Salvation in Christ
Lesson 4

By joining Satan in his rebellion, Adam and Eve separated themselves from God, the Creator and Sustainer of all life. Created beings have no life except that given them by God, and in separating from their Creator, Adam and Eve also separated themselves from life. There was only one possible solution to save man. If man were to live forever, as God created him to, he must somehow be led to repent of his rebellion, and to again desire to obey and be subject to God.

1. What is it that leads us to be sorry for our sin (rebellion) against God?

Romans 2:4
Romans 2:4

Note: A vital aspect of Satan’s plan to persuade our first parents to join him in rebellion, was the concept that God had withheld something very desirable from them. Implied, of course, was the thought that God didn’t really love them. Accepting this falsehood of Satan, Adam and Eve joined Satan in his rebellion against their Creator. God’s response was to give to men a demonstration of His great love for them, a demonstration unrivaled in its completeness, that in the face of such overwhelming evidence of a love beyond measure, they might be led to return to loyalty to Him. To accomplish this, God gave the most valuable of all gifts, a part of Himself—Jesus.

2. What did God do to show us most clearly His great love for us?

Romans 5:8
Romans 5:8

Note: It was the marvel of all the universe that Christ should humble Himself to save fallen man. That He who had been one with the Father, and who, by His providence, supplied the needs of every order of being in His vast creation—that He should consent to leave His glory and take upon Himself human nature, was a mystery which the sinless intelligences of other worlds desired to understand. See 1 Peter 1:11–12.

3. Where was Jesus before the world was formed?

John 17:4–5
John 17:4-5

4. What did Christ say of Himself?

John 8:58
John 8:58

Note: Jesus claimed for Himself the title of Deity. Compare Exodus 3:14. That the Jews understood Him to be making the claim in its very highest sense is evidenced by their testimony and by their attempt to stone Him (verse 59). See John 5:18; 19:7.

5. What did Jesus expect to accomplish by His sacrifice?

John 12:32
John 12:32

Note: Jesus knew that if men would only look to Him, and see Him dying, many would be led to ask, Why? Why did He die such a death, and for what purpose was such a sacrifice. When they realized that it was God’s great love that led Him to do this, it would strike an answering chord in their hearts, calling forth from them a response of love.

6. In receiving Jesus, what do we receive the power to become?

John 1:12
John 1:12

7. As sons, what do we receive from God?

John 3:16; 10:10
John 3:16;10:10

8. What is it that takes life from us?

Romans 6:23
Romans 6:23

9. How does the Bible define sin?

1 John 3:4
1 John 3:4

10. At Christ’s birth, what reason did the angel give for His coming?

Matthew 1:21
Matthew 1:21

11. How do we show that we truly know Jesus?

1 John 2:3
1 John 2:3

Note: The point needs to be fully settled in every mind: I we accept Christ as a Redeemer, we must accept Him as a Ruler. We cannot have the assurance, the perfect confiding trust in Christ as our Saviour, until we acknowledge Him and are obedient to His commandments.

Through disobedience Adam and Eve forfeited their garden home. Adam did not consider what would be the consequences of disobedience. He did not set his mind in defiance against God, nor did he in any way speak against Him; he simply went directly contrary to His express command. As soon as Adam and Eve crossed the line between faith and distrust and sealed that decision by partaking of the fruit, they had changed gods. No longer a reflection of the divine likeness, they were controlled by self-interest.

12. In contrast with sin’s attitude of pride, what attitude did Christ demonstrate?

Philippians 2:5–8
Phillppians 2:5-8

Note: If man was to be restored, a carefully marked out and narrow path of obedience must be followed. Self, with its propensity to act independently of God, must die and be replaced by a total and complete faith in, and dependence on, Him.

13. Of what practical significance was Christ’s sinless life to us?

1 Peter 2:21–22
1 Peter 2:21-22

Note: Christ took humanity and bore the hatred of the world that He might show men and women that they could live without sin, that their words, their actions, their spirit, might be sanctified to God. We can be perfect Christians if we will manifest this power in our lives.

14. When Christ is living in him, whose mind does the Christian then have?

1 Corinthians 2:16
1 Corinthians 2:16

15. What was Christ’s attitude toward God’s authority?

John 15:10
John 15:10

16. What did Christ promise to His followers?

John 14:27
John 14:27

Note: The peace that Christ has promised to the believer is not an outward peace, for He Himself said: “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.” Matthew 10:34–36. The Christian’s peace is an inward peace that comes with the knowledge that He is at one with Christ, and at peace with his God.

17. What is it that takes away all fear?

1 John 4:18
1 John 4:18

18. Where do we find perfect love explained?

Romans 13:10
Romans 13:10

Note: When, during His ministry, Christ was approached and asked which was the most important of the commandments, He clearly showed that the very essence of the whole law is love—love to God, and love to our fellow man. See Matthew 22:36–40. To say that we love God and others, and yet deny the value of God’s law reveals a failure to understand the true meaning of love. The idea that Christian love can make of no effect the law of God, thereby freeing man to determine for himself good and evil, is but an echo of the words of the serpent: “Ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:5

19. When He returns, what will Jesus say to those who claim to have followed Him, but who have never fully surrendered their will to Him in obedience?

Matthew 7:21–23
Matthew 7:21-23

Note: Satan succeeded in convincing our first parents that God didn’t really love them, and that they could disobey Him and still have life. To believe that Jesus died that men might continue to live in disobedience, is to believe the first great lie. To believe God loves us, is to appreciate that He would make no law and ask nothing of His creatures, that was not best for them. To believe otherwise is to doubt either His love, or His wisdom. Until men’s hearts are in harmony with God’s will, they are still in rebellion, and while they may say that they have faith in Him and love Him, their lives show this to be untrue. When Jesus returns, He will recognize them for what they are: “workers of iniquity.”

 

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