Welcome to the Understanding God’s Great Salvation Podcast. This is episode #88.
I am your host, Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International. This podcast is designed to explain what it means to be saved from sin and from the punishment of sin through Jesus Christ. This podcast is primarily for non-believers and some new believers and it will help you understand what it means to be saved from hell and have a home in Heaven as well as the blessings of the abundant Christian life.
God made salvation simple. However, down through the years many people, including some preachers and other Christians, have made the matter of salvation complicated and confusing. I know from my own experience that many people would get saved if someone would sit down and share with them straightforwardly from the Bible what it really means to accept Jesus Christ as their Saviour. That is what I intend to do with this podcast.
Let’s start out with the Word of God. The Bible says in Hebrews 2:3: “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;”
Today’s God’s Great Salvation quote is from Donald Grey Barnhouse. He said: “I was a sinner, less perfect than God. By conviction of the Holy Spirit I learned that my condition would incur the eternal condemnation of God if I did not submit to His grace. I acknowledged myself a sinner and threw myself on His mercy and grace, recognizing that He had brought salvation to earth through His Son Jesus Christ. After God the Father put God the Son to death on the cross, He could proclaim grace and pardon to all who would submit to Him. I came to the cross, believed His promise about His Son, and God declared me righteous even while I was ungodly and gave me authority to become His child. I ceased to be a child of wrath and became a child of God, justified from all things. Simultaneously, I was declared to be an heir of God, joint-heir with Jesus Christ. I received eternal life, and shall never perish. I was accepted in the Beloved; my body became the temple of the Holy Spirit; I was born of the Spirit into the family of God, baptized by the Holy Spirit into the body of Christ, and sealed by the Holy Spirit unto the day of redemption. I have an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that fades not away, reserved in Heaven for me. Although I know myself to be a sinner, I am not concerned about the penalty for sin, since the Lord Jesus Christ bore the penalty and declared me righteous. The love of Christ becomes the constraining factor in my life, and I seek to glorify Him as Lord. I know Him as my Creator and so have peace of mind. I know Him as Savior and so have peace of conscience. In the measure that I enter into the second rest, I know Him as Lord and find the peace that passes all understanding.”
Our topic today is “So Great Salvation” (Part 1) from the book, “Salvation Crystal Clear” (Book 1) by Curtis Hutson.
Notice next in the text:
“How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation.” —Heb. 2:3.
No one who understands the doctrine of salvation would deny that salvation is the greatest thing in the world. If a person is not saved, nothing else really matters. When we say ”great,” we do not always mean what God means when He uses the word.
I have often heard “great” used to describe many things and events. As a matter of fact, the expression, “That is a great man,” has almost become a habit with some people.
This text states the greatness of salvation and warns of the danger of neglecting it. In this message I want to give four reasons why salvation is so great.
I. SALVATION IS GREAT BECAUSE OF WHAT IT INCLUDES
When I was eleven years old, I trusted Jesus Christ as my Saviour, though I did not understand then everything that was included in my salvation. I knew that if I were to die after that moment, I would go to Heaven and miss Hell; but that was about all I knew about salvation. Most people, in thinking about salvation, think only of escaping Hell. To be sure, salvation means being saved from the penalty of sin, which is Hell; but salvation includes much more.
Salvation Includes Deliverance From the Reign of Sin
Romans 5:21 states, “That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness.” Here the Bible is not speaking about the acts of sin but the sinful nature. When we were born, we inherited a sinful nature.
In Psalm 51:5 David said, “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.” We were born with what the Bible calls sin, which constantly pulls us in the wrong direction. Before salvation, one is a slave to that nature. Everything you do before salvation is motivated by the sin nature. You have no other motivating power.
Men start drinking. They take a social drink, then another, then another, until finally they get the habit; then after a while they become drunkards. They spend thousands of dollars trying to break the habit because sin gets a hold and reigns in their lives.
Men have said to me in tears, “I would give ten thousand worlds if I could quit drinking,” or, “if I could break a certain habit.” And they mean it. Before salvation, sin reigns as a king in our lives; but salvation included deliverance from the reign of sin.
Jesus said, “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:36). Paul said, “Where the Spirit of the Lord is,there is liberty” (II Cor. 3:17). When the Holy Spirit comes into our hearts, He gives liberty and we no longer have to be slaves of Satan. That alone is enough to make every man want to be saved.
But salvation is not only great because it includes deliverance from the reign of sin.
Salvation Is Great Because It Includes Peace With God
In Romans 5:1 the apostle said, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
The word “peace” means to reconcile two who have been enemies. In Romans 5:1 the word “peace” does not mean a change in your feelings but a change in God’s feelings toward you. Before being saved you are God’s enemy. Jesus said, “He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad” (Matt. 12:30). There is no neutral ground.
People have said to me, “I’m not anti-religious, I’m not anti-Christ, I’m not anti-church. I am not for Him, but I am certainly not against Him.” I know they were sincere, but Jesus said, ‘If you are not for me, you are against me.’ There are only two positions: for Him or against Him. If you are without the Saviour, God regards you as His enemy, not His friend. James 4:4 says, “Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”
However, the moment you put your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, Paul says you are justified by faith and you have peace with God. God puts His arm around you, and He no longer regards you as an enemy but a friend.
Say, if there were no Hell, if there were no Heaven, I still would want to be saved so I could be the friend of God while I live on earth. I would want to be saved just for the sake of being for Him and not against Him.
“So great salvation.” It is great because it includes deliverance from the reign of sin and peace with God; …
On our next broadcast, we will begin the topic, “So Great Salvation.”
Let’s Pray —
As we close today, let me leave you with these words from Hebrews 2:3: “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation…” I encourage you to not neglect the salvation and grace offered by God. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for our sins and take the punishment that we deserve upon Himself. Romans 5:8 says that “God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, and you want to get to know Him today, here is how.
Please believe “that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures” and you will be saved. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. It’s just that simple.
Until next time, my friend, thank God for His simple, great salvation. God bless you!