Bible is the most glorious book in the world. It is the only
book inspired directly by the Spirit of God. It is the only book
that is infallible. The Bible is literally a gold mine of
precious doctrines. Among these doctrines are Theology (the
doctrine of God), Anthropology (the doctrine of man),
Christology (the doctrine of the Person and Work of the Lord
Jesus Christ), Pneumatology (the doctrine of the Holy Spirit),
Eschatology (the doctrine of the last things) and others. This
little study guide, entitled Studies in the Doctrine of
Salvation, concerns what theologians call Soteriology. It
concerns how God saves sinners from their sins and preserves
them in everlasting salvation. In it the doctrine of salvation
is studied systematically. This is so because the human mind is
made in such a way that things are understood logically and
chronologically. God is infinite. He is omniscient. He grasps
all truth perfectly and at once. But we are finite. We have to
take things one at a time to understand them. This is
especially true of the great doctrine of salvation. To properly
understand what the Bible says about salvation we have to dig in
the gold mine of the Bible and to arrange in our minds what we
find there. In other words, we must, prayerfully relying on the
Holy Spirit, rightly divide the word of truth. (II Tim. 2:15).
Truths that we do not study and learn systematically we have a
tendency to lose.
plan of this little study book is systematic. The doctrine of
salvation is studied according to the acronym TULIP. The "T"
stands for Total Depravity (Mankind Dead in Sins); the "U"
stands for Unconditional Election (the Doctrine of Election);
the "L" stands for Limited Atonement (Particular Redemption);
the "I" stands for Irresistible Grace; the "P" stands for
Preservation of the Saints.
reader might want to read Lesson Five first. This lesson is
entitled "Salvation by Grace." It is really a very brief
summary of the entire doctrine of salvation. I really should
have used this lesson for an introductory lesson but I am
choosing to leave it where it is. All the other lessons are in
their proper places.
lesson is followed by what I trust will be thought-provoking
questions which should be easily answered by reading the lesson
and by looking up the references from Scripture.
the lessons are followed by suggested memory verses. I can't
urge too strongly that each reader commit these verses to memory
as you move from lesson to lesson. These verses committed to
memory will greatly aid you in meditation on the wonder of God's
salvation. They will also greatly aid you in explaining to
others what you believe. If you will memorize each verse as you
come to it the task will not be too great.
recommend this little study book for individual study, for group
study, for family devotions. I have taught these lessons on two
occasions at Grace Chapel Primitive Baptist Church, Memphis,
Tennessee, and we have greatly enjoyed them and have been
benefited by them.
many thanks to Brother Keifor Beauchamp who type-set this little
work in an attractive and very readable form. Thank God for
co-workers like this.
be amply paid for my work if just one of God's dear little
children benefits thereby. One of the main reasons to study the
glorious doctrine of God's salvation is that we may better
praise the Lord for saving us from our sins. As the dear
servant of God, Elder E. C. Holder, who baptized me forty years
ago used to say: "These truths will stand when the world is on
Zack Guess, Memphis, Tennessee