How to Understand Salvation Through Jesus Christ (Gospel Light Minute X #385)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #385 titled, “How to Understand Salvation Through Jesus Christ.” I’m here to remind you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me.

UNDERSTAND THAT THERE IS ONLY ONE SAVIOUR
My friend, are you saved? Saved is a Bible word, not a term thought up by man. I have been a Christian for almost twenty years, and I find that most people still do not have an understanding of God’s message of salvation.

First, you must believe there is one true God. Secondly, you must believe that God can do something for you, and He has recorded His plan of redemption in the Bible. The only God that can save souls is the God of the Bible. His Name is the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible says in Acts 4:12, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

A person is saved by putting their complete trust in Jesus Christ, not by doing something to earn Heaven. Trusting is believing. Believing must come from the heart, not the head. Do you love and trust your spouse with your head or with your heart?

Plato, Aristotle, or Einstein could only think as far as their finite minds were able. They could not even solve the problems of this life, such as sickness, disease, pain, hunger, and death, let alone know anything about eternity. God knew we needed something to go by, so He put everything there is to know in His Bible. Continue reading “How to Understand Salvation Through Jesus Christ (Gospel Light Minute X #385)”

The Dangers of Loving the World, Part 3 (Onward Christian Soldier #87)

Onward Christian Soldiers
Onward Christian Soldiers

Our key Bible passage today is 1 John 2:15: “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”

Our lesson today is titled “The Dangers of Loving the World, Part 3”

To keep from being deceived by Satan, we must know the truth. We must have our minds renewed so that we see things as God sees them. The Bible says, “Be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.”

What does God want us to see concerning the world? First, God wants us to see that the world system is controlled by Satan. 1 John 5:19 says, “…the whole world lieth in wickedness” (or in the power of the wicked one). 1 John 2:16 says, “All that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” Continue reading “The Dangers of Loving the World, Part 3 (Onward Christian Soldier #87)”

The Dangers of Loving the World, Part 2 (Onward Christian Soldier #86)

Onward Christian Soldiers
Onward Christian Soldiers

Our key Bible passage today is 1 John 2:15: “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”

Our lesson today is titled “The Dangers of Loving the World, Part 2” Continue reading “The Dangers of Loving the World, Part 2 (Onward Christian Soldier #86)”

The Dangers of Loving the World, Part 1 (Onward Christian Soldier #85)

Onward Christian Soldiers
Onward Christian Soldiers

Our key Bible passage today is 1 John 2:15: “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”

Our lesson today is titled “The Dangers of Loving the World, Part 1”

Every Christian is called to spiritual warfare! The Bible speaks of three terrible enemies that war against the Christian—the flesh, the world, and the devil. We have already considered the flesh, so in this lesson, we will study about the enemy called “the world.”

The Bible uses the word “world” in three different ways. First, it can refer to THE EARTH or the cosmos which God created. Next, it can refer to PEOPLE as in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world…” A third use is found in I John 2:15, where the child of God is warned, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.” Continue reading “The Dangers of Loving the World, Part 1 (Onward Christian Soldier #85)”

The New Birth, Part 3 (Onward Christian Soldiers #70)

John 3:3: “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Last week, we saw that the three requirements for the new birth are (1) faith, (2) the Word and the Spirit, and (3) God.

What is our part in the new birth? Our part is to come as a sinner to the Lord Jesus and receive Him as our Saviour. The Bible says, “But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name.” When we truly believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins and we receive Him as our Saviour, we are born again.

God does many, many wonderful things for us when we receive the Lord Jesus as our Saviour. Let’s talk about some of those things now.

1. God justifies us. This means that He forgives us of all our sins and declares us righteous in Christ. Romans 3:24 says that we are “justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”

2. God takes us out of the family of Adam and puts us into Christ’s family. We are no longer in Adam, but we are in Christ. Colossians 1:13 says that God “hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.”

3. God makes us His child. God does something for us that He does for no other creature. He makes us His very own children. The Bible says, “Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God.”

4. God gives us a new spirit, and He gives us His Spirit to dwell in our new spirit. This is called regeneration. Ezekiel 36:26-27 says, “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.“

We need to make one thing clear here—our old nature is not removed when we are born again. God does not remove our old sinful nature, but He gives us His life to overcome it. Our old nature will not be removed until Jesus comes for us, but with the Holy Spirit dwelling in us, we can overcome its sinful desires.

5. God gives us eternal life. We shall never be separated from God. The Bible says, “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.”

God does many other wonderful things for us when we are born again. He puts us in Christ. He joins us to His Son. He delivers us from the kingdom of darkness and from the power of sin. He makes it possible for us to have victory over the world, the flesh, and the devil. We are going to find out more about these things in the following lessons.

The New Birth, Part 2 (Onward Christian Soldiers #69)

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Onward Christian Soldiers

John 3:3: “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Last week, we saw how Jesus Christ told Nicodemus, “Ye must be born again.” Today, let us look at the three requirements for the new birth.

1. Faith is necessary for the new birth. The requirement for the new birth is faith in Jesus Christ who was crucified for our sins. The Lord Jesus explained this to Nicodemus by reminding him of something that happened to the children of Israel while they were in the wilderness.

The people had complained against God and Moses, so God sent fiery serpents among them. Those who were bitten by the serpents died. The people confessed their sin and cried to Moses for deliverance.

Moses prayed to God, and the Lord told him to make a serpent of brass and put it upon a pole so that everyone who looked at it might live. Moses did as God had commanded. The Bible says, “and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.”

Then Jesus said, “…as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.”

It is ironic that the very creature who was used by Satan to cause the human race to sin, was also used by God as the symbol of physical salvation for the Jews in the wilderness, and then again as a figure of the spiritual salvation which Jesus would provide on the cross. Notice what John Piper says about this text: “Jesus in the place of the snake is portrayed as evil and a curse. This is what is so shocking. The snake is evil. The snakes were killing people. The snake on the pole is a picture of God’s curse on the people. So it was with Jesus. Paul said in 2 Corinthians 5:2, ‘For our sake [God] made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.’ And in Galatians 3:13, he said, ‘Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us.’ In becoming like the snake, he was the embodiment of our sin, and the embodiment of our curse. And in becoming sin and curse for us, he took our [sin and curse] away.”

Just as the Israelites were saved from physical death by looking in faith at the serpent upon the pole, so we are saved from eternal death by looking in faith at Jesus upon the cross.

2. The new birth is by the Word and the Spirit. The new birth is the work of the Holy Spirit using the Word of God. No one can be born again without hearing and believing the Word of God, and no one can be born again without the work of the Holy Spirit. Here are some verses which make this clear:

James 1:18 says, “Of His own will He brought us forth by the Word of truth…”

First Peter 1:23 says, “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God…”

John 3:6 says, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”

The Holy Spirit uses the Word of God to show us that we are sinners in need of a Saviour. Then, the Holy Spirit uses the same Word to show us that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Saviour we need.

3. The new birth is of God. The Bible says that those who receive the Lord Jesus as Saviour are born “not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”

The new birth is NOT “of blood.” This means that it is not of human parents. No one is born into this world as a Christian. Having Christian parents is wonderful, but it does not make you a child of God. Each one of us must be born individually into God’s family.

The new birth is NOT “of the will of the flesh.” This means that no one can make himself a child of God by his own efforts. Eternal life cannot be earned but must be received as a free gift from God.

The new birth is NOT “of the will of man.” This means that no preacher or priest can make you a child of God. No sacrament, such as communion or baptism can do this. Joining the church does not make you a Christian. The new birth is of God. The Bible says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”

God’s Second Man, Part 3 (Onward Christian Soldiers #67)

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Onward Christian Soldiers

Romans 5:19: “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.”

In part one and part two of this lesson, we contrasted the “first man”, Adam, with the “second man”, Jesus Christ. Adam disobeyed God and caused the entire human race which descended from him to be a race of sinners. However, when Jesus Christ came, the Bible tells us that He “became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” Jesus Christ did what Adam (and none of us) have done — be perfectly obedient to God throughout our entire lives. Because Jesus Christ is sinless, He is the perfect sacrifice for our sins. On the cross, Jesus paid the price for our sins so that we would not have to. Today, there are two races of people in the world — Adam’s sinful race, and Jesus’ righteous race. As Romans 5:19 says, “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.” Of course, we who are in Jesus’ race are only righteous because of what Jesus Christ did for us.

The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ are the most important events in the history of the universe. The Cross of Jesus Christ is God’s master plan for dealing with the sinful human race and with Satan and his rebellious hosts of fallen angels.

When Jesus died on the cross, Satan thought that he had achieved a great victory. But he was mistaken. The very cross by which Satan meant to end the life of the Son of God became his own undoing. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God destroyed the works of the devil and set free those whom he had enslaved. The Bible says in Hebrews 2:14-15: “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same; that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.”

After He died on the cross, Jesus Christ was buried, and He rose from the dead three days later. He appeared on the earth for forty days after His resurrection and was seen by many people. On one occasion, He appeared to over 500 of His disciples. Before He ascended back into Heaven, He commanded His disciples to go into all the world and to preach the Gospel to every creature. He gave them this wonderful promise in Matthew 28:20, “Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.”

As the disciples watched, the Lord Jesus was taken up from them and a cloud received Him out of their sight. In His glorified, resurrected body, the Lord Jesus left the earth and, passing through the clouds, He went back into Heaven.

God made His second Man, Jesus Christ, to be Lord of all. There is a beautiful passage in the book of Philippians which tells how the Lord Jesus humbled Himself and how the Father has exalted Him. Philippians 2:8-11 reads: “And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in Heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

God the Father has not only made Jesus Christ to be Lord of all, but He has also made Him to be the Head of a new family. This new family is called the children of God.

Now there are two families in the world. Each of these families has a head. Adam is the head of the sinful family which he produced and Jesus Christ is the Head of the new family called the children of God. Each one of us when we were born, became a member of Adam’s sinful race. But now, by His death and resurrection, the Lord Jesus Christ has made it possible for us to be born again spiritually and to become the children of God.

God’s Second Man, Part 2 (Onward Christian Soldiers #66)

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Onward Christian Soldiers

Romans 5:19: “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.”

As the Lamb of God, the Lord Jesus came to bear the sins of the whole world. The first man, Adam, brought sin on the whole world, but the second man, Jesus Christ, bore our sins and took them away. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:21 that God “hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

In the Garden of Gethsemane, as He thought about how He would be made sin for us, the Lord Jesus fell on His face and prayed, “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me….” So great was His agony that His sweat became as great drops of blood. But here, as always, He was obedient to the will of His Father, and He prayed, “…nevertheless not as I will, but as Thou will.”

The Lord Jesus was taken into the court of the Roman governor, Pilate. There He was stripped and beaten with a whip made of hundreds of leather thongs, each of which contained a piece of sharp metal or bone at its tip to cut into the flesh. He was mocked and spit upon. His face was marred as no man’s face had ever been marred. A crown of thorns was mockingly placed on His head. He was given a cross to bear to Calvary, the place of His execution.

At Calvary, Satan did his utmost to prevent Jesus from being the perfect Saviour. But, in spite of all that Satan did, Jesus continued to love God with all His heart. He continued to trust His Father. He continued to love His fellow man. He refused to pity Himself. He would not save Himself. He was obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

At the end of His life, God’s second Man could say, “I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.”

The body in which the Lord Jesus had lived for thirty-three years was taken down from the cross, tenderly wrapped in grave clothes, and placed in the tomb of a rich man. For three days and three nights, His body lay in the tomb. Then something miraculous happened. Jesus was raised from the dead by the mighty power of God!

God’s second Man had been obedient to His Father in all things. Death could not hold Him. He rose from the grave—the Victor forever over sin, death, and Satan. The Lord Jesus appeared to His disciples in His resurrected body and showed them the nail prints in His hands and the mark of the spear in His side.

The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ are the most important events in the history of the universe. The Cross of Jesus Christ is God’s master plan for dealing with the sinful human race and with Satan and his rebellious hosts of fallen angels.

When Jesus died on the cross, Satan thought that he had achieved a great victory. But he was never more mistaken. The very cross which Satan meant to end the life of the Son of God became his own undoing. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God destroyed the works of the devil and set free those whom he had enslaved. The Bible says in Hebrews 2:14-15: “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” Jesus Christ, the second Adam, had done what was necessary for us to be free from the bondage of sin.

Lord willing, we will continue this lesson in our next class.

In Adam, Part 2 (Onward Christian Soldiers #64)

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Onward Christian Soldiers

Romans 5:19: “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.”

In our last lesson, we saw how the effect of Adam’s sin was passed down on all humanity because we all descend from Adam. Because we are “in Adam”, the following things are also true when we are born:

1. We are separated from the life of God.
2. We are in the kingdom of darkness.
3. We are sinners.
4. We are under the power of sin.
5. We are condemned to death.

After death comes judgment. Every unsaved person will be judged for his sins. The Bible says in Hebrews 9:27, “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.”

Every person IN ADAM is guilty before God. Some people may think that they are acceptable to God as they are, but God says otherwise. He knows the hearts of men, and, concerning Adam’s race, He says in His Word: “There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understands, There is none that seeketh after God. There is none that doeth good, no, not one… For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Now we can understand why the Bible says, “You must be born again….” Why does every person need to be born again? Because every person has been born into a sinful race which is under the condemnation of God. Every person in Adam’s race is condemned. And we cannot take ourselves out of Adam’s race. Doing good, being religious, joining the church—none of these things will take us out of Adam’s race.

To save Adam’s ruined race, God had to do something. We could not do anything to save ourselves. But because God loved us, He did something wonderful — He sent His Son into the world to be our Saviour. First John 4:14 says, “…the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.” The Lord Jesus was crucified for our sins. He bore the sins of all men. Isaiah 53:6 says, “…the LORD laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”

God does not overlook our sins, but He forgives us for them because He sees the blood of His Son which was shed for them. By His death and resurrection the Lord Jesus made it possible for men to come out of Adam’s sinful race and become members of God’s family. Through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ men can be BORN AGAIN.

Thus we see that God’s salvation is in a Person—the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible says in Romans 5:19, “For as by one man’s (Adam’s) disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of One (the Lord Jesus) shall many be made righteous.” Adam’s act of disobedience doomed the entire human race to the slavery of sin and the consequences of sin. When God sent Jesus Christ to die on the cross for our sins, He flung open the prison gates that kept us bound within and made it possible for us to escape. No longer do we have to be under the curse of Adam’s race. We can emerge from Adam’s sin-burdened family into the family of God — the family of the forgiven and free.

In our next lesson we will find out more about GOD’S PERFECT REMEDY IN CHRIST.

In Adam, Part 1 (Onward Christian Soldiers #63)

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Onward Christian Soldiers

Romans 5:12: “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.”

In our previous lessons, we saw how sin came into the world. First, Satan rebelled against God and set up a kingdom opposed to God. Then Adam, when he was tempted, also rebelled against God.

Satan said, I will, and set his will against God’s will. Then Adam said in his heart, “I will” and set his will against the will of God.

Adam’s sin affected each part of his being — spirit, soul, and body. Adam’s spirit was cut off from God’s life. His soul was affected by sin. His body became subject to physical death because “the wages of sin is death.”

In this lesson we are going to see the awful consequences of Adam’s sin upon the human race. We will see MAN’S COMPLETE RUIN IN SIN. Continue reading “In Adam, Part 1 (Onward Christian Soldiers #63)”