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Jesus, The Way To Forgiveness

Lesson Four Of Seven

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Jesus, The Way To Forgiveness

Many people believe that sin is nothing more than a violation of human relationships. They consider an action sinful only if it is frowned upon by society, if it violates their own conscience, or if it is harmful to someone. For such people, correcting sin simply means making things right with other people. When this is done they feel a peaceful release.


But sin is more than this. Sin is any deviation from God’s will.


"All unrighteousness is sin" (1 John 5:17 NASB).


It is doing that which God disapproves.


"Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness" (1 John 3:4 NASB).


It is failing to do right.


"Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin" (James 4:17 NASB).


The most vile behavior toward another human being is sin only because it violates God’s law. After committing adultery and murder, David wrote in a Psalm to God:


"Against You, You only, I have sinned And done what is evil in Your sight, So that You are justified when You speak And blameless when You judge" (Psalms 51:4 NASB).


This means that sin is more serious than most people realise and it explains the penalty attached to it:


"For the wages of sin is death" (Romans 6:23 NASB).


The immediate result of sin is that it destroys our relationship with God.


"But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, And your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear" (Isaiah 59:2 NASB).


The Problem Of Sin 

Reconciling ourselves with God is not easy! God is perfectly holy, and holiness makes any truce with sin impossible.


"You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of joy above Your fellows" (Psalms 45:7 NASB).


God is infinitely just, and justice demands that he punish sin with that penalty which His justice prescribes for the guilty – death.


"Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience" (Ephesians 5:6 NASB).


These facts involve people in a terrible predicament. All people have sinned. The very nature of God demands separation from sinners and their punishment by death.


Mankind cannot solve the sin problem. No individual can deny that they have sinned; and no amount of good works can atone for sin. A person who has committed an undetected murder is not made innocent by living  the rest of their life in compliance with the law.


Doing other things God requires does not give us credit to apply against our sin.


"So you too, when you do all the things which are commanded you, say, 'We are unworthy slaves; we have done only that which we ought to have done'" (Luke 17:10 NASB).


Once we have sinned, we are dead in our sins (Cp. Ephesians 2:1).


Solution To The Problem


"But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)" (Ephesians 2:4-5 NASB).


God’s love and grace do not compromise His holiness or justice. He struck the blow which justice required. His love provided His own Son as a shield to receive the blow in place of sinful mankind.


"By oppression and judgment He was taken away; and who shall declare His generation? for He was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of My people was He stricken" (Isaiah 53:8 NASB).


These words, written hundreds of years before Christ, were fulfilled in His death on the cross. A shield or protection from punishment is called a propitiation.


"And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world" (1 John 2:2 NASB).


Truly, Jesus is the way to forgiveness of sins.


"In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace" (Ephesians 1:7 NASB).


Forgiveness Is Conditional

Though Christ is the propitiation for “the sins of the whole world,” not all people will be saved by Him.


"And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation" (Hebrews 5:9 NASB).


Obeying Christ requires believing, having faith in Him. If Jesus is The Way, we must put our trust in Him.


"They said, Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household" (Acts 16:31 NASB).


This faith, of course, must be strong enough to create in us a resolve to turn from sin. This is repentance.


"Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent" (Acts 17:30 NASB).


Our faith must be strong enough to prompt a public confession of our belief in Jesus as the Son of God (Acts 8:35-37).


"For with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation" (Romans 10:10 NASB).


A strong faith makes us a candidate for baptism. Jesus said:


"He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned" (Mark 16:16 NASB).


Baptism puts us into Christ where we are children of God by faith.


"For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ" (Galatians 3:26-27 NASB).


It is when we are buried with Christ in baptism that God makes us alive.


"Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life" (Romans 6:4 NASB).


Once we are in Christ and have this new life, we are continually forgiven as we “walk in the light” of truth and righteousness (1 John 1:7).



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Q1. All _________________ is sin (1 John 5:17).

Q2. The wages of sin is ___________ (Romans 6:23).

Q3. The Lord loves _______________ and hates __________________ (Psalm 45:7).

Q4. When we have done all we are commanded to do, we are still _________________________ (Luke 17:10).

Q5. God is rich in ______________, has great _________________, and saves us by His ________________ (Ephesians 2:4-5).

Q6. Christ is the _________________ for our sins (1 John 2:2).

Q7. In Christ we have _______________ of sins (Ephesians 1:7).

Q8. Jesus is author of salvation to all who _________ Him (Hebrews 5:9).

Q9. God commands all people to ______________ (Acts 17:30).

Q10. Confession must be made with the ________________ to salvation (Romans 10:10).

Q11. The person who believes and is _______________ will be saved (Mark 16:16).

Q12. The ______________ of  Jesus Christ purifies from sin (1 John 1:7).

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