The Hubble Constant (a factor used by some scientists to
measure (estimate) supposed expansion of the universe) has
hovered around 50, which implies that the universe is about
20 billion years old. In 1999 the Hubble Space Telescope
(HST) estimated that there were 125 billion galaxies in the
universe, and recently with the new camera HST has observed
3,000 visible galaxies, which is twice as much as were
previously observed with the old camera. Even though we
cannot actually count the number of stars in the galaxy, we
can estimate the number of stars in the galaxy as roughly
100 billion (100,000,000,000). The sun is just an ordinary
star. Its energy makes all life and surface processes
possible. Minor changes in its energy output can have a
major impact on the earth. Our earth is one of eight
planets and a large number of smaller objects orbiting the
Does it appear possible that something so large and
complex and so perfectly integrated could just happen and
be formed from nothing?
The Bible states "In the beginning God
('elohiym-plural - divine ones) created the heavens
and the earth and … mankind, male and female" (Genesis 1:1
… 28). But man was created in God's likeness "in our image
and in our likeness" thus they were different from all
How could by accident or by a non-intelligent being
coordinate the complexities of sight, sound, smell, taste
and touch without some minute detailed planning and design?
Have you ever wondered about God's image or likeness? We
learn in the Bible that God is love, truth, faithful,
merciful, just, peace, holy, righteous and able to decide
or make choices. Is it easier to believe such complex
universe occurred by design or to believe everything just
happened by chance without plan or design?
2. Is the Bible is God's
message to man?
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with
God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the
beginning" (John 1:1-2 NIV).
The Jews referred to the law, the prophets and the
psalms as the scripture.
"And it shall be, when he sitteth upon the throne of his
kingdom, that he shall write him a copy of this law in a
book, out of that which is before the priests the Levites:
and it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the
days of his life; that he may learn to fear Jehovah his
God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes,
to do them" (Deuteronomy 17:17-18 ASV).
"And he said unto them, These are my words which I spake
unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must
needs be fulfilled, which are written in the law of Moses,
and the prophets, and the psalms, concerning me (Luke 24:44
"Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of
Scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation.
For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but
men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy
Spirit" (2 Peter 1:20-21 NIV).
Paul stated "All Scripture is God-breathed [inspired
(ASV)] and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and
training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be
thoroughly equipped for every good work" (2 Timothy 3:16-17
"He [Jesus] went to Nazareth, where he had been brought
up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as
was his custom. And he stood up to read. The scroll of the
prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found
the place where it is written: 'The Spirit of the Lord is
on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to
the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the
prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release
the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor'
[Isaiah 61:1-2]. Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back
to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the
synagogue were fastened on him, and he began by saying to
them, 'Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing'"
(Luke 4:16-21 NIV).
It should be obvious from the above scriptures that God
speaks to man through His inspired Word, the Bible?
3. Who controls man's
Does God prevent man from sinning? Or, does Satan force
man to sin?
The answer to these questions can be found in the study
of Adam and Eve in the third chapter of Genesis.
God placed man, Adam and Eve, in Eden [paradise (rd)].
He then put him to work instructing him to tend [take care
of, dress] and keep it. Just think, at this moment in man's
life, he was in the perfect place and in a perfect
relationship with God, his creator. Remember man was made
in God's image, likeness not His exact nature. Taking care
of the Garden of Eden was not the only thing God required
of Adam. God instructed, commanded, Adam and Eve not to eat
of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. "You are
free to eat from any tree in the garden. But you must never
eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil because
when you eat from it, you will certainly die" (Genesis
"God blessed these humans by saying to them, 'Be
fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it! Be
masters over the fish in the ocean, the birds that fly, and
every living thing that crawls on the earth' " (Genesis
If God had made man without the ability to make
decisions, He would not have given him instruction
requiring him to make the choices, not to eat of the fruit
of the tree, to "Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and
subdue" or to tend the Garden of Eden.
Now Adam and Eve may have looked at the fruit of the
tree of the knowledge of good and evil many times. It was
not a sin to look at the tree. But they looked upon the
tree differently when Satan, the deceiver, in the form of a
serpent asked "Did God really say, 'You must not eat from
any tree in the garden'?"… "For God knows that when you eat
of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God,
knowing good and evil" (Genesis 3). This time when they
looked it was with the desire to become as wise as God.
Notice God did not tempt them neither did He prevent them
from desiring to be wise. In fact, it was all up to them.
They had a choice. They could have said "I will not eat."
But they chose to satisfy their desire to try to be as wise
as God and yielded to their desire.
In Genesis 3:8-10 you will notice that after their sin
of rebellion God talked to Adam. It is doubtful that this
was the first time God had spoken to them.
Even so Adam and Eve looked [were lured] at the fruit of
the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they wanted to
become wise as God [enticed] and they understood what God
had commanded. Their choosing to yield to their desires
[conceived] rather than obey God clearly shows they had the
ability to make decisions. Did Satan force them to eat of
the tree of the knowledge of good and evil? No! Did God
prevent them from choosing to yield? No! It was their
choice to obey or disobey God.
Centuries later James stated "Let no one say when he is
tempted, 'I am tempted by God,' for God cannot be tempted
by evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each one is
tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desires.
Then when desire conceives, it gives birth to sin, and when
sin is full grown, it gives birth to death" (James 1:13-15
NET). James was right.
They yielded to their desire to be as wise as God. They
rebelled against God by not honoring His command! They
sinned! This severed that perfect relationship with the
eternal all loving and merciful God. The consequence was
harsh but just. Their guilt was heavy and there was not a
thing they could do to earn a way back to that
relationship. God gave a hint of something He had planned
to occur in the future, something that would allow man to
return to that relationship. "And I will put enmity
[hostility] between you and the woman, and between your
offspring [seed] and hers; he will crush your head, and you
will strike his heel" (Genesis 3:15 NIV).
Later this lesson will examine God's plan for redeeming
man so he can return to that previous perfect
4. God becomes angry with the
wickedness of man.
Years passed after Adam and Eve chose to disobey and
man's relationship with God grew worse. In fact it became
intolerable. "The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was
great in the earth, and that every imagination of the
thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the
LORD was sorry (repented - KJV) that he had made man on the
earth, and it grieved him to his heart. So the LORD said,
'I will blot out [destroy (ASV)] man whom I have created
from the face of the ground, man and beast and creeping
things and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have
made them'" (Genesis 6:5-7 RSV).
But there was hope for mankind for "Noah found favor in
the eyes of the LORD" (Genesis 6:8 RSV). "By faith Noah,
being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, took
heed and constructed an ark [boat, ship] for the saving of
his household; by this he condemned the world and became an
heir of the righteousness which comes by faith." (Hebrews
11:7 RSV) Noah did what God desired not what he wanted to
do even while all those around him continued to live
wickedly. I am sure you took note that God punished the
rebellious and wicked but had mercy and saved the
So far we have seen that God planned for man's seed, at
some time, to crush the head of the great deceiver (the
accuser and Satan). He promised also, but not necessarily
at the same time, to punish the wicked and have grace and
mercy on the righteous.
5. God's Promise to Bless All
About 350 years following Noah and the flood that
destroyed all living except for Noah and his family,
Abraham was born and seventy-five years later God called
Abraham. "The LORD said to Abram, 'Leave your land, your
relatives, and your father's home. Go to the land that I
will show you. I will make you a great nation, I will bless
you. I will make your name great, and you will be a
blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever
curses you, I will curse. Through you every family on earth
will be blessed.' [In you all the families of the earth
shall be blessed (NKJV)] So Abram left, as the LORD had
told him" (Genesis 12:1-4 GWT). "He [Abraham] believed God,
and it was credited to him as righteousness" (Galatians 3:6
When He stated all families of the earth, obviously He
was not referring only to the nation of Israel which was
yet to come for it states all families of the earth. "The
Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by
faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: 'All
nations will be blessed through you.' … The promises were
spoken to Abraham and to his seed. The Scripture does not
say 'and to seeds,' meaning many people, but "and to your
seed," meaning one person, who is Christ" (Galatians 3:8,16
Hundreds of years passed and the descendents of Abraham,
estimated to be over 2 million men, were slaves in Egypt.
"A man from the family of Levi took a woman also descended
from Levi as his wife. When she conceived and had a son,
upon seeing what a fine child he was, she hid him for three
months" (Exodus 2:1-2 CJB). "Then Pharaoh's daughter went
down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking
along the river bank. She saw the basket among the reeds
and sent her slave girl to get it. She opened it and saw
the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. 'This
is one of the Hebrew babies,' she said. Then his sister
asked Pharaoh's daughter, 'Shall I go and get one of the
Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?' 'Yes, go,' she
answered. And the girl went and got the baby's mother.
Pharaoh's daughter said to her, 'Take this baby and nurse
him for me, and I will pay you.' So the woman took the baby
and nursed him. When the child grew older, she took him to
Pharaoh's daughter and he became her son. She named him
Moses, saying, 'I drew him out of the water'" (Exodus
"By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be
called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, choosing rather to
suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the
passing pleasures of sin" (Hebrews 11:24-25 NKJV).
"But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in
the land of Midian: and he sat down by a well" (Exodus 2:15
ASV). Having been trained in the luxuries of Egyptian
royalty Moses was 40 years old when he fled Pharaoh and
Egypt. For the next forty years of his 120 year life he was
a lowly shepherd, a profession despised by the Egyptians
but honored by God.
"Now Moses was pasturing the flock of Jethro his
father-in-law, the priest of Midian; and he led the flock
to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the
mountain of God. The angel of the LORD appeared to him in a
blazing fire from the midst of a bush; and he looked, and
behold, the bush was burning with fire, yet the bush was
not consumed. So Moses said, I must turn aside now and see
this marvelous sight, why the bush is not burned up. When
the LORD saw that he turned aside to look, God called to
him from the midst of the bush and said, 'Moses, Moses!'
And he said, 'Here I am.' Then He said, 'Do not come near
here; remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on
which you are standing is holy ground.' He said also, 'I am
the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of
Isaac, and the God of Jacob.' Then Moses hid his face, for
he was afraid to look at God" (Exodus 3:1-6 NASU).
"Then the LORD said, 'I have seen the affliction of my
people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because
of their taskmasters; I know their sufferings, and I have
come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians
… Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring forth
my people, the sons of Israel, out of Egypt'" (Exodus
"When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them
on the road through the Philistine country, though that was
shorter. For God said, 'If they face war, they might change
their minds and return to Egypt.' So God led the people
around by the desert road toward the Red Sea" (Exodus
13:17-18 NIV). But Pharaoh, desiring to keep the Israelites
as slaves, changed his mind and pursued after them with his
mighty army. "Moses answered the people, 'Do not be afraid.
Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will
bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never
see again. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be
still.'… But the Lord said 'The Egyptians will know that I
am the LORD when I gain glory through Pharaoh, his chariots
and his horsemen.' … The water flowed back and covered the
chariots and horsemen - the entire army of Pharaoh that had
followed the Israelites into the sea. Not one of them
survived" (Exodus 14:13-14; 17; 14:28 NIV).
As they continued their journey toward the land God
promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, they came to Mount
Sinai. When they left Egypt they were slaves living under
Egyptian laws and leadership but they now needed to become
a nation. Here God through Moses gave them many
commandments (including those commonly referred to as the
Ten Commandments), rules and regulations to govern them as
they took their place among other nations. These laws
created an awareness of sin. Thus "the law was our
schoolmaster [tutor-(ASV); custodian-(RSV); guardian-(ESV)]
to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by
faith" (Galatians 3:24 KJV).
Is this law giver, Moses [Abraham's seed], the person
that would bless all families of the earth? NO, Moses was
not the Messiah.
6. Law and Covenant
Moses died never entering the land promised to Abraham.
He did took credit upon himself for what God did. God
through Moses did not bless all nations - only the nation
of Israel. Joshua became God's leader for them. One can
read all about the trials and tribulations of the Children
of Israel, Abrahams descendants from the son of promise,
Isaac. It was a constant battle for them to live faithful
to God. They constantly allowed their desires to lead them
astray. But God always welcomed them back when they became
aware of their wickedness, repented and turned back to
keeping his commandments. The law given by God through
Moses, did not offer any forgiveness; it only pointed to a
redeemer, the Messiah (Greek Christos), who was to
come who would save man from his sins.
"The LORD your God will raise up a prophet like me for
you from among your relatives. You must listen to him." "I
will raise up a prophet like you from among their
relatives, and I will place my words in his mouth so that
he may expound everything that I have commanded to them.
But if someone will not listen to those words that the
prophet speaks in my name, I will hold him accountable"
(Deuteronomy 18:15, 18-19 ISV).
Are you like the Children of Israel being constantly
bombarded with temptations, sometimes yielding and in need
7. A New Covenant
"'Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I
will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with
the house of Judah - not according to the covenant that I
made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the
hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt'" (Jeremiah
"You have come to God, the judge of all men, to the
spirits of righteous men made perfect, to Jesus the
mediator of a new covenant' (Hebrews 12:23-24 NIV).
"Therefore he [Christ - (NIV)] is the mediator of a new
covenant, so that those who are called may receive the
promised eternal inheritance" (Hebrews 9:15 RSV).
How is one called and what must be done in order to
receive this promise of eternal life?
"It is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats
should take away sins. Consequently, when Christ came into
the world, he said, 'Sacrifices and offerings thou hast not
desired, but a body hast thou prepared for me; in burnt
offerings and sin offerings thou hast taken no pleasure.'
Then I said, 'Lo, I have come to do thy will, O God,' as it
is written of me in the roll of the book. When he said
above, 'Thou hast neither desired nor taken pleasure in
sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin
offerings' (these are offered according to the law), then
he added, 'Lo, I have come to do thy will.' He abolishes
the first in order to establish the second. And by that
will we have been sanctified [made holy NIV] through the
offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all" (Hebrews
"Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of
the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and
with the greatest care, trying to find out the time and
circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was
pointing when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the
glories that would follow. It was revealed to them that
they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke
of the things that have now been told you by those who have
preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from
Even angels long to look into these things." (1 Peter
1:10-12 NIV) "You see, at just the right time, when we were
still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely
will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man
someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates
his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners,
Christ died for us" (Romans 5:6-8 NIV).
"And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave
it to them, saying, 'This is my body given for you; do this
in remembrance of me.' In the same way, after the supper he
took the cup, saying, 'This cup is the new covenant in my
blood, which is poured out for you'" (Luke 22:19-20
Therefore, the pouring out of Christ's blood, the giving
of His life and body as the atoning sacrifice by
crucifixion, and His resurrection from the grave
established the New Covenant. This blood sacrifice,
sin-offering, of the incarnate God provides what the
sin-offering of blood of bulls and goats of the covenant
given by God through Moses was not able to do. Christ did
not remain dead (His physical body did not see corruption;
i.e., decay and return to dust Psalm 16:10) as God raised
Him from the grave thereby overcoming the only hold Satan
had on man. Therefore Christ, the seed of Adam, crushed the
head of Satan when He was brought back to life,
resurrected, thereby becoming victorious over death. "And I
will put enmity [hostility] between you and the woman, and
between your offspring [seed] and hers; he will crush your
head, and you will strike his heel" (Genesis 3:15 NIV).
Does Christ's atoning sacrifice provide forgiveness to
everyone or only to those who choose to accept Him and His
free gift of salvation?
God promised Abraham, Isaac and Jacob that their
descendants would be given a land flowing with milk and
honey, an earthly Promised Land. This promise was fulfilled
following their leaving Egyptian slavery behind and
accepting God's covenant through Moses with the sacrifices
of the blood of sheep and "bulls and goats." However, only
those who put their trust in God through obedience and
remained faithful were allowed to enter into their Promised
For hundreds of years they reached great heights while
faithful to God by keeping His commandments and sank to
great depths when they rebelled against God by following
the ways of the world around them. However God was always
faithful to accept them back when they acknowledged their
sins, repented of their wickedness and asked for God's
mercy and forgiveness.
God's promise to Abraham that his "seed" would bless all
nations arrived with the birth of Jesus by the Holy Spirit
through Mary. The fulfillment of all prophecies, His life,
miracles and eye witness testimony, and some secular,
non-Christian or Roman, witnesses leaves no doubt about His
claim to be the "Son of God and the Son of Man."
"For since the law [Old Covenant (rd)] has but a shadow
of the good things to come instead of the true form of
these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices that
are continually offered every year, make perfect those who
draw near. Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be
offered, since the worshipers, having once been cleansed,
would no longer have any consciousness of sin? But in these
sacrifices there is a reminder of sin every year. For it is
impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away
"Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said,
'Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body
have you prepared for me; in burnt offerings and sin
offerings you have taken no pleasure.' Then I said,
'Behold, I have come to do your will, O God, as it is
written of me in the scroll of the book.'"
"When he said above, 'You have neither desired nor taken
pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings
and sin offerings' (these are offered according to the
law), then he added, 'Behold, I have come to do your will.
He abolishes the first in order to establish the second.
And by that will we have been sanctified through the
offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
"And every priest stands daily at his service, offering
repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away
sins. But when Christ had offered for all time a single
sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God,
waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a
footstool for his feet. For by a single offering he has
perfected for all time those who are being sanctified. And
the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying,
'This is the covenant that I will make with them after
those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws on their
hearts, and write them on their minds' " (Hebrews 10:1-16
"Then he adds, 'I will no longer hold their sins and
their disobedience against them.' When sins are forgiven,
there is no longer any need to sacrifice for sins. Brothers
and sisters, because of the blood of Jesus we can now
confidently go into the holy place." (Hebrews 10:17-19
The New Covenant came with the blood sacrifice of Jesus
of Nazareth, a man without the spots or blemishes of sin,
"The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!"
Christians remember Christ's atoning sacrifice by partaking
if what is commonly referred to as the Lord's Supper.
8. The Free Gift of
As shown in the creation of Adam and Eve, man was given
the ability to choose and make decisions. This is also
borne out by the Children of Israel, those God chose to
bring Christ into the world, were constantly choosing to
please self thus rebelling against God then suffering the
consequences. Paul tell us "For the wages of sin is death;
but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ
our Lord" (Romans 6:23 KJV). Adam and Eve learned this
lesson the hard way.
Those who choose to become part of Jesus' New Covenant,
those in Christ, receive salvation, forgiveness of sins by
the cleansing blood of Christ and eternal life in the
spiritual Promised Land.
"No one else can save us. Indeed, we can be saved only
by the power of the one named Jesus and not by any other
person." (Acts 4:12 GWT)
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel [Christ (rd)]: it is
the power of God for salvation to every one who has faith,
to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the
righteousness of God is revealed." (Romans 1:16-17 RSV)
So, all of us have sinned. Christ is our sin-offering.
The Gospel, THE RESURRECTED CHRIST, is the power of
salvation, forgiveness of sin.
A. Then who is
this Christ, Jesus of Nazareth?
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with
God, and the Word was God" (John 1:1 NKJV).
"He was in the world, and the world was made through
Him, and the world did not know Him" (John 1:10 NKJV).
"The Word became human and lived among us. We saw his
glory. It was the glory that the Father shares with his
only Son, a glory full of kindness and truth" (John
"Although he was in the form of God and equal with God,
he did not take advantage of this equality. Instead, he
emptied himself by taking on the form of a servant, by
becoming like other humans, by having a human
appearance. He humbled himself by becoming obedient to
the point of death, death on a cross" (Philippians
"The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and
said, "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin
of the world! This is He of whom I said, "After me
comes a Man who is preferred before me, for He was
before me'" (John 1:29-30 NKJV).
"When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately
from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to
Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a
dove and alighting upon Him." (Matthew 3:16 NKJV).
"When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he
asked his disciples, 'Who do people say the Son of Man
is?' They answered, 'Some say you are John the
Baptizer, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one
of the prophets.' He asked them, 'But who do you say I
am?' Simon Peter answered, 'You are the Messiah, the
Son of the living God!' Jesus replied, 'Simon, son of
Jonah, you are blessed! No human revealed this to you,
but my Father in heaven revealed it to you'" (Matthew
"For there is one God and one Mediator between God and
men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom
for all. (1 Timothy 2:5-6 NKJV)
For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead
bodily" (Colossians 2:9 NKJV).
B. Why does man need
"Your iniquities have separated you from your God; And
your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He
will not hear" (Isaiah 59:2 NKJV).
"I put this in human terms because you are weak in your
natural selves. Just as you used to offer the parts of
your body in slavery to impurity and to ever-increasing
wickedness … For the wages of sin is death, but the
gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord"
(Romans 6:19…23 NIV).
"All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
and are justified freely by his grace through the
redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him
as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his
blood" (Romans 3:23-25 NIV).
"Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit
the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither
fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor
homosexuals, nor sodomites [sexual perverts (RSV)], nor
thieves, nor covetous [greedy (NIV)], nor drunkards,
nor revilers [slanderers (NIV)], nor extortioners
[swindlers (NIV)] will inherit the kingdom of God" (1
Cor. 6:9-10 NKJV).
"My dear children, I write this to you so that you will
not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who
speaks to the Father in our defense - Jesus Christ, the
Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our
sins" (1 John 2:1-2 NIV).
"The gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to
salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first
and also for the Greek" (Romans 1:16 NKJV).
"For there is one God, and there is one mediator
between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave
himself as a ransom for all" (1 Timothy 2:5-6 ESV).
C. What is the Gospel
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with
God, and the Word was God" (John 1:1-2NKJV).
"Let it be known to you all, and to all the people of
Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth,
whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by
Him this man stands here before you whole. This is the
'stone which was rejected by you builders, which has
become the chief cornerstone.' Nor is there salvation
in any other [that is Christ (rd)], for there is no
other name under heaven given among men by which we
must be saved" (Acts 4:10-12 NKJV).
"In Him we have redemption through His blood, the
forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His
grace" (Ephesians 1:7-8 NKJV).
"[All] are justified freely by his grace through the
redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him
as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his
blood" (Romans 3:24-25 NIV).
"Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which
I preached to you, which also you received and in which
you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold
fast that word which I preached to you - unless you
believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all
that which I also received: that Christ died for our
sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was
buried, and that He rose again the third day according
to the Scriptures" (1 Corinthians 15:1-4 NKJV).
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new
creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this
is from God, who reconciled us to himself through
Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that
God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not
counting men's sins against them. And he has committed
to us the message of reconciliation" (2 Corinthians
D. How is one
reconciled back to a relationship with God?
"Peter said to Jesus … While he was still speaking, a
bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud
said, 'This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well
pleased. Listen to him [hear him (KJV)]!'" (Matthew
"How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not
believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom
they have not heard" (Romans 10:14 NKJV)?
"So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the
prophet Isaiah, and said, 'Do you understand what you
are reading?" And he said, "How can I, unless someone
guides me?' And he asked Philip to come up and sit with
him" (Acts 8:30-31 NKJV.)
"Without faith [belief in action] it is impossible to
please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that
He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who
diligently seek Him" (Hebrews 11:6 NKJV).
"You will die in your sins; for if you do not believe
that I am He, you will die in your sins" (John 8:24
"But if you don't turn to God and change the way you
think and act [repent (NKJV)], then you, too, will all
die. What about those 18 people who died when the tower
at Siloam fell on them? Do you think that they were
more sinful than other people living in Jerusalem? No!
I can guarantee that they weren't. But if you don't
turn to God and change [repent (NKJV)] the way you
think and act, then you, too, will all die" (Luke
"The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart
(that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if
you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe
in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead,
you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto
righteousness, [when he puts his trust in God through
obedience] and with the mouth confession is made unto
salvation" (Romans 10:8-10 NKJV).
"Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us
together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved)"
(Ephesians 2:5 KJV).
"Don't you know that all of us who were baptized into
Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? When we were
baptized into his death, we were placed into the tomb
with him [we died to sin and were buried, immersed]"
(Romans 6:3-4 GWT).
"As Christ was brought back from death to life by the
glorious power of the Father, so we, too, should live a
new kind of life. If we've become united with him in a
death like his, certainly we will also be united with
him when we come back to life as he did. We know that
the person we used to be was crucified with him to put
an end to sin in our bodies. Because of this we are no
longer slaves to sin. The person who has died has been
freed from sin" (Romans 6:4-7 GWT).
E. Living the New
Kind of Life In Christ
The following teachings of Christ as recorded in
Matthew chapters 5-7 reveal much about living in Christ
(no attempt has been made to list everything
between Traditions and the New Covenant -
|Display your righteousness before man
||Worship God in your Heart
|Call attention to giving
||Give in secret, honoring God
|Pray to impress others
||Prayer is to be to God
|Call attention to your
||God is Holy- not man righteousness
between Old and New Covenants - Matthew
|Do not murder
||Do not nurse anger, abuse, sneer at or
|Gift at the altar
||Reconcile differences with brethren before
|Do not commit adultery
||Do not look upon someone with desire for
|Get even with offender
||Allow God to avenge
|Hate your enemy
||Do good to all even your enemies
Covenant Spiritual Life -
1. Know you need God
2. Maintain a gentle spirit
3. Strive to see justice
4. Show mercy
5. Keep thoughts pure
6. Promote peace
7. Accept persecution for doing
8. Allow your relationship with God
to be obvious
9. Teach others to observe all God's
10. Be careful to refrain from
teaching tradition as God's word
11. Rely upon God not on accumulated
wealth which perishes
12. Be careful what you take into
your mind through your eyes
13. It is impossible to rely on God
and one's wealth.
14. Life is more than things
15. Put righteousness and justice
first - God takes care of the rest
16. Do not be critical of others -
you too are stained with sin
17. Those diligently seeking
righteousness will find it
18. God gives to those who ask
19. Know God and you will recognize
the hypocrite and his works
20. God recognizes those who do his
will - not those who say they do
F. Summary Of How To
Get into Christ
- Study diligently and read what Christ and apostles
preached for they are the Words of life.
- All men are sinful, having disobeyed God's
- I have sinned and am not living according to God's
- My sins will result in my eternal death.
- I must be forgiven to have eternal life with
- Christ, the sin offering that atones, is the only
way for me to be forgiven of all my sins.
Believe that Christ is God who
wants to forgive
- Jesus was and is God who came to earth in flesh as
Jesus of Nazareth and lived among men.
- Jesus willingly gave His physical life being
crucified - the perfect sacrifice to forgive man of his
- He was buried, rose from the grave on the third day
and appeared to hundreds of his disciples.
- He ascended back to heaven with the Father.
- Change my life from sin and disobedience to trust
- Acknowledge before others that Jesus is the Son of
- Put to death my old, sinful, worldly life.
- Since your worldly life has died bury it into
Christ's in the grave of baptism by water
- Following your death to sin and burial into Christ
death, God resurrects you into a new spiritual being,
gives you the Holy Spirit and puts you into Christ
Body, the church.
- Continue to live steadfast and obedient to Christ,
the blood sacrifice that forgives sin and will continue
to cleanse all who live in obedience through faith and
trust from a contrite heart. You are IN Christ a
servant to do God's will.
G. Are you absolutely sure
that you would spend eternity with Jesus Christ in Heaven
if you were to die today/tonight?
"I write these things to you who believe in the name of
the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal
life" (1 John 5:13 NIV).
"For this reason I [Jesus] told you that you'll die
because of your sins. If you don't believe that I am the
one, you'll die because of your sins" (John 8:24 GWT).
Your Lifestyle Chooses Either Life or Death!
The Decision is Yours!
Will it be Eternal Life or Eternal Death?
"Those who listen to what I say and believe in the one who
sent me will have eternal life. They won't be judged
because they have already passed from death to life. "I can
guarantee this truth: A time is coming (and is now here)
when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and
those who respond to it will live" (John 5:24-25 GWT).
Today is the day of
"He will do this when the Lord Jesus is revealed, coming
from heaven with his mighty angels in a blazing fire. He
will take revenge on those who refuse to acknowledge God
and on those who refuse to respond [obey (NIV)] to the Good
News [Gospel (NKJV)] about our Lord Jesus. They will pay
the penalty by being destroyed forever, by being separated
from the Lord's presence and from his glorious power" (2
Thessalonians 1:7-10 GWT).
1. The universe, complex beyond imagination
2. Man was created in God's likeness therefore man
3. What instructions did God give Adam to do while in
4. Adam and Eve listened to Satan and yielded to their
5. All scripture, the Bible, is from God and written for man
to read and understand God's will for man to live pleasing to
6. Sin occurs when one:
7. Adam and Eve did not suffer any consequences from their
8. Due to man's wickedness God completely destroyed all
mankind except for:
9. God promised Abraham that
10. God entered into a covenant relationship with Moses and
the Children of Israel?
11. Moses could not enter into the land promised to Abraham
because he took honor upon himself rather than giving honor to
12. Animal sacrifices of bulls and goats offered to God by
the Children of Israel were to forgive them of their
13. Christ offered His physical body to God as the sin
offering for the forgiveness on man's sins.
14. Christ entered into a new covenant with all who accept
Him as Lord by putting their trust in Him by obedience?
15. All men have failed to live pleasing to God and are in
need of forgiveness in order to be redeemed.
16. Christ's sin-offering, atoning sacrifice, provides
17. Forgiveness of sins, salvation, is found in
18. Who are those who will not enter into Heaven?
19. How does one get into Christ where salvation and
benefits of forgiveness exists?
20. What is your situation with your God and creator?