Why Would God Save Me?

Text: I Timothy 2:1-7

 

I.         God wants people saved - I Timothy 2:3-4

            A.        He doesn’t want to see even the wicked destroyed - Ezekiel 33:11

            B.        Why?

                        1.         You are His child - Acts 17:28-29

                        2.         He made you - Genesis 1:26-27

                        3.         He bought you - I Peter 1:18-19

                        4.         He chose you - I Peter 1:2

                        5.         He loves you - Galatians 2:20

            C.        So why do so many feel they cannot be saved?

II.        I’ve sinned too much

            A.        It is true that the wages of sin is death - Romans 6:23

                        1.         But every sinner can be rescued

            B.        God can cleanse the vilest sinner - Isaiah 1:18

            C.        There is no limit on who may respond to God’s gracious offer

                        1.         Whoever believes - John 3:16

                        2.         Christ ransomed all - I Timothy 2:6

                        3.         Salvation was brought to all - Titus 2:11

                        4.         God doesn’t want any to perish - II Peter 3:9

III.       I committed an unpardonable sin

            A.        Oddly, the words unforgivable and unpardonable don’t appear in the Bible

                        1.         Yet people are certain that killing, or fornication, or blasphemy makes them ineligible for salvation

            B.        The only sins that are not forgiven are those not repented of, like Esau - Hebrews 12:15-17

            C.        A radical change is necessary - II Corinthians 7:10-11

            D.        True, some refuse to change. Some go so deep into sin that there remains no desire to return.

                        1.         That is what Jesus warned about in Luke 12:10

                        2.         You can reject Christ, but the evidence is still there. But if you reject the evidence, what will lead you back to Christ? - Romans 10:17

            E.        It isn’t a matter of God refusing to accept you. The question is: Are you willing to come back to God.

IV.      There is a sin that I just can’t quit

            A.        We are to live a holy life - I Peter 1:13-16

            B.        We cannot expect to enter heaven if we continue to sin - I Corinthians 6:9-10; Hebrews 10:26-27

            C.        Sometimes we go to the opposite extreme and think that God is looking for absolute perfection

                        1.         God is looking for good and faithful servants - Matthew 25:21

                        2.         There is no just man who does not sin - Ecclesiastes 7:20

                        3.         The honest view is that we all sin at times - I John 1:8, 10

            D.        Thus, the question isn’t whether we have sinned, but what we do in face of the fact that we’ve sinned

                        1.         We have to admit it - Proverbs 28:13; I John 1:9

                        2.         We can’t accept it - Romans 6:1-2

                        3.         We have to change - II Corinthians 7:10-11

                        4.         We can’t give up - James 4:7-8; Galatians 6:9

            E.        God forgives. The number of times necessary isn’t the issue - Matthew 18:21-22

                        1.         God doesn’t think like men. He doesn’t tire - Isaiah 55:6-7

                        2.         God is greater than Satan - I John 4:4

                        3.         There is always a way out. We just have to keep looking - I Corinthians 10:13

V.        There is no reason to remain in sin - Ezekiel 18:30-32


Lesson based on article by Allen Webster