How Was Salvation Provided

 

God in His infinite knowledge, and out of divine love and mercy, instituted a means whereby He might recover fallen man without doing harm to His own character or His predetermined will and purpose, while at the same time in no way eliminating or defeating the will of mankind. This means of providing Salvation was:

I. Revealed in the Old Testament times by providing types and shadows that appear to some to be an alternate way of salvation, they were actually given in certain expectation of their fulfillment in the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ - Hebrews 8:5, 9:9&24, 10:1, 11:19; I Peter 3:21.

II. Accomplished by:

     A. Satisfying the requirements of God through the substitutionary sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ:

          1. Satisfying the requirement of righteousness - Romans 5:18-21; I Corinthians 1:30; II Peter 1:1; I John 2:1; Isaiah 45:13, 59:16-17; Jeremiah 23:6.

          2. Satisfying the requirement of obedience to the law - Matthew 5:17; Romans 5:19; Matthew 3:15.

          3. Satisfying the requirement of penalty for sin - Ephesians 5:2; Hebrews 9:26, 10:12; II Corinthians 5:21; Isaiah 53:4-12.

          4. Satisfying the requirement of Justice - Romans 3:24-26, 4:25, 5:9; I Timothy 3:16; I Peter 3:18.

     B. Redeeming or paying the price for man who was sold under sin - Romans 7:14; II Chronicles 29:24; Luke 1:68; Galatians 3:13, 4:5; Ephesians 1:7; Titus 2:14; I Peter 1:18-19.

     C. Reconciling to Himself man, who was at enmity with Him - Romans 5:10-11; II Corinthians 5:18-19; Ephesians 2:16; Colossians 1:20-21; Hebrews 2:17.

     D. All these things having been accomplished by the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 11:36; I Corinthians 8:6; Ephesians 1:10; Hebrews 1:3), thus giving God power to save (Romans 1:16, 16:25; I Corinthians 1:18&24; Ephesians 1:19-20; Jude 1:24; Hebrews 2:18) all who will come to Him (Hebrews 7:25).