the sweet gospel bible study week 5 // the perfect sacrifice

Welcome to week five of our Bible study! We are talking about why we need a sacrifice to pay for our sins, and the one (and only) man who could pay for them.

this week's video

You can watch this week's video or you can read below for a similar summary. :) Here is the video link if you're in a reader and cannot see the video I'm sharing below.

the predicament

The great problem we as mankind face before God is that we are wretched and sinful, having broken God's holy law. Sin spread from Adam, to all mankind:

Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned—for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law. Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come. (Romans 5:12-14)

the courtroom

We stand before God, the righteous judge, completely guilty of having rebelled against His law. This situation is a legal one. (Romans 2)

Example: If I speed, and the authorities find me breaking the law, I am guilty of committing a trespass against the rules of the land. I would still get the ticket and have to pay the fine, because I did not submit to the law, regardless of whether I agreed to it or not. My agreement with the law does not determine my freedom. I am still under the authority of the rulers of this land.

Such is the spiritual predicament we are in- but much, much worse. The Bible tells us our punishment for the sin of breaking God's law is death (Romans 6:23). In our rebellion against Him, we have chosen to separate ourselves from God, our very Creator. (Isaiah 59:2). This is truly wickedness in every way.

the one solution

The fine of rebelling against a holy God is so great that eternity apart from Him is the penalty. We will talk more about this specifically, but for now we know that there is only one way to be forgiven the debt that we owe: it takes a perfect person, who never sinned against God, to die for our sins in our place.

That man is JESUS!

He came to earth, put on flesh, dwelt among us, obeyed God in every way, and then laid down His life by dying on the cross- sacrificing His own life for yours. You, who lied, who dishonored your parents, who were an adulterer-at-heart- Jesus took your punishment on Himself for you.

Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. (Romans 5:18-19) 

He is the lamb who was slain as a sacrifice for your sake.

a plan for His glory

God wasn't surprised at man's rebellion- in fact, He planned before the earth was formed that He, in ultimate love toward you, would send His Son to die and be raised from the dead in order that you might have faith in Him, and glorify Him.

Imagine if you owed a million dollars for a crime you committed, and it was more than you could ever make in your lifetime. But someone paid their million dollars for you to be free. Wouldn't you be in awe of the kindness of that person? Wouldn't you love them because they gave up everything they had for you? You would probably even go around telling people how kind they were, and what an awesome thing they did for you.

A million times over (and more!), and that's what God did for you. :) What a glorious, merciful God!!

the gift of peace with God

This sacrifice, this paying of your fine, this bringing you back to peace with God- this can be yours by faith in Christ Jesus.
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for theungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. (Romans 5:6-11) 

When you place your trust in Him to save you from your sin, He rescues you and gives you His Spirit who makes you a new person, with a new heart, fully washed clean before God!

This is God's free gift to you, if you want it!! He will save you from His wrath and much more than you can even comprehend. And we will talk more about what His awesome sacrifice saves us from, next time!

this week's assignment

Over the next week, read Week 5, The Perfect Sacrifice: Why We Needed It and complete the homework following the chapter. Be sure to be honest with your thoughts, and always ask the Lord to help you understand more about Him as you read the Scriptures this week! :)

If the Lord wills, in two weeks, on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, I'll introduce Week 6 both on Facebook (Live!) and here on the blog.

Thank you for going on this journey with me this year!! :)

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