Heirs of Salvation
Revelation Chapter 21
1. Salvation From What?
It is good to occasionally remind ourselves of the things from which
we true believers are saved. This Sabbath 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
Drunkenness, Drug Abuse,
Damnation, Destruction and
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.
||1: “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. There is:
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 true 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.
||14: “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 like:
- Perfect Health:
- Eternal youth and vigour!
- 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 chapter 66: 22,
“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 Isaiah Chapter 65:
||17: “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
||41: “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:
||17: “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.”
- “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 really 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 of us.
- “My aim is to inherit eternal life; to enter the eternal Kingdom of God.”
- “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.”
||5: “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 am 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 God? 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,
Here is the question:
Potential Heir of the Kingdom, will you
Dedicate your life to God?
In the Son’s Name — For the Father’s glory.
Elder: Max W. Mader