Salvation Comes From The Plan Of God
I believe you can know without any doubt that you are saved and on your way to heaven. I believe you can stand before God someday with confidence He will welcome you into His heaven.
I believe that because It Is based on the Plan That Comes:
THE WORD, THE WILL, and THE WORK OF GOD.
1. Salvation’s Plan And The . . Word Of God. 9:6-13
A. Salvation Based On The Word Of God Is Not Based On A . . Particular Nation. 9 :6
6 But it is not that the word of God has taken no effect. For they are not all Israel who are
1. Salvation Is Not Guaranteed Because Your Jewish.
B. Salvation Based On The Word Of God Is Not Based On A
. . Parentage. 9:7
7 nor are they all children because they are the seed of Abraham; but, "In Isaac your seed
shall be called."
C. Salvation Based On The Word Of God Is Based On The . . Promise Of God. 9:8-9
8 That is, those who are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God; but the children of the promise are counted as the seed. 9 For this is the word of promise: "At this time I will come and Sarah shall have a son."
D. Salvation Based On The Word Of God Is Based On The . . Purpose Of God. 9:10-13
10 And not only this, but when Rebecca also had conceived by one man, even by our father Isaac 11 (for the children not yet being born, nor having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works but of Him who calls), 12 it was said to her, "The older shall serve the younger." 13 As it is written, "Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated."
1. A Plan Of Conception.
a. God made sure this was Isaac’s Son.
b. Twins are possible with two different fathers.
2. A Plan Of Love Hate Relationship.
a. Can God Hate? He is Sovereign. Mal. 1:2-4
1) He Hated Esau’s Choices. Ge 25:29-34
29 Now Jacob cooked a stew; and Esau came in from the field, and he was weary. 30 And Esau said to Jacob, "Please feed me with that same red stew, for I am weary." Therefore his name was called Edom. 31 But Jacob said, "Sell me your birthright as of this day." 32 And Esau said, "Look, I am about to die; so what is this birthright to me?" 33 Then Jacob said, "Swear to me as of this day." So he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob. 34 And Jacob gave Esau bread and stew of lentils; then he ate and drank, arose, and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright. NKJV
2) He hated Esau’s Character. Ge 27:41
So Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing with which his father blessed him, and Esau said in his heart, "The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then I will kill my brother Jacob." NKJV
Illustration: TOPIC: Salvation INDEX: 3117 SUBTOPIC: Only Through Christ A blind man once stood on a corner at a busy intersection reading aloud Acts 4 from a portion of a Braille Bible. A gentleman on his way home stopped at the edge of the crowd that had gathered to listen. At that very moment, the sightless man lost his place. While trying to find it, he kept repeating the last three words he had just read: "No other name... No other name... No other name..." Many smiled, but the inquisitive bystander went away impressed. He had been searching for inner peace and therefore was ready to be influenced by a few words spoken "in due season."
He had heard the verse before, but that one phrase haunted him. Before morning he surrendered to the Holy Spirit's wooing and accepted the Savior. "I see it all now," he cried. "I've been trying to be saved by my own works and prayers. I have been trying many plans but Jesus alone can help me. He is my mediator. There is no other name whereby I must be saved." Thus a blind man's witness, given in a stumbling manner, was used to lead a seeking soul to Christ.
Salvation and the Word of God.
2. Salvation’s Plan And The . . Will Of God. 9:14-24
A. God’s Will Is Immersed In His . . Mercy. v 14-16
14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? Certainly not! 15 For He
says to Moses, "I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have
compassion on whomever I will have compassion." 16 So then it is not of him who wills,
nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy.
Illustration: Topic: Mercy Index: 2296-2301
One night in 1935, Fiorello H. La Guardia, mayor of New York, showed up at a night court in the poorest ward of the city. He dismissed the judge for the evening and took over the bench. One case involved an elderly woman who was caught stealing bread to feed her grandchildren. La Guardia said, "I've got to punish you. Ten dollars or ten days in jail."
As he spoke, he threw $10 into his hat. He then fined everyone in the courtroom 50 cents for living in a city "where a person has to steal bread so that her grandchildren can eat." The hat was passed around, and the woman left the courtroom with her fine paid and an additional $47.50. To whom have we shown mercy lately?
B. God’s Will Is Immersed In His . . .Might. v 17-21
17 For the Scripture says to the Pharaoh, "For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth."
18 Therefore He has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He hardens. 19 You will
say to me then, "Why does He still find fault? For who has resisted His will?" 20 But indeed,
O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it,
"Why have you made me like this?" 21 Does not the potter have power over the clay,
from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor?
C. God’s Will Is Immersed In His . . .Magnificence. 9:22-24
22 What if God, wanting to show His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, 23 and that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory, 24 even us whom He called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?
God displays His might in a multitude of ways. Have you ever asked how do birds produce such a complex variety of notes? How do they sing non-stop for minutes on end without pausing to catch their breath? The vocal skill of birds derives from the unusual structure of their powerful vocal equipment.
The syrinx is the sound-producing organ in birds. It is the equivalent of the human sound box. The syrinx contains membranes which vibrate and generate sound waves when air from the lungs is passed over them. The muscles of the syrinx control the details of song production; birds with more elaborate system of vocal muscles produce more complex songs. But unlike our soundbox, which is situated at the top of the trachea, the bird's syrinx is set much lower down, at the junction of the two bronchi or air tubes leading to the lungs. This means that the syrinx has two potential sound sources, one in each bronchus. The separate membranes on each bronchus produce separate sounds, which are then mixed when fed into the higher vocal tract. This complex design means that birds can produce a far greater variety of sounds than humans can.
Have you ever asked Why flowers come in so many different varieties and colors? Have you ever noticed the beauty of flowers?
God likes birds that sing, and flowers that glow in many colors.
But the crowing of God’s Creation Is The Redemption of a person lost in sin.
Illustration From a tape by Jim Cymbala
David Rufin for six years was homeless, living on the streets of Brooklyn, New York. Alcohol and crack had ruined and destroyed his life. Reducing it to living and sleeping on the streets, scrounging around for soda bottles and cans to pay for his next meal.
It was on an Easter Sunday morning that he stopped out back of the Brooklyn Tabernacle Church. Inside he heard the choir sounding so heavenly. He argued with himself as to whether he should go in, dirty, filthy, smelly and drunk. David says, "The Lord told me this is My house and you can go in any way you are."
It was during the altar call David began to make his way to the front. Jim Cymbala the pastor saw him coming and thought to himself, "Oh man, what a way to end an Easter service, someone hitting me up for money."
As David approached him, Jim Cymbala said, "He smelled worse than anybody I had ever smelled. The smell of filth, sweat and urine caused me to look away and then breathe. After inhaling I would turn back and talk with him. He put his finger in my face and said Reverend I don't want your money. I want this Jesus you're talking about. I'm going to die out there. I don't have a hope in this world unless someone changes me."
Jim Cymbala began to weep at his own lack of compassion and ask God for forgiveness. David fell against his tie and chest with his matted, filthy hair. Jim Cymbala says, "All of a sudden the smell was a beautiful perfume." God said, "That's the smell Jesus died for! Jesus didn't come to die for a nice clean little world. He came for that which was lost and ruined."
David Rufin says, "God's love drew me!" He is now the head maintenance man for the Brooklyn Tabernacle Church. Jim Cymbala now describes David like this, "David Rufin is a man of God."
2 Pe 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is
longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come
to repentance. NKJV
Salvation And The . . Word Of God.
Salvation And The . . Will Of God. Now Note:
3. Salvation’s Plan And The . . Work Of God. 9:25-29
ACTS 13:41 'Behold, you despisers, Marvel and perish! For I work a work in your days, A work which you will by no means believe, Though one were to declare it to you.'" NKJV
A. God’s Work In . . Sonship. 9:25-26
25 As He says also in Hosea: "I will call them My people, who were not My people, And her beloved, who was not beloved." 26 "And it shall come to pass in the place where it was said to them,' You are not My people,'There they shall be called sons of the living God."
B. God’s Work In . . Suddenness. 9:27-28
27 Isaiah also cries out concerning Israel: "Though the number of the children of Israel be as
the sand of the sea, The remnant will be saved. 28 For He will finish the work and cut it
short in righteousness, Because the Lord will make a short work upon the earth."
C. God’s Work In . . Seeding. 9:29
29 And as Isaiah said before: "Unless the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, We would have
become like Sodom, And we would have been made like Gomorrah." NKJV
Ro 9:29 If the Lord of Hosts had not left us a seed, we would have become like Sodom, and
we would have been made like Gomorrah. HCSB
Illustration The Work of God
So many people have the idea that God is going to grade on the curve. We say to ourselves, “We’re bad, but we’re not as bad as so-and-so.” But God doesn’t grade on a curve. He grades on an absolute standard of holiness. Can anybody say that they’ve kept all of God’s Ten Commandments? Of course not. But let’s suppose you had only broken one. What would happen? Well, let me illustrate. If a man was dangling over a fire by a chain of ten links and nine of those links were made of forged steel and one was made of crepe paper, what would happen?
When God Decides It Is Judgement Day It will happen very quick.
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Bill Carlan dieD this week at 71 he had his own set of views about God. They have changed since he died.
Salvation And The . . Word Of God, The Will of God and The Work of God.
Malachi 1:3 Dake Study Bible
a [hated Esau] Hate as used here is an idiom of preference, as in Lk 14:25-27, not a term expressing personal malice or jealousy in the sense we're familiar with. This is the sixth of twelve cases in Scripture where God made the choice of the younger over the older brother. Here it was because of the disposition and attitude toward Him. Esau was a fornicator and destitute of hunger for God in his life (Heb 12:16-17), while Jacob was the type that loved the Lord and hungered to do his will.