Jun
17

Two Views of Christian Salvation — sermon

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TWO VIEWS OF CHRISTIAN SALVATION

Christians have many varying views on what it means to live the Christian life. To a large degree, the foundational truth you rest upon will affect how you view Christianity and how to live life as a Christian. Let’s look at a very foundational text. In it’s simplicity it holds the key to how to view the Christian experience and life.

Text: Romans 6: 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

1. THE WAGE VIEW

6:23 {Wages} (\ops“nia\). Late Greek for wages of soldier, here
of sin. See on ¯Lu 3:14; 1Co 9:7; 2Co 11:8. Sin pays its wages
in full with no cut.
(A.T. Robertson, Word Studies)

-Like it or not, a lot of religious non-Christian thinking has affected people’s view of what it means to live life as a Christian.
-This views a person’s life as a grand set of scales. The bad on one side, the good on the other. The side with the most determines heaven or hell.
-This is a works based view. How much can I do for God? It has the idea of earning one’s way in to heaven.
-This view places the value of a person’s life on their own intrinsic efforts.
-It is the "Get what you deserve!" attitude.
-It focuses on the outward show of a person’s life as opposed to the inner condition of the heart.
ILLUS–putting apples on a pine tree does not make it an apple tree.

Our best day’s work to earn our salvation still merits DEATH.

2. THE GIFT VIEW

6:23  But eternal life is God’s gift (\charisma\),
not wages. Both \thanatos\ and \z“ˆn\ are {eternal} (\ai“nion\).
(A.T. Robertson, Word Studies)

-Salvation is to be received not acheived.
-Salvation is dependent primarily on actions that God has taken.
ILLUS–a drowning man has to be rescued. God has thrown out the lifering. All man has to do, is to take hold of it.
-Salvation is a gift.
-A gift has a giver than gives it.
-To be used and enjoyed there has to be a recipient to receive it.

JESUS work to provide our salvation always merits ETERNAL LIFE

6:23 {Wages} (\ops“nia\). Late Greek for wages of soldier, here
of sin. See on ¯Lu 3:14; 1Co 9:7; 2Co 11:8. Sin pays its wages
in full with no cut. But eternal life is God’s gift (\charisma\),
not wages. Both \thanatos\ and \z“ˆn\ are {eternal} (\ai“nion\).
(A.T. Robertson, Word Studies)
 

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  1. Shalom from Jerusalem – Excellent article – keep up the "Good work"

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