OUR SALVATION: PAST,
PRESENT, AND FUTURE
INTRODUCTION: Legendary Spanish artist
Pablo Picasso was virtually unknown when he painted his famous portrait
of American writer Gertrude Stein in 1906. Picasso gave the portrait to
Miss Stein since, as the artist himself recalled with a smile, at that
time in his career "the difference between a gift and a sale was negligible."
Some years later, the portrait attracted the interest of millionaire art
collector Dr. Albert Barnes, who asked Miss Stein how much she had paid
Picasso for it. "Nothing," she replied. "Naturally, he gave it to me."
Dr. Barnes was incredulous that such a priceless work of art could have
been a gift.
Isnít that the way it is about our salvation.
It is priceless, yet has been given to us as a gift.
I. WHAT WE WERE - WE WERE DEAD SPIRITUALLY
A. We were "dead in trespasses
1. We can be dead spiritually
while still alive physically.
B. We "walked according to the course of this
2. We were cut off from God in our lost sinful
a. 1 Timothy 5:6 - But she who
lives in pleasure is dead while she lives.
b. Revelation 3:1 - "And to the angel of
the church in Sardis write, 'These things says He who has the seven Spirits
of God and the seven stars: "I know your works, that you have a name that
you are alive, but you are dead.
c. It can also mean that those outside
of Christ can be like "spiritual zombies" who are dead but not even aware
of their dead spiritual state.
3. There is no true living outside of a relationship
with God. We are cut off from that which we desire, that which we need
to make us truly happy, that which we need to have true satisfaction for
a. Isaiah 59:1 - Behold, the Lord's
hand is not shortened, That it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, That it
cannot hear. 2 - But your iniquities have separated you from your God;
And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear.
4. This passage shows that a person is
dead spiritually because of their sins, not the sins of another.
a. Ezekiel 18:20 - "The soul who
sins shall die. The son shall not bear the guilt of the father, nor the
father bear the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall
be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.
1. Before becoming Christians
we lived our lives according to the practices of the world. We were influenced
by the world, and followed its pattern.
2. To walk is to show a regular practice.
3. When we become Christians we walk a
a. Ephesians 4:17-19
II. WHAT GOD HAS DONE FOR US - SAVED US
FROM OUR SINS (verses 4-9).
C. We "conducted ourselves in the lusts of
our flesh fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind."
4. The world has come to be dominated by the
power of the Devil. He controls the world (the people of the world).
b. Ephesians 5:8-9 For you were
once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light
9 - (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and
1. We lived responsive to our
D. We "were by nature children of wrath."
2. Paul says that the Ephesian Christians
fulfilled the desire of their flesh and also developed a sinful mind.
3. Satan has always taken fleshly desires
which were lawful when channeled in the proper direction and turned them
into sinful pursuits.
1. "By nature" here does not mean
that sinners are born that way, i.e. that it is a natural condition. Literally
means, "by long habitual practice."
A. God is "rich in His mercy"
1. Because of the serious nature
of sin, how we have rebelled against God, how we have sought to fulfill
our sinful desires instead of seeking Him, Godís mercy is especially shown.
B. God loved us greatly.
2. This mercy, in light of how sinful we
were outside of Christ (verses 1-3) and how we have been saved from sin,
shows how God extended mercy to us based on His sovereignty, not what we
a. Romans 9:15 - For He says to
Moses, "I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have
compassion on whomever I will have compassion."
b. Titus 3:5 - not by works of righteousness
which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the
washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,
c. Micah 7:18 - Who is a God like You,
Pardoning iniquity And passing over the transgression of the remnant of
heritage? He does not retain His anger forever, Because He delights in
1. Romans 5:8 - But God demonstrates
His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died
C. The expression of Godís love for us is
salvation by grace.
2. 1 John 4:9 - In this the love of God
was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into
the world, that we might live through Him.
3. John 3:16
1. Grace - unmerited favor
D. While God has provided the means of grace
(Jesus) man has a part in that salvation - Faith.
2. Romans 3:24 - being justified freely
by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,
3. Grace means that God provides salvation
of a sinner without the sinner meriting salvation.
1. Salvation by faith simply means
accepting what God has told us to do concerning salvation and obeying Him.
a. Matthew 7:21
b. Hebrews 5:8-9
III. WHAT WE SHOULD DO FOR GOD - WORK FOR
THE LORD (verse 10).
2. What is the expression of that
a. Verse 6 tells us. It is when
we are "raised up together." That certainly is a reference to baptism into
b. Romans 6:3-5
A. We are created for the purpose
of good works.
CONCLUSION: A new product called "Disposable
Guilt Bags" appeared in the marketplace. It consisted of a set of ten ordinary
brown bags on which were printed the following instructions: "Place the
bag securely over your mouth, take a deep breath and blow all your guilt
out, then dispose of the bag immediately." The wonder of this is that the
Associated Press reported that 2500 kits had been quickly sold at $2.50
per kit. Would that we could dispose of our guilt so easily. There is nothing
on this earth powerful enough in itself to dispose of our guilt. We cannot
fix ourselves, which is what many of us are trying to do. That which makes
it possible to be forgiven, to be cleansed, to be healed, that which makes
it possible for us to receive our life back again, fresh and clean and
new, is the power of God's Grace in the Cross of Jesus Christ.
1. Titus 2:14 - who gave Himself
for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for
Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.
B. God wants us to be active in good works.
1. Colossians 1:10 - that you
may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every
good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;
C. We will be judged according to our works
2. Titus 2:7 - in all things showing yourself
to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence,
3. Matthew 5:16 - "Let your light so shine
before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in
1. Romans 2:6-9
2. 2 Corinthians 5:10
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