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Blessings of Salvation

Blessings of Salvation

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FOUNDATIONSOF FAITH4. The Blessings of Salvation 
This week’s Bible ReadingSun.Psalms 81-82Mon.Luke 17Tue.Luke 18Wed.Luke 19Thu.Luke 20Fri.Luke 21Sat.Luke 22Memorise Ephesians 1:3
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us inChrist with every spiritual blessing in theheavenly places...”This chapter comes immediately after the study on the Cost of Commitment, with itsemphasis on possible suffering, self denial, hardship and sacrifice. Maybe by now you havethe impression that the follower of Christ can have no joy, no pleasure, no excitement – onlysorrow and difficulty.It is therefore suitable that this study is a brief look at the blessings of salvation – the great privilege it is for us to be saved, to have received freely by grace from God through Christ inthe power of the Holy Spirit. By the end of this lesson you should be saying: “Anyone whorefuses the offer of salvation must be a blind fool – God has given us such honour and privilege as His children!”We must begin by realising that this lesson will be far from complete. We can only begin tolist and look at a few of the privileges that a believer receives through Christ. Our memoryverse says that in Christ “we have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.” How can we begin to look at the meaning of EVERY BLESSING?What do you think is the meaning of the word: ‘Blessing’?One definition states: ‘It means that God is gracious and that He is in control, and brings allthings to pass in a way that benefits His People.’ We will look at the blessings and privilegesof salvation under three headings – past, present and future. Salvation has three tenses:
Immediate salvation – once-for-all rescue from bad things
Constant salvation – everyday experience of good things
Future salvation – the promise of the best things still ahead of us
1.Immediate salvation – once-for-all rescue
A.Freedom from sin, guilt and punishment
 
 No criminal, who thinks he is innocent, can be grateful when he is acquitted and setfree. If you think you never did anything wrong, you will not be happy when you aretold you will not be punished.When you consider the Law of God, have you done wrong? Have you kept God’slaw? ___________________ Read
Romans 3:19-21
Who has kept the whole of God’s Law? _____________________________ Who is innocent before God? _______________________________________ Who has no guilt before the standard of God’s perfect law? _______________ Read
Romans 3:21-26
Find the 3 words that describe how God has rescued sinners from guilt and the penalties of sin.1._______________________________________________ (verse 24)2._______________________________________________ (verse 25)3._______________________________________________ (verse 26)Find out the meaning of those three words – you will discuss them in your teamstudy). Write briefly what you think they mean in your own words:1.________________________________________________________________ 2.________________________________________________________________ 3.________________________________________________________________ B.Deliverance and FreedomFreedom from guilt and punishment is not the only benefit we receive when we putour trust in Christ for salvation. Freedom is a blessing that applies to many areas of our new lives in Christ. Study the following Scriptures and note in what areas Christhas set you free.
John 8:31-36 _______________________________________________________ Luke 4:18-19 _______________________________________________________ Romans 6:20-23 ____________________________________________________ Galatians 1:4 _______________________________________________________ Colossians 1:13-14 __________________________________________________ Hebrews 2:14-15 ____________________________________________________ 
As you study each passage, think to what extent you have experienced the freedomand deliverance that is promised to you in these Scriptures. These are the privileges
 
we have been granted in Christ. But have we received them? Do we enjoy them? Andif not, why not?
2.Constant salvation – everyday experience of blessing
A.Safety and securityFor those who have put their trust in Christ and become a child of God, one of thegreatest privileges is the assurance that we are safe and secure. There is somesuggestion in the Bible that it is possible to lose our salvation if we deliberatelyturn our backs on Christ, deny Him and return wilfully to sin (see
Hebrews 6:4-6
).However, the writer to the Hebrews is writing this passage to those who havedeliberately turned their back on Christ – not for those who fall into sin andremain repentant and willing to follow Christ. For us there are great assurancesthat our salvation is safe and secure.Read the following Bible verses and answer the questions. Examine your own life,to ensure that you are enjoying the privileges of knowing that you are saved.
John 10:27-30
Jesus speaks of His disciples as His “sheep”. What does verse 27 say about Hissheep? They ___________________________ and ___________________________. Is that true of you? Then what promise does Jesusgive to you in verse 28? _____________________________________________________________________ Who can snatch the followers of Christ from the Father’s hand (verse 29)? ______________________.
Ephesians 1:3-6
What blessings have we received who trust in Christ?Verse3_______________________________________________________________ Verse4_______________________________________________________________ Verse5_______________________________________________________________ When and how were you chosen and destined to belong to Christ?Does that make you feel safe? How can you be sure that you will never lose your salvation?

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