Mans Need for SalvationBut the Scripture declares that the
whole world is a prisoner of sin, so
that what was promised, being given
through faith in Jesus Christ, might be
given to those who believe. (Galatians 3:22)
In The Beginning, Man Was Good, But Only For Awhile…Man was created by God in His own image as the crowning work of His creation. In the beginning, man was good and was endowed by his Creator with freedom of choice. By his free choice, man sinned against God. [Read Genesis For The Whole Story]
Every person afterward inherited a nature and an environment inclined toward sin.
As soon as they are capable of moral action, they, too, become sinners and are condemned.
The Bible says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
“God’s original intent was one of covenant and relationship with mankind.”
However, the “fall” and “sin” have caused a separation and enabled death to reign.
Man’s need of salvation is as a result of sin, as a holy God cannot touch sin.
Sin Separates“But your iniquities have separated you from your God.” (Isaiah 59:2)
“There is no one righteous, not even one.” (Romans 3:10)
There’s A Restlessness, Or Gnawing Emptiness That You Can’t Explain.Or perhaps you would describe it as a “heaviness,” a feeling of guilt that you can’t seem to shake.
You try to distract yourself from it, but nothing seems to work to the degree you had hoped.
And there’s a reason why.
The emptiness of your lusts
In Ecclesiastes 1:8 it says that, “The eye is not satisfied with seeing, Nor the ear filled with hearing.”
It’s also written, “I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and indeed, all is vanity and grasping for the wind.
What is crooked cannot be made straight, and what is lacking cannot be numbered.” Ecclesiastes 1:14-15.
There is a great emptiness in the things of this world!
No matter how much you attain to, you’re never really satisfied.
You long for peace and joy, but can’t find it anywhere.
You strive and strive, but at the end of every day, you find that these things are still lacking in your life.
Don’t you long to be saved from this emptiness?
All of mankind is party to sin:• By birth:
“Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned.”
“For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, ….” (Romans 5:19)
“Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.” (Psalm 51:5)
Therefore, sin is our spiritual heritage as a result of the fall.Understanding Your Spiritual Heritage recognizing the iniquities of your forefathers
Looking back to our parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents,
we can often trace our physical features, strengths, and weaknesses through the family line.
In the same way, we can observe character traits and spiritual influences that span the generations.
A Godly heritage offers a sturdy foundation of virtue and faithfulness, but deeds such as anger, lust, and bitterness set destructive patterns.
Patterns that need to be recognized and overcome.
In the Biblical account of Abraham’s family, the iniquity of deception became a stronghold that affected the lives of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Jacob’s sons. (See Genesis 12:10–20, 20, 26:1–11, 27:1–40, 37:12–36.)
On the other hand, the New Testament examples of Lois, Eunice, and Timothy demonstrate the richness of a heritage of faith.
(See II Timothy 1:5.)
When we understand how our lives are influenced by our forefathers, we can respond appropriately to that influence.
We should appreciate and celebrate the good that has been passed down through our families.
Also, we should acknowledge the iniquities of our forefathers;
Repent of our own sins, and endeavor to overcome the tendencies toward specific sins that we have inherited.
While we are not held responsible for the sins of our ancestors, we are susceptible to their areas of weakness and should be alert to these inclinations.
• By action:
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
Side Effects Of SinHere are six evil effects of refusing to do battle with sin:
- Sin deprives us of spiritual strength and comfort.
“Every ignored sin will do two things: it will weaken the soul and deprive it of its vigor.
It will darken the soul and deprive it of its comfort and peace.”
- Sin weakens the soul and deprives it of its strength.
“An ignored lust will drink up the spirit and all the vigor of the soul, and weaken it for all duties.”
When we speaks of duties, we speaks of the ordinary means of grace, and particularly reading Scripture;
Praying and gaining the spiritual benefit that comes from doing these things.
- Sin becomes the delight of the heart.
“It diverts the heart from the spiritual frame that is required for vigorous communion with God;
it lays hold on the affections, rendering its object beloved and desirable, so expelling the love of the Father.”
Ignored sin becomes our delight, and we come to love it and rejoice in it.
- Sin becomes the meditation of our minds.
“Thoughts are the great purveyors of the soul to bring in provision to satisfy its affections;
and if sin remain ignored in the heart, they must ever and anon be making provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.”
When sin goes untouched, it becomes the meditation of our heart, taking the place that should be filled with the Lord.
- Sin hinders our spiritual walk.
“The ambitious man much be studying, and the worldling must be working or contriving;
The sensual, vain person providing himself for vanity, when they should be engaged in the worship of God.”
Sin steals the time, attention and affection that we need to maintain our communion with God.
- Sin darkens the soul.
“It is a cloud, a thick cloud, that spreads itself over the face of the soul, and intercepts all the beams of God’s love and favor.
It takes away all sense of the privilege of our adoption; and if the soul begins to gather up thoughts of consolation, sin quickly scatters them.”
When we continually choose sin over godliness, sin destroys the comfort that the Holy Spirit seeks to provide.
Our souls become darkened to his goodness and to the privileges of our adoption.
Sin Has A PenaltyThe penalty for sin is divine judgment and death.
“For the wages of sin is death.” (Romans 6:23)
“The soul that sins is the one who will die.” (Ezekiel 18:4)
Just To Recap – or Summarize The Key issueAll of mankind is subject to sin. Sin separates mankind from God’s intent, which is covenant relationship and intimacy.
Sin enables death to reign. John 3:3
So What Do We Do? - Where Do We Turn?Man is not divine, but a sinner (Romans 3:23).
Man is deceitful and desperately sick (Jeremiah. 17:9).
Man is full of evil (Mark 7:21-23).
Man loves darkness rather than light (John 3:19).
Man is unrighteous, does not understand, does not seek for God (Romans 3:10-12).
Man is helpless and ungodly (Romans 5:6).
Man is dead in his trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:1).
Man is by nature a child of wrath (Ephesians 2:3).
God’s Provision Of A Savior
Man Is Impotent To Save Himself“And all our righteous acts are like filthy rags.” (Isaiah 64:6)
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves,
it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
This Does Not Leave Us Without Hope“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.” (John 3:16)
“Jesus Christ laid down His life for us.” (1 John 3:16)
What Qualifies Jesus To Remove The Effects Of Sin?• He was born to a virgin and therefore was not subject to sin passed on as a heritage
(original sin, see, for example, Romans 5:12).
• He committed no sin Himself (Hebrews 4:15).
• Jesus suffered the punishment (wrath) of God for sin.
In doing this He became the sacrifice who atones for sin and stands as a substitution in the place of sinful mankind:
“But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Since we have now been justified by His blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through Him!” (Romans 5:8-9) “
"But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities.” (Isaiah 53:5 /Acts 4:12)
• He broke the power of death in that He rose from the dead (see 1 Corinthians 15:3-6 and Hebrews 2:14-15).
SummaryGod created man, man fell, and all are subject to the power of sin.
God has provided a Savior as the solution: the Savior died as a substitutionary Note 1 sacrifice.
Clearly, however, this redemption does not apply to everyone because the Bible states that: some will be committed to hell at the judgment.
Note 1. In other words, to stand in the place of.
Who Can Be Saved?
- Potentially, all people can be saved. It depends on their response to the revelation of God.
- It is God’s desire that all should be saved (1 Timothy 2:4),
- He died for the “world” (John 3:16). But in actuality not everyone is saved.
The question then is, “How is one saved?”Paul exhorted the people to “turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus” (Acts 20:21).
Jesus began His preaching saying,
“The time has come, the kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!” (Mark 1:15).
Both of these texts highlight the two fold biblical requirement for salvation: repentance and faith
(see Hebrews 6:1-2). What do they involve?
Repentance By FaithThe Greek word “metanoia” literally means “to change one’s mind.”
This means that repentance is not a state of remorse or feeling sorry but rather a decision.
It is an act of the will rather than an issue of emotion.
Of course, the decision may be accompanied by great emotion;
but repentance itself is the changing of our mind.
This changing of our mind and consequently of the direction of our entire life is:
- A recognition of our sinfulness.
- A decision to live according to God’s revealed will for His chosen people.
This requires us to put our trust in – and adhere to – the revelation of Jesus Christ as the Savior.
There is no work or action that a person can do to entitle him to justification.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
A gift cannot be earned it can only be received.
“We have been justified through faith.” (Romans 5:1)
Justification is a legal term which applies to those who have been absolved of their guilt.
To be absolved from the guilt applicable to all mankind as a result of sin, one must believe in the saving work of Jesus Christ.
Faith then, is believing God’s Word.
“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
God’s Word is Truth (John 17:17) and contains no lie. Therefore we can trust it wholeheartedly.
Your Duty Is Working Out Your SalvationFrom the moment we repent and believe in Jesus, we enter God’s kingdom.
This is described as being “born again” (John 3:3).
From this point of entering the kingdom until the end of our earthly life, we need to live in repentance;
(a constant bowing to the Word of God) and faith in Jesus as Savior.
Jesus said in John 10:28-30, “My sheep listen to My voice;
I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish;
no one can snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all;
no one can snatch them out of My Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”
So once we are saved our salvation is protected by Jesus – no one can rob us of it.
But the Bible also says in 2 Timothy 2:12, “If we disown Him, He will also disown us.”
And so we are encouraged to persevere in our faith until we die, or until Christ returns.
Hebrews 10:35-36 says, “So do not throw away your confidence it will be richly rewarded.
You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God,
you will receive what He has promised.”
As we persevere in righteousness, good works, faithfulness and persecution;
we are rewarded with eternal treasures by God
- Hebrews 11:26,
- Matthew 6:1-6,
- Matthew 6:16-21,
- Matthew 10:41-42,
- Matthew 16:27
- Luke 6:22-23).
But How Can We Hace Assurance Of Salvation
– Feelings.The Christian life is not all just exercising faith with no "experience".
The believer can expect to:
Feel and experience emotions which assure him that he is in fact a child of God.
The Bible clearly points out that the Holy Spirit can bear witness with our spirit that;
we are the children of God
Romans 8:16, “The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children.”
This experience will involve our emotions (Feelings).
However, it must be clearly emphasized that these emotions and feelings are not continuous.
Nor are they permanent.
They are the RESULT of faith in the Word of God and acting upon that Truth.
There are many times when a Christian does not feel saved.
Our emotions are affected by the environment around us, and we may in fact feel very alone;
There will even be times that we feel deserted by God.
These are the times when we should not resort to our feelings;
But with maturity and faith tell ourselves:
That our feelings are not important and that we are to believe the Word of God.
“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5)
The emotions and feelings which are the product of faith are in fact a bonus, an extra,
"the cream on the pudding". They are not to become the basis of our faith;
nor are they to become our main objective and goal.
They come as we seek to obey the Word of God, but they WILL come;
and we can expect to experience feelings of excitement, peace and well-being.
Salvation ChainJohn 3:16
1 John 1:9
Assurance of Salvation Chain1 John 5:13