What Jesus Said About Salvation
Today we will look at another message in a series called, “what Jesus says about. ”Last
week we looked at, “What Jesus Said About Baptism.” Today by the grace of God we are going to look at, “What
Jesus Said About Salvation.” Now liberals would have you and me to believe that Jesus never offended or upset anyone.
They want us to conclude that He never criticized anyone's religion. That simply is not true. On a number of occasions Jesus
made people mad enough to try to kill Him.
Look at our text, in these scriptures Jesus, speaking to a religious leader, tells us some very important
facts about salvation. I believe that each and every one of us need to hear these words this morning. Please listen close
to what Jesus had to say about being saved. Are you saved? Are you sure? You can be!
Please allow me to explain these verses. And then I want us to think this morning about three simple
things that Jesus said about salvation.
I. SALVATION IS NARROW (John 14:6) (John 10:9) I
am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
1. Multitudes have been deceived by Satan
A. Jesus did not say that we are all working to get to the same
going by different
roads. He said that their is only ONE road to heaven:
B. MOST people who THINK they are going to heaven, are headed
C. Many people who attend church are lost, especially
when you consider
ALL types of
2. Multitudes have been deceived by Money (Mark
10:23-25) And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly
shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth
again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! It is
easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
A. Notice Jesus did not say it is impossible for those who have
riches to be
B. Why is it so hard for the rich to be saved? (they
place their faith in their
3. Multitudes have been deceived by Ministers (Matthew 7:15) Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
A. One preacher told a bereaved daughter, "You be a GOOD girl, and you
get to see your mother
in heaven some day!"
B. Many preachers "Just pray this simple prayer, and God will save you."
1. Eternal life does not come through prayer,
but through FAITH
II. SALVATION IS NECESSARY (John 3:3)
Jesus said that to a religious leader. He had religion, but
he wasn't saved. He probably was known as a good person in the community, but he wasn't saved. He probably didn't steal from
anyone, but he wasn't saved. Jesus didn't say to him, "You PROBABLY should get born again." He didn't say, "It would be a
good thing for you to be born again." He said, "Ye MUST be born again."
1. Because of the sins we have committed (Romans 3:23)
A. We have all sinned.
B. We need to be saved because we are not a law-abiding
citizens; we have
broken the laws of God, the ten commandments. We are law breakers
2. Because of the scrutiny of God ( (Revelation
20:12) And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book
was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according
to their works. (II Cort. 5:10) For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive
the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
3. Because of the sentencing of God . (Revelation 20:15) And whosoever was
not found written in the book of life
was cast into the lake of fire.
III. SALVATION IS A NEW BIRTH (II Cort. 5:17) Therefore if any man
be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
1. The new birth is a stiff requirement
A. Ye MUST be born again.
1. Even if you have been baptized, ye
MUST be born again.
2. Even if you have joined the church,
ye MUST be born again.
3. Even if you have had prayers answered,
ye MUST be born again.
4. There is no getting around it!
2. The new birth is a supernatural resurrection (Ephesians 2:1) And you hath he
quickened, who were dead in trespasses
A. To be saved is to bring life from the dead. Only GOD
can do that.
B. REFORMATION without REGENERATION is not salvation .
C. It is not turning over a new LEAF that saves; it is the
receiving of a new
3. The new birth is simply received. (Rom. 10:13)
A. It is a recognition of one's condition
B. It is a realization of the work performed - a sacrifice
for our sins (1 Cor. 15:3-4). For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how
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:
C. It is a reception of the remedy offered - looking in
Oscar Cervantes is a dramatic example of Christ's power to transform lives. As a child, Oscar began
to get into trouble. Then as he got older, he was jailed 17 times for brutal crimes. Prison psychiatrists said he was beyond
help. But they were wrong! During a brief interval of freedom, Oscar met an elderly man who told him about Jesus. He placed
his trust in the Lord and was changed into a kind, caring man. Shortly afterward he started a prison ministry. Chaplain H.
C. Warwick describes it this way: "The third Saturday night of each month is 'Oscar Night' at Soledad. Inmates come to hear
Oscar and they sing gospel songs with fervor; they sit intently for over 2 hours; they come freely to the chapel altar....
What professionals had failed to do for Oscar in years of counseling, Christ did in a moment of conversion."