Summary: The first step in understanding salvation is for people to realize that we are all sinners, and how we become sinners in the first place? Until a person realizes that he is lost and why, he'll see no need to be saved, they naturally want to know,
WHAT IS SALVATION?
Today I want to talk about salvation, who needs it and why.
The first step in understanding salvation is for people to realize that we are all sinners, and how we become sinners in the first place?
Until a person realizes that he is lost and why, he'll see no need to be saved, they naturally want to know, "saved from what."
Listen, > 1 Cor. 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. -- The natural man is a person that is not yet born again, he is still in his natural unsaved condition, they simply don't understand as yet.
Listen, God is Holy that is, He is sinless, He is absolutely pure and perfect, sin can not come before His presents, He can not look upon sin.
That is why He turned His back on Jesus when Jesus was on the cross bearing the SINS of all man kind, Jesus had at that time the sins of us all on Him, He was paying our sin debt, God would not look upon sin.
>Matt. 27:46 - My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
>> 1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree,--
Because our first parents Adam and Eve disobeyed the only law that God gave to them to keep they became lost sinners, listen, and all their offspring would inherit this terrible blood disease called SIN.
>> Gen. 3:20 And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.
„« God said to Adam in;
>> Gen. 2:16-17 And the LORD God commanded the man, ** saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 17But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
Adam died spiritually that day although he lived physically for 950 years according to Gen.5:5.
>> Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, (Adam) and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
18 Therefore *(because of) as by the offence of one (Adam) judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one (Jesus) the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
19For as by one man's disobedience (Adam) many were made sinners, ** so by the obedience of one (Jesus) shall many be made righteous. ****
>>2 Cor. 5:21 For HE (God) hath made** HIM (Jesus) to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made** the righteousness of God in him.
„« All lost sinners are under condemnation, but once we're saved;
>>Rom. 8:1 There is therefore now** no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, --
God has made a way for us that are lost because of the sin that we inherited from our 1st parents, He has made a Way to come back into fellowship with Him, sin can not go unpunished, there is a price to be paid for our sins;
>Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Notice; eternal life is a gift, it is free to us, if it cost us any thing at all then it is not a gift. *** Christmas gifts--
The wage, or price lost sinners must pay if he or she should die in their sins will be a Christ less eternity in Hell, or he or she can accept the price that Jesus paid for their sins and be saved. It's really not all that hard to understand.
God looked upon "hopelessly sinful men and women," and sent His Son to bear His wrath (Gods wrath) against sin on the cross, and to show His power over sin in the resurrection of Jesus so that everyone who repents and believes in Him will be reconciled to God forever.
>> Rom.5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
We often hear about praying "the sinner's prayer," but let's be careful that the sinner's prayer does not become a few spoken words simply recited that were spoken by the person leading the person to Jesus, think of the meaning of what is being spoken.
Listen, a person doesn't need to pray a quote unquote "sinner's prayer" to be saved; but it is appropriate and a good testimony of sincerity.
The sinner's prayer is actually after the fact. A person prays because they have already believed in their heart.