Welcome to the Understanding God’s Great Salvation Podcast. This is episode #63.
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 Hebrews 9:28: “So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.”
Allow me to share with you some thoughts on this passage from the Bible Knowledge Commentary by Dr. John F. Walvoord and Dr. Roy B. Zuck:
With this observation, eschatological realities come into focus. Humans are sinful creatures destined to die once, and after that to face judgment. But this danger is turned aside by the fact that Christ was sacrificed once (hapax, cf. v. 26) to take away the sins of many people. The recurrence of “once” (9:26, 28) and of “once for all” (7:27; 9:12; 10:10) stresses the finality and the singleness of Christ’s sacrificial work in contrast with the repeated Levite ministrations. In addition, the “once”-sacrifice of Christ (w. 26, 28) compares with the “once”-death of each person (v. 27). Now those who are waiting (apekdechomenois; used seven times in the NT of the return of Christ: Rom. 8:19, 23, 25; 1 Cor. 1:7; Gal. 5:5; Phil. 3:20; Heb. 9:28) for Him can look forward to His coming, not with a fearful expectation of judgment, but with the anticipation of salvation.
His first advent was to bear sins away—but His second will be not to bear sin (lit., “without [reference to] sins”). Deftly the author implied that “those who are waiting for Him” constitute a smaller circle than those whom His death has benefited. They are, as all his previous exhortations reveal, the ones who “hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first” (3:14). The “salvation” He will bring them at His second coming will be the “eternal inheritance” of which they are heirs (cf. 9:15; 1:14).
Today’s God’s Great Salvation quote is from George Whitefield. He said: “And now let me address all of you, high and low, rich and poor, one with another, to accept of mercy and grace while it is offered to you; Now is the accepted time, now is the day of salvation; and will you not accept it, now it is offered unto you?”
Our topic today is “Salvation Plain and Simple (Part 3)” from the book, Salvation Crystal Clear, by Curtis Hutson.
In the Matter of Salvation, We Are Dealing With an Infinitely Holy God.
There can be no understanding or appreciation for the plan of salvation without understanding this. This infinitely holy God has said that sin must be paid for. He said to Adam in Genesis 2:17, “In the day thou eatest thereof thou shall surely die.” Ezekiel 18:4 says, “The soul that sinneth, it shall die.” Romans 6:23 says, “The wages of sin is death.” And we read in James 1:15, “Sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” God Almighty has declared that sin must be paid for. And the payment is death.
This death is more than dying with a gunshot wound or with cancer. It is described in Revelation 20:14 as the second death: “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.”
If I had to pay what I owe as a sinner, I must die, go into Hell and stay there forever and ever. That’s the price God demands for my sins.
The Bible does not say the wages of sin is joining the church. Joining every church in town would not pay what I owe as a sinner.
The Bible does not say the wages of sin is performing good works. By working a thousand lifetimes, I still could never earn Heaven.
If I offered to God my works as a hope of Heaven, the motive behind the works would render them ineffective. There is only motive that God accepts—love. We read in 1 Corinthians 13:3, “And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.” Good works that are not motivated by love will not be rewarded. If I worked in order to go to Heaven, the motive for my service would be fear. I would be working to stay out of Hell. The fear of Hell would be my motive, and thus render the works ineffective.
The Bible says “The wages of sin is death.” God has one payment for sin, and that is an eternal death in the lake of fire. The only thing I can do to pay my debt is die, go into Hell, and stay there forever.
On our next broadcast, we will continue this topic, “Salvation Crystal Clear.”
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!