Forgiveness and Salvation
This is about why Jesus had to die and what it did for us.
The Eternal Moral Standard
There is such a standard. Right is right and wrong is wrong. Otherwise the holocaust, torturing babies, persecuting the innocent are not wrong!
(God’s moral principle: Matt 7:12) Breaking God’s moral principle is called sin.
2. Everyone has broken God’s moral standard. Rom 3:9-10 (goes on vv 11 – 18)
(1 Jn 1:8 – everyone inc us)
This includes us. We know we have done wrong things.
3. Sin leads to death. Define sin. Rom 5:12 (Jas 1:13-15)
This is necessary to prevent the victory of sin: Mao, Pol Pot, Stalin, Hitler. I’m sure you can think of others.
For God to be just, this must apply to everyone.
This means us – we too are sinners - sin → death
Death must be eternal. Moving to a different place solves nothing.
4. God’s dilemma: allow (some) sinners eternal life? → unjust
kill everyone? → unmerciful
The solution: demonstrate identification with the universal moral standard.
we could die ourselves: defeats the purpose (eternal life) + we are dying already.
IF WE DIE – NOTHING HAS CHANGED!
representative dies on our behalf = sacrifice
An animal makes an imperfect sacrifice
What is needed is a sinless man – Jesus is exactly this
The resurrection of Jesus shows the value of his death.
5. How to be associated with Jesus and his sacrifice
Rom 6:3 Baptism = a burial in water. NB – it requires understanding.
:4,5 Death with Christ = freedom from sin. (vv6,7)
:8 Baptism: we die in symbol, but live in reality by our own resurrection.
:23 Summary : The wages of sin is death
The Gift of God is Life!