This begins a four-part series on Salvation.  These are also the papers I had to write for Evangelism 102 at Fruitland Baptist Bible College. (  So without further ado, here is part 1… How Is Man Made Right With God?


“How is a man made right with God?” This is a question that has plagued the curiosity of man since the fall of Adam and Eve. But, we must first start with the question, “Why is man not in correct standing with the Triune God?”

When God created the heavens and the earth, He finished creation with the prize of His creation, namely man. Adam, created first, and Eve, from the rib of Adam, were given a command by their Creator, not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. After being tempted by Satan, Eve, knowingly and willfully sinned against God by disobeying His command. Adam, likewise, ate of the fruit and sin entered the world. “Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned.”[1]   Likewise, Paul writes in the book of Ephesians, “And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world…”[2] This is man’s condition. This is man’s nature.

God demands perfection. Man, in his sinful and fallen state, attempts any and every way to reach a holy God, but all of our feeble attempts fall short of God’s glory. Romans 3:23 states, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”   Man attempts sacrifice after sacrifice to appease the wrath of God, all to no avail. The writer in Hebrews said, “For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.” [3]

So how is man made right with God? Paul teaches in Ephesians, “…He [God] chose us in him before the foundation of the world,”[4] and later, “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace.”[5] Man can only be made right with a holy God by a propitiatory sacrifice. God demands a perfect sacrifice. Jesus Christ was that perfect sacrifice. Paul says in Romans, “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly,” [6] and again, “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” [7]

Jesus’ own words tell us exactly what we must do. “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” [8] Likewise, Peter echoes the words of Jesus when he says, “repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out.” [9]   The Bible is clear that man must repent and believe the Gospel, or Good News, to be in right standing with the Father. Romans tells us, “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.” [10]

Thanks be unto God for the reconciliation that He brings! A man can be made right with a holy God by the blood of His son, Jesus. Summing up this reconciliation, Paul says in Romans, “For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.”[11]

[1] Rom 5:12 (English Standard Version)

[2] Eph 2:1

[3] Heb 10:4

[4] Eph 1:4

[5] Eph 1:7

[6] Rom 5:6

[7] Rom 5:8

[8] Mark 1:15

[9] Acts 3:19

[10] Rom 10:9-10

[11] Rom 5:10-11