Summary: WHAT DOES IT MEAN"TO BE SAVED?"
John 3:16-3:17 10 7-06 Today I want to talk a little while about being saved,
Some may wonder, “saved from what”
· What does the word “save” mean to you? Well really it can mean many different things:
~To set aside money for later use, often adding to the sum periodically. Or To set something aside, keep something back, or protect something so that it can be used later.
It could also mean to collect as many items of a particular kind as possible, usually in order to do something with them later.
It could also mean to free somebody from the consequences of sin .
Jn. 3:16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
I remember a dear man who I’m now happy to say is saved, but at one time he just couldn’t understand why he needed to admit he was a sinner and ask God to forgive him of his sin, and really as for as a good man, morally speaking was concerned, he was a good man.
So what is sin?
Sin is DISOBEDIENCE to God’s moral law. We can sin by doing, saying, or thinking anything that is against God’s rules.
~ We’ve all heard it said to sin means “to miss the mark.”
· Where did sin come from? It came because of the sin of disobedience of the parents of the human race, Adam & eve. Gen. 3: 20And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.
I inherited sin from my parents, they inherited sin from their parents, an their parents, and we could say that all the way back to the parents of us all Adam & Eve.
Rom. 5:12 12Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
Paul here in Rom. 5:12 is not talking about our individual sins, he means that when Adam sinned the entire human race became guilty of sin.
Someone may be saying, “ Should I be guilty because of a sin committed thousands of years ago?”
But If we read the rest of the verses in Romans 5, we’ll discover that everyone can be made righteous (innocent) because of one man’s obedience (because of Jesus Christ’s death on the cross). If some people might think it’s unfair that Adam’s sin makes us guilty, then lets also think it’s unfair that Christ’s obedience can make us innocent.
~~There were two brothers, well known around town for their crooked business dealings and underworld connections. They were as mean and cold-blooded as you could imagine. One day one of the brothers died, and the surviving brother wanted to give his dead brother a funeral fit for a king. So he called the funeral home and made the arrangements, then he called the town’s minister and made him an offer, as they say, he couldn’t refuse.
He said to the minister “I’ll give you $30,000 to put that new roof on the church if, in eulogizing my brother, you call him a saint.”
The minister agreed. The whole town turned out for the funeral, and the minister began: “The man you see in the coffin was a vile individual. He was a liar, a thief, a deceiver, a manipulator, a reprobate, He destroyed the fortunes, careers, and lives of countless people in this city, some of whom are here today. This man did every dirty, rotten thing you can think of. But compared to his brother, he was a saint”