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Salvation, pt.1: FACT PDF Print E-mail
PastorDavid

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Have you ever seriously thought of that all important question, recorded in Hebrews 2:3 ? Perhaps you may be one of that large number who do not know anything about the Book of Hebrews; that there is even such a book in the Bible. Whether or not you have heard of the book, hear this very important question, “How shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation?”

Does the question interest you, or do you belong to the indifferent crowd the millions who are like Gallio who cared for none of these things? Acts 18:17 . A while back, a very intelligent and successful gentlemen said to me, “I am not interested in eternity, or whether or not Jesus Christ came from heaven to die on the cross for humanity.” “In fact,” said he, “I do not know whether or not I have what the Bible calls a soul.”

The Saviour, when here among men, found very few who took Him seriously. Only the little flock believed Him when He said, “Man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.” Luke 12:15 . One of His faithful disciples said, “the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18 . The majority of men are so occupied with temporal things that that they are unconcerned about things hereafter; in fact, they give little time to the serious thought of the infinite God and Creator. So far as this majority is concerned, it would have been just the same to them if Jesus Christ had not died on the cross. They seem to have neither desire, nor time for Christ; nor interest in salvation; though perhaps ever ready to acknowledge their weaknesses and confess their sins. How many conscious stricken sinners there are who are sincerely sorry for some of their misdeeds and yet who are not concerned about their responsibility to the holy God. They seem utterly devoid of any conviction of their sin against Him It is only when a sinner realizes that he is a lost sinner that he will think of salvation and consider the work of Christ.

To acknowledge that God has a salvation for sinners is of course to acknowledge that He has a salvation that is wholly adequate for any kind of a sinner; for all kinds of sinners. Such a salvation must necessarily be a great salvation; for we all know there are some great sinners in the world. “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners,” is the declaration of the Bible. Another declaration is, “where sin abounded grace did much more overabound.” So Christ Jesus came into the world to save great sinners, as well as other sinners. And, by the way, this is God’s confession for us, in case we are unwilling to make the confession; “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23 . “For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Ecclesiastes 7:20 . God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, and you can read for yourself what He saw. Psalms 14:2 and Psalms 53:2.

The same righteous judge, who has declared all men sinners, is an Almighty Saviour and Said, “Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth.” Isaiah 45:22 . “The Lord is longsuffering to usward not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9 . “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.” Romans 10:14-15 .

“Behold God is my salvation.” Isaiah 12:2 . “Salvation is of the Lord.” Jonah 2:9 . The Lord is real. Salvation is real; yea, a divine reality. Salvation is neither a myth nor a theory. It is a glorious fact; a blessed experience; and not an experiment. Salvation is based upon One Of the most scientific Of all laws, the law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus.

And now we come to the consideration of the fact.

FACT

First Of all: salvation is an intellectual faith in an accomplished fact; but with our next point, about Faith, we shall see that for salvation more than an INTELLECTUAL faith is required. But let us first deal with the accomplished fact. Then this question, “Was that Man who died between two thieves more than 2000 years ago, the Son of God, the Creator of all things?” Yes! For that is the Divine Record. “He was in the form of God . . . took upon Him the form of a servant . . . He humbled himself and became Obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” Philippians 2:8-9 .

“Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour, that He by the Grace of God should taste death for every man.” Hebrews 2:9 . Now right there is a statement which should startle any unsaved man who has any time for meditation upon the important issues of life like..."The Second Man is from heaven". 1 Corinthians 15:47 . “Crucified the Lord of Glory.” 1 Corinthians 2:7-8 . “Killed the Prince Of Life.” He was the eternal God in human form. How different is the sinner’s attitude toward the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and his responsibility to that Saviour when he is really awakened to the fact, that Christ was not merely a good man, but the God-man, the Creator in the form of creature. Is it any wonder God’s salvation is called “great salvation?”

Here is a historical fact, a Divine truth, a Christian doctrine, and a salvation act: “But now once in the end of the ages hath He (Christ) appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.” Hebrews 9:26 . And, read with this Isaiah 53:6 : “The Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” And read also that wonderful statement in 1 Peter 3:18 . “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God.” It is both wonderful and true; yea, the greatest truth that any man can and should receive and believe and act upon. Observe that Christ appeared Once; that He suffered once. Would you suppose for a moment that such a Perfect Man such a Divine Saviour, who came from heaven to save sinners, would accomplish anything but a perfect work of redemption? Surely we should not offend God by any endeavor on the part of imperfect man to supplement or perfect the work of His Son. The Saviour on the cross cried, “Finished.” John 19:30 and 31. “He was delivered for our offences and raised again for our justification.” Romans 4:25 . "He made peace by the blood of His cross.” Colossians 1:20 . “His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree.” 1 Peter 2:24 .

If we are going to base our knowledge of God’s salvation upon God’s Book, the Bible, if we are going to act for time and eternity in this most important of all transactions and receive from God His salvation, THEN let us BELIEVE the fact...that is, "that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures" 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 . Therefore, the redemptive work of Christ is a finished work so far as the salvation of man’s soul is concerned; and we must KNOW that He will return for the redemption of the body; to save man, soul and spirit. Now…by BELIEVING, we are going to receive this last statement and this next statement at full face value, without discount, without even the shadow of a doubt, without question or criticism...“By His own blood He entered in ONCE into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.”

The fact is, that by the work of God, (the Father, Son and Holy Spirit), there has been accomplished and there is available: for any and every sinner who BELIEVES the record that God gave of His Son, an accomplished redemption, a perfect salvation. And we shall see by the same Divine authority the further fact that this perfect salvation can be had by the believing sinner without any additional work, religious endeavor or church ceremony.

Next time we will talk about What it MEANS to believe, and, Faith.

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In Ephesians 1:13 the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul declares that men are saved and sealed by hearing and BELIEVING the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation. Therefore, here, now, is declared unto you the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation: "that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures" 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 . BELIEVE today. The time is short.

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Grace be to you and peace, from God: our Father, and The LORD Jesus Christ.

In The LORD Jesus Christ,
The Lion and Lamb Ministry

Pastor David Picos, D.D.
Minister and Ambassador for Christ in the Ministry of Reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-20 )

 

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