Preacher's Pulpit             Dr. Joe Tims

TEXT: Romans 5:16

SUBJ: FREE SALVATION

INTRODUCTION:  We believe in God's electing grace that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the Gospel; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a cordial, penitent, and obedient faith; and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the Gospel; which rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation.  Our salvation is free, but it was not cheap.  It was made possible at a tremendous cost to our Savior.  (1)  He abdicated His throne in heaven to come to this sin-cursed earth.  (2)  He endured the contradiction of sinners.  (3)  He was rejected by His own nation.  (4)  He was betrayed by one whom He had befriended.  (5)  He was deserted by His disciples.  (6)  He was denied by the chief of the disciples.  (7)  He was mocked by the crowd.  (8)  He was crucified between two thieves on Calvary.  (9)  He was forsaken by God the Father.  (10)  He became a curse for us to obtain our salvation.  Our salvation is free, but it is important for several reasons:  (1)  Forgiveness of sin.  (2)  Reconciliation to God.  (3)  Marvelous change.  (4)  Indwelling of the Spirit.  (5)  Escape from hell.  (6)  An eternal home in heaven.

I. SALVATION IS BASED ON THE PURE GRACE OF GOD - Romans 11:5, 6.

A. Salvation, totally, is by the wonderful grace (unmerited favor) of God.

B. God's grace provided a sufficient sacrifice - 2 Corinthians 8:9.

C. God deals with us by His grace in bringing us to Christ - Galatians 1:15.

D. God forgives us by His grace - Titus 3:7.

E. God regenerates us by His grace - 1 Corinthians 15:10.

II. SALVATION AND ITS ATTENDANT BENEFITS ARE OFFERED AS A FREE GIFT.

A. Salvation cost us nothing - Isaiah 55:1.

B. Salvation must be received as a gift - Romans 6:23.

C. Salvation excludes any works on our part - Ephesians 2:8, 9.

D. Salvation is offered freely to all - Revelation 22:17.

III. SALVATION COMES TO THOSE WHO REPENT AND TRUST CHRIST BY FAITH - Acts 20:21.

A. Repentance is required by all - Luke 13:3; Acts 3:19; 17:30; 2 Peter 3:9.

B. Faith is absolutely necessary - John 1:12; 3:14, 15; 6:47; Romans 5:1.

IV. SALVATION IS POSSIBLE TO THE VILEST SINNER.

A. The grace of God provides for the worst of sinners - Romans 5:20; 1 Timothy 1:15.

B. God can save the sinner that is the farthest from Him - Hebrews 7:25.

C. The blood of Christ can cleanse the vilest sinner - 1 John 1:7.

NOTE: The penitent thief is an example of God saving the worst of sinners Luke 23:39-43.

V. UNBELIEF IS THE FATAL SIN THAT KEEPS SINNERS FROM EXPERIENCING SALVATION.

A. Unbelief keeps the sinner under Divine condemnation - John 3:18.

B. Unbelief contradicts God - 1 John 5:10.

C. Unbelief brings eternal damnation to the sinner - Revelation 21:8.

CONCLUSION:  It may be hard to believe and comprehend that the most valuable of all gifts available to man is free, but it is!  God made it free so the uneducated, the poor, the destitute, the beggar, the vile, the innocent, the good, the rich, in other words, the "whosoever's" could all partake of this wonderful salvation gift.  The goodness, grace, mercy, and love of God are beyond human, finite comprehension.

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