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Simplicity Of Salvation

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Simplicity Of Salvation

1 John 5:13
(RA-2006, Programs: 0218 & 0318, Air dates: 01.14.18 & 01.21.18)

  1. INTRODUCTION
    1. Once we are saved, God desires that we have the assurance of our salvation; He wants us to know that we are saved.
    2. What must we do in order to know that we are saved?
      1. We must know what God said to do to be saved.
      2. We must do what God said to do to be saved.
    3. What is salvation?
      1. Salvation is a personal relationship with God.
        1. We are pardoned of our sin.
          1. Romans 5:1
        2. We have peace with God.
          1. Romans 5:1
        3. We have power through Jesus Christ.
          1. Romans 1:16
        4. We have the presence of the Holy Spirit.
          1. John 14:16
        5. We are perfect in God’s sight, because of the redemption through His Son.
          1. Hebrews 12:23
  2. THE NATURE OF HUMAN NATURE (1 Thessalonians 5:23)
    1. We have a body.
    2. We have a soul.
      1. This is our personality, our intelligence, our humor: all of those little proclivities that make us unique.
      2. This is our mind, emotion and will.
    3. We have a spirit.
      1. This is the quality in human nature that enables us to know and worship God.
      2. Hebrews 4:12
      3. John 4:24
      4. Romans 8:16
    4. With our bodies, we know the physical world - the world beneath us. With our souls, we know the psychological world - the world around us. With our spirits, we know the spiritual world – the world above us.
  3. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE LOST?
    1. Being lost is the condition of every man, woman, boy and girl without the Lord Jesus Christ. Being lost simply means to be without God.
    2. Luke 19:10
    3. When Adam sinned in the Garden of Eden, God moved out of Adam because God is a holy God and cannot abide with sin.
      1. Genesis 2:17
      2. What is death?
        1. Death is not the separation of the soul from the body; it is the separation of the spirit from God.
      3. When Adam ate the forbidden fruit, he died immediately in his spirit, progressively in his soul, and ultimately in his body.
    4. What do you have to do to be lost
      1. Nothing; we are lost by nature.
      2. We are born with a depraved nature.
  4. WHAT IS SALVATION?
    1. Salvation is not primarily getting man out of Earth and into Heaven. Salvation is getting God out of Heaven and back into man.
    2. Sin has separated us from God. This sin barrier is a wedge, a chasm, between holy God and sinful man.
    3. Man is never satisfied. We have a void in our spirit caused by our separation from God, and we are constantly trying to fill that void. We are trying to reach God; though, we often do not realize that it is God we are seeking. But we keep bouncing off that sin barrier.
    4. Sin is coming short of the glory of God. Sin is everything in us that is not like God.
      1. Romans 3:23
    5. The fact that we have sinned and that sin has separated us from God has not stopped God from loving us.
      1. Romans 5:8
    6. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit planned a means of salvation for us. God the Son - the Lord Jesus Christ - left Heaven and came to this Earth to be the sacrifice for us.
      1. Matthew 1:21
      2. Luke 1:31
    7. Jesus’ death on the cross constructed a bridge between man and God.
    8. Jesus is the only way to Heaven.
      1. John 14:6
      2. Acts 4:12
      3. Galatians 2:21
    9. How are we saved? By believing in the Lord Jesus Christ.
      1. Acts 16:30-31
        1. The word “believe” in this verse of Scripture literally means “trust.”
      2. Jesus cannot be our Savior if we are not willing to make Him Lord.
        1. Surrendering to Jesus’ Lordship means that He takes control of our lives.
    10. Once we are saved, God begins to work in us, making us into the persons He wants us to be.
      1. Philippians 1:6
    11. Once we are saved, we are justified immediately in the spirit, sanctified progressively in the soul, and glorified ultimately in the body.
    12. To be saved, we must invite Jesus into our lives; we must ask Him to come into our lives and take control of our lives.
    13. Revelation 3:20 – God desires that we all invite Him in.
  5. HOW DO WE KNOW THAT WE ARE SAVED?
    1. John 5:24
    2. When we trust Jesus, as the Bible states, then we are saved.
    3. We do not trust our feelings to know whether or not we’re saved; we trust what God’s Word tells us.
    4. We place our faith in God’s facts.
  6. CONCLUSION
    1. Do you know Jesus personally? If not, you can pray to Him today by asking Him to come into your life.
    2. Call upon Jesus today. Repent (turn) from your sins, and turn to Jesus. Ask Him to forgive you of your sins, and acknowledge Him as Lord of your life.
    3. Romans 10:9-10
    4. Romans 10:13