Salvation from Sin
Introduction: Today’s lesson focuses on correcting a misconception that being saved gives an ok to sin. Salvation frees us from sin; it does not give us permission to go against the laws and ways of God.
Handout: Salvation from Sin
Does being saved make it ok to son?
The answer is no. I've heard it so many times from people that it seems that being a Christian gives an ok for people to commit sin and make it seem as if it isn't anything to worry about. This idea is insane to me because when one rightly divides the word of God and understands the principles of the word then there is no possible way that one could even give that idea room to even be thought about.
We are born under the curse of sin because of the disobedience of the first man, Adam. Through no fault of our own we are born sinners, unrighteous. Because God is so holy and perfect and righteous, He cannot condone not one sin no matter how little we think it is.
Understand how far above us that God is. We are so unholy that we cannot come in to the presence of God and communicate with him. He cannot look upon sin. He detests it.
This is a very weak comparison but I think of superman and how kryptonite affected him. We know that nothing can weaken God; he just will not be in the presence of sin. We are sinful, so how does a human being who is sinful, covered in sin, have a relationship with Almighty, sinless, perfect, holy God, who is sinless and cannot and will not tolerate sin and will not be around it?
God in his infinite wisdom, mercy and love for us, knew that we were sinful and that we could not change that on our own. You can test it, no matter how good you try to be or how much you try to control your mind and your ways, sooner or later you will sin, and there are sins that we don't even realize are sins. As sad as it is, and as much as we want to believe we are good, in reality we live in a sinful world and we are sinful beings. That is just how it is. There had to be a sacrifice for sins, someone who was sinless and could satisfy the laws of God and redeem what the first man Adam lost.
We unable to save and make ourselves holy and acceptable to God, needed someone that could mediate between us and God and that could relate to us on a human level in a sinful world but also relate to God at his level and connect the two. Let us review in God’s word.
Romans 5:6-11 " For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die.
8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.
10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation."
One might say...well that is an insult to God, he can do anything; he doesn't need anyone to help him. That isn't what this is about. Of course God is all powerful and he can do all things but the simple fact of the matter is, God is so far above us and so righteous that he cannot tolerate sin, and he will not.
He wanted us; he wanted many more like Jesus. He loved us so much, he sent his Son Jesus to earth, born of a virgin, in the form of a man, to walk with humans and live and go through the same things we go through, the same temptations and hardships and live a sinless life so that the law of God could be satisfied.
Jesus came, lived a sinless live, obeyed the perfect will of his father and satisfied the laws of God. So why, after doing all that, did Jesus have to die and shed his blood for the sins of the world? Because someone had to buy back what the first man Adam lost when he sinned and upset the laws of God by disobedience. That was the whole reason Jesus came. Without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sins. Up to that point animal sacrifices had been made to cover the sins of the people, but the blood of goats and bullocks was no longer good enough because it was not sinless blood, those only acted as a symbol pointing to the real sacrifice which was Jesus.
Hebrews 10: 4 "For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins."
"11 But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation.
12 Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.
13 For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh,
14 how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God; cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
15 And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance."
Jesus could have come and lived and fulfilled the laws of God and lived a sinless life, but had he not died for our sins, had his blood not been shed, then we would still be without hope, When Jesus died, and shed his blood, he bought back everything the first man Adam lost, which was our connection with God, sin put up that barrier. But it goes further than that. Jesus not only died but he rose from the grave. He conquered death, hell and the grave. Now, we that believe and accept the free gift of salvation through faith, we are covered by the blood of Jesus so that even though we still sin, we are forgiven and when the Father looks down, He doesn't see our sin but he sees his son Jesus and that the blood has been applied and so we are acceptable and we can pray and go into the presence of Almighty God under the righteous of Jesus because we have none of our own. Again, let us review what the Bible teaches.
Romans 5:12-20 "12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned—
13 (For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law.
14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.
15 But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man's offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many.
16 And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned. For the judgment which came from one offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many offenses resulted in justification.
17 For if by the one man's offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)
18 Therefore, as through one man's offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man's righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life.
19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man's obedience many will be made righteous.
20 Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more,
21 so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
Without righteousness, one cannot please God and since we cannot obtain righteousness on our own, we need the righteousness of Jesus who is God imputed in us. There is no other way. So it isn't that God needed help, He just must be in the presence of righteous and anything less is unacceptable.
Acts 4:12 " 12 Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."
Will we sin after we get saved? We are still human with sinful flesh.
1John 1:8-9 " 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."
What was saved and redeemed is our soul, the inward man, the part that will go to Heaven when we die if we have been saved by accepting Jesus as our savior and accepted the free gift of salvation through faith. That does not mean that we can just go and sin and do anything we wish.
Romans 6:1-4 "What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?
2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?
3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?
4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life."
1John 2:1-2 "My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world."
Hebrews 9:27 "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:"
2 Corinthians 5:10 "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad."
This judgment seat of Christ is the judgment for the believers...the born again. We belong to Jesus. He will judge us. We have escaped the judgment and wrath of God through acceptance of the righteousness of wonderful Jesus, Praise His Holy name!
All humans are appointed one time to die. When you accept Jesus and are born into the family of God. You escape the second death. The Great White throne Judgment is for the unbelievers...judged by God without Christ, alone in sin, what a sad day...
11. And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
12. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is [the book] of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
13. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
14. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
As humans there is just no possible way we can redeem ourselves. John 14:6 "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
John 10:9 JESUS says..."I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture."
John 14 The teaching of JESUS.
The Way, the Truth, and the Life
"Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.
2 In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.
4 And where I go you know, and the way you know."
5 Thomas said to Him, "Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?"
6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
The Father Revealed
7 "If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him."
8 Philip said to Him, "Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us."
9 Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, 'Show us the Father'? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. 11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.
The Answered Prayer
12 "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.
13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14 If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.
Jesus Promises Another Helper
15 "If you love Me, keep My commandments.
16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever--
17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.
Indwelling of the Father and the Son
19 "A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also. 20 At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.
21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him."
22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, "Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?"
23 Jesus answered and said to him, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father's who sent Me
The Gift of His Peace
25 "These things I have spoken to you while being present with you.
26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
28 You have heard Me say to you, 'I am going away and coming back to you.' If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, 'I am going to the Father,' for My Father is greater than I.
29 "And now I have told you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe.
30 I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me. 31 But that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father gave Me commandment, so I do. Arise, let us go from here.
We are free from sin through Jesus Christ which is our salvation, our freedom. We can say no to sin. Through Christ we have a way NOT to sin. He is our way out of temptation. Praise God that he made a way for us to have an intimate relationship with him. A one on one personal relationship to which we can grow as close as we wish to Him. What a wonderful Father we have. What a wonderful Redeemer in our LORD JESUS CHRIST!
Remember to serve others in the love and attitude of Christ this week.
Father, we come to you today thanking you and praising you for who you are. There is none higher than you. You are exalted O God. We love you and we worship you. We thank you that you made a way for us to escape the temptations of sin, and that you forgive us when we fail. You are a wonderful Father and worthy of all praise, glory and honor. Help us to draw nigh to you. Help us to seek you and desire to know you and all that you are and to thirst for your righteousness. Fill us with your love and spirit and help us to ever live in the way that you would be pleased with. We will ever praise, and worship you. Please watch over us and our families this week as we travel along on our journey toward heaven. Thank you so much for your many blessings and for keeping us thus far. Thank You for your comfort, peace, joy, and protection. Thank you for your comfort and for providing for us. We love and honor you in all we do, in the name of Jesus we ask and pray…AMEN.
September 28, 2008