Some Thoughts Before You Start
Welcome to our section on the "Basics of Salvation". I appreciate the interest you have shown in wanting to know more about who Jesus is, why he died and what his death accomplished for us.
Before reading the articles in this section I want the reader to understand my intention...to present the gospel as it was originally understood in the culture of early first-century church. The salvation of Jesus Christ is primarily governed by the principles of a blood covenant. A covenant is an ancient institution that represents the most comprehensive, binding and life-changing agreement that can be made between two individuals or parties. A blood covenant is an agreement sealed through blood--it's serious business. When Jesus Christ shed his blood on the cross--it was to establish a COVENANT. The information in this section entitled "Basics of Salvation" is written using somewhat general terminology to minimize confusion. Modern evangelism removes Christ's salvation from its covenant framework. Today, a battle rages within Christian Orthodoxy between "modernists" who want to change Christ's gospel into something more agreeable to our culture--and those who rightly seek to preserve the Gospel's original intent. Modernists and the gospel they proclaim sound Christ-centered and Bible-based to the average person. Most institutional churches contain varying degrees of modernism in its doctrine and traditions. This means that the foundation for Biblical faith required to receive eternal life can be subtly altered. This practice has catastrophic effects on the genuineness of our salvation. People in the congregation of such "churches" can believe they're headed for heaven, while the opposite is true. Your eternal destiny literally depends on what you decide to believe. Many wrongly place their faith in church affiliation, religious activities and good works. God's salvation demands that we place our faith only in Jesus Christ.
As God begins to draw us to the truth many experience a sense of "discontentment". In time, an awareness that someone wiser and more powerful should be in control of our lives--and that there is a God who loves us and wants us delivered from eternal death. Many respond to this knowledge by saying something like, "You don't know what I've done--God can't save me--I've done too many bad things." Yet, the Bible teaches that you're the very one qualified to receive eternal life! Saint Paul was used by God to write most of the New Testament. He was probably one of the most influential apostles of the first century church. Yet, before he knew Jesus Christ he persecuted Christians and had them thrown in jail. It is suggested that some were put to death because of Paul's campaign of hate against Christ's followers. Paul had this to say to all those who consider themselves "sinners" of the worst kind...
"This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief." (1 Tim 1:15 KJV)Jesus, the one whose death provided our great salvation said:
"I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." (Luke 5:32 KJV)I don't know about you--but I'm glad he set it up that way.
Once the reader decides to act on the truths presented in this section he or she should continue into an in-depth study of Christ's salvation within the blood covenant. Salvation's most precious blessings and deepest truths are found in this ancient concept--and God hasn't changed his ways. Removing "salvation" from its covenant framework replaces Biblical faith with a powerless "religious" faith that looks the same--but isn't. Some Christians may think that Christ's covenant (as presented on this website) represents a "new" truth. Yet, the concept is as old as the Bible itself and is seen in the early pages of the book of Genesis. The covenant of blood is initially created by God as the way He relates with man. Modern-day Bible teachers rarely cover the topic of covenant because it isn't "culturally" relevant. Never forget that God ALWAYS relates with the human race through blood (or a blood covenant). Any gospel that removes or minimizes the importance of Christ's blood in salvation is false. The institution of covenant is NOT a legalistic system where eternal life is earned by works. Eternal life is God's free gift to man and can never be earned--period. Attempting to earn eternal life disqualifies you from having it!
While the basic truths of Christianity are simple--sorting out these truths amidst all the religious voices you encounter is difficult, frustrating and confusing. The articles in this section may get a bit detailed. Don't be persuaded into allowing the "majority" to determine what you believe. The Bible suggests that those who seek and embrace truth are usually in a minority. Since we're talking about your eternal destiny--don't take the easy path by allowing someone else to decide what you believe. Spend the time necessary to gather the facts, then make your decision. If you have a sincere heart in wanting to know God and his ways--He is committed to lead you into all the truth no matter how long it takes. God loves people who love and walk in His truth!
"Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you." (John 16:13-14 KJV)