Salvation


We believe that salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.  It is in His shed blood and resurrection, and not by works (Ephesians 2:8-9; Hebrews 11:6).  There is nothing that can be done to earn salvation.  We are justified by faith through repentance and remission of sins (Luke 24:47; I John 1:9; Romans 5:1,9).

The Emmanuel Churches of Christ teaches that for one to be saved (Matthew 24:13; Mark 13:13), one must be Born Again.  This is the same experience spoken by the Lord to Nicodemus in John 3:3:

“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Jesus furthered explained to Nicodemus, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” – John 3:5

On the Day of Pentecost, at the birth of the New Testament Church, when the people inquired of Peter and the other Apostles, “men and brethren what shall we do?” (Acts 2:37), the response was the Born Again experience to which Jesus had spoken about in John 3.  Peter’s response was:

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.  For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. – Acts 2:38-39

All sinner must believe and obey the Gospel.  We are commanded to repent (willfully reject) our sinful life, be baptized in water in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of our sins, and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost (Acts 2:38; 4:12; 8:12-17; 10:43-48; 19:1-6).

Faith and obedience work together in God’s grace to reconcile us to Himself (Acts 16:31-34).  A Born Again Christian, must walk with God and keep himself in the love of God (Jude21; Romans 8:38-39).  When a person transgresses and sins against God and does not repent, he removes himself from the covenant he has entered into with God, will eventually be lost and cast into the lake of fire. (John 15:2, 6; II Peter 2:20-21).  Jude speaks of the backsliders of his day, and their reward.  Also see Hebrews 6:4-6.