Saturday Sermon: What makes salvation so great?
By Clay Bond
Dec. 13, 2013 at 6:13 a.m.
In the book of Hebrews, the Holy Spirit described our salvation as being a great salvation (Hebrews 2:3).
But what is it that makes salvation so great? Let me share a few of the things that make salvation in Christ so great and wonderful.
First of all, salvation is great because we don't deserve it. We choose to depart from our Creator when we transgress His law (Isaiah 53:6). Speaking through John, the Holy Spirit said, "Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law," 1 John 3:4.
Salvation is also great because it is a gift, which cannot be earned. According to the Holy Spirit, "The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord," Romans 6:23. Paul warned us that we cannot be saved "by works of righteousness which we have done," Titus 3:5. We cannot tally up our good deeds and earn our salvation.
Commonality is another thing that makes salvation so great. Jude tells us that our salvation is a common salvation (Jude 1:3). The Holy Spirit revealed that "the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men," Titus 2:11. This great salvation is available to every person, regardless of ethnicity, nationality or economic standing.
The final thing I'll mention is that salvation is so great because it is eternal (Hebrews 5:9). Job once asked, "If a man die, shall he live again?" Job 14:14. The Scriptures tell us over and over that there is life after death (see the account of the rich man and Lazarus recorded in Luke 16).
Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live," John 11:25. When Jesus died on the cross for our sins, He abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel (2 Timothy 1:9).
Even though we do not deserve salvation and cannot earn it, God loves us and wants us to be saved. He wants to give us the gift of everlasting life with Him. Jesus said, "He that believeth on the Son hath eternal life; but he that obeyeth not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on him" (John 3:36).
There were some in Jeremiah's day who lamented, "The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved," Jeremiah 8:20. Salvation in Jesus Christ is simply too great to be neglected.
Clay Bond is a licensed minister with the Midtown Church of Christ.