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Oh, What A Savior!
1. The program committee for a national barber's convention devised a graphic means of demonstrating the effectiveness of their profession. They found a social derelict on skid row with long, dirty hair. His face was unshaven and his clothes were ragged and filthy. His body reeked with odors of cheap liquor and filth.
2. The barbers cleaned him up. They gave him a bath, shampoo, shave, haircut and manicure. They liberally sprinkled talcum powder on him and added spicy cologne. He was dressed in a new suit and was presented before the convention as a changed man. He certainly looked the part. However, within a week the man was back on skid row, back in the gutter, back in his former pattern of living. The barbers altered his appearance, but their tonsorial services had not changed his inward nature.
3. Anyone who has the money to spend can put a man in a new suit, but only Christ can put a new man in the suit. When God reached down and saved us, one day, that is exactly what He did. He not only gave us a new suit, but He made us a new person. Oh, what a Savior.
4. One must connect salvation to the Savior. In order for one to be saved there must be one who is able to save. His name is Jesus. We're told in Psalm 3: 8 that salvation belongs to the Lord:
"8Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people."
5. In Jonah 2: 9, we're reminded that salvation is of the Lord. 1 Thessalonians 5: 9 depicts salvation being by the Lord.
"9For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ."
6. And, 2 Timothy 2: 10 reminds us that salvation is in the Lord.
"...the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory."
7. Thus, when one thinks of our salvation the only conclusion to be made is that we have a wonderful Savior. In the verses of our study, tonight, the apostle Paul not only focuses upon our Savio ...
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