The Catholic Bible Says ...
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Today we find in the world many different ways and avenues of Salvation as prescribed by men and various church organizations. Let us look into God’s Holy Word and see what God says about Salvation:
All scripture texts mentioned are taken from the Douay-Confraternity Catholic translation of the Holy Bible.
1. Do I Need To Be Saved?
Yes, for all men are sinners, “as all have sinned and have need of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (I John 1:8)
Sin separates man from God. “But your iniquities have divided between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you that he should not hear.” (Isaiah 59:2)
2. Can I Earn Salvation?
No. “Then not by reason of good works that we did ourselves, but according to his mercy, he saved us…” (Titus 3:5)
“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not from yourselves, for it is the gift of God; not as the outcome of works, lest anyone may boast.” (Ephesians 2:8,9)
Man cannot save himself. “For by the works of the Law no human being shall be justified before him, for through law comes the recognition of sin.” (Romans 3:20)
Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour. “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and thou shalt be saved…” (Acts 16:31)
3. How Can I Be Saved?
Acknowledge and repent of your sins. “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out.” (Acts 3:19)
4. When Should I Make my Decision for Salvation?
“Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation!” (2 Corinthians 6:2) Tomorrow may not come for you. “Boast not for tomorrow, for thou knowest not what the day to come may bring forth.” (Proverbs 27:1)
5. How Do I Know I Am Saved?
Because God’s Word says those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Saviour are saved. “He who believes in him [Christ] is not judged; but he who does not believe is already judged, because he does not believe in the name of the only-begotten Son of God.” (John 3:18)
Those who receive the Lord Jesus Christ as their Saviour are taken into God’s family.
“These things I am writing to you that you may know that you have eternal life—you who believe in the name of the Son of God.” (I John 5:13)
Your own experience of a new life in Christ. “If then any man is in Christ, he is a new creature: the former things have passed away; behold they are made new!” (II Corinthians 5:17)
6. What Should I Do After I Am Saved?
Commune with God in earnest prayer and read God’s Word daily. The Lord Jesus Christ said, “It is written, Not by bread alone does man live, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4)
“But grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.” (II Peter 3:18)
Confess the Lord Jesus Christ before men. “Therefore, everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge him before my Father in heaven.” (Matthew 10:32)
We could look much further into God’s Word and find many scriptures on salvation and God’s plan of redemption, but they all lead up to and point to the only One who can give us eternal life and that One is God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Christ is the only way of salvation. “I am the way, and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but through me.” (John 14:6)
Christ is the only mediator between God and men. “For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, himself man, Christ Jesus.” (I Timothy 2:5)
There is no salvation outside of Christ. “Neither is there salvation in any other. For there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
If you reject Christ, then God’s Word condemns you. “He who rejects me [Christ], and does not accept my words, has one to condemn him. The word that I have spoken will condemn him on the last day.” (John 12:48)
If you are not sure where you will spend eternity, you may have this assurance by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ right now and accepting Him as your personal Saviour. Remember, God’s Word promises you salvation, for we read in Romans 10:9,10: “For if thou confess with thy mouth that Jesus is the Lord, and believe in thy heart that God has raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart a man believes unto justice, and with the mouth profession of faith is made unto salvation.” —Joseph Zacchello