ONLINE BIBLE STUDY FOR WEEK 34 (22-08-16)

August 28, 2016

TOPIC: SALVATION.

 

QUESTION: WHY DO I NEED TO BE SAVED?

 

STUDY REFERENCE: Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8-9

 

We have a heredity of sin! Perhaps you wondered that this is totally unfair! Adam sinned not me. I was not at the Garden of Eden; I did not disobey God, so why do I have to suffer under his punishment. This is liberal thinking that sin is an idea and/or is unfair. But not in the liberal sense or by the objection of the world; rather in the reality of God's love and the redemptive plan is at our hand. Sin is more than an idea and yes it is unfair.

 

The key we need to understand is this, sin entered the world by one man that affected all people by Adam; but the grace of God, which justified us, comes in the world by one man, Jesus Christ. All humanity deserved it, Christ did not; thus, yes it is unfair- to God, but not to us. He takes us from our old creation under Adam and places under the new creation under Christ (2 Cor. 5:17).

 

Two Adams, Two Results! Adam by nature passes sin that leads to death to us all; all of his posterity, but Christ by grace communicates His righteousness unto His people for life. Just as death was not God's original plan, His plan became corrupted by our sin (Gen. 2:17). Adam's offense is contrasted to Christ's free gift and obedience. One man brought sin in, One took it away. One brought condemnation, One brought justification.

 

When we belonged to sin and death (Gen. 2:17), we were part of the old creation under Adam (Psalm 51:5). Adam was the first man who represented all humanity and was the one who brought sin into the world. Jesus represented all humanity by bringing redemption. Thus, everyone who was ever born is born into the world with sin.

 

What is Sin? It is separation from God. Sin is the right and the claim to myself, that I am my own boss; our self-realization that resulted from Adam. And one man took it away, the last Adam (Heb. 9:26). We cannot escape our sin from birth; no baptism can wash it away.

How do we get rid of sins affect on me? Only through redemption does our sin nature go away. Christ takes on Adam's role as the representative of all humanity (1 Cor. 15:45-49; Eph. 2:1-7; Heb. 2:14-18 1 Pet 1:3).

 

Sin is no excuse to cover our wrong doing and just say the Devil made me do it! Not at all! We still have personal responsibility! The great news is this, we now belong to Christ, the new Adam and new creation (2 Cor. 5:17), we are reigning in new life.

We are kings and queens by the grace of God. Isaiah 53:11 tells us that the Suffering Servant who will redeem them, a prophecy of our Lord. Christ is our head spiritual leader, Lord, and God, where our hope and life come from.

 

Beware that condemnation and justification results from our actions; first by sin, second experience a second birth that will put us in Christ and away from death (John 3:7).

Christ's work gives us what is called Regeneration and through the Holy Sprit, and hits us when we have a sense of our need and futility (Gal. 4:19). The miracle of redemption is that the Spirit places in us a new nature, and our reward and response is a new life. The miracle is that we cannot touch or remove our sin, we cannot even hide it, and we can't even see it. He does and He removes it from His sight.

 

Redemption means that is that we are delivered from the heredity of sin. We have a picture of God' redemptive plan in the lives of Adam and Noah from Genesis and its fullness in the Gospel (Gen. 5:29; 9:1-2; 7). God was at work to restore humanity from the beginning!

God did not just punish all humanity for one person's sin. This would be contrary to His character. It is the nature of the sin that corrupts and punishes. It affects everything and everyone, from the soil to the sky to our lives and relationships. Everything has been distorted from God's plan. Yet, in the midst of the sin, God is weaving His redemptive threads through it and through us. These redemptive threads become our covering, the atonement of Christ's work on the cross our new garments declaring us sin free and pure before our Lord. Our tendency is to remain in the sin, we relish it and desire it and help fuel its growth (John 3:19). The incredible news is our sin is covered! Has this hit you so your life shows the change Christ made for you? That your heredity of sin has changed to His heredity? That Jesus has formed and renewed you (Gal. 1:15-16; 4:19).

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