SALV-6 - Know, Hear, Believe
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“Salvation: Lesson 6”
Introduction by narrator accompanied by a cappella singing:
THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST. Spreading the soul-saving message of Jesus. And now,
The Bible says that ‘the Lord is not slow concerning His promises as
some men count slowness but He's longsuffering toward us, not willing that
any should perish but that all should come to repentance.’
We welcome you to our study of the subject of salvation. As you've
just heard from the Bible verse that we mentioned, the God of heaven,
Jesus Christ, wants every person to be saved. That's the heart and that's
the mind of God. God doesn't want nor is it His desire that anybody would
be lost. And so today, we're thinking about the second part in a study of the
things the Bible says are necessary in man's salvation. In our previous
lesson, as we discussed this subject, we noted that God was necessary for
salvation, that Jesus Christ made it available, that the Holy Spirit played an
integral part in that and that salvation is given to man through the Godhead,
that our faith is important, that faith only comes by hearing the Word of
God, which is essential to our salvation, and that the preaching of the
gospel and God's plan of salvation- all those things are indeed essential.
Today, we're going to notice some other things the Bible says are
essential in man's salvation. One of the things that the Bible indeed says is
essential to salvation is the grace of our God.
I want you to notice the words of Ephesians 2:8-9 with me. The Bible
says, “For by grace are you saved, through faith, and that not of
yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” No
doubt about the fact that grace is part in man's salvation. Without grace,
there'd be no salvation. It's by grace that salvation is available. The word
grace is an interesting idea. You look at its root meaning and it carries the
idea of undeserved or unmerited favor. God found favor in man although
man did nothing to earn or deserve that. God wanted to save man,
although man was without hope and lost- Ephesians 2:1, Romans 5:6-8.
It's God good pleasure, His desire, to save man. That grace is one of the
most beautiful ideas that you find in the Bible. The exhibition of it, the
showing of that grace is found in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. John
1:17 says ‘the Law came through Moses but grace and truth are in Christ.’
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, ‘though He was rich, yet for your
sakes, He became poor, that we, through His poverty, might be made rich.’
Our God is the God of all grace and therefore, He has made that salvation
available by His grace. We're saved by grace and as we've already
mentioned, through faith. Faith is essential as well. Hebrews 11:6 says
without faith, it's impossible to please God. Grace, that's God's part. God
gave man His unmerited favor when man was completely hopeless and lost
in sin. Man responds to that gift of grace in faith. That's man's part. We
must obey God, Matthew 7:21 and following.
We want to especially identify and show the richness of God's grace
found in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The Bible also teaches that
another thing that saves us is God's mercy.
Listen to the words of Titus 3:5. The scripture records, ‘it's not by
works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy.
He saved us through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy
Spirit.’ I haven't earned it. I haven't merited it. I can't look up to heaven and
say ‘God, I've done these things, therefore I deserve.’ No, through His
mercy He saved us. Someone put a kind of a unique definition on that fits
what the scripture teaches about both grace and mercy. They said grace is
when God allows us to receive what we don't deserve -that's His unmerited
favor and His gift in His Son. Mercy is when God allows us to escape what
we do deserve. How true that is. What am I being allowed to escape that I
do deserve? Well, think about it for a moment with me. The Bible says all
have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, Romans 3:23. The Bible
says the wages of sin is death, Romans 6:23. The scripture says the soul
who sins shall surely die, Ezekiel 18:4. When I think about the idea of
mercy and man being allowed to escape what he deserved, I've sinned.
You've sinned if you're of an accountable age. The wages of that sin is
spiritual death and separation from God.
Where's the mercy of God in salvation? The very fact that through the
sacrifice of Jesus and the love of God, I don't have to get what I deserved
for my sin. Psalm 103:10-12 I think illustrates the mercy of God as
beautifully as any verse in the scripture. The Bible says ‘the Lord's not dealt
with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities.’
What's that verse say? Exactly what mercy says. I didn't get what I
deserved for my sins. How thankful I am to God for the fact that mercy is an
integral part of God's salvation to mankind.
Let's think about another idea that goes right hand in hand with grace
and mercy and is really the motivating factor of God's salvation-it is the love
of God that is so essential to my salvation and yours. Again, we remind you
of the words of John 3:16. “God so loved the world He gave His only
begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have
everlasting life.” Why did God make salvation available? Friend, because
God loves you and God loves me. 1 Peter 5:7 says “Cast all your care
upon Him. He cares for you. While we were still without strength, in due
time, Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man one
might die, yet perhaps for a good man, some would even dare to die. God
demonstrates His own love toward us in that while we were still sinners,
Christ died for us.” God loves you and how do you know that? Through the
demonstration of His love. What is that? Look at Jesus on the cross. Look
at Jesus as He faced the suffering He faced. Look at Jesus as He was
buried in the tomb. That's the demonstration of just how much God loves
you and just how much God loves me. Were it not for the love of God,
there'd be no salvation. I would be hopeless, helpless, lost, and headed
down to the road of destruction without the marvelous love of God. I'll
assure you, no one has ever loved you like God loves you. No one has
ever done more and given more and sacrificed more for your betterment
and your salvation than God has. The fact of that alone, the fact of how
much God loves me and how much He loves you ought to motivate us to
want to be obedient to the God of Heaven and spend eternity with Him in
Let's then turn our attention to another item that the Bible says is
essential to salvation-the blood, or the sacrifice of our Lord and Savior,
Jesus Christ. I want you to notice the words of Hebrews 7:27. The Bible
says ‘of Jesus who does not daily as those high priests, those under the
Old Testament, need to offer up sacrifices, first for his own sins and then
for the peoples.’ Listen to this, ‘for this He did, once for all, when He offered
up Himself. Jesus gave His life, His blood once for everybody for sin.’
Hebrews 10:12 puts it this way, ‘and this man, after He made one sacrifice
for sin forever, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.’ What was
that sacrifice? It was His own life.
You remember the events surrounding the cross of Jesus, Calvary,
and Golgotha. Think about it in your mind for just a moment. Jesus is taken
by ungodly men. He's bound by them. He's taken to be questioned in the
praetorian. He's laughed at. He's mocked. People spit in His face. They
take the hand and they strike Jesus. They beat Him with something like a
whip with large metal shards put in it or glass, bone maybe. His back is
bloody, and the blood begins to flow from Jesus. Then a purple robe was
placed on Him, a crown of thorns piercing into His brow, reopening the
wounds that have been beaten. His hands and feet are nailed to a cruel
cross. He's suspended in agony between heaven and earth and that blood
of Christ that flowed down freely on Calvary is what saves me and you.
Jesus said it this way. In Matthew 26:28 Jesus, as He taught His disciples
about the Lord's Supper said, “This is My blood of the new covenant shed
for many for the forgiveness of sins.” Without the blood of Christ, there is
no salvation. It's what paid the price. It's the offering that appeased God's
wrath and His hatred for sin. Because of His Son's perfect life and sacrifice,
salvation could be available for mankind. Jesus' blood is such an important
part of salvation.
As I think about what the Savior did for me, as I think about all the
things He gave up, leaving Heaven, coming to this earth, doing all the good
that He did, healing the sick, feeding the hungry, helping the poor, casting
out demons of those who were possessed, and then I think about that great
sacrifice- how moved I am to want to live every day for Jesus Christ and to
be thankful for the salvation that God has offered!
Along with the blood of Christ, we also want to realize that the Bible
says that the life of Jesus also played an integral part in salvation. I want to
direct your attention to the words of Romans 5:10. Listen to these words.
Paul says, “For if when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God
through the death of His Son, much more having been reconciled, we shall
be saved by His life.” It's the death that reconciles us, but notice, he says
“we're saved by His life.” But what about the life of Jesus that plays, what
part of His life is important to salvation? I understand His death, but how
does Jesus' life save us?
Well Friend, that life was a perfect life and that life sets the pattern
and I have and you have. Christians have that life to follow, and we're
promised if we set the pattern of Jesus' life for us to follow, that's the life
that'll get us to heaven. The Bible says in 1 Peter 2:21 ‘for to this were you
called, because Christ also suffered and died for us, leaving us an example
that we should follow in His footsteps.’ 1 Corinthians 11:1, Paul said ‘imitate
me as I also imitate Christ.’ If I'll have the mind of Christ, Philippians 2:5, if I
will try to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, study the life of Christ, deal with
problems and situations and life and the devil and sin the way Jesus did,
for in that life will save you. That mindset, that attitude and that caliber of
life will ultimately lead to one doing the things that please God.
The encouragement is: let's emulate the life of Jesus! Let's look at it
as the premier example of a life that is dedicated in service to God and a
life that I need to hold up as a role model and follow every day.
As you think about Jesus and His blood and His life, let's also realize,
and I know we've mentioned this as well, but we want to surely make note
that another thing the Bible says is so essential in salvation is the death of
Jesus. Listen to Romans chapter 5, and I want you to notice what the Bible
says about Christ's death. The Bible says in Romans 5:9, ‘much more than,
having been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through
Him.’ What are they talking about when they say the blood of Jesus? The
death, the sacrifice, and the offering. We're justified and saved by the blood
of the death of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The fact that He did not
love His life more than He loved me, more than He loved you and more
than He loved God is a testament to the magnitude and the power of His
Friend, we then mention this as well as it relates to salvation the Bible
teaches that the good news, or the gospel of Jesus Christ saves us. Notice
Romans 1:16. Paul says, ‘for I'm not ashamed of the gospel of Christ for it,
the gospel of Christ, is the power of God to salvation for everyone who
believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.’ What is it that's the power
of God to salvation? The gospel. Paul says ‘I'm not ashamed of it.’ Why?
‘The gospel is God's power to salvation.’ When we say gospel, that's a
word that means really in its basic sense means good news. The good
news of Jesus Christ is God's power to salvation. That good news, of
course, we mentioned many of the facets of it already- His life, His
example, His death, and His sacrifice, the death, the burial and the
resurrection of Christ-1 Corinthians 15:1-3. Friend, that's God's power to
salvation. We don't want to underestimate the gospel of Christ. We read
about it in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and the good news of the life of
Christ. You can't have salvation without that good news. And aren't you
thankful there's good news today?
There's so much negative in the world. There's so much negative on
the internet. There's so much negative in television. You watch the news,
whether it be international or national news and the majority of that news,
like it or not, is going to be negative. It's not good news. It's not something
you turn on and are glad to hear. The gospel is good news.
Now Friend, sometimes people will understand these ideas that grace
and mercy and the gospel and those things are essential in salvation, but
they fail to realize the Bible also teaches that doing the will of God and
obedience to God are also essential to salvation. How do we know that?
Look in your Bible or notice Matthew 7:21 with us. The Bible says Jesus
speaking, “not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the
kingdom of heaven but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.” Is
doing the will of God essential? Is it an item the Bible says is essential to
salvation? Yeah, Jesus said ‘it's not everybody that just looks look looks up
and says Lord Lord.’ No, that's not enough. I've got to do the will of my
Father in heaven.
Here's a question Jesus asked in Luke 6:46. He said this to the
hypocritical people of His day who probably recognized He was a great
teacher, maybe even Savior, but weren't willing to follow Him. Jesus said,
“Why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord’ and do not do the things which I say?” I
want you to think about Jesus' words in John 14:15 for a moment. Jesus
said, “If you love Me, keep My commandments.” Friend, let's realize Jesus
is the Author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, Hebrews 5:8-9. In
doing the will of God, in keeping the commands of God, which Jesus has
taught us are clearly essential to salvation can I then somehow reach the
conclusion I've earned it? Of course not. We recognize salvation is by
Friend, do I not have to do what God says? Do I not have to obey
God's terms? Do I not have to submit to God's will to receive the salvation
that He's freely offering to mankind? Well, absolutely I do and thus
obedience to the will of God is essential to salvation as well. You know, in
line with that idea, Christians, the Bible teaches that Christians must live a
righteous life to continue in the salvation God wants them to have. Listen to
Matthew 5:20. Jesus said, “For I say to you that unless your righteousness
exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and the Pharisees you will by no
means enter the kingdom of heaven.” Can somebody be saved who's not
living a righteous life? Can somebody be saved who's not walking in the
light? 1 John 1:7. Who doesn't have the mind of Christ? Philippians 2:5.
And who is not following in the footsteps of Jesus? 1 Peter 1, 2 verses 21-
22. Well, of course not.
Jesus taught us, if our righteousness is just out there for people to
see and we really don't mean it like the hypocrites and the Pharisees of His
day, you'll not enter the kingdom of heaven. Friend, again, we're not saying
any of us are perfect. We're not saying that it is our righteousness that
earns us salvation. That is absolutely not true. We are saying the Bible
says we've got to live like God wants us to. The Bible says that we must
walk in the light and the Bible says we must live holy lives. 1 Peter 1:15,
‘Be holy, as He who called you is holy.’ Hebrews 12:14, ‘without holiness
no one can see God.’ I want to live my life in harmony with the will of God
to the best of my ability and strive every day to be pleasing unto the Lord.
Another thing the Bible says is essential to salvation is being faithful
unto the end, or enduring to the end. Listen to the words of Matthew 10:22.
Jesus said, “And you will be hated by all for My namesake. But he who
endures to the end will be saved.” “Be faithful unto death and I'll give you
the crown of life,” Revelation 2:10. If I quit halfway through, am I going to
be saved? If I throw the towel in and give up, am I going to be saved? No,
‘he who endures to the end.’ “Be faithful until death.” To the very last breath
I take, I've got to live up to the best of my ability and strive to do God's will.
Again, we're not putting our salvation on ourself, but we do want to
follow the will of God. We do want to live the best life we can and we do
want to strive to do those things which are pleasing unto our God.
As you think about salvation and as I think about salvation, and God's
plan of salvation, we realize that to be saved, we've got to put our trust and
our hope in God who is the source of that salvation. I've got to turn from
sin, from the error of my way, James 5:20. I've got to put my trust and hope
in the power and the authority of Jesus Christ, Acts 4:12. It is His doctrine
or His teaching that saves, 1 Timothy 4:16. I've got to be willing to look to
God and to call on Him for salvation, Acts 2:21. The Bible says this, ‘And it
shall come to pass whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’
I've got to reach out to God. I've got to call out to God. I've got to put my
trust in God to be saved.
Now, how does the Bible teach, how does the Bible tell us to call on
the name of the Lord to be saved?
Now here's what the world says. The world says to call on the name
of the Lord just means that you look up in heaven and say I believe in God
or maybe you say the sinner's prayer. ‘Lord Jesus, I recognize You as
Savior and Master. I now ask You to come in my heart and save me.’ Do
you find those in the Bible? Is that what it means to call on the name of the
Lord, to be saved? No.
Let's let the Bible define its own terms. I want to direct your attention
to a passage with me. Would you get your Bible and look in Acts 22:16 for
a moment? Let's see an example of an individual who was told how to call
on the name of the Lord, Acts 22:16. This is Saul of Tarsus and he's
recounting his conversion. It was the Lord who told him, ‘you go in the city
and be told you what you must do.’ Here is what God told him. And now,
Ananias says to Saul, ‘and now, while you are waiting? Arise and be
baptized.’ Don't miss this, ‘And wash away your sins, calling on the name
of the Lord.’ How do you call on the name of the Lord? We'll answer it this
way. If I'm in sin, if I'm in a predicament, if I've been a problem, if I've got
trouble and there's somebody out there and I call out to them for salvation
and they do things to offer, make that salvation available, then I've got to
do what God says. I've got to do things also. I've got to follow what's said to
be saved and to do what God wants me to.
Think about it this way. God's made salvation available. Man doesn't
have to live in the muck and mire of sin. He can be saved. But to call on the
name of the Lord properly, I've got to ‘arise and be baptized and wash
away my sins.’ Baptism is essential in calling on the name of the Lord.
That's how the Bible defines the term, ‘call on the name of the Lord’ by
getting up and doing what God says to be saved. God's made it available,
He's made it for everybody, but I've got to follow His will. This is no different
than what Jesus said in Mark 16:16. “He that believes and is baptized will
be saved. He that does not believe shall be condemned.” It’s no different
than what Peter said. “Repent and be baptized for the remission of sins,”
We encourage you today to consider your own salvation.
If you've not obeyed the gospel and done the things God wants, won't
you do those and be saved so you can one day go to Heaven?
Study Questions for:
“Salvation: Lesson 6”
1. According to Ephesians 2:8-9, how are we saved?
2. According to John 1:17, what are in Christ?
3. According to Romans 3:23, who has sinned?
4. How does Psalm 103:10-12 say God has dealt with us?
5. According to John 3:16, what did God give for us? Why?
6. Where is Jesus according to Hebrews 10:12?
7. According to Matthew 26:28, why was His blood shed?
8. According to Romans 5:10, how shall we be saved?
9. According to 1 Peter 2:21, whose footsteps should we follow in?
10. According to Romans 1:16, what has the power of God?