Questions tagged [soteriology]

The study of the mechanisms by which an individual achieves salvation and the related belief systems.

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Rom 5:10 Saved Luke 1:69 Salvation

What's the difference of being saved and salvation? Romans 5:10 (KJV) For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved ...
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The Promised Messiah [closed]

Haggai 2:9 said that the glory of the latter temple would be greater than the former which was filled with The Holy Spirit. Also, Jacob’s last prophesy as his life ended, said Genesis 49:10 the ...
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What is the meaning of this 'extra element' to saving? Heb 7:25

Heb 7:25 wherefore also He is able to save to the uttermost those drawing near to God through Him, always living for to intercede for them. BLB Therefore He is also able to save forever those who ...
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What is the specific translation of “δωρεὰν” (“dorean”) in Gal 2:21? Did righteousness used to come by the law?

In Galatians 2:21 it reads: "εἰ γὰρ διὰ νόμου δικαιοσύνη, ἄρα Χριστὸς δωρεὰν ἀπέθανεν" Some translations are: Latin Vulgate: "si enim per legem iustitia ergo Christus **...
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How is one saved? [closed]

Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. (Romans 3:28 KJV) According Paul is one justified by faith alone both in Rom 3:38 and also mentioned in Gal 2:16. ...
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What is the “it” in “those who find it are few” in Matt 7:14?

Matt 7:13-14 (ESV) says: 13 “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is ...
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Does Hebrews 9:28 imply that only those who eagerly await the second coming of Christ will be saved?

Hebrews 9:23-28 (ESV): 23 Thus it was necessary for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these rites, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For ...
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Does God grant repentance conditionally according to 2 Timothy 2:25?

2 Timothy 2:22:26 (ESV): 22 So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. 23 Have nothing to do with foolish, ...
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What does Romans 9:16 mean in relation to God's Mercy? [closed]

I tend to find this verse confusing. What's your understanding Romans 9:16, NIV: "It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God's mercy."
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Is Peter implying that the righteous can lose their salvation in 1 Peter 4:17-18?

1 Peter 4:17-18 (ESV): 17 For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 And “If the ...
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Why are few who find the narrow path to life? Matthew 7:13-14

Matthew 7:13-14 (ESV): 13 “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is ...
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Should 'repent' and 'believe' be understood as often referring to the same event or act in the process of salvation? [closed]

Should repentance and belief at time be understood to refer to the same thing or two different ways of describing the same mental change? Again my suggestion isn't that they mean the exact same thing, ...
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Is the thief on the cross the first person saved under the new covenant?

Luke 23: 39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” 40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you ...
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Can a person lose their salvation according to 2 Peter 2:20-22?

2 Peter 2:20-22 (ESV): 20 If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and are overcome, they are worse off at the end ...
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Why were Ananias and Sapphira not given a chance to repent? Acts 5:1-11

Acts 5:1-11 (ESV): But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property, 2 and with his wife's knowledge he kept back for himself some of the proceeds and brought only a part of ...
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What is meant by damnation? Are there different types of damnation? When does this happen?

What is meant by "damnation?" 28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, 29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, ...
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For believers, what is the recompense for doing bad?

2 Corinthians 5: 7 For we live by faith, not by sight. ... (NIV) 10 “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, ...
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“… where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched” - Is Jesus' description of Hell (Gehenna) literal or figurative?

Mark 9:47-49: 47 And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, 48 ‘where their worm does not ...
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What is hell? sheol/hades/prison/lake of fire/outer darkness

This question looks at 5 contexts which refer to hell, how the word is used, and what it means. 1. For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. ...
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Understanding the Parable of the Weeds (Matthew 13:24-30)

Matthew 13:24-30 (ESV): 24 He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, 25 but while his men were sleeping, his enemy ...
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Does Matthew 11:20-24 indicate that Jesus possesses 'Middle knowledge' (knowledge of counterfactuals of freedom)?

Matthew 11:20-24 (ESV): 20 Then he began to denounce the cities where most of his mighty works had been done, because they did not repent. 21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the ...
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Who is our Savior: God or Jesus?

Titus 3:4-7 (ESV): 4 But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the ...
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What does it mean to be personally known by Jesus?

Matthew 7:21-23 (ESV): 21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me,...
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“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” - Is John 3:3 a universal statement, O.T. Saints included?

John 3:1-7 (ESV): Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, ...
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Is Ezekiel 20 talking about works-based salvation when it says “my rules, by which, if a person does them, he shall live”?

Ezekiel 20:13 (ESV): 13 But the house of Israel rebelled against me in the wilderness. They did not walk in my statutes but rejected my rules, by which, if a person does them, he shall live; and my ...
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Why will drunkards not inherit the kingdom of God?

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (ESV): 9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who ...
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What is the meaning of full salvation in 2 Samuel 23:5?

Berean Study Bible 2 Samuel 23:5 Is not my house right with God? For He has established with me an everlasting covenant, ordered and secured in every part. Will He not bring about my full salvation ...
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Jesus' yoke (Matt 11:28-30) vs the Law's yoke (Acts 15:10): Why is Jesus' yoke easier?

Jesus promises that his yoke is easy: 28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and ...
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Can a righteous person lose their salvation according to Ezekiel 33:12-16?

Ezekiel 33:12-16 (ESV): 12 “And you, son of man, say to your people, The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him when he transgresses, and as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall ...
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How were the elect elected in Romans 11:7?

Romans 11:7 (ESV): 7 What then? Israel failed to obtain what it was seeking. The elect obtained it, but the rest were hardened, How were the elect of Israel elected? Why were the rest not elected?
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Meaning of “saved” - what does σωθήσῃ (“you will be saved”) mean in the context of Romans 10:9?

Drawn from answers to several other questions Part One In Romans 10:9 we are told: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you ...
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Did the sinful woman have a pre-crucifixion understanding of salvation? Luke 7:50 [closed]

Luke 7:48-50 (ESV): 48 And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” 49 Then those who were at table with him began to say among themselves, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?” 50 And he said to ...
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What does it mean that God gave Saul “another heart” in 1 Samuel 10:9?

1 Samuel 10:9 (ESV): When he turned his back to leave Samuel, God gave him another heart. And all these signs came to pass that day. What does it that "God gave him another heart"? Did ...
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Did King Saul lose his salvation?

King Saul appeared to have had a "born again" experience: 9 When he turned his back to leave Samuel, God gave him another heart. And all these signs came to pass that day. 10 When they came ...
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Faith & Works - Is Paul responding to James or James responding to Paul?

James & Paul cite the same Old Testament story in their arguments about faith & works. From James: 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the ...
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Why did Jesus need to die for our sins? [closed]

I feel silly asking this because I feel like it should be obvious. Why did Jesus need to die for our sins? I am asking because this part of Christianity still confuses me. I thought Judaism taught ...
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Was the generation that grumbled & rebelled merely refused entry into the Promised Land, or did they also lose their salvation?

Deuteronomy 1:30-46 34 “Then the Lord heard the sound of your words, and He was angry and took an oath, saying, 35 ‘Not one of these men, this evil generation, shall see the good land which I swore to ...
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Can salvation be lost or not? [duplicate]

Hebrews 10:26-31 seems to suggest that salvation can be lost, as it mentions that someone who was previously sanctified by the blood of the covenant (i.e. saved) may end up receiving punishment (i.e. ...
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Did the unfaithful servant lose his salvation or was he never saved to begin with?

Luke 12:41-48 (NIV) reads: The Faithful or the Unfaithful Servant 41 Peter said, “Lord, does this parable apply to us, or do you mean it for everyone?” 42 The Lord answered, “Who, then, is the ...
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Same punishment or different punishments? Luke 12:42-48 vs Luke 13:1-5

Luke 12:42-48 (NIV) seems to support different degrees of punishment: 42 The Lord answered, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge of his servants to give them ...
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Did the 5 foolish virgins lose their salvation or were they never saved to begin with?

Matthew 25:1-13 (NIV) reads: The Parable of the Ten Virgins “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were ...
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What does it mean to deny the Son? 1 John 2:23 [closed]

1 John 2:23 says: "No one who denies the Son has the father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also." We know there are many scriptures revealing that Jesus is God. I have a friend ...
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Is Romans 2:12-16 saying that there is hope of works-based salvation for the unevangelized Gentiles?

Romans 2:12-16 (ESV) says: 12 For all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. 13 For it is not the hearers ...
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Does Mark 16:16 rule out any possibility of salvation for unevangelized pagans?

Mark 16:15,16 (ESV) says: 15 And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe ...
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Does God want everyone to be saved or not?

2 Peter 3:9 (ESV) says: 9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. ...
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Does the Gospel of John teach Christian Universalism?

John 1:29 KJV The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. John 12:47 KJV And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I ...
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Do Ephesians 1:13 and Acts 8:14-17; 19:1-7 contradict each other?

On the one hand Ephesians 1:13 appears to state that Christians receive the Holy Spirit upon the moment of conversion: Ephesians 1:13 (NIV) 13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the ...
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What does 'everyone' imply in Heb 2:9 …that He might taste death for everyone

Heb 2:9 But we do see Him who was made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honour, so that by the grace of God He might ...
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Who Demands a Ransom?

Col 1:14 - In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Redemption , from the Greek ‘apolytrōsis, (‘Strongs Lexicon: G729- Liberation procured by the payment of a ransom’...
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Which Hebrew scriptures did Jesus point out to two Emmaus believers in Luke 24:27?

Luke 24:27 Beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.