Notable Quotes on Salvation

Posted October 9, 2017 by Amy Wang

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The following are some notable quotes on Salvation, which indicate that saving faith has many dimensions-- it is not merely intellectual assent or confidence in Jesus as Savior but also a commitment to Jesus as Lord.


"Merely believing that Jesus rose from the dead is not enough. You need to put your trust in him. You can believe that a certain person would make a great spouse, but that's not enough to make that person your husband or wife. You must go beyond intellectual to volitional--you must put your trust in that person by saying "I do." The same is true concerning your relationship with God. Trusting him is not just a decision of the head but one of the heart." - Norman Geisler / Frank Turek

Li Cheng

“Only those who believe that Jesus is God and who are willing to follow Him and to give up the authority of their own lives to Him are qualified to be Christians. Without this personal commitment, there is no relationship with God.” - Li Cheng, author of Song of a Wanderer

Li Cheng talks of the patient who is given special medication which he researches, analyzes, and understands, but never swallows. This is what it means to know about God but not have a personal relationship with Jesus, and therefore find ourselves outside the kingdom of God (Cheng, 356).

Bruce Demarest

"Commitment to Christ’s Lordship is an intrinsic part of saving faith. Faith is not only mental assent to truths about Christ; it is also trust in and commitment to his person and kingdom values. Many people who hear the Gospel assent to its truths without being genuinely converted. Faith requires submission and commitment to Christ and his sovereign authority. We must commit to Christ before he will commit to us (Ps 31:5; John 2:24).” - Bruce Demarest, author of The Cross and Salvation: The Doctrine of Salvation

Os Guinness

“For the person who becomes a Christian the moment of comprehension leads to one conclusion only – commitment. At that point the cost has been counted, a shoulder has been put to the yoke, a hand to the plough, and a contract for discipleship has been signed. The decision is irreversible. It is not faith going a second mile; it is faith making its first full step and there is no going back.” - Os Guinness

John Stott

“Christianity is no mere passive acquiescence in a series of propositions, however true. We may believe in the deity and the salvation of Christ, and acknowledge ourselves to be sinners in need of his salvation; but this does not make us Christians. We have to make a personal response to Jesus Christ, committing ourselves unreservedly to him as our Savior and Lord.”

“Jesus never concealed the fact that his religion included a demand as well as an offer. Indeed, the demand was as total as the offer was free. If he offered men his salvation, he also demanded their submission. He gave no encouragement whatever to thoughtless applicants for discipleship.” - John R.W. Stott

Matthew Henry

“All the grace contained in this book is owing to Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior; and, unless we consent to Him as our Lord, we cannot expect any benefit by Him as our Savior” - Matthew Henry in his commentary on the New Testament

Charles Spurgeon

“If the professed convert … declares that he knows the Lord’s will, but does not mean to attend to it, you are not to pamper his presumptions, but it is your duty to assure him that he is not saved.”

“I cannot conceive it possible for anyone to truly receive Christ as Savior and yet not to receive Him as Lord.” - Charles H. Spurgeon

“Anyone can see with half an eye that he cannot be saved from being a liar, and yet go on in his old style of deceit and untruthfulness.”

“To pretend to trust Christ to save you from sin while you are still determined to continue in it, is making a mock of Christ.”

“The only trust that saves is that practical trust which obeys Jesus Christ. Faith that does not obey is dead faith, -- nominal faith. It is outside of faith, the bark of faith, but it is not the vital core of faith.” -- Charles H. Spurgeon

A.W. Tozer

“Nowhere are we ever led to believe that we can use Jesus as a Savior and not own Him as our Lord. He is the Lord and as the Lord He saves us…”

“We take Him for what He is – the anointed Savior and Lord who is King of kings and Lord of lords! He would not be who He is if He saved us and called us and chose us without the understanding that He can also guide and control our lives.” - A.W. Tozer

John Stott

“it is as unbiblical as it is unrealistic to divorce the Lordship from the Saviorhood of Jesus Christ. He is ‘our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,’ and saving faith is a commitment to Him who is both Son of God and Savior of men.” - John Stott

John Piper

“It is very harmful to people to create an atmosphere in which people think that they are saved by “receiving Jesus as Savior” when they reject him in many other ways.”

Based on John 12:48, John Piper says, “From the biblical standpoint it is simply unthinkable that a person could claim to have “received Jesus” and yet have no desire to learn and obey his sayings.”


“Saving faith involves the whole man. Believing on Christ is receiving Him (John 1:12). We receive the whole Christ (Prophet, Priest and King) with the whole heart (intellect, emotions and will).

“But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed (will) from the heart (emotions) that form of doctrine (intellect) which was delivered unto you” (Romans 6:17).” -Lescelius

Hudson Taylor

“We wish to place on record our solemn conviction that not all who are Christians, or think themselves to be such, will attain to that resurrection of which St Paul speaks in Phil. iii. 11, or will thus meet the LORD in the air. Unto those who by lives of consecration manifest that they are not of the world, but are looking for Him, “He will appear without sin unto salvation.” - Hudson Taylor

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“The word of cheap grace has been the ruin of more Christians than any commandment of works.” - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Charles Colson

“This is real faith: believing and acting obediently regardless of circumstances or contrary evidence.”

“…what God wants from His people is obedience, no matter what the circumstances, no matter how unknown the outcome.”-Charles Colson

Bernard Koerselman

“In the ensuing years I’ve not forgotten that when I became a “Christian” the way others told me to, my life had only surface, cosmetic changes. But when I pledged to obey Jesus as my Lord, there seemed to be a new me – a person who experienced love, joy, and peace in great measure.” - Bernard Koerselman, J.D.,

Rebecca Manley Pippert

“…we confess our faith in Jesus as our Savior and our Lord. To be followers of Jesus means we acknowledge his absolute claim over our entire lives, and we accept that our faith must issue in obedience. We must be willing to give God first place in our lives and live under his rule.” - Rebecca Manley Pippert


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