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Blessings of salvation

Chaplain Bertram Bobb

April 2014

We are going to study about God’s wonderful salvation. It is important for everyone to have a clear understanding of what the Bible teaches about salvation.

When we have this understanding, we can fully praise Him and thank Him for what He has done for us.

What does salvation mean? It means to be saved, or to be rescued.

As we study or review the blessings of God’s wonderful salvation – the rescuing of souls, let’s remember that all need salvation.

Let’s look at these familiar words from the book of Ephesians. In Ephesians 2:8-9 we read: v.8 “For by grace you are saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.” v.9 “Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

Notice that Paul said we are saved by grace through faith. In some circles people don’t like to talk about being saved. To them the word “saved” doesn’t sound sophisticated.

But it’s a fact that the idea of being saved is very familiar throughout the scripture. Let’s look at some other passages where the word “save” or “saved” is used. In Matthew 1:21 we read about the birth of Jesus Christ: v.21 “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.” And in Luke 19:10 Jesus Himself said: For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which is lost.”

And the apostle Paul wrote in 1 Timothy 1:15: “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.”

Jesus Christ is the Savior who came to save sinners. He paid for their salvation with His life, His death, and His resurrection. (1 Corinthians 15:3-4) And every person without Christ needs salvation.

Even though the Bible clearly emphasizes that all men are sinners, many people in self-righteousness and pride refuse to admit their guilt before a Holy God.

They resent being called “sinners” along with the murderers, adulterers, thieves, child molesters and perverts.

By comparison to outstanding members of society they feel satisfied with themselves.

These people fail to realize that they are judging themselves by the wrong standard. God is the One who sets the rules. He is holy and righteous – He is perfect.

In God’s sight, not only are murder, adultery and theft wrong, but so also are lying, self-will, hatred and any other thing you might name that violates or falls short of God’s glory.

They are sins, and the committing of any one of them calls for punishment by God. Salvation is a gift of God’s grace. Sinful man needs spiritual cleansing.

The salvation that God has provided through the gift of His love does exactly that. That deliverance, that freedom from the judgment of God upon sin has been made possible because of God’s grace.

Remember in Ephesians 2:8 “For by grace you are saved through faith.”

Yes, salvation is ours by grace. We should be thankful for that, because not one of us as sinners could ever save ourselves.

God’s grace is part of His being, His very nature. It is by grace that He gives us this wonderful salvation when we do not deserve it.

And John declared in 1 John 4:8 that: “God is love.”

Way back in eternity, knowing that man would sin and, concerned for his sin, God made provisions for our salvation.

Before man was created, God planned that the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, would become a member of the human race through virgin birth, live a sinless life and die to pay the price for our sins. As our substitute, He lived His perfect life and died that death in our place.

His resurrection from the dead was proof that God the Father was satisfied with the sacrifice He gave. Yes, Jesus Christ fully paid the penalty of our sin – death. (…the soul that sinneth, it shall die. Ezekiel 18:4)

God was under no obligation to save us. In fact, as a holy, just God who demands perfection, he would have been perfectly right to condemn the whole human race. But the Lord takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked. Because of His love and mercy, in His grace has provided a way of salvation through the gift of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. He showed His love and grace to us, even though we are completely unworthy and deserve only His judgment.

The Bible says in Romans 5:8: “But God commendth His love towards us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

Now, the all-important question is this: How can I share in the benefits of the salvation God has so graciously provided?

The answer is simple – by faith.

We read again in Ephesians 2:8-9 v.8 “For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: v.9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

When we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, our sins are forgiven, we are delivered from the condemnation, and we know the blessing of God. Yes, we are saved through faith!

When the Philippian jailer fell down before Paul and Silas in Acts 16:30-31 with the question, v.30 “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They answered, v.31 “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and though shalt be saved…”

The work of Jesus Christ in providing our salvation is a completed work. Nothing can be done to supplement it. He has done it all. And now, through trusting Jesus Christ as Savior, we can know the blessings of salvation, the forgiveness of sin. You can trust Jesus Christ as your personal savior; we can know the blessings of salvation, the forgiveness of sin. You can trust Jesus Christ as your personal savior today.

Jesus lived, He died, He was buried and He rose from the dead. He is alive!

Happy Easter.