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Pastor: Bro. Bobby Clark
Faith Baptist Church
92 Walker St. POB 462
Crossville, TN. 38557
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Who Then Can Be Saved?
Last week I wrote on salvation; what is it? We saw where salvation saves us from the penalty of sin, it is saving us from the power of sin and one day it will save us from the very presence of sin. This week we are looking at the thought, who then can be saved? In Luke 18 there is a story we want to look at which deals with a young man who came to Christ. When he came he knelt down and asked, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? You have to notice two things about this young man in this story. The first thing you see is, he knew there was an eternal life and he was going to spend eternity somewhere. The second thing you notice about him is he thought there was something he could do to attain this life. The Jewish people always thought blessings and even salvation came by something they could do. But salvation isn’t based on doing but it is based on done; on what Jesus has already done almost two thousand years ago on Calvary when He died to pay our sin debt. Jesus didn’t even address the question the man asked, but He asked His own question: “Why callest thou me good? None is good, save One, that is, God.” He asked the question in order to see if the young man was acknowledging Him as God, and of course he was not. Jesus goes on to say, you know the commandments; don’t commit adultery, or kill, or steal or bear false witness and honor your father and mother. The man responded with the phrase “All these have I done from my youth up.” I have always done these things; but whether that was the truth or not, we don’t really know. But there is One who did know his heart and knew what he really was guilty of. Even had he kept all those commandments, there were still one, and possibly two things he was guilty of if you look at the story closely. Jesus said go and sell all you have and distribute that money to the poor, and come follow me and you shall have treasure in Heaven. Let me say here, there has never been one person saved and given eternal life for giving up his possessions. Jesus only wanted to point out this man’s covetous heart and his treating his wealth and possessions as his god. Jesus never said anything about covetousness when He was talking to the young man although it was a commandment. Also, Jesus never said anything about putting other gods before God Jehovah but this man was guilty of both. As he turned and went away very sorrowful Jesus states “How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of Heaven.” The disciples saw and heard all this and they even asked who then can be saved? And I want to look at this question and answer it to the best of my ability this week.
First I want to see the poor can be saved. I’m so glad salvation doesn’t cost money or else none could afford it. Not even the richest man in the world could afford to pay according to what salvation is worth. Even the very poorest of the poor can come to Christ and not be afraid of being cast out. Isaiah 55:1 “Ho, everyone that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that HATH NO MONEY; come ye buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk WITHOUT MONEY AND WITHOUT PRICE.” Jesus told a story in Luke 16 about a beggar who died and was carried into Abraham’s bosom. I am sure he had no money to purchase his eternal home but he was carried away to it. In Mark 5 the story is told about a woman who had an issue of blood for twelve years and had spent all she had and was still no better but, she believed if she could only make her way to Jesus and touch the hem of His garment, she would be made whole. Not only was she made whole, she was also saved. But I want to be clear here, these people were not saved simply because they were poor. They had their faith and trust in the One who could save them. Jesus said in John 6:37 “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” Paul also writes in Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.”
Then I want you to see that the rich can be saved. Jesus never said they couldn’t be saved but He said it would be very difficult for them to be saved. Why? Because many will not take their eyes off their money, wealth and riches and turn them to Jesus. But they desire more and more of the world’s goods which only lasts for a little time and they will all fade away, rust away or be done away with by some other process. Matthew was a rich man but he came to Christ and even gave a large banquet in His honor to try and introduce his friends and working pals to Christ. Zacchaeus was a rich man who made his living off the fellow Jewish people by robbing them in collecting their taxes but he was saved when Jesus came by one day. The Ethiopian eunuch was saved between Jerusalem and Ethiopia when Philip came to him in his chariot. He was the keeper of the Queen’s treasure and had a good reputation in the land and I believe was a rich man, but he was saved. Riches are many times a deterrent to salvation but one can be saved in spite of them!
Next, I want to see that the wicked, or the sinner, can be saved. Aren’t you glad Jesus came to save sinners? He said Himself in Luke 19:10 “For the Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which is lost”. Paul wrote in First Timothy 1:15 “This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.” And I believe if Jesus could save Paul as wicked as he was, He will have no trouble saving the vilest sinner today. He saved the thief on the cross who was fixing to go out into eternity without Christ, yet he said to Jesus who was beside of Him, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. He saved the adulteress who was brought to Him by the angry mob, who cast her down, and said the law says we are to stone her but what do you say? Then Jesus said, let him who is without sin cast the first stone at her and all her accusers turned and left. Jesus looked at her and asked where are your accusers? Does anyone accuse you now? She said to Him, No man Lord. Then Jesus said neither do I condemn thee, go and sin no more. He never overlooked her sin but He wanted the crowd to see they were really no better than her and they were condemned just as she was.
As a matter of fact, Jesus came to save whosoever will. Romans 10:13 says “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” All can be saved who will come to Him. Have you come to Him for your salvation? There are some whom the Lord can’t save though. You may ask who are they? He cannot save those who refuse to come to Him. He cannot save those who won’t admit they need a Savior. And He can’t save those who won’t repent of their sin and follow Him. Once again have you come to Him? Come to Him now, today is the day of salvation.