“Out Of The Sewer”

Posted: August 13, 2018 in Evagelism, Salvation, Suffering

The Honeymooners [was] an American television sitcom created by and starring Jackie Gleason, who played the role of Ralph Kramden, a bus driver for the fictional Gotham Bus Company based in New York City. His friend and neighbor Ed Norton worked for the New York City sewer department and described his job as a “Sub-supervisor in the sub-division of the department of subterranean sanitation. [He would say] I just keep things moving along.” [1]

Job. Ed’s job isn’t one that most people would want. But someone has to do the job and we’re thankful for those do it (1 Timothy 2:1). One of my sons worked with a man in this kind of work for awhile before he decided to get some further education because he didn’t want to do that kind of work for the rest of his life.

Cross. In like manner, no one wants to have to die on a cruel cross for another person’s crimes (Romans 5:7, 8). But God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, did that for you and me (Philippians 2:8).  He, as it were, reached down into the sewer of sin, into which we had fallen, and drew us up, washed and cleansed us, and then clothed us with His righteousness (1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Philippians 3:9). We can/should sing “Amazing grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me…”

Rock. Having been delivered from the penalty of sin (Ephesians 2:8; Romans 8:1), each believe has been placed on the Rock, Christ Jesus (See Psalm 40:2; Matthew 7:24-27; 16:18). Currently He is saving us from the power of sin (Romans 6:14), and ultimately we will be saved from the presence of sin (Romans 8:23).  Can you honestly sing “…on Christ the Solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand” (Matthew 7:24-27)?

Sacrifice. The Apostle Paul wrote, “Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory” (2 Timothy 2:10). He also relates to us some of the sufferings he endured while serving Christ here on earth (2 Corinthians 11:23-33). What are you willing to do so others can be saved? Are you a “convenient” or a “committed” Christian? Have you presented your body to God as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1, 2)?

Questions. Where would you be today if someone hadn’t told you the Good News concerning Christ’s death for your sins…and His bodily resurrection? How can others call upon [believe on] the Lord if they haven’t heard the Gospel? You see, “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word (i.e. individual utterances concerning) God” (Romans 10:13-17). Are you sure or just hoping you’re saved? Do you have assurance of your salvation? Why should God let you into His heaven? Are you relying on your good works to save you, or your faith plus your good works?

Formula. If you want to bake a delicious cake, it’s important that you have all the right ingredients and the right temperature and time for it to be in the oven. My wife once got a recipe for some “monster cookies” but one of the ingredients was missing. So they didn’t turn out right. But I ate them anyway.  Of far greater importance is it for us to have the right formula for salvation – deliverance from hell to heaven. The correct formula is: Grace + Faith = Salvation + Good Works. The corrupt formula: Grace + Faith + Good Works = Salvation. Which one is the formula you’re using?

Help. We’re here to help you and others who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you.  Share it with others.  To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” Join us on Facebook and Youtube for our Bible studies. We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Honeymooners

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