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Basic Principles of Salvation

On-Line Correspondence Course #7: Learning about God, Man, and Salvation. Be sure to visit our series of articles on God's plan of salvation and the necessity of baptism according to that plan.

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Please use your Bible to look up the following verses and answer the related questions. You can click on the verses to visit an off-site resource that provides the scripture. Questions without verses should be based on your opinion and common understanding.

The Universal Need for Salvation

  1. What does "salvation" mean to you?
  2. Is every person a sinner? (Romans 3:23; I John 1:8)
    YES  NO 
  3. What are the consequences of man's sin? (Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:13-15)
  4. Can man save himself from this fate? (Jeremiah 10:23; I Corinthians 2:5)
    YES  NO 

God's Provision for Salvation

  1. Through whom does man receive salvation? (Ephesians 1:7; Acts 4:12)
  2. When did God make provisions for our salvation? (Ephesians 1:3-5; I Peter 1:18-20; Acts 15:18) (Ephesians 1:3-5; I Peter:18-20; Acts 15:18)
  3. Why did God make these provisions? (John 3:16; II Peter 3:9; Ezekiel 18:32)

The Role of Grace in Salvation

  1. Can we be saved without grace? (Ephesians 2:1, 4, 5)
    YES  NO 
  2. What is the source of this saving grace? (Acts 15:11)
  3. Do we earn this grace, or is it freely given to us? (Ephesians 2:8)
    Earned  Given 
  4. Who has access to this grace? (Titus 2:11; Romans 1:16; Matthew 28:19)

The Role of Faith in Salvation

  1. Why was Abraham considered righteous? (Romans 4:20-22)
  2. Can we please God if we do not have faith? (Hebrews 11:6)
    YES  NO 
  3. Therefore, can we be saved without faith? (II Timothy 3:15)
    YES  NO 

The Role of Works in Salvation

  1. Are we commanded to do works? (Titus 3:8; 2:7)
    YES  NO 
  2. Are these works essential to our salvation? (James 2:17, 20, 22)
    YES  NO 
  3. Can grace and faith alone save us? (James 2:24)
    YES  NO 

Examples of Faith and Works in Salvation

  1. Did Naaman earn his healing of leprosy? (II Kings 5:1-14)
    YES  NO 
  2. When was Naaman healed? (II Kings 5:14)
  3. Was Naaman cleansed by faith, works, or both?
  4. Similarly, how was Noah saved from that evil world and the flood, which cleansed it? Faith, works, or both? (Hebrews 11:7)
  5. Similarly, when was the woman healed, who suffered from an "issue of blood"? ( Matthew 9:20-22; Mark 5:25-34) What saved her? Faith, works, or both?
  6. Why do you suppose faith is emphasized in the above examples?
  7. Would they have been saved, if they failed to act? Were these works required for their salvation?

Resolving the "Grace versus Works" Dilemma

  1. What conflict, if any, arises when comparing Romans 4:3-5 and Ephesians 2:4-9 with James 2:12-26?
  2. Why could a person not be "justified by the works of the law"? (James 2:10; Acts 15:5, 10; Galatians 2:16, 21; Romans 7:14-24)
  3. What kind of "works" is Paul arguing against? (Romans 9:31-32; Galatians 3:21-22; 5:4)
  4. To help bolster this definition, would baptism be considered a work of righteousness? (Titus 3:5-8)
    YES  NO 
  5. How is James using "works" differently from Paul's usage? (Romans 4:4; James 2:21-22)
  6. Why do belief, repentance, baptism and all other conditional works require grace for significance, instead of nullifying it? (John 6:28-29; I Peter 3:21; Acts 5:31; 11:18)


  1. Do you feel that we need salvation from sin?
    YES  NO 
  2. What will happen to us, if we are not saved from the consequences of our sins?
  3. In general terms, what three things are required for our salvation? (Romans 3:24-26; Hebrews 11:6; James 2:14-16)


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