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Early Training in Salvation

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!

Is Salvation Free?

If you are offered something for “free” then you expect to receive it without having to meet any conditions.  But is salvation “free” in that sense?  The Scriptures teach that salvation is promised to those who “obey” Jesus (Heb 5:9).  Salvation is the promise of eternal life for the soul in heaven (1 Pet 1:4, 5, 9).  Obedience, then, is a small price to pay for such a grand promise.  But obedience implies conditions or terms, and the terms of salvation are revealed in the New Testament (Matt 28:18-20; Luke 24:46-47; Acts 2:38; 3:19).

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