SBS Sermon Notes Note 07/06
Heirs of Salvation
Reading: Revelation 21
1. Salvation From What?
It is good to occasionally remind ourselves of the things from which
we believers are saved. This morning I have chosen one letter in the
alphabet, the letter D, and have gone through the dictionary
noting some (not all) of the things - starting with that letter
D - from which Christ does and will save those who believe in
him. Bear in mind there are many other letters in the alphabet which
we could use to compile similar lists. But here is a short list from
the letter D.
Despair, degradation, desolation, disobedience, discouragement,
disgrace, derision, doubt, delusion, discontent, discord, depression,
devils, desperation, drunkenness, drug abuse, damnation, destruction
All these conditions, and many others, cause sorrow and tears in this
present world; but they will cease when Yeshua the Saviour (Jesus
Christ) takes up permanent residence with His redeemed followers
on the earth made new.
||And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.|
2: And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3: And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
4: And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
5: And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
6: And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
7: He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
8: But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
2. Aspects of Salvation
As can be expected there are many aspects of salvation quite different from the list of conditions or circumstances I've just quoted.
3. Heirs of Salvation
Besides the present joy and other benefits of salvation, believers
have much to look forward to as 'heirs of salvation.' In this
sermon we will consider a few things an heir of salvation will
receive in the soon-coming Kingdom of God. In this present age most
believers suffer in one way or the other. Many Christians suffer
greatly: but in the ages to come the full measure of our salvation
through Jesus will become apparent as the trials and troubles of this
present day are replaced by eternal bliss prepared for the heirs of
salvation. This is the reason why holy angels are sent by God to
minister to our needs.
||Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?
4. Like Jesus Christ ... Like God!
One unimaginable prospect about salvation is that we believers
shall become like God! Not that we are all going to look
exactly like Him (same height, same features, same appearance etc.)
but we will be like Him in many other ways:
|1 John 3:1
|| Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.|
2: Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
3: And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
What will it mean to be like Him? You will agree that at the
moment this is an impossible concept to fully appreciate. Nevertheless
we can be absolutely certain that our salvation will include things
- Perfect Health: eternal youth and vigour
- Holiness: gone forever the blight of sin.
- Understanding and Wisdom. Pause awhile and think of the
matchless genius and power of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who,
according to John 1:1-3, created the present universe and all that it
contains. How did He do it? What creative powers did He use. What is
the purpose behind each creature, each plant, each mighty galaxy? Then
cast your mind into the future and try to imagine the new universe
Yahweh has scheduled himself to make. The prophet Isaiah writes in
"For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I
will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed
and your name remain."
- Personal Activity: the chance to do all those things that
we are currently unable to do. Read about some basic activities in
|| For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.|
18: But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.
19: And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.
20: There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed.
21: And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.
22: They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.
23: They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them.
- Honour and Glory. Think of the enormous joy the saints will
have as they receive the honour and glory they were deprived of on
this earth. Every good deed done here will then be acknowledged and
rewarded a thousand-fold. Every honour awarded, every glory conferred.
||He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward.|
42: And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.
- Meeting our heavenly Father and Jesus the author and
finisher of our faith. Here are expectations beyond imagination. As
the Scripture so aptly says:
|1 Corinthians 2:9
|| But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
5. The Invitation
It is to this eternal state of bliss that Yahweh the Almighty God of
Israel invites YOU! Can anything be more generous, more gracious and
more desirable? I think not. The divine invitation is recorded in the
very last few verses of the Bible. I quote:
|| And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And WHOSOEVER WILL, let him take the water of life freely.
Can you afford to neglect or reject so generous an offer of salvation? I'm sure you can not: and I pray you will not, because that word Whosoever includes YOU!
6. Personal Aims
Go down the streets of any city in any country and put these questions
to a dozen people. The answers will surprise you. Ask them:
I can assure you the results of such an experiment will amaze you.
Many people will be unwilling or unable to answer such questions. And
of those who do you will hear something like this:
- What is your aim in life, your objectives, your goal?
- When - one day - you lie on your deathbed how will you measure
your life to see if it has been a success or not?
- Where will you go when you die? Do you know? Do you care?
How very few will answer like this:
- "My aim is to enjoy myself: to eat, drink and be merry, for
tomorrow I may die." "My aim is to make as much money as I can, to
become a millionaire." "My aim is to become famous, to see my name in
lights." Or: "I have no aims, in fact I never give the matter much
thought. I take each day as it comes."
- I have absolutely no idea where I am going: and to tell you the
truth I don't care. Does anybody really know?
There is another group, and perhaps you are one of them. They are
those who believe in God but who do not have ready answers to such
questions. Many are too poor, too weak, too burdened down with life's
problems to have given much thought to personal aims or the
after life. What can I say to them - to you? I will quote the
Bible to you: because it contains a message of enormous worth for all
- "My aim is to inherit eternal life; to enter the eternal Kingdom
- "My aim is to do my Father's will and to finish the work He has
given me to do."
- "When I die my spirit will return to God who gave it."
||Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of
this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath
promised to them that love him?
In other words, the Almighty God of the Universe has promised the
Kingdom of Heaven to the poor of this world who love Him. You
will agree that it is an enormous reward for such little outlay. Can
you be rich in faith and learn to love God? I'm sure you can.
Like an infant in the womb, faith starts very, very small. But it
grows and grows as it feeds on the Word of God. Will you do
that? Will you take that first step towards the Kingdom of Heaven?
It's up to you. It's up to you.
I began this sermon with a few comments about the letter D. I will
end with a question containing two words which begin with the letter
D, decide and dedicate. Here is the question:
Potential Heir of the Kingdom, will you decide
to dedicate your life to God?
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Elder: David B Loughran
Stewarton Bible School, Stewarton, Scotland
August 1997 ... Updated September 1999