1. God, the Creator
❏ God created the heaven and earth and human beings.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth., ” (Genesis 1:1)
“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.,” (Genesis 1:27)
There is no god who says that he is the creator of this world. Only the Triune God clearly says He created all things in heaven and earth. God created human beings after His likeness to govern whole world as His agents. But they committed sin.
2. Sin and Its Eternal Punishment
❏ All have sinned.
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (Romans 3:23)
❏ The origin of Sin is Satan.
(1) Satan rebelled against God to be like Him.
How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of the dawn!… I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.”(Isaiah 14:12-15).
(2) The Satan (Devil) has been cast out from heaven and has become the prince of this world of darkness. Satan tempted human beings to commit the same Sin with Satan.
…the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”“(Genesis 3:4-5)
The same Sin with Devil is to make himself as God (lord).
❏ Human beings put their steps on the same road which Satan stepped on.
(1) In that way human beings have become the lord of their lives as children of Satan.
You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires… (John 8:44)
(2) As a result of becoming the lord of themselves, they are committing many sins
They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. (Romans 1:29-31)
❏ Human beings have to pay the cost of the Sin.
(1) The result of sin is death and there will be judgment after death.
For the wages of sin is death … (Romans 6:23)
Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, (Hebrews 9:27)
(2) The final destination of the judgment is fallen into the pond of fire (hell).
…their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”.(Revelation 21:8)
Here is Good news! God sent His Son Jesus to solve the problem of the Sin and sins.
3. God’s Love: The Cross
❏ So God loved us and sent His only begotten Son to die on the cross in our place of punishment, and raised Him up from the dead.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
How can we believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that His death was for our Sin and sins? God gave us clear evidence. The evidence is the resurrection of Jesus.
4. Resurrection: the Perfect Proof of Redemption
❏ Jesus died and resurrected as written in the Bible.
For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, (1Corinthians 15:3-4)
(1) Prophecies in the Old Testament
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him,… the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:5-6)
(2) Jesus’ testimonies (John 8:58; Mark 10:45; Matthew 16:21)
From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples… he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life..”(Matthew 16:21)
(3) Fulfillment by Jesus (John 19:30; 20:1-9; Luke 24:44; Acts 1:3)
After his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive… (Acts 1:3)
❏ As written in the Bible, Jesus is God.
and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 1:4)
❏ Jesus’ resurrection is the proof which guarantees the fact that He has forgiven our Sin and sins through His death on the Cross.
“He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead!” (Acts 17:31)
Jesus’ resurrection is God given proof for everyone.
5.The Sin of Unbelieving in Jesus
❏ The Sin the Holy Spirit rebukes is unbelieving in Jesus
in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; (John 16:9)
Human beings committed the basic Sin of rejecting God and they also rejected Jesus who died and resurrected because of the human beings basic Sin of rejecting God.
❏ The Sin of not believing in Jesus is making oneself as his (her) Lord.
For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.. (Romans 14:9)
6. Repentance and Acceptance
❏ You must repent the Sin of not believing in Jesus(making yourself as your lord of life), and accept Jesus as your lord to be saved.
“Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:37-38)
That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9)
❏ Accept Jesus as Lord in your heart.
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. (Revelation 3:20)
If you repent your sin(not believing in Jesus) and accept Him as your lord in your heart, you will be forgiven and be saved. Will you invite Him in your heart through reading the following prayer with praying heart?
Prayer of Invitation
Dear God, I am a sinner who has rejected you. Now I repent from the Sin of rejecting you and of not believing in Jesus. I believe in Jesus who died on the cross because of my sin and resurrected from death. Oh, Jesus, I accept you as the Lord of my life. You are the Son of God. Please come into my heart and life as my Lord. In Jesus name I pray. Amen!
Have you prayed with true heart? Then where is Jesus now? As you invited Jesus in your heart, Jesus is in you!
7. Assurance of salvation and eternal life
❏ Salvation is sure.
Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God (John 1:12)
“I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life. (John 5:24)
❏ Salvation is eternal.
I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. (John 10:28-29)
You have been saved eternally by the Holy Spirit!