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Doctrine

Salvation

 Salvation deals with the application of the work of redemption to the sinner with his restoration to divine favor and communion with God. This redemptive operation of the Holy Ghost upon sinners is brought about by repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ which brings about conversion, faith, justification, regeneration, sanctification, and the baptism of the Holy Ghost. Repentance is the work of God which results in a change of mind in respect of man's relationship to God (St. Matthew 3:1, 2:4:17; Acts 20:21). Faith is a certain conviction wrought in the heart by the Holy Spirit, as to the truth of the Gospel and heart trust in the promises of God in Christ (Romans 1:17; 3:28; St. Matthew 9:22; Acts 26:18).

Conversion is that act of God whereby he causes the regerated sinner, in His conscious life, to turn to him in repentance and faith (II Kings 5:15, II Chronicles 33:12; 13; St. Luke 19:8, 9; Acts 8:30). Regeneration is that act of God by which the principle of the new life is implanted in man, and the governing disposition of soul is made holy and the first holy exercise of this new disposition is secured. Santification is that gracious and continuous operation of the Holy Ghost, by which He delivers the justified sinner from the pollution of sin, renews his whole nature in the image of God and enables him to perform good works (Romans 6:4; 5:6; Col. 2:12; 3:1).


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