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Preachers are always talking about salvation. Are you saved? Have you
been saved? Have you accepted Christ as your personal savior?
The vocabulary of salvation permeates the Scriptures from beginning to
end, in both the Old and the New Testaments.
Maybe we haven't stopped to think or consider what is implicated or
involved in the whole idea of salvation. The word just means to escape; it
has to do with being rescued or delivered from something.
Saved From What?
When Jesus was on the Sea of Galilee, Matt. 8, asleep on the boat, and the
great storm came up, the disciples became fearful and woke him up saying
Lord save us, for we perish. They were not talking about the salvation we
preach about. They were talking about drowning in the sea, the same as in
Acts 27, when they were traveling on that long ship journey to Rome and
another storm, bad storm was upon them, and they were throwing cargo
overboard, Luke said All hope that we should be saved was then taken
But the Bible speaks of a bigger kind of salvation, a great salvation, which
at the first began to be spoken by the Lord and was confirmed unto us by
them that heard him. Heb. 2:3
This is a salvation from something worse than drowning in the sea. To be
saved is to be saved from something. And the worse that fate is, the
greater the salvation from it. It is not our lesson today, but in a word , we
are saved from wrath, through him. Rom 5:9. I don't know if we can fully
grasp the wrath of God. The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of
God, which is poured out without mixture unto the cup of indignation; and
he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the Holy
Angels and The Lamb. Rev. 14:10
You may have encountered the wrath of man. Depending on the man, it
can be pretty frightening. But the wrath of God is something to be truly
feared. The great day of His wrath is come, and who shall be able to stand?
Rev. 6:17. There is a wrath of God that is awaiting, that is out there.
To be saved is to be rescued or delivered from that wrath.
The Walking Dead
(Eph. 2:1–3) And you He has made alive, who were dead in trespasses and
sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world...
In Ephesians 2:1–3 Paul speaks directly to the question, “Why do I need
saving?” His answer: Without God, the source of life, we are spiritually
Recall those scenes in TV movies where someone frantically pleads with a
person who has just died, “Speak to me! Say something!”—with no
response. The spiritually dead can no more respond to God than a corpse
can respond to a living person.
In Genesis 3, the serpent entices Eve with the promise, “ye shall be as
gods.” The implication is that one who is like God can do without God. The
essence of sin is humanity’s decision to go it alone, to be literally godless;
or, to put it differently, to be its own god. (Paul describes this forcibly in
Romans 3:10–11.) "As it is written, There is none righteous, no, no one;
There is none who understands, There is none who seeks after God.
This is a fatal choice, for God is the source of life. Abandoning God is like
an astronaut disconnecting his umbilical line and floating off into space on
his own. But the person who aspires to be the master of his own destiny
soon discovers that he is not really in charge. Without the restraining
influence of God in his life, he finds himself tyrannized by “the desires of
the flesh and of the mind” (Eph. 2:3).
Alive in Him (Eph. 2:4–6) But God, who is rich in mercy, ... has made us
alive together with Christ...
The spiritually dead can do nothing about their plight; but, because of His
limitless mercy, love, and grace (Eph. 2:4–5), God offers a way out of the
graveyard. He extends the gift of life in Christ to those who will accept it in
repentance and faith.
Grace, Faith and Works (Eph. 2:7–10)
The purpose of God’s extraordinary deliverance of those who are in Christ
is found here, “so that in the coming ages He might display the
immeasurable riches of His grace in [His] kindness to us in Christ Jesus”
Three key words clarify the nature of salvation:
1. “By grace” means that salvation is the free gift of God, unearned and
2. “Through faith” tells us how the believer receives the gift.
3. “Unto good works” means we are saved “for the purpose of good
In verse 10, to “walk in them” means living continually in conscious
obedience to the will of God. Paul referred to a life-style, not to occasional
Glory and Honor
So we are saved from something, the wrath of God.
We all need saving, because we are are spiritually dead outside of a
relationship with Jesus.
And God has provided a way for us to be saved.
But there is also a very positive aspect to salvation.
Rom. 2: 7...to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for
glory, honor and immortality - eternal life, but to those who are self seeking
and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness - indignation and
wrath. Glory and Honor, two great words. It is almost hard to distinguish
between the two. We understand what it means to be honored in this
world, to receive glory, the glory of men. We understand what it is to be
praised. We have the Oscar awards, the Grammy awards, there are many
awards, for those who are outstanding in their field. And when people
receive those awards, they are at the top of the world.
Do you like to be praised? and Honored? Do you like to receive
glorification in this world? You would be unusual if you didn't. That is
what we are talking about receiving from God. Not from just a man, or even
a group of men, or even from the most elite of men, but praise, glory and
honor from the God that created the universe.
I thought about how little children love to get praise from their parents.
Have you ever seen a child do something and say "Look here daddy."
"Look here mommy." They want you to see them. That is a good boy, that
is a good girl, and pat them on the head and give them a hug. And they will
stand up and strut for a while, they feel good because they got praise from
their parents. That is pretty close to the idea.
It was said of Jesus, I Pet. 1:17, For he received from God the father, honor
and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory,
"This is my beloved Son , in whom I am well pleased." Jesus received
glory and honor from God. And someday we will hear the same, well done,
good and faithful servant, thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will
make thee ruler over many things. Matt. 25:23
We will receive rest, rest from satan, rest from the cares of this world.
"Come unto me all ye that labor, and are heavy laden, and I will give you
rest. Matt. 10, 28
But glory, honor, and peace to every man that worketh good, to the Jew
first and also to the Gentile. Rom 2:10
Everyone would like to have a measure of immortality wouldn't they? To
be remembered after you are gone. Take the president of the United
States. It takes a lot of work to get there, years and years, and it is no
doubt the hardest of jobs, but whoever becomes president has achieved
one thing for sure. They have achieved immortality. The losers will be
forgotten. The winner, his picture will go on the wall, his name listed by all
the ones who came before him and those who will come after him. His
name will be there for always, for everyone to see, and talk about and
But when the Apostle Paul wrote of immortality, he wasn't just talking
about being remembered after you are gone. He was talking about never
dying. Rom 2:7 To those who seek for immortality, he will receive eternal
life. This mortal puts on immortality. I Cor. 15:54
Matt. 25:23 Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.
Who will be Saved?
Some will be saved, but who? will you? will I? who will hear the Lord
say, Come ye blessed of my father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you
from the foundation of the world.
I think we could start by saying only a few will be saved. It is not very
encouraging, but we read, Strait is the gate, and narrow is the way which
leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Matt 7:14 The disciples
asked Jesus in Lk 13, Lord, are there few that be saved?, and his answer
was Strive to enter in at the strait gate, for many, I say unto you, will seek to
enter in, and shall not be able. I think that few may be alot more than we
might think at first. The writer of Hebrews did call them a great cloud of
witnesses. Heb. 12:1. There were a lot of them. We are told in Heb. 11:12,
that they would be so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the
sand which is by the sea shore innumerable. But compared to the masses
of people, only a few. Who will the few be?
Those in Christ.
2 Tim. 2:10 Therefore I endure all things for the elects sakes, that they may
also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is none other
name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.
Heb. 5:8,9 Though he were a Son yet learned he obedience by the things
which he suffered and being made perfect, he became the author of eternal
salvation unto all them that obey him.
Those who seek Him
The world is constructed in such a way that many things happen to people
in this world because of luck. I believe in luck. Bad luck, good luck. There
are people right now who are prosperous and wealthy and have
everything they could possible want, not because they are smarter than
others, not because they are more educated, and not because they work
harder, but because they were lucky. They were at the right place at the
right time. But I know this, no one will luck their way into heaven.
Ask, and it shall be given thee, seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall be
opened unto you. Matt 7:7 That is the rule. Seek and you will find. God is
a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. First of all, we will have to want
it, have to desire it, and have to seek it out.
Keeping the Faith
To them who by patient continuance in well doing...seek for glory, honor
Eph. 6:9 Let us not be weary in well doing, for in due season we shall
reap, if we faint not.
There is a way unto salvation shown in the Bible, and those who seek it
will find it. We have to submit ourselves to Him and to the gospel, which is
called the gospel unto our salvation. Eph. 1:13 Submitting to the gospel
involves repentance from all the wrong and evil in our life. Godly sorrow
worketh repentance unto salvation. 2Cor. 7:10
He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved. But once we have done
all that, and started down the way, the salvation comes at the end of the
way. We are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready
to be revealed in the last time. IPet. 1:3
Rom. 13:11 For now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
Heb. 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many, and unto
them that look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin unto
God loves you and me, and his door is open, waiting for you and I to come
to Him. Take that step, and begin today. God is hoping you will come to