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I. The Eternal Phase:
This phase of salvation comprises Godís will, purpose and plan of the saving of
His people. It occurred in the council of eternity past by the sovereignty of a
triune God. It is clearest seen in the doctrines of foreknowledge, election and
A. Foreknowledge: The act of God,
foreknowing in love a certain people based on Godís will and sovereign choice
and not influenced by any works on manís part (Romans 8:29).
B. Election: The act of God in the
election of individuals to eternal life based entirely on Godís sovereign choice
and not influenced by any works on manís part (Romans 9:11)
C. Predestination: The act of God in
predetermining the destiny of His people to be made like Christ by the act of
His sovereign will (Ephesians 1:4-5, Romans 8:29).
II. The Legal Phase of Salvation:
This phase of salvation compromises Godís reconciliation and satisfaction of His
Holiness in forgiving the sin of His people by the atoning blood of His son, the
Lord Jesus Christ. It took place at the crucifixion of Christ about 33 AD. The
legal phase of salvation is clearest seen in the doctrines of Justification,
Redemption, Substitution and Propitiation.
A. Justification: The divine act of a
Holy God who judicially declares a sinner to be righteous because Christ has
borne the sinnerís sin on the cross (Romans 3:24-26).
B. Redemption: (Particular Redemption or
Limited Atonement) Christ died only for the elect and by his death, Christ
redeemed (purchased) all for whom He died (Matthew 1:21).
C. Substitution: By the death of Christ,
He took the place of His elect (II Corinthians 5:21).
D. Propitiation: By the death of Christ,
He satisfied Godís wrath (Romans 4:25, Isaiah 53:11).
III. The Vital Phase:
This phase of salvation takes place in the life of Godís elect when he is born
of God (John 3:8, 5:25; Ephesians 2:1, 10) or quickened (made alive) by the
Spirit. It is clearest seen in the doctrine of Regeneration.
The act of God in giving life to the child of God by His effectual call of the
Spirit. This is totally the act of God in quickening or creating new life into
those dead in sin, causing them to be born of God.
IV. The Practical Phase:
This is the progressive work in the child of God,
after regeneration, in conforming his life practically to the life of the Lord
Jesus Christ. It is based on Godís mercy and is the only phase involving manís
obedience. This phase of salvation is best expressed in the doctrine of
conversion and practical sanctification.
The act of a child of God after being born of God in conforming his life, mind,
conversation and walk to the teaching of the word of God (Acts 2:40, I
Corinthians 9:22, Philippians 2:12-13).
V. The Final Phase:
This is the act of God in resurrection and glorification of the elect of God
making them completely holy and kept in the presence of Christ forever. This
phase of salvation is best expressed in the doctrine of glorification.
The act of God at the end of time in the glorifying of His people Ė body, soul,
and spirit to be made like Christ. Godís children shall then be incorruptible,
immortal and forever changed into the image of Christ (Romans
13:11; 8:30, I Corinthians
Original Outline by Elder
Edited by Elder James Taylor