“The Joy of God’s Salvation”
“To be wrapped in joy to God, is the highest state of the soul.”
I. Salvation is a miraculous gift from Jesus, not a human self-improvement project.
A. A sad picture of the human race maimed by the fall
B. Salvation is through Jesus Christ alone
II. God’s salvation should cause those who have received it personally to praise Him with joy.
A. Salvation fills us with joy because it is more than what I expected.
B. Salvation fills us with joy because it is received instantly and completely
III. The joy of our salvation should provide an entrance for the Gospel with others.
3 Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.
2 And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple;
3 Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms.
4 And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.
5 And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.
6 Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.
7 And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.
8 And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.
9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God:
10 And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him.