Biblical Salvation (8 of 12) by Stan Coffey
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Series: Look and Live
Today I want to read from Acts 2:36, if you would like to take your Bible and follow in the reading of the word today. I want to speak on ''Biblical Salvation.'' Biblical salvation, there is a lot of confusion about what salvation is, a lot of confusion about where salvation begins. And on the Day of Pentecost when the first message was preached, the first invitation was given, three thousand people were saved, God made it very clear how He would work the preaching of the gospel. And so I want us to look at this once again.
GOD'S PART IN SALVATION
Verse 26 capsulizes the message of Simon Peter on the Day of Pentecost. In this scripture there are two things that I want you to note about biblical salvation. In order for a person to be saved, there must first of all be God's initiation of salvation, God's part in salvation. Salvation is of the Lord from beginning to end. It is all a miraculous work of God. And God calls us to salvation in two ways. Number one, He calls us through the scripture. If you will study the sermon that Simon Peter preached, he preached the Old Testament prophesies about Jesus. He made an appeal to the word of God. And no person is saved anytime, anywhere apart from the word of God. In Romans 10 the Bible says, faith comes by hearing and hearing comes by the word of God. And Paul asks the question, how shall they hear without a preacher and how shall they preach except he be sent? And so God calls people through the scripture. And the gospel of Christ is the power of God unto salvation. There is a built in power in the message of the word of God. And so God calls us through the scripture.
But secondly God calls us through the Spirit. Verse 37 says, when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart. The word pricked there denotes being stabbed with a sharp instrument, like a sharp knife. Something that is extremely sharp or to be stuck with a needl ...
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