Intro to “Salvation” Word Studies Series

Hello!

What do you think of a series focusing on salvation? More precise, a series of word studies from the Greek New Testament on salvation?

I thought you’d like the idea!

This post is an introduction to the upcoming series. Here I will discuss why I chose this subject,  how I plan to engage these studies, and when you can plan on seeing them.

Why did I choose this topic? There are multiple layers to this answer. One reason is I am working through this doctrine with my Middle School class at Citizens Christian Academy (and it’s awesome.) A second reason is recent conversations with other ministers.  However, the most significant reason is salvation is important. We must get this doctrine right!

Next, I want you to know I am not a New Testament Greek scholar, but  I am pastor-theologian. I have not mastered biblical Greek, but I am proficient with Greek language tools. I am still growing in grace and knowledge.

However, here are a few of the books and tools I have at my disposal.

  • Cowen, Gerald. Salvation: Word Studies from the Greek New Testament. Nashville, TN: Broadman Press, 1990.
  • The WORDsearch Interlinear Bible–New Testament Austin, TX: WORDsearch, 2004. WORDsearch CROSS e-book.
  • Mounce, William D. Greek for the Rest of Us: Using Greek Tools without Mastering Biblical Languages. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2003.

This is not to mention my personal library that comprises hundreds of digital and print articles, essays, and books.

Using Cowen’s book as an outline, I will offer commentary and reflection on the following subjects.

  • What is salvation?
  • Why is salvation needed?
  • What is the purpose of salvation?
  • What is the basis of salvation?
  • What is the applications of salvation?
  • What is the results from salvation?
  • What is the assurance of salvation?

I am in the throws of life as a husband, parent, pastor, and part-time teacher. My goal is to post bi-weekly on Tuesdays in this series. You can expect a new post on January 22,2019. I would love for you to take this journey with me. Will you grow with me?

 

5 Feats of Christ’s Death

“Hosanna to the Son of David!”

“Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD.”

“Hosanna in the Highest!” echoed the crowd.

Some cast coats to pave the way for the miracle-worker. Others laid freshly cut palm branches to be tread on by the donkey that carried the healer named Jesus.

A “Who is this?” rippled through Jerusalem that day. Anticipation filled the air. What was happening? The entrance into Jerusalem was the beginning of the climax of the story of redemption. Jesus of Nazareth faced the Father’s will in obedience. His journey into the city would bring Him closer to fulfilling his destiny. He would give his life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45).

Holy Week serves a reminder of the pain in Christ’s passion. It is a reminder of the Gospel’s cost. It is a cue to consider the cross. We need reminders. For the enemy is a thief and will strive to make us forget the price of the Good News. We must remember the gospel and its price.

Have you ever considered the death of the Christ? Have you pondered the cross? Christ died. Christ died for us! The following is five feats Christ’s death accomplished for us.

  1. It removes our sin.

Christ’s death removed our sin. John the Evangelist writes, “The next day he [John the Baptist] saw Jesus coming to him and said, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!’” (NASB John 1:29). The removal of sin by Christ’s death is called expiation. Christ’s death removes our sin and guilt before God. The author of Hebrews writes, “…He [Jesus] has been manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself” (NASB Heb 9:26b).

In the Old Testament, the blood of sacrifices covered the sins of the people. Moses writes, “For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement” (NASB Lev 17:11). The Hebrew word for “atonement” is kaphar, which means to cover. The author of Hebrews says, “For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins” (NASB Heb 10:4). However, Christ’s blood removes our sin!

Think about that! If you receive Christ’s atoning work, your sin has been removed! Also, Christ’s righteousness has been imputed or transferred to you! (see 2 Cor 5:21)

  1. It removes God’s wrath from us.

God is holy. Therefore, sin incurs the wrath of  God. Jesus took this wrath on Himself. In Romans, Paul writes,

“24 being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; 25 whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; 26 for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. (NASB Rom 3:24-26)

Propitiation is the removal of God’s wrath from us. Hebrews states, “Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people” (NASB Heb 2:17). Propitiation also has an element of satisfaction. The wrath of God is satisfied with the death of Christ. Finally, John writes, “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 4:10).

Can God’s wrath be on a world which He loves? Absolutely. For those who are parents, this idea is not too far from our imagination. We love our kids but sometimes they face our wrath, right?

  1. It removes our alienation from God.

Sinners are separated from God, but Christ’s death removes our alienation from God. Paul writes,

10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation. (NASB Rom 5:10-11)

The death of Jesus reconciles is to God! We are no longer his enemy. We are his children. We call Him, Abba (Rom 8:15)!

  1. It removes the curse of the Law.

The Law held us hostage but we are free in Christ. Paul writes,

13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us—for it is written, “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE”— 14 in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith” (NASB Gal 3:13-14).

In the Old Testament, God made a covenant with Israel, which’s stipulations are codified in the Ten Commandments. In Deuteronomy 28, God rehearsed the blessings if Israel could keep His commands and the curses if they failed to obey. Israel failed, but Christ succeed in obedience. Those in Him, receive the blessings of redemption! It is the precious blood of Christ that ransoms us (1 Pet 1:18-19).

  1. It removed the powers of Hell

In death, Christ defeated Satan and the forces of hell. Paul writes,

13 When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, 14 having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. 15 When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him. (NASB Col 2:13-15)

There is not a devil in hell that has a tooth left! He may roar but Satan is defanged and dethrone! (1 Pet 5:8). Christ openly defeated death, hell, and the grave.

 

When Christ died, these five feats were accomplished!

Christ died. He was buried. BUT, He didn’t stay there! This is the Gospel. We must remember the gospel is the all-important message by which God will judge all men. John writes, “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him” (NASB John 3:36)

If you have not received this message, the bad news is that:

  1. You are still in your sins.
  2. The wrath of God abides on You.
  3. You’re alienated from God.
  4. You are under the curse of the Law.
  5. The devil still controls you.

However, the Good News is “for “WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.” (NASB Rom 10:13)

Have you considered Christ’s cross? Have you called on his name? If not, why are you waiting?

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A Dynamic Faith

This audio file A Dynamic Faith was adapted from a research assignment written by Kevin Bounds. This theological talk was given on August 3, 2016 at West Green Baptist Church where Kevin serves as Senior Pastor. If the listener would like a copy of this original manuscript in booklet form please contact In the Word Together for details.


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