For what purpose did Christ come into the world?
"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 Timothy 1:15.
Can we obtain salvation through any other source?
"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." Acts 4:12.
From what does Christ save His people?
"And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins." Matthew 1:21.
In the case of the woman who washed the Saviour's feet in the house of Simon the Pharisee, what was said to her because of her act?
"And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace." Luke 7:50.
NOTE: It cannot be supposed that this woman had nothing more to do to secure eternal salvation. The word here used to express the forgiveness of sins she then received, simply means to preserve safe and unharmed, to make whole, to cure, heal, etc., as in Matt. 8:15; 9:21, 22. At that time she had been healed of her sinful condition, and in that sense only was saved. The next hour, if she again gave way to temptation, would place her on the list of sinners who would need to seek the Savior for the forgiveness of sin. She was saved from her past sins, provided she continued faithful to the end.
Who only will finally be saved?
"But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved." Matt. 24:13.
If one has had the assurance of sins forgiven, but has afterward turned from his righteousness, what will be the result?
"But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die." Ezekiel 18:24.
In the parable, when one who owed his lord ten thousand talents was unable to pay, at his own request what did his master do for him?
"Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt." Matthew 18:27.
After receiving forgiveness for his enormous debt, what did the servant do to another who owed him but a hundred pence, and asked for mercy?
"And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt." Matthew 18:29, 30.
What was then done with this unmerciful servant?
"Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him." Matthew 18:32-34.
What application of the parable did the Saviour make?
"So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not everyone his brother their trespasses." Matthew 18:35.
NOTE: It will be seen that though the servant in the parable had been forgiven the great debt he had incurred, and was conditionally saved from its consequences, yet because he did not do right toward others, that debt was again rolled on him, and he suffered or was held in bondage for it, just the same as though it had not been forgiven. But what gives this parable force, is the applicaiton our Savior makes of it, as referred to in the last text quoted. From that it is positive that one's eternal salvation is not secured until he has endured to the end.
What is the end, object, or design of faith?
"Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls." 1 Peter 1:9.
Does one receive this salvation when he first believes?
"And that, knowing the time, now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed." Romans 13:11.
How is one kept, or preserved, until that salvation is given? and when is it to be revealed?
"Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time." 1 Peter 1:5.
Who will receive that salvation?
"So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto
salvation." Hebrews 9:28.