How Many Plans of Salvation?

Does the New Testament present more than one plan of salvation? One man is promised that he and his household will be saved if they believe (Acts 16:30-31). Multitudes are told to repent and be baptized for the remission of sins (Acts 2:37-38). One is told to arise and be baptized, in order to wash away his sins (Acts 22:16). Yet another text states that one must believe and confess Christ to be saved (Rom 10:9-10). Jesus offers salvation to the one who believes and is baptized (Mark 16:16).

Now should we consider these to be different plans of salvation? May we use one passage to rule out the information presented in the other instances? Do they not rather all harmonize? Instead of choosing bits and pieces of the written counsel of God, let us heed this counsel: “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matt 4:4). So every word which the Lord has revealed on a subject must be heeded. All these commands and examples together dis close what the sinner must do: hear and believe the Gospel of Christ, repent of sins, confess His name, and be baptized in His name for the remission of sins. Submit to the entire plan. It’s the one and only plan He has. — J.P. Simons

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