Salvation In Jesus
Lesson 6

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 from life. There was only one possible solution to save man. If man were to live forever, as God created him to, he must 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?

Romans 2:4

Note: At the heart of Satan’s plan to persuade our first parents to join him in rebellion, was the belief 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 put forth by Satan, Adam and Eve joined him 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 in love and loyalty to Him. To achieve 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

Note: It was the marvel of the universe that Christ should humble Himself to save fallen man. That He who had been one with the Father, and who, by His wisdom and care, 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. What did Jesus say His sacrifice would accomplish?

John 12:32

Note: Jesus knew that if men would only look to Him, and see Him dying on the cross, many would be led to ask, Why? Why did He die such a death? What was the reason for the great sacrifice? When they realized that it was God’s great love for them that caused Him to do it, it would fill their hearts with love for Him.

4. What is the first step in the process of salvation?

Acts 3:19

5. What will true repentance lead us to do?

Ezekiel 33:14–16

6. What is this repentance that leads to this change in life called?

2 Corinthians 7:10

Note: A worldly sorrow differs from true repentance in that worldly sorrow regrets the results of sin, rather than the sin itself. True repentance is reflected in a change of mind and is accompanied by a reformation—a corresponding change in life.

7. What always follows true repentance?

1 John 1:9

Note: Confession is our admission that things are as they are, with no shading of facts to cover guilt. Self has many ingenious ways of adjusting reality in our minds, to alleviate guilt; but only with open and frank admission of the truth can the forgiveness be received, and thus guilt removed.

8. What parallel work often needs to accompany the confession of our sins to God?

James 5:16

Note: While all sins should be confessed to God, only those sins which have directly injured another should be confessed to the injured person. We may have become careless in our dealings with others, we may not have always been careful to tell the truth, or we may have damaged the character of another, and while it takes courage to rectify such wrongs, the willingness to do so is the test of a true Christian.

9. Is salvation refused to anyone who truly repents?

John 6:37

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

John 1:12

11. As sons, what do we receive?

John 3:16; 10:10

12. What is it that takes life from us?

Romans 6:23

13. How does the Bible define sin?

1 John 3:4

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

Matthew 1:21

Note: Sin and death are inseparably bound together. Jesus’ gift of salvation and life does not mean that He came merely to save us from death, the results of our having transgressed God’s law. The salvation Christ offers is a salvation from sin itself. By His sacrifice and death Jesus opened a way for us to again return to obedience.

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

1 John 2:3

Note: The point needs to be fully settled in every mind: If 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.

16. In contrast with sin’s attitude of pride, what attitude did Christ reveal in His life?

Philippians 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.

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

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.

18. What did Christ promise to His followers?

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.

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

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 of Satan. 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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