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Jesus Saves (Vol.02) - Jesus saves all the way to the end

Sunday English Service - 16 DEC 18

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Because it is the Christmas season we began speaking about Jesus and particularly last week we began talking about one of the most basic things that we believe that Jesus is our Savior. Jesus saves. Well, we saw last week what it means that Jesus particularly saves from sin. This is the most basic of His saving work. It all begins right here. It begins with Him saving us from sin. And it's the most emphasized point in the New Testament. And we saw that last week. This week, I want to continue preaching on Jesus as our Savior. Last week, we saw where Jesus’s saving activity began. This week, I want to take you to where it ends, or how far does it extend. He saved us from sin but then how far does He save us. Let me put it like this. Today, we're going to see that Jesus saves us all the way to the end. Jesus doesn't save us from sin, and then leave us there, He saves us all the way to the end. He continues to save us, keeps saving us until the very end. That's what we're going to talk about today.

Last week, we saw where Jesus’s saving where it began. Today, we talk about where His saving activity kind of ends or how far it goes. Jesus saves us all the way to the end. When I say that, people automatically, usually when they think of Jesus’s saving, they only think of... or if we say Jesus saved me, we only usually use it to describe what has already happened to us in salvation, we say. What do we mean by that? I'm saved. What do you mean by that? I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior, and I am saved. What we mean by that is, it has already happened to me. I am already saved. Jesus has already saved me. But if you go to the Bible, in the New Testament, you will find that that is only one of the ways it speaks about salvation. Yes, you are already saved but the New Testament also teaches that you are being saved and you will be saved.

Okay, I want to start there because now we're talking about the continuing activity of Jesus as Savior. Jesus continues to save us. That's the whole point of today's message. He doesn't just save us from sin, He continues to save us all the way to the end. But some people may be wondering, “But salvation is just what happened to me when I receive Jesus, isn’t that it?” Well, the New Testament says, no, that's just the beginning. You are saved, you are already saved, but you are being saved, and you will be saved. Let me show you how the New Testament teaches this, just a sample verse for each. I don't have to turn to Ephesians 2:8 which says, “By grace you have been saved.” You know that verse very well. That's the way we're used to thinking about salvation. We have been saved. By grace you have been saved through faith. And so, we are already saved. We have been saved by grace. But that's not the only way the New Testament speaks. Look at 1 Corinthians 1:18. Just going to go... if you have time you can refer to these verses, otherwise you can note them down, see them later on YouTube, whatever. It's just a sample verse, it’s trying to show you we use the word salvation to speak about what happened to us one time in the past, but the New Testament when you come and study salvation, it's a much broader concept. It did not happen just one time in the past to you, it is happening.

1 Corinthians 1:18 ...to those who are being saved. Look at this verse. 1 Corinthians 1:18. The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. To those who are being saved. I'm reading from the ESV translation and the tense here is present continuous. We are being saved. It doesn't say to those who are saved, it says to those who are being saved the message of the cross is the power of God. Now, let me show you future tense that we will be saved. Hebrews 9:28. Just to show you that salvation is an ongoing thing. So Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him. Look how it says. It talks about Jesus Christ was offered once to bear sins of many, He will appear a second time not to deal with sin, but to save those who are eagerly waiting. Notice, we think we are already saved and that's it, but here the verse says Christ will appear a second time to do what? To save. So, in some way, His Second Coming will save. So, the concept of salvation is it happened to us already when we believed in Jesus, our sins were forgiven, to a great extent we are saved already, but then we are being saved in some way, and we will be saved in another way.

Another thing I want to point out right at the beginning is, Jesus's role as Savior also continues, continues. It doesn't stop. I want to point this out from the Bible itself. Jesus’s role as Savior continues. The same verse, who's doing the saving? Hebrews 9:28, you're already open there. Jesus is doing the saving. Pretty obvious things I'm pointing out right at the beginning. We need to set the base here for what we're going to say. Salvation is an ongoing thing and Jesus continues to save. He's the one who will appear a second time and He is the one who will save. So, He has already saved us, but He continues to save us and He will save us when He appears the second time as well.

Another important verse, Hebrews 7:25, just nearby to where you are. Jesus continues to save, look at this. Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession... He is able to save to the uttermost. This is a very important verse. This is where I got the title for today. Jesus saves all the way to the end. That's the message today. Jesus saves all the way to the end. It comes right out of this verse. Look at those words in this verse. Jesus is able to save to the uttermost. That word translated uttermost very meaningful word in the Greek. That word can have two meanings. One meaning is save completely, or fully or wholly or perfectly. Meaning Jesus is able to save completely, perfectly, wholly, fully. What is the meaning there? Leaving nothing out, Jesus will fully save. He is able to fully or completely save, or wholly, perfectly, leaving out aspect. That's the meaning, if you take it like that. But there is another way to take it, and that is this, all the way to the end. Saves to the uttermost means saves all the way to the end. Or some translations put it like this, saves finally, saves forever, saves now and always. That's a nice translation. Jesus is able to save now and always and forever, something like that. The point is all the way to the end. And out of the two meanings both meanings are relevant here but the second meaning, that is, He saves all the way to the end, is more relevant in this context, in this particular place. In Hebrews 7:25, that is the more relevant meaning.

Let me show you why. Just read from a couple of verses before. You want to understand some verse in the Bible just read from few verses before. Read from verse 23, you will understand very easily. He said, Jesus saves completely, is that the main emphasis here or is Jesus saves all the way to the end, is that the main emphasis? Verse 23. Also there were many priests, because they were prevented by death from continuing. It's comparing Jesus to the high priests of the Old Testament. This passage is comparing Jesus to the high priest of the Old Testament. In the Old Testament, there were several high priests. Aaron and his sons, but the problem with them was, they were prevented from continuing. Why? They could not continue forever and ever because they died. Aaron became the high priest but one day came and he died, he could not continue as high priest. The next, his son had to be high priest and he also died then next high priest, like this. They say before Jesus came around possibly there were a few hundred high priests, by the time Jesus comes around from the time of Aaron. So, many high priests keep changing. High priest is a very important man in Israel. He dealt with all the spiritual matters. But he’s going on changing. No one high priest is able to finish what he started. But you come to Jesus, verse 24, but He, referring to Jesus, but Jesus, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. What is the difference between Jesus and all the other high priests? Because He continues forever. Jesus doesn't die. He doesn't go away like that. He died once but then He rose again and He lives forever. He continues forever. Because of that, He has an unchangeable priesthood. He remains permanently our high priest.

Verse 25, after saying all this, after saying Aaron and his sons, those high priests die, God had to change them because of death. But Jesus continues forever as a permanent high priest. After saying all that, in verse 25, he says, Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him. I think when you read it in context, you can see this High Priest remains all the way and so He is able to save all the way to the end. That is why I put it like that. That is the main emphasis here. Why is He able to save? Because He always lives. Look at that. Verse 25, why is He able to save to the end? Therefore He's also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him since He always lives. Jesus lives today. We sang that song, ‘Christ is Risen from the Dead’. Again, and again we sing Christ is risen, risen because, the awareness, the consciousness of the risen Lord Jesus is missing for many people. Christ is risen today and the reason He is able to save you all the way to the end is because He's alive today. And He will be alive forever and ever.

Jesus saves all the way to the end. Now, let's take this further. We can talk about a lot of things. What do we mean by Jesus saves all the way to the end? Means, everything from saving from sin to all the way to the last saving. Okay? Jesus saves all the way to the end means, everything from saving from sin, which we saw last week, to the last saving that He will do all the way to the end. There are several things we can talk about there, how Jesus saves us from our earthly problems sometimes. I spoke about sin being the main problem last week. But then sin bears forth the small, small problems. Not so small in our eyes, like sickness, like poverty, like family problems, all these are the children of sin only, are the fruits of sin, consequences of sin, punishments that man experienced because of sin. And Jesus, the Bible teaches, He doesn't save only from sin, but He also saves from what comes as a result of sin. And so, He's able to save us from sickness. So, many people in His earthly life Himself, Jesus looked at them and said, “Your faith has saved you,” speaking to a man who just got healed. He healed somebody of leprosy, somebody of various kinds of diseases. And He said, “Your faith has healed you,” or, “saved you,” is the word He used it.

So, He's able to save people from sickness even today. He's able to save people from poverty. That's what we believe in this church. Yeah. Some people don't believe that. They limit Jesus’s saving activity. Well, we don't have time to go into that, but Jesus saves from everything. That is true. That is taught in the Bible. And Jesus saves from every curse, every problem. If you look to Jesus as your Savior today, the key is to look to Him as your Savior. Sometimes the key to some great success, some great breakthrough in the Christian life, is simply look. That’s how the people got healed in the Old Testament. They’re bitten by snakes, Moses lifted up a brazen serpent, and he said, “Look,” and those who looked, God healed. You look to Jesus as your Savior, as one who can save you from your problem today. He can and He will. He saves all the way to the end means all that but I'm not going to focus on all that today. I want to go all the way to the end itself.

Jesus saves all the way but I want to focus on the end. And I'll tell you why. One is, there's no time. Another is, in our church, we teach on the other aspects. How Jesus saves from sickness, from poverty, from every curse, and so on. So, at other times, if you're attending regularly, you should be able to hear those truths and benefit. And not only that, but there is another important reason I believe. Since we saw beginning last week, I want to show you the end. Beginning of Jesus’s saving activity today, end of Jesus’s saving activity. But another important reason is, if you can see the end, and if you can be certain about the end, you can be certain about the whole way. Let me say that again. If you can be certain about the end you can be certain about the whole way to the end. Point we're saying today is Jesus saves all the way to the end. But we're going to focus on the end, what Jesus saves us from the end, how He does it, and so on, and how we can be certain about that. And I'm doing this because if you can be certain about the end, you can be certain about the whole

way.

What do I mean by that? I’ll give you an example. Imagine a student studying for his half yearly exam. Right now, the exams are going on. So, student is studying and he's little concerned and perhaps worried, even afraid, what's going to happen, stressing out on all this. And then suddenly God gives him a vision, he goes into a trance, let's imagine. Wouldn't this be nice for the students? Just takes him, lifts him, and He takes him to another place forward in time, goes in a time machine, moves forward. And suddenly the student finds himself in the vision writing the annual exam. He writes the annual exam, and he passes the annual exam. And then the vision continues and the student is promoted to the next class. You got it. Now, the vision ends, the student is back now, he’s studying for the half yearly exam. Now, let me ask you, if the student accepts that as a vision from God, and if he accepts it as a message from God saying what, “God just showed me that I wrote the annual exam and passed it and got promoted to the next class.” Once that is shown and once that is accepted, and if the student is certain about what God showed him, will he worry about the half yearly exam anymore? No. Why? God has showed him the ending. So, no matter what happens on the way you're still going to end right.

So, that is why I'm going to show you the end. Our end, not the annual exam, I am talking about the end, the very end. Jesus saves all the way to the end. If you can grasp this, if you can understand this, how He saves, what He saves from, how certain you can be, if you can be certain about this, if you can get a certainty concerning how Jesus saves in the end, then it will become easier for you to believe in the midst of your life's challenges that He will save from every little thing.

Let's talk about the end. In the end, from what does Jesus save us? In the end, what does Jesus save us from? From what? Last week, we saw how Jesus saves us from sin. That is at the beginning of salvation, He saves us from sin. I'm saying now in the end, what does Jesus save us from? Let me first start by saying not from sin. That is beginning, in the end it's not from sin again. I'll show you that from a verse itself. Hebrews 9:28 where you already went but go back again. Some of these verses we're going to revisit today because there's a lot of truth packed into them. Hebrews 9:28. Christ will appear a second time not to deal with sin, very specifically we are told. When He comes back again, at the end, He will not deal with sin because it's already been dealt with. He’s already paid the price for sin, already He has saved us from sin, no longer dealing with sin, not save us from sin but to save. Not to deal with sin but to save. So, in the end Jesus is not going to deal with sin but He's going to save us in some way. Remember what the meaning of save is? To rescue from danger, rescue from some kind of danger.

From what danger will He rescue us in the end? Go to 1 Thessalonians 1:9. These are again sample verses, many verses like this. From what danger does Jesus rescue us at the very end? 1 Thessalonians 1:9 to 10. For they themselves report concerning us the kind of reception we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come. What does He save us? He saves us from the wrath to come. I don't know if you were expecting that I will say something new, something you probably know. In the end, Jesus saves us from that final wrath. Whose wrath? This is God's wrath actually. Whose wrath? This is God's wrath. People don't like it sometimes when you talk about God's wrath. “Well, God is love brother, God only shows love.” Yes, I agree. God is love, He shows love, but part of His love is His wrath also. The other side of His love is wrath.

If you truly love somebody, will you get upset when they do something against you? Think about it. You truly love your husband, wife, what if they betray you or something like that? Think about it. You will get upset, you will get angry. Or let's not even talk personal, if you truly have love in your heart, will you get upset at evil? Will you get angry when you see evil in the world? A loving person will get angry when they see evil in the world. We can't just keep quiet and say, “Ah, just show love,” when all kinds of wickedness are happening out there in the world. And that is happening in our world. All kinds of wickedness are happening in our world. And we better be glad we have a God who gets angry at evil. And the Bible says, one day will come and everybody has to answer for all the evil, for all their wickedness. I'm glad there is a day coming. The whole world will be judged, there will be a final judgment where everyone has to face their God. That's a scary day. And after the judgment, those who are judged guilty will experience the wrath of God. There is no going around this and avoiding this. We don't speak about it much often that's because we talk about various things. And now's the topic. It's come right in the topic. So, that's why I'm speaking about it. But this is an unavoidable thing. It is a real danger.

Are you aware of this danger? What danger? The final wrath of God. It's a good thing from God’s side, from a human point it's sometimes not so good, especially if you get caught in the wrath. But point is, are you aware that's a real danger in the end? We are more aware of our dangers in our life today, but I want to remind you of a greater danger, which is the final wrath. And the Bible teaches that Jesus saves us from this wrath. Go to another verse. Romans 5:9. One of my goals here in doing this is to appreciate Jesus and what He does for us. To truly exalt Him in our hearts. That's why I preached last week saying, He saves us from sin. This week I'm saying, He saves us from this final wrath. Look at Romans 5:9. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by His blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. Plenty of verses like this. Paul says, “We shall be saved by him,” future tense, “from the wrath of God.” “But we can be sure that we’ll be saved, much more,” he says, “shall we be saved by Him.” We'll talk about this later. But for now, I just want to pause there and say, are you aware of this danger?

There’s a real danger looming on the horizon, speaking generally. A day is coming, a day of reckoning, the day of the Lord. And people have to face their God and they'll be judged and wrath will be experienced by people. This is a real danger and usually when we talk about this final judgment, final wrath and all this thing, hell fire and all this, usually, of course, outsiders don't believe in this and sometimes they're not... But I think in everybody's heart, I'm talking about unbelievers also, everybody's heart, I think there is some consciousness that one day they have to answer for everything. I think in everybody's heart, that consciousness will be there. That awareness whether they believe in Christ or not, forget about it, every human being, I think, knows, in the bottom of his heart or her heart, that one day will come when they have to answer to God for everything. One day is coming. And in the Christian circles, we are taught in the Bible and we are aware of this, but usually when you talk about this judgment and wrath, the crowd will divide into two. On one extreme you will have a group who’s always talking and thinking judgment and wrath and hell fire, and either terrified by it or terrifying others with it. On the other extreme, you’ll have a group among Christians who never think about judgment and wrath and hell. That's what usually happens. Because these people go to that extreme, the other group goes to counter this. But really, both extremes are not healthy.

Now, we’re talking about the greatest danger that humans will ever face. So, I don't think you should be on one extreme just paralyzed by it, on the other extreme, never even think about it. And so, today, I want to encourage you to think about it because this day is coming and it's the greatest danger human beings will ever face. Bible reminds us of greater problems than we think. We think I have this problem, that problem, Bible says no, there’s a greater problem. And I want to show you how God has saved you from that greater problem. This is a bigger danger, greater danger even than sin in some ways. Last week, I said, sin is the number one problem. But this week, I'm going to say, this is in some ways worse than sin. You know why? At least sin, you can get caught in it, you can suffer from it, you can go deep in it, but if you cry out to Jesus to save you, He will save you and He will pull you out. But this wrath, final wrath thing, if you get caught, if somebody gets caught in the final wrath of God, that's it. There is no coming back from that. They're finished. I'm sorry to say.

This is the most serious of all dangers. In this danger, you don't want Jesus to save you after you've gone in, you want Jesus to save you from ever going in. And that's what He does. That's what the New Testament says. When it says, He saves us from the wrath of God, it means He will save us so that we will never experience the wrath of God. And He's the only one who can do it. Here again, I want to emphasize the uniqueness of Jesus. That's why I'm dealing with this kind of problems now. For the other problems we have little, little saviors I mentioned. For sickness we have doctors, for poverty we have other people to help around, for family problems there are people counseling. Little, little saviors, we shall call them. But for sin, there is no savior, only Jesus. That's what we said last week. For the final wrath of God there is no other savior, only Jesus.

Some people think they can escape from the wrath by their own good works. They think they will add up all their good works, it will be more than their bad works, show the math to God and He'll be impressed. Think about it, my friend. This is not some human court. This is before the almighty holy God who does not tolerate any kind of sin and wickedness. He expects perfection. I mentioned last week, He’s holy, holy, holy. Are you ready to face Him with your good works? I know that believers will be judged on the way so their works, and rewarded, that's a different matter. I’m talking about judgment which leads to eternal condemnation. I'm saying nobody can escape the final wrath of God by their good words. Some people think somehow, they will escape, like some big saint will pray for them and they can come out of it or something like that. Somehow, they’ll escape. Even after they die, just get some big saints to pray for them, they can easily come out of it or something. No. The Bible does not teach that. The Bible teaches there is only one Savior from the final wrath of God and that is Jesus. And if you haven't turned to Jesus, please turn to Him today. This one reason is enough. Don't play around with this reason. I'm talking about your eternity with God. I’m talking about your eternal state and condition. How will it be? My friend, Jesus can save you from an eternity in hell. He is our eternal Savior and He saves us. All the way to the end means what? He saves us from that final wrath. But Jesus is the only one who can save. He saves you from sin, He also saves you from the final wrath of God. He didn't come just to save you from sin, He came to save you from sin and all the way to saving you from the wrath of God.

There's a big connection between the first salvation and the last salvation, saving from sin and saving from wrath. Big connection. If you are saved from sin, you are also saved from wrath, you will be saved from the final wrath of God. The same Jesus who saved you here will save you there. So, all you got to do is trust in the same Jesus. You can be saved just as easily as you got this salvation. You just simply trust in Jesus. When I say this, perhaps, some believers may think in their minds, “Well, this is all stuff that is what we know. I mean, after all, what it is, it's nothing new about this. There is nothing big about this. We get saved we go to heaven. What more is there to talk about? We get saved, we go to heaven. If we go to heaven, we obviously escape the wrath of God.” Fine.

But then, you know, I'm talking about this because sometimes we think it's obvious, it's automatic. What is automatic? I'm saved I go to heaven. First of all, I want to show you today it’s not automatic. What I mean by that is Jesus has to do some things in order to ensure your final salvation. And He does it and He will do it. That's what I mean by it's not automatic. When I say it's automatic, it's like that auto gear mentality. Put it you don't think about the gears changing because you don't have to do anything. Just because you don't have to do anything, doesn't mean the vehicle is not doing anything. The gear is changing in the vehicle. And so, like that people think, “I got saved, I'm going to heaven, that's automatic.” But just because you know, just because you're not taking yourself to heaven, doesn't mean Jesus is sitting there doing nothing, making sure you... You know what I mean? He's doing some things to ensure that you are saved all the way to the end. That's what I'm trying to say. When we think of it as automatic, “I'll anyway end up in heaven,” where is the appreciation for the work of Jesus? That is one thing. Another thing is, let me test out, people who say, “This is understood, brother. This is a very basic truth, we get saved, we die and go to heaven. We escape the wrath of God. So, basic.”

Same people who say it's so basic will have another doubt. You know what is their doubt? Will I lose my salvation? Have you heard about this doubt? Will I lose my salvation? This doubt comes to various people at various times. Sometimes it comes to many of us. It's come to me many times. Will I lose my salvation? That question itself reveals they have not understood this truth fully. What truth? Jesus saves us all the way to the end. So, I want to take that question, deal with that question because it’s an important question. It's a question which paralyzes people sometimes because when you doubt, “Oh, did I lose my salvation? Will I lose my salvation?” Then you can't do anything, you can't read your Bible, can’t pray, can't do anything for God. It upsets you in many ways. And so, that matter has to be dealt with. I'm dealing this today specifically because it is connected with this truth, Jesus saves us all the way to the end.

Let's talk about that. Will I lose my salvation? People ask that question. What is the problem with that question? That question itself reveals, when they're asking that question they are not thinking about Jesus's role, they are thinking about their role. What are they thinking? “Oh, brother, if I do something that I’m not supposed to do, will I lose my salvation?” Or they're thinking what? Not doing what you're supposed to and doing what you're not supposed to, either sinning or not doing enough righteousness. That's what they think. “Well, if I don't live for God, if I don't serve God, if I don't get out of this sin, will I lose my salvation?” These are the kinds of questions that come up in believers’ hearts and minds. And at that moment, when their doubt comes up and their fear rises, what is happening in their hearts? They are not thinking about what Jesus is doing, they're thinking about what they are doing. They’re saying, “I did something or I didn't do something, and because of that, will I lose my salvation?” Nobody's going to say, “Jesus will forsake me and therefore I lose my salvation.” No, no. Nobody is going to say that.

Question is, I may do something that will forfeit my salvation. That is a fear because of our own weaknesses, and so on. But the problem there is what I'm saying is, at that point the person is really not even focusing on Jesus as Savior. They are looking to themselves as their savior. What they're saying is, without saying, they're saying, “Jesus saved me but now I'm responsible for saving myself all the way to the end.” They're not saying that, they won't ever say that, but without saying, they are revealing that. They're saying, “Jesus was my Savior but now I am my own savior.” Savior, Savior, Savior but then treat myself as the Savior. Why? They’re thinking, “Everything stands or falls depending on me.” What are they doing? They're exalting themselves. Can you see that? Their worry and fear, is another form of pride.

Do you know that worry is another form of pride? You worry, you're thinking everything depends on yourself and exalting yourself to God's level. So, people who worry and fear they’re thinking they're very humble, “Oh, I’m fearing of...” but actually they’re proud sometimes. Without themselves knowing they’re giving room for pride, they’re exalting themselves to God's place, and saying, “Everything depends on me. Therefore, I don't know what's going to happen.” But a person who humbles themselves before God, what do they say? Peter said, “humble yourselves.” 1 Peter 5:7, before that 6, if you read, humble yourselves casting your cares on to the... That means I'm saying, God, I'm not going to worry about this. I humble myself before You. Everything does not depend on me. It depends on You. I put my worry on You.” It is opposite of worry. That's another subject. But point is what? The problem when people say, “Will I lose my salvation?” And worry and fret and fear over it, it shows they are exalting themselves and thinking everything depends on them. Whether or not they lost or retain, their salvation depends on them. They’ve become their own Savior. They begin to trust in themselves. And that's why the fear and the worry.

Solution is what? Trust in the role of Jesus. I'm not saying you don't have a role. I'm not saying people don't have a role. Please don't misunderstand. All I'm saying is, focus the attention not on your role but on the role of Jesus. He is the Savior. He is the one who’ll save you all the way to the end. Let me say it clearly, even more bluntly. People will misunderstand the message like this and say, “Oh, they are teaching that you can live anyway you want, do anything you want, anyway, in the end Jesus will save you.” All the way to the end He will save you. No, I'm not teaching that. I’m not saying a person can claim to be saved and show no sign of salvation... There are signs of salvation. Show no absolute sign of salvation, live all their life, not even with one ounce, one little sign of salvation and then in the end, no matter what, Jesus will save them. I'm not saying that. There the question is not; will they lose their salvation? Are they ever saved? Were they ever saved? Were they ever truly saved?

A truly saved person will never even think like that or never live like that. That's a different problem. We’re not dealing with that. We're talking about genuinely saved people. So, what we're saying is, yes, we have a role, our actions have consequences. All that is true. We have to live changed lives, transformed lives. All that is true. But don't focus on that, focus on Jesus, He’s your Savior and He will save you all the way to the end. Let's focus on that. How does Jesus save you? What does He do? And how certain can we be that He will save us all the way to the end? We are using this question to get into this, will I lose my salvation? That's the question we're using. Let's focus on Jesus’s role. Let's go to Romans 5:9 to 10. This is the key verse. We’ll be here for a few minutes. So, try to pay attention. This is a little... you have to pay attention closely because a lot of words, a lot of concepts, a lot of very, very important point is made here in this verse about how Jesus saves, how certain we can be about this, that finally, in the end, Jesus will save us. Jesus’s role as our Savior in the end.

Romans 5:9 to 10. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. Paul says a lot of things here. But I hope you notice that word ‘much more’. Do you see that in both the verses? Much more, much more. What much more? Much more we will be saved. That's what he's trying to say. He is trying to give the people assurance that in the end they will be saved from the wrath of God. Verse 9 talks about saved from the wrath of God. You saw that? Yeah. So, the whole point Paul is trying to make in these two verses is, “Listen, you will be saved in the end. Don't have any doubt about it. You can be much more sure, not just more sure, you can be much more sure.” You can have that much more certainty. That's the whole point.

How does he do that? Let me walk you through how he gives this much more certainty. Let me walk you through it step by step. He's comparing here what has already happened to us to what is going to happen to us. So, what has already happened to us in the past, he's comparing with what is going to happen in the future. Let me just show you this on the screen. What has already happened to us in the past verse 9, we have now been justified, we have already been justified. And verse 10, we were reconciled. You see the past tense there, already happened, we were reconciled. What is going to happen to us in the future? Look. Much more shall we be saved. That's going to happen in the future, future tense. We shall be saved. We will be saved. Verse 10, again, we shall be saved. Again this, clarify, if you look at verse 9, saved from the wrath of God, that's what we're talking about. So, he's comparing what has already happened, we have been justified, reconciled.

You remember more justified means? Last week we spoke about it. Justified means your verdict has been changed from guilty to righteous. That's what justified means. Last week, we spoke. Reconciled means you who were far off have been brought near. Reconcile means to bring near, to eliminate conflict, to bring into peace, into one accord. So, we were far off from God, and we've been brought near. That's what it means. So, already we've been justified, reconciled. Interesting, Paul does not say, “Already we are saved,” here. He keeps the saved for future. He says, “Already we are justified, reconciled. We will be saved.” Future. Next thing what is he doing? He’s saying, “If already these things have happened, you can be much more sure that this will also happen in the future. If you are already justified and reconciled, you can be much more sure that you will be saved in the future.”

But where is he getting that ‘much more’ idea from? How can he be much more sure? Two important reasons. His argument goes like this. Two important things. One is, our former condition versus our present condition. Listen to this. Before, in the past, while we were enemies, he says, that was our condition. Verse 10. While we were enemies itself, we were reconciled to God. Our former condition was the worst possible condition. We were not anywhere near God, we are far away from God. In fact, enemies of God. God never had to reconcile us. But at that time, itself, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God. Then, if that is the case, we can be much more sure now... What is our condition now? Look at that much more now. Much more now that we are reconciled, we are no longer enemies. Now we are reconciled means what? We are friends. We are family. We are children of God. If while we were enemies God did that to us, reconciled us, now that we are friends and family and children, He will surely save us. See the logic there? Our former condition was worst possible condition, and God did so much good to us. Now we are part of His family, we are reconciled to Him, will He not save us? That's number one.

Number two, where is he getting the ‘much more’ idea from? Number two. This is very important. He’s saying, “What already happened to us happened through the death of Jesus. What is going to happen to us, we can be much more sure about that. You know why? Because it's going to happen through the life of Jesus.” He’s comparing Jesus's death versus Jesus's life. He’s showing here, look in verse 9 and 10, we are already justified and we are already reconciled. But how did it happen? It happened justified by His blood. You saw that? By His blood. How were we reconciled? By the death. Blood, death, both are speaking about the same thing, cross. He’s saying, “What already happened, happened by the death.” What is going to happen, which is, we are going to be saved, is going to happen how? By His life. Can you see that? He’s comparing the death of Jesus, what it can do, with the life of Jesus and what it can do.

Here is his argument. He’s saying, if the death of Jesus can justify you and reconcile you, you can be much more sure that the life of Jesus will save you. The logic goes like this, if the death of Jesus can accomplish this, you can be much more sure that the life of Jesus will accomplish, he’s putting more weight on what? Death or life? On the life. Oftentimes, we put more weight on the death, he puts more weight on the life. That is why I'm making a point to say Christ is risen today. he is alive and that counts for something. That counts for you being saved all the way to the end. How are you going to be saved from the wrath of God? By the life of Jesus. That means what? Jesus lives, He’s alive today and because of that, that is the guarantee that you will be saved all the way to the end. You are saved from sin by His death, you are justified by His death, you are reconciled by His death but in the end, that's relying not only on the death of Jesus but also on the life. Everybody say life. Jesus is alive.

Paul talks about this in Romans 8 as well. If the death of Jesus can do so much what can the life of Jesus do? That's the point. If the death of Jesus can bring you so much comfort and assurance regarding your salvation, then the life of Jesus should bring you more assurance, more surety. It did for Paul, it should for us today. Romans 8 verse 31 onwards. Here, one of the grandest chapters in the Bible, Romans chapter 8. And the ending of that, you remember, after some amazing teaching in the book of Romans for eight chapters, at the end of the eighth chapter, what is he trying to prove? He's trying to prove nothing can ever separate you from the love of God, which is in Christ. That's how Romans 8 ends. Nothing, neither death nor life, neither angels nor principalities, neither rulers nor powers, nothing can separate you.

But how does he do that? How does he work his way up to that great climax? He starts in verse 31, look at what he says. He's trying to give great assurance and calm all doubts and drive away all fears. Verse 31 onwards. Let's read it and see how he does that. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Verse 32. He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with him also freely give us all things? He's saying, “Who can come against you and when God is on your side?” and, “Why are you worrying about anything today? If God gave us His only begotten Son, He did not spare His own Son, then will He not also give us freely all things?” Then next verse, he says, building up to a climax. Verse 33. Who shall bring a charge against God's elect? They say, he has in mind even the final wrath because this is a grand chapter, Romans 8, bringing to close a great teaching about salvation and the certainty of it.

So, who will bring a charge against God's elect? He's thinking about now until all eternity. Who can question whom God has chosen? That's the point, right? Verse 33. It is God who justifies. Who can look at whom God has called righteous and call them a sinner? That's the point here. God has justified us, who can bring a charge against us? Who can say we are a sinner? Can the devil say, and win the argument? No, it is God who justifies. Next verse. Verse 34. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen. That furthermore is everything. The most important word in the verse there. It is Christ who died. Some translation says, more than that He’s also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Paul gets excited when he goes from death to resurrection. Do you see that? He says, “Nobody can condemn us.” Why? Christ died for us. And more than that, furthermore, note this, He rose again and He’s seated at the right hand of God, and He makes intercession for us. What is the point? He’s saying, “Listen, your final salvation is guaranteed not just by the cross, but it's guaranteed by the very resurrection and the life of Jesus Christ and the intercessory ministry of Jesus.” I want you to notice that here, I'm going to take this to one more step.

What is the guarantee that we’ll be saved in the end? Jesus is alive. Alive doing what? Some people think, “He's alive just sitting, He's retired. He's done all the work there is to do and yes, He’s just seated on His chair retired doing nothing. He’s resting for the last 2,000 years.” No, He is working. Jesus is working today. Do you know what He's doing? Look at that verse. It says He is interceding for us. What does that mean? Interceding for us. I'm talking about how Jesus saves us at the end. He saves all the way to the end. He saves us not only by His death, but by His life. And what is He doing sitting there alive? He is interceding for us. What does that mean? I’ll put it very simply. It means He's praying for us. My friend, let me say it again. Jesus is praying for you. And that is the guarantee that you are saved all the way to the end.

Do you believe in prayer? You believe in the power of prayer? Christians, that is one of our distinctives. We believe in prayer. We believe we pray things will happen on individual level, on a community level, on a national level also, things will happen if we pray. So, next time somebody worries just look at them and say, “Don't worry. Just pray.” Christian’s response to something should never be worry, it should be pray. Our Lord forbade us from worrying. “Don't worry about anything,” He said. If you just pray that itself will give you the victory in many situations. I think this lesson needs to be taught to our children. If they're facing any problem, just tell them, say, “Don't worry. Just pray.” That itself will make them successful in their life. We believe in prayer. I hope you believe in prayer, my friend. If you believe in prayer, you can overcome any obstacle in life. Just pray to your God. He’s a living God. He hears your prayer, He receives your prayer. He's interested in answering your prayer. He’s the one who told us to pray in the first place. Prayer is not our idea, it's God's idea. “Ask anything you want,” He said, “If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” We believe in prayer.

I'm not talking about our prayer here, though. I'm talking about Jesus praying. Do you believe in the power of Jesus's prayer? Jesus is praying for you. He died for you. He rose again for you, He’s seated at the right hand, and now He is praying for you. We don't need any higher guarantee. Go to Hebrews 7 verse 25. Same verse we’re revisiting. This amazing verse. He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since... Why is He able to save? How was He able to do that? Since He always lives to make intercession for them. He always lives to make intercession for them. Again, same word, intercession. We have intercessory prayer here every week, praying for others, that's what it means, intercession. It means praying for others, standing in the gap that is between others and God. That's what intercession is. Coming and lifting up the needs of others before God.

What does this verse say? Jesus is able to save all the way to the end. Why? He always lives to make intercession. He lives to make intercession. I want you to notice that word, He lives to. You know what? That's an ordinary word in English, ‘to’. But you know what? It denotes purpose. He lives in order to, you can put it in bracket there, in order to. He always lives in order to make intercession. Here we are given one important purpose for why Jesus always lives. Think about this. It's not my words. Go and look at it, go and study it. My friend, this is the greatest guarantee. Jesus always lives to make intercession. He doesn't just pray for us, this verse says. It says, He lives in order to pray for us. I don’t know if you got it. He lives in order to pray for us. That means what? Let me put it like this. Jesus is praying for you. Let me say it another way. Jesus is praying for you right now. I said right now. How do I know that? Because He lives to pray for you. Which means He is fulfilling His purpose and He's praying for you right now. Say, right now. Everybody say right now. If you believe this, my friend, oh, this will take you a long way. Right now.

When you are at your deepest troubles, when you can't even open your mouth and pray yourself, you believe this, right now Jesus is praying for me. Jesus is praying for me. Right now. He lives to intercede. Some people have trouble understanding that idea, “Jesus praying in heaven. Why does Jesus...” Well, actually, the idea that Jesus prays itself is very strange if you think about it. We would normally think, “We only need to pray, why should He pray? He's the Son of God. He’s God Himself. He doesn't really need to pray, so to speak. Especially spend so much time in prayer. Does He really need all that?” But you look at His earthly life did He pray? Yes. How much time did He spend in prayer? A lot of time He spent. Got up early in the morning. Prayed sometimes whole night, prayed many hours, prayed before every major decision in His life. You just almost look at it and if you take it seriously you will find it strange. Why is He praying so much? We need all that prayer. But why is He? You see, He prays a lot, my friend, I don't have time to go into that. But He prays a lot. That's the way He is. And Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. If He prayed in His earthly life, He prays today and He prays for you and me.

I want to show you one example because some people may again say, “But brother, I understand Jesus doing all this, but what if I falter? What if I do something wrong? I know Jesus is always on my side, and he's praying for me, He’s doing everything but I will do something and lose my own salvation.” I want to give you an example for that. The Apostle Peter. You remember what he did? If anybody faulted, Peter faltered big time. What did he do? He denied Jesus three times. Three times, not one time, and not ordinary denial. The way he denied was cursing. I mean by the time he came to the third time, he cursed Jesus out and denied him. Think about that, think it was Peter His disciple whom He called as rock, and he cursed and denied Jesus three times.

Before that happened, Jesus speaks to Peter amazing words, Luke chapter 22 verse 31. You want assurance? Here is assurance. Jesus is speaking to Peter before he denied Him, and look what he said. You know Peter is very confident. He thinks he will never deny Jesus but Jesus tells him before daybreak you will deny three times. And then look what He says. Verse 31. The Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. Satan wants to play with you. Verse 32. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail. He says, “Simon, Satan is really coming after you. He’s trying to completely ruin you, completely destroy you but I have prayed for you.” The answer is what? I have prayed for you. What have I prayed? That your faith should not fail. And then look what He says, and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren. He knows Peter is going to deny Him but then He also knows Peter will return. He says, “When you return to Me.”

Look at the confidence with which Jesus prays. I want you to see that. You believe in Jesus’s prayer. Definitely, Jesus also believes in His own prayer. He’s not thinking, “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to play games with you. And I'm praying, I don't know whether it will work out or not.” No, no, no, “I have prayed for you that your faith should not fail.” That means it will not fail. That's the power of His prayer. And authoritatively, He says, “When you do return,” that means what? You will return. “I want you to help out the others. Strengthen your brethren.” Amazing. Peter denied Jesus but then he came back to Jesus. He was restored. He became the leader of the early church. How my friend, how? Think about it.

What is the difference between Peter and Judas? They both committed similar sins only, he denied Him three times, cursing Him out, Judas betrayed Him. What's the difference between the two of them? Peter came back and trusted in Jesus, put his faith in Jesus. Judas was never able to. He was never able to. He thought that's it, it's finished. Jesus will never take me back, I will never return, that's it. There's no forgiveness, there's no going back beyond this.” And he went and... he didn't trust in Jesus, that's the problem. Actually, if you read the Gospels carefully you will see, he never fully trusted in Jesus. He was always wolf in sheep's clothing kind of thing. He was among the disciples but he was not really with them. From the beginning he was stealing from the money bag. He’s put in charge of the money bag and he was a thief from the very beginning. If you look at it carefully, you'll see was never a true believer. But Peter, he was a true believer. He continued believing in Jesus no matter what.

Here's the final point. Why did Peter come back to Jesus? What made Peter come back to Jesus? What made Peter not lose his faith? Is it just Peter’s own decision and just his own determination? “I'll go back to Jesus.” No, no, no. Jesus prayed for him that his faith should not fail. And his prayer made him come back. You believe in prayer? I believe in prayer. I believe in Jesus’s prayer and His prayer can make anyone come back. He can make you or anyone come back. So, even asking the question, “Will I lose my salvation?” Immediately puts down Jesus. Don't even ask the question. You are saved all the way to the end. Jesus is the guarantee. He's alive and the fact that He's alive and praying for you, on top of dying for you, is the ultimate guarantee that you will be saved all the way to the end.

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