Salvation is by grace, through faith in Christ’s death for sins, burial, and resurrection three days later according to the Scriptures1.
God the Father’s Involvement in Salvation
God the Father is the one that forgives the trespasses and sins of the believers on the basis of Christ’s cross work2.
He imputes Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection to the believers, thus He imputes the believers to be righteous3, counting the believers to have died with Christ and to have been raised with Christ 4.
God the Father seals the believers in Christ by the Holy Spirit5.
The Son’s Involvement in Salvation
God the Son, in his humanity, was separated both spiritually from God for three hours on the cross and physically from His human body. His death, burial and resurrection are imputed to believers; therefore, making the believer righteous before God the Father6 and giving them access to Him7.
His physical death
His spiritual death
His spiritual death dealt with the sin nature of man10. The sin nature was a result of Adam’s trespass and was passed on to all men.
His work on the Cross
His work provided a position, for the believers, in a new creation by God, which is the Christ 11.
Salvation is solely based upon the work of Christ that is imputed to the believers12.
Christ is the propitiation (satisfaction) for believers to God the Father13.
The Holy Spirit’s Involvement in Salvation
The Holy Spirit applies the work of Christ to believers. The baptizing work of the Holy Spirit is how believers are placed into the body of Christ14.
He regenerates believers15.
He indwells believers16.
He is a down payment to believers as a guarantee of the full salvation that they will receive17.
He convinces (convicts) unbelievers regarding sin, righteousness and judgment18.
Man’s Involvement in Salvation
To gain salvation in the Dispensation of Grace men must take the God given faith and direct it at Christ through the gospel for salvation, which is, Christ died for their sins according to the Scriptures, was buried and rose again on the third day according to the Scriptures19. Salvation cannot be lost20. Salvation is neither gained by the work or self-righteousness of man nor, kept by the work or self-righteousness of man21.
Application of Salvation
When someone believes the Gospel for salvation, 22 that person is placed into the Body of the Christ by the Holy Spirit23. Christ’s death, burial and resurrection are imputed to the believer24. He or she becomes a legitimate child of God and is placed as a mature son25. Christ’s righteousness is imputed to the believer making that believer righteous before God26. God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit all indwell the believer27. The believer receives a new nature and can therefore live a life unto God28.
A Christian’s Present Condition
When salvation is applied to a person, that person is saved in his or her spirit29. The body and soul are not saved at this time30. The Holy Spirit is given as a down payment of this full salvation that will come at the appearance of our Lord Christ Jesus31. Christians have all they needed to live out a God quality of life 32.
The Tenses of Salvation
Relating to time there are three tenses of salvation. A believer was saved at the time of believing the Gospel for salvation, lives out that salvation in present time and will receive the full redemption of the body and soul at the time of Christ return for the Church.
Past Tense Salvation:
A believer is saved by directing God given faith at the Gospel for salvation33. The believer is placed into the body of Christ at this time and is therefore guaranteed full salvation. The Spirit is the only part of man that is saved at this time. The believer awaits the full redemption of their body and soul at the rapture.
Present Tense Salvation:
This involves the living out of salvation in the believer’s life. The believer actively lives out the Christian life. This is not a continuation of salvation but a result from past tense salvation with the believer is living from his or her position in Christ34. During this time, the Christian may pass into the presence of the Lord and await the completion of his or her salvation.
Future Tense Salvation:
This is the completion of the redemption of the body and soul, which was guaranteed at the time the believer directed faith at Christ through the Gospel for salvation. This is not a continuation of salvation but the completion of the salvation that was given in past tense salvation. At this time, the believer received full redemption. The believer receives a resurrected body and a redeemed soul. This, along with the saved spirit that the believer already possesses, constitutes the believer’s full salvation. This takes place at the rapture35.
2 Colossians 2:12, 13; 1 John 1:9
3 Romans 4:6, 24
4 Romans 6:3-5
5 2 Corinthians 1:21, 22
6 Romans 4:23-5:2; Isaiah 53:6 (deaths in Hebrew)
7 Romans 5:2
8 2 Corinthians 5:18-20; Romans 5:11(in the Greek); Colossians 1:20
9 Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:14; Romans 3:24; 2 Peter 2:1
10 Romans 6:10
112 Corinthians 5:17
12 Galatians 2:16
13 1 John 2:2
14 1 Corinthians 12:13
15 Titus 3:5; 1 Corinthians 12:13
16 Romans 8:9
17 Ephesians 1:13, 14; 2 Corinthians 1:22; 2 Corinthians 5:5
18 John 16:7-11
18 Ephesians 2:8,9; 1 Corinthians 3:5; Philippians 1:29;1 Corinthians 15:1-4
20 Romans 8:38, 39
21 Titus 3:5; Romans 3:28
22 1 Corinthians 15:1-4
23 1 Corinthians 12:12,13
24 Romans 6:2-4
25 1 John 3:9; Ephesians 1:5
262 Corinthians 5:21;Romans 3:22
27 1 Thessalonians 1:1; 2 Thessalonians 1:1; 1 John 4:15, 16; Colossians 1:27; Romans 8:11
28 Ephesians 4:24; Colossians 3:10; 2 Peter 1:4
29 1 John 3:5,6 (water even spirit in the Greek)
30 1 Peter 1:9; 1 Corinthians 15:52; Romans 8
31 1 John 3:2; Ephesians 1:14; 2 Corinthians 5:5
32 2 Peter 1:3
33 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 ; Ephesians 2:5, 8
34 1 Corinthians 1:18; 2 Corinthians 2:15
35 1 Corinthians 15:40-49; 1 Peter 1:9