Welcome to the Understanding God’s Great Salvation Podcast. This is episode #85.
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 John 5:1-9: “After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.”
Today’s God’s Great Salvation quote is from Jerry Bridges. He said: “Our reconciliation to God is permanent and eternal. Because Christ accomplished it for us, there is no possibility it can ever be undone. Though we continue, even as believers, to do those things that in themselves deserve God’s displeasure, we can never revert to a state of divine alienation. For the sake of Christ, God will always accept us. And even when God deems it necessary to discipline us for persistent disobedience, He always does so out of love to restore us to the way of obedience (see Hebrews 12:4-11).”
Our topic today is The Whole Gospel in a Single Verse (Part 6) from the book, “Salvation Crystal Clear” (Book 1) by Curtis Hutson.
He didn’t come to make us content to be unsaved. I have heard people say, “I have no desire to be saved. I am content like I am.” Christ didn’t make you that way.
The crippled man at the pool of Bethesda had been there for years waiting for something to happen. He had been waiting for the moving of the water. At the moving of the water, whoever got in was healed. Jesus didn’t say, “Let’s wait here until the water moves again, then you get in.” No. He said, “Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.”
You don’t have to wait for the water to move. You don’t have to wait for lightning to strike. You don’t have to be knocked down in a church aisle. You only have to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, come to Him, trust Him, and put your case in His hands. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved!” That is all you need.
He didn’t come to put us in a position to be saved providing we never sin again. He came to save us. He doesn’t take us so far down the road, then leave us to go the rest of the way alone. He, like the shepherd, puts the lost sheep on His shoulders and delivers it safely home. The Bible says, “Jesus Christ came to save sinners.” And you are not saved as long as you are in a position to be lost again. He came to save sinners. And when the sinner is saved, he is saved!
Yes, I to the end shall endure,
As sure as the earnest is given;
More happy, but not more secure,
The glorified saints in Heaven!
I am as saved as any saint already in Heaven! I am as sure to go to Heaven as any saint who is in Heaven now. They may be more happy than I, but they are no more secure. Jesus didn’t come to put us in a position to be saved; He came to save us. “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came…to save sinners.”
Are you saved? You say, “I hope I am.” What do you mean, “I hope I am”? If you ask me if I am saved, I will answer before you finish the question, “I am saved!” You could sing that song this morning, “Saved, Saved, Saved,” because you are saved. You couldn’t sing it if you were only in a position to be saved provided you held on and didn’t sin again. Jesus came to save.
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!