I’m Saved A Whole Lot
“The Indescribable Abundance of Salvation”
2 Corinthians 5: 17-21
In our last study we considered the Salvation of Man. Of all that I have received in this life, I am most appreciative for my salvation. I often ponder my salvation, trying to comprehend all that I have been given through this gracious gift of God. I have been saved for almost 30 years now, and I will admit that it is still beyond my ability to fully grasp all that I have received. The grace of God and His redemptive plan for sinful humanity is beyond our ability to fully understand.
We will likely never fully grasp the magnitude of God’s abundant grace, but that should never hinder our gratitude and thanksgiving for all that we have received in Christ. Paul enjoyed a ministry of abundance, but he never lost sight of what he had received in Christ. He never got far from the foot of the cross, and was ever grateful for the grace that was extended to him. Consider the thoughts of John MacArthur:
“Paul was overwhelmed with gratitude that the eternal, holy God sent His Son to die as a substitute to pay the penalty for his sins. That marvelous truth left him no room for selfcongratulation, as if he had contributed something to his salvation. But Christ’s death did not merely put him in a position to be saved; it procured his salvation. From that reality flows reconciliation, justification, forgiveness of sin, peace with God, and deliverance from wrath and judgment. Paul desired above all else to live for the One who sovereignly and graciously redeemed him through His blood.” I
I want to examine this passage and consider the conclusions Paul describes in regard to our salvation as we think on: The Indescribable Abundance of Salvation.
I. Salvation Brings Regeneration (v. 17)
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. We have already examined the state of man without God. He is apart from God, a sinner. But, God in His mercy and grace provided a means for all to be saved. This is accomplished through a new birth in the Lord Jesus. Jesus said, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.” Simple enough, but what is being born again? Nicodemus said, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?” That would be miraculous, but our new birth is an even greater miracle! It isn’t a physical birth, it’s spiritual birth. It is so deep, so clear, and so complete, that we become a new creation in Christ.
It is at this new birth that the old nature of sin dies and we are reborn into a life of righteousness. At the moment of salvation, all things become new. The desires, anger, hatred, envy, jealousy, of the old man have been replaced with newness of life in Christ. Life is now filled with a desire to serve God, a love for others, and a hope for the future.
Regeneration isn’t just an outward change; man is completely and eternally changed, (caterpillar and butterfly). The saved man now has a new heart, new eyes to see, new feet to walk, new hands to work, and a new voice to speak. Only in Christ; what a change!
I. Salvation Brings Regeneration (17)
II. Salvation Brings Reconciliation (v. 18-19)
And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;