The Childlike Simplicity Of Salvation
by David J. Stewart | October 2019 | Updated November 2019
2nd Timothy 3:15, “And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”
I attentively listened to an excellent MP3 sermon today by Pastor Jack Hyles called: “Yea, Yea, And Nay, Nay.” Salvation is so simple. God had to make the plan of salvation simple, so that uneducated people could be saved. God had to make the plan of salvation simple, so that little children could be saved. God had to make the plan of salvation simple, so that elderly people with Alzheimer disease can be saved. God had to make the plan of salvation simple, so that educably slow people could be saved. God had to make the plan of salvation simple, so that everyone could be saved by childlike faith in the “GOOD NEWS.”
“Everything that's hard and complicated about salvation is God's side of it!” —Pastor Jack Hyles, a precious quote from the MP3 sermon, “Yea, Yea, And Nay, Nay!”
Everything that is hard or complicated in salvation is God's part. What about regeneration? That is God's part. What about Christ's incarnation? That is God's part. What about justification? That is God's department. What about sanctification? That is God's part. What about Jesus' vicarious death? That is God's part? What about propitiation? That is God's part? What about imputation? That is God's part. Ironically, Brother Hyles refutes the idea of having 7 steps to salvation, and I remembered that Dr. John MacArthur actually teaches 7 steps to be saved!
“More people will die and burn in Hell, because they're trusting too much!” —Pastor Jack Hyles, a precious quote from the MP3 sermon, “Yea, Yea, And Nay, Nay!”
Dr. Hyles loves this next saying and so do I...
“God thought it, Jesus bought it, the preacher taught it, and I caught it!” —Pastor Jack Hyles, a precious quote from the MP3 sermon, “Yea, Yea, And Nay, Nay!”
We are saved by simply trusting the wonderful crucified, buried and risen Savior. Salvation is as simple as flipping on a light switch! ...
“Regeneration is what God does in response to your flipping the switch of faith! All you do is trust the Savior—you do nothing more, you do nothing less. Now you've got to know you're a sinner, and you've got to know that sinners are lost, and you've got to know that Jesus died for sinners, and you've got to know that if you trust Him, He'll take you to Heaven when you die; but the minute you know those things and BY FAITH say: 'That's it! And that's what I'm trusting, and I'm merely relying on that to get me to Heaven—then anything more than that is too much, anything less than that is too little, and the Devil likes to come and complicate salvation!” —Pastor Jack Hyles, a precious quote from the MP3 sermon, “Yea, Yea, And Nay, Nay!”
There is absolutely NOTHING that you or I can do to merit salvation. God sent His only begotten Son into the world, to die on a sinner's cross to pay for your sins and mine. John 3:14-16, “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
What does John 3:14-16 mean? God's people had sinned. Thousands of them were dying. God told Moses to take some brass and form it into the shape of a serpent (a snake). This symbolized Jesus, the sinless Lamb of God Who became as sin for us (2nd Corinthians 5:21). Jesus voluntarily suffered and died, being crucified on a cross, so that He could make everything right for those who receive Him BY FAITH. Moses held up the brass serpent he had shaped before the people. The Jewish people were instructed to look to the serpent to live! Anyone who LOOKS TO THE MESSIAH is saved! Isaiah 45:22, “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.” Just as Moses lifted up a serpent in the Wilderness, even so has God lifted up His dear only begotten Son, “that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16b).
This is such a wonderful sermon, that I hope you will listen to also. To God be the glory, great things He hath done!
“A man doesn't get better to get saved; he gets saved to get better.”
—Pastor Curtis Hutson (1934-1995), a quote from the excellent sermon, “Salvation Crystal Clear.”
“Faith is the only righteous thing
that I can do!”
—Pastor Jack Hyles, a quote from the MP3 sermon titled: “God's Reversal Of Psalms 51”