Salvation through Jesus Christ
2 Corinthians Chapter 11
Our world is awash with trouble. It comes in a seemingly endless stream. Peoples of all faiths, irrespective of colour, class and
intelligence are experiencing trouble of one kind or an other. After all these years mankind is still incapable of eradicating trouble.
Indeed our troubles appear to be on the increase. And so we have: wars, famines, disease, persecution, unemployment, violence,
greed and a host of other problems too numerous to mention. The root problem of course is sin. Sin is an attitude of mind which
manifests itself in rebellion against Yahweh's commandments.
“Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law:
for sin is the transgression of the law.”
(1 John 3:4)
In the beginning mankind was offered a choice between life on the one
hand and knowledge on the other (Genesis 2:16-17). Our first parents
rejected the Tree of Life (which represented Jesus Christ) and chose
Satan: the one who had the knowledge and personal experience of good and evil.
Their decision plunged the whole world into troubles so great that they now
threaten to engulf us. Our first parents wanted to know about good and evil -
by personal experience. Mankind's present plight some 6000 years later is simply
the result of their tragic decision to 'see for themselves.' Problems
are the evil part; the part of which the whole human race now has full knowledge.
Bear in mind that the root cause of all our problems is sin, the rejection of
Yahweh's directions and the violation of His commands. The sin may be in ourselves,
in others, in society at large or may even go back several generations to our
ancestors. But you can be sure that at the root of every problem is sin.
Somebody, somewhere along the line has transgressed the law of the Most High and
human suffering is the result.
Is there any salvation from this sad state of affairs, this roundabout of rebellion,
this treadmill of trouble? We are happy to say, there is.
2. Worst of Sinners
Many sinners suppose that they are worse than all others. This is an
understandable reaction to strong conviction, but it is wrong in every case.
In any event Jesus Christ came to save all sinners, irrespective of whether
they think they are the worst or not - for "all have sinned" (Rom.3:23).
|1 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.”
Therefore no matter what the problem is, and it may not be your fault, for its root cause may go back a hundred years or more,
Christ Jesus can help you. He is ‘God in human flesh’ and he can save you from problems of every kind.
As Abraham Lincoln once said to a friend in great trouble: “Go to Him and pray, for He alone can save you.”
3. What must I do to be saved?
By far the most important piece of information ever to be transmitted to the
sons and daughters of men is the answer to the question: What must I do to
be saved? Saved, please note, not just from one's temporal problems which
come to believer and unbeliever alike - but from the end result of
sin - condemnation and everlasting death!
||30: “And brought them out, and said, Sirs What must I do to be saved?|
31: And they said: Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” (Note: and thy house - Household)
||16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.|
17: For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18: He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
From these passages we can see that faith in Yeshua (the Saviour's Hebrew
name) is the way to salvation. In short, the sinner, no matter how bad he
may think he is, must have faith in Christ Jesus. He must believe what Yahweh has
categorically promised. And he must rest assured that what the Almighty has
promised - He will do. The whole universe would descend into absolute chaos
if Yahweh failed to keep this single promise. So we can have absolute
confidence in Him that He will not break His word. Trust Him. He will do what He says.
4. The Value of Trouble
Salvation from sin and its consequence is guaranteed to those who have
faith in Jesus Christ. But what about the present problems (physical ills,
persecution, poverty, starvation, homelessness, unemployment, loneliness etc)
which are not automatically removed when a person believes? Let us consider
|Job 1: 3
||His enormous wealth: 10 children, 7000 sheep, 3000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, 500 she asses and many servants.
||His terrible troubles: Job lost practically everything, wealth, possessions, family, health and friends. Few men or women have suffered as Job did.
||15: “... Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him...”
||25: “For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:|
26: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:”
Restoration, long life, fame and friendship.
Job's experience proves that even a godly person can have troubles.
And they may not be speedily removed even after prayer. But faith
can win through every trouble no matter how bad it may be. When you
feel that your troubles are too much, think of Job.
Lesson 15 in
A Voice In The Wilderness - Canada Bible Course.
All the Apostles suffered enormously; far more than is generally known. And
in the end almost all suffered a martyr's death. They had troubles, no one
will dispute that fact. But Yahweh allowed them to experience trouble for a
very good reason. He was with them throughout their trials. He did not
remove trials; but provided the strength to bear them. Note Paul's attitude
in time of trial.
||3: "And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;|
4: And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
5: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us."
|2 Corinthians 11:23 to 12:10
||Read this incomparable passage to the audience.
From it we learn certain facts:
- A believer's faith or greatness does not exempt him/her from suffering.
- If Paul did boast, it was of his inadequacy, his weakness and the
opportunity to demonstrate Christ's power in weakness. (v 30, 12:5)
- Yahweh often permits trouble and pain. It prevents pride. (12:7)
- Even a great believer's prayers can fail. (12:8-9)
- And the reason is that Christ's power to overcome evil is best
demonstrated in the midst of trouble. The greater the darkness the
more effective is His shining grace and glory.
- Yeshua's grace is all you need. His power comes to its full strength
when we are helpless.
- Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. (2Cor:12:10)
In the Son’s Name — For the Father’s glory.
Elder: Max W. Mader