God: The Rock of Our Salvation

God: The Rock of Our Salvation
August 21, 2022
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Passage: 2 Samuel 22:47
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Turn in your Bibles to 2 Samuel 22:47, we'll focus here, as our launching point. The Psalmist, David writes here.

"The Lord liveth; and blessed be my rock, and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation." — 2 Samuel 22:47

God is the Rock of our salvation. We live in a time of great turbulence in our world. Things are very unstable, war overseas, trouble at home, social, political, and economic upheaval, and most especially religious upheaval. We see all this in our society.

David writes this, it's found in Psalm 18 as well, his prayer comes near the end of his life. The Philistines, the thorn at the side of Israel, have been put down. He calls upon the Lord as the One who has delivered them.

  • Psalm 18:1-3

Throughout the psalms, the terms rock, strength, or horn connects God to our salvation.

  • Psalm 62:1-2
  • Psalm 95:1

The psalmist here recognizes that Jehovah God is the Creator of all things and He is the Rock of salvation.

What is Salvation?

How is God the Rock of our Salvation? 

Salvation in the New Testament, comes from the Greek word, sōzō, to save, keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction. We see that it is used physically in some ways. such as; to save a suffering one, to save from perishing, or suffering from a disease, to make well, to heal or to restore to health.

  • Matthew 9:22

There the woman was made whole, she was saved from that disease. She was saved by her faith because she touched the hem of the garment of Jesus and was healed. She was saved from suffering.

Most specifically, the word sōzō, is used of spiritual nature.

  • Luke 19:10
  • Matthew 1:21

And we understand that Jesus, translates to, God is our salvation. Jesus is the One who brings that salvation to us spiritually. He saves us.

There are two uses of the term salvation, as far as the spiritual is concerned.

Eternal Salvation

  • Hebrews 5:9

Salvation from Past Sins

  • Mark 16:16

It is that salvation from past sins that leads to eternal salvation when we are faithful. We must obtain forgiveness of sins before we can have eternal salvation, and we must be faithful to death, Revelation 2:10.

Redemption 

  • Titus 2:14
  • 1 Peter 1:18,19

Salvation is synonymous with redemption.

Being Justified

  • Romans 3:23

We're justified because we are redeemed.

  • Romans 5:1, 9

It is the idea of being justified, having our sins taken away, and being made pure once more that is involved in the idea of salvation.

Sanctification

  • John 17:17
  • Acts 26:18

Those who have received forgiveness, those who have received the inheritance, are those who have been set apart.

  • 1 Corinthians 6:11

We see that they were sanctified and justified, set apart, having their sins taken away and made righteous. We can see what the concept of salvation is, to have your sins taken away, to be bought back with a price, redeemed by the blood of Christ, justified, brought into a right relationship with God, the same relationship we once had before we sinned and came short of the glory of God.

Salvation was Demanded

Man has a need for salvation. 

Think of the nature of man. We're not suggesting that man has a sinful nature or is born with a sinful nature.

  • Romans 3:23

Sin is a decision we make. It is something we do. We are guilty of our own sin, not the sin of others.

  • Romans 5:12

Adam was the first man to sin. He ushered sin into the world. But, he did not pass the guilt of that sin on to you and me. We assume the guilt of sin when we sin. All have sinned. Sin is not inherited.

  • James 1:13-15

Temptations come from our own lusts. We are tempted by the things for which we lust. When we're drawn away by our lusts that is temptation, but when we act upon those temptations, that is sin. And, the wages of sin is death.

  • Romans 6:23

Sin is not inherited, our own lusts draw us away, and our own decisions cause us to sin.

Salvation is demanded because of the nature of sin itself.

  • 1 John 3:4
  • Isaiah 59:1-2

It is sin that separates us from God. Separation from God is spiritual death.

  • Romans 6:23

We see the need for salvation because man cannot save himself. Man cannot himself follow God's will without obeying Him by studying God's Word that has been revealed to us.

The salvation of God Demonstrated

Salvation is demonstrated in God's grace. 

  • Titus 2:11

Jesus died for all men. The grace, that brings salvation, by itself isn't salvation, but grace makes salvation possible.

Salvation is demonstrated in our faith. 

  • 1 Peter 1:9

The purpose of faith brings about salvation.

Faith alone does not bring salvation.

  • James 2:17-18, 26

Faith demonstrates salvation, but salvation is dependent upon our obedience.

  • Titus 2:11-13
  • Matthew 7:21
  • Hebrews 5:9

Our salvation is not from one thing alone. It is from our complete obedience to God's will.

The Source of Our Salvation

Though man needs salvation it is not from within man. We need to consider where salvation comes from.

  • Ephesians 2:12-13

Man can do all in his power and yet be without hope from God.

  • Jeremiah 10:23

Salvation comes from God. All three parts of the Godhead play a part in our salvation.

Salvation is from God the Father

  • John 3:16
  • Romans 5:8

Salvation is found through Christ Jesus

  • 1 Timothy 1:15
  • 2 Corinthians 8:9
  • Matthew 1:21

Salvation involves the Spirit, through the revelation of God's truth. 

It is found today in the written Word of God.

  • Romans 8:14-17

We're led by the Spirit when we study God's Word and allow it to guide us and we dedicate our lives to following it as revealed by the Holy Spirit.

We see God the Father sent the Son to die upon the cross. The Son willingly gave His life. He said, "no man taketh away from my, I lay it down, John 10:18. And, we see the Spirit reveals it to us through the Word of God, the source displayed.

"Regardless of how desperate or how pitiful man's condition has become, one thing is certain, God had no obligation to provide a means of salvation for the ungrateful creature who so haughtily turned away from Him, His law, and His beneficence. The scriptures make this apparent when they discuss the fact that angels sinned, 2 Peter 2:4, Jude 1:6, and yet, Hebrews 2:16, says not to angels does he give help, but he giveth help to the seed of Abraham. The rebellious creatures that once inhabited Heaven's portals were not provided a redemptive plan, but man was. It's little wonder that the Psalmist inquired, "What is man that thou art mindful of him." — Burt Thompson

To angels, God made no plan for their salvation. But to man, He made a plan for us to be saved. When man sinned, God set in motion a plan, that culminated 4000 years later, in the death of His only begotten Son on a Roman cross. Perhaps you ask why didn't God send His Son there in the garden? Because man didn't fully appreciate sin and its consequences.

  • Galatian 4:4

When man sinned, God set in motion a plan that He already had from the moment of creation. It was a plan that was eternal.

  • Ephesians 3:11

We have salvation according to the eternal purpose of God, the eternal purpose of Christ.

Why Did God Give Salvation?

Though man didn't deserve salvation, God offered it anyway. Why?

God is a God of Mercy

  • Ephesians 2:4

We see the greatness of His love, which leads to His great mercy. Mercy means we don't get that which we deserve, the punishment that we do deserve.

Mercy in Longsuffering

His mercy is shown in His longsuffering with man.

  • 2 Peter 3:9

It is not God's desire that anyone would be lost. He wants all men to be saved, every one of us.

  • 2 Peter 3:15

With an understanding of man's need for salvation, and the source of man's salvation we can better understand the nature of that salvation.

The Rock of Salvation

The substance of our salvation is the Rock, the Rock that is Christ Jesus. We understand the difference between rock and sand. The foolish man built his house upon the sand and it was destroyed when the rains descended and the floods came. But, not the man who built his house on the rock, his house stood. The Rock is divine. The Rock is Christ.

  • Romans 1:16
  • Matthew 16:18

The rock is not Peter, it is the confession that Peter made, that He is Christ the Son of the Living God.

The Rock is our Defender

By being in God's kingdom we have a fortress.

  • Matthew 16:18
  • Hebrews 12:28

It is firm, nothing can harm us, except for ourselves.

  • Romans 8:28, 30, 35-39

We can though, separate ourselves. There is no external force that we cannot resist that can pull us away from God. The only thing that can, is when we are drawn away from our own lusts, enticed, and give in to that enticement and we sin and thus separate ourselves from God.

The Rock is our Defender. He will defend us, and keep us.

Man is Stained with Sin when we choose to transgress God's law. With sin, we are separated from God and without hope. But we are not hopeless. If we choose to obey accept God's plan and obey it, we can be restored to God.

  • Isaiah 1:18

God has done His part. He has extended His grace, He has sent His Son. But man has to respond to the invitation and obey His command.

  • Isaiah 1:19

He required obedience from the Israelites and requires obedience for us today. Jesus is the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey Him

Salvation from God is rock solid, based upon the promises of an eternal God who is our Rock.

  • Acts 2:36-41

They recognized their need for salvation. They recognized that Jesus was the One who died for their sin. They wanted to know what to do. They were told to change their life, turn away from sin, and to be baptized to wash away their sin. That promise was made for them, for the Jews, to all those who the Lord our God would call. Today, He calls all men, Jew and Gentile alike. He calls all men to the gospel which is the power to salvation.

You can obey Him, by being baptized into Christ. If you believe that Jesus is the son of God, be willing to repent of your sins, and confess Him as God's Son, you can be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins. If you have been a Christian but have not walked faithfully, you can be restored to Him, by praying to have your sins forgiven.

If we can assist you in coming to know the love of God and salvation in Christ Jesus, please contact us.

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