The First Principles of the Oracles of God
Salvation Benefits – Sermon Notes
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The results of having truly repented and put true faith in Christ – Salvation and Salvation Benefits!
(Rom 10:9-13) “…that if thou confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and 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. For the scriptures saith: whosoever believeth on Him (Jesus) shalt not be ashamed. For there is no difference between Jew and Greek. For the Name of the Lord is rich unto all that call upon Him. For whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved…”
These verses are the most descriptive explaining the Salvation experience and it’s important we take time to examine and define these elements.
“Salvation” – The most common biblical expression used in the result of one having truly repented and having put their faith in Jesus Christ. Receiving as sons, all of the great benefits of the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus. This sacrifice served to save all mankind from the penalty, habit, and dominion of sin and the wrath and judgment of God.
“Confession” – In an appropriate manner one professes themselves to be attached to Christ and in union with Him declaring from the heart one’s trust in Him as Lord and Saviour.
“Conversion” – The term is used to describe the human result in response to the Gospel of Christ. Conversion occurring when the individual responds in mind, heart, and will, surrendering themselves to the offer of salvation.
“Saving Faith” – Saving Faith is part of the individual’s response to God in the salvation experience. Saving Faith is as simple as looking to God to save, it’s simple yet complex. As simple as a man drowning reaching for a rope, believing sets the heavenly in motion to save. Complex in that the human mind has difficulty believing it can be that simple, yet believing on Christ the only requirement.
Having obtained salvation by believing on the Son of God, the believer can now partake and inherit all of the great benefits His sacrifice bought for us. Seven primary benefits can be identified within the scriptures, seven wonderful and quite joyous benefits which serve to heal the brokenhearted and transform the individual from having been lost in darkness, to living in the light and life of Jesus.
“Reconciliation” – (Rom 5:1) “…therefore being justified (declared righteous) by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ…”
Reconciliation is the primary result of Jesus having died on the Cross. Christ’s sacrifice has eliminated the cause of hostility between God and humanity, sin, making it possible through faith to have complete and maturing fellowship with God. That hostility was caused by sin but eliminated by the Cross.
“Forgiveness of Sins” – (Col 1) “…giving thanks to the Father which has made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. Who has delivered us from the power of darkness and hath translated us into the Kingdom of His Dear Son. In whom we have redemption of His Blood, even the forgiveness of sins…”
Forgiveness of sins is literally translated to “send off” or “far away”. Having been reconciled thus forgiven separating the sinner from the penalty of sin. God accomplishing this by translating our sin to Christ on the Cross judging it there and setting the sinner free.
“Freedom from the Law” – (Rom 5:13b) “…but sin is not imputed where there is no law….” (Rom 6:14b) “…for you are not under the law but under grace…”
Freedom from the law is another great benefit of salvation inChrist. Jesus by His life, death, and resurrection fulfilled all of the requirements set forth in God’s law bringing it to an end, setting us free Because of this, no more would a believer be judged by the law. Jesus did what no man could; He obeyed every precept, every law and lived a perfect sinless life bringing the law to completion on our behalf. The believer can now enjoy the great Grace of God, free from the law meaning our sins can no longer be imputed against us.
“Liberty and Life in Jesus” – (John 10:10) “…I am come that they (us) may have life and that they may have it more abundantly…”
Christ’s Sacrifice also made it possible for us through faith and growth to experience true life in Him. Christ put an end to the law meaning our sins can no longer be imputed against us, living life now in the divine favor of God. Freedom from the law actually makes it possible for us to be free from sin and live in the Law of Love in Jesus Christ opening the way to true life enjoying God’s great favor.
“Adoption” – (Rom 8:14-15) “…for as many are led by the Spirit of God they ARE the Sons of God. For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear, but YOU HAVE received the spirit of adoption whereby we cry ABBA Father (daddy)…”
Adoption is a legal term used in this case to describe the new believer’s position with God. Adoption, where a father appoints an individual to be his own adopted child. This means that the new believer can inherit and partake in all of the riches of his new father. This adoption occurs the moment an individual believes by faith, it cannot be worked for or earned, it’s a free gift.
“Eternal Life” – (John 3:16) “…for God so loved the world He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life…”
By simply putting one’s faith in Christ the believer can not only experience true life in the present but have a hope of spending eternity with God in heaven. An eternity which in itself is almost inexplicable, yet God tells us in His Word, it will be a state of pure bliss and rest.
“The Indwelling of the Holy Spirit” – (1Cor 3:16) “…know ye not that ye are the temple and that the Spirit of God dwelleth within you?…”
Christ having bought us forgiveness goes on to give us another great benefit of salvation, an indwelling of the Spirit of God! This fulfills God’s greatest desire to have a mature and lasting fellowship with man, not only dwelling within Him but living His life through us. Through His Spirit, God supplies every need of the human heart and gives the individual the strength to weather any storm.