WHERE IS SALVATION FOUND?
We believe that every Bible question deserves a Bible answer (1 Pet. 3:15; Col. 4:6). We are not looking for answers that will not offend people who do not seek and love the truth, Jesus did not try to find such answers (Matt. 15:1-12). People who love and search for truth are not offended by Bible answers.
The answer that some give to this question is not from the Bible, some tell us that the place does not matter and that salvation can be found in one place as well as another. God tells us where salvation is found and we need to hear and believe His answer (Acts 2:47; Eph. 5:22-26).
The promise of salvation is in the Lord's church. The design and purpose of the church originated in the mind of God, over 700 years before the church was established, Isaiah prophecied (Isa. 9:6,7; 46:13). Zion is the church (Heb. 12:22,23). In (Acts 2) about 30 A.D. the church was established, it is composed of the called, who are saved (1 Thes. 2:14; Acts 2:47).
Man is saved in the church, and in what the church is. The church is the kingdom of God (Jno. 3:3,5; Col. 1:13). The church is the house or family of God (1 Tim. 3:15; Heb. 10:21). The church is the body of Christ (Col. 1:18; Eph. 1:21,22). The church is God's building (1 Cor. 3:9; Eph. 2:19-22). There is one body or church (Eph. 4:4).
We need to look in the Bible and see how one can be a member of the church where salvation is found. Obedience is the test of acceptance into the church (Matt. 7:21; Heb. 5:8,9). All arguments show one is not saved any place outside of the church. One of the greatest questions that any man could ask is "what must I do to be saved?" (Acts 2:37; 9:6; 16:30). One must hear, believe, repent, confess Christ, and be baptized (Rom. 10:17; Lk. 13:3,5; Acts 8:37,38; Mk. 16:15,16). Then in the church live a faithful life (Rev. 2:10). Everyone should seek and accept the Bible answer to this and all other Bible questions.
by Gilbert Pugh.
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