SALV-5 - Things that Save
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“Salvation: Lesson 5”
Introduction by narrator accompanied by a cappella singing:
THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST. Spreading the soul-saving message of Jesus. And now,
The Scripture says, “God wants all men to be saved and
come to a knowledge of the truth,” 1 Timothy 2:4.
We're so glad that you joined us today for our study on
the wonderful subject of salvation. In this series we've been discussing
things that brought salvation about the importance of it- why a man needs
Now we're going to think about-what does the Bible say
plays a part and is essential in man's salvation?
As we think about these we want to see the practicality of
them in our lives as well. What is it that the Bible says is essential to
We begin at the top of the list with the source and
originator of salvation himself - God. The Bible teaches that God saves.
God is the source of all salvation. I want you to notice with me the words of
Romans 8:33 as Paul discusses salvation and how there is no
condemnation in Christ. ‘It is God who justifies the word.’ Justify carries the
idea of being free from sin. ‘Just as if I'd never sinned’ is the idea. Justify
and salvation are terms that go hand in hand in this idea. Who is it that
justifies? Friend, it is God who is the author of salvation. Hebrews 5:8-9
teaches us Jesus or God is the author of eternal salvation. It's God who in
the beginning put the plan in place. Genesis Chapter 3 when sin entered
into the world, when Adam and Eve were lost because of their own sin,
God at that point began to make a way of salvation. The seed of woman
would bring a death blow, a crushing blow, to the head of Satan, Genesis
3:15. Throughout time with the patriarchs Abraham, to David, and through
Solomon up to the point of Jesus God was working putting His plan into
action to save mankind.
Without God, without a belief in God, without a conviction
of God, without knowing that God is the true source of salvation- there is no
hope for mankind. God is indeed essential to our salvation. Do we have
that belief in God? Are we convicted that the Bible is indeed the word of
God? Are we willing? Here's what's so practical and important about this- it
doesn't matter what I think or you think or what somebody else says about
salvation. Are we willing to go to God and His word? He is the source of
salvation. If I don't factor in God, there is no salvation. I've got to be ready
to listen to what God says on the matter.
Secondly, and this goes hand in hand with God, we also
realize that Jesus Christ is essential to salvation. Without Christ there is no
salvation. You're very well familiar with it probably if you've ever read or
heard much about the Bible at all. John 3:16 says this, "For God so loved
the world He gave His only begotten son that whoever believes in Him
should not perish but have everlasting life." Without Jesus, there's no
salvation. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes
to the Father except by me," John 14:6. When Jesus came into the world it
was said, “You will call his name Emmanuel,” which is translated God with
us. “You'll call his name Jesus. He'll save his people from their sins,”
Matthew 1:19-21. Even back in time we see God's promises that through
that seed of woman he was going to crush the head of Satan. It was made
to the promised Abraham and Genesis 12, "That in your seed, all nations
will be blessed.” That same promise was reiterated to Isaac, Genesis
22:17-18. Further down the line to David it was said that someone of his
seed would sit on the throne of David and would reign forever. Who is that?
This promise was made to Mary in Luke 1:32-33. “He'll be great. He'll be
called the Son of the Highest. The Lord God will give him the throne of his
father David and he'll reign over the house of Israel forever and of his
kingdom there will be no end." Who is that seed? Who is that one who's
going to reign? It's Christ. Without Jesus there is no salvation. Galatians
3:15-19 Paul specifically says, "And to your seed who is Christ."
Friend, as we think about salvation and how that's
possible, we've got to factor in the life the death the burial and the
resurrection of Jesus Christ. Think about how His life made salvation
possible. “He was tempted in all points as we are yet without sin,” Hebrews
4:15. When John the Immerser saw Jesus approaching he said, “Behold
the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.” His perfect life was
a perfect sacrifice and offering for the sins of the world. “He himself bore
our sins in His own body upon the tree,” 1 Peter 2:24. And so, we look at
His life, His death, and look at what Jesus did so I could have salvation.
“He was bruised for our iniquities the chastisement of our peace was upon
Him. By His stripes we are healed,” Isaiah 53:3 - 5. Look at His burial.
Jesus was buried in the ground. Death did not contain Him. He rose up out
of the grave. He conquered death, and His resurrection based on the hope
and the joy of Christianity as well. That's where we put our trust and our
hope that although I may die and leave this life- because I am a Christian
and I have obeyed the gospel, because of the blood of Jesus- I have the
hope of overcoming death and the hope of the resurrection. Without Christ
there is no salvation. How thankful to God we ought to be for the son of
Thirdly and again directly related to God and to Jesus, we
also realize that the Holy Spirit played a vital part in man's salvation. He is
attributed in part to the sanctification or salvation of man. Listen to the
words of 1 Corinthians 6:11. The Bible records this talking to Christians in
Corinth Paul says, "And such were some of you. But you were washed.
You were sanctified. You were justified in the name of the Lord God or the
Lord Jesus and by the spirit of our God.” The Holy Spirit also played a part
in man's salvation. The Spirit revealed God's message. That spirit worked
through the prophets and the Apostles and the men in the first century in
getting that plan, the revelation of that plan and the knowledge of it, to
mankind. This is how the Holy Spirit is how we received the word of God.
The Bible is inspired by the Holy Spirit, and it is this message. Without the
message, I wouldn't know about salvation. The Holy Spirit is also important
equally important in the sanctification and salvation of mankind.
How thankful I ought to be to God for being the author
and originator of salvation and to Jesus Christ for making the ultimate
sacrifice and offering for salvation and to the Holy Spirit revealing that
message and that plan to mankind!
Now as we think about other areas other things that the
Bible says are also important in man's salvation. We need to realize that
the Bible says faith is an essential attribute that man must possess if he's
going to be saved. Notice the words of Hebrews 11:6. The Bible says, "But
without faith it is impossible to please Him. For he who comes to God must
believe that he is and that he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek
him." Can I be saved, can I please God, and can I live with God if I don't
have faith? No. Without faith it is impossible to please Him.
When we talk about faith we're talking about that
conviction that we have based on the evidence of God in both creation and
in the word of God. Hebrews 11:1 says “faith is the substance of things
hoped for the evidence of things not yet seen.” Faith is based on substance
and evidence. Where do we go to get that faith? Romans10:17 says, "Faith
comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God." If I don't have a
conviction based off the evidence from the word of God and other evidence
as well that there is a God that Jesus Christ is His son and that the Holy
Spirit revealed that message to us in the Bible, there's no way I can be
saved. I've got to trust in God if I'm going to be saved.
And friend, please understand when we talk about faith
we talk about trusting in God. We're not just talking about ‘Ok I accept the
fact or accept the idea’- that's not Bible faith. Romans 1:5 and Romans
16:26 says that it is the ‘obedience of faith.’ John 6:29, "This is the work of
God that you believe." That's the same word used for faith that you believe
on Him who he sends. Faith is an action word. It requires us to respond
properly to the evidence that we see in the Word of God. If I don't have the
faith to trust God and to follow Him, I can't be saved. There's no way
salvation can be possible without faith in Almighty God.
We also want to mention this idea to you. Without the
Bible, the revelation of God's message, there can be no salvation. Notice
James 1:21 the word of God says, "Therefore lay aside all filthiness and
overflow of wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word
(notice now) which is able to save your soul." 1 Peter 1:22-25, "We are
born again by the word of God which lives and abides forever." I
understand as well as you that it is God who started salvation. Jesus made
the offering and things like that and how essential we've already mentioned
that is, but how would you know about that without the Bible? You cannot
be saved without learning about God's plan of salvation that's found right
here in the word of God. How essential and important the Bible is to my
salvation and yours! You see this is where I learn about God. The Bible
tells us this is God's word. 2 Timothy 3:16-17, "All Scripture is given by
inspiration of God and is profitable." Psalm 119:160, ‘the entirety of God's
word is truth.’ And you remember what Jesus said about that truth. ‘You've
got to know the truth and then the truth will make you free,’ John 8:32. We
want to factor in that the Bible teaches the Word of God is essential unto
salvation. If there were a way to be saved, I'd have to know about it. Right?
I'd have to know what God said. Well that's what the Bible is about telling
us- God's plan of salvation. Men can't save us. “There is a way that seems
right to a man but the end thereof is the way of death,” Proverbs 16:25. And
yet in the long ago Jeremiah said, "Oh Lord I know the way of man is not of
himself. It's not in man who walks to direct his own steps." God is the
source of salvation. I've got to follow His word if I'm going to be saved.
Friend, this is why studying the Bible for yourself is so
important. Don't just believe it because somebody says it. Don't just go
somewhere on a Sunday and sit in a building and listen to somebody and
say well that must be true. Romans 14:10-12, each of us shall give an
account of himself to God. I'm accountable to study, 2 Timothy 2:15, and to
prove all things, 1 Thessalonians 5:21. This is why I have a copy of the
Bible. This is why God gave us the Bible, so we can make sure that we're
right with Him. The word of God is also essential to salvation.
The Bible also says the proclamation, the telling, the
preaching of the good news of Jesus Christ, is an essential part of salvation
as well. Listen to the words of 1 Corinthians 1:21. Paul said, "For since in
the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, (Listen to
this) it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to
save those who believe." Is preaching the gospel essential to salvation?
There are people who have never heard about God. There are people that
don't know about the Bible. There are people who, don't take this wrong
way, who just don't know and are ignorant of the message of salvation-
meaning they've never heard that. When people take the Bible and go
places and preach the Gospel to those who have never heard it, that's an
essential element for without hearing it. Without hearing the gospel that
there is a God that Jesus made a way of salvation that that's available to
mankind-there can be no salvation. We need to preach the word, 2 Timothy
4:2. We need to speak as God speaks, 1 Peter 4:11. We need to teach
sound doctrine, Titus 2:1. We always just want to put the emphasis on- "Is
there any word from the Lord?" "What does the scripture say?" Romans
4:3. It's not man's ideas. It's not funny stories or cute tales or things like that
are going to get me into heaven. It's the preaching of the good news. It's
telling others about Jesus, His salvation, His death, His burial, His
resurrection, and what this book the Bible says man must do to be saved.
Another element that the Bible says is essential to
salvation is listening to or hearing that message with the right attitude. If I'm
not willing to listen to what God's word says or hear God's word, I can't be
saved. I want to direct your attention to the Bible passage that teaches that
Romans 10:17. The Bible says, "So then, faith comes by hearing and
hearing by the Word of God.” Now we understand that verse and that verse
just simply teaches that if I'm going to get faith, it comes by hearing
reading, studying, listening to the Word of God and so we say what that
says and we understand that. But I want you to back up in your mind just a
minute to a verse that we mentioned earlier. How do we know hearing
saves and is essential?
Do you remember Hebrews 11:6? “Without faith it's
impossible to please God.” And so we recognize that if I don't have faith, I
can't please God. I've got to have faith. That's essential right? Well if faith is
essential, whatever process by which I get faith is also essential. Correct?
Listen again to Romans 10:17. How do you get that faith which is
essential? "Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God."
Friend, I cannot get faith, which is essential to please God, without hearing
the word of God. Therefore I need, if I'm going to be saved, I need the
attitude that I'm ready to listen.
I love the words of Isaiah 6 and the statement of Samuel
in 1 Samuel 2 and 3. Both in essence were given messages by God and
they, in essence, said “Speak Lord. Your servant hears.” I want to listen.
Jesus said to every one of the seven congregations in Asia Minor Jesus
said, "To him that has ears to hear let him hear." I've got to be very careful,
very attentive, very open minded to what the Bible says. We want to go the
right source. On the Mount of Transfiguration, the voice of God came down
and said, "This my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased, hear Him." I
want to go to the right source. I want to realize Jesus has all authority,
Matthew 28:18. If I don't have that attitude and that willingness- there's no
way I can be saved. That's why that that is essential to salvation.
We also learn from the scripture that not only is hearing
essential to salvation, hearing what the Bible says, but once I hear the
message the Bible teaches that repentance is also essential to salvation. I
can't be saved if I'm not willing to repent. Listen to the words of Luke 13:3.
Jesus said, "I tell you no, but unless you repent, you'll all likewise perish."
Listen to 2 Corinthians 7:10. Paul says, "For godly sorrow produces
repentance (Notice now) leading to salvation not to be regretted but the
sorrow of the world produces death." Godly sorrow produces repentance
which leads one toward salvation. Unless you repent, you will all likewise
perish. The Bible teaches that to be saved, I've got to change my ways.
Acts 2:38 Peter preached, "Repent and be baptized for the remission of
sin." Acts 3:19, "Repent and turn again or be converted that your sins may
be blotted out."
When we say repent it means that I've got to change my
way of thinking, and I've got to change my way of acting. When I hear the
message of God, if there are things in my life that are not like they need to
be- what does it mean to correctly hear God's word? I'm willing to change.
I'm willing to address those issues in my life and willing to change that. I
realize my thinking has not been the thinking of God on that issue and
because of that my actions have not been what God would like for me to do
either, and therefore I'm going to amend my ways. I'm going to think the
right way and I'm going to act the right way. If a person is going to be saved
that individual must be willing to repent and change their life to what God
wants them to do.
Along with repentance we also realize from scripture that
a person must acknowledge with his mouth that Jesus is the son of God to
be saved. Did you know that the Bible says I've got to with my mouth
confess Jesus is God's son to be saved. Look at Romans 10:10. "For with
the heart one believes unto righteousness and with the mouth, confession
is made unto salvation." We're not talking about somebody getting in a
cubicle and another religious person across on the other side of the window
and somebody is saying, "Father forgive me, I've sinned." You don't read
that in the Bible. You don't find it. That's not what Jesus nor the Holy Spirit
is talking about there. In fact we're told exactly what Jesus is talking about.
Matthew 10:32-33 Jesus said this: "If you won't confess me before men
neither will I confess you before My Father who is in heaven. But if you will
confess me before men and I'll also confess you before My Father who is in
heaven." We see an example of it in the conversion of the Ethiopian
eunuch. Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch are traveling down the road. He
sees water asks the great question, "Here is water what does hinders me?"
"If you believe with all your heart you may." And the man says this: "I
believe with all my heart that Jesus is the Christ the son of the living God."
Friend, if I'm not willing to acknowledge the one I believe in, if I'm not willing
to acknowledge the savior who died for me, if I won't orally have the
courage to confess Him as Lord of my life and the master who I'm going to
follow -there can be no salvation.
The Bible also teaches that baptism saves. Baptism is
essential to salvation. There are a lot of folks who don't like that and a lot of
people don't believe that. They say that's just not true. Well let's turn our
attention to the Word of God. Does it matter what I think in all honesty as it
relates to salvation? It doesn't matter what you think. What matters is- what
does God's words say? Listen to the very clear words of 1 Peter 3:21. The
Bible says, "There is also an anti-type (Listen to this) which now saves us -
baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh but the answer of a good
conscience toward God) through the resurrection of Jesus Christ." Now you
can study the context and you can tell that's water baptism because its
water that's dealing with Noah and it's that anti-type as well. That all applies
to Christians in that context. But what does he say in context about water
baptism there? "Baptism does ..." King James says it this way: "Baptism
does now also save us."
Friend, may we ask it kindly to you in this way. If the Bible
says and we just saw it in our own Bibles, if the Bible says baptism does
now also save us- why in the world would anybody say baptism is not
essential in salvation?
Today we ask you to think about these matters
concerning salvation. Are they a part of your salvation? Have you put your
trust in God and Christ and the Holy Spirit? Have you studied the Bible?
Have you obeyed God's plan of salvation?
And if not, then friend, we urge you today to obey the
Gospel become a Christian. Do what God says so you can be sure you can
be sure that you have obeyed the gospel that you have God's salvation,
and that one day you'll be in heaven forever.
Study Questions for:
“Salvation: Lesson 5”
1. According to 1 Timothy 2:4, what does God want?
2. According to Hebrews 5:8-9, who is author to eternal salvation?
3. According to John3:16, what did God give? Why?
4. According to John 14:6, how can we get to God?
5. What did Matthew 1:19-21 say Jesus would do?
6. How was Jesus tempted according to Hebrews 4:15?
7. According to 1 Peter 2:24, who bore our sins?
8. According to James 1:21, what does the word of God do?
9. What does 1 Peter 1:22-25 say about the Word of god?
10. According to 2 Timothy 3:16-17, where does scripture come from?