The Essential Provision of Redemption to Provide Salvation for Sinners. 1 Peter 1:18-19.
Dr. Gary M. Barker
Published in the Paso Robles Press on May 27, 2020
In my meditation today, I‘m returning to our topic of salvation on which we shared five studies prior to the Covid-19 pandemic. It has interested me greatly to hear good discussions of what people consider “essential” for their well-being. What do we need to experience that is absolutely necessary and extremely important in order to prosper and maintain our happiness? It seems to me as a minister that our physical health has been exalted above our spiritual, mental, and emotional health. A manifestation of wisdom in any crisis is to have BALANCE. I personally believe that the most important issues of life are spiritual. Jesus clearly taught this truth when He said: “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul” (Matthew 16:26)? Earning a living is important but being concerned about losing your soul and perishing in hell is much more important (John 3:16-18). Providing for one’s family is absolutely necessary for our well being but the salvation of a person’s soul is the most important issue of life that has everlasting consequences.
In a brief summary of past messages on salvation we learned that the meaning of salvation is to deliver or rescue. Mankind is sinful and sin brings the penalty of condemnation and separation from God in hell (Romans 6:23, John 3:18, 5:24). God in His great mercy and love has provided deliverance from sin’s penalty thru Christ’s substitutionary death (John 10:7-15, 1 Corinthians 15:1-5). A sinner can not save himself and is incapable of paying sin’s penalty. God has provided His Son to pay sin’s penalty as the “Lamb of God” (John 1:29). The magnitude of this salvation involves everlasting life, redemption, forgiveness, and immortality.
Christ accomplished three great works in His death on the cross: redemption, propitiation and reconciliation. I want to briefly introduce you to the work of REDEMPTION. Redemption is the SINWARD aspect of Christ’s death on the cross:
- Christ redeemed us thru His death and shedding of His blood as a lamb without blemish: 1 Peter 1:18-19.
- Christ gave up His life voluntarily as the Good Shepherd: John 10:1-18.
- Christ provided redemption thru His death which was by grace resulting in forgiveness: Ephesians 1:7.
This work is called the GOSPEL: 1 Corinthians 15:1-5. When a sinner believes what Christ did for him, he will be saved from sin’s penalty. This is good news because a saved sinner (Ephesians 2:8-9) is delivered from sin’s penalty of perishing in hell.
This personal salvation is Life’s most “ESSENTIAL” need. This was the clear teaching of Jesus in John 3:16: “For God so loved that world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not PERISH but have everlasting life”. What a GREAT SALVATION (Hebrews 2:3). My hope and prayer for you is that you will believe in Christ as your personal Savior and meet your most essential need of not perishing but having everlasting life. This is Christ’s desire for you.