THE BIBLE AND SALVATION
by Cooper Abrams
ILLUS: There was a song released in 1960, and sung by Larry Verne, that I thought was very funny and entertaining. Its was name "Mr. Custer" The song was about Custer's Last Stand and one of the soldiers is singing and describing the battle. You can hear arrows flying past and drums beating in the back ground. Zip, zip..... The soldier says in the song, "Boy, look at all them Indians!" The lyrics of the song are...
If a person begins to think about life he must also come to the conclusion he is in a predicament. He had nothing to do with being born, yet he was born. He is alive and therefore must go about the business of living. He sees people around him dying and knows he will die too in time. He too cries out in his soul....."I do not want to die."
How can we know why we are here and what life and death is all about. The answer is that this universe, the earth and you and I are the creation of Almighty God.
There are two way we know that. One is called Natural Revelation. We see the design in the Universe and know if there is design there must be a Designer. Natural Revelation does not tell us who is the Designer, but that He exists.
Second we have what is called Special Revelation that comes from our Designer or Creator. This tells us about who God is, about ourselves and God's workings and plan down through ages and into the future.
Special revelation is the written word of God which explains all the questions for us. It gives us the absolute truth and also explains our purpose for being here and what is our Creator's plans for us.
Our Creator tells us in Romans 3:10-18
Romans 3:23-25 continues and says:
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God."
God tells us we are sinners and that redemption is in Christ Jesus who is the "full payment" (propitiation) for our sins through faith in his blood. In other word God who created us is saying salvation comes through faith in the blood of Jesus Christ and God gives us or imparts to us His rightness for the remission of our sins. The forbearance of God speaks of His grace to us, meaning His giving us unmerited favor.
The Bible tells us that salvation involves four things:
The instrument God uses to accomplish all this is His Word - The Bible. Many have down through time cast doubts on whether we can trust the Bible or not. Some have declared it a book of myths, of the traditions and legends of the Jews and denied that it is the inspired word of God. They are wrong and we have ample evidence to prove that the Bible is God's infallible, inspired word and is without error. This means we can be totally confident that if we believe what the Bible says, it is our Creator's word and if we believe it and obey it God will save us, give our lives purpose and heaven when we die. Lets look at what God's very word does.
2. The Word of God, called here the Law, tells us what is sin.
If I wanted to know about computers then I will read the material and learn about them. In turn what I learn will be applied in how I use them and what I do to them.
If a problem arose I would go to the manual to find the answer and what should be my response, my action. However in time computers changed and the manual became worthless.
The Bible is God's instruction book. It tell the plain and pure truth about God, this world, man and our relationship to Him.
It tells us were we came from and why we are here. It is written my God, using men who loved God and let God use them.
It is an eternal Book, because it is the very word of God and God and His word are eternal. Further, God is immutable as Mal. 3:6 tells us meaning He does not change and therefore neither does His word to men.
The truth is that man is a sinner and needs redemption. The Bible explains that man is blinded by sin, and thus God gave us the Bible, His word to tell us this truth and reveal our condition and its cure.
John 16:7-15. (the promise of the Comforter)
ILLUS: It has been said that God's Book does not yield up it's secrets to those who will not be taught by the Holy Spirit. The Bible is not a carnal book to be understood in the power of the flesh. It is not an intellectual book to be understood by the mental faculties of man. It is rather a Godly book to be interpreted by the Spirit of God.
2. These words are profitable, "or reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works."
These men were saved and many after them, yet still most people reject this simple truth.
Other books were written for our information. God gave us the Bible for our transformation.
B. We must apply ourselves to the whole Bible before we can apply the whole Bible to ourselves.
C. Samping the Word of God only occasionally will never give you a real taste for it nor will it satisfy you and fulfill you needs.
Romans 10:17. "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."
Matt. 28:19-20, we are command to teach all nations, to make disciples (students) of them.
2. We are saved and forgiven by the Word of God.
James 1:18. "Of his own will begat us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures."
2. It is common for people in frustration to say the Bible is confusing....yet the confusion is in the minds of men, not in the Bible. And each of us can know without error what God has truly said.
2. The Bible was written over a period of 2500 years. The last book was written 2000 years ago. Yet, we still have it today preserved in its entirety without error or omission because God as preserved it so that we might know Him and have eternal life.
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