PODCAST: The Text That Made Salvation Plain to Charles Spurgeon, Part 7 (Understanding God’s Great Salvation #76 with Daniel Whyte III)

Welcome to the Understanding God’s Great Salvation Podcast. This is episode #76.

I am your host, Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International. This podcast is designed to explain what it means to be saved from sin and from the punishment of sin through Jesus Christ. This podcast is primarily for non-believers and some new believers and it will help you understand what it means to be saved from hell and have a home in Heaven as well as the blessings of the abundant Christian life.

God made salvation simple. However, down through the years many people, including some preachers and other Christians, have made the matter of salvation complicated and confusing. I know from my own experience that many people would get saved if someone would sit down and share with them straightforwardly from the Bible what it really means to accept Jesus Christ as their Saviour. That is what I intend to do with this podcast.

Let’s start out with the Word of God. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:21: “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him..”

Today’s God’s Great Salvation quote is from Charles Spurgeon. He said: “One said to me just lately, “Oh, sir, I am the biggest sinner that ever lived!” I replied, “Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners.” “But I have not any strength.” “While we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died.” “Oh! But,” he said, “I have been utterly ungodly.” “Christ died for the ungodly.” “But I am lost.” “Yes,” I said, “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” “The Son of man has come to save that which was lost.” I said to this man, “You have the brush in your hand, and at every stroke it looks as if you were quoting Scripture. You seem to be making yourself out to be the very man that Christ came to save. If you were to make yourself out to be good and excellent, I should give you this word-Jesus did not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. He did not die for the good, but for the bad. He gave himself for our sins; he never gave himself for our righteousness. He is a Saviour. He has not come yet as a Rewarder of the righteous; that will be in his Second Advent. Now he comes as the great Forgiver of the guilty, and the only Saviour of the lost. Wilt thou come to him in that way?” “Oh! But,” my friend said, “I have nothing to bring to Christ.” “No,” I said, “I know that you have not; but Christ has everything.” “Sir,” he said, “you do not know me, else you would not talk to me like this;” and I said, “No, and you do not know yourself, and you are worse than you think you are, though you think that you are bad enough in all conscience; but be you as bad as you may, Jesus Christ came on purpose to uplift from the dunghill those whom he sets among princes by his free, rich, sovereign grace.”

Our topic today is The Text That Made Salvation Plain to Charles Spurgeon (Part 7) from the book, “Salvation Crystal Clear” (Book 1) by Curtis Hutson.

We have in the text not only the source of salvation and the scope of salvation, we also have

III. THE SIMPLICITY OF SALVATION

This is where most people stumble. We feel that something so wonderful cannot be obtained so easily. All one has to do to be saved is look to Jesus. In the words of the text, “Look unto me, and be ye saved.”

I’ve a message from the Lord, hallelujah!
The message unto you I’ll give;
‘Tis recorded in His Word, hallelujah!
It is only that you “look and live.”

Look and live, my brother, live!
Look to Jesus now and live;
‘Tis recorded in His Word, hallelujah!
It is only that you “look and live.”

The text does not say, “Look unto me, turn over a new leaf, live right, keep the Ten Commandments, and promise you will never sin again, and be ye saved.” No—a thousand times no! It simply says, “Look unto me, and be ye saved.”

If one had to promise never to sin again in order to be saved, then I would never be saved. Now don’t get me wrong. Christians ought to live as good as they possibly can; but the text doesn’t say, “Look unto me and promise never to sin again.”

I try to live good. There are many sinful things that I have never done, but I would not get on my knees this morning and tell God that I will never sin again, because I know I would be lying. I will sin again before the sun goes down. And don’t look too surprised; so will you.

The Bible says in James 4:17, “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” I don’t know anyone who doesn’t leave undone every day some good thing that ought to be done. If my salvation depended on my never sinning again, I would be hopelessly lost.

I have never cursed. It is a waste of breath. Cursing is the one sin we get nothing for. If a man steals, he at least gets what he steals. If one commits immorality, he has at least satisfied his fleshly desires. But when one curses, he gets nothing for it. Though I have never cursed, there have been a few times when I came close.

I was driving behind a fellow not too long ago here in town. We had stopped at a stop light. He had all the windows rolled up, and his radio was going so loud that he couldn’t hear my horn blow when the light turned green. The light turned red. When it turned green again, I blew the horn again. By this time four or five people behind me were blowing their horns at me, while I was blowing my horn at him. But he didn’t hear a thing. He sat there through three red lights! Now I have never cursed, but if someone had written some curse words on a piece of paper, I would have signed it! I mean I was so mad I could have killed the guy in Christian love!

Salvation is not promising God I will never sin again. That is ridiculous. You will sin, because many little things you think are not sin are sin. The Bible says your very best is sin. Isaiah 64:6 makes it clear that “all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags”—not our worst but our best. God is so much holier than we that when we put our best before Him, it looks like filth in His sight. If we had to save ourselves by our good living, nobody would ever be saved. There is no way you can live a perfect, sinless life. You are going to mess up. Folks are going to do things that are not right, going to promise things they can’t fulfill. You are going to become angry and say things you shouldn’t say, and maybe do things you shouldn’t do.

On our next broadcast, we will continue this topic, “The Text That Made Salvation Plain to Charles Spurgeon.”

Let’s Pray —

As we close today, let me leave you with these words from Hebrews 2:3: “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation…” I encourage you to not neglect the salvation and grace offered by God. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for our sins and take the punishment that we deserve upon Himself. Romans 5:8 says that “God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, and you want to get to know Him today, here is how.

Please believe “that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures” and you will be saved. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. It’s just that simple.

Until next time, my friend, thank God for His simple, great salvation. God bless you!