Failure in Part (2)

Sermon for Sunday, September 3, 2017

Failure in Part (2)

Today’s lesson will show how failure in part means failure in all regarding salvation.

Text: 1 Corinthians 1

When it comes to the subject of salvation, many think they can fail in part and still be saved.  God alone will ultimately determine who is and is not going to be saved, but the Bible is clear concerning the requirements for salvation.

The lesson today will focus on the danger of failing in part regarding salvation.


Matthew 22:

[36] “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”  [37] Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  [38] This is the first and greatest commandment.  [39] And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  [40] All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

According to Jesus, these two commands are foundational to everything in the Law but the Law required obedience in other things.

The point: You cannot have one without the other.  If you fail in part, you fail in all, as we learned last Sunday:

James 2:

[8]  If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right.

[10] For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.

The greatest questions ever asked in the Bible have to do with salvation:

“Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30)

“Brothers, what shall we do?” (Acts 2:37)

Let us now consider how failure in part means failure in all regarding salvation.  Let us now examine the requirements for salvation so we can see how this is the case:

 1) We must hear the gospel.

The classic text on the importance of hearing is Romans 10:17.

Hearing is essential for salvation because God has chosen this as the means of reaching humans with his gift.  Consider these important points:

1) In every age of the Bible, salvation is based on a covenant between God and humans.

Exodus 19:

[5] Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession.

2) In every age of the Bible, God has chosen to use humans to communicate his covenant message.

Hebrews 1:

[1] In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, [2] but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.

3) God’s choices in this regard are based on his wisdom and not ours.

1 Corinthians 1:

[18] For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

[21] For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.

1 Corinthians 2:

[12] What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.

[13] This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.

4) There is more to this message than just words.

Hebrews 4:

[12] For the word of God is alive and active.  Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

2 Corinthians 4:

[5] For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.

[6] For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.

[7] But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.

2) We must believe the gospel.

Acts 16:

[29] The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas.  [30] He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

[31] They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.”

[32] Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house.

[33] …then immediately he and all his family were baptized.

3) We must repent of our sins.

Acts 2:

[36] “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”  [37] When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”

[38] Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.

4) We must confess the name of Christ.

John 12:

[42] Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in him.  But because of the Pharisees they would not openly acknowledge their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; [43] for they loved human praise more than praise from God.

Matthew 10:

[32] Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven.  [33] But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.

1 Timothy 6:

[12] Fight the good fight of the faith.  Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

[13] In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession

Luke 23:

[3]  So Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews?”  “You have said so,” Jesus replied.

5) We must be baptized in the name of Christ.

Acts 2:

[38] Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.

Summary and failure in part:

1) Hear
2) Believe
3) Repent
4) Confess
5) Baptized

J B Myers

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