SALV-3 - I Need Salvation
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Introduction by narrator accompanied by a cappella singing:
THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST. Spreading the soul-saving message of Jesus. And now,
The word of God says, "It is appointed to man once to die and then
the judgment." 2 Corinthians 5:10 says, ‘We must all appear before the
judgment seat of Christ, that each one may give an account for the things
done in the body whether good or evil.’ One day all of us will leave this life,
and one day we all stand before the almighty throne of God. In view of that,
I need and you need salvation from God.
Welcome to our study of the subject of salvation. Today we're going
to be thinking about the fact that I need, that every individual needs
salvation, and what it is we're saved to, and what it is we're saved from in
eternity. The fact that heaven is going to be wonderful, and the fact that
we're going to be saved to heaven, and the fact that hell is going to be
horrible, and that we're saved from a sinner's hell.
We welcome you today to our study of this wonderful subject relating
Let's then begin to think about our soul in view of eternity. Let's think
about the fact that I need salvation from a sinner's hell and to the beautiful
place we call heaven.
I want you to think with me in this first part of our lesson about how
that nobody would ever in their right mind want to be lost in hell. You know,
when we think about hell, what's it going to be like? What is hell, what does
the Bible teach about that subject of hell?
You know, we don't hear much today on the subject of hell and
probably in most places it's been a long time since we heard a sermon on
what hell is going to be like-but friend there's a value to that. As I think
about what is hell, and as I think about the subject of hell, this motivates
and this challenges a person to be saved in view of that. I don't want to go
to hell. I want to live in such a way that I'm right in the sight of God, and it is
a preventative to make sure that I remain true to God's teaching.
I want to invite you to open your Bible with me to Luke the 16th
chapter, and let's think about a man who went to hell. Let's think about this
man's journey through torment. Let's see just how horrible it was for this
man and see what lessons we can learn that'll promote and prevent us
from being lost for all eternity.
Open your Bible if you would to Luke 16:19. The Bible says, "There
was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared
sumptuously every day. But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full
of sores, who was laid at his gate desiring to be fed with the crumbs which
feel from the rich man's table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his
sores. So it was the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to
Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died and was buried." Now notice
this, "And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw
Abraham afar off and Lazarus in his bosom."
Friend, as you think about this man's journey to torment, what is
torment going to be like, what's hell going to be like? Friend, it's a place of
horrible, horrible torment. If you can imagine being in such agony, being in
such pain and torment that you would almost hope to die, you would beg to
die-and you would live forever. You know, as you think about the idea of
torment think about maybe when you felt sick in your life. Think about
maybe when you felt really, really bad. You were so sick and you felt so
bad that you'd probably say to yourself, death would almost be better than
this. If you've ever been in that kind of torment, whether it is mental or
whether it be emotional torment, you know how bad that is. Can you
imagine living forever in a state where you would almost wish for death and
yet living in that moment of time for all eternity, being in that kind of torment
for the rest of your life. Can you imagine that?
Well look a little further as you think about the rich man and what he
had to face. We also learn that hell is a place of fire. Notice in your Bible in
Luke 16:24. The scripture says, "Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham,
have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in
water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’" What's going
to be so horrible, why do I need salvation from hell? For in hell it's going to
be a place of unquenchable fire. Listen to the words of Jesus in Mark 9:44.
Hell is a place, Jesus said, "where the worm does not die and the fire is not
When you think about the rich man's words here, ‘have mercy on me,
send Lazarus, I just need one drop of water, for I'm tormented in this
flame.’ Have you ever had to deal with a burn? Everybody in their life at
one point or another has maybe burned themselves. Maybe you were in
the kitchen and you accidentally touched a hot pan and it burned you.
Maybe you've played with fireworks and got burned, maybe in your work
you somehow got burned, or maybe even worse, you were in some type of
fire and you got burned by that fire. You know how bad a burn hurts and
how it makes your skin boil up. When you pop it and touch it, it just hurts so
much- the pain and the anguish. In fact I once heard a story of a preacher
who went into a hospital and he was in the burn wing. He said you just
cannot imagine how horrible that part of the hospital was. He said from the
moment you walked through those double doors, the screams and the
anguish and the pain of those people with those burns on their bodies as
they're tending the wounds, as they're dressing them, as they're taking care
of them- the agony and the pain that they're writhing in can't be rivaled with
anything. Truly nothing hurts nearly as bad as a burn.
Now why do we say those things, why do we make you think about
that? Friend, the Bible describes hell as a place of fire. 'The smoke of their
torment goes up forever and ever,’ Revelation 14:11 says. ‘It's a place of
burning brimstone, of fire and brimstone,’ as described in Revelation
chapter 20. Imagine now living in a place of eternal fire forever. Nobody'd
want to do that.
Let's say, would you do this, you think about this, if you had a
cigarette lighter would you light that lighter and hold your finger over it and
burn yourself? Well of course not. If you were at the house and your oven
was cranked up to 500 degrees, would you stick your hand in there and
hold it in for a good while? No. Why? It'd burn you. You'd do whatever you
could to prevent being burned. You're not going to burn yourself. You're not
going to stick your hand in a hot oven. You're not going to jump in a fire.
Why not? I don't want to be burned. I'm going to do whatever it takes to
And yet now is the opportunity, now is the time, to prevent living
forever in torment. Many people are living as though they have no fear of
the eternal torment in the fire of hell.
What else do we know about this man's journey to hell? This is
probably the worst thing. It's not necessarily the physical torment. It's not
necessarily the pain and the torture of the fire. Friend, probably one of the
worst things about hell is that there's going to be mental recognition in hell.
Listen to Luke 16:25. "But Abraham said," now listen to this, "Son,
remember that in your lifetime you received good things, and likewise
Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented."
What's going to be horrible about hell? Your memory will not be
erased. You will remember in hell. God said to the rich man, ‘Son,’
Abraham said, ‘remember now you had it pretty good back on earth. You
had all the fine things, all the luxuries; Lazarus not so.’ Now the roles are
kind of reversed, aren't they? This man squandered his opportunity. He
didn't use what he had to glorify God. He didn't help Lazarus. He wasn't a
very good man, and he's going to remember that for all eternity.
Friend, what's going to be horrible about hell is the fact that I will
remember. Think about this for a moment- can you imagine sitting in the
halls of hell thinking about what you should have done, thinking about the
opportunities that you overlooked, thinking about the time that you almost
changed your life and obeyed the gospel? You think about ‘I almost
became a Christian. I almost gave up this sin,’ whatever it may be. ‘I
almost.’ Almost is going to be one of those haunting words in hell. Don't let
that be in your heart, and your life for all eternity. Instead of thinking ‘if I
should have or would have or could have,’- make changes now because
your memory and mind will not be erased in eternity. We will be able to
remember some of those things.
Then of course the Bible teaches another horrible thing about hell is
that hell is a place of eternal separation. Listen to Luke 16:26. This man's
journey then goes further when the Bible tells us "And besides all this,
between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to
pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us." What
do we know about hell? It's a place of eternal separation. There is no
crossing over. The rich man says ‘just send Abraham to get one drop of
water to cool my tongue, I'm tormented in this flame.’ Son, remember you
had it good on life. He's got it good now. He says ‘well let me go back and,’
no- no crossing over. There's a great gulf. The word gulf means a ‘wide,
deep chasm that nobody could get across.’ You just can't get across it. No
going back and forth. The idea is that of separation. There's no going back
and forth. If one is lost, it's eternal. The separation will be eternal.
Friend, hell is going to be horrible because if I don't live right and
obey the gospel and become a Christian no- it's too late on the other side.
You're not going to buy anybody out of there, that's not taught in the Bible.
You can't do enough good works to get somebody out of, that's not taught
in the scripture. Now is the opportunity. This is my one chance to get right
with God or I'm going to be separated for all eternity. Think about that- I'm
going to be separated from God. I'm going to be separated from Jesus
Christ. I'm going to be separated from all good, righteous, and holy people.
I am going to not only be separated from God and all that's good, I'm going
to be with, without the possibility of getting away, I'm going to be with the
devil and his angels, and evil ungodly immoral people without the possibility
of ever being separated from them either. Think about how horrible that
would be on the other side.
When you think about this separation you also have to think about
how good it's going to be to go to heaven.
I need salvation not only because I don't want to go to hell and be lost
for eternity, but I need salvation because I want to be saved and I want to
go to heaven.
I want you to think about the beauty and the splendor of that place
called heaven. You know, Christians often sing the song “How Beautiful
Heaven Must Be.” How true that is, we sing songs like the “Paradise
Valley” and we think about how wonderful it's going to be. Friend, heaven
really is a beautiful place of rest. I want you to look in the Bible in Hebrews
chapter four, and I want you to notice, now let's think about some passages
that relate to heaven. Hebrews 4:9 listen to what the word of God says
about the beautiful rest of heaven. Scripture says, "There remains therefore
a rest for the people of God." Think about how beautiful heaven's going to
be. Think about how wonderful that place called heaven is and don't you
want to go there? It's a place of rest.
You know, when you think about rest, imagine it this way. Let's say
that you've gone out and you've worked harder than you have ever worked
before. You have been involved in some type of strenuous manual labor
from sunup to sundown, whatever that may be. You're tired, your body
aches, and the one thing you want is rest for the old weary body. When you
think about that, think about it in a spiritual sense. The soul and the spirit,
which has fought with sin, which has struggled every day with the world,
which has done battle against Satan, which is worn out and tired from all
that- it's a place of rest for the spirit and the soul. There'll be no more
sorrow, death, pain, or crying. All the sin, all those former things will have
passed away. Don't you want to go to that beautiful place of rest where
God himself is?
I need salvation, and I want to go to heaven because evil is going to
be absent in heaven. I want you to notice next Revelation 21:4.The Bible
says, "And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there'll be no
more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the
former things have passed away." The things that bring us so much
heartache in this life don't exist on the other side. There'll be no death.
Won't it be wonderful that when you get to heaven you'll never hear the
news, you'll never read the obituary in the paper, and you’ll never have
somebody call you and say, did you hear so and so died? No more death.
There'll be no more crying. I won't have to shed tears on the other side.
There'll be no more sorrow. There'll be no more pain. You won't hurt. We
won't have to deal with disease, sickness, cancer, heart attacks, and
strokes. All those former things will have passed away. Isn't it a beautiful
picture of God in Revelation 21:4? God is pictured as wiping away every
tear from their eyes.
When I think about this I think about an illustration. When I was a
young kid sometimes we would stay at my grandmother's house, and I
remember specifically we would play. We'd sometimes get rambunctious
and as kids do sometime- you'd fall down and scrape your knee or
sometime you'd hurt your elbow or you'd get hurt sometime. You go to your
grandmother crying maybe. I remember every time, grandmother would
take us up, and she'd take that apron that people in that day and age wore,
and she'd take that apron, bring us up in her arms and she'd just wipe away
every tear and before you knew it you didn't even know why you were
crying. You didn't even know what was wrong. All you knew was that you
were in that place of safety and grandma had wiped away every tear.
Friend I want you to think about God like that. What's heaven going to
be like? It's a place of safety. There isn't the heartache and the pain that we
face now. God is going to bring us up and wipe away every tear from our
eye. We won't feel the things that we feel in this life. Heaven's going to be
wonderful because God is going to be there. When I was a young person
and I used to hear things about heaven, and I used to read the Bible as it
spoke about heaven, I would often think that the things that are going to
make heaven great are the jewels and the diamonds and the pearly gate,
and the river, all those physical touchable images that we think about. I
don't really think now that's the main thing that's going to make heaven
What is the number one thing that makes heaven great? I think Jesus
mentioned it in Matthew 6:9. Jesus said, "In this manner, therefore pray
Our Father who is in heaven." What makes heaven great? If God is in
heaven that's what'll make heaven great-the God of love, I John 4:8, and
the God of light, John 8:12. If Jesus Christ, the great sacrifice is there,
that'll make heaven, heaven. Being in the presence of God for all eternity is
Heaven. Living with the saints of old, being with loved ones who've passed
on- that's heaven. That's what makes it wonderful! It's not necessarily the
jewels or the pearly gates or the river- no, all those images are wonderful
things, don't get me wrong, but if God's there, that's what makes heaven
Don't you want to go to heaven? I'll assure you of this today, heaven,
no matter what you face, no matter what you have to go through, no matter
what things you have to give up... heaven will be worth it all.
There's a final Bible passage that I want you to think about with me
that really illustrates how heaven is worth whatever you've got to face and
whatever you've got to give up to go there... heaven's worth it.
Listen to what Paul said in Romans 8:18. "For I consider that the
sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory
which shall be revealed in us." What'd Paul say? Heaven's going to be
worth it all. The sufferings you face now and the difficulties that you incur
will all be worth it. People may laugh at you. People may mock you. You
may have to face difficulties and challenges in this life. You may have to
give up, and you may have to suffer to be a Christian.
Heaven's going to be worth it. The glory that's one day going to be
revealed in us- it doesn't even compare. Those things don't even compare
to what heaven's going to be like. Paul could definitely say that, could he
not? He'd done a lot of things that were not pleasing to God. When he
changed his life he truly gave up, didn't he? He spent his life spreading the
gospel. Paul was stoned at certain times in Lystra and other areas,
Iconium, Acts 14. He was beaten. He was stranded out in the sea. He
faced shipwreck. He was put in prison. All that, Paul said, isn't even worthy
to be compared with what we'll one day receive.
Friend, I hope today that you'll think seriously about why we need
salvation. I hope that you'll think with a view toward eternity. Are you
thinking seriously about your soul? Are you thinking about the judgment
day? Remember, Hebrews 9:27 says, “It’s appointed to man once to die
and then the judgment.”
There are two things, only two that you can be sure of. We will all one
day leave this life, no getting around that, and we'll all one day stand before
the judgment seat of God.
Now in view of that, we've got to think seriously about our soul. This
life is not what's important. The things of this life, the stuff, the pleasures,
the junk that often gets in the way of people putting God first-that's not
what's important. What's important is my soul and yours. Are you really
thinking about eternity?
Have you really thought about how horrible hell's going to be? Can
you imagine, just think seriously in your own mind, if I die outside of Christ,
and I go to hell. Have I really thought about what that's going to be like?
Friend, we're saying this because God doesn't want anybody to go there.
We don't want anybody to go there. We love your eternal soul, and we
want you to be saved. You've got to think seriously. The reality is, I will die,
and I will be judged. The reality is, if I haven't obeyed the gospel and lived
right, or I live and die in sin, I will be lost in hell. Hell is a place of torment,
fire, and a place of mental recognition. It’s a place of separation and a
place where you'll be with the devil and his angels for all eternity.
Are you thinking seriously about your soul in view of heaven, a
beautiful place of rest? Heaven is a place where God is, a place where evil
and all the things of this life do not haunt us, and a place where you can
spend eternity with loved ones who've gone on before you, who are also
Now friend, if you're thinking about these things seriously today, the
question you need to be asking is, am I right with God? Have I obeyed the
gospel of Jesus Christ? Am I a Christian and have I obeyed God's will?
Now here's what we'd ask you to consider. Some people think they are a
Christian, think they've obeyed the gospel, and they've not really been
taught the truth on salvation.
What does the Bible say you've got to do to be saved? Friend, you
must hear the word of God to be saved. “Faith comes be hearing, hearing
by the word of God.” Are you willing to listen to what God and God alone
says in the Bible? If you are, do you believe that Jesus is the savior of the
world? Jesus said, “Unless you believe that I am He, you will surely die in
your sins,” John 8:24. Would you be willing to repent and turn to God? Luke
13:3 and 13:5, Jesus said, "Unless you repent you will all likewise perish."
Are you willing to change your way of thinking and change your way of
acting? Would you turn from sin and turn to God? Would you confess in the
name of Jesus before men? Romans 10:10 says, "With the heart one
believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto
salvation." And friend would you, to have every sin washed away, to
become a Christian, be baptized in water for the forgiveness of your sins?
Here's what the Bible teaches. Jesus said in Mark 16:16, "He that
believes and is baptized will be saved." Peter said in Acts 2:38, “Repent
and be baptized for the remission of your sins.” Saul was told, "Arise and
be baptized and wash away your sins," Acts 22:16. Baptism is that which
puts us into Christ, Galatians 3:27. Peter so clearly said, “Baptism does
now also save us.”
More than anything we want you to be saved. We want people to go
to heaven and to miss out on hell.
We urge you today; we're begging you, if you've never obeyed the
gospel, if you are not a Christian or you've got sin in your life, please make
More than anything we want to see you one day in heaven with all the
Study Questions for:
“Salvation: Lesson 3”
1. According to 2 Corinthians 5:10, what will we all do?
2. In Luke 16:24, why did the rich man want relief?
3. What does Jesus say about hell in Mark 9:44?
4. What does Revelation 14 say about hell?
5. According to Luke 16:25, is there mental recognition in hell?
6. According to Luke 16:26, is there eternal separation in hell?
7. According to Hebrews 4:9, what will the people of Heaven receive?
8. According to Revelation 21:4, what will Heaven be like?
9. What will be absent in Heaven according to Revelation 21:4?
10. According to Hebrews 9:27, what will we all experience?