The Salvation of God
The salvation of God in Christ is the most special gift for us. It is the most important topic for God in His Word (the Bible). The salvation by personal faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, as Lord and Savior is the heart of the message of God. But, do you know what salvation means to the believer in Christ? Paul tells us the salvation has three important characteristics. "For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us" (v. 11) What is the Salvation?
I. Salvation is to Renounce your sins (v. 12a)
A. No to ungodliness. No to impiety.
B. No to worldly passions. No to carnality and worldliness.
C. No to my self will. Jesus is the King and Lord (Rev. 19:16)
D. No to my worldly old life. We have a new model of living.
E. "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world" Rom. 12:2a
F. The emphasis of this dimension is in the Past tense
II. Salvation is Living Self controlled (v. 12b)
A. Sober. Life controlled by the Holy Spirit (Ga. 5:22)
B. Justice. Life balanced by the Holy Scripture (2 Tim. 3:16)
C. Piety. Lives submitted to God in faith and obedience. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of the knowledge, wisdom and discipline (Pr. 1:7) Be sure to fear the Lord and serve Him faithfully with all our heart (1 Sam. 12:24)
D. We have a new life in Jesus Christ. We are a new creation in Him (2 Co. 5:17); our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Co. 6:19).
E. We need to live the Kingdom of God with a sense of urgency, here and now.
F. The emphasis of this dimension is in the Present tense
III. Salvation is Hope (v. 13)
A. The Blessed hope. "Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near" (Rev. 1:3) B. The Glorious hope. Jesus is coming again as King of Kings (Rev. 19:11ss)
C. "I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us" (Rom. 8:18)
D. The Certain hope. Jesus says: "Yes, I am coming soon" (Rev. 22:20)
E. "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit" (Rom 15:13)
F. The emphasis of this dimension is in the Future tense
Conclusion & Application
As believers, we need to more fully appreciate the salvation of God. Jesus is coming again. " who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are His very own, eager to do what is good" (v. 14)
The basic trilogy for us today is: Renouncing sin, living in self control and embracing hope. Forgiving the past, and living the grace of the Lord now, and waiting the second coming our Lord Jesus Christ, every day. Praise the Lord. We need to celebrate and enjoy the glorious salvation of God. Amen!