If you look at the world you see that there is something wrong with it
It is full of wickedness, evil and suffering.
God made the world good but it is spoiled by mankind’s sin
The big story of the Bible is that God has a plan to restore the world to its intended state.
1. The Fall – this is how sin, death and suffering came in to the world
(Gen 1:31) Immediately after creation the world was very good. This is how God created the world.
Rom 5:12 – mankind sinned: this brought death and suffering in to the world
The cause of suffering in the world is sin.
Forgiveness of sin is needed before the world can be put right.
2. The Sacrifice of Jesus - this provides the only way for the forgiveness of sins
Rom 5:16,17 - The sacrifice of Jesus has provided a way to escape death therefore escape from sin
v 18 - The offer of salvation is made to all men – provided that we make use of it
v 21- Summary: salvation and eternal life is available through Jesus. *Grace: an undeserved gift
3. The Return of Jesus - Jesus died and rose from death. 40 days later he rose to Heaven.
But God promised that he will return. Around 400 verses in the NT are about this.
Acts 1:6-11 - this is the time when Jesus rose to heaven.
v11 - Jesus is to return from heaven, physically and visibly
v7 - we don’t know when this will happen
Acts 3: 18-21 v18 – the sacrifice of Jesus v20 – God will send Jesus v21 – predicted by the prophets
See 4 OT (NT not written)
1 Thess 4:15-17 v16 – Jesus to return v16 – to raise dead v17 – the faithful to be with Jesus
(1 Thess 5;1-2 No-one knows when)
Matt 24:30,31 v 30 - visible return v31 – gather the elect v36 - No-one knows when
(Acts 17:31 – Judgement)
4. The Kingdom of God
Psa 2:all – a picture of the world at the return of Jesus
Dan 2:44 – the kingdom replaces all other kingdoms therefore on earth
Isa 35:all – picture of the kingdom
2 Pet 3:10 - what sort of people should we be?
Our world is spoiled by sin
Jesus died to remove sin
Jesus will return to rule God’s kingdom
In this the world will be put right