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Vol.  10  No. 6 June 2008  Page 13
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Ernest Underwood

A Moment of Reflection


By Ernest S. Underwood

    When a person is saved, he is added by the Lord to the body of Christ—the church. What must one do to be saved, so that the Lord will add him to the church?

    The first thing that we should notice is that there is no one thing alone by which we are saved. We hear much today about being saved by “faith only” or “alone” and about being saved by “grace only.” Common sense would tell us that if we are saved by faith only, then the grace of God could not be involved in our salvation. Do this, if you will. If your preacher has a standard biblical concordance, or if you have one of your own, then look up the words save, saved and salvation. Jot down everything that you find in the passages listed in that concordance to which salvation is attributed, and you will be amazed at how many things are involved in one’s salvation. The most impressive thing that you will notice is that there is nothing “alone” to which it is attributed. This writer used Young’s concordance and has found at least twenty-three things, with a possibility of three other things. In the following list, please read each reference in its entirety. After you have done so, honestly ask yourself if there is any one of those things that can be eliminated as one seeks the salvation that God so freely gives. The list is divided into two parts, and begins with the things that were necessary for God to do to make salvation possible for man. The second part of the list contains those things that God has given man to do to accept His gracious gift. Please start by reading the following passages: Isaiah 59:1-2; Proverbs 14:25; Jeremiah 10:23.

God                            Exodus 3:14; Exodus 20:3
Love                           John 3:16; 1 John 4:8; Romans 5:6-8
Grace                          Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 2:11; Titus 3:7
The Word of God        1 Corinthians 15:1-4; 1 Corinthians 1:21; 1 Peter 1:23
The Son of God           John 1:14; John 14:6; 1 Timothy 1:15; Acts 4:11-12
The Blood of Christ     Ephesians 1:7; Hebrews 9:12; Romans 5:9; 1 John 1:7
The Church                 Matthew 16:18; Acts 20:28; Ephesians 5:23

 Man                          Matthew 4:4; Revelation 22:18-19
Hear God’s word        John 6:44-45; Matthew 17:5; Romans 10: 13-14
Believe                       Acts 16:31; John 6:29; John 8:24; Romans 10:17
Repent                       Luke 13:3, 5; Acts 2: 38; Acts 3:19; Acts 17:30
Confess                      Matthew 10:32-33; Philippians 2:8-11: Romans 10:9-10
Be Baptized                Mark 16:15-16; Acts 2:38; Galatians 3:26-27 Romans 6:1-5;
Peter 3:21

    Now, dear Reader, is there any one, or more, of the above that you would erase from the Word of God and say that it is not necessary in the process of man’s salvation? If there is, which one? And, if one can eliminate one thing, then why cannot another eliminate something else? Can we finally eliminate the Son of God? Surely not!

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