The Provision Of Salvation
Since we as sinners cannot deliver ourselves from our spiritual plight, God has graciously provided His Son to be our Savior. We cannot take this lightly. We need to know how God did this without compromising His holy standards.
Matt. 1:21 – “And she will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for it is He who will save His people from their sins.”
Acts 4:12 – “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name (Jesus) under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved.”
A Series of Questions
1. How can God who is holy and just forgive sinners in a way that does not cause Him to lower His righteous standards?
2. God’s holiness requires Him to condemn sinners. How, then, can He satisfy the demands of His holiness and the yearnings of His love?
3. His love cannot override His justice and holiness, so how can God justify sinners in a just way?
Through God’s plan of redemption, He is able to forgive the sins of those who repent, while at the same time, remain completely holy.
He’s able to do this because the demands for sin have been met and paid for. He paid for them Himself by sending His Son the Messiah Jesus.
Our salvation was made possible by:
- His love
- His wisdom
- His mercy
- a great sacrifice
- the cross
1 John 4:9-10 – 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. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
Eph. 3:8-10 – To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Messiah, and to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God, who created all things; in order that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places.
1 Cor. 1:21 – For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.
Titus 3:5 – He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit.
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. 8:32 – He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?
2 Cor. 5:21 – He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
Rom. 5:19 – For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous.
1 Cor. 1:18 – For the word of the cross is to those who are perishing foolishness, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
1 Cor. 1:22-23 – For indeed Jews ask for signs, and Greeks search for wisdom; but we preach Messiah crucified, to Jews a stumbling block, and to Gentiles foolishness,
1 Cor. 2:1-2 – And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus the Messiah, and Him crucified.
This is what people must believe about Jesus if they are to be saved.
Any presentation of the gospel that omits the work of Jesus on the cross is not a presentation of the true gospel. Anyone who places faith in an inaccurate gospel message will not experience true salvation.
That’s why we must present an accurate gospel message.
To sum things up
God’s love and wisdom found a way. While He could not change His holy demands against sinners, He could satisfy these demands on our behalf. Motivated by sovereign mercy and gracious love, God the Father gave His Son to atone for our sins & God the Son gave His life to pay the debt of these sins.
On the basis of the finished work of Jesus the Messiah, God can freely and justly save everyone who exercises true saving faith in Jesus’ atoning work that He accomplished on the cross. This is God’s great provision of salvation that He graciously offers to you.