God's Deliverances Part 1By Pastor Boffey on Sunday, August 22, 2021.
I. Definitions. A. save: trans. To deliver or rescue from peril or hurt; to make safe, put in safety. B. deliver: trans. To set free, liberate, release, rescue, save. C. everlasting: Lasting for ever; infinite in future duration; endless; = eternal A. 3. D. eternal: Infinite in future duration; that always will exist; everlasting, endless. E. temporal: Lasting or existing only for a time; passing, temporary. Now rare or merged in 2. Of or pertaining to time as the sphere of human life; terrestrial as opposed to heavenly; of man's present life as distinguished from a future existence; concerning or involving merely the material interests of this world; worldly, earthly. (Opp. to eternal or spiritual.) F. spiritual: Of or pertaining to, affecting or concerning, the spirit or higher moral qualities, esp. as regarded in a religious aspect. (Freq. in express or implied distinction to bodily, corporal, or temporal.) G. natural: Having a real or physical existence, as opposed to what is spiritual, intellectual, fictitious, etc. b. Pertaining to, operating or taking place in, the physical (as opposed to the spiritual) world.
II. As the definitions show, to be delivered is to be saved. JOEL 2:32 c/w ROM 10:13; PSA 6:4. A. There are many and varied deliverances from God. PSA 44:4; 56:13; 116:8. B. Therefore discernment is needed when reading of experienced and promised deliverance/salvation. C. Scripture speaks of eternal salvation, salvation in time, spiritual salvation, natural salvation, emotional salvation, corporal salvation, etc.
III. The salvation which concerns us most is salvation from the death in hell we deserve unto eternal life beyond this life. 1CO 15:19; MAT 25:46. A. This is eternal salvation: salvation that transcends earth and time and is infinite, endless. B. This is immortality which the gospel brings to light (2TI 1:9-10) by declaring Jesus Christ Who has it (1TI 6:16), and by drawing it out into the open from within those who believe. JOH 6:47 c/w ACT 13:48. C. There are actually very few verses in Scripture where eternal/everlasting salvation is expressly stated in the verse. 2SAM 23:5; ISA 45:17; 51:6; HEB 5:9. 1. This is not to say that eternal salvation is of minimal importance. Without the hope of eternal salvation, all other salvations would be merely stays of execution that drive the soul to serving lusts and despairing of life. 1CO 15:32; 2CO 1:8-10. 2. All other salvations for the elect depend on the promised eternal glory. 2TI 2:10. 3. Without eternal salvation worked into sinners, none would truly call upon God through Christ for other salvations. ROM 10:13 c/w ROM 3:11; PSA 10:4. 4. He who thus approaches God for relief (HEB 4:16) must believe in Him (HEB 11:6), and such belief is the proof of eternal life. JOH 5:24. 5. The Lord Jesus Christ is central to all salvation from God. ACT 4:12; HEB 7:25.
IV. Jesus was so named because He would be the Savior of His people. MAT 1:21. A. This speaks of a certain salvation: “...he shall save...” Christ is the active power of salvation Who actually saves. The true Christ did not merely try to save: He saved! B. This speaks of a particular salvation: “...he shall save his people...” The Father had given to Him a people to save. JOH 6:38-39; 17:1-2. C. This speaks of spiritual salvation: “...he shall save his people from their sins.” 1. He saved them from their sins by His redemptive death and blood which cleansed them for glory. TIT 2:13-14; REV 1:5; EPH 5:25-27. 2. This was the main reason He was manifested. 1JO 3:5. 3. This delivered them from the wrath to come. 1TH 1:10. 4. They will be completely saved from their sins at the resurrection when they shall be made pure, holy and incorruptible as Christ. 1JO 3:2. 5. This is all of God’s work: He chose them in Christ to make them holy and blameless by His blood so they could not boast. EPH 1:3-7; 1CO 1:30-31. a. Christ saved them legally to this end at Calvary, taking their sins upon Himself to suffer the judgment of sin for them. 1PE 3:18. b. Christ guaranteed their full deliverance from their sins by His resurrection. ROM 4:25. c. “...he shall save them from their sins” (MAT 1:21) will be fully realized: body, soul and spirit. 1TH 5:23-24. 6. As an earnest of full, final salvation from sins, God gives the elect another salvation: spiritual quickening inwardly to deliver them from the mastery of sin. EPH 2:1. a. This is a spiritual birth of the inward parts by the life-giving voice of Christ. JOH 5:25. b. This is resurrection power to make alive. c/w JOH 11:43-44. c. This empowers the elect for faith and duty. EPH 1:19-20; 2:10. D. It was expected that Messiah would be a Savior Who would deliver the sons of Abraham from their enemies. LUK 1:69-75. 1. The enemies of God’s people are not just Philistines. EPH 6:11-12. 2. Satan, devils and our sinful nature are our enemies to drive us to death, the last enemy. 1CO 15:26. 3. The foremost salvation is from the guilt, penalty and bondage of sin. LUK 1:76-79. 4. This was Christ’s primary mission: spiritual salvation. MAT 1:21; LUK 4:18-19. 5. Salvation from sin is the basis for any other salvation from Christ. MAR 2:1-12.
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