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					                                    Text: Hebrews 11:31
                                Title: The Salvation of Faith
                                   Series: Living by Faith


Text: Hebrews 11:31

Title: The Salvation of Faith

Introduction: Living our lives by faith in God equips us to experience many blessings
that we would never otherwise have the ability to enjoy.

Faith is the key that unlocks the bounty of God’s goodness and provision in our life. We
have seen this illustrated in many of the lives spoken of throughout Hebrews chapter
eleven.

Yet for all of the great blessings of faith, there is one that rises above them all. One
provision that is impossible to come by without a properly placed faith in God—that
provision is salvation!

Ephesians 2:8-9
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of
God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Romans 3:28
Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

Luke 7 records a day in the life of Jesus when He sat in the house of Simon, a curious
Pharisee. As they ate, a sinful woman came in with an expensive alabaster box filled with
expensive ointment. She wept, washing Jesus’ feet with her tears, and anointed the feet of
Jesus with the contents of the box. It upset the Pharisees, but Jesus told this woman that
though her life had resulted in ruin, now her sins were forgiven.

Amazing! Forgiven sins—but how?

Luke 7:50
And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.

The writer of Hebrews 11 moves now to the life of Rahab and gives testimony of her
faith. Faith wrought many wonderful works in her life, but to the Lord, the most
important and profound product of faith in Rahab’s life was her salvation.

Rahab was a harlot who lived in the walls of the city of Jericho, the city we studied last
week that was destroyed by faith.

Amazingly, while faith was taking down walls and leading Israel to the destruction of a
city, faith was also hard at work saving souls! Particularly, a sin-filled woman named
Rahab.
                                   Text: Hebrews 11:31
                               Title: The Salvation of Faith
                                  Series: Living by Faith

My friend, have you exercised saving faith in your life as well? Do you know for
certain that if you died today, Heaven would be your home?

You can know—and you can know through faith.

1 John 5:13
These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye
may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of
God.

God has provided us a plan that, through faith, we can receive salvation through Jesus
Christ.

I.     The Penalty of Unbelief

       Salvation requires an antithesis, otherwise it is not salvation at all. The antithesis
       of faith is unbelief.

       Now, we can choose unbelief, but unbelief bears a penalty.

       Illustration: If I choose not to believe in gravity and jump off of a building, my
       unbelief will have a consequence.

       Our passage tells us that Rahab, “Perished not with them that believed not.” In
       Jericho, there was a penalty for not believing God and the testimony of His
       power.

       A.      The situation

               Israel approached the first city in their campaign to take possession of the
               Promised Land, the city of Jericho, and sent spies into the city.

               Joshua 2:1
               And Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly,
               saying, Go view the land, even Jericho. And they went, and came into an
               harlot’s house, named Rahab, and lodged there.

               The spies told Rahab what God was about to do. Notice Rahab’s response:

               Joshua 2:9–18
               9 And she said unto the men, I know that the LORD hath given you the
               land, and that your terror is fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of
               the land faint because of you.
               10 For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red sea for
               you, when ye came out of Egypt; and what ye did unto the two kings of the
               Amorites, that were on the other side Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom ye
               utterly destroyed.
                         Text: Hebrews 11:31
                     Title: The Salvation of Faith
                        Series: Living by Faith

     11 And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts did melt, neither
     did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you: for the
     LORD your God, he is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath.
     12 Now therefore, I pray you, swear unto me by the LORD, since I have
     shewed you kindness, that ye will also shew kindness unto my father’s
     house, and give me a true token:
     13 And that ye will save alive my father, and my mother, and my brethren,
     and my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death.
     14 And the men answered her, Our life for yours, if ye utter not this our
     business. And it shall be, when the LORD hath given us the land, that we
     will deal kindly and truly with thee.
     15 Then she let them down by a cord through the window: for her house
     was upon the town wall, and she dwelt upon the wall.
     16 And she said unto them, Get you to the mountain, lest the pursuers meet
     you; and hide yourselves there three days, until the pursuers be returned:
     and afterward may ye go your way.
     17 And the men said unto her, We will be blameless of this thine oath
     which thou hast made us swear.
     18 Behold, when we come into the land, thou shalt bind this line of scarlet
     thread in the window which thou didst let us down by: and thou shalt
     bring thy father, and thy mother, and thy brethren, and all thy father’s
     household, home unto thee.

     The situation was bleak. Destruction was coming. But Rahab had heard of
     Jehovah and believed that He was the true God! This caused her to
     respond to the spies in faith. Because of her faith, God saved her.

     But not everyone was saved. Jericho was utterly destroyed and would not
     be built again for over 500 years!

     Why was the situation so bad?

B.   The standard

     God was judging the city of Jericho for rejecting Him.

     Jericho was known to participate in many of the pagan and heathen
     practices that were common among the people of Caanan.

     God’s standard is holiness. He requires it. His stand is perfection. The
     problem is that everyone has fallen short of that standard.

     Romans 3:23
     For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

     Jericho had fallen short.
                                 Text: Hebrews 11:31
                             Title: The Salvation of Faith
                                Series: Living by Faith

             We have fallen short as well.

      C.     The separation

             Romans 6:23
             For the wages of sin is death;

             Ezekiel 18:20
             The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the
             father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the
             righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of
             the wicked shall be upon him.

             Nothing can bridge that gap. Some try good works, while others try
             performing a religion.

             Titus 3:5
             Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his
             mercy he saved us,

             Illustration: If I committed murder and admitted to it, then tried to talk the
             judge into letting me go based on my list of good deeds and honorable
             conduct in the past, it would not work. My lifetime of good deeds can
             never erase a murder. So it is with God.

             Illustration: It’s like trying to go to Hawaii without help. I cannot jump,
             walk, run, swim, or fly there on my own. I require assistance. A way must
             be prepared for me by another, either by building a bridge, building a
             vessel, or flying a plane.

II.   The Pardon of Faith

      Rahab gave a well grounded reason for her faith.

      Joshua 2:10–11
      10 For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red sea for you,
      when ye came out of Egypt; and what ye did unto the two kings of the Amorites,
      that were on the other side Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom ye utterly destroyed.
      11 And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts did melt, neither did
      there remain any more courage in any man, because of you: for the LORD your
      God, he is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath.

      Faith that leads to salvation is grounded in the message of the Word of God.

      Romans 10:17
      So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
                            Text: Hebrews 11:31
                        Title: The Salvation of Faith
                           Series: Living by Faith

What does the Word of God say about the pardon of faith?

A.     The substitute

       Because we are all sinners—both by nature and by choice—in order to
       secure salvation, a substitute was necessary.

       Romans 5:8
       But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet
       sinners, Christ died for us.

       2 Corinthians 5:21
       For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be
       made the righteousness of God in him.

       Jesus became our substitute! He became the sacrifice for our sins! He paid
       our penalty and He bore our every sin!

       Isaiah 53:4–11
       4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did
       esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
       5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our
       iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his
       stripes we are healed.
       6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own
       way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
       7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he
       is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers
       is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
       8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his
       generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the
       transgression of my people was he stricken.
       9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death;
       because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
       10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when
       thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall
       prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
       11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his
       knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their
       iniquities.

B.     The salvation

       Romans 3:19–22
       19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them
       who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the
                                  Text: Hebrews 11:31
                              Title: The Salvation of Faith
                                 Series: Living by Faith

              world may become guilty before God.
              20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his
              sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
              21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being
              witnessed by the law and the prophets;
              22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all
              and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

              Salvation comes through trusting Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins.

III.   The Peace of Receiving

       Once Rahab arrived in the Israelite camp and saw the destruction of her city, I am
       certain she was glad that she believed the spies report and the testimonies of God.

       Salvation brings peace!

       A.     The settling

              Jesus settled our debt to God on the cross of Calvary!

              Romans 5:1
              Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our
              Lord Jesus Christ:

              With that settlement comes a peace that cannot be described.

              Philippians 4:7
              And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your
              hearts and minds through Christ Jesus

       B.     The sonship

              Salvation brings with it the privilege of being a part of the family of God!

              Rahab was a Gentile. Gentiles were to remain separate from the Israelites
              because of their pagan ways. But because of Rahab’s faith, she was
              allowed access, a unique access to the nation of Israel.

              Rahab not only became a part of the family of Israel, but also a part of the
              family of Jesus Christ!

              Rahab married Salmon, and had a son named Jesse. Jesse had a famous
              son named David, and well, David’s famous son would one day be Jesus
              Christ Himself!

Conclusion: Salvation is deliverance from:
                                  Text: Hebrews 11:31
                              Title: The Salvation of Faith
                                 Series: Living by Faith

      The penalty of sin—Justification

      The power of sin—Sanctification

      The presence of sin—Glorification

Will you choose to receive Jesus Christ today?

				
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