TIME & PLACE: 16/03/08 ELBC
THEME: 3 SHALTS OF SALVATION
P/S: E.P. CAN BE SAVED
T/S: BY UNDERSTANDING 3SHALTS/ABSOLUTES OF SALVATION AS SET FORTH IN THE TEXT.
INTRO: I want to look at what should be a very familiar passage of Scripture this morning and see what we can uncover in it in regards to Salvation. It seems in these last days that we live in that there are no absolutes anymore. Life and society has come down to a “whatever I think it should be concept” Even in the Church realm we have people that many times are not assured of there salvation because they misunderstand absolutes. The Bible in many instances is a book of absolutes. This is the main reason in the day we live that many out of and even in the Church will not yield to God and His word...because of the absolutes. I want to look at 3 shalts (absolutes) that are found in one verse of Scripture in what has become to be known as “The Romans Road” (Rom3:23, Rom5:8, Rom6:23 and Rom10:9) If the verses in the chapters proceeding this are commonly referred to as “The Road” then I believe it is safe to say that this is the destination of that Road. However many have found that they can bypass this destination and refuse the shalts of Salvation and come in some other way. Christ however called that person in Jn10:1 a thief and a robber. And we all know that there is no other way into the Sheepfold, but through “The Door”
I want to first by way of introduction define this word that we will be looking at more closely.
The word Shall – defined
1. Future Events - indicates that something will or ought to happen in the future
2. Determination - used especially in formal speech and writing to indicate determination on the part of the speaker that something will happen or somebody will do something
3. Rules and laws - indicating that something must happen or somebody is obliged to do something because of a rule or law
4. Certainty - indicating the certainty or inevitability of something happening in the future
So with that being said let’s look a little closer this morning and see what we can learn preaching on this thought....”3 SHALTS OF SALVATION”.
I. THE SHALT OF ADMISSION vs9a (REVEAL)
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus,”
Note: Confess = To disclose something damaging about oneself, admit. In order to be saved a person must come to the absolute that they must CONFESS. Yes God already knows what you and I have done......He just wants us to admit it......
Isa 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
Psa 32:5 I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.
I also would like to say that this is not a confession to man or any representative so called for him on Earth. This is a one on one conversation between you and the God of Heaven.
A. IT IS PROPOSITIONAL “That if”
B. IT IS PERSONAL “thou”
C. IT IS PRIVATE “shalt confess”
Appl: How about you? Has there ever been a time in your life where you admitted to the God of Heaven what He already knew.....that you were or are a sinner that has refused to come to Him before today? Today can be the fulfillment of the first absolute.... “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus,”
II. THE SHALT OF ACTION vs9b (REPENT)
“and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead,”
Note: Believe = To have confidence in.... The next absolute in salvation is an action. And that action is to BELIEVE. This is not a blind faith but a believing fact. Whether folks choose to accept it or not...Christ did come and do and is doing what He said He would do. And when I “believe” in Him I am (repenting) turning completely away from all I have known and believed before being convicted and convinced of this truth, which has been revealed to me by the preaching of the Word and the conviction of the Holy Spirit of God!
A. TO RESPECT “and shalt believe”
Note: I respect Him now because I am accepting, no longer rejecting the love He demonstrated towards me in what He did by dying on the Cross.
B. TO REPENT “believe”
Note: As I said before I repent in that I now have a change of belief. I reject all that I was and receive all that He is. (by the way....not a 1 time event repentance that is.)
C. TO RECEIVE “in thine heart”
Note: I think this is possibly the hardest part for most people. I don’t want to do an injustice neither to the sovereignty of God by trying to explain it, but believing is much more that what we deem it to be yet so simple to do that only God knows when we have fulfilled its requirements. I will say this you’ll know when you playing or when you’re serious and so will God!
Appl: Has there ever been a time in your life where the record would show that you acted on the.... “shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead,” today could be just that day.
III. THE SHALT OF ACCEPTANCE vs9c (RECEIVE)
“thou shalt be saved.”
Note: The Scriptures tell us that if we shalt then God shalt. When we have fulfilled the 2 shalts that God requires of us then He will fulfill the absolute He has set up....THOU shalt be saved! For we know it is God that does the saving and not ourselves.
Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
I came across this definition when studying concerning the shalt mentioned here in the passage.
* In the second and third persons, shall implies a promise, command or determination. "You shall receive your wages," "he shall receive his wages," imply that you or he ought to receive them; but usage gives these phrases the force of a promise in the person uttering them.
When shall is uttered with emphasis in such phrases, it expresses determination in the speaker, and implies an authority to enforce the act. “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!
A. IT IS DEFINITE “shalt”
B. IT IS DELIVERING “thou”
C. IT IS DEPENDANT – upon the 1ST 2. “If thou shalt” “and shalt believe”
Note: It is as simple as 123
1. CONFESSION - “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus,”
2. PROFESSION – “and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead,”
3. POSSESSION – “thou shalt be saved.”
Appl: Has there ever been a time in your life that you have done that? If not today might just could be that day.
2Co 6:2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)
Rom 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. .....Won’t you call on Him today?