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The Salvation of Your Life

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 Four and we are talking about.

The Salvation of Your Life

Text
Philippians 2:12-13 (ESV)

Lights in the World
12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling,

13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

Scripture Reading

Titus 2:11-14 (ESV)
11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age,

13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,

14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.

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Today we are going to look at the great salvation that god provides for us in the present.

It has been said that there is one way to salvation, and there are two sides to the salvation experience, and there are three phases of salvation that God offers.

The way is by grace through faith in Jesus.

The two sides of the salvation experience are the divine side and the human side.

The three phases of our salvation are the past, present, and future.

Salvation in the past includes our conviction of sin by the Holy Spirit that leads us to trust Jesus and turn away from sin.

The Holy Spirit effected the miracle of the new birth, and we were justified in God’s sight by our faith in Jesus.

That is the first phase of our salvation.

For those who are Christians, it is salvation in the past tense.

Salvation in the present tense began at the moment of our conversion and will continue until after our death, or the Lord’s return, whichever comes first.

Salvation in the present is a process in which the Holy Spirit works within our hearts and reveals to us and through us the nature and character of a true follower of Christ.

Salvation in the future occurs after the Lord’s triumphant return.

It is salvation from the very presence of evil and sin.

Today we are going to focus our salvation in the present.

Perhaps we could read Philippians a little differently, So friends, as you have always obeyed me, and not only when I was with you, but even more so that I am absent, complete the salvation that God has given you with a proper sense of awe and responsibility.

For it is God who is at work within you, giving you the will and power to achieve His purpose.

1. Salvation in the present tense.

A close study of the text in its context reveals that Paul was addressing those who were already his brothers and sisters in the faith.

They had experienced the miracle of the new birth, turned from sin, and received Jesus as Lord and Saviour.

Paul understood the conversion experience as being just the beginning of God’s work within them. (Philippians 1:6)

2. Salvation in the present tense is available to all of us.

A. By His death on the cross, Jesus made possible for us salvation from the death that results from sin.

B. By His victory over death, Jesus rescued us from the power and practise of sin. He saves all who are willing to follow His instruction and obey Him.

The words of our text introduce God into our present salvation.

He is the God of love and power who has come to dwell within us through His Son, Jesus Christ.

Our God is not some deceased ruler who’s power and presence were limited to the work of creation.

He is an active God who dwells within the heart of every believer to deliver them from the tyranny of evil in the present.

God lives within us through His Holy Spirit to give us a feeling of holy dissatisfaction with sin.

Matthew 5:3-5 (ESV) tells us
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

He creates within us a hunger and thirst for righteousness.

Matthew 5:6 (ESV)
6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

As God works within our hearts, He imparts to us the desire and ability to live according to our higher nature.

To fully experience our great salvation, we must respond to Jesus as the authoritative Teacher sent from God to impart the wisdom of heaven to those living in the present.

Jesus affirmed that all who hear and practice His teachings will have strength and stability when the storms of life threaten to destroy them, have a look at Matthew 7:24-27.

We cannot escape collapse or catastrophe when the pressures of life beat against us if we have neglected to respond to our Saviour.

As Christians, as disciples, we must move beyond the initial salvation experience.

The initial experience of trusting Jesus Christ as Saviour.

We must let Him be the master Teacher who has come to deliver us from sin.

3. Present day salvation illustrated.

Jesus wants to do more than save your soul from the penalty of sin and ultimately your body from the presence of sin.

He wants to save your life today from the destructive power of sin.

This redemption can be illustrated by His teachings in the sermon on the mount about over coming anxiety, read Matthew 6:25-34.

To experience salvation from anxiety we have to do several things.

We must trust our loving Father (Matthew 6:30-32)
We must evaluate our motives and properly appreciate ourselves. (Matthew 6:26)
We must accept ourselves as God’s unique creation ( Matthew 6:27)
We must dedicate our lives to seeking and obeying God’s will ( Matthew 6:33)
We must determine to live one day at a time. (Matthew 6:34)

If we disregard this salvation from anxiety, we will miss God’s full salvation for us in the present.

When we worry about yesterdays failures and fear what might happen tomorrow, there is no power under heaven that can save us from the burden of anxiety.

Our only hope is to fully respond to the Lord’s teachings.

 

Our great salvation includes redemption from the penalty of sin in the past.

We now need to accept salvation from the practice of sin in the present, but we cannot do it on our own.

Living a christian life is a cooperative venture as we walk with God while He works within us.

Gos has also given us a greta salvation in the future through Jesus Christ.

Our truely is a great salvation, let’s ensure we don’t neglect any phase of it.

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.
Theres nothing thats too hard for Him, and He can make you whole, spirit, soul and body!

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