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How People Get Saved

Sermon Notes-Pastor Milton Vincent
July 1, 2012-Cornerstone Fellowship Bible Church

Text: Romans 10:9-15

The Essence of Salvation: God gives a person righteousness, deliverance, and satisfaction in Jesus. (See Romans 10:9-11)

Righteousness: Salvation is God giving to a poor, lost sinner, righteousness. His record of sin is wiped clean and he is clothed in the perfect righteousness of Christ.

Deliverance: God saves from something, from sin’s guilt and power, condemnation, wrath, hell, and a meaningless and hopeless life.

Satisfaction: We are sure to be let down if we put our confidence in things and people. God promises that when He is done doing what He wants to do in us through His Son, we will not be ashamed that we have put our trust in Jesus.

A FIVE-FOLD EXPLANATION AS TO HOW IT IS THAT HIS SALVATION GETS TO PARTICULAR PEOPLE

1. This salvation comes to those who call upon Christ.
…for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing His riches on all who call on Him. For everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved. (Rom. 10:12-13)
-We don’t just wake up one day saved, delivered, justified.
-It is people who cry out to Jesus who get saved.
-Salvation does not come from within, but from without and only through Jesus.
-Salvation is for those who stop calling upon anything or anyone else besides Jesus.

2. Those who call upon Christ do so because they believe in Christ.
How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed?… (Rom. 10:14)
-Calling on Christ without believing would be meaningless.
-Belief is the fuel that drives the prayer of calling upon the Lord.
-Belief in Jesus is more than a bare believing of facts about Him.
-It is seeing a need for the Savior and withdrawing trust from themselves, anything or anyone else and putting trust in Jesus.
-It is believing and trusting that Jesus has the power and desire to save.

3. Those who believe in Christ do so because they have heard the gospel of Christ.
…And how are they to believe in Him of whom they have never heard?… (Rom. 10:14)
-This is God’s plan- through hearing.
-See Acts 11:14; 1 Cor. 1:21
-Hearing words, a message, is the means God uses to bring people to belief in His Son.
-Not a list of do’s and don’t’s, but a piece of news that comes to us about Jesus.

“Faith indeed comes of hearing. Do not imagine men will be saved any other way.” -Newell

4. Those who hear the gospel of Christ do so because someone preached it to them.
…And how are they to hear without someone preaching? (Rom. 10:14)
-Preacher=Heralder, someone who announces a public message.
-Herald: someone who acts as a messenger of a king or commander.
-“…the herald announces no word more or less than he is bidden to announce and alters and changes nothing.” -Lenski
-There are many who don’t like certain parts of Scripture. but it’s not our luxury to pick and choose and preach only the parts that we like.

“The essence of other religions is advice; Christianity is essentially news.” -Tim Keller, The King’s Cross

5. Someone preaches the gospel to them because he is commissioned by God to do so.
And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” (Rom. 10:15)
-The sovereign God who is utterly sovereign in salvation has so structured things that He uses people to preach the Good News.
-God is the sending agent. He is behind it all!
-How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news! This comes from Isaiah 52. The Jews imagining the heralds running over the mountains to make the announcement that their Babylonian captivity is over. The dusty feet of the heralds would be beautiful to them.
-The idea is, how beautiful are the goings of those who bring the good news of the Gospel.
-We go to bring the Good News of salvation because we are sent by God.
-See Mark 16 and Matt. 28.


Immortal Words

Job restored to prosperity

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…His memory perishes from the earth…(Job 18:17a)

With this declaration, Bildad rebukes Job in the midst of his suffering. But, Bildad’s prognosis is proved false by the very book of Job itself. God preserves Job’s story in Scripture.

Chapter 19 depicts Job in agony. He grapples with the apparent meaninglessness of his plight and implicates God as being responsible for his predicament. He is perplexed and frustrated by the response of his friends. However, in what is perhaps Job’s darkest hour, his lamentation culminates in an amazing blaze of glorious truth:

“Oh, that my words were written! Oh, that they were inscribed in a book! Oh, that with an iron pen and lead they were engraved in the rock forever! For I know that my Redeemer lives…” (Job 19:23-25a).

Job’s appeal is graciously granted. His discourse is engraved, as it were, secured forever in the very Word of God. While Job’s words are an encouragement to this believer for this moment, they also bear fruit for all eternity. This Gospel certainty is made manifest, inscribed in the Rock that is Christ, forever! With Job, my heart thrills to this truth, for I know that my Redeemer lives! 

By His Grace and for the Gospel,
Terrie van Baarsel

 


God’s Relentless Love

“God’s love is relentless in its determination that we be cured of our sins, at whatever the cost to us or to Him.”  -C.S. Lewis

Plumb the depth of our sin with the plumb-line of Christ’s suffering; mark the breadth of His love for us by His willingness to exact the price. The cure for sin cost God dearly. It was put on display by the bloody sacrifice of His only begotten Son.

And what does it cost us?

On the other side of redemption, perhaps a lifetime of obvious sin and ruinous living is the pathway to the cross. For others, it is a terrible awareness that their lives are like whitewashed tombs, appearing beautiful on the outside but inside full of dead man’s bones and all uncleanness.

On this side of our salvation it costs the denial of self, taking up our own cross daily and following Him. A willingness to identify with His suffering may be the price we pay. The oft times arduous way of sanctification. Perseverance until the end. A life of obedience. The mortification of the flesh. But, whatever the cost to us, it pales in significance to and hinges entirely upon what He has already done for us. 

Either way, understanding that our sin affliction can only be cured by the excruciating death of the One Innocent God-Man should humble us.  

God’s love hounds us from the day we are born until the day we die. God’s love follows us into eternity. It is all adamant mercy and obstinate Grace. It is audacious in scope, resolute in its efficacy, and finds its full expression in the Glory of the Gospel.

Praise God for His relentless love!

By His Grace and for the Gospel,
Terrie van Baarsel

(See: John 1:16-17; 15:13; Matthew 23:27; Rom. 3:23-24; 5:6-8; I Peter 2:21; Luke 9:23)


But for Christ’s Blood

How oft do we condemn when Christ would not?
Is it more than repentance we require
as if the perfect work that He has wrought
suffices not to save us from the fire?

How is it that we refuse to forgive?
Dare we ask for more than His sacrifice?
Are we more righteous than He who would cleanse?
Yet, we cast the first stone, quick to chastise.

Why do we turn from the beauty of Him,
preferring darkness to One Right and Fair
and fixing our eyes on weakness and sin,
shamelessly feast on transgression laid bare?

Are we not sinners redeemed at great cost,
and but for Christ’s blood yet hopeless and lost?

By His Grace and for the Gospel,
Terrie van Baarsel


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