Jesus the Risen Saviour saves from Sin

The following article contains the opinion of R.A. Torrey. The author of this website agrees with the general gist of it; that Jesus not only died on the cross so we can receive forgiveness for our past sins but that He also rose again, so that we can be free from (all) our sins. This part of the Gospel should also be included in our Gospel message, lest we preach only a partial gospel.


‘SHOW THEM JESUS AS A RISEN SAVIOR, ABLE TO SAVE TO THE UTTERMOST.

It is not enough to show them Jesus as a sin-bearer, for through believing in Jesus as a sin-bearer one merely gets pardon from sin, but there is something else that the sinner needs, that is deliverance from sin’s power. In order to get this, they need to see Jesus as a risen Savior, able to save to the uttermost. By believing in Christ crucified, we get pardon, but by believing in Christ risen, we get deliverance from sin’s power. One of the best verses to use for this purpose is Hebrews 7:25:

"Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them."

When the inquirer has read the passage, ask him who it is that is able to save, and to what extent He is able to save. Explain to the inquirer what “to the uttermost” means. Many read this passage as though it taught that Jesus was able to save from the uttermost. This is true, but it is not the truth of this text, it is save TO the uttermost. Then ask the inquirer why it is that Jesus is able to save to the uttermost. Dwell upon this thought, that JESUS EVER LIVETH, that He is not only a Savior who once died and made atonement for sin, but that He is a Savior who lives today, and is able to keep from sin’s power. Then ask the inquirer if he is willing to trust Jesus as a living Savior, one to whom he can look day by day for victory over sin.

Another good verse to use for this purpose is Jude 24:

"Now unto him that is ABLE TO KEEP YOU FROM FALLING, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy."

When the inquirer has read the verse, ask him what this verse says Jesus is able to do, emphasize “to keep you from falling.” Explain why it is that Jesus is able to keep from falling; because He is a risen, living Savior today, and get the inquirer to see plainly that he is to look to the risen Christ to keep him from falling.

Matthew 28:18 is a good verse to use to bring out the extent of Christ’s power:

"And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth."

A young convert needs to realize that he is to stand, not in his own strength, but in the strength of Christ, and it is a great help for him to see that the one in whom he is to trust has all power in heaven and in earth.

One can also use to advantage 1 Peter 1:5:

"Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time."

and 1 Corinthians 15:1-4. The latter passage brings out clearly the thought that the doctrine that Christ died for our sins, as blessed as it is, is not the whole Gospel, but only half of it; that the rest of the Gospel is that He was buried and that He rose again. Always get an inquirer to believe not only in Christ crucified, but in Christ risen as well. A man once came to me in deep distress of soul. He was a perfect stranger to me, but told me that he had come quite a distance to tell me his story. He said, “When I was a boy seven years of age, I started to read the Bible through. I had not gotten through Deuteronomy before I found that if one kept the whole law of God for one hundred years, and then broke it at one point, he was under the curse of a broken law. Was that right?” “Yes,” I replied, “that is substantially the teaching of the law.” He then continued, that he was in deep distress of soul for about a year, but as a boy of eight, he read John 3:16 and saw how Jesus Christ had died in his place, and borne the curse of the broken law for him, and he added, “My burden rolled away, and I had great joy. Was I converted?” I replied that that sounded very much like an evangelical conversion. “Well,” he said, “let me tell you the rest of my story. Years passed by; I came to Chicago to live; I worked in the stockyards and lived in the stockyards region among many godless men; I fell into drink and I cannot break away; every little while this sin gets the mastery of me, and what I have come to ask you is, is there any way in which I can get the victory over sin?” I replied, “There is. I am glad you have come to me; let me show you the way.” I opened my Bible to 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, and had him read:

"Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; by which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that CHRIST DIED FOR OUR SINS according to the Scriptures; and that he was buried, AND THAT HE ROSE AGAIN the third day according to the Scriptures."

Then I said to him, “What is the Gospel that Paul preached?” He answered, “That Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, was buried, and rose again.” “That is right,” I said. Then I said, “Now you have believed the first part of this Gospel, that Christ died for your sins.” “Yes.” “Through believing that you have found peace.” “Yes.” “Well,” I continued, “this is only half the Gospel. If you will really believe the other half from your heart, you will get victory over your sin. Do you believe that Jesus rose again?” “Yes, I believe everything in the Bible.” “Do you believe that Jesus is today in the place of power at the right hand of God?” “I do.” “Do you believe that He has all power in heaven and on earth?” “I do.” “Do you believe that this risen Christ with all power in heaven and on earth has power to set you free from the power of your sin?” “Yes,” he said slowly, “I do.” “Will you ask Him to do it, and trust Him to do it right now?” “I will.” We knelt in prayer. I prayed and then he followed. He asked the risen Christ to set him free from the power of sin. I asked him if he really believed He had power to do it. “Yes.” “Do you believe He will do it?” “Yes, I do.” We rose and parted. Some time after, I received a very joyous letter from him, telling me how glad he was that he had come to see me, and how the message he had heard was just the one that he needed. There are thousands of professing Christians today who know Jesus as crucified Savior, and have found pardon and peace through believing in Him, but they have never been brought to a definite, clear faith in Jesus as a risen Savior who can save from the power of sin.’

source: R.A. Torrey, Personal Work, p. 41-44.

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