts with God’s grace3. Specifically, the gift of His Son1,17,18,19. However, that gift can be accepted (or rejected) by belief2,4,12,18,19 in Him. We also see the necessity for obedience to His word1,2,3,6,8,9,11,12,13,14,15,16,17. We see the working/setting apart by the Holy Spirit7,8,13,14. We also repeatedly see the critical role that baptism plays5,15. By the way, it’s never presented as anything optional or ceremonial. Along with belief and confession2 with an open heart10, it is one of the very first acts of obedience4,7,8,15. Just as Paul emphasizes grace in one passage3, Peter (and Jesus15) emphasizes baptism in another5.

God has made provision for our salvation1,2,3,6,7,8,10,14,16,17,18 to all the world; things we can only understand from His word2,9,10,11,13,16. It’s up to each of us to respond1,2,3,4,5,6,8,9,10,11,13,14,15,16,18,19.

the answer above is built on and footnoted with the following scripture-blocks

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