Salvationrefers to the process of humans being separated from sins.Biblical-salvation is necessary to every Christian because it enableshim or her to get eternal life or go to Heaven. Human beings arenaturally sinful and ineligible to go to heaven, as well as receiveeternal life. On the hand, every human that has lived on earth willface the ‘final judgment’ that will determine whether he or shewill be eligible to enter the kingdom of Heaven. On the other hand,unqualified persons for eternal life go to Hell. Human beings aresinful and unqualified to go to heaven in their innate state.However, through the established Biblical-salvation, God definesstrategies that humans can use to make God ignore their faults andpermit them to get into heaven. The Bible makes it apparent thatonly God’s grace can grant salvation to humans after accomplishinggiven requirements. Unfortunately, the bible does not outline aformula that humans are supposed to follow for them to be saved. TheGospel of Mark, the Letters of Paul, & the writings of John givevaried definition and perspective of Biblical-salvation.
TheGospel of Mark
Accordingto Mark’s gospel, Jesus intended the gospel to be preached toeveryone: “Andhe said unto them, ‘Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospelto every creature(Mark 16:15).’”The gospel mainly centers on the teachings of Jesus. One of theperspectives that can be derived from the book is that persons whoneither believes in Jesus’ teachings nor baptized, they shall besaved. Universalists who believe that God will save everyone,irrespective of his or her personal beliefs, uphold the viewpoint.The belief is a contradiction to the teachings of Jesus that assertsthat there is only one God, and that people can only receivesalvation through Jesus (Porter, 1999).
Markalso taught that humans could still be saved even if they are notbelievers. The Lutherans and Catholics believe that children arequalified to receive salvation as long as they are baptized. The viewconflicts with the teachings found in the Bible that requires faithfor a person to be saved. In addition, many infants are baptizedthrough sprinkling of water while the Bible advocates full immersionof persons undergoing baptism (Porter, 1999).
TheMarkan Gospel also teaches that believers who are not saved can alsobe saved. Nonetheless, the perception contradicts with the Biblesince Jesus had stipulated, “Hethat believeth and is baptized shall be saved but he that believethnot shall be damned(Mark 3:16).” This implies that complete salvation is attainedafter an individual is baptized and have faith in Jesus’ teachings(Porter, 1999).
Finally,Mark’s Gospel on salvation asserts that humans qualify forsalvation if they believe and are baptized. The perception isprecisely compliant with the Jesus’ biblical teachings onsalvation. Humans are assured of salvation if they comply with theteachings of Jesus and they have faith in him. On the contrary, hewarned his followers that they would be condemned if they failed tohave faith and be baptized (Mark 16: 15-16).
Theletters of Paul
Paulattributes salvation as application of the teachings of Jesus in anindividual’s life. The letters of Paul claim that every Christian,regardless whether he or she believes in Jesus and his teachings, heis saved by the virtual that Jesus Christ died on the cross toharmonize human sins. Christ died in order to save the humans frometernal perishing.”WhomGod hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood,to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past,through the forbearance of God To declare, I say, at this time hisrighteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him whichbelieveth in Jesus(Rm. 3:25).”
Heemphasizes that humans require having faith that would help them tolive a righteous life required to attain eternal life. Since God isrighteous, he sacrificed the life of Jesus Christ as a compensationfor human sins. The atonement is unique because it is available forall, but everyone should have faith that enables Christians tobelieve in God and the resurrection of Christ. “Butfor us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him thatraised up Jesus our Lord from the dead Who was delivered for ouroffences, and was raised again for our justification(Romans4:24-25).”
Lastly,Pauline epistles assert that humans do receive salvation throughconfession. Since every Christian believer is righteous becauseJesus carried away all the human sins, people can express theirfaith, as well as emphasize their salvation through confession. Paulclaimed that the heart believes and acquires righteousness, but therighteousness is converted into salvation after confessing with themouth. “Thatif thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shaltbelieve in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thoushalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousnessand with the mouth confession is made unto salvation (Rom10: 9-10).”
Salvationaccording to the Gospel of John
Thebook of John is a narrow evangelistic book that was intended to bringhumans into salvation. John asserts that humans can attain salvationthrough believing in Jesus. God selected Jesus as the gateway betweenhumans and eternal life, thus everyone must have faith in Jesus forhim or her to attain eternal life. “Verily,verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlastinglife. I am that bread of life(John 6: 47-48).”
Anotherperspective visible in the Gospel of John is that God aloneimplements salvation. Human response does not influence whether anindividual does or does not receive eternal life (Jn: 7:17, 37-388:31, 51 12:36). This implies that God is responsible for givingthe believers eternal life, as well as choosing the electing evennon-believers to receive salvation.
Synthesisof the salvation perspectives in the Pauline Epistles, Markan andJohn Gospel
Inall the Pauline Epistles, Markan and John’s gospel, faith emergesas a common principle for attaining salvation. Mark asserts that thebaptized people should also have belief (have faith) in Jesus forthem o attain eternal life. Similarly, John 3:16 claims that Godtreasured the humankind so much, that he surrendered his only son sothat people who believed in Jesus could attain everlasting life. Paul affirms the significance of faith in salvation as he declaresthat people can only benefit from the universal salvation Jesusintroduced after dying on the cross after acquiring faith.
Second,the gospels agree that God has a role in determining the capacity ofan individual’s capacity to achieve eternal life. As such, God canchoose to give a non-believer eternal life without his or herconsent. The statement is true with contemporary preachers, prophets,evangelists, and miracle doers. The individuals attribute their giftsof healing, cleansing, preaching, and foreseeing, among others to thegrace of God (Porter, 1999). The believers do also pray that God canstrengthen them and protect them from temptations that can misleadthem from the path of the righteous. “Forthe scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for thesame Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him(Roman 10:11-12).”
Third,the gospels agree that humans have a responsibility of invoking Godto give them eternal life. Paul gospels describe salvation asuniversal since Jesus’ death on the cross took away humanity sins.However, individual effort is necessary to acquire God’s salvationgrace. In fact, John stated, "ForGod sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world but thatthe world through him might be saved (John3:17)."
Nevertheless,the gospels differ on the subjects emphasized. For example, theGospel of Mark insists that an individual receives salvation after heorshe has faith in Jesus. In addition, the person is also supposed tobe baptized. Pauline epistles, the Romans, claim that faith is amain component of salvation. This implies that humans must have faithin Jesus for them to follow the regulations Paul defines in theepistles. Lastly, John attributes salvation to believing in Jesus, itdoes not stress on baptism or absolute God’s capacity to giveeternal life to chosen persons (Porter, 1999).
Christiansare obligated to apply faith in their daily life. Faith acts is acatalyst that enables Christians to accomplish great things in life.Humans intending to overcome doubts in life, fears, hurt, and worriessuppress the problems using from faith God provides. The most commoncase of faith in Christian’s life is through healing of chronicdiseases. “Andbe not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewingof your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable,and perfect, will of God. For I say, through the grace given unto me,to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highlythan he ought to think but to think soberly, according as God hathdealt to every man the measure of faith(Rom 12: 2-3).” Several people suffering from incurable diseasesoften seek faith healing. The healing process is free from scientificmedication knowledge. Jesus confirmed that faith healing is possiblethroughout his ministry by conducting miracles such as raisingLazarus from death, Healing Neman’s leprosy, and the woman who wassuffering from hemorrhage for over twenty years. Almost everypreacher presently prays for miraculous healing after preaching thegospel. A good number of preachers claim that they converse with Goddirectly such that they can predict what is happening in anindividual’s life (Porter, 1999). For instance, the preachers claimthat they can tell persons obsessed with demons or individuals whoare presently undergoing extreme suffering. The capacity to heal,perceive the suffering of other people, and cursing or blessing givenpersons are modern human applications of faith.
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