Bible Study

Passport To Salvation

	If you want to travel to a particular place, the best
approach is to consult a map, or speak with someone who 
can give you directions.  If you plan on reaching your 
destination, however, you will need reliable information.  
If your course is clearly charted, and easy to follow, you 
will achieve success.  
	Many people want to find God, but they don't know 
precisely how to get to Him.  Depending on whom you ask, 
your directions may vary greatly.  For reliable 
information, we must go to the scriptures.  

	John 14:5-6
5	Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou 
goest; and how can we know the way? 
6	Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and 
the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. 

	The words of Jesus are clear and concise.  Many 
people believe in God, and most of them believe in the 
same God, but not everyone believes that Jesus is the only 
way to reach God.  Yet the bible states this in John 14:6.  
If Jesus is the way (route to take) to get to God, then we 
must follow him if we want to reach God.  Jesus followed 
God's plan for making salvation available to mankind.  

	Romans 3:21-25
21	But now the righteousness of God without the law is 
manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; 
22	Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of 
Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for 
there is no difference: 
23	For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of 
24	Being justified freely by his grace through the 
redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 
25	Whom God 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; 

	The means by which we can reach God, is through the 
faith of Jesus Christ.  None of us are able to obtain 
salvation by our own works or goodness.  We have all 
sinned and come short of the glory of God.  Jesus was set 
forth by God to be the payment for all of the sins of 

	Romans 4:22-25
22	And therefore it was imputed to him for 
23	Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it 
was imputed to him; 
24	But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we 
believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the 
25	Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised 
again for our justification. 

	Jesus Christ was tortured and crucified.  He died and 
remained dead until he had paid for all of the offenses of 
man.  Then, God raised him from the dead.  We have access 
to God because of the price Jesus paid for us.  God 
credits us with righteousness if we believe the truth set 
forth in the above verses in Romans.  We can not earn our 
salvation.  We can only accept God's gracious gift.  The 
bible summarizes the actions which God requires of us in 
order to receive salvation.  We must also gain an 
understanding of exactly what salvation means.  So far, we 
have seen a glimpse of God's plan, and how Jesus Christ 
fulfilled that plan.  Jesus said that he is the way (road) 
to reach God.  He also said he is the truth and the life.  
He is the way because he gave his life and paid for all of 
our offenses.  The truth of what he did and what God did 
through him is worthy of much study.  The life is eternal 
life, and is part of what Jesus paid for when he suffered 
and died, and the proof of God's power to give this life 
came when He raised Jesus from the dead forever!  As you 
will see, it is not enough to believe in the death of 
Jesus, God requires us to believe in the resurrection of 

	Romans 10:9-10
9	That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord 
Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath 
raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 
10	For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; 
and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 

	We assert that Jesus is Lord, This is basically a 
verbal covenant or promise.  In addition to this, you must 
truly believe that God raised Jesus from the dead.  The 
bible contains many scriptures, some of which we will 
read, which will help you become convinced regarding the 
resurrection of Jesus Christ.  If you are seeking to know 
God, you will be filled.  God will work with you and 
enlighten your understanding.  
	When you say that Jesus is Lord, you are committing 
yourself to a new life.  Because of the life which Jesus 
lived while he was on earth, you are willing to work 
toward changing your life to be more Christ-like.  Don't 
worry, remember that God knows we are imperfect and that 
we will falter as we live in this world.  Our job is to 
put forth an effort to become more and more like Jesus 
Christ in our thoughts and actions.  But, being human and 
having a sin nature, we must rely on the grace of God and 
the righteousness paid for by Jesus Christ.  That's why we 
must, with our hearts, believe unto righteousness.  We try 
to live our lives according to God's commandments, but 
when we fall short, we remind ourselves that our 
righteousness is not based on our own works, but on the 
accomplished work of Jesus Christ.  

	2 Corinthians 5:21
21	For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no 
sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in 

	Jesus never sinned.  He was tempted just as we are, 
but he resisted the devil and remained pure in all things.  
If this is so, how did he become sin for us?  He did it by 
suffering the consequences of sin.  

	Romans 6:23
23	For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is 
eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

	Galatians 3:13
13	Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, 
being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is 
every one that hangeth on a tree: 

	There are many more scriptures which we will deal 
with in other studies which elaborate on the conflict 
between the sin nature of our flesh versus the 
righteousness we receive when we are saved.  But before we 
complete this study, we will cover some additional verses 
concerning the resurrection of Jesus, and we will also 
summarize exactly what happens when we receive salvation.  

	Matthew 12:40
40	For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the 
whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and 
three nights in the heart of the earth. 

	Jonah 2:10
10	And the LORD spake unto the fish, and it vomited out 
Jonah upon the dry land. 

	Matthew 16:21
21	From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his 
disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer 
many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, 
and be killed, and be raised again the third day. 

	Mark 8:31
31	And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must 
suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of 
the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after 
three days rise again. 

	Matthew 28:5-6
5	And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear 
not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was 
6	He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, 
see the place where the Lord lay. 

	Colossians 2:12
12	Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen 
with him through the faith of the operation of God, who 
hath raised him from the dead. 

	Jesus was dead and remained so for three days and 
three nights.  But God raised him from the dead and he 
will never die again!  We must identify with Jesus Christ 
and accept the new life which God gives us when we believe 
the scriptures.  

	John 3:16
16	For God so loved the world, that he gave his only 
begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not 
perish, but have everlasting life. 

	Just as Jesus Christ was raised from the dead and was 
given a spiritual body, so we receive spirit when we 
confess Jesus as Lord and believe that God raised him from 
the dead.  It is for this reason that God's gift of 
salvation is called being born again.  

	John 3:3
3	Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I 
say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see 
the kingdom of God. 

	1 Peter 1:23
23	Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of 
incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and 
abideth for ever. 

	When you accept God's gracious gift of salvation 
through Jesus Christ, you are born again of God.  You 
receive eternal life.  We will have to delve into the 
details concerning this new birth in another study.  As I 
stated earlier, when you make Jesus your Lord you are 
accepting the challenge of changing your life.  Now, 
knowing that you are literally receiving a new life seed 
from God, you can see that you literally are changed 
within, and your task is to change your lifestyle to 
coinside with the newness of life which God has placed 
within you.  Before we close this study, we will see 
exactly what this new seed of life is which God gives us 
when we are saved.

	Ephesians 1:12-14
12	That we should be to the praise of his glory, who 
first trusted in Christ. 
13	In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word 
of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after 
that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of 
14	Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the 
redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of 
his glory. 

	To be born again is to receive incorruptible seed, 
which is everlasting life.  This new life is holy spirit.  
God places His seal with in you.  You have holy spirit and 
are God's child.  Our identification with Jesus Christ is 
complete!  Jesus is the only begotten son of God.  But by 
God's abundant love and grace, when we are born again, we 
too become children of God.  
	Our salvation is much more than a legal substitution.  
It is a full sharing in the riches which are bestowed upon 
a member of God's family.  No treasure of this world is 
remotely comparable to the inheritance in God's family.  
As we search the scriptures, we will begin to see some of 
the blessings which God, our father has for us.  As we 
learn more about Jesus Christ, we will learn more about 
ourselves and as we strive to become more like Jesus, we 
will see our lives changing to become more and more like 
the new life which God has created within us.  

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