I. What is Salvation?
The word salvation comes from the Greek word ‘soteria’ meaning to save, deliver or to rescue. Salvation delivers a person from everlasting punishment in hell and takes them to everlasting peace in heaven. Biblical salvation includes a deliverance from the guilt of sin (past), the power of sin (present), and the presence of sin (future).
A. Salvation is only through the__________________of God (Titus 2:11). Grace is God’s unmerited favor. “By ________________ are ye _______________ through _________________.” (Ephesians 2:8)
B. There is absolutely no way a person can earn salvation. The Bible says salvation is a ______________ of God, not of ______________ (Ephesians 2:8-9). The very nature of God demands that salvation must be of Him.
C. The Gospel is essential to salvation: “So then faith cometh by _________________, and hearing by the ____________________________________.” (Romans 10:17)
II. The Character of God
We cannot understand why we need salvation unless we understand who God is. His attributes are a central part of the Gospel.
1. God is Holy
If we had to use one word that most defines God, it would be ‘Holy’. This means there is no one like Him. He is distinct, separate and in a category all by Himself. In Isaiah 6:3, the angels stand before the throne of God continually singing, “ ________________________________________ is the Lord of Hosts.”
2. God is Just
He will always do what is right, true and fair according to His own standard. When God gave the law to Moses, He was giving us something by which we may understand Him. The law is a reflection of His holiness and it is the standard by which He executes judgment.
A. “For the Lord is righteous, He loves _______________________; the upright will behold His face.” (Psalm 11:7)
B. “But the LORD of hosts shall be exalted in_____________________ , and God that is holy shall be sanctified in righteousness.” (Isaiah 5:16)
C. “God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the _________________ every day. If he turn [repent] not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow and made it ready.” (Psalm 7:11-12) *More references: Ecclesiastes 3:17, Colossians. 3:35, Hebrews 6:10, 10:30 3.
3. God is Good
A. “Give thanks unto the Lord, for he is ___________; for his mercy endureth for ever.” (Psalm 107:1)
B. Psalm 52:1 says, “the goodness of God endures _________________________________ .”
4. God is love
Love is not something that God has. Its literally who He is. It is what defines Him. His love does not ever need to be earned and His love cannot be lost. There has never been a person God couldnt save because there has never been a person He didn’t love. 1 John 4:8 says that God is love.
A. “I have loved thee with an ________________________ love: therefore with loving-kindness have I drawn thee.” (Jeremiah 31:3) thee.” (Jeremiah 31:3)
III. The Nature of Man
A. Romans 3:23 says that ________________ have sinned and come short of the glory of God.
B. Men are born in ______________ and thus have a lost nature from birth (Psalms 51:5).
“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that al have sinned…” (Romans 5:12) Because of this sin curse, we are incapable of keeping God’s law. We are born transgressors, and born with the wrath of God abiding on us (John 3:36). (Wrath means God’s fair and just punishment for sin.)
IV. The Great Dilemma
It is because God is good that He cannot simply turn His back on our sin. This would be to deny His nature. He must judge sin righteously, and a righteous judgment for sinful men means death in hell forever. However, God loves us and desires that none should perish (1 Timothy 2:4, 2 Peter 3:9).
Habakkuk 1:13 says that God’s eyes are too pure to approve of evil and He cannot look on wickedness with favor. Proverbs 17:15 says, “He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are an abomination to the Lord.”
Herein lies the Great Dilemma. If God is good, how can He justly forgive wicked men and declare them to be legally right before him when they have transgressed the law? It would mean that evil went unpunsihed, thus, making God not good. The solution was the death of Jesus. “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (2 Corinthian5:21). Jesus, who had no sin, took the punishment for our sin, thus, allowing God to be just and forgiving. God didnt have to sacrifice one of His attributes in order to make room for another. It was the sacrifice of Jesus that allowed Him to be just and forgiving, to rightly punish sin and to extend mercy.
V. God’s Solution
We often think that God saved us from our sin. Truthfully, God saved us from Himself. There’s a reason why the Bible says things like, “prepare to meet your God” (Amos 4:12). It is because His wrath (just punishment for sin) is revealed against all unrighteousness. If we, being sinners, were to encounter a Holy God, there can be only one outcome, wrath. This is why God sent His son Jesus to the cross. Our God is so amazing that He is able to love the objects of His wrath.
Consider this: You are walking out of a restaurant with your family. On the way to your car you’re mugged. The thief takes all your valuables and then murders a member of your family. An onlooker calls the cops. They get there in time to catch and imprison the criminal to await trial. As it turns out, the restaurant’s security camera catches the entire thing on video. The criminal’s face is clearly seen and there is no doubt that he is guilty. The day you go to court the judge reviews the security video in front of the entire courtroom. Everyone agrees that there is no question that the criminal is guilty. However, when the judge announces his verdict, he says, “I’m feeling loving today so I’ve decided to let the criminal go free of charge.” The entire courtroom cries in outrage. A terrible crime has been committed and you want to demand that justice be served. You are amazed that there is a judge on the stand who is more terrible than the criminals he pardons.
Now Imagine God as a judge, his law is the standard of justice, and are were the criminals guilty of transgression. Someone has to pay for our sin. For God to simply pardon us would make him unjust. Its why Jesus, who was sinless, had to die. This is how his death made a way for us to have everlasting life.
1. Our Replacement
In the Old Testament, Elders of Israel stood on Mt. Ebal to pronounce the curses that would come as a result of disobedience to God’s law. That is to say, when a certain law was broken, there was a specific punishment that was to be given for breaking that law. Deuteronomy chapter 28 lists the curses that come with disobedience. Some of them are listed below:
Cursed in the city, cursed in the field (v.16)
Vexed, rebuked, and destroyed until they parish quickly (v.20)
Consumed by pestilence (v.21)
Fever, consumption, inflammation, extreme burning, blasting (v.22)
Smitten before enemies (v.25) Scabs that cannot be healed (v.27)
Madness, blindness, and astonishment of heart (v.28)
The Lord shall smite the in the knees and in the legs, with sores from the sole of your foot to the top of your head (v.35)
These are just a few of the things that Jesus was feeling internally while He was on the cross. He paid for sin entirely and satisfied the wrath of God completely. Try to add up the sin of every single person that has ever lived and will ever live. Now think about all the appropriate punishment that had to be dealt in order to pay for that sin. That is what came down on Jesus as He hung on the cross. He didn’t die from a Roman whip. He was crushed by the wrath of God.
A. “Christ hath redeemed us from the______________of the___________being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that________________________________________” (Galatians 3:13).
B. “But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made ______________________________________ , to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons” (Galatians 4:4-5).
How can a good God pardon guilty mankind without sacrificing His integrity? Jesus. All sin has been paid for. If you can think of it, He paid for it. When we accept Him we are saying we believe in, and put our trust in, the fact that Jesus paid for our sin.
2. ISAIAH 53
A. “But he was wounded for our ___________________________, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed” (5).
B. “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath _____________________________________the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth” (6-7).
C. “He was taken from prison and from _______________________________: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth ” (8-9).
D. “Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an_______________________________, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand” (10).
E. “He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be__________________________: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities” (11).
F. “Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto_____________and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many and made intercession for the transgressors”(12).
3. Love Moved Him
The night before His crucifixion, Jesus went to pray on the Mount of Olives. His anxiety was so great that it caused the capillaries in His face to burst, causing Him to sweat drops of blood. It wasnt the Roman soldiers that had Him asking His Father if there was any other way. His anxiety came from knowing what He was about to endure internally. The visible part of Jesus’ crucifixion was terrible and gruesome, yes. However, that was nothing compared to what He endured in His soul. It was the weight of the world’s sin that crushed Him. Imagine the Hoover Dam bursting and rushing down on you as you stand below it. Jesus was crushed by God’s wrath as it poured out on Him. Knowing this would happen, it was His great love for us propelled Jesus to go through with it. Even in His greatest momet of anxiety, Jesus was wholly obedient to God, and completely trusting in His Father’s plan.
A. “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the _____________________ for our sins.” (1 John 4:9-10) Propitiation means the turning away of wrath by an offering. It is satisfying the wrath of God by the atoning sacrifice of Christ. The sin was ours. Jesus was perfectly sinless. He deserved no punishment. All the consequences that should have been taken out on us were placed on Jesus.
B. “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who ___________________________; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
“For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15). Jesus was the only one who could take our place, because He was the only one without any sin. This is why He is the “spotless Lamb of God.”
4. Born To Die
Jesus always knew how His earthly life would end. He always knew what His purpose was and He never wavered from it. At age 12, Mary and Joseph lost track of Jesus. They found Him in the temple teaching. Jesus said to Mary, “How is it that ye sought me? Wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?”(Luke 2:49). Even at a young age, Jesus was devoted to His cause.
A. In Mark chapter 8 Jesus is having a conversation with His disciples. “And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must___________________many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be ________________, and after three days rise again.” (Mark 8:31)
B. “Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am king. To this end was I _____________, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.”(John 18:37)
Jesus not only died, but He was raised from the dead. Now He sits at the right hand of God to make constant intercession for those who believe on Him. “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again on the third day according to the scriptures” (1 Corinthians15:3-4).
A. “Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh ___________________________ for us” (Romans 8:34).
B. “For there is one God, and one______________________ between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5).
VI. Our Response
1. Judgment Day
There will be a day when we must stand before God in judgment. On that day we will be judged according to God’s law. There will be those who go to heaven and those who go to hell. The standard of judgment will be the same for everyone, God’s law. However, the Bible says that none of us have the ability to keep God’s law, and if we break in one part, its as if we broke every single law. We are cursed. “Cursed be he that confirmeth not all the words of this law to do them” (Deuteronomy 27:26). Do you see why salvation is such a gift? No one is that perfect! Only Jesus was. When we trust Him for salvation it means that we have grace and mercy to cover us when we fail.
A. “ _________________________is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, the just shall live by faith.” (Galatians 3:11)
B. “He that ________________________on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not he Son shall not see life; but the ______________________________________ abideth on him” (John 3:36).
The difference between those who go to heaven and those who go to hell is this: those who have trusted in Jesus are pardoned because of His righteousness. Salvation means God sees us through the righteousness of His Son. And since Jesus overcame death, so do we. When we trust Jesus, God views us as He views Jesus, spotless. When we are saved, we are saying that we have heard the Gospel and that we believe that Jesus paid the debt we owed. We are effectively putting all our faith in Him. It means that we know that on the day we stand in judgment, God will declare us “not guilty” because Jesus bought us with His blood. He can look at us on that day and say, “Yes Father, this one trusted in me. This one is mine.” God doesnt force us to accept Jesus. We are free to choose, but we are not free from the consequences of our choice.
C. Salvation is found in a person. “Neither is there ________________________ in any other: for there is ____________ other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
Jesus is the only way to salvation because He is the only one who paid the sin debt. Those who go to hell will be those who denied Jesus. You see, whether someone accepts Jesus or not, He still paid for their sin. God already placed the wrath of all mankind on Jesus. To allow someone who has not believed on Him go to heaven would unjust. To say we dont need Jesus is like saying that we think we are able to keep God‘s entire law perfectly throughtout our whole life. The Bible already says this is impossible because of the fallen nature of man. The curse of sin was on us the day we were born. There has never been a person born who did not need Jesus and His righteousness.
D. We must ____________________ Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior (John 1:12, Acts 16:31). Salvation is a gift (Romans 6:23), and a gift must be accepted or received.
E. We must__________________of our sins (Luke 13:2-5; Isaiah 55:7; Acts 17:30). Repentance means to change one’s mind about sin and to change one’s way. It is to make a 180-degree turn away from your sins, and to turn to the Lord.
F. Receiving and believing on Jesus is done by _____________________on Him through prayer. (Romans 10:13). When a person asks God to forgive him of his sins, repents of his sins, and receives and trusts Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and Lord, the Bible says he is saved and will not come into condemnation.
VII. Who is Salvation For?
Salvation is a gift of God that is offered to all men. God didnt choose some to inherit salvation and deny others. Romans 5:12 says all have sinned and that the free gift of salvation is offered to all men. A. “Therefore as by the offense of one judgement came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon ________________________ unto justification of life” (Romans 5:18).
B. “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to ______________________.” (Titus 2:11)
“For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time” (1 Timothy 2:4-6).
VIII. What Does It Mean to Be Saved?
A. It means that we are _________________________of God. The one who believes is born into the family of God (John 1:12, 3:3).
B. It means that our sins are forgiven: They are removed from us as far as the ________________is from the ___________________(Psalms 103:12).
C. They are _______________________ out! (Isaiah 44:22)
D. They are ________________ away (Revelation 1:5) by the _________________ of Christ. (Revelation 1:5). Read Hebrews 9:22.
E. God will __________________________ our sins____________________________(Jeremiah 31:34).
F. They were ________________ on Christ (Isaiah 53:6).
G. It means that we have become a new____________________ . Old things have ________________________; behold, all things are become______________ .(2 Corinthians 5:17)
H. It means we have __________________________________________ (John 3:16; 3:36; 5:24).
A. grace, grace, saved, faith
B. gift, works
C. hearing, Word of God
1. Holy, Holy, Holy
2. A. righteousness
3. A. good
4. A. everlasting
1. A. curse, law, hangeth on a tree
B. under the law
2. A. transgressions
B. laid on him
E. offering for sin
3. A. propitiation
B. knew no sin
4. A. suffer, killed
5. A. intercession
5. A. suffer, killed
6. A. intercession
1. A. No man
B. believeth, wrath of God
C. salvation, none
A. all men
B. all men
A. children (or sons)
B. east, west
D. washed, blood
E. remember, no more
G. creature, passed away, new
H. eternal life
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