10. The Experience of Salvation

10. The Experience of Salvation

In infinite love and mercy God made Christ, who knew no sin, to be

sin for us, so that in Him we might be made the righteousness of God. Led

by the Holy Spirit we sense our need, acknowledge our sinfulness, repent

of our transgressions, and exercise faith in Jesus as Saviour and Lord,

Substitute and Example. This saving faith comes through the divine power

of the Word and is the gift of God’s grace. Through Christ we are justified,

adopted as God’s sons and daughters, and delivered from the lordship of

sin. Through the Spirit we are born again and sanctified; the Spirit renews

our minds, writes God’s law of love in our hearts, and we are given the

power to live a holy life. Abiding in Him we become partakers of the

divine nature and have the assurance of salvation now and in the

judgment. (Gen 3:15; Isa 45:22; 53; Jer 31:31-34; Ezek 33:11; 36:25-27;

Hab 2:4; Mark 9:23, 24; John 3:3-8, 16; 16:8; Rom 3:21-26; 5:6-10;

8:1-4, 14-17; 10:17; 12:2; 2 Cor 5:17-21; Gal 1:4; 3:13, 14, 26; 4:4-7; Eph

2:4-10; Col 1:13, 14; Titus 3:3-7; Heb 8:7-12; 1 Peter 1:23; 2:21, 22;

2 Peter 1:3, 4; Rev 13:8.)