by Christopher Randolph
My faith rest solely upon God who is best represented in the Christian doctrine of the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Father is God. The Son is God. The Holy Spirit is God. Each is God and not a god, a part of God, or even a mode of understanding God.
My salvation is based upon my faith in Christ Jesus who is God the Son and my Lord and Savior. He is fully human and fully God. He lived and was crucified. He rose from the dead and now reigns over all creation with His Father in heaven. Because I know that Jesus really lived, really died and truly rose from death, I fully expect to be reconciled with, and to live eternally with Him even though I have done nothing to earn such an honor.
I believe that salvation is offered to everyone though not everyone hears and fewer respond positively to this gracious invitation. Furthermore, I believe that those believers who do respond to God’s call to be reconciled through Christ are also called to live lives in service to God. The Apostle Paul refers to this as our “ministry of reconciliation” in 2 Corinthians Chapter 5 verses 11-21. Seeking God’s will in this way does not secure one’s salvation. It is, instead, a thankful response to God’s gift of salvation to every believer. In short, one serves God because one is saved not in order to be saved.