Salvation

YOU CAN BE SAVED AND KNOW IT!

THERE ARE FOUR THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW AND ACT UPON TO OBTAIN ETERNAL SALVATION.

1. There Is a God

  • He is Creator – Genesis 1:1 “In the Beginning God created…” It is essential that you understand God created you.
  • He is Supreme in Power – In 6-24 hour days God made the universe and everything in them. Exodus 20:11 “For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is…
  • He is Supreme in Morality – Leviticus 11:45 “ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.

Knowing who God is helps us to understand we are accountable to Him. In the Garden of Eden God gave Adam (our representative) the commandment, not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. God later gave the 10 Commandments, and later 613 laws and commandments. His expectation of man was to keep his commandments.  John 3:31 “… he that cometh from heaven is above all.

2. You Have Offended God

  • By Representation – All men have come from Adam. He was our representative on the day he was tempted. Adam failed the test and sin has passed upon all men. Romans 5:12 “Wherefore as by one man sin entered into the world and death by sin, and so death passed upon all men for that all have sinned.” Romans 3:10 “… There is none righteous, no, not one” Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
  • By Deed – The law of God stated simply is love others as yourself. Matthew 7:12 “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them; for this is the law and the prophets.” Galatians 5:19-21 “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”
  • By Thought – The tenth commandment “Thou shalt not covet” this sin deals with our thought life. Wanting what someone else has.

We must admit that we are guilty before a just God. Are you willing to admit that we have offended a perfect God ? God has been good to us even when we didn’t deserve it. Every day we live God shows us his long-suffering. Ezekiel 18 states “the soul that sinneth it shall die

3. Payment for Your Offense is Required

Because you are a sinner by commission and admission, you have a choice to make. Regardless of the choice you make you are under the wrath of God. Hebrews 9:27 “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.”

  • Pay for them by your own merits – You can choose to pay for your own sin. Everything we can or would do is not enough to satisfy a Holy God. Isaiah 64:6”all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags” If we were to compile all of the good we have ever do and present it to God we would fall short of his standard of righteousness. We would then be judged according to our sins and found lacking. The Bible calls this the second death and it is the moment you are cast into a lake of fire after the judgment. Revelation 20:15 “and whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” This place is eternal because there is no way you and I could ever pay for our sins completely.
  • Pay for them with the merits of Christ – Christ in his perfect life (without sin in thought or deed) fulfilled the law of God by bearing in his soul and body suffering on the cross. The events that surrounded the crucifixion and the crucifixion itself are all pictured in the Old Testament. This perfect man was crucified to satisfy the wrath of a holy God. If you are to escape sure judgement you must repent and call out to the Lord Jesus Christ in faith believing He has done everything (perfect life, substitutionary death and burial, and glorious resurrection) required to provide an escape from the wrath of God. Romans 5:7-9 “For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.”

4. You Can Repent and Believe

If you have yet to repent and believe, the Bible teaches you are under the wrath of God. John 3:36 “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. This wrath can never be satisfied by your own merit. Hell is a place reserved for the Devil and his demons. It is a place where God has, is and forever will pour out his wrath against all who reject him. His wrath cannot be satisfied by your own merit, even if you spend eternity in torment. So God the Father in his infinite mercy and grace allowed God the Son (Jesus) to suffer in body and soul (Isaiah 53:11 He shall see the travail of his soul, and be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many: for he shall bear their iniquities) to take the full wrath of God for your sin. When God’s wrath was completely satisfied, Jesus cried it is finished! The work of redemption has been complete. If you will turn from your sin to the Savior you too can know the forgiveness of sin.

Romans 10:9-13 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”