Welcome to the Understanding God’s Great Salvation Podcast. This is episode #82.
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 Luke 19:10: “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
Today’s God’s Great Salvation quote is from John Selden. He said: “I have taken much pains to know everything that is esteemed worth knowing amongst men; but with all my reading, nothing now remains to comfort me at the close of this life but this passage of St. Paul: “It is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners.” To this I cleave, and herein do I find rest.”
Our topic today is The Whole Gospel in a Single Verse (Part 3) from the book, “Salvation Crystal Clear” (Book 1) by Curtis Hutson.
I have heard preachers say such things as, “Now you clean up, straighten up, and fly right! If you don’t straighten out your life, you are going to Hell.”
That is like telling a dog to stop barking. That is like walking up beside the casket of a dead man and saying, “Get up and start walking.” He cannot walk. He is dead. And the man without Jesus Christ is a dead sinner. Jesus doesn’t ask the sinner to get better to get saved; He saves him so he can get better.
Do we read, “Prodigal son, before you come home, get a razor and shave, cut your hair, brush your teeth, put on some clean clothes and a nice tie, get some decent shoes on your feet, then come home and the father will receive you”? No! It says, “Prodigal son, come home with your rags, your shaggy hair and unshaven face, your vile character. Come home as you are, and the father will clothe you when you get here.”
Jesus came to save sinners in their pollution. He mixed with sinners. He ate with sinners. He lived with sinners. He died for sinners. He made His grave with the wicked. And He went to Paradise with a sinning thief. I am not encouraging sin; I am showing that reformation is not an instrument of salvation.
What would you think if you went to admit yourself at the hospital and the attendant said, “Now go home and get well. And when you are completely well, we will receive you.” You would say, “Man, you must be crazy! If I were well, I wouldn’t need the hospital.”
Jesus said, “They that are whole need not a physician.” He will clean you up after you come to Him, but He will save you in your pollution.
On our next broadcast, we will continue this topic, “The Whole Gospel in a Single Verse.”
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!