Summary: 1- The salvation of Abraham 2- The salvation of David
INTRO.- What’s required for salvation?
ILL.- It was said that one time a businessman who well known for his ruthlessness once said to writer Mark Twain, "Before I die I mean to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. I will climb Mount Sinai and read the 10 Commandments aloud at the top." "I have a better idea," replied Twain. "You could stay in Boston and keep them."
What about keeping 10 commandments? Must we keep them? And by keeping them will be saved? That’s the mentality that many people in our world have. If any good comes our way it’s because of what we do and not because of anyone’s gracious gift. We all tend to believe that we have to work in order to get anything good in life, including God’s salvation.
ILL.- Our Louise Smith is from the old school, so to speak, that if someone does something for her then she must do something for them. There have been a few times when I have gone to the Kmart pharmacy for Louise to pick up her prescriptions and she always want to pay me for running that errand. And yet, it’s about one mile from her apartment at South Wind Heights to Kmart, like I am spending a big fortune to run that errand!
Don’t misunderstand; I think it’s gracious of her to offer to pay me but I am very happy to do things for free. After all, isn’t this what our salvation is all about? If we had to work our way into heaven we’d never make it. That’s why God provided the way through His son the Lord Jesus. Louis understands the principle of grace, and she also understands what it is to be gracious and giving.
Jesus came to seek and to save the lost. He did for us what we could not do for ourselves. He paid the price for our sins. By so doing, He both pleased His heavenly Father and appeased His anger toward our sin. Why would God ever get angry at mankind? It’s called sin.
Can you imagine how angry God could get with mankind over the sins of this world?? Here is why God gets angry.
Romans 1:29-32 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.
It sounds like all mankind is in deep trouble with God and we are! So what should we do? Our text tells the story.
PROP.- Paul considers how various people get saved.
1- The salvation of Abraham
2- The salvation of David
I. THE SALVATION OF ABRAHAM
1 What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather, discovered in this matter? 2 If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about—but not before God. 3 What does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”