Last week we looked at total human incapacity. Man in his natural state has no power or desire to come to Christ. We are totally unable to save ourselves. Go back with me to Romans 3:10-12. Now let’s go to Romans 5:6 “For while we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.” “Without strength” means weaker, helpless, sick, without strength, crippled, weak and weak. In the moral sense: miserable, sick, that is to say in a state of sin and misery.
It is the state in which we are born; therefore, we do not have the power to save ourselves, nor do we desire to be saved. It’s a terrible place. Because of our depraved state, the salvation of the soul must be solely a work of God’s Sovereign Salvation. Please remember that God is in total control. He is not a puppet on a string. No one controls God. He is self-sufficient; It does not depend on anyone or anything. He is Sovereign God.
Sovereign – Supreme in power; possessing supreme dominion; as sovereign prince. God has the highest authority without control. No one controls God, and no one influences Him. If anyone did, He would cease to be God.
Salvation – In the Christian sense, salvation is deliverance from sin and its spiritual consequences and admission to eternal life with bliss in the Kingdom of Christ.
Humanity was born dead in its trespasses and sins, and is unable to save itself. God, who is sovereign over everything, had a plan before the foundation of the world. God does everything decently and in order. Salvation is a work of the sovereignty of God. God must save because we cannot save ourselves. “To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness, that he may be just, and justify him that believeth in Jesus,” Romans 3:26. “Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was in store for him endured the cross, despising the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God”, Hebrews 12 :2. “Being assured of this, that he who began a good work in you will do it until the day of Jesus Christ,” Philippians 1:6. It is God who justifies us, Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith; and God completes the work he began in us. This is clearly stated in Ephesians 1:1-11. Please take your Bible, turn around and follow.
Verse 1 – When was Paul saved? Most of us know the story of Paul’s conversion on the road to Damascus. Why did God save Paul at this time? Look in Galatians 1:15. The word “pleasure” means, by implication, to determine, to resolve, to choose with pleasure to do something. Here in Galatians 1:15 it talks about God. In short, God chose to save Paul. Look back in Ephesians 1. Verse 2 – Notice where this grace and peace comes from. Verse 3 – who did the blessing? The whole focus is on God. Now let’s go to verse 4. “He” is talking about God. “Chosen” is a simple indefinite action that occurs in past tense. The subject, which is God, as acting in some way upon or concerning itself. So God, before the beginning of time, acted in a certain way without any outside influence. God did something; What did he do? Verse 4 – “has chosen”. “Chosen” by implication: to choose, with the accessory idea of kindness, favour, love. Romans 5:8.
When did God choose? What has God chosen? How did God choose? Verses 4- God chose us in him before the foundation of the world; He did it out of love.
Verse 5- “To have predestined” is to limit in advance, that is to say (figuratively) to predetermine: – to determine before, to order, to predestine. Predestined is used to declare God’s eternal decrees about the objects and purpose of His plan of salvation. The objects are those He has chosen to save, and the goal is for Him to be glorified.
Verse 6 – He has caused all who believe and will believe in the Beloved to accept. “Accepted” means to grant a grace, a great honor or a great favor. Remember that this is done without any kind of influence. God did this by himself. To love is to love; to be regarded with great affection.
Verses 7-11 – We were chosen for salvation and love; according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his own will, hence sovereign salvation. It’s very humiliating. Take your Bible and look at the verses we have just gone through.
We therefore understand, according to the Bible, that we are chosen for salvation by God before the foundation of the world. It is God who chooses, it is God who justifies, and it is God who receives all the honor and glory. We have done nothing to gain God’s favor.
This brings us to a few questions. Don’t we have to have faith to be saved? Yes, we do, so let’s turn to Ephesians 2:8-9. Notice the phrase “And not of yourselves”. This faith came from God. It is a work of His grace to us. Another question is, “Have we not at some time had a desire to come to Jesus Christ”? Turn to John 1:12-13. This brings us back to Ephesians 1. God the Father decided to give a people to His Son. Turn to John 6:35-44, 65.
Let’s use another word that shows God’s Sovereign Salvation. Turn to II Peter 1:10. “Election” is the gracious purpose of God whereby everyone is chosen for salvation to embrace and endure in the grace bestowed by Christ and to enjoy his privileges and blessings here and in the other. -of the. This means that God’s intention was in accordance with the principle of election which is God’s free choice unaffected by external circumstances or the worth of the individuals involved.
How do I know if God has chosen me for salvation? I John 5:13. He quickens us, Ephesians 2:1. He gives us grace and faith, Ephesians 2:8-9. He gives us the grace to repent, II Corinthians 5:17 and I Corinthians 6:9-11. We love him because he first loved us, I John 4:19. We have brethren love, I John 3:14. We love the scriptures, Psalm 119:47 “And I will rejoice in your commandments, which I have loved”. We live a life of constant repentance and purification, I John 3:3. Colossians 3:5-25.
Our hope is built on the finished work of Jesus Christ; Nothing more and nothing less. We have examined the Sovereign Salvation according to the Bible. I want to encourage you to study the scriptures. We have no confidence in our flesh. Yes we call on the Lord to save us, but it is not words that save us. Those who trust what they have said or done usually live like that. The Bible says we can know we are saved. Do you know from the Scriptures that you are saved? Thank God for his sovereign salvation and for the scriptures that give us clarity and confidence. To God be the glory.