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To begin the new year we are starting our Friday messages with Experiencing the Great Salvation of God” this series will enlarge or concepts of what God has provided for us in and through Jesus.

He came to do something more than just give us a ticket to heaven.

This is week Five and we are talking about.

Salvation in the future tense

Text

Romans 13:11-12 (ESV)

11 Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. 

12 The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armour of light.

Scripture Reading

Philippians 3:20-21 and Hebrews 9:24-28

Introduction 

We truely have a great salvation.

So we should understand the amazing fullness of the salvation that God gives us through faith in Jesus and cooperation with the Holy Spirit as He works within us.

The Holy Spirit led the New Testament writers to relate salvation in a variety of ways.

Commonly it is described in terms like justification and regeneration.

The New Testament portrays salvation in the present tense as a process that started with our conversion and continues from day to day.

God is presently at work in us to deliver us from the sin that surrounds us.

This is not salvation from the punishment of sin or the very presence of sin. 

Rather, it is salvation from the power of sin.

If you disregard any phase of our great salvation, your spiritual life won’t be cull and complete.

If you fail to appreciate what God has done for you in the past, you will live in uncertainty in the present and with anxiety about the future.

Today I want to focus on our salvation in the future.

We have to admit that sometimes salvation is over emphasised, which results in neglecting God’s will in the present.

Others have thought of Jesus only as a funeral director who comes at the time of death to carry the soul into the presence of God.

It is disturbing that this is how some see the New Testament teachings about the Lord’s gracious provisions for us in both the present and the future.

Understanding what the New Testament teaches about salvation in the future can be a great source of comfort to an elderly believer and a thrilling challenge to a young disciple.

  1. This knowledge can help us in our struggle against evil
  2. This information can support us in our sorrows
  3. This insight can strengthen us in our conflicts
  4. This revelation of truth can serve a a reliable test for our scale of values.

Understanding our salvation in the future can help us discover what the ultimate values of life are and what the ultimate victory will be.

1. A great positive concerning heaven.

We have many questions as we face life beyond death, but the bible does not give a detailed description of what we can expect.

It does however, provide some insight and understanding.

For one thing, God will be at the centre John 14:1-3 and Revelation 21:13 tells us that.

Heaven is more than a residence.

It is a relationship with God as He has revealed Himself in His Son, Jesus.

Devout believers have often thought in terms of how wonderful heaven will be because they will be reunited with loved ones who have passed away before them.

As comforting as this thought is, our primary focus will be on God rather than fellow believers.

Do you love God in the present?

Do you hunger for an abiding sense of His loving presence at this very moment?

Do you love Him with all your heart and soul and mind and strength?

If so, heaven will be wonderful for you.

If, however, you find in your heart an absence of love for God, and if you feel that you are ignoring Him, you should be concerned about whether you have truely been born into His family. 

2. Some great negatives concerning heaven.

  1. There will be no sin.

Revelation 21:27 makes that clear

Does sin in the present disturb you like a rock in your shoe as you walk the road of life?

If so, rejoice because sin will be absent in heaven.

B. There will be no tears of sorrow (Revelation 21:4)

Tears of sadness that we experience in the present are due to hardships that result from sin in our lives or in the lives of others.

God will wipe away our tears not with a lace handkerchief but by removing the cause for those tears.

C. There will be no pain.

Doctors will no longer be needed because sickness will be a thing of the past.

D. There will be no death.

There will be no cemeteries in our heavenly home.

Many people living in the present fear death, but for those who have trusted Christ, there will come a time when death will be no more.

E. There will be no separation from those we love.

Revelation 21:1 says “and there was no longer any sea”

In this context, the sea was what separated John from those who were dear to him in the city of Ephasus.

He saw the sea as a barrier that divided people who loved each other.

All barriers will be absent in heaven, and we will love each other sincerely and steadfastly.

F. There will be no boredom or idleness. 

Revelation 22:3 says ‘His servants will serve Him”.

Heaven is not a place where we will rest and rust, it will be a place where we grow and minister to each other.

G. There will be no temple in heaven (Revelation 21:22.)

All of heaven will be a Holy place of worship, and we will constantly be aware of God’s presence.

H. There will be no night (Revelation 21:25)

Darkness conceals and often creates fear and uncertainty.

In heaven we will enjoy the perfect security that comes from God’s loving presence.

  1. There will be no limitations to goodness (1 John 3:1-2)

We will be like God and no longer be hindered by a nature stained by sin. 

Conclusion.

Salvation in the past, present, and future is made possible for us by God’s grace.

It id His undeserved mercy that we are provided a saviour in Jesus Christ.

Jesus alone is the agent through whom we obtain salvation.

Surrender yourself to Him that He might forgive your past and give you the gift of eternal life.

Commit your life to Him so you may experience the rich salvation in the present and look forward to the completion of that salvation in the future.

Welcome Him into your heart today, remember Revelation 3:20 (ESV)

20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.

Don’t you think it’s time to fully let Him in? 

Until next time

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I really want to encourage you to be diligent with your Bible study time, because God has so much more for us than we can get from just going to church once or twice a week and hearing someone else talk about the Word.

When you spend time with God, your life will change in amazing ways, because God is a Redeemer.

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