The Precise Moment When Our Sins Are Forgiven

The Plan of Salvation (John H. Hundley)

When we have obeyed from the heart, that form of doctrine, we are then made free from sin, and become the servants of righteousness. See Romans, chap. 6, ver. 17-18. This makes the whole matter plain as a sunbeam. Every man, woman and child can know the precise moment when his or her sins are forgiven them. They do not have to resort to dreams and visions—they have a more sure word of prophecy, even a written revelation dictated by the Holy Spirit, which they can always take with them everywhere they go, and show to those who demand of them a reason for the hope that is in them.

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For the Remission of Sins

The Plan of Salvation (John H. Hundley)

Again, on the day of Pentecost, when the three thousand believed, and requested what they should do to be saved, Peter replied, “Repent, and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of sins.

Now, if a man can repent because his sins have been forgiven, then our Baptist brothers are right in their interpretation of this passage, viz: that a man should be baptized because his sins have been remitted. No man in his senses, however, is willing to believe that a remission of sins ever causes sorrow. It is too absurd a proposition to be entertained for a moment. Of course, then, repentance and baptism are for one and the same thing—to-wit, remission or pardon of past sins. Paul’s conversion proves this. For three days he was a firm believer in Jesus Christ, and most bitterly all that time did he repent him of his iniquities. If faith brings salvation, Paul surely ought to have been pardoned long before Ananias visited him. Or, if repentance alone secured remission of sins, Paul ought to have been pardoned before Ananias visited him. But what did Ananias say to him so soon as he came into his presence? Did he ask after his experience? Did he say, “Brother Paul, you have been most signally visited by our gracious Lord, for I understand you have seen a great light and heard a mighty voice, by which means God has informed you that you are an accepted son and child of glory?” Oh, no. But Ananias said to him on this wise: “Why tarriest thou, brother Paul? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.”

Can any man doubt now that baptism is for the remission of sins? If he can, he doubts God’s Word, and is at heart a scoffer and an infidel. Here we have a man who has believed and repented, and who is yet told to arise and wash away his sins by immersion. If he had been saved by faith, as I remarked a while ago, there would have been no sins to wash away. So neither would there have been had he been saved by repentance. But God’s plan is the more perfect one, and here we see it exemplified. Paul is told to wash away his sins by baptism—not that the virtue is in the water, but simply because God has chosen to make that His ordinance. Under the Mosaic Law it was customary for the priest to take a goat, and laying hands on him to send him forth into the wilderness, and God promised that thus the sins of Israel should be carried away, and hence this was called the scape-goat. Does any man think the virtue to bear off sins was in a goat? Of course not. It was God’s command, and there lay all the merit. So in the case of water baptism. God has commanded us to perform the ordinance in order to remission, and it is obedience to God’s Word that ensures salvation and cleanses us from all sin, and not the mere washing of water. Or, as Peter has expressed it, for doubtless the same objections were urged against this institution then as now, “The like figure whereunto baptism doth now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”

This much will suffice on the subject of immersion, for if a man will not believe the Apostle Peter, he will not even listen to anything which I might feel inclined to write.

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The 3,000 on the Day of Pentecost

The Plan of Salvation (John H. Hundley)

If the reader will examine with me the circumstances attending Peter’s discourse on the day of Pentecost, I think I will prove to him that the three thousand, who were that day added to the Disciples, were not saved by faith alone.

We find, upon examination, that Peter, being moved by the spirit of God, preached to the assembled multitude concerning Jesus, whom they had recently put to death. He proved from the Holy Scriptures that the same Jesus whom they had so ignominiously crucified, was none other than the promised Messiah, of whom all the prophets bore witness. He made the matter so plain that they could not help being convinced. They were cut to their hearts, and in great agony cried out, “Men and brethren, what shall we do to be saved?” Now, mark Peter’s reply. He did not say to them, “Believe on Jesus,” for they believed on him already. Nor yet did he say to them, “Brethren, you are already truly justified, inasmuch as you have believed on Christ, that he is the son of God,” for Peter was commissioned to proclaim the truth, and not a lie. What, then, was his response to their interrogatory? See Acts, chap. 2, ver. 38.

“Then said Peter unto them, Repent, and be baptised, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”

Then, in order to “remission of sins,” there is something else required besides faith. What, then, is the office of faith? I answer, faith purifies, or changes the heart. It destroys all our love of sin, and fills the heart with a longing to know the will of God, that we may do it. Of which the above recorded action of the believers on the day of Pentecost, is a very striking example. And how is faith to be obtained? I reply, by diligently reading God’s word, examining the testimony of the prophets and Apostles, until we are firmly persuaded in our own minds that Jesus is the Christ, the son of God, that he died for the sins of the world, and having lain in the grave three days, arose on the third, and afterwards ascended up to heaven, where he now intercedes for man, at the right hand of the Majesty on High. A saving and rational faith is never received in any other way. In proof of which, read Romans, chap. 10, ver. 17.

“So, then, faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

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What the First Disciples Endured

The Plan of Salvation (John H. Hundley)

It is not the experience of any age of the world, that twelve men will willingly and mutually co- operate to propagate a lie, which can be readily proven to be a lie by their contemporaries. And this becomes still more incredible when we consider that their whole lives in every other respect are blameless, and the doctrines they teach are of the purest and sublimest character, for the promulging and teaching of which they are led, some to the stake, others to the wheel and the rack, and others yet again are sawn and torn asunder, or are cast to wild beasts, to be devoured and cruelly mangled for the gratification of unbelieving and revengeful enemies.

No, reader, it is not in human nature to endure what the first disciples of Christ endured for the sake of the Cross, merely for the purpose of propagating a lie. They were always prepared to give a reason for the hope that was in them, and confident of a glorious immortality beyond the grave, they met all the tortures their enemies could inflict upon them with cheerfulness; and as the swan is fabled to sing sweetest when nighest death, so did the early martyrs with a more joyful shout sound the anthems of praise just before entering the fiery furnace, or the wild beasts’ den, for they felt that soon would they stand redeemed in the presence of the great King, whenceforth their harps would be of gold, and their victorious shout ever more would rise, Hallelujah! the Lord God omnipotent reigneth! Praise Him, all you his saints! For His mercy endureth forever, even from everlasting to everlasting!

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NEW RELEASE: The Plan of Salvation

The Plan of Salvation (cover)We would like to announce our newest title – The Plan of Salvation: Made Plain to the Sinner by John H. Hundley – is now available.

John H. Hundley (1796-1881) spent most of his life in the area of Mooresville, Limestone County, Alabama. Once a member of the Presbyterian Church, his open-minded study of the Scriptures – along with the influence of Walter Scott’s journal The Evangelist – led him to be immersed into Christ and help found the church of Christ in Mooresville.

In The Plan of Salvation, Hundley endeavored to present the gospel message about how a sinner can be saved from his sin. Originally published in 1858, this material explains how people obeyed the gospel in the first century, how they needed to do so in the 19th century, and how we must do so today.

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