Summary: So many people today have lives that are shipwrecked. So many today have lives that are at the bottom of life’s ocean. Why have people come to the bottom of life’s ocean? Because they have been sunk by the weight of sin! Oh beloved today realize that
Intro: So many people today have lives that are shipwrecked. So many today have lives that are at the bottom of life’s ocean. Why have people come to the bottom of life’s ocean? Because they have been sunk by the weight of sin! Oh beloved today realize that God sent His only Son for a great salvage Mission! It is for your salvation that Jesus came on His great mission.
In Dr. Luke’s Gospel Jesus told a wee little man that His mission was to salvage souls.
Luke 19.10 “For the son of Man has come to seek and save that which was lost.”
Jesus came for search and rescue!!
Oh dear soul today realize that the beloved Son of God stepped out of Heaven’s glory to stand in mans gore to salvage your soul. Mans sin sentenced Him to a devil’s hell; God’s Savior will salvage you for heaven!!
What we will see in just one verse of the Bible today is that some will be salvaged and some will not. What is the difference between those that are salvaged and those that are not? The only difference is a choice. Life is a choice. It was God’s choice that you were born; it will be your choice if you are reborn.
Salvation it is what has been called the scarlet thread that runs through the entire Bible.
In Daniel twelve we see that some grab the thread of salvation. We also see that others never even see the thread.
Daniel tells us that when the books are opened there will be two different groups of people.
· Some to everlasting Life
· Others to shame (disgrace) and everlasting contempt (comes from Hebrew root to repulse; picture Jesus spewing people out of His mouth)
The word everlasting appears in both of the groups. What then does it mean?
Everlasting: comes from a Hebrew word that means forever, unending, always, continuous existence, everlasting, unending future.
If you die before the returning of the Lord Jesus Christ, mark it down, you will awake to an everlasting, unending, always, continuous existence of either life, or shame and contempt (death in hell separated from the love of God).
So what is it that will determine whether or not you awake from death into unending life, or unending death?
It is God’s Great Salvage Mission that will make the difference. The surprising note of God’s Salvage Mission He only salvages those who call on Him.
2 Corinthians 4.7 tells us we have this treasure in earthen vessels.
But unless we ask God to salvage or save us, God will allow us to stay lost for all of eternity.
I. Man is sunk by Sin
A) All are sunk – Romans 3.23
1) No one has escaped the storm of Sin
a) Everyone is born a sinner
Psalm 51.5 “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.”
b) Everyone is a slave to sin that has not been salvaged.
Romans 6.16 “Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting to death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness?”
1) Sin controls
John 8.34 “Jesus answered them, Truly, Truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave to sin.”