Sermons on Salvation

Sermons on Salvation

Proverbs 1:20-33

In Proverbs 1:20-33, Solomon describes the call of the enigmatic figure, Wisdom.  Who is this Wisdom who appears again in chapters 8 and 9?  In this text we learn that Wisdom will pour out the Spirit and make the one who heeds her know the Word.  These are the actions of God, making Wisdom equal to God and, as is clear from the passage in chapter 8, the Son of God. Solomon makes it clear that attaining to Wisdom means…

Hebrews 10:19-25

In Hebrews 10:19-25 the author begins his final exhortation. In light of everything he has said about Christ and the entrance we through him to God and His exalted priesthood, how are you to live? What are the implications for the Christian life?  They are this: You must draw near to God in Christ, hold fast to your confession, and seek to stir up other Christians to love and good works.

Matthew 13:10-17, 34-35

In Matthew 13:10-17 Christ explains why he speaks to the people in parables.  The reason he speaks in parables is both to reveal and conceal truth about the kingdom of God.  This shows that the knowledge of the kingdom of God is sovereignly given by Christ.  He gives it to his disciples by grace and withholds it from others in justice according to the eternal decree.  God’s grace is sovereign and therefore unbelief is part of his plan to the…

Matthew 12:46-50

In Matthew 12:46-50 Christ’s family comes to see him, however, they come doubting.  When told that his family wants to see him, Christ explains that his true family are those who do the will of his Father in heaven are his true family.  This is the blessing of the gospel: that though there be many who turn away, those who come to Christ are adopted into the family of God with Christ himself as their elder brother who came to…

Matthew 12:33-37

In Matthew 12:33-37 Jesus concludes his response to the Pharisees and their accusation against him that he casts out demons by Beelzebub. Christ says that the words a person speaks reveals the contents of their heart. Thus, this blasphemy from the Pharisees reveals the blasphemous character of their hearts. Not only this, but Christ declares that on the last day the true nature of the heart will be revealed by the words a person has spoken.

Hebrews 6:9-12

After giving a stern warning to God’s people in 6:1-8 the author now gives them encouragement in 6:9-12. Though he has spoken hard words to them, he believes that they have obtained salvation. What gives the author this assurance? Love for God expressed in love for the saints. He then exhorts them to pursue real assurance themselves showing that assurance of salvation is both possible and a duty.

John 20:19-23

In John 20:19-23 Christ breathes the Spirit on His disciples. John describes this action in ways similar to Genesis 2:7 where God breathed the breath of life into Adam’s nostrils. Christ, the author of the new creation, who became a life-giving Spirit through His resurrection, sovereignly brings dead sinners to life through the giving of the Spirit. Thus, anyone in Christ is a new creation.

John 19:28-30

In John 19:28-30, Jesus declares His work to be finished on the cross. What is He declaring to be finished? Pastor Grasso shows that this is the culmination of Christ’s work of new creation. As God completed His work on the sixth day and declared everything very good, so too, Christ on the cross declares His work to be completed. All of those in Him have entered the new creation.

Matthew 11:28-30

In Matthew 11:28-30 Christ offers rest for the weary, for those who are experiencing the miseries of sin. Misery and wearisome toil is a result of the fall, and the promise of the Gospel is that Christ gives rest. Do not remain in the miseries of this world but come to Christ, whose yoke is easy and whose burden is light.

Matthew 11:25-27

In Matthew 11:25-27, after seeing unbelief and describing the judgment that will come to those who don’t believe, Christ responds. It can be difficult to see many turn away from the gospel in unbelief. What does Jesus do when he sees this? He gives thanks to God. Christ shows that even unbelief demonstrates the greatness of God’s sovereign grace. God uses unbelief to show that ultimately he is the only one who can open the heart to believe the gospel.…

Hebrews 4:1-11

In Hebrews 4:1-11 the author builds on the exhortation given in 3:7-19. He shows that the oath forbidding some to enter God’s rest implies a promise for all of those who will hear the Word of God with faith. Those who hear with faith will enter into the rest of God, which is the true fulfillment of the rest spoken of at creation in Genesis 2:2. This Sabbath rest has been won for God’s people through Christ, who rested from…

Hebrews 3:7-19

In Hebrews 3:7-19 the author of Hebrews exhorts the people of God to remain faithful to God in light of the example of unfaithfulness of God’s people in the wilderness under Moses. All of them had received great blessings, just as all in the church have great blessings. They still turned away, however. Their unfaithfulness carries an implicit exhortation to all who live after them, to cling to God and to encourage others to do the same.