Scriptures: Luke 1:77; Psalm 9:14; Isaiah 12:3; Psalm 116: 13 and 1 Thessalonians 5:8
Introduction: Heb 6:9 Though we speak in this way, yet in your case, beloved, we feel sure of better things—things that belong to salvation. In the past few weeks we have covered the Three Cardinal Truths and talked about what it means to be Sinners, Sons, Servants. Today we will look at what God's Word has to say about what Salvations Accompaniments truly mean for us. There are 5 points from God's Word that will serve as assurances of this: 1. The Knowledge of Salvation, our Start (Luke 1:77), 2. The Joy of Salvation, our Happiness ( Psalm 9:14), 3. The Wells of Salvation, our Refreshment (Isaiah 12:3), 4. The Cup of Salvation, our Strength (Psalm116:13) and 5.The Hope of Salvation, our Prospect ( 1 Thessalonians 5:8).
1. The Knowledge of Salvation, our Start (Luke 1:77)
Luke 1:77 to give knowledge of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins,
First point of knowledge here is that this was spoken by John The Baptist. John would be the prophet of the Most High, preparing the hearts of the people for the coming of the Lord, and proclaiming salvation to His people through the forgiveness of their sins. John was chosen by God to prepare the way before the coming of Jesus. Jesus would eventually be the Lamb of God that would take away the sins of the world on Calvary.
2. The Joy of Salvation, our Happiness ( Psalm 9:14)
Psalms 9:14 that I may recount all your praises, that in the gates of the daughter of Zion I may rejoice in your salvation.
Here we have King David in need of God's mercy to protect him from the enemy, so that the gates of Zion will again echo to his happy songs of praise. David knew who he could truly trust and rely on in the Lord. He knew that God was and still is the source of his very salvation. We too in Christ can rely on that and truly know that what He did on Calvary for us sealed the deal when it comes to our salvation.
3. The Wells of Salvation, our Refreshment (Isaiah 12:3)
Isaiah 12:3 With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.
My brothers and sisters just as the people of Israel back inthat time sang songs of thanksgiving and of trust with joy so can we. We can rejoice in knowing that we are the remnant of today. Just as they quenched their thirst by drawing water from the wells of salvation, we can too. We are missionaries to the nations today and as such, we should seek to invite people to come to Christ as He is the one and only source of eternal salvation.
4. The Cup of Salavation, our Strength (Psalm116:13)
Psalms 116:13 I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD,
"What shall I render to the LORD for all His benefits toward me?"
In our case, there can be no thought of repaying Him; any repayment we might make would be an insult to His grace. But there is an inborn desire to respond to His grace in some appropriate way. That way is to take up the cup of salvation and call upon the name of the LORD. To lift up the cup of salvation means to express thanksgiving to the Lord for saving us. Calling upon the name of the LORD means to make a special act of devotion in recognition of the greatness of His salvation.
5. The Hope of Salvation, our Prospect ( 1 Thessalonians 5:8)
1Thessalonians 5:8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation.
Those who are of the day should walk in the light as He is in the light (1John_1:7). This means judging and forsaking sin, and avoiding excesses of all kinds. It also means putting on the Christian armor and keeping it on. The armor consists of the breastplate of faith and love and the helmet of the hope of salvation. In other words, the armor is faith, love, and hope—the three cardinal elements of Christian character. It is not necessary to press the details of the breastplate and helmet. What is simply being said here is that sons and daughters of light should wear the protective covering of a consistent, godly life. What preserves us from the corruption that is in the world through lust? Faith, or dependence on God. Love for the Lord and for one another. When you really stop to think and ponder this, this is what gives us the hope as we await the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. May God bless you.