DIVINE GOALS OF SALVATION
Questions to be Covered
What are some of the goals for salvation? Why should God want to save sinners?
1. To display the love of God.
This was the greatest and most concrete demonstration of the love of God. There is no greater way for God to prove His love for mankind than when He sent His Son.
John 3:16 – For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.
Rom. 5:8 – But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Messiah died for us.
1 John 4:9 – By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.
2. To Display the grace and goodness of God
Salvation gives God an opportunity to display His grace for all eternity. True believers should presently display God’s goodness by good deeds. We will also be the trophies of His amazing grace for all time.
Eph. 2:4-7 – But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with the Messiah (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places, in Messiah Jesus, in order that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Messiah Jesus.
Matt. 5:16 – Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
Titus 2:7 – in all things show yourself to be an example of good deeds, with purity in doctrine…
Titus 2:14 – who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.
Heb. 10:24 – and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds,
3. To display the redemption of God
To reverse the curse that came about as a result of Adam & Eve’s disobedience. This is done by creating a new race of people who are in the Messiah Jesus.
Rom. 5:12,15-16 – Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned– But the free gift is not like the transgression. For if by the transgression of the one the many died, much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Messiah Jesus, abound to the many. And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned; for on the one hand the judgment arose from one transgression resulting in condemnation, but on the other hand the free gift arose from many transgressions resulting in justification.
Col. 3:9-10 – Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices, and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him
4. To display the glory of God
The supreme reason God reaches down to mankind with His love and grace is, so that He might be glorified throughout all eternity. He ultimately saves people for His own glory!
Ephesians 1:3-14 – In this amazing passage, you have the work of the Triune Godhead in providing salvation. Each member has a specific function that He accomplishes.
Verses 3-6 speaks of the Father. Verses 7-12 refers to the Son and verses 13-14 describes the work of the Holy Spirit.
Eph. 1:3-6 – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus the Messiah, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Messiah, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus the Messiah to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.
Eph. 1:7-12 – In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace, which He lavished upon us. In all wisdom and insight He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him… In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will, to the end that we who were the first to hope in Messiah should be to the praise of His glory.
Eph. 1:13-14 – In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation– having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.
As we have seen, the primary goals of salvation revolves around God. It is true, there are many blessings that come to the individual person who is saved. But, salvation should first be seen from God’s perspective.