Summary: There are three things that are sure if you are lost and three things that will let you know that you have God’s assurance of Salvation.
WESTSIDE BAPTIST CHURCH
PASTOR: TERRY VAUGHAN
SERMON TITLE: THE ASSURANCE OF SALVATION
“For God so loved the world , that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:16-18
TEXT VERSE: 2 TIMOTHY 2:19 “NEVERTHELESS THE FOUNDATION OF GOD STANDETH SURE, HAVING THIS SEAL, THE LORD KNOWETH THEM THAT ARE HIS. AND LET EVERYONE THAT NAMETH THE NAME OF CHRIST DEPART FROM INIQUITY.”
Let me say this, The Lord knows whether or not you’re saved by His grace. We should know. I want to preach to you this morning on the assurance of Salvation. If you don’t know Christ today as your personal Savior, you might as well mark it in your books that you’re lost and on your way to a devils Hell. The most important thing in this life is to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you’re saved by His grace. Everybody here might be saved and I hope that’s the case but I’m only preaching what God said to preach. There might be somebody here missing out. There might be somebody here that thinks their saved and their not.
1 TIMOTHY 1:15 “THIS IS A FAITHFUL SAYING, AND WORTHY OF ALL ACCEPTATION, THAT CHRIST JESUS CAME INTO THE WORLD TO SAVE SINNERS; OF WHOM I AM CHIEF.”
MATTHEW 18:11 “FOR THE SON OF MAN IS COME TO SAVE THAT WHICH WAS LOST.”
JOHN 12:47 “AND IF ANY MAN HEAR MY WORDS, AND BELIEVE NOT, I JUDGE HIM NOT: FOR I COME NOT TO JUDGE THE WORLD, BUT TO SAVE THE WORLD.”
I want to share three things this morning for you that are lost and don’t have the assurance of salvation. These three things are sure to those of you that are lost.
NUMBER ONE: Sin is sure. Ecclesiastes 7:20 “For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.” The Bible says in Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” There’s no way we can get the glory of God because we’ve all sinned. If you’re here and you’re lost without Christ, Sin is sure in your life.
Numbers 32:23 “...be sure your sin will find you out.”
We don’t have sin in our lives because of things that we’ve done or because of the lifestyle we chose to live. We don’t have sin in our lives because of the color of our skin or our nationality, size or age. Sin came into this world by one man named Adam. But thank God Salvation came into the world by one man and that man is Jesus Christ. Read Romans Chapter five and you’ll get a blessing out of it. If you’re here without Christ, Sin is sure in your life. The only antidote for sin is Jesus Christ. You know why he was crucified? He was crucified for our condemnation. But he was raised again for our justification. We’re justified only if we have the blood of Christ applied in our lives.
NUMBER TWO: Death is sure. James 1:15 “Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”
Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
If sin is sure in your life you can mark it down in your book that death is also sure. You cannot escape death unless you know Christ as your Savior. You’re living a miserable life this morning if you’re trying to live it without Christ. If you’re Lost without God, sin is ruling in your life and it will lead you to death one day after awhile.
NUMBER THREE: Hell is sure. The Lake of Fire is bad enough but we’re just going to stick with hell.
Isaiah 14:9 “Hell from beneath is moved for thee at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it has raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations.”
The Bible says that Hell has enlarged itself because of the lust of men, the lust of flesh and the lust of the eyes and people are dying every day without Christ and Hell is running over with souls and heaven don’t have enough. There’s room in heaven for you today. If you’re here today and you’re lost I want you to know that Hell is sure in your life.