Salvation is a central truth in Scripture (Matt 1:21; Heb 5:9), but can our children explain it (cf. Rom 3:25; Matt 20:28; Eph 5:23)? Salvation is at the center off all we do as Christians; it is the theme of the Bible. Talk to your children early and often about salvation (Deut 6:7).
I. BAD NEWS: SIN
A. Disobedience (Gen 3:1-6)
B. Lawlessness (1 John 3:4)
1. Breaking God’s rules
2. Making up your own rules
C. Iniquity (Isa 59:1-2)
II. SAD NEWS: RESULTS OF SIN
A. Spiritual death (Rom 6:23)
B. Satan’s hell (Luke 12:5)
C. God’s rejection (Gen 3:24)
III. GOOD NEWS: GOD’S GIFT FOR SINNERS
A. Eternal life (Rom 6:23)
B. God’s presence (Luke 15:20-24; Rev 19:7-9; John 14:1-3)
C. Free gift (Rom 6:23; Eph 2:8; 1 Pet 2:24-27)
D. Obediently accepted (Mark 16:16; 1 Pet 3:21)
IV. APPLICATION: SALVATION MOTIVATION
A. Not human perfection (1 John 1:8; 1 John 1:9; Eph 2:4-6)
B. Fear of Hell (Matt 25:45-46; Matt 25:30)
C. Love of God (John 3:16; Rom 5:8-9)
1. Pearl of great price (Matt 13:45-46)
2. Granted to few (Matt 22:14)
Salvation is God’s will for everyone, but first He will honor the sacrifice of His Son that purchased our right to receive salvation (2 Pet 3:9; 1 Tim 2:4). If we will honor the Son, the Father will honor us!
Jesus is eternal, “having neither beginning of days nor end of life” (Heb 7:3). He told the Jews, “Before Abraham was, I am” (John 8:58). Jesus is God (John 1:1), and He is one with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. God put eternity in our hearts when He made us (Ecc 3:11). Jesus revived the subject of eternity in His earthly ministry. Eternity is an important topic to understand, because what we understand about eternity will influence our thoughts and actions.
A. Life after death (John 5:28-29; Matt 22:29-32; Acts 24:15; Luke 16:19-31)
A. All souls (Matt 11:20-24; 12:34-41; Heb 9:27; 2 Cor 5:10; Rev 20:11-15)
A. The righteous from the unrighteous (Matt 25:31-33; 7:21-23)
A. Dwellings in the Father’s kingdom (John 14:1-3; Matt 25:34)
A. Prepared for the Devil (Matt 25:41)
B. Outer darkness (Matt 8:12; 22:13; 25:30)
C. Fire, weeping, & gnashing of teeth (Mark 9:44, 46, 48)
To understand eternity is to understand God’s holiness & love (John 3:16; 1 John 4:8, 16)
What we believe about eternity will affect our daily lives (2 Pet 3:11)
Jesus wants to prepare us for the certainty of eternity (Mark 16:15-16)
In the dawn of history there was a great need for hope – there still is! But things couldn’t have been worse for mankind than when sin entered God’s perfect world. But at man’s darkest hour God gave us HOPE.
I. HOPE – THROUGH A NEW NAME
A. Woman’s first name means – out of man (Gen 2:23).
B. God’s new name means – mother of all the living” (Gen 3:20).
1. Man lived in hope of a Redeemer (Gen 3:15; cf. Heb 2:14-15; 1 John 3:8; Eph 1:7).
C. The redeemed “in Christ” also have a new name (2 Cor 6:18; Gal 3:26; 1 John 3:1).
1. And we live in hope of more new name(s) (Rev 3:11-12).
II. HOPE – THROUGH A NEW COVERING
A. Man’s covering for sin was inadequate (Gen 3:7).
B. God’s new covering required animals to die (Gen 3:21; cf. Heb 9:22).
1. Man lived in hope of a greater death AND covering (Heb 9:12; John 1:29).
C. The redeemed “in Christ” also have a new covering (Gal 3:27).
1. And we live in hope of yet another new covering (2 Cor 5:4).
III. HOPE – THROUGH A NEW HOME
A. Man was expelled from his first home with God (Gen 3:23).
B. God’s new home was NOT given in wrath, BUT in mercy (Gen 3:22).
1. Man lived in hope; he lived in view of his first home with God (Gen 3:24).
C. The redeemed “in Christ” also have the promise of a new home (Rev 22:1-3).
1. And we live in hope of God & the Tree of Life in that new home (Rev 22:14).
It pleased God to approach us, even though we have all sinned against Him. But we must approach God in a manner He has prescribed.In doing that there is HOPE!
The church of Christ is also the “bride of Christ” (Rom 7:4; 2 Cor 11:2; Eph 5:31-32; Rev 19:7; 21:2, 9; 22:17). She is not weak, she is faithful & brave. She has many other traits that make her ready for “the marriage supper of the Lamb”, which will occur at the second coming of the Lord and the resurrection day (Rev 19:9).
I. THE BRIDE IS AFFECTIONATE
A. She returns His affections (Eph 5:29-30).
B. She respects His authority (Eph 5:22, 33).
C. She loves whom He loves (Rom 12:9-12; Phil 4:1; Matt 12:48-50; 25:34-40).
II. THE BRIDE IS PREPARING
A. She is betrothed to Him (2 Cor 11:1-2).
B. She is adorned for Him (Titus 2:10).
C. She will live with Him (John 14:3).
III. THE BRIDE IS PURE
A. She has no secrets from Him (Heb 4:13; Rom 2:16; Rev 3:18; 16:15).
B. She is devoted to Him (2 Cor 11:3).
IV. THE BRIDE WILL CELEBRATE
A. She made herself ready for Him (Rev 19:7-8).
B. She is invited to His supper (Rev 19:9).
Have you accepted the invitation?
He invites you to be united with Him through faith, repentance & baptism (Rev 22:17; Rom 6:3-11).
Heaven is for those who will attend the marriage supper of the Lamb!