What Is Salvation? Part 2

What Is Salvation? 85-002 (Numbers 21:4–9)/ The Doctrine of Salvation-Intro (2/3)/ Bible Study Guide/ Salvation/ The ABC’s of Salvation/ Lesson # 2.

Opening Remarks: Salvation, Save, Savior — “God’s deliverance of a people or an individual from a threatening situation from which that group or person is unable to rescue itself. The threatening situation may range from political oppression, unjust accusations, military disaster, difficult labor or physical illness to a spiritual consequence of sinful behavior or the experience of God’s wrath. The agent of salvation may be a human liberator, king, or judge; nevertheless, clearly it is God who provides the agent, and it is God alone who ultimately saves.” [Gary W. Light, Eerdmans dictionary of the Bible, 2000, 1153–1154].

Heart Questions: [1] What further descriptions of Salvation are given in the scriptures? [2] How is salvation illustrated? [3] The word ‘salvation’ means to save, help in distress, rescue, deliver, set free, etc. Salvation is the deliverance from what, according to the scriptures? [4] What erroneous sources of salvation are mentioned in the scriptures? [5] What is the role of Christ when comes to salvation of humankind? [5] Devotional Implication: What response do you think this lesson should inspires us to do?

DESCRIPTIONS OF SALVATION:

[1] Described as Great — “How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him,” (Hebrews 2:3, NKJV)

[2] Described as Glorious — “Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.” (2 Timothy 2:10, NKJV)

[3] Described as Common — “Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.” (Jude 3, NKJV)

[4] Salvation is from generation to generation — “For the moth will eat them up like a garment, And the worm will eat them like wool; But My righteousness will be forever, And My salvation from generation to generation.”” (Isaiah 51:8, NKJV)

[5] Saved to the uttermost — “Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” (Hebrews 7:25, NKJV)

[6] Described as Eternal — “But Israel shall be saved by the Lord with an everlasting salvation; You shall not be ashamed or disgraced Forever and ever.” (Isaiah 45:17, NKJV) “Lift up your eyes to the heavens, And look on the earth beneath. For the heavens will vanish away like smoke, The earth will grow old like a garment, And those who dwell in it will die in like manner; But My salvation will be forever, And My righteousness will not be abolished.” (Isaiah 51:6, NKJV) “And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him,” (Hebrews 5:9, NKJV)

SALVATION ILLUSTRATED AS:

[7] Salvation is a Rock — “Then he forsook God who made him, And scornfully esteemed the Rock of his salvation.” (Deut. 32:15b, NKJV) “Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.” (Psalm 95:1, NKJV)

[8] The horn of my salvation — “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” (Psalm 18:2, NKJV)

“And has raised up a horn of salvation for us In the house of His servant David,” (Luke 1:69, NKJV)

[9] Salvation is a Tower — ““He is the tower of salvation to His king, And shows mercy to His anointed, To David and his descendants forevermore.”” (2 Samuel 22:51, NKJV)

[10] Salvation is a Helmet — “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;” (Ephesians 6:17, NKJV)

[11] Salvation is a shield — ““You have also given me the shield of Your salvation; Your gentleness has made me great.” (2 Samuel 22:36, NKJV)

[12] Salvation is a lamp — “For Zion’s sake I will not hold My peace, And for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, Until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, And her salvation as a lamp that burns.” (Isaiah 62:1, NKJV)

[13] Salvation as a cup — “I will take up the cup of salvation, And call upon the name of the Lord.” (Psalm 116:13, NKJV)

[14] Salvation as clothing — “Let Your priests, O Lord God, be clothed with salvation, And let Your saints rejoice in goodness.” (2 Chronicles 6:41, NKJV) “I will also clothe her priests with salvation, And her saints shall shout aloud for joy.” (Psalm 132:16, NKJV) “For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation.” (Psalm 149:4, NKJV) “I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, My soul shall be joyful in my God; For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.” (Isaiah 61:10, NKJV)

[15] Salvation as Wells — “Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.” (Isaiah 12:3, NKJV)

[16] Salvation as walls and bulwarks — “In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah: “We have a strong city; God will appoint salvation for walls and bulwarks.” (Isaiah 26:1, NKJV) “Violence shall no longer be heard in your land, Neither wasting nor destruction within your borders; But you shall call your walls Salvation, And your gates Praise.” (Isaiah 60:18, NKJV)

[17] Chariots of salvation — “O Lord, were You displeased with the rivers, Was Your anger against the rivers, Was Your wrath against the sea, That You rode on Your horses, Your chariots of salvation?” (Habakkuk 3:8, NKJV)

[18] Salvation as victory — “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:57, NKJV)

SALVATION AND DELIVERANCE:

[19] Deliverance from Sin — “And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”” (Matthew 1:21, NKJV) “And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin.” (1 John 3:5, NKJV)

[20] Deliverance from Uncleanness — “I will deliver you from all your uncleannesses. I will call for the grain and multiply it, and bring no famine upon you.” (Ezekiel 36:29, NKJV)

[21] Deliverance from the devil — “Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.” (Colossians 2:15, NKJV) “Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” (Hebrews 2:14–15, NKJV)

[22] Deliverance from Wrath — “Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.” (Romans 5:9, NKJV) “.. even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.” (1 Thess. 1:10, NKJV)

[23] Deliverance from this present evil world — “who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,” (Galatians 1:4, NKJV)

[24] Deliverance from Enemies — “That we should be saved from our enemies; and from the hand of all who hate us,” (Luke 1:71, NKJV) “To grant us that we, Being delivered from the hand of our enemies, Might serve Him without fear,” (Luke 1:74, NKJV)

[25] Deliverance from Eternal death — “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John 3:16–17, NKJV)

ERRONEOUS SOURCES OF SALVATION:

[26] Salvation sought in vain from Idols — ““Assemble yourselves and come; Draw near together, You who have escaped from the nations. They have no knowledge, Who carry the wood of their carved image, And pray to a god that cannot save.” (Isaiah 45:20, NKJV) “But where are your gods that you have made for yourselves? Let them arise, If they can save you in the time of your trouble; For according to the number of your cities are your gods, O Judah.” (Jeremiah 2:28, NKJV)

[27] Salvation sought in vain from Earthly power — “Truly, in vain is salvation hoped for from the hills, And from the multitude of mountains; Truly, in the Lord our God is the salvation of Israel.” (Jeremiah 3:23, NKJV)

SALVATION AND CHRIST:

[28] Christ, the Captain of Salvation — “For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.” (Hebrews 2:10, NKJV)

[29] Christ, the Author of Salvation — “And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him,” (Hebrews 5:9, NKJV)

[30] Christ, Appointed for Salvation — “Indeed He says, ‘It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant To raise up the tribes of Jacob, And to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles, That You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.’ ”” (Isaiah 49:6, NKJV)

[31] Christ, Raised up for Salvation — “And has raised up a horn of salvation for us In the house of His servant David,” (Luke 1:69, NKJV)

[32] Christ has Salvation — ““Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.” (Zechariah 9:9, NKJV)

[33] Christ brings Salvation with Him — “Indeed the Lord has proclaimed to the end of the world: “Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Surely your salvation is coming; Behold, His reward is with Him, And His work before Him.’ ”” (Isaiah 62:11, NKJV) “And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham;” (Luke 19:9, NKJV)

[34] Christ’s mighty to effect Salvation — “Who is this who comes from Edom, With dyed garments from Bozrah, This One who is glorious in His apparel, Traveling in the greatness of His strength?— “I who speak in righteousness, mighty to save.”” (Isaiah 63:1, NKJV) “Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” (Hebrews 7:25, NKJV)

[35] Christ came to effect Salvation — “For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.” (Matthew 18:11, NKJV) “This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.” (1 Timothy 1:15, NKJV)

[36] Christ died to effect Salvation — “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:14–15, NKJV) “who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,” (Galatians 1:4, NKJV)

[37] Christ was exalted to give Salvation — “Him God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.” (Acts 5:31, NKJV)

DEVOTIONAL IMPLICATION: Beloved, Christ died to effect Salvation. I want to end with the story we all know very well: The Bronze Serpent. In numbers 21 we see how Salvation Typified.

  • Numbers 21:4–9 (NKJV)4 Then they journeyed from Mount Hor by the Way of the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; and the soul of the people became very discouraged on the way. 5 And the people spoke against God and against Moses: “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and our soul loathes this worthless bread.” 6 So the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and many of the people of Israel died. 7 Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord that He take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. 8 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.” 9 So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.

What was Israel’s Sin? In this event Israel was guilty of several terrible sins against God: They rejected God’s prophet (v. 4); they rejected God’s person (v. 4); they rejected God’s promise (v. 5); they doubted His providence/ provision (v. 5).

“The children of Israel had not realized that God had been keeping them by His angels sent to be their help and their protection. The people had not been destroyed by the serpents in their long travels through the wilderness. They had been an ungrateful people.” [Faith and Works, p. 69].

To judge their sin, God sent venomous snakes to kill the Israelites (v. 6). Why did God use a symbol of death [a snake] to bring healing? (v. 8) He wanted to drive home a lesson on trust. Although the people repented, they then had to trust God’s remedy—a bronze snake—for healing.

THE GOSPEL’S VOICE: Beloved, this is one of the great symbols of Jesus Christ in the Scripture—His being hung upon the cross for the sins of the world. “Our Lord saw in this not only an illustration of the efficacy of faith in God’s word, but an apt object-lesson of his own coming vicarious suffering, when he should be lifted up between heaven and earth (Jn 3:14).” [Charles F. Pfeiffer, The Wycliffe Bible Commentary: Old Testament, (Chicago: Moody Press, 1962), Nu 21:8].

Listen Beloved, in this crisis, God spelled out a specific condition to be met first, in order to receive healing and deliverance: Israelites had to look at the snake hanging upon the pole.

  • If a person looked, he would have been healed instantly and live.
  • If not, they would have died.

Note the obedience of Moses: He hung a bronze snake on a pole just as instructed by God (v. 9). The people were delivered, but only some. Only those who looked at the snake and believed the promise of God lived (v. 9).

The lifting the snake up foreshadowed Jesus’ death on the cross. Listen to what Jesus says: How the cross was typified by the Bronze Serpent. He says—

  • “And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert [on a pole], so must [so it is necessary that] the Son of Man be lifted up [on the cross], In order that everyone who believes in Him [who cleaves to Him, trusts Him, and relies on Him] may not perish, but have eternal life and [actually] live forever! For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.(John 3:14–16, AMP)

The Bronze Serpent is a picture of deliverance by looking at (believing in) the cross of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ has been lifted up as the Savior of the world. God lifted up Christ just as the serpent was lifted up, as a symbol of deliverance. Any person who looks upon Christ and believes in Him will be delivered, that is, saved.

ACTION STEP: What response do you think this lesson should inspires us to do? [1] Believe that the Son of Man has been lifted up (on the cross) for you and me; [2] Look up to Him. Trusts in Him, clings to Him, relies on Him for your salvation, and the promise is sure –You shall not perish! [3] Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”” (Acts 16:31, NKJV) [4] Confess the Lord Jesus: “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9, NKJV)

Closing Hymn: I’ve a message from the Lord, Hallelujah! [Author: William A. Ogden (1887)]

1. I’ve a message from the Lord, Hallelujah! The message unto you I’ll give, ’Tis recorded in His Word, Hallelujah! It is only that you “look and live.”

Refrain: “Look and live,” my brother, live,Look to Jesus now and live; ’Tis recorded in His Word, Hallelujah! It is only that you “look and live.”

2. I’ve a message full of love, Hallelujah! A message, O my friend, for you, ’Tis a message from above, Hallelujah! Jesus said it, and I know ’tis true.

3. Life is offered unto you, Hallelujah! Eternal life your soul shall have. If you’ll only look to Him, Hallelujah! Look to Jesus, who alone can save.

4. I will tell you how I came, Hallelujah! To Jesus when He made me whole: ’Twas believing on His name, Hallelujah! I trusted and He saved my soul.

Have a Blessed Day:  “Look to Me, and be saved, All you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other.” (Isaiah 45:22, NKJV)

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