1. In Genesis, God created the world and everything in it.
- He said it was very good. (Genesis 1:31) Sin had not yet entered the world when He first created man.
2. Sin entered the world through Adam and Eve’s disobedience, and this ruined God’s perfect creation.
- Adam and Eve had been in a perfect relationship with God, but when they sinned, they were separated from Him. If God is loving, why couldn’t He just ignore their sin?
- Habakkuk 1:13 “Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrong.”
- 1 John 1:5 says “God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all.”
- It is contrary to God’s nature to sin or to tolerate the presence of sin. As much as He loves us (His creation), He cannot have a relationship with us, because of our sin.
3. Everyone has sinned and because God is just, he must punish that sin. He cannot have a relationship that includes sin.
- Adam and Eve were only the first people to sin. Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” We all have sinned as well.
- Sin is choosing to disobey God. James 4:17 ” If anyone, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.”
- Sin brings consequences. According to Romans 6:23 “the wages of sin is death.”
4. God is merciful, and wants to restore a relationship with us. The word says we cannot do that on our own
- Many people believe that if the good things they do outweigh the bad things, then they can get to heaven. Nothing could be further from the truth. No “good” thing we do can ever erase or outweigh our sin. The only wage we can earn on our own is death.
- Isaiah 64:6. “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our are like .” All of our “good” deeds pale in comparison to God,who is the true light of the world.
5. God sent Jesus Christ so that we may be forgiven through Him and have eternal life.
- John 3:16. “For God the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
- Even after humankind had sinned, God still loved the world so much to send His one and only Son, Jesus, so that we could have eternal life.
- God reconciled Himself to us, through Christ. He made Christ, who had no sin, become sin for us. He did this so we could become righteous and have a relationship with Him. (2 Corinthians 5: 19-21)
- Because Christ had no sin, he could become sin for us.
6. God has shown us clearly how to accept this gift.
- A gift is worthless unless it is received. God offers His gift of grace freely to all people, but not everyone chooses to accept it.
- In order to accept God’s gift, we must believe that the gift exists, and that it is found in Jesus who lived a sinless life (2 Corinthians 5:21), died for our sins (1 Corinthians 15:3), and that He was raised back to life (Acts 2:24).
- You also need to repent of your sins. To “repent” means to turn away from a life full of sin, and turn toward God. This is more than just saying “sorry”, this is a transforming of your life, and over time becoming more like Christ.
- Then confess with your mouth ‘Jesus is Lord’” (Romans 10:9). Acknowledge in front of other , you are putting Jesus in charge of your life.
- Finally, you can be baptized (Acts 2:38, 8:36, 9:18). In the early church, when someone came to believe in Jesus and accept his gift of grace, that person was baptized. We follow the same practice today.
- The water in the baptistery has no special powers. If you don’t believe in Jesus and accept his gift of grace, then baptism is nothing more than getting wet. Being baptized is clearly what the New Testament teaches believers to do when they come to a place of faith in Jesus.
7. God calls us to live our lives in grateful response to his gift of grace.
- 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2: 8-10)
- That same passage tells us how God wishes us to live once we have accepted His grace.
- Some people think that grace gives them a “free pass” to continue sinning. Wrong answer!
- Romans 6: 1-4 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
- Romans 6: 11-14 11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. 14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.
God has offered forgiveness of our sins for two reasons.
1) That we may have eternal life with Him in heaven.
2) That we may have transformed lives here on Earth, being a light to helps others find God as well.