Honor God’s Plan of Salvation
By Richard Mansel
A. Honoring God’s Word brings to mind two key issues:
1. Protecting the purity of the Word so that others can have the same opportunities.
a. 2 Kings 22:8ff – Hilkiah finds the Book of the Law. Josiah enacts it.
b. We can allow the same thing to happen today, if we are not diligent.
2. The sobering responsibility that we have as we teach and live God’s Word
B. We want to discuss these two themes in light of honoring God’s Plan of Salvation.
C. Our mindset is very important.
A. We usually think of stewardship in terms of money (Matthew 25:14-30). Yet, stewardship
means to handle properly what has been entrusted to us. That would include the truth
of God’s Word (Galatians 1:6-9; 2 Timothy 4:2).
B. We must do what we can to keep the Gospel message pure.
C. Stewardship requires maturity, faithfulness & focus.
D. Place your commitment above your needs (Psalm 119:9-16).
E. Psalm 119:105, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
F. How can we do this if there isn’t a pattern or a standard to measure it by? It cannot be
protected, if it we don’t all agree on what “it” is.
G. “To say, ‘There is no pattern authority in Scripture’ is to miss the very nature of divine
H. Romans 6:17, “But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from
the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered.”
1. “Form” refers to “the representation of a pattern.”/2
2. “The metaphor is that of a cast or a frame into which molten material is poured so as to
take its shape. The Gospel is the mould; those who are obedient to its teachings
become conformed to Christ, whom it represents.”/3
I. We have to be wise and see the reasons behind the arguments. People will tell us that there
isn’t a New Testament pattern. Or, that Christ is the pattern. Why do they do this?
J. Psalm 119:89, “Forever, O Lord, Your Word is settled in heaven.”
K. Be wise and skeptical when we read what men write and teach.
III. PLAN OF SALVATION
A. Sin enters into the world and, as a result, God enacts His plan to restore man.
B. “God has a high and holy standard of what is right, and so long as man follows the Divine
standard he will see himself as he truly exists in God’s eyes. The flat statement of
the Almighty is that all men have fallen short of God’s required standard. Let no man
ever think that he comes anywhere near the standard set by God.”/4
C. We realize that sin separates us from God and we have no way, as human beings, to come
back to Him. We must have help (Ezekiel 18:19-20; Isaiah 59:1-2).
D. God developed a plan of salvation before time began (Ephesians 1:4-5).
E. Romans 5; Ephesians 2:8-10; John 14:15; Luke 17:10
F. Acts 2:38; 22:16; Galatians 3:27
G. We must be in Christ in order to find salvation (Ephesians 1:7-10).
III. THE SOBERING RESPONSIBILITY OF TEACHING THE TRUTH
A. Have you gone to the beach and tried to stand against the waves? You will always lose.
B. Sometimes it can feel that way in the religious world in which we live. When so many in the
brotherhood are leaving truth and turning to fables, we feel lonely and isolated. We want to
C. Satan invented “everyone else is doing it” and it never stops being effective.
D. False teachers in the Church have a plan (Genesis 3:1-6).
1. First, they attack the perception of what God’s Word says.
2. Second, they alter the definition of words.
3. Third, they play on the vanity of man to expand the borders of fellowship in the
church. They belittle brethren for being narrow minded, selfish, exclusive, snobby and
legalistic for seeking to be in the sanctified Church of Christ.
4. Change agents must reorient people to a new reality where all the rules have changed.
E. We leave our small buildings and see 1,000 down the road at a church, and we can
allow doubt to creep in to our minds.
F. Constantly be affirming the truth and refuse to back down. This is how we will survive.
G. Surround yourself with people who affirm truth. Be careful what you read and watch. False
doctrine can make us start doubting what we believe, if we are not careful.
H. Being a messenger for the King will help us…
1. Be constantly aware of who owns the message.
2. Be clear in our delivery. Accordingly, we will seek to improve our communication skills.
3. Be very consistent in our message.
4. Find better ways to convey the message, without compromising it.
a. We cannot compromise that which we do not own.
b. Compromise involves concessions.
c. Compromise involves weakness.
I. We need to dig deeper.
J. Don’t just mark time but seek to be effective.
K. The Cross must be at the center of all we are about as Christians.
L. “The cross of Christ is a symbol of God’s heartbreak over a world gone astray.”
M. Hebrews 2:9, “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the
suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste
death for everyone.”
A. God is listening when we preach and teach His Word.
B. We must fear God’s disapproval more than we do man’s (Acts 5:29).
1/ Martel Pace, “Hebrews” in the Truth for Today commentary series, p. 154.
2/ W.E. Vine, Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words (Iowa Falls: World Bible Publishers, 1981), 2:124.