North Augusta, South Carolina
As we enter the Holiday Season and reflecting on the birth of our Lord and savior Jesus the Christ, we are blessed with a sermon series entitled God’s Plan of Salvation. As I ponder God’s Plan of Salvation, my mind reflects on the Day of Pentecost. It was there, on that day, Simon Peter stood up before a crowd of Jews from around the world and proclaimed a message that literally changed the lives of 3,000 men. The message Peter preached that day was God's Plan of Salvation. Peter’s message has not changed or lost its power. It still brings hope to the hopeless, release to the captive and salvation to the lost.
May I help you by sharing that God’s plan of salvation, in which Peter preached, started for mankind when Adam sinned in the Garden of Eden. It was there, in the Garden of Eden, when Adam ate from the forbidden tree that caused all mankind to become separated from God.
For this cause, it is written in Romans 5:12, “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned.” Death is the ultimate result of Adam’s sin. It is written in Roman 6:23, “The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life.” If Adam had not sinned, mankind would not have to die. But, because he did, a sentence of death was passed through all men, as an infectious disease that none can escape.
Now! This death, which was brought upon mankind by and through Adam’s sin, was an eternal separation from God. When this eternal death occurred, God devised His plan of salvation to reconcile mankind back to Him. Among the many things done in devising His plan of salvation, God initially sent forth the message, “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” These words, which brought hope to the hopeless, relief to the captive and salvation to the lost, are recorded in the book of Isaiah the 7th chapter and 14th verse.
Now secondly, God further manifested His plan of salvation, when He allowed Matthew and Luke to record a confirmation of Jesus’ birth. Both gospels record, “She gave birth to a son.” See Matthew 1:25 and Luke 2:7.
Thirdly, God further confirms His plan of salvation, when He allowed Jesus at the age of twelve to tell his mother that he must be about the His Father’s business. See Luke 2:49
Fourth, God’s Plan of salvation was further manifested when Jesus plainly stated what his Father’s business was. He said, “I come to seek and to save the lost.” See Matthew 18:11 and Luke 19:10. Now! As a result of Adam’s sin, everyone born of a woman falls into the category of the lost. This is confirmed in Psalm 51:5 where it is written, “Surely I was sinful at birth from the time my mother conceived me.”
As I conclude this documentary, I ask that you join me in giving thanks to God for His devised plan of salvation to set us free from sin and death. I know God’s plan of salvation sets us free from sin and death because John 3:16 declares, “For God so loved the world He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believes on Him shall not perish (die), but have eternal life.”
Yes! God’s plan of Salvation led His only begotten son to Calvary, where He was nailed to an old rugged cross; where he died from the 6th to the 9th hour; But! That’s not how the story ends! Three days later, He rose again. And because He rose the 3rd day morning, I’ll have you know, in Adam all die; in Christ all will be made alive. That’s God’s plan of salvation Peter preached. To God be the glory and Merry Christmas!
Because of Calvary,
Rev, Dr. Alexander Pope, Jr.
Sermon Topic for December
God's Plan of Salvation
A soft answer turneth away wrath
First Providence Baptist Church
315 Barton Road
North Augusta, SC 29841
Phone: (803) 279-8836
Fax: (803) 441-8666