SPEAK AS THE ORACLES RADIO Program #121
MAN'S PART FOR
SALVATION IN
THE NEW TESTAMENT
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Adapted from Ira Y. Rice

INTRODUCTION:


Slowly and deliberately—step by step—this course of study gradually has un folded GOD’S ETERNAL PURPOSE
for the loving learners of His Word, the Bible. If you are among the relative few whose interest in divine revelation
has carried you faithfully up to this point, you should be now prepared to start making some conclusions, which
will affect all the remainder of your religious life on this earth. My, what a long way we have come in our study
together already!


After showing how RIGHT LY TO DIVIDE THE WORD OF TRUTH and HOW ALL THINGS BEGAN, we paid
careful attention to the THREE DISPENSATIONS — PATRIARCHAL, JEWISH, and CHRISTIAN — contained in
the Bible.


We discovered that although GOD HIMSELF does NOT change, yet He HAS CHANGED HIS WILL from one
dispensation to the next, so that what WAS BINDING upon the PATRIARCHS BEFORE MOSES was NOT
BINDING ON THE JEWISH NATIONS after he received God’s ten-commandment law from Mount Sinai.
In like manner, God’s OLD TESTAMENT (TEN-COMMANDMENT) LAW, which governed the JEWISH NATION for
the 1,500 years from Moses to Christ, was, in a figure, “NAILED TO THE CROSS,” thus becoming of NO EFFECT
to the CHRISTIAN, after the NEW TESTAMENT came of force on the day of Pentecost after the death, burial,
resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ. Rather than God joining the NEW Testament to the OLD Testament
and binding BOTH of them contradictorily upon the CHRISTIAN conscience, we proved conclusively that
CHRISTIANS (i.e., from Pentecost onward) are NOT GOVERNED by the OLD Testament, but by the NEW
Testament.


Thus it is that NOTHING God bound upon the JEW through Moses (including the Ten Commandments) is binding
in the NEW TESTAMENT AGE.


To illustrate what effect this has, let us consider the REPENTANT THIEF ON THE CROSS.


In what DISPENSATION did he live? The JEWISH. Since the New Testament did not become of force until 53
days LATER, it follows that this thief LIVED AND DIED a JEW in the JEWISH dispensation. He was NOT A
CHRISTIAN, since the Christian dispensation had not yet begun! As a Jew, he was governed by the LAW OF
MOSES (i.e., the TEN-COMMANDMENT LAW). Neither Moses’ law from Sinai nor the later preaching by John the
Baptist required baptism in the name of Jesus Christ. Moreover, since Jesus had power while on earth to forgive
sins (Matthew 9:6), if He saw fit to make a special case for this thief, saying, “Today shalt thou be with me in
paradise,” surely that was His business (Luke 23:43).


But, when we come ON PAST THE THIEF to the OTHER SIDE OF THE CROSS, we find the TEN-
COMMANDMENT LAW NO LONGER BINDING and that from Pentecost in Acts 2 onward, everyone must NOW
BELIEVE in Jesus Christ and REPENT and also “BE BAPTIZED every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for
the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38).


Baptism in Jesus’ name was not essential to salvation FOR THE THIEF, for he lived and died in the JEWISH
religion and dispensation, when this baptism was NOT YET GIVEN. But THREE DAYS AFTER the thief and Jesus
Christ both died, Jesus arose from the dead.


It was DURING THE 40-DAY PERIOD HE WAS ALIVE ON THE EARTH, AFTER THE THIEF WAS ALREADY
DEAD, that Jesus FIRST ANNOUNCED the terms of the GREAT COMMISSION. It was in THIS COMMISSION that
Jesus FIRST ANNOUNCED BAPTIZING DISCIPLES “IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, AND OF THE SON, AND
OF THE HOLY GHOST” (Matthew 28:19).


In Mark’s record of this commission, he shows JESUS’ CONNECTION between THIS BAPTISM and SALVATION,
quoting Jesus as saying, “He that BELIEVETH and IS BAPTIZED shall be SAVED” (Mark 16:16).


From this commission we learned that, once of force, it was to be binding upon ALL MEN, in ALL NATIONS, in
ALL THE WORLD, by ALL AUTHORITY and for ALL TIME TO COME — EVEN “UNTO THE END OF THE
WORLD.”


Thus those who lived and died BEFORE PENTECOST IN ACTS 2 were NOT REQUIRED to be baptized in Jesus’
name at all. But those who have lived and died (or are still alive) FROM THAT DAY ONWARD, “EVERY ONE”
must not only BELIEVE and REPENT but also “BE BAPTIZED...FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS.”


Thus PEOPLE TODAY CANNOT BE SAVED LIKE THE THIEF ON THE CROSS. We are under a DIFFERENT
TESTAMENT — the NEW TESTA MENT.


Let us see what to do:


I.  First, WE MUST hear THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST.


A. WITHOUT the GOSPEL OF CHRIST, there could be NO SALVATION.


As Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the GOSPEL which I preached
unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; BY WHICH also ye are SAVED, if ye keep in
memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which
I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he
rose again the third day according to the scriptures.”


B. Jesus commanded the GOSPEL to be PREACHED for salvation.


“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and PREACH the GOSPEL to every creature. He that believeth
and is baptized shall be SAVED; but he that believeth not shall be damned” (Mark 16:15-16).


“For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of
PREACHING to SAVE them that believe” (1 Corinthians 1:21).


“Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon, whose surname is Peter; Who shall tell thee WORDS, whereby thou and
all thy house shall be SAVED” (Acts 11:13-14).


C. The preaching must be HEARD.


“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be SAVED. How then shall they call on him in whom
they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not HEARD? and how shall they
HEAR without a PREACHER?” (Romans 10:13-15).


“For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like
unto me; him shall ye HEAR in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. And it shall come to pass, that every
soul, which will NOT HEAR that prophet, shall be DESTROYED from among the people” (Acts 3:22-23).
II.  Second WE MUST believe (i.e., HAVE faith) IN JESUS CHRIST.


NOTE: To “BELIEVE” in Jesus Christ and to have “FAITH” in Him is all ONE AND THE SAME. When Jesus told
Thomas to examine Him after His resurrection, He commanded him to “be not FAITHLESS, but BELIEVING”
(John 20:27). Those who try to distinguish between faith and belief affect a distinction where there is NO
DIFFERENCE.


A. WITHOUT FAITH (i.e., BELIEF) we cannot please God.


“But without FAITH it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must BELIEVE that he is, and that
he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:6).


B. What IS faith?


“Now faith is the SUBSTANCE [i.e., assurance] of things HOPED FOR, the EVIDENCE [i.e., conviction] of things
NOT seen” (Hebrews 11:1).


In other words, we must be convinced that what the gospel says of Jesus Christ is true.


C. How does faith (i.e., belief) COME?


“How then shall they call on him in whom they have not BELIEVED? and how shall they BELIEVE in him of
whom they have not HEARD? and how shall they HEAR without a preacher?” (Romans 10:14).


“So then FAITH cometh by HEARING, and HEARING by the WORD of God” (Romans 10:17).


D. Is BELIEF (i.e., faith) essential to salvation?


“He that BELIEVETH and is baptized shall be SAVED; but he that BELIEVETH NOT shall be damned” (Mark 16:
16).


“For by grace are ye SAVED through FAITH” (Ephesians 2:8).


E. Are Christians supposed to WALK by FAITH?


“For we WALK by FAITH, NOT BY SIGHT: (2 Corinthians 5:7).


F. What if we DOUBT?


“whatsoever is NOT of FAITH is SIN” (Romans 14:23).


“he that BELIEVETH NOT shall be DAMNED” (Mark 16:16).


III.  Third, WE MUST repent OF OUR SINS.


A.        Repentance is COMMANDED of all men everywhere.


“God...now commandeth ALL men everywhere to REPENT” (Acts 17:30).


B. Repentance is “FOR REMISSION OF SINS” (i.e., salvation).


“REPENT and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ FOR the REMISSION OF SINS” (Acts 2:
38).


C.        Repentance is ESSENTIAL TO CONVERSION, that SINS be BLOTTED OUT.


“REPENT ye therefore, and BE CONVERTED that your SINS may be BLOTTED OUT” (Acts 3:19).
D.        What if we will NOT repent?


“I tell you, Nay: but, EXCEPT ye REPENT, ye shall all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3).


IV.  Fourth, WE MUST confess OUR faith IN JESUS CHRIST.


A. CONFESSION is FOR SALVATION.


“The word is nigh thee, even in thy MOUTH, and in thy HEART: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That
if thou shalt CONFESS with thy MOUTH the LORD JESUS, and shalt BELIEVE in thine heart that God hath raised
him from the dead, thou shalt be SAVED. For with the HEART man BELIEVETH unto righteousness; and with the
mouth CONFESSION is made unto SALVATION” (Romans 10:8-10).


B. Alien sinners CONFESS FAITH IN CHRIST before baptism.


“Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. And as they
went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me
to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou BELIEVEST with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said,
I BELIEVE THAT JESUS CHRIST IS THE SON OF GOD. And he... baptized him” (Acts 8:35-38).


C. What if we do not confess Christ?


“Whosoever therefore shall CONFESS me before men, him will I CONFESS also before my Father which is in
heaven. But whosoever shall DENY me before men, him will I also DENY before my Father which is in heaven”
(Matthew 10:32-33; Mark 8:38).


V.  Fifth, WE MUST BE baptized INTO CHRIST

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A. SALVATION is IN CHRIST


2 Timothy 2:10-13  Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation
which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.  (11)  It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also
live with him:  (12)  If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:  (13)  If we
believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.

1. We are BAPTIZED into Christ


Romans 6:3-4  Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?  
(4)  Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the
glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.



Galatians 3:26-28  For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.  (27)  For as many of you as have
been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.  (28)  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free,
there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

NOTE: Since salvation is IN CHRIST, and we are BAPTIZED INTO Christ, it follows, therefore, that we are
BAPTIZED INTO SALVATION!


B. Baptized TO BE SAVED


Mark 16:16  He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.


Acts 2:40-41  And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward
generation.  (41)  Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added
unto them about three thousand souls.


1 Peter 3:21-22  The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth
of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:  (22)  Who is
gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto
him.


C. Baptized FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS


Acts 2:38  Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for
the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.


E. Baptized to REJOICE


Acts 8:38-39  And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip
and the eunuch; and he baptized him.  (39)  And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord
caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.
Acts 16:34  And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in
God with all his house.

F. Baptized TO WASH AWAY SINS


Acts 22:16  And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of
the Lord.


G. What if we are NOT baptized?


“Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of WATER and of the SPIRIT, HE CANNOT
ENTER THE KINGDOM OF GOD” (i.e., cannot be saved, John 3:5).


CONCLUSION:


It has become POPULAR among many so-called “Christian” denominations to preach PART of the foregoing New
Testament plan as “ESSENTIAL” for salvation, PART as “NON-ESSENTIAL.” God’s Word makes NO SUCH
DISTINCTION. Jesus TAUGHT it ALL; let’s PREACH (and DO) it ALL.