Summary: Our salvation is Great! How about yours? Can your salvation pass the test given in this message? Check it out and see for yourself.
A Sermon For You
A Ministry of Huckaby’s Evangelism
"Our Great Salvation"
By Evangelist Gary Huckaby
"Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward; How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; God also bearing them witness, both with signs, and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?"
Prayer: Father, we commend ourselves to you, to be used as you will, bless the words given, to each hearer, and reader of this message, save the lost, revive the saved, and glorify thyself, In Jesus Christ I pray. Amen!
Please notice in verse three these words, "How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation?’
Our Great Salvation
Religion vs Salvation
Religion says, I can get to God on my own, Salvation says, only through Jesus Christ can you get to God. Religion says, You can get to heaven by your works, Salvation says, It is by grace that we are saved, through faith, it is the gift of God not of works lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9.
To illustrate by means of a story; There was a town which had an old clock which needed repair, for the clock had broken. The town council in an attempt to fix it tried new weights, they replaced the cover, they even installed new hands, but to no avail. A little boy who had been watching the workers told the mayor who was standing beside him; "It needs new insides."
This is also true of our relationship with God, to meet Him, we must have new insides. This is called by Jesus, A new birth. (Born Again). Before sinful man can come before a Holy God there must be a change of heart. 2 Corinthians 5:17, says, "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation; old things are passed away, behold all things are become new."
During a revival in the old west, the congregation was mixed with worshipers, some native Americans, others were strangers, and then there were the local people too. At the invitation an old Indian came forward to receive Christ as Savior. The local store clerk who was seated beside the Indian stayed in his place. On the next night, the store clerk went forward to receive Christ, and upon returning to his seat, the Indian who had been saved the night before, said,
Me take new coat last night, you liked yours a day longer before you got your new one.
A Test Of Our Great Salvation
If our salvation is so great let us put it to a test, then we will see just how great it really is.
The Water Test
Can Water Sink It?
In Genesis 6:8-14, But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. These are the generations of Noah; Noah was a just man, and perfect in his generation, and Noah walked with God. And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japeth. The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his was way upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth. Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.
Noah Obeyed And Was Saved
Noah obeyed God, and he and his family were spared from God’s judgment of the flood. So we see that water cannot sink our Great Salvation.
The Fire Test Can Fire Burn It?
In Daniel 3:8-25, "Wherefore at that time certain Caldeans came near, and accused the Jews. They spoke and said to the king Nebuchadnezzar O king, live forever. Thou, O king, hast made a decree, that every man that shall hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, shall fall down and worship the golden image: And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth, that he should be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. There are certain Jews whom thou hast set over the affairs of the providence of Babylon, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego; these men O king, have not regarded thee: they serve not thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up. Then Nebuchadnezzar in his rage and fury commanded to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Then they brought these men before the king. Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I set up? Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: But if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace: and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands? Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king, But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, not worship the golden image which thou hast set up. Then Nebuchadnezzar full of fury and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times more that it was wont to be heated. And he commanded the most mighty men that were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace. Then these men were bound in their coats, there hosen, and their hats, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. Therefore because the king’s commandment was urgent, and the furnace exceeding hot, the flame of the fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonished, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counselors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king. He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the forth is like the Son of God.