Earthen VesselsWritten by Pastor Albert Gregg on Dec 01, 2013 in Sermons - No Comments
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. (II Corinthians 4:7)
This life is so fragile that our bodies are spoken of here as clay pots. They can be broken easily. Life, at best, is short. Salvation is a treasure we can have because God’s grace covers all sin. God saves us, not because we are good, but because we trust in the Lord Jesus Christ and what He has done for us. Christ has done everything that must be done for your salvation. God’s grace is sufficient to save us from our sins. It is sufficient for all times, in very circumstance and for all of mankind.
I. ALL MEN ARE SINNERS.
As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
(Romans 3:10, 23)
- It makes no difference what station in life you may hold, you are a sinner.
- Rich or poor, good or bad, you are a sinner.
- The only difference is that some are sinners saved by grace (God’s unmerited favor.), all others are just sinners.
- The unregenerated sinner will go into everlasting punishment.
Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. (Matthew 25:41, 46)
II. THE LAW CANNOT SAVE.
Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. (Romans 3:20)Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. (Galatians 2:16; 3:11)
- The purpose of the law was to reveal to man his sinfulness, it never could save, it was given to point men to Christ.
Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. (Galatians 3:24)
- Works of any kind will not satisfy God for salvation.
And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work. (Romans 11:6)
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
III. SALVATION DOES NOT DEPEND UPON MAN, IT DEPENDS UPON GOD.
- God sent forth His Son to die for sinners.
For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
- God’s Son is the only way to heaven.
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
- The name of Jesus Christ is the only name that has the authority of heaven to grant salvation.
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (Acts 4:12)
- Any and everyone can be saved, for Christ died for all.
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Romans 10:13)
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe. (I Timothy 2:3-6; 4:10)
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (II Peter 3:9)
- Because salvation is an act of God, no one can condemn us to hell.
Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. (Romans 8:33-34)
IV. SALVATION IS ETERNAL.
- What God does He does forever.
I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him. (Ecclesiastes 3:14)
- Salvation is everlasting life.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. (John 5:24)
- Those that are saved will never perish.
And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. (John 10:28-29)
- There is nothing that can separate us from the love of God once we are saved.
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)
Do you know the Lord today? I sure hope so, if not you can be saved right now, will you come to the Lord this morning?