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1 In Preparation for Class Consider the Following:
Rivers of Living Water: Great Biblical Themes and the Shaping of Lives of Faith Week 5: Salvation In Preparation for Class Consider the Following: “In the garden Jesus had crossed the line from ‘I’ to ‘Thou’ with His words, ‘Not My will but Thine be done.’ On the cross He demonstrated it. Losing everything, He won for us the assurance of Presence. Jesus’ death and resurrection once and for all should give us hope that we can never be forsaken, forgotten, or overlooked by God. He is Immanuel, the God who is ever with us.” Michael Card, A Sacred Sorrow

2 How would you explain salvation?
Opening Discussion How would you explain salvation? - Why it’s necessary - What it accomplishes - How it happens

3 What is Salvation? Salvation is man being saved morally and spiritually by God’s action in history, the present, and in the future through the person of Jesus Christ for the specific purposes of deliverance from sin and its consequences and the restoration of relationship between God and man.

4 Meanings of Salvation Yesa – bring into a spacious environment
Deliverance from that which constrains and confines In the Old Testament Salvation is from disease, trouble, enemies, poverty and need, slavery in Egypt, exile in Babylon. It includes recovery of property and hope for a new world where God’s sovereign rule and righteous character is manifest among the nations.

5 Deuteronomy 6:20-24 20 In the future, when your son asks you, “What is the meaning of the stipulations, decrees and laws the Lord our God has commanded you?” 21 tell him: “We were slaves of Pharaoh in Egypt, but the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand. 22 Before our eyes the Lord sent signs and wonders—great and terrible—on Egypt and Pharaoh and his whole household.23 But he brought us out from there to bring us in and give us the land he promised on oath to our ancestors. 24 The Lord commanded us to obey all these decrees and to fear the Lord our God, so that we might always prosper and be kept alive, as is the case today.

6 Jeremiah 31: A New Covenant
33 “This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. 34 No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the Lord. “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”

7 Ezekiel 37: Salvation from Exile
 And say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will take the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from all around and bring them back into their own land. 22 I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. There will be one king over all of them and they will never again be two nations or be divided into two kingdoms. 23 They will no longer defile themselves with their idols and vile images or with any of their offenses, for I will save them from all their sinful backsliding, and I will cleanse them. They will be my people, and I will be their God.

8 Ezekiel - Continued 24 “‘My servant David will be king over them, and they will all have one shepherd. They will follow my laws and be careful to keep my decrees. 25 They will live in the land I gave to my servant Jacob, the land where your ancestors lived. They and their children and their children’s children will live there forever, and David my servant will be their prince forever.26 I will make a covenant of peace with them; it will be an everlasting covenant. I will establish them and increase their numbers, and I will put my sanctuary among them forever. 27 My dwelling place will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be my people. 28 Then the nations will know that I the Lord make Israel holy, when my sanctuary is among them forever.’”

9 Group Discussion What strikes you about the images in the Old Testament about God’s salvation?

10 Why and What Genesis 1-3 God created man to be in perfect relationship with Himself Man disobeyed and broke the perfect “communion” with God God immediately put in place a plan to restore the relationship Genesis 3:15: “I will put enmity between you and the woman, between your offspring and hers; He will crush your head and you will strike his heel.” Struggle between man and evil for the present Ultimate victory on man’s behalf

11 How Genesis 22:18: Promise to bless all the nations through a descendant of Abraham’s. Genesis 49:10: Blessing promise to the tribe of Judah that the “scepter will not depart” from Judah until it “comes to whom it belongs” and “the obedience of the nations is his”. Isaiah 11:1: A “shoot from the root of Jesse” will judge with righteousness and decide with justice Jeremiah 33:8: He will “cleanse from all sin” and “forgive all sins of rebellion against Him”

12 Where and When Isaiah 9:1: “In the future”; “Galilee of the Gentiles, by the way of the sea, along the Jordan” Jeremiah 23:5-8: “Days coming”; in “the days of a King who will reign wisely”; “their own land” Zechariah 14:8-9: “On that day”; “out from Jerusalem” the “Lord will be king over the whole earth”

13 Who 2 Samuel 7:12-13: From David’s line God will establish one whose kingdom will be forever. Isaiah 53: God’s servant will “bear the sins of many” Ezekiel 34: God Himself will shepherd His people Zechariah 8:23: All the nations will “take hold of one Jew by the hem of the robe” because “God is with him”.

14 Jesus John 1:12-13: Yet to all who received Him, He gave the right to become children of God – children born not of natural descent nor of human decision or a husband’s will but born of God. Romans 5:9-10: Since we have been justified by His blood, how much more will we be saved from God’s wrath through Him! For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to Him through the death of His Son, how much more, having been reconciled, will we be saved through His life! Ephesians 2:4-7: But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. Revelation 21:6-7: He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son.

15 1 Peter 1:3-21 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, 11 trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow. 

16 1 Peter Continued 12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things. 13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”[a] 17 Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. 18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.

17 Questions What images does Peter use to describe salvation?
When do we experience this salvation? Is it past, present, future, or all of the above? What is salvation the result of? What are we saved from? Now that we better understand the theme of salvation, how should that knowledge shape how we live our lives today?

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