The blessings of salvation are made free to all by the Gospel of Christ. The cost of salvation is all on God’s side. That cost includes the sufferings of Jesus, who “tasted death for every man” (Hebrews 2:9). “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption” (I Corinthians 1:30).
The Great Commission, Matthew 28:18-20, demands a belief that all can be saved.
I. LET IT FIRST BE UNDERSTOOD THAT ALL MEN NEED GOD’S SALVATION.
To believe otherwise is to charge God with foolishness.
How else can the suffering of Jesus and the death of the cross be explained? (Romans 3:23; 6:23).
II. GOD OFFERS SALVATION TO ALL MEN -none are excluded.
“And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely” (Revelation 22:17).
“If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink” (John 7:37).
“Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price” (Isaiah 55:1).
“And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21 and Acts 17:30).
III. IT IS THE DUTY OF MAN TO ACCEPT THE BLESSINGS OF THE GOSPEL OF FAITH.
1. Jesus is a provisional Saviour to all men, and a special Saviour to all them that believe (I Timothy 4:10).
2. God is no respecter of persons (Romans 2:11).
3. Jesus is the only satisfier of Divine justice for men. “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for our’s only, but also for the sins of the whole world” (I John 2:2; Romans 3:26).
4. Nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but his own inherent depravity and rejection of the Gospel of Christ (John 5:40).
IV. WHAT IS THE GOSPEL?
The Gospel is not the Word of God. The Word of God sets forth the Gospel. I Corinthians 15:1-4 tells what the Gospel is.
V. WHAT IS FAITH IN JESUS?
1. It is not an historical faith. “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe and tremble” (James 2:19).
2. It is a trusting faith (Ephesians 1:11-14).
3. It is a receiving of Jesus Christ for what He is (John 1:11,12).
4. It is a matter of the heart turning to God (Romans 10:9-13; II Corinthians 3:15,16; John 3:16).Technorati Tags: blessings, salvation, Jesus, forgiveness