Summary: Is salvation too good to be true or is it for real?
“An Interview With God”
IS SALVATION FOR REAL?
May 18, 2002
One objection that I hear concerning salvation is that it seems too good to be true. You know the old saying, “If it seems too good to be true, then it probably is.” Here is the situation. If you are going to give your life over to God and follow His Son Jesus and trust that He can save you, then you want to be sure that the salvation that the Bible speaks of is for real, that it’s the truth. You want to make sure that it’s not too good to be true.
I remember first thinking about the idea of cloning. Before cloning actually became a reality, there was a movie made in the mid 90’s about it. The movie was called “Multiplicity”. Michael Keaton plays the main character in this movie. Through circumstances I can’t really remember right now, he is able to be cloned. He thinks that this is going to be a great idea. He never has enough time to get everything done that he needs to get done. He wishes that there was more of him to go around. Through the miracles of cloning, there is. This is too good to be true, it’s unbelievable. He is going to be able to accomplish twice the work he’s doing now without any extra effort. But things turn badly because although his clones look exactly like him physically, none of their personalities match his and this causes big problems. He ends us spending the majority of his time trying to making sure that his clones don’t destroy his life. It turns out that cloning was too good to be true. But is salvation?
We continue with our series, “An Interview With God” tonight asking God the question, “Is salvation for real?” The truth is that every single person on this earth is need of salvation, whether they recognize that need or not. The greatest need of mankind is the salvation of our souls.
In order to answer the question, “Is salvation for real?” we must first answer a few questions:
I. WHAT IS SALVATION?
Sometimes we get a little confused about salvation. We hear about salvation in many different terms, “being saved, being born again, becoming a new creation, having a relationship with God” etc. If our greatest need is salvation, then we need to know exactly what salvation is all about.
In studying the word “salvation” in the New Testament, we find that salvation involves five specific things:
1. Deliverance from impending death.
It’s as if we have been stricken with an incurable disease, our death is imminent. We have no hope of beating this disease. There’s nothing we can do to stop it. We’re helpless. Salvation is our cure, beating that incurable disease and delivering us from the impending death that was looming over us.
2. Saving of the whole person.
This means that we are not just saved in a physical sense. We are saved in a spiritual sense. Our very souls are saved. Our whole being is saved by God.
3. Forgiveness of sins.
Forgiveness literally means to be “freed or released”. We are freed from the debt and consequences of our sin.
4. Deliverance from the hands of our Enemy.