1. What is sin? what is the role of Jesus in our sin?
2. What is the role of Jesus in saving us from our sin how are we going to response to what Jesus has done for us.
Sin is the transgression of God’s law
1 John 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
Just one transgression of God’s Law condemns us to death.
Ezekiel 18:20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death;
Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
By the Law we are all condemned to death.
When we die we really are dead.
Notwithstanding popular mythology, we do not possess an immortal soul or spirit that continues in a conscious existence after death.
God fathered a son Jesus Christ, born of Mary with our nature.
Although tempted exactly as we are, Jesus lived a sinless life and voluntarily gave it in sacrifice.
Jesus’ sacrifice covers the sin of the faithful of the Old Testament and is efficacious also for those who believe and obey the gospel that Jesus preached.
Because of Jesus’ sacrifice, God is prepared to forgive the sins of all who believe and obey him.
What is required of us is straightforward.
1. Believe the gospel
2. Repent of our sinful way of life
3. Be baptised into Christ by immersion in water for the remission of past sins
4. Live a new life by the commandments of Christ.
Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins…
Acts 22:16 And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.
Romans 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Luke 6:46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?
Sadly we are not able to live a sinless life.
Despite our best efforts we will still sin after baptism.
Providing we are making a determined effort to live by Christ’s commandments our sins will be forgiven by confession in prayer.
1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
When Christ returns from heaven, those whose sins are covered by Christ’s sacrifice will be raised from the dead and be given eternal life in the kingdom of God on earth.
The kingdom of God is in two parts.
1. The millennial reign of Christ over the mortal population of the earth. The faithful raised and glorified will assist in the government of the nations.
2. At the end of the millennial reign there will be a second resurrection and a final judgment. Sin and death will be eradicated and the faithful will be given immortality. Those judged unfaithful will die again and perish forever (the second death). God will live in and with his people forever.
Paul explains what is to happen:
1 Corinthians 15:20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. 21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. 24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. 25 For he must reign (the millennial reign), till he hath put all enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. 27 For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. 28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.
This will be the fulfilment of God’s declared purpose
Numbers 14:21 But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD.
May I suggest that you read ‘Your Share in God's Promises’ here:
I hope you find this helpful.