Salvation

Hello Friend,

If you are viewing this page, you have likely come across one of our tracts or looked on our website.  I just want to begin by saying, it is a privilege and an honor to speak to you about the most important topic that faces man today…

“Where will I go when I die?”


When we are young, we don’t often think much about that question because it seems so far in the future.  When we get older, time begins to speed up as we start a career or a family.  And though we convince ourselves that things will eventually slow down, they never do.  And we find ourselves at the end of our lives never having answered this most important question.

The Bible makes it clear what awaits every man after death:


And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the 
judgment:  (Hebrews 9:27)


As we can see from God’s Word, as certain as death will catch up with every man, a judgment day awaits us.

The big question is…

How will you do on that day?

How will God judge us?

Our natural tendency is to judge ourselves against other people.  We convince ourselves that if we can just be a better person than those around us… we will surely be accepted.

But the Bible warns us this is foolishness:


For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare 
ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.  (2 Corinthians 10:12)


In other words, for us to compare ourselves with others is a foolish way of gauging our standing before God.

So what is the standard we need to compare ourselves to?

ANSWER:  God’s Perfect Law


In Luke 18, a religious ruler came to Jesus asking a very basic question:

Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?  (Luke 18:18)

The amazing thing about Jesus is that he often times did not answer the questions directly posed to Him, but instead took the opportunity to correct their understanding.

And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.  (Luke 18:19)

Jesus made a startling declaration… “none is good”.  How could Jesus know this?   What is the standard that He was holding all men to…  We see the answer in his next statement.

Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother.  (Luke 18:20)

Notice that Jesus took this man to the 10 commandments to show that the standard for “goodness” is keeping them perfectly.  

This truth is echoed in other places in the Bible:

For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.  (James 2:10)

So, the million dollar question… 

Have you kept the 10 commandments?

5th Commandment:  Honour thy father and thy mother

Q:  did you always obey your parents the first time, every time?

 

9th Commandment:  Thou shalt not bear false witness

Q:  have you ever told a lie?  How many?

 

8th Commandment:  Thou shalt not steal

Q:  have you ever stolen anything at any time regardless of its value?  Stolen time from an employer?  Office supplies?

 

6th Commandment:  Thou shalt not kill

You may be thinking, “finally a commandment I have kept!”  But, Jesus said the following during his sermon on the mount:

Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment:  (Matthew 5:21-22)

In other words, Jesus is making it clear that even to be angry at someone else for a bad reason is worthy of the same punishment as murder.

Q:  have you ever been angry at someone for not a great reason?  (jealousy, annoyance, driving too slow)


7th Commandment:  Thou shalt not commit adultery

You might reply with,  “I’m innocent because I’m not married” or “I’ve never cheated on my wife.”  However, Jesus also shed light on God’s standards regarding adultery during the same sermon on the mount:

Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.  (Matthew 5:27-28)

In other words, Jesus is saying that to even look at a man or woman with lustful thoughts is equivalent to committing adultery in your heart.

Q:  have you ever looked at a man or a woman with lust?

Q:  have you ever acted upon that lust?


If you are being honest, you have broken God’s Law.  And instead of appearing before God as a good person, you will stand there on that day as a liar, a thief, an adulterer, and a murderer in His sight.

The point of the 10 Commandments is to bring us to that point where we stop making excuses and realize we are without defense.

Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.   (Romans 3:19)

Before the rest of this message will make any sense, you need to come to the place where you accept the verdict against you that you are a criminal before God and deserve His punishment in a place the Bible calls hell.

But…  there is amazing, life changing news.


Romans 5:8  But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 

 

The good news of the gospel is that Jesus Christ came to earth, lived the perfect life we never did, and He sacrificed Himself on Calvary’s cross that you can be set free.  This was the only way that God’s justice could be satisfied… that someone without sin (Jesus) would pay the penalty for sinners.

Because of Jesus dying on the cross and rising again, you can be saved… not because you are a good person, but because you are a bad person saved by a Good God!

But… this salvation is not automatic.  It requires us to respond to God’s gift of salvation.  Jesus addressed the response that God is looking for us to make:

The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.  (Mark 1:15)

In short, God wants us to:

Repent and Believe the Gospel


Repentance means to change your mind about:

Your Sin:  “I feel awful for doing those things against the Lord”

What you Deserve:  “I deserve to go to hell for my crimes”

What you are Trusting:  “I no longer think I can be good enough to earn heaven… I need to put my full trust in what Jesus did for me”

Faith means to put all of your hope in the gospel for salvation.  The gospel is the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

If the Holy Spirit is convicting (convincing) you of this truth and the deliverance we have in Christ, salvation comes when you simply believe the promise of God that Christ’s sacrifice was enough to satisfy the Lord’s requirement for Justice upon sin.

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  (Romans 10:9-10)

If you have not put your faith in Jesus Christ, we encourage you to do that today.  Some respond with praying to God, confessing their sins and thanking Him for Jesus.  Some respond with tears.  Others feel an overwhelming peace in knowing they are now God’s child.  But it all hinges on whether you will trust God and believe the gospel or if you will reject God and His way of salvation.


If you would like to learn more or be in touch with someone that can give further counsel, please feel free to text or call me (Pastor Tyson) at 217 649-3718 or contact the church from cbcurbana.org.  We would love to be a help to you in this spiritual journey.