SALV-4 - Saved From What?
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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 greatest question ever asked is found in Acts 16:30-31. The
Philippian jailer said, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" No greater
question in all the world can be asked and answered by the Bible and by
every individual. But today as we think about the subject of salvation, we
want to ask the question- saved from what?
If the Philippian jailer realized he needed to be saved, what did he
need to be saved from? Did he need to be saved from society? Did he
need to be saved from modern thinking of that day? Did he need to be
saved from the threat on his life that might be made by being a part of the
Roman government and these men getting out? What exactly did he need
to be saved from? Those are the things that we're going to be thinking
about today in our study of salvation.
What did the Philippian jailer need to be saved from? Friend this is
such an important question that is really worthy of every person's serious
consideration. To answer this question properly, we don't want to give
human opinion. We don't want to go to some poll or look at what might be
popular today. The only way to answer this question is to go directly to the
source, the Bible. Romans 4:3, we want to let God's word answer it. For
Paul asked the question in Romans 4:3, "What does the scripture say?"
That's all that matters. That's all that we're concerned about today.
What does the scripture say that man is being saved from? Let's also
realize that once we go to the right source, we've got to also realize human
wisdom, (my thinking, your thinking, society's thinking) can't adequately
answer the question. We're not here today to tell you what we think, or to
tell you what others think, or what some theologian somewhere might think
They can't answer that question correctly. Only God can.
Jeremiah said in Jeremiah 10:23, "Oh Lord, I know the way of man is
not in himself; It's not in man who walks to direct his own steps." Man can't
figure out his own path to salvation. He needs God's direction. In Proverbs
14:12 and 16:25 says this, "There is a way that seems right to a man."
What about that way? "The end thereof is the way of destruction." The way
it seems right to a man, but the end thereof is the way of death or
destruction. Let's not put our trust in human thinking on this subject. Let's
put our trust in God. Notice the words of Proverbs 28:26. The Bible says,
"He who trusts in his own heart is a fool. But whoever walks wisely will be
delivered." God and His wisdom and His teaching can deliver me from the
problem that I need saved from. But only God can give me that advice. And
so what is it man needs to be saved from?
Let's realize that it's sin that we need to be saved from. Now friend,
let's each be honest today. Sin is a reality that every person of an
accountable age has to deal with. Like it or not, want to think about it or not,
I've got to come to terms with the fact that if I'm of an accountable age and
a right mind, - I have sinned. You have sinned. We need salvation from that
sin. Listen to Romans 3:23. The Bible says, "All". How many? "All have
sinned and fallen short of the glory of God." If all have sinned, then I have
sinned. Ecclesiastes 7:20, the Bible says, "There's not a righteous man on
the face of the earth who does good and does not sin." Every person, even
the most righteous among us, has to deal with the sin problem. I need
salvation from that sin because if I remain in it and if I die in it- I'll be lost.
Romans 6:23 says, "The wages of sin is death." Isaiah 59:1-2, "Sin
separates a man from God." Why? Habakkuk 1:12-13 says, "God is of
purer eyes than to behold evil. He cannot look upon wickedness."
It is our sin that every one of us at one point in time or another has
committed that we need to be saved from. Let's realize that God does have
a lot to say on the subject of sin in His word. We live in a society today that
we almost don't like to think about and talk about sin. People don't want to
mention anything that might be sinful or wrong today. They don't want to
hurt anybody's feelings, don't want to make anybody feel bad. Let's realize
we've got to say what God says on the subject of sin so that people can be
saved. Our responsibility is to "speak as the oracles of God", 1 Peter 4:11.
Why would we ever allow anyone else outside of Jesus and the
words of the Bible to teach us on this subject? I love the words of Luke
11:1, the disciple said to Jesus, "Lord, teach us." 'Teach us to pray' was
their request. That’s how we ought to think today on the subject of sin. We
want Jesus to teach us about sin.
Now friend, as you think about this subject, and as we think about
listening to the voice of God, letting God speak to us on this problem, let's
also realize that sin is a reality that man has no cure for. No matter how
hard he might try, no matter how long he might look, man can't solve the
sin problem. In Jeremiah 2:22, here's what God said to Israel about their
sin problem. God said, "Though you wash with lye, and use much soap, yet
your iniquity is ever before me." If you get something on your hand, or if
you get something on your clothes, you can go to the sink, you can get a
bar of soap or a bottle of soap, you can put that on your hands, and you
can wash it. Most of the time you can get it off. You get something on your
clothes, you can put a little detergent in the washing machine and run that
through a cycle, and you can get rid of it. God said that's not how it works
with sin. "Though you wash with lye and use much soap, yet your iniquity is
ever before me." What's God say? You're not going to take care of the sin
problem with soap and water. You can't get enough lye and enough soap
to deal with the sin problem. Man needs God's help. Man needs God's
direction to deal with it.
Listen to Proverbs 30:12. God said, "There is a generation that is
pure in its own eyes, yet it is not washed from its filthiness." Man can't deal
with it in and of himself. He needs God's help to be right with Him.
Let's also realize God does have the cure. Thank God that He has
the cure and the remedy for the sin problem. What is that cure? Jesus is
the answer. Matthew 1:21, "You shall call his name Jesus." Why? "He'll
save His people from their sins.” Behold the lamb of God who takes away
the sins of the world." 1 Peter 2:24, "He bore our sins in His own body upon
on the tree that we, having died to sin, might live for righteousness by
whose stripes we are healed.” God so loved the world he gave his only
begotten son that whoever believes in him should not perish but have
everlasting life," John 3:16.
Those verses clearly and beautifully illustrate that the remedy for sin
is found in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. God wants to forgive, Micah
7:18. "God wants to pardon man from sin," Nehemiah 9:17. And God is
willing to abundantly pardon or forgive us of our sins,” Isaiah 55:7. He can
only do that through the plan and the person of Jesus Christ.
Let's think today about the subject of sin and how one can overcome
We ask first and foremost- what is sin? When you think about sin,
there's a very descriptive, there's a very clear way of describing and
defining that from the scripture. We mention three passages that help us
What is sin? 1 John 3:14, "Sin is a transgression of God's law." When
we think about sin, we think about breaking God's law. If you're driving in a
car and you go over the speed limit, you break the laws of that land. The
police or the department of safety individual may be able or will give you a
ticket if he catches you doing that. Why? You've transgressed the law. Well
friend, this is God's perfect law of liberty, James 1:25. This is the law that
I'm going to be judged by on the Day of Judgment, John 12:48. If I break
this law, if I transgress this law, if I know what the Bible tells me to do, or if I
do something that I'm not supposed to in the word of God, then friend I
have broken or transgressed God's law. That is a sin. 1 John 5:17 would be
the second verse. "All unrighteousness is defined as sin." Not only
transgressing, but when I know it's right that I do this, and I know it's right
that I have this type of character or this type of action in my life, and I do
the opposite- I have done that which is unright, or unrighteous. I have fallen
into sin. Breaking the law of God is doing what is wrong in the sight of God.
Then a third passage helps us to understand what sin is so we can avoid it
and be saved from it is James 4:17. "For him that knows to do good and
does not do it, to him it is a sin." Now this is more of not doing anything that
may be right-we haven't really gone out and broken any law maybe. We
haven't really gone out and done anything that's wicked-but if I know that
it's good to help the poor and if I know that it's good to spread the Gospel
and encourage and I just don't do anything- that inaction, knowing when I
ought to act, knowing that I should have acted, knowing that I should have
done right and doing nothing on my part- the Bible says that's also contrary
to the will of God, and is a sin.
Let's think a little bit about how the Bible describes sin so that we can
better understand the heart of God on sin. 2 Corinthians 7:1, the apostle
Paul describes sin in the terms of defilement, something that makes man
defiled or dirty, unclean in the sight of God. Listen to these words. Paul
said, "Therefore having these promises beloved, let us cleanse ourselves
from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of
God." What is sin? It's defilement or it's filthy. Think about the last time you
got mud, or you got oil, or you got just something filthy on your hands.
How'd that make you feel? How bad did you want to get to the sink and get
some soap and wash that off? Well pretty quickly right? It made you feel
pretty nasty. Well sin, in God's way of thinking, is a defilement of His
God also describes sin in the sense of a stain or a spot on that which
ought to be pure and holy. James 1:27, James says, "Pure and undefiled
religion before God the Father is this, to visit the widows and the orphans in
their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained or unspotted from the world."
If you've got a white shirt, let's say you've got a white shirt on, and you've
got an ink pen in the pocket, and you probably may have had this happen.
That black ink pen eventually leaks. And now you've got a big black spot
right here on this white shirt. How bad does that look? How much did it
mess up that white garment? Can you use that? Probably not. Probably
have to throw the thing away. Why? Because now it's spotted or it's
stained. God wants us to be pure and holy. "Be holy as he who called you
is holy," 1 Peter 1:15. When we have sin in our life, God describes that as a
sin or a stain on that which ought to be holy and right in His sight.
There's a third description that I want you to think about with me
today. Psalm 38:4. David said this. "My sins have gone over my head like a
heavy burden. They're too heavy for me to bear." How does the scripture
describe sin? It's a heavy burden that you just can't bear on your own. You
ever tried to lift something that you just knew was too heavy for you? Have
you tried to lift some big heavy load and you hurt your back? Or maybe
you've tried to lift something and you kind of got under that weight and you
almost couldn't get out from under it. Friend, sin is a burden around your
neck. It's a burden on your back. It's something that you cannot bear. If
you've been in sin, you know what the scripture is talking about. Carrying
that weight around, knowing that you've done something wrong, knowing
that you're not right with God, knowing that that burden is on your heart and
mind and you need to have it dealt with, and until you do, you'll never
release that weight that's bearing you down.
Sin is a filthiness or defilement. It's a stain or a spot. It is a burden
that will bear you down until you let God and Christ help you with that. This
is why Jesus said, "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, I'll
give you rest. My yoke is easy, my burden is light." Jesus is able to help us
with the weight and the burden of our sin.
Now as you think about sin, and that which we need to be saved
from, let's also think about God's thinking about this subject of sin. The
Bible says "God has no pleasure in sin," Psalm 5:4. I think sometimes, men
kind of take pleasure in. We talk about it in words that describe it as very
pleasurable. And yet Psalm 5:4 says, "God has no pleasure in sin."
Hebrews 1:9, "Jesus hates lawlessness or wickedness.” God doesn't
delight in it. Christ hates it. And Nahum 1:3 says this, "There is no acquittal
for the wicked." Governments, presidents, pardon boards, parole boards,
they may acquit or they may pardon somebody. They may have committed
a crime, and they may eventually be free from that. There's not going to be
any acquittal for sin unless we obey the Gospel of our Lord and Savior,
Jesus Christ. The problem again is that all have sinned. We've all fallen
short of the glory of God. The problem is that sin is of my own doing
because sin has entered my life I have the effects of that in my heart and
The penalty of sin, if it's not dealt with, is going to be devastating to
one's life. Realize these things with me today. The Bible teaches that sin,
ultimately, is going to bring spiritual death. Ephesians 2:1 Paul said, "To
those who have obeyed the Gospel that although they once were dead in
their trespasses and sins, they'd been set free." But listen to those words
again. "You He made alive who were dead in your trespasses and sins."
Romans 6:23, "The wages of sin is death."
When we think about sin and why a person needs to be saved from
that, sin is going to lead to spiritual death. Matthew 25:46, "The righteous
will go away into eternal life. The unrighteous into eternal death.” What else
does sin do? Sin separates me from that which I need the most, God.
Isaiah 59:1-2, "The Lord's ear's not heavy that he cannot hear. Lord's arm's
not shortened. Your sins and your iniquities have separated you from your
God.” What makes sin so devastating? Sin separates me from the source
of all light. "God is light,” John 8:12, and "the source of all love", 1 John 4:8,
and that which is good and holy and right. You do not want to be separated
from God for all eternity.
Thirdly, we mentioned sin is so devastating because it is sin that sent
Jesus to the cross. When you think about the cross of our Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ, the shame, the horror, the tragedy, the pain that was involved
in that where Jesus actually had nails nailed into his hands and feet where
he hung, suspended between heaven and earth, and struggled for every
breath until he died-why'd he do that? For sin. "He bore our sins in his own
body," 1 Peter 2:24, "He was chastised for our sin, bruised for our iniquity.
By His stripes, we've been healed."
When you think about the devastating effects of sin and the length,
the depth that God went to save man, look at what Jesus had to suffer. We
want you to think real clearly about this with us today from the scripture.
When we talk about being saved from sin, that is the ‘what’ that we're
saved from. Let's realize if a person remains in sin, the end result is that
person will be lost in a devil's hell for eternity.
I know nobody likes to think about Hell. Hell's a bad place. You're
right it is. But to really understand the necessity of salvation, let's realize
there is a place called Hell. Mark 9:44, Jesus said, "Hell is a place where
the worm does not die and the fire is not quenched." That word for worm
would be akin to our word for maggot. What's Hell like? It's a place where
the maggot never dies and the fire is never put out. Think about the words
of Luke 16:19-31. You've got the illustration of the rich man and Lazarus.
The rich man awoke in torments. "Father Abraham have mercy on me. I'm
tormented in this flame. Send Lazarus to get just one drop of water that I
can be comforted." Nope, there's no getting out. "Send word back to my
brothers.” They have Moses and the prophets. Let them hear them." Can't
you hear the echo for all eternity of the rich man? I'm tormented in these
flames. Friend do you want to spend eternity in Hell in torment and fire and
Then realize that's the penalty of living a life in sin and dying in that.
Matthew 13:40-42, it's going to be a place of weeping and gnashing of
teeth. When you think about- what do I need to be saved from, nobody in
their right mind, honestly thinking about their soul, would consider sin and
the fact that it's going to cause you to be lost in Hell for eternity and not do
anything about it.
Now let's shift gears though and let's think about the positive.
There is a cure. There is a remedy, and there is a sacrifice for sin.
That is our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. If you say to yourself today, ‘I
want to be saved from sin. I don't want to be lost. I don't want to be
separated from God. I don't want to keep living with this burden around my
neck for all eternity, or all this life. What do I need to do to get rid of the sin
Friend, the good news is Jesus is the answer to that. Jesus is the
cure to the sin problem. Hebrews 10:12, "This man, Jesus after He had
offered one sacrifice for sin forever sat down at the right hand of the
Father." Jesus said, "This is my blood on the new covenant that is shed for
many for the remission of sins." ‘He tasted death for every man,’ Hebrews
2:9. God sent His son to die for sin and to die for us so that we don't have
to be lost. Do you remember what Jesus said about being saved from sin?
Jesus said in John 14:6, "I am the way, I am the truth, and I am the life. No
man comes to the Father except by me."
Friend, you cannot be saved from sin outside of Jesus Christ. “You'll
call His name Jesus,” why? "He'll save his people from their sins", Matthew
1:21. Jesus is the cure. We realize Jesus is the only way to be saved. We
need to realize there can be no salvation without obedience to the words of
Jesus and recognizing and honoring him as Lord.
Do you remember again Matthew 7:21? Jesus said to those of his
day and age, some said, "Lord do we not prophesy in your name? Did we
not cast out many demons in your name; do many good works in your
name?" Jesus said, "Depart from me you workers of iniquity. I never knew
you." And then He would go on to say, "It's not everybody that says ‘Lord,
Lord’ is going to heaven, but he who does the will of my Father in heaven."
Let's think about that for a moment. What does the Bible say you've
got to do to be saved from sin? Friend, the Bible makes it abundantly clear.
On the first day that the Gospel was preached on the day of Pentecost,
Peter stood up and he proclaimed the message of salvation. They heard
the word of God. You've got to listen to and hear what God says before you
can even begin to be saved, Romans 10:17. They believed Jesus was the
son of God. They cried out ‘men and brethren, what shall we do?’ That
implies when Peter said, "let all the house of Israel know surely, God made
this Jesus whom you crucified both Lord and Christ." They realized, then
and there, Jesus is the son of God. Jesus said, "Unless you believe that I
am he, you will surely die in your sins." Once you have heard the word and
believed in Jesus, you then must be willing to repent. Peter said in Acts
2:38, "Repent and be baptized every one of you for the forgiveness of your
sins." Once you have repented, then friend you've got to do what Peter
said. You must be baptized to be saved. Listen to what Jesus said. Jesus
said, "Unless a man is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the
kingdom of God."
Have you heard the message? Do you believe in Jesus? Are you
willing to repent of sin? Would you acknowledge Him as Savior? And would
you be baptized in water for the forgiveness of your sins? That Philippian
jailer knew it. "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" Do you realize that you've
got to be saved from sin?
I hope and pray today that you realize that and that you'll get your life
right with God before it's too late.
Study Questions for:
“Salvation: Lesson 4”
1. What great question is asked in Acts 16:30-31?
2. In Romans 4:3, what question is asked that we should always ask today
3. What does Jeremiah 10:23 say about the way of man?
4. According to Romans 3:23, who has sinned?
5. What are the wages of sin according to Romans 6:23?
6. According to 1 Peter 4:11, how should we speak?
7. According to Jeremiah 2:22, can man deal with the sin problem?
8. According to 1 Peter 2:24, who bore our sins?
9. According to John 3:16, what did God give? Why?
10. How is sin described in Psalm 38:4?