Salvation Sermon Illustrations

Salvation Sermon Illustrations

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Unlimited Resources

One of our Exchanges quotes this true testimony: "A few nights ago I was walking along a street near the Chicago river when a hold-up man suddenly stepped up in front of me and demanded my money. I had spent my last cent that morning for breakfast so of course the robber found no money on me, but in my purse he found this check, which I always carry, on the `Bank of Jesus.' Because it was dark, the man could not see what the check was; so he asked me if it were good. Seeing an opportunity to witness for the Lord, I replied that if he had the proper endorsement he would be a wealthy man. Then going to the street light, I explained the check to him and told him that if he would let the blood of Jesus cover his sin, that he would have access to the resources in Jesus' bank. At first he was angry, then he was greatly convicted, and kneeling with me behind a signboard he accepted Jesus as his Saviour. He was filled with joy. Then throwing his gun in the river he took me to a restaurant and gave me a much-needed meal. The next morning I found a good job and am more than sure that the resources of Jesus' bank are unlimited. There is enough for all—enough for me and enough for my new friend, the ex-hold-up man."—J. R., in The Dawn.

Old Betty Knew

A poor, unlettered old woman was once accosted by a skeptic: "Well, Betty, so you are one of the saints, are you? Pray what sort of folks are they? What do you know about religion, eh?" "Well, well," replied the old woman, "you know, sir, I'm no scholar, so can't say much for the meaning of it. I only know I'm 'saved by grace,' and that's enough to make me happy here, and I expect to go to Heaven by and by." "Oh, that's all, is it? But surely you can tell me something nearer than that. What does being saved feel like?" "Why, it feels to me," said the Spirit-taught one, "just as if the Lord stood in my shoes, and I stood in His." Happy old woman! Her witness was true.—Courtesy Moody Monthly.

It Needs to Be Melted and Remade

Human nature is too bad to be improved, too dilapidated to be repaired. Here is a cracked bell. How again to restore it? By one of two methods. The first is to repair the bell, to encompass it with hoops. Nevertheless, you can easily discern the crack of the bell in the crack of the sound. The only effectual way is to re-melt the bell and recast it; then it will ring clear and sonorous. Human nature is a bell, suspended high in the steeple of creation, to ring forth the praise of the Creator. But in the fall in Eden the bell cracked. How again to restore it? By one of two ways. One is to surround it with outward laws and regulations. This is the method adopted by philosophy, as embodied in practical statesmanship, and without doubt there is marked improvement in the sound. Nevertheless the crack in the metal shows itself in the crack of the tone. The best way is to re-melt it, recast it, re­mold it; and this is God's method in the Gospel. He re-melts our being, refashions us, makes us new creatures in Christ Jesus; and by and by we should sound for His praises in a nobler, sweeter strain than we ever did before.—Courtesy Moody Monthly.

Better Than a Covering

The snow lay white over all the earth, hiding every scar and sign of death. "it is a symbol of purity," said a man, and he prayed, "O Lord, as Thou hast covered the earth with whiteness, cover my soul with purity." But the sun shone on the morrow, and the snow melted away. The brown bareness of the dead earth, with all its waste and defilement, showed through again. So he who had prayed to be covered with purity, amend­ed his prayer, and his petition became, "Create in me a clean heart, 0 God." Purity is not a covering—it is a new life within.—Sunday Companion.

No Renovation Possible

No better illustration of the new birth can be found than that given by Dr. Charles G. Trumbull in his book, What Is the Gospel? He pictures a man whose arteries had been opened and whose blood had poured out from his body, lying dead in the gutter. He points out how utterly futile it would be to step up to such a man and tell him to do something to help himself. No amount of "setting up" exercises, however carefully worked out, could possibly stimulate him into action. Before he can do anything at all for himself he must first be brought to life. God must first do something for him, and it is that act of God that we call the new birth, or salvation, or regeneration, or conversion.—John W. Lane, Jr., in the Sunday School Times.

Hope for the Devil's Castaways

The good news of salvation is for all. George Whitefield, standing in his tabernacle in London, and with a multitude gathered about him, cried out: "The Lord Jesus will take the devil's castaways!" Two poor abandoned wretches standing outside in the street heard him, as his silvery voice rang out on the air. Looking into each other's faces, they said: "That means you and me." They wept and rejoiced. They drew near and looked in at the door, at the face of the earnest messenger, the tears streaming from his eyes as he pleaded with the people to give their hearts to God. One of them wrote him a little note and sent it to him.

Later that day, as he sat at the table of Lady Huntington, who was his special friend, someone present said: "Mr. Whitefield, did you not go too far today when you said that the Lord would take the devil's castaways?"

Taking the note from his pocket, he gave it to the lady and said: "Will you read the note aloud?"

She read: "Mr. Whitefield, two poor, lost women stood outside your tabernacle today and heard you say that the Lord would take the devil's castaways. We seized upon this as our last hope, and we write you this to tell you that we rejoice now in believing in Him, and from this good hour we shall endeavor to serve Him who has done so much for us."—The Elim Evangel.

A great Preacher on a Great Theme

Said D. L. Moody: "I was twenty years old before I ever heard a sermon on regeneration. I was always told to be good, but you might as well tell a black man to be white without telling him how. You might tell a slave to be free, but that would not make him free; but He frees us.

We are a bad lot, the whole of us, by nature. It is astonishing how the devil blinds us and makes us think we are so naturally good. Don't talk to me about people being naturally good and angelic. We are naturally bad, the whole of us. The first man born of a woman was a murderer. Sin leaped into the world full grown, and the whole race has been bad all the way down.

I have heard of reform, reform, until I am tired and sick of the whole thing. It is regeneration by the power of the Holy Ghost that we need."—The Church Militant.


Remember Boswell's remark to Dr. Johnson : "Don't you think, sir, that man is naturally good?" "No," was the answer, "no more than a wolf."—Selected.

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