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Introduction to series
As you will be aware I recently completed my series of messages on
Being a Living Sacrifice from
Romans 12. Since then I have been prayerfully seeking God as to what
He wanted me to speak on next. No sooner had the words left my lips, the
reply came, “Great Words of the Gospel”. So over the coming weeks I will
be looking at some of the great words of our faith. Words like
salvation, repentance, redemption, reconciliation, grace, justification,
imputation, glorification, vicarious and propitiation.
These words are words that are central to our faith in Christ. These
are the words that in wrapped up completely in the finished work of
Christ. Some of the topics will be given their own message, while others
that are smaller will be grouped together. At this stage I think it will
be 5-6 messages. It is my hope and prayer that by the end of the series
you will be a full bottle on these topics and you will be wanting to be
a living sacrifice that is relying fully on the finished work of Christ.
So in saying this the title of my message today is “Great words of
the Gospel part 1 – Salvation.
Introduction to Salvation
When considering the issue of salvation, we see that most religions
have some type of salvation process. They have things they need to do to
get “right” with their god/gods. These might include rituals,
purification or service based tasks. It is all about earning favour with
their god/gods and hoping they have done enough to be right with them
and find salvation. Not so with the Christian faith.
In the Christian belief we put all our faith and trust in what Jesus
has done in saving us. We put our life in His hands and trust Him for
our eternal salvation. Our source and our guide book for the issue of
salvation is the Bible. As Christians we must look to the Bible, because
in a constantly changing world, the Bible remains the same and is an
anchor for our souls.
1. What does the Bible say about Salvation?
In the Bible we see there are two covenants or ways of approaching
God. The Old Testament with its Old Covenant, and the New Testament with
the New Covenant.
The Old Testament Hebrew word for salvation is yeshuʿah. It
is a powerful word with connotations of deliverance. It is usually
translated as “salvation or deliverance” depending upon its context. It
can be translated also as help, victory, or provision, but its main
meaning is to rescue from danger or distress.
Yeshu’ah is used when God provided salvation through deliverance from
the Egyptians and from physical danger.
Exodus 14:13 is a classic example of this, “Moses answered the
people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance
the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will
never see again.”
2 Chronicles 20:17 also says, “You will not have to fight this
battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the
LORD will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be
discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with
you.'” The same God who parted the Red Sea for the people to walk
through on dry ground, is the same God we worship today, who tore the
veil in the Temple from top to bottom and allows us to boldly walk into
God also provided salvation for Israel from punishment because of
their sins. Throughout the Old Testament, we see that the people of God
used animal sacrifices to offer temporary covering for their sin and
guilt. These animal sacrifices began shortly after the “Fall” in
Genesis 3 and in time it took place annually to cleanse the people
from their sin. This practice was needed until Jesus came and instituted
the New Covenant.
In the New Testament and in the age we live, we see the new covenant
comes into being. In New Testament the Greek the verb sōzō means “to
save,” and the noun sōteria, “salvation,” are used for the concept of
“rescue,” “deliverance” or “salvation”. In the Gospels, “salvation” is
clearly connected with the Old Testament concept of “bringing
Rather than the sacrifice of animals, Jesus speaks of His body being
given and His blood being shed for us.
Luke 22:19-20 which we often read at communion talks about Jesus
giving His body and blood for us and to remember Him. We see that Christ
died for sinners, Himself taking on the responsibility for the penalty
of sin. Christ as the Son of God and the perfect man, is the ideal,
adequate, and only Substitute. The sacrifice of Jesus was a once and for
all sacrifice for sin.
1 Peter 3:18 says, “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the
righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death
in the body but made alive in the Spirit.
The Bible also teaches that Jesus’ death on the cross brings us peace
Romans 5:1 tells us that, “Therefore, since we have been justified
through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”.
Romans 5:11 it says, “We also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus
Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation [with God]”.
As a result of Jesus death on the cross we see that the blood of
Jesus Christ made it possible for us to be cleansed of our sin and enjoy
intimate fellowship with God and the Fall of Man from the Garden of Eden
is reversed in our hearts and the power of sin and death are broken. We
see that all along it was God’s idea for Jesus to be our substitute,
that He approved of this taking place, as it was His desire to reconcile
the world to Himself (Colossians
So to summarise this section. In the Bible we see that when Jesus
came and died on the cross, He came to pay the price or our sin. He took
the punishment that was rightfully ours. His death opened the way for us
to be forgiven of our sin and to be brought back into a right
relationship with God – both now and for all eternity.
2. Three key aspects for salvation to take place
When we talk about salvation we need to realise that there are three
aspects of the salvation process. A need, a provision and a response.
The Need – the Bible tells us that all have sinned
and fallen short of the glory of God in
Romans 3:23. It also tells us in
Romans 6:23 that the wages of sin is death.
1 John 1:8 says that, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive
ourselves and the truth is not in us.”
Isaiah 59:2 reminds us that our sin separates us from God.
We all know that we have sinned. We know that if we honestly look at
the 10 Commandments we have not lived up to them perfectly.
James 2:10 says if we have broken one of the commandments we have
broken them all. So there is a definite need.
The Provision – as we have seen already Jesus came
and died for us on the cross.
John 3:16-18 tells us, “For God so loved the world that he gave his
one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have
eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the
world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not
condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because
they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.
The provision for our salvation is Christ Himself. The Bible tells us
that Jesus is the way and the truth and the life and no one comes to the
Father except through Him (John
14:6) and there is no other name under heaven and earth by which man
can be saved (Acts
4:12). In the provision for salvation we see that all members of the
Trinity are involved – the Father sent the Son, the Son died for us and
the Holy Spirit raised Him to life and now the Holy Spirit convicts the
world of sin righteousness and judgement (John
The Response – All of us must believe and receive.
All of us must make a personal decision to follow Christ. We must all
commit our lives to Him and receive what He has done for us.
Romans 10:9-10 tells us that, “If you declare with your mouth,
“Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the
dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and
are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and
At some point in our lives we need to realise who Jesus is, what He
has done for us and we must respond to Him. I responded to Christ on
Saturday the 21st of July 1989 at 7.10pm. As I think I have
shared before I was reading a tract called “A journey into life”. It
explained to me the things I have been talking about today. In it I
prayed a prayer that helped me to respond to Christ. In a little while I
will put that up on the screen. But first I want to share some verses on
3. Assurance of salvation verses
The following verses assure us that we can be assured of our
salvation. We don’t have to wonder or have some vain hope. We can know
1 John 5:13 – I write these things to you who believe in
the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal
What do we have according to
1 John 5:13? We have eternal life. We can know. Not hope – know, be
certain, be confident.
John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that he gave his one
and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have
What do we have if we believe in God’s Son Jesus? Eternal life.
John 1:12 – Yet to all who did receive him, to those who
believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.
What do we become if we receive Jesus and believe in His name? We
become children of God. We are adopted into God’s eternal family. As I
have said before, we here are brothers and sisters in Christ for all
1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and
just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all
What happens if we confess our sins to God? He forgives us and
purifies us from all of our unrighteousness.
Romans 10:9-10 – If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is
Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you
will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are
justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are
What happens when we confess Jesus is Lord and believe in our heart
God raised Him from the dead? We are saved.
Ephesians 2:8-9 – For it is by grace you have been saved,
through faith–and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–
not by works, so that no one can boast.
Can we earn our salvation by good work? No, it is a gift from God as
a result of faith in Christ. Like any gift, it needs to be received.
4. The salvation prayer
There are various types of prayer people can pray when accepting
Christ. There are a number of common elements in the most used ones that
I have seen.
The prayer I prayed back in 1989 contained most of these things.
Although I didn’t understand it all at that time, I knew I needed a
Saviour and that I needed to turn my life over to Jesus. For me this is
the greatest day of my life. Some think I am strange that the greatest
day of my life is not when I married Larissa and became Bev’s son in
law, or when my girls were born. But to me, accepting Christ not only
changed my life, it changed my eternal destiny. And to be honest Larissa
likes it when I talk like this, because she knows that when I put God
first and her second, her life will take on a greater perspective and
she will be treated in the way God wants her to be treated. Anyway, back
to the prayer!
Here is my prayer I prayed… if you have never prayed this prayer or
accepted Christ, I would encourage you to follow along and say a quiet
Amen at the end.
Lord Jesus Christ,I know I have sinned in my thoughts, words and
actions.There are so many good things I have not done.There are
so many sinful things I have done.I am sorry for my sins and I turn
from everything I know to be wrong.You gave your life upon the cross
for me.Gratefully I give my life back to you.Now I ask for you
to come into my life.Come in as my Saviour to cleanse me.Come in
as my Lord to control me.And I will serve you all the remaining
years of my life in complete obedience.Amen.
If you prayed that prayer with me, you can be assured you are saved.
Please come and talk to me if you want more information.
Today we talked about salvation from the Bible’s perspective. We saw
four main things.
By Dave Quinn
Founder of PASSION Australia
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