Summary: describes the salvation I desire and the Bible presents
The prophet Jeremiah did not come with a message of deliverance to announce but rather a
tragic message of judgment. So dangerous was his message that
people hearing it called him a traitor. He would be misunderstood, persecuted, arrested, and
imprisoned; and more than once, his life was in danger. The nation did not want to hear the truth,
but Jeremiah told them plainly that they were defying the Lord, disobeying the Law, and destined
for judgment. Jeremiah’s task was not an easy one because he had to sound the death chime
for his nation. He denounces the people, priests, and
princes for their sins, especially the sin of idolatry. The nation of Judah had turned her back on
the Lord and was following the false prophets who led
them to worship idols. Judgment was coming. Their salvation was not in the pagan idols on the
hills. Heathen gods would not and could not deliver them. As far as bringing them salvation, the
idols had cost them their cattle and even their children whom they had sacrificed to them. The
hope of their salvation was
their destruction. Their idols brought them nothing but shame. I don’t want that kind of salvation.
All men need salvation, but what do
you have or want in a salvation?
I. I want a salvation that is established on the Word of God
Not interested in a salvation based on a church or some ritual. I want a salvation that is based
upon that which will not change! "For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven" - established
in God’s presence beyond the possibility of change. Matthew 10:35 "Heaven and earth shall pass
away, but my words shall not pass away." I Peter 1:25 "But the word of the Lord endureth for
ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
A. Inspired - God breathed
Wholly trustworthy and reliable
free from error
This is the greatest book on earth Unparalleled it stands Its Author is God; its truth is divine
Inspired in every word and line, Though written by human hands.
It is eternal in its composition.
It is inerrant in its content.
It is impeccable in its character.
The Bible is a Book above and beyond all books. It is inexpressible in value, immeasurable in
influence, infallible in authority, and inspired it
totality. Century after century men have tried to burn it or bury it. Kings of the earth have set
themselves against it to destroy it form off the face of the earth, but it "liveth and abideth forever."
The Bible stands like a mountain tow ’ring Far above the works of men; Its truth by none ever was
refuted, And destroy it they never can.
The story is told a visitor who toured a blacksmith’s shop[. Viewing heaps of discarded hammers
but only one huge anvil, he asked, "How often to you
replace your anvil?" With a smile the owner replied, "Never, It is the anvil that wears out the
hammers, you know." So it is the Word of God. The hammers of persecution, ridicule ,
liberalism and atheism have for centuries pounded out their vicious blows upon the divine anvil,
but to no avail. There they lie, in rusting piles, while the mighty anvil of the Scriptures stands
unbroken, unshaken, and un-chipped.
Voltaire once said, "Another century and there will not be a Bible on the earth." The century is
gone and the circulation of the bible is one of the marvels of the age. After he died, his old
printing press and the very house where he lived was purchased by Geneva Bible Society and
warehouse for Bibles.
"The grass withered, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand forever" (Isaiah 40:8).
II. I want a salvation that can erase my sins
"All have sinned....."
One of the truly great and far reaching blessings of God’s salvation is what it does to sin. The
repenting sinner is immediately and eternally saved from the penalty of sin, provided with victory
over the power of sin, and guaranteed final removal from the presence of sin. No preacher, priest,
pope, church or water can banish my sins. Jesus bare our sins in his own body on the tree. He
paid our sin debt. The Bible is full of beautiful passages that vividly describe what Jesus
can do with our sins: "As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our
transgressions from us" (Psalm 103:12).
The north-south measure is finite, not so with the east-west measure. Sin Is removed so far, then
we may be sure that the scent, the trace, the very
memory of it must be entirely gone. If this be the distance of its removal, there is no shade of