Salvation: “He Shall Save His People from Their
VERSE: “But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He
loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with
Christ, (by grace ye are saved).” Ephesians 2:4, 5.
The Acts of the Apostles, 481–483.
REMEMBER: “Your only hope and salvation is in overcoming as Christ
overcame.” Testimonies, vol. 3, 457.
Introduction “Abandon the idea that temporal or
spiritual advantages will win for you salvation. God calls for your
willing obedience. He asks you to give up your sins. ‘To him that
overcometh,’ Christ declares, ‘will I grant to sit with Me in My throne, even as
I also overcame, and am set down with My Father in His throne.’ Revelation
3:21.” Christ’s Object Lessons, 117.
“Sin Bringeth Forth Death”
1 From what do we all need to be
saved? Matthew 1:21.
every device possible Satan has sought to make of none effect the sacrifice of
the Son of God, to render His expiation useless and His mission a failure.
He has claimed that the death of Christ made obedience to the law unnecessary
and permitted the sinner to come into favor with a holy God without forsaking
his sin. He has declared that the Old Testament standard was lowered in
the gospel and that men can come to Christ, not to be saved from their sins but
in their sins. But when John beheld Jesus he told His mission. He
said, ‘Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world’
(John 1:29). To every repentant soul the message is, ‘Come now, and let us
reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be
white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool’
(Isaiah 1:18).” Faith and Works, 90.
2 Is the Lord’s desire to save sinners limited to
a chosen few? 1 Timothy 2:4, 5.
The Great Controversy, 261, 262.
“None Other Name”
3 From whom alone may salvation be gained?
NOTE: “‘Sin is
the transgression of the law.’ The sinner must be made to feel that he is
a transgressor. Christ dying upon the cross of Calvary is drawing his
attention. Why did Christ die? Because it was the only means for man
to be saved.…He took upon Himself our sins that He might impute His
righteousness to all who believe in Him.…The goodness and the love of God lead
the sinner to repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus
Christ. The awakened sinner…is pointed to the law he has
transgressed. It calls to him to repent, yet there is no saving quality in
law to pardon the transgression of law, and his case seems hopeless. But
the law draws him to Christ. However deep are his sins of transgression,
the blood of Jesus Christ can cleanse him from all sin.…” Our High
4 What was the motive that led Christ to save
us? Romans 8:34–39.
NOTE: “The more
we contemplate the character of Christ, and the more we experience of His saving
power, the more keenly shall we realize our own weakness and imperfection, and
the more earnestly shall we look to Him as our strength and our Redeemer.
We have no power in ourselves to cleanse the soul temple from its defilement;
but as we repent of our sins against God, and seek pardon through the merits of
Christ, He will impart that faith which works by love and purifies the
heart. By faith in Christ and obedience to the law of God we may be
sanctified, and thus obtain a fitness for the society of holy angels and the
white-robed redeemed ones in the kingdom of glory.” The Sanctified
“With the Mouth Confession is Made unto
5 What acts are necessary on our part for the work
of salvation to begin? Romans 10:10; 11 Corinthians
NOTE: “The great
heart of infinite Love is drawn toward the sinner with boundless
compassion. ‘We have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of
sins.’ Yes, only believe that God is your helper. He wants to restore His
moral image in man. As you draw nigh to Him with confession and
repentance, He will draw nigh to you with mercy and forgiveness. We owe
the Lord everything. He is the author of our salvation. As you work
out your own salvation with fear and trembling, ‘it is God which worketh in you
both to will and to do of His good pleasure.’” Testimonies,vol. 5,
6 Where does the impulse to repent come from?
Romans 2:4. Compare Acts 5:31; 11:18.
NOTE: “While it
is true that repentance must precede forgiveness, for it is only the broken and
contrite heart that is acceptable to God, yet the sinner cannot bring himself to
repentance, or prepare himself to come to Christ. Except the sinner
repent, he cannot be forgiven; but the question to be decided is as to whether
repentance is the work of the sinner or the gift of Christ. Must the
sinner wait until he is filled with remorse for his sin before he can come to
Christ? The very first step to Christ is taken through the drawing of the
Spirit of God; as man responds to this drawing, he advances toward Christ in
order that he may repent.” A New Life, 20.
7 When a sinner has repented, what promise may he
claim? 1 John 1:9.
NOTE: “We have no
righteousness of our own with which to meet the claims of the law of God.
But Christ has made a way of escape for us. He lived on earth amid trials
and temptations such as we have to meet. He lived a sinless life. He
died for us, and now He offers to take our sins and give us His
righteousness. If you give yourself to Him, and accept Him as your
Saviour, then, sinful as your life may have been, for His sake you are accounted
righteous. Christ’s character stands in place of your character, and you
are accepted before God just as if you had not sinned.” Steps to
“He was Manifested to Take Away Our Sins”
8 What assurance may the one have who abides in
Christ? 1 John 3:5, 6.
NOTE: “More than
this [see previous note], Christ changes the heart. He abides in your
heart by faith. You are to maintain this connection with Christ by faith and the
continual surrender of your will to Him; and so long as you do this, He will
work in you to will and to do according to His good pleasure. So you may
say, ‘The life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of
God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.’ Galatians 2:20. So
Jesus said to His disciples, ‘It is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your
Father which speaketh in you.’ Matthew 10:20. Then with Christ
working in you, you will manifest the same spirit and do the same good
works,—works of righteousness, obedience.” Ibid., 62. See also
The Desire of Ages, 123.
9 What symbol are we given to show the contrast
between this new life and the old one? Romans 6:1–6.
NOTE: “As you
openly renounced sin and Satan, the three great powers of heaven pledged
themselves to help you to overcome. You were raised in newness of life by
the power that raised Christ from the dead. You came forth from the watery grave
pledged to devote your life to the Master’s service. You are henceforth to
live a new life, as if reason, knowledge, affection, speech, property, and all
else you have, had been anew entrusted to you, with a distinct intimation from
heaven that they are to be used for God. You are to live a life of cross-bearing
and self-denial, a life bound up with the life of Christ.” Signs of the
Times, February 12, 1902.
“Now is Our Salvation Nearer Than When We
10 What verses look forward to the time when our
salvation is complete? Romans 13:11;
1 Thessalonians 5:8; Hebrews
NOTE: “We are
never to rest in a satisfied condition, and cease to make advancement, saying,
‘I am saved.’ When this idea is entertained, the motives for watchfulness,
for prayer, for earnest endeavor to press onward to higher attainments, cease to
exist. No sanctified tongue will be found uttering these words till Christ
shall come, and we enter in through the gates into the city of God. Then,
with the utmost propriety, we may give glory to God and to the Lamb for eternal
deliverance.” Maranatha, 236.
11 What assurance do we have of salvation in the
judgment? Psalm 76:7–9.
NOTE: “We are now
living in the great Day of Atonement. In the typical service, while the
high priest was making the atonement for Israel, all were required to afflict
their souls by repentance of sin and humiliation before the Lord, lest they be
cut off from among the people. In like manner, all who would have their
names retained in the book of life should now, in the few remaining days of
their probation, afflict their souls before God by sorrow for sin and true
repentance. There must be deep, faithful searching of heart. The
light, frivolous spirit indulged by so many professed Christians must be put
away. There is earnest warfare before all who would subdue the evil tendencies
that strive for the mastery. The work of preparation is an individual
work. We are not saved in groups. The purity and devotion of one
will not offset the want of these qualities in another. Though all nations
are to pass in judgment before God, yet He will examine the case of each
individual with as close and searching scrutiny as if there were not another
being upon the earth. Everyone must be tested and found without spot or
wrinkle or any such thing.” The Great Controversy, 489,
“He Will Come and Save You”
12 To what precious promise may God’s people look
forward? Isaiah 35:4.
NOTE: “You must
experience a death to self, and must live unto God. ‘If ye then be risen
with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the
right hand of God.’ Self is not to be consulted. Pride, self-love,
selfishness, avarice, covetousness, love of the world, hatred, suspicion,
jealousy, evil surmisings, must all be subdued and sacrificed forever.
When Christ shall appear, it will not be to correct these evils and then give a
moral fitness for His coming. This preparation must all be made before He
comes. It should be a subject of thought, of study, and earnest inquiry,
What shall we do to be saved? What shall be our conduct that we may show
ourselves approved unto God?” Testimonies,vol. 1, 705.
13 Who are the ones who will be saved when Christ
returns? Psalm 50:1–6.
NOTE: “We must be
partakers of Christ’s sufferings here, if we would share in His glory
hereafter. If we seek our own interest, how we can best please ourselves,
instead of seeking to please God and advance His precious, suffering cause, we
shall dishonor God and the holy cause we profess to love. We have but a
little space of time left in which to work for God. Nothing should be too
dear to sacrifice for the salvation of the scattered and torn flock of
Jesus. Those who make a covenant with God by sacrifice now, will soon be
gathered home to share a rich reward, and possess the new kingdom forever and
ever. Oh, let us live wholly for the Lord, and show by a well-ordered life
and godly conversation that we have been with Jesus, and are His meek and lowly
followers. We must work while the day lasts, for when the dark night of
trouble and anguish comes, it will be too late to work for God.”
Christian Experience and Teachings of Ellen G. White, 104,
“I saw that the
reason why God did not hear the prayers of His servants for the sick among us
more fully was that He could not be glorified in so doing while they were
violating the laws of health. And I also saw that He designed the health
reform…to prepare the way for the prayer of faith to be fully answered. Faith
and good work should go hand in hand in relieving the afflicted among us, and in
fitting them to glorify God here and to be saved at the coming of Christ.”
Counsels on Health, 247.