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JESUS CHRIST OUR SALVATION

Sunday 5th May, 2019 [Communion Service]

Bible readings

  • Acts 9:1-6
  • Rev. 5:11-14
  • John 21:1-14

Hymn of meditation: PH 558

Jesus Christ, is now and ever,

For eternity, the same;

He is Priest and ever shall be,

To the Father He brought us.

Jesus is my joy and gladness,

Faith’s foundation is in Jesus,

Sun of Righteousness is Jesus,

Now forever more He’s Lord.


WHAT IS SALVATION

  • Salvation in the Biblical sense can be seen in three ways:
    • Rescue from danger, harm, or even death of an individual, group or nation (Rescue from sin and death)
    • Renewing of the Spirit (salvation grants the Spirit of the person new birth to live a life that is morally pleasing to God)
    • Restoration of the right relationship with God

Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary

  • Salvation rescues the believer from sin and its consequences, reintroduces the believer to a holy life, and restores the believer to a right relationship with God for all eternity.
  • Salvation is not only about being saved from something; It is also being saved to someone. We are saved from sin and brought to God.
    • We are saved for a relationship. God has overcome our greatest problems so that we could be brought into a relationship with Him.

PARTS OF SALVATION

  • Salvation is also seen in three tenses
    • THE PAST – we are saved (For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. – 2 Tim 1:9a; Eph 2:5,8; Rom 8:24)
    • PRESENT – we are being saved (For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God. 1 Cor. 1:18; Acts 2:47; Phil 2:12)
  • Salvation is also seen in three tenses
    • FUTURE – we will be saved (Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! – Rom. 5:9-10; 13:11;)
  • In summary, salvation includes that which God has given or bestowed on us, it also includes continues deliverance from all evil and growing into Christlikeness and still into the final glory of Christ when our bodies will be changed into imperishable ones and we will be with Christ forever.

JESUS CHRIST, THE ONLY MEANS TO OUR SALVATION

  • It is only Christ who has the power and the right to see us through all these three tenses of salvation.
  • It all starts with an encounter with Christ. Like Paul on the road to Damascus. Yours might not be that dramatic but there should be that converting experience.
  • In the present, Jesus watches our moves to affirm his salvation and lead us into holiness. He brought the disciples back and he is willing to bring us back. (sanctification)
  • He was the lamb that was slaughtered (as atonement) for our sins and sits on the throne in heaven to be our judge.

CONCLUSION

Salvation is not about religious zeal; it is all about Christ and our willingness to surrender our lives to him totally.

It is a life changing experience in Jesus the Christ.

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