Sermon #1345 Miscellaneous Notes
Title: WHEN IS A PERSON SAVED?
Subject: The Time When God Gives His Salvation
Date: Sunday Morning -
Tape # V-26a
My text this morning is Acts 11:14. In Acts 11 the Apostle Peter explains what the Lord did for Cornelius and those people of his household in the tenth chapter. In verse 14, he tells us how that an angel of the Lord told Cornelius to send men to Joppa to fetch Peter to Caesarea to preach the gospel to them, assuring him that Peter, the messenger of God, by the preaching of the gospel, would show them the way of salvation in Christ. Now look at how the angel of the Lord described Peter’s work, which is the work of every man who preaches the gospel. God’s messenger to your soul is the man…
With that as our text, I want, by the power and grace of God the Holy Spirit, to answer one question in this message. It is a question that I am asked over and over again, as I travel around the country preaching the gospel, a question many of you have asked me to answer. Here is the question I want to answer in this message from the Word of God. – When Is A Person Saved?
1. We know that Salvation is Of The Lord. Salvation is, in its entirety, from start to finish, the work of the triune God (Eph. 1:3-14).
2. We also know that CHrist Alone Is Our Savior.
All the grace of God flows to believing sinners through the merits of Christ’s shed blood and righteousness. In the matter of salvation, Christ is all. If you have not yet learned that, you have not learned the gospel (1 Cor. -31).
3. God’s saving grace, that redemption and salvation which was purchased and obtained for God’s elect by the blood of Christ at Calvary is Effectually Applied To and Wrought in Chosen Sinners by the Almighty, Irresistible Power and Grace of God The Holy Spirit.
“It is the Spirit that quickeneth. The flesh profitteth nothing. It is God the Holy Spirit who…
· Gives life to dead sinners.
· Creates a new heart within.
· Brings faith, conviction, and repentance
4. We also know, from the Word
of God, that Salvation Is Wrought in The Hearts Of
“Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” In order for Cornelius and his household to know the way of salvation, they had to have a gospel preacher proclaim it to them. By his wise and holy design, “It pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.”
The gospel we preach is “the power of God unto salvation.” It is written, “The preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved, it is the power of God.”
5. I will tell you something else. Salvation is something a person experiences in his heart and soul.
We do not build our hopes upon feelings and
experiences; but a would not give you a plugged nickel
for a salvation that is not felt and experienced in the depth of a man’s soul.
Life, freedom, pardon, forgiveness, and freedom are things we feel and
experience. We do not all experience God’s grace the same way (Paul, --
Yet, even when these things are known with certainty, this question keeps coming up. – When Is A Person Saved?
1. Some tell us that God’s elect were saved from eternity.
There are many who teach that election is itself salvation; but that is not so. Election is unto salvation (Eph. 1:4-6; 2 Thess. -14). Without question, chosen sinners, predestinated to be the sons of God, were saved in the purpose of God in Christ before the worlds were made. That is the very language of Scripture (Rom. -30). But there is more to salvation than election and predestination.
2. Some imagine that a child is saved when it is brought by its parents to a priest or a preacher to have a little water sprinkled on its head.
3. Others tell us that children are saved when they acknowledge the truth of the catechism and are confirmed in the church as Christians.
4. In many churches, people are taught that a person is saved when he or she makes a decision for Jesus and professes faith in him.
A profession of faith is not the possession of faith. A decision for Jesus is not saving faith. Saying “the sinners’ prayer” is not calling n the name of the Lord.
5. Multitudes imagine that a person is saved when he reforms his life and starts living right, starts living for the Lord.
Satan is a master deceiver. His ministers transform themselves into ministers of righteousness. If you think living a good life is salvation, or imagine that a person is saved because he quit some bad habits, you do not know what God’s salvation is.
· The Pharisees
Bro. Donnie Bell once said, “Satan's master plan is to get man religious without Christ. He would rather you be WHITEWASHED than WASHED WHITE in the blood of the Lamb. White washing will not save! I must be washed white in the BLOOD OF CHRIST.”
6. Many believe a person is saved when he is baptized and joins the church.
7. Then there are some who tell us we cannot know God’s salvation on this earth at all, that we will not be saved until judgment day and find out who was chosen and who as not chosen.
None of those notions about salvation are true. They are totally without foundation in the Word of God. If all these opinions are wrong, if they are all false, what s true? WHEN IS A PERSON SAVED? Will you listen to the Word of God? Will you hear the Words of our Lord Jesus Christ himself? Let us say with the prophet, “Let God be true and every man a liar.” This is what our Master said…
But when is a person saved? That is the question I want to answer. I have searched the Scriptures and found seven plain answers to that question.
I. Galatians 1:15-16 – A person is saved When God Is Pleased To Save Him.
“The salvation f the righteous is of the Lord.” If ever you are saved, you will be saved at the time appointed by the will and pleasure of God; and you will be saved by God graciously revealing his Son in you. Salvation does not come by man’s decision, but by God’s revelation. It is God who chose who would be saved. He regenerates. He calls. He gives life. He gives faith. He pardons. He justifies. He saves. It is by his grace and power that we are born again. Has God revealed his Son in you?
· Who he is?
· What he has done?
· What he did it?
· Where he is now?
II. John 16:8-11 – A person is saved When He is Convicted and Convinced By God the Holy Spirit of Sin, Righteousness, and Judgment.
Holy Spirit conviction is more than legal fear, the dread of God’s wrath, or the terror hell. Holy Spirit conviction is being convinced by the power and Word of God of…
· My Nature
· My Deeds
· My Heart
· My Unbelief
· The Divine Nature
· The Divine Requirement
· The Divine Work
· Justice Satisfied
· Judgment Finished
Have you experienced Holy Spirit conviction? Has God the Holy Spirit convinced you of your sin, God’s righteousness, and the judgment of sin in Christ?
III. Romans 10:9-11 – A person is saved WHEN HE BOWS TO AND COMES UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.
The Bible knows nothing of a door-mat named “Jesus,” or a fire-escape from hell called “Jesus”. This Book teaches the Lordship of Jesus Christ. The Word of God demands that you and I bow to the authority of the Son of God. It knows nothing of a salvation which allows a person to accept Jesus Christ as his Savior while refusing to bow to him as his rightful, sovereign Lord and Master.
Salvation is nothing less than the bowing of my heart to the dominion of Christ. Faith’s first, constant, and last act is surrender to Christ. Where there is no submission to the Son of God, there is no faith in him. Believers are people who willingly surrender themselves to…
· His Word.
· His Sovereignty.
· His Righteousness.
All to Jesus I surrender.
All to Him I freely give.
Humbly at His feet I bow.
IV. 2 Corinthians 4:6 – A person is saved When He Sees The Glory Of God In The Face Of Jesus Christ.
How can God be just and yet justify the ungodly? How can he both forgive sin and punish it? How can he be both merciful and true? How can justice be completely satisfied and yet grace be freely granted? Find the answer to those questions, and you have learned the gospel.
There is only one answer. It is found in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sin-atoning sacrifice of God’s dear Son. Here we see both the wisdom of God and the power of God. It is in the cross of Christ that the redemptive glory of God is revealed.
No one is saved until he is made to see, by divine
revelation, the glory of God in saving sinners through the substitutionary
sacrifice of his Son at
How can God in justice forgive sinners and save them by his grace? -- Substitution!
Through the sacrifice of his dear Son as our propitiation, to make atonement for our sins, God is as just as if he never showed mercy and as merciful as if he had no justice. He is both just and the Justifier, or as he says in Isaiah 45, “A JUST GOD AND A SAVIOR.” “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift!”
V. Isaiah 45:22 - A person is saved When He Savingly Looks to Christ By Faith.
This is God’s remedy for sin – LOOK! Look away to Christ and be saved!
A. What does it mean to look?
1. To look to Christ is to acknowledge my guilt and sin, and my need of a Savior.
2. To look to Christ is to acknowledge the Lord Jesus Christ as the only one who can save.
3. To look to Christ is to trust him.
B. What must we look to Christ for?
· Acceptance With God.
B. When shall I look to the Son of God?
1. Look to Christ now. –“Today, if ye will hear his voice, harden not your heart.”
2. Salvation begins in looking to Christ.
3. Salvation continues as we look to Christ (Heb. 12:2).
4. Salvation is consummated looking to Christ (1 John 3:2).
Do you look to Christ? May God give you grace to look away from yourself to the Lord Jesus Christ, --away from religious feelings and doings to Christ, --away from religious customs and traditions to Christ. Look to Christ and live forever.
VI. Luke – A person is saved WHEN HE NEEDS GOD’s SAlVATION.
There’s never been a sinner in the history of the world who needed grace who didn’t get grace. There has never yet been a sinner who need salvation who was not saved. Never yet was there a sinner who looked to Christ who was not saved by Christ.
If you leave here today without Christ, lost, under the wrath of God, it will be because you have no need of him, you do not want him. It will be because, in your proud, smug self-righteousness, you have no need of healing.
VI. Matthew – A person is saved WHEN HE STOPS TRYING TO SAVE HIMSELF AND RESTS IN CHRIST.
Come, ye sinners, poor and wretched,
Weak and wounded, sick and sore;
Jesus ready stands to save you,
Full of pity joined with power.
He is able, He is willing, doubt no more.
Come, ye needy, come and welcome,
God’s free bounty glorify!
True belief and true repentance,
Every grace that brings you nigh;
Without money, Come to Jesus Christ and buy.
Let not conscience make you linger,
Nor of fitness fondly dream:
All the fitness He requireth
Is to feel your need of Him.
This He gives you, --‘Tis the Spirit’s rising beam.
Come, ye weary, heavy laden,
Bruised and mangled by the fall;
If you tarry ‘til you’re better,
You will never come at all.
Not the righteous, sinners Jesus came to call.
Jesus Christ, the risen Savior,
Pleads the merit of His blood.
Venture on Him, venture wholly,
Let no other trust intrude.
None but Jesus can do helpless sinners good.
VII. John – A person is saved When, Walking in the light of Divine Revelation, He receives and confesses Jesus Christ As His Lord And Savior.
All who trust Christ confess him, and confess him in the way he has prescribed.
How can I reason with your soul? How can I persuade you now to flee away to Christ? God help you now to fall before him and sue for mercy. Else you will fall before the dreadful sword of his wrath forever.