What Saves the Believer

Can any of these be excluded? Also recognize that each of these work in specific ways from God in Christ. For instance, “the grace of God that brings salvation,” and grace is not the source of salvation — Jesus is the source of salvation (Titus 2:11; Heb 5:8–9).

  • God (2 Timothy 1:8–9)
  • Jesus (Matthew 1:21, 1 Timothy 1:15)
  • The Holy Spirit (John 3:5; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; Titus 3:5)
  • Grace (Ephesians 2:8)
  • Blood of Christ (Romans 5:9)
  • Jesus’s Name (Acts 4:12)
  • Jesus’s Life (Romans 5:10)
  • The Gospel (Romans 1:16; 1 Corinthians 1:18, 15:1–2; 2 Thessalonians 2:13)
  • The Implanted Word (James 1:21)
  • Faith (Acts 16:31; Romans 1:16; 10:9–10; 1 Peter 1:9)
  • Obedience (Matthew 7:21; Hebrews 5:9; 1 Peter 1:21)
  • Works (Philippians 2:12; James 2:24)
  • Loving God and others (John 14:21–24)
  • Confession of Faith (Romans 10:9–10)
  • Repentance (2 Corinthians 7:10)
  • Baptism (Mark 16:16; 1 Peter 3:21, cf. Acts 2:38; 22:16)
  • Doctrine (1 Timothy 4:16)
  • Evangelism (Romans 10:13–14; 11:14; 1 Corinthians 1:21; 7:16, 9:22; James 5:20)

How is one saved?

Faith is essential to baptism and salvation follows both (Mark 16:16). Confession of this faith is necessary too (Rom. 10:9-10, Acts 8:37). Christ’s Spirit teaches that repentance must come before baptism (Acts 2:38). Baptism is the moment when sins are washed away (Acts 22:16).