Welcome to the Understanding God’s Great Salvation Podcast. This is episode #87.
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 1 Timothy 1:15: “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.”
Today’s God’s Great Salvation quote is from Nick Needham. He said: “Pause, then, and contemplate. The eternal Son of God, Creator of the universe, worshiped and adored by angels and archangels, has offered Himself in your place. He has offered Himself freely, willingly, and gladly, to endure the judgment that your sin deserves, and to endure it in a holy way – saying the perfect “yea and Amen!” to the holiness of the judgment, which your corrupt heart could never have said. As far as atoning for your sins is concerned, the only thing you owe God is endless gratitude.”
Our topic today is The Whole Gospel in a Single Verse (Part 8) from the book, “Salvation Crystal Clear” (Book 1) by Curtis Hutson.
Notice next in the text:
V. OUR ACCEPTANCE, OR A WORD OF PERSONALITY
“This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came…to save sinners; OF WHOM I AM CHIEF.” “Of whom I am chief.”
Some may argue with Paul. I, too, would contest his statement, because I feel that I am the “chief.” I have never met a sinner who didn’t feel the same way after he was saved! When you consider the infinite cost of your salvation, there is only one conclusion you can reach: I must have been an awfully, awfully, awfully bad sinner. I must have undoubtedly been the chief of sinners for God Almighty to allow them to pluck His beard, spit in His face, and smite Him with a reed. I must have been a horrible sinner for God Almighty to rob Heaven and send Jesus to die in my place, to suffer indescribable agony and be clothed in His own blood and have them strip Him naked before His followers to get me saved.
Say, Paul, wait a minute! If I can’t be first in line, then surely I am second.
Here is a word of personality, “…of whom I am chief.” Appropriation of the sinner’s Saviour begins by confession. He is the sinner’s Saviour. But if you want to appropriate the sinner’s Saviour, you must start with confession: “I am a sinner.” You then may not feel you are the chief—not many sinners do. But after you are saved and understand the price paid for your redemption, you will know you are.
I have had people say to me, “I know I am bad, but I am not as bad as So-and-So.” That is all right. That is enough confession if you just know that you are a sinner. Appropriation starts by confessing, “Lord, I’m a sinner.”
Then confession flowers into faith. “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came…to save sinners,” and I am one of them. That is faith. Paul is really saying He came to save me. He used a general statement, “Jesus came into the world to save sinners”; but he added, “I am a sinner.”
In this room this morning isn’t there some man, woman, boy, or girl who would be willing to come down this aisle during the invitation and not only say, “I am a sinner,” but say, “Jesus Christ came to save sinners, and I am one of them.” You won’t be saved until you are willing to say, ‘Of whom I am one.’ He came to save sinners. “Lord, here is a sinner whom You came to save. You died on the cross for me. You paid my sin debt. You suffered my Hell. You died in my stead. I am one of them.”
There is confession, but confession that flowers into faith. And, of course, confession that flowers into faith should bloom in a public profession. If you not only see yourself as a sinner but see Christ Jesus as your Saviour, then you ought to make a public declaration of your faith in Him as your Saviour.
If you have been saved, then you are not ashamed of Jesus Christ. The palms of your hands may perspire a little, and you may be nervous, but you won’t be ashamed. You may get a little tense, but you won’t be ashamed. “Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed” (Rom. 10:11).
“This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation.” It is worthy for the little boy to accept. It is worthy for the little girl to accept. It is worthy for the old man to accept. It is worthy for the elderly woman to accept. It is worthy for respectable sinners to accept. It is worthy for sinners with no reputation to accept. It is worthy for liars and whoremongers and sinners of all kinds to accept.
Do you fit the general description of “sinners”? Then He died for you. He paid what you owe, and He suffered your Hell.
TRUST HIM: HE HAS NEVER TURNED ONE DOWN
Dear friend, Jesus Christ has been saving sinners the same way for years. He has never turned one down. The wonderful promise in John 6:37 is, “Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” Won’t you trust Him today as your Saviour? He came to save sinners. Are you a sinner? Don’t you want to go to Heaven when you die? Then trust Him now. Tell Him in your own words:
Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner. I do believe that You died for me, so here and now I trust You as my Saviour. From this moment on I am fully depending on You for my salvation. Now help me to live for You and to be a good Christian. Amen.
If you will pray that simple prayer and write to tell me so, I have some free literature I want to send that will help as you set out to live the Christian life.
On our next broadcast, we will begin the topic, “So Great Salvation.”
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!