SALVATION: It’s Better Than You Thought

by / Saturday, 03 August 2019 / Published in

July 28, 2019 ()

Bible Text: Romans 10:13 |

INTRO:  We're in a sermon series covering very important foundational teachings in God’s Word.  So far we’ve covered GRACE and RIGHTEOUSNESS.  Today’s message is about SALVATION.  What is salvation?  What does it mean to be saved?  How do you know you’re saved?

I.    What is salvation? 

> We don’t work for salvation; it is a gift.

- We put our trust in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

- It is eternal; it is past, present, and future.

- God is everlasting and eternal; therefore salvation is everlasting and eternal (1 John 5:13).

- “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is life eternal through Christ Jesus” (Romans 6:23).

> Salvation is a changed life.

- We give our lives to Jesus and change the things we do.

> The eternals of salvation:

- God revealed His Name to Moses as “I Am That I Am;” He always was and always will be (Exodus 3:14).

- Revelation 1:4:  "Grace and peace to you from Him Who was, Who is, and Who is to come."

- Revelation 1:8:  "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the One Who was, Who is, and is to come."

- Hebrews 13:8:  “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”

> According to Jesus, we were saved, we are saved, and we will be saved.

- This is our salvation in Him:  We were saved.

- Ephesians 4:30:  “Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”

- For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight (Ephesians 1:4).

- We cannot be holy without the blood of Jesus.

- He has chosen us; He has blessed us (Ephesians 1:3).

- If we don’t realize that we were saved, we will have fear for the future.

- If we have believed in Jesus as our Savior, we have been saved.

- We are saved, redeemed; “It is finished” (John 19:30).

- We are being saved.

- This is sanctification – the process of becoming holy.

- It is not about doing, it is about transformation.

- It is a daily process.

- We are being restored (Psalm 23).

- We come confidently before His throne of grace because we have Christ in us (Hebrews 4:16).

- We will be saved: “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Acts 2:21).

II.   What does it mean to be saved?

> We are bought with a price; we are not our own (1 Corinthians 6:20).

- We are owned by God.

- We were sinners before we believed, but we were washed, sanctified, and justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God (1 Corinthians 6:11).

- The past is done and we move on to the present and the future.

> When we receive Christ as Lord, we live our lives in Him (Colossians 2:6-7).

- We are rooted and built up in Him.

- We are overflowing with thankfulness.

- We have joy for the fact that we are saved.

> His destiny is for us to become like Jesus, but we have to choose it.

- The opportunity to come to Jesus is always there, but we have to choose it.

- When we call upon the Name of the Lord, He hears us.

- We aren’t saved if we haven’t put our trust in Christ.

- If we have chosen to do things our way, we are not saved.

- If we are still going our own way, we need to change.

> We are to encourage and pray for those who seem to have gone astray.

- If not for God, it could be us.

- We don’t need to be able to recite Scripture passages, we can share our testimony.

- Don’t be ashamed to pray.

- But we don’t always get everything for which we pray.

III.  How do you know you're saved?

- Romans 10:9-10:  “If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.” 

- Ephesians 1:13:  “And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, He identified you as His own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom He promised long ago.” 

CONCLUSION:  I want to encourage you to put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ and Him alone, today, for your salvation.  According to the Bible, when we put our faith in Christ, we are saved - we have been saved.  We begin a new life in Jesus Christ.  We follow Jesus and allow Him to live through us.



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