The Plan of Salvation is a Pattern
In building a HOUSE, we must first have a plan, a
blueprint. The plan must be approved by the building department. Then we follow
the plan, the pattern, to complete the HOUSE.
In the same way, in becoming a Christian, we must
first have a plan. The plan must be approved by the building department: The
Word of God. Then we follow the plan, the pattern, to complete the project of
becoming a Christian.
All of the following steps in the pattern of the Plan
of Salvation are clearly taught in the Book of Acts by the many examples of
conversion and in other New Testament books.
We are to:
· Hear the Word of God preached and understand it Romans 10:14
How then shall they
call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe
in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a
· Believe it Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
· Repent of our past sins Luke 13:5 "I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.” and Acts 2:38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized
in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; ..." and Acts 3:19 Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out...
· Confess Jesus, the Christ , IS the Son of the
Living God Matt. 10:32 “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven."
· Be baptized (immersed) for the forgiveness of those
past sinActs 2:38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized
in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins..." and
1 Peter 3:20, Acts 8:36, and Acts 10:47.
· Arise from the watery grave of baptism to walk in
NEWNESS of lifeRomans 6:3-4 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?
Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just
as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so
we also should walk in newness of life.
· Then be faithful until death, asking God’s forgiveness
for our sins along the way Revelation 2:10 Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some
of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have
tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the
crown of life.
· Realizing all the while that we are saved by the grace
of God through faith
· Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through
faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.
During the HOUSE building process there are
inspections to make sure the HOUSE is being built according to the plan
submitted. The same with the Christian: We have Bible studies and sermons to
encourage us to follow the pattern and to grow in maturity. At the completion of the HOUSE, there is a
FINAL INSPECTION. The same with the Christian: There is a Judgment Day, a final
inspection, when the Book of Life is opened. (Rev. 20).
Judgment Day isn’t just for Christians; it’s for
everyone. Are we going to do things OUR way? Or God’s way? Will we follow the
Pattern, the RIGHT pattern? In the right spirit? Or will we be told: “Depart
from me. I never knew you. You have failed the Final Inspection.”
Some people build without a permit; they have a plan,
their OWN plan: “I’m gonna do things MY way.”
Listen to Matthew 7:21 - 27
who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does
the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.22 “Many
will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and
in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23 “And
then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART
FROM ME, YOU WHO
PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’ 24 “Therefore
everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a
wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 “And
the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that
house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. 26 “Everyone
who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish
man who built his house on the sand. 27 “The rain fell, and the
floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and
great was its fall.”
Psalm 127:1 says: “Unless the LORD
builds the HOUSE,
They labor in vain who build it; …..”
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