Definition of Key Terms, Part 2 (Understanding God’s Great Salvation #60)

The Bible says in Matthew 19:25-26: “When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved? But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.”

Today’s God’s Great Salvation quote is from John MacArthur. He said: “Saving faith is not just believing that Jesus lived and died. Faith that saves is the confident, continuous confession of total dependence on, and trust in Jesus Christ to meet the requirements on your behalf to give you entrance into God’s Eternal Kingdom. It’s the surrender of your life in complete trust to Him to do what you cannot do.”

Our topic today is Definition of Key Terms (Part 2) from the book, “So Great Salvation: What it Means to Believe in Jesus Christ” by Dr. Charles Ryrie.

Christians sometimes use words and phrases that are foreign to those who are not saved. As we close out the Understanding God’s Great Salvation podcast, we are going to look at what some of these words and phrases mean. If you are a new believer or thinking about becoming a believer, this will be very beneficial to you.

Grace. The unmerited favor of God in giving His Son and all the benefits that result from receiving Him.

Impute. To reckon or ascribe something to someone; e.g., God’s ascribing the righteousness of Christ to the believer.

Justification. To declare a person righteous. God does this for the believer because He has imputed the righteousness of Christ to that person. People justify others when they see their good works.

Lord. A superior. In the New Testament, it means sir, sovereign, master, God, owner, and husband.

Lordship salvation. The teaching that to be saved a person must not only trust Jesus as Savior but also as the Lord of his life, submitting (or at least being willing to submit) his life to His sovereign authority.

Perseverance. The belief that a believer cannot fall away from grace but will continue in good works to the end of life.

Predestination. God’s planning before time the destiny of His children to be conformed to the image of Christ.


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