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The Possession of Christmas (3 of 3)
Series: What's the Big Deal About Christmas?
INTRODUCTION: In Romans 10:6-8 the Apostle Paul quotes Moses' words to remind us that the way of salvation is plain and understandable. He literally says that it is not mysterious
(Deuteronomy 30:11), not hidden from you. You do not have to ascend into heaven to discover salvation. It has been made available in the Lord Jesus through whose incarnation heaven came down to earth. ''Nor is it beyond the sea?''
(Deuteronomy 30:13). In the same way we must not search the depths for our deliverance, because Christ, having descended into death, rose again from the dead and in His resurrection made the fullness of salvation ours.
GREAT TRUTH OF CHRISTMAS
This message of salvation through faith in the living Lord could not be closer to them, as it had been preached in their hearing. All that was necessary for them to do was to ''believe in their hearts'' and ''confess with their mouths.''
NOW, CONSIDER PAUL'S AUDIENCE
For the Jewish person deeply steeped in the idea that salvation came through the fulfilling of the law through their own efforts, this message seemed too simple as to be simplistic and so free as to be insulting.
''though I also might have confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I more so: circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee; concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.''
GOD CAN SAVE ANYONE, NONE TOO HARD
1 Timothy 1:16
''However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life.''
Paul was living proof that God could save any sinner. The Lord displayed Paul's changed life which speaks ...
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