How Does An Alien Sinner Get In Christ Where Salvation Is Found?

2 Timothy 2:10 states that salvation is found "in Christ." The question needs to be answered: "How does an alien sinner get in Christ where salvation is found?"

1. Believing on Jesus is essential for salvation (John 8:24), but, in and of itself, does not get us "in Christ" (Matthew 7:21; James 2:19, 24). There are other salvation actions God requires (such as, repentance, confession, and water immersion - Acts 3:19; Romans 10:9-10; Mark 16:15,16).

2. Repentance is essential for salvation (Acts 17:30; 2:38), but, in and of itself, does not get us "in Christ". As stated above, there are other required salvation actions.

3. Confessing Jesus as the Son of God/Lord/Savior is essential (Romans 10:9,10), but, in and of itself, does not get us "in Christ". For there are other required actions (Note: in this verse that it states that "confession is made unto salvation". The word "unto" is from the Greek word eis, which points forward to salvation, but does not arrive at the point of salvation).

4. Immersion/baptism into Christ is essential and is the point at which the alien sinner gets "in Christ" (Romans 6:3-4; Galatians 3:26-27). In order to receive God's grace through the gift of His Son where salvation is found, an alien sinner must be immersed in water so that he/she can come into contact with the blood of Jesus (the actual element which washes away his/her sins). Through this act of obedience based on "the remission of sins", based on "the working of God", the alien sinner gets in Christ through His cleansing blood (Acts 2:38; 22:16; 1 Peter 3:21; Revelation 1:5,6).

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Joey Ferrell