17 Key Words in the Vocabulary of Salvation

These 17 key words in the vocabulary of salvation come from Wilmington’s Book of Bible Lists.

1.     Repentance—turning from sin Matt. 9:13 – 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”

 

Acts 17:30 – 30 Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent,

 

Acts 26:20 – 20 but declared first to those in Damascus and in Jerusalem, and throughout all the region of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent, turn to God, and do works befitting repentance.

 

2.     Faith—turning to the Savior Acts 20:21 – 21 testifying to Jews, and also to Greeks, repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Eph. 2:8–9 – 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.

 

Heb. 11:6 – 16 But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.

 

3.     Substitution—Christ dying on the cross in our stead

 

1 Pet. 3:18 – 18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,

 

John 10:11 – 11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.

 

4.     Reconciliation—bringing together through a third party two opposing parties 2 Cor. 5:18–20 – 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.

20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.

 

5.     Propitiation – Christ satisfying the holiness of God on the cross Rom. 3:25 – 25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed,

 

Eph. 2:13 – 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

 

Col. 1:20 – 20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.

 

1 John 2:2 – 2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.

 

1 John 4:10 – 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

 

6.     Remission—putting away or carrying away our sins—also synonymous with forgiveness Lev. 16:21–22 – 21 Aaron shall lay both his hands on the head of the live goat, confess over it all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions, concerning all their sins, putting them on the head of the goat, and shall send it away into the wilderness by the hand of a suitable man. 22 The goat shall bear on itself all their iniquities to an uninhabited land; and he shall release the goat in the wilderness.

 

Heb. 9:26 – 26 He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.

 

Hebrews 13:12–13 –  12 Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, 13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.

 

Rom. 3:25 – 25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed,

 

Eph. 4:32 – 32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

 

Col. 2:13 – through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. 13 And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses,

 

7.     Regeneration—receiving a new nature through the second birth John 1:12–13 – 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

 

John 3:3 – 3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

1 John 5:1 – 1 Whoever believes that Jesus is

the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him.

 

8.     Redemption—obtaining by paying a ransom price Luke 1:68 – 68 “Blessed is the Lord God of Israel,

For He has visited and redeemed His people,

 

Gal. 3:13 – 13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”),

 

Heb. 9:12 – 12 Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.

 

9.     Imputation—God adding the righteousness of Christ to the believing sinner Isa. 53:5 – 5 But He was wounded for our transgressions,

He was bruised for our iniquities;

The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,

And by His stripes we are healed.

 

Isa. 53:11 – 11  He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied.

By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many,

For He shall bear their iniquities.

 

Rom. 4:3–8 – 3 For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” 4 Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt. 5 But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness, 6 just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works:

7     “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven,

And whose sins are covered;

8     Blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not impute sin.”

 

Phil. 3:7–8 – 7 But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. 8 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ

 

10.     Adoption—wherein the believing sinner enjoys all the privileges and responsibilities of adult sonhood

 

Gal. 4:4–5 – 4 But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.

 

Rom. 8:15–23 – 15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. 18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; 21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. 23 Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.

 

Eph. 1:5 – 5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,

 

11.     Supplication (prayer)—communicating with God Luke 18:13 –  13 And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’

Acts 2:21 – 21 And it shall come to pass

That whoever calls on the name of the Lord

Shall be saved.’

 

Rom. 10:13 – 13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

 

Jude 20 – 20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,

 

12.     Justification—God declaring a repentant sinner righteous Rom. 5:1 –  1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

 

Rom. 8:33 – 33 Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.

 

13.     Sanctification—God setting us apart for growth and service John 17:17 – 17 Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.

 

Eph. 5:26 – 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word,

 

1 Thess. 4:3–4 – 3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; 4 that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor,

 

1 Thess. 5:23 – 23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

14.     Glorification—the ultimate, eternal, and absolute physical, mental, and spiritual perfection of all believers Rom. 8:18 – 18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

Rom. 8:23 – 23 Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.

Rom. 8:30 –  30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.

Rom. 5:2 – 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

1 Cor. 15:43 – 43 It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power.

Col. 3:4 – 3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

1 Pet. 5:1 – 1 The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed:

 

15.     Election—being chosen by God Eph. 1:4 – just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,

2 Thess. 2:13 – 13 But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth,

1 Pet. 2:9 – 9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;

 

16.     Foreknowledge—that attribute of God which provided him in advance with all the facts concerning the elect Acts 15:18 – 18 “Known to God from eternity are all His works.

Rom. 8:29 –  29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.

1 Pet. 1:2 – 2 elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ:

Grace to you and peace be multiplied.

 

17.     Predestination—God’s eternal plan whereby all believing sinners are conformed to the image of Christ Rom. 8:29–30 – 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.

 

Eph. 1:9–12 – 9 having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, 10 that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him. 11 In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, 12 that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.

 

 

May the desire to pursue Your Word be with each one of us until the Lord Jesus comes for His church.

Always keep Jesus in your heart and on your mind.

God is testing us every day and has given us the right to make our own choices. Do you know which ones are the right choices in Gods mind?

Fear God, love God, honor God, and trust God with all your heart, mind and soul and you will receive and experience the joy of the promises of God’s blessings in His time.

 

Prayer:   Father in heaven, I praise You for Your Son and the Holy Spirit. I praise You for Your grace in sending us Your wisdom about “17 Key Words in the Vocabulary of Salvation.”  Please bless all those who have read this article for they too are seeking Your righteous truth and understanding.

May God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and Christianity be our guiding lights for eternity. Lord may it be Your will not mine. Please come Lord Jesus.

I pray in Jesus sweet name and to His glory through the power of the Holy Spirit,

Amen.

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