"Saved through faith"

The question of salvation is one which concerns all mankind, even though the majority may have a vague, indefinite sense of just how much it includes. With many persons the term is more vitally associated with the future than with the present. The thought of a future salvation seems to be quite well established, but a present salvation is often believed to be more a matter of theory than of actual experience.

Lack of understanding as to what salvation includes and when it can be experienced, has made possible the many conflicting theories as to how much or how little is required. Because of this disagreement there may seem to be conflicting statements in the Scriptures concerning the things that are necessary to salvation. There is the word of Paul and Silas to the keeper of the prison, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved." Jesus said, "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved." In his letter to the Ephesians Paul wrote, "By grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast."

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November 14, 1914
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