Once God created man, He placed him in a perfect setting, the Garden of Eden. In this place, God gave man one definite command and included a warning against disobedience:
Genesis 2:16, 17
16 And the LORD God ____________________ the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely _______.
The first ten verses of Genesis chapter 3 record the disobedience of Adam. We know that Adam was created in the image of God, clearly without sin. But upon his disobedience, that image was changed. As God had warned, man suffered the consequences of sin. Man was now dead spiritually. The actions of Adam and Eve reveal the consequences of their spiritual death (no longer able to fellowship with God) as they covered themselves with fig leaves, and then hid from the presence of God.
It is quite obvious that the death they endured was not physical or intellectual - they were able to move about and make decisions! The immediate death sentence that was placed on them affected their spirit. In relation to God, they were now dead in trespasses and sins. Romans 5:12 teaches the immediate presence of death:
12 Wherefore, as by one man _______ entered into the world, and_________ by sin; and so death passed upon ______ ________, for that all have sinned:
As we turn our attention back to Ephesians 2, we notice in verses 1-8 the word saved several times. Keeping in mind the Bible definition of the word saved, it is clear that upon salvation the believer’s life is preserved and protected from danger. Furthermore, the work of God in your salvation is that He gives you spiritual life.
Salvation is all of God! He is the One who gives spiritual life upon your personal faith in Him. You cannot earn the gift of God through a system of good works, for salvation is of grace, the undeserved favour of God.
HOW CAN YOU KNOW YOU ARE SAVED?
Read 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, which details for us the importance of the gospel.
1. The gospel message of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ for your sins must first be preached. There must be a time when you have heard this message as found in the Word of God.
2. The gospel message must be received. This is the aspect of making the gospel personal, taking it as your own!
3. The gospel message must become the foundation upon which you stand. The songwriter has well written:
My faith has found a resting place,
Not in device nor creed,
I trust the Ever living One,
His wounds for me shall plead.
4. This passage of Scripture teaches that the gospel is what saves! The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ saves one from sin and its consequences. The gospel rescues a soul from danger, and gives spiritual life.
5. Finally, God also declares that the gospel must be believed. Faith is at the heart of personal salvation, even as Hebrews 11:6 teaches that without faith it is impossible to please God.
1 Corinthians 15:1-4 plainly teaches that the gospel must be preached before it can be believed and received! No one can be saved apart from first hearing, then believing and receiving the gospel, see Romans 10:8-17.
God wants you to know that you are saved - that your life is preserved from danger because you have been made spiritually alive, see 1 John 5:13.
Read Acts 16:25-34, which illustrates the doctrine of salvation.
This portion of God’s Word introduces us to the Philippian jailer, a prison guard who took his job seriously. However, God worked a miracle through the prayers and praises of Paul and Silas to reveal to this man the most important need in his life - salvation. Following the earthquake that set each prisioner free, the jailer realized his need and asked a most important question:
30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, __________ must I do to be ____________?
31 And they said, ______________ ____ the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be __________, and thy house.
Saved clearly means for one’s body, soul, and spirit to be rescued completely from the danger of the final punishment in the lake of fire. Spiritual life is restored as God makes the believer alive and then He preserves each believer!
To illustrate the truth of the word saved, imagine that you are out in the middle of a large body of water. You are alone in a small, one-person sailboat. Unexpectedly, the small boat springs a leak, and you have failed to bring a life jacket. All you have to bail the water is your tea cup! Your life is in immediate danger -- you are about to perish! You need to be saved! All your best efforts with the tea cup are unable to rid the boat of that which is about to cause your death. Yet just as you are sinking, along comes the coast guard vessel to pull you out of the water. You are saved -- rescued completely -- from the eventual watery grave that was taking away your life!
God uses this word saved in the very same way: to be saved spiritually is to be saved from the danger of spending eternity in the lake of fire. When you trust Christ as your Saviour, believing that His death, burial, and resurrection was for you, then God saves you and plucks you from the danger of an eternity without Him.
To understand the doctrine of salvation, we must see how this doctrine is defined in God’s Word. God gives us key principles to follow as we study the Bible.
2 Peter 1:20
Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any _________________ interpretation.
1 Corinthians 2:13
Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; __________________ spiritual things with spiritual.
Therefore let us study the doctrine of salvation, not by privately interpreting it, or with man’s philosophy, but by rightly comparing scripture with scripture (spiritual).
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE SAVED?
1. To preserve life
5 Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for ____ did send me before you to ____________ life.
6 For these two years hath the famine been in the land: and yet there are five years, in the which there shall neither be earing nor harvest.
7 And God sent me before you to preserve you posterity in the earth, and to _______ your ________ by a great deliverance.
This definition of the word saved is illustrated well in Exodus 1:15-17. The Hebrew male childrens’ lives were saved by the midwives. Their death was commanded, but their lives were preserved.
In the first place, the Bible defines saved as the preservation of life.
At the time of your personal salvation you were born again. This does not mean that you had a special experience whereby you did something unusual, or abnormal! Rather, you were born of God.
Sadly, among professing Christians the term born again has been greatly abused. Most people associate the idea of being born again with people who speak strange and unknown languages, with others who dance and shout and flail their arms about as they lose control of their bodies, and even with those who may even laugh or bark.
1 Corinthians 14:33
33 For God is not the author of _________________, but of ____________, as in all churches of the saints.
The new birth is required of all men to be part of God’s kingdom!
Read John 3:1-16
WHAT BORN AGAIN IS NOT
1 There was a man of the ______________, named Nicodemus, a __________ of the ________.
This passage of God’s Word introduces us to two main characters: Jesus Christ and Nicodemus. From the response given by Jesus Christ in verse 3 we see that Nicodemus was in need of the new birth, even though he was a man that outwardly appeared right with God. From verse 1 we find three characteristics of this man that teach us what the new birth is not:
1. It is not about religious practice, for Nicodemus was a Pharisee.
The New Testament describes the Pharisees as a religious sect that held tenaciously to the Law of Moses, believing they were right with God through their good works. Matthew 23 records the external religious practice of the Pharisees that Christ said amounted to hypocrisy.
2. It is not about religious prestige, for Nicodemus was a ruler.
Even as a ruler of the people, Nicodemus was still blind to the truth of being born again, even as Christ stated:
10 Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a ____________ in Israel, and ________________ not these things?
Though Nicodemus was devoted to his religious practice, garnering prestige among the community, he still needed to be born again!
3. It is not about religious pedigree, for Nicodemus was a Jew.
The Jewish nation falsely believed they were right with God because of their physical descent from Abraham.
33 They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were ____________ in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?
In John 8 Jesus is answering the Pharisees and other Jews present regarding His person and work. It is clear from the context of this chapter that these people were not about to accept Jesus Christ as the Messiah, even as they seek to trap Him concerning God’s law about adultery hoping to bring about His death. The fact that the Jewish nation rejected Jesus Christ reveals that one’s physical heritage does not ensure salvation.
Every man, woman, and child today, whether Jew or Gentile, must be born again. Religious practice, prestige, and pedigree will never make a person a child of God.
13 Which were born, not of _________, nor of the will of the _________, nor of the will of _____, but of ______.
WHAT BORN AGAIN IS
As we continue in John 3, we find in verse four that Nicodemus does not understand the doctrine of being born again, for he asks a physical question.
4 Nicodemus saith unto him, _____ can a ______ be born when he is ____? can he enter the __________ time into his mother’s womb, and be born?
Nicodemus is confused as he is unable to understand the spiritual teaching of Christ. Such confusion is explained:
1 Corinthians 2:14
14 But the ____________ man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are _____________ unto him: neither can he ________ them, because they are spiritually discerned.
In response to the physical question asked by Nicodemus, Jesus gives a physical answer and further explains what it is to be born again:
5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of __________ and of the _________, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
6 That which is born of the _________ is _________; and that which is born of the _________ is _________.
7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be _______ _________.
8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and wither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the ___________.
Notice the order of these verses:
- To be born of water is to be born of the flesh. This is the physical birth.
- To be born of the Spirit is to be born again. This is the spiritual birth.
Jesus takes care to answer Nicodemus’ physical question first, then He reveals the truth of being born of the Spirit. The work of the Spirit within is not done by some physical act or performance on the outside. The Spirit of God deals with man from the inside, thus causing the believer to be born of God:
1 Corinthians 6:11
11 And such were some of you: but ye are ____________, but ye are _______________, but ye are ________________ in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and ____ the Spirit of our God.
18 Of his own will ________ he us with the ________ of _________, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures.
1 John 5:1
1 Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is _____ of ____: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.
The new birth takes place when the Word of God is preached, even when a person believes the message of salvation, and trusts in Christ alone:
1 Peter 1:22-23
22 Seeing that ye have ______________ your souls in obeying the _______ through the __________ unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:
23 Being ______ _________, not of corruptible seed, but of _____________, by the _______ of _____, which liveth and abideth for ever.
That simple faith in the Word of God is the means of salvation is revealed by Christ’s reference to the Old Testament.
14 And as Moses lifted up the ____________ in the wilderness...
Numbers 21:1-9 records the story that Christ related to Nicodemus, and illustrates the principle that is relevant to being born again:
14 ...even so must the Son of man be __________ up:
15 That whosoever ________________ in him should not __________, but have everlasting life.
The saving faith that God requires is to for one to simply look to Christ and live! Once done, the Spirit of God quickens (makes alive) the believer, at which time the new birth takes place.
Man is made of three parts: body, soul, and spirit. Your body deals with your physical nature. Your soul deals with your emotional nature (i.e. feelings and intellect). Your spirit is that part that can have a relationship with God, and only He can make it alive.
Once born again, you became part of God’s family:
5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the _____________ of sons.
6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the _________ of his Son into your __________, crying, Abba, __________.
7 Wherefore thou art no more a ___________, but a ____;; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
12 But as many as ______________ him, to them gave he power to become the ______ of God, even to them that ____________ on his name:
WHY DO YOU NEED TO BE SAVED?
Since saved means to preserve life and protect from danger, it is understood then that your life must be preserved for there is danger that you face. God gives us clear instruction of the eternal danger that we face, but also the present consequences of that danger.
1. You need to be saved because of who you are in God’s sight, see Romans 5:6-21.
- a sinner who is separated from God:
10 For if, when we were ____________________, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be _____________ by his life.
- a sinner who is condemned by God:
16 And not as it was by one that sinned, so it the gift: for the judgment was by one to __________________________, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.
To further understand the condemnation of sin please read John 3:36 & Ephesians 2:3. This condemnation places all under the wrath of God.
- a sinner who deserves the just wage of sin:
18 Therefore as by the offence of one _________________ came upon _____ men to __________________________;; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made ________________, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
See also Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:12-15; Revelation 21:8. These verses vividly describe the final judgment that awaits all who die without ever being saved.
This penalty compasses the three areas of death: spiritual, physical, and eternal. This is the real danger all mankind is in.
2. You need to be saved because your good works cannot save you:
2 Timothy 1:8-10
8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the __________ according to the power of God;;
9 Who hath ___________ us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our ________, but according to his own purpose and ______, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
10 But is now made manifest by the appearing of our _____________ Jesus Christ, who hath abolished __________, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:
2. To protect from danger
30 Thus the LORD ______________Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians;; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea sho
Clearly, the children of Israel were in grave danger as Pharaoh pursued after them to bring them back to Egypt and slavery -- yet God saved them, He rescued them completely from the imminent danger that they faced. The Bible further defines saved as protectection from danger.
This word propitiation is not often used in our present day English, yet it is a key word in understanding the doctrine of redemption. Consider these verses to gain a Bible definition of the word propitiation:
1 John 2:1-2
1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an ____________ with the Father, _______ _____ the righteous:
2 And he is the __________________ for our sins: and not for our’s only, but also for the sins of the whole ____________.
1 Timothy 2:3-6
3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our ____________;
4 Who will have ____ men to be ____________, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
5 For there is one God, and one _____________ between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;;
6 Who ______ himself a ___________ for _____, to be testified in due time.
According to the Bible, a propitiation is that which is given by one to meet the demands set by another for the needs of someone else. Jesus Christ was given by God to meet His demands. As our Advocate and Mediator, He alone stands on our behalf before God. As the propitiation given, He alone stood in our place, tasting the death we deserved. As the propitiation given, Jesus Christ met the demands of sin as determined by God when He died for us.
1. Jesus offered Himself for our redemption:
18 No man taketh it from me, but I ____ it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to _______ it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.
2. God was satisfied with Jesus’ offering:
10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him;; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an _____________ for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be ________________: by his knowledge shall my ______________ servant justify many;; for he shall bear __________ _______________.
3. To give life spiritually
1 And you hath he _______________, who were _______ in trespasses and sins;
2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the *prince of the power of the air, the spirit that
now worketh in the _____________ of ___________________:
3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind;; and were by ___________ the children of __________, even as others.
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath ___________________ us together
with Christ, (___ _________ ___ _____ __________;)
6 And hath ____________ us up together, and made us sit together in
heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his
________ in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
8 For by _________ are ye ________ through faith;; and that ____ of
____________: it is the gift of God:
An interesting word used twice in the preceding verses is the word quickened. According to the context, this word means to be raised up and made alive.
To understand the preceding verses and this important truth of being made alive, we need to go to the beginning of life. Genesis 1:26 & 27 records how man was originally created in the image of God:
26 And ______ said, Let us make man in our *image...
27 So God created man in his own image, in the ______________ of God
created he him;; male and female created he them.
To be certain, God made man in His own image. As God is three-in-one, so man reflects His image being created body, soul, and spirit (a three-part being). The body deals with the physical;; the soul deals with the emotions, the intellect, and the will of man;; and, the spirit is that which fellowships with God.
1 Thessalonians 5:23
23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly;; and I pray God your whole _______and __________ and _________ be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Read Romans 3:9-28, which is a key passage from God’s Word that teaches the doctrine of redemption.
24 Being justified __________ by his grace through the ___________________ that is in Christ Jesus:
Let me say that there is no redemption offered through this local church! There is no one within the church that can redeem anyone, not even our pastor. You could become a member and do what you think is necessary to be right, yet you would not be redeemed. Our salvation is based solely upon the redemption that is in Christ Jesus!
Redeemed simply means to be bought back for a certain price, to be delivered or rescued from the danger that we are in, seen in the example of Israel being redeemed from the land of Egypt:
13 Thou in thy mercy hast led forth the people which thou hast ____________: thou hast guided them in thy strength unto thy______ _______________.
YOUR SIN PROBLEM REQUIRES REDEMPTION
1. The charge made by God:
9 What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all ___________ sin;
God declares that all are under sin, regardless of religious or physical heritage.
2. The case presented by God that proves the charge, Romans3:10-18
• The foundation of God’s case:
10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, _____ _____:
11 There is none that understandeth, there is _______ that seeketh after God.
12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable: there is ______ that doeth ______, no, not one.
•The sin of fallen man proves God’s case, Romans 3:13-18
- our speech reveals the sin within
- our actions reveal the sin within
3. The conviction determined due to our sin:
19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, is saith to them who are under the law: that __________ mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become __________ before ______.
4. The condemnation declared by God:
20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall ____ flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
23 For ____ have sinned, and come short of the _______ of God;
23 For the wages of sin is _________, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
There can be no doubt about the need of redemption for each person! God declares that all men are under sin, unable to be right for none is good. God presents an airtight case in which He proves the nature of sin. Because of such a case, all mankind is guilty before the Holy God - none are exempt, and every mouth is stopped! With the conviction determined, God as the Just Judge delivers an unalterable sentence of death.
JESUS CHRIST PROVIDED MAN’S REDEMPTION
It is in the doctrine of redemption that one can clearly see the mercy of God in salvation. With the sentence of death upon each person, God provided His only Son to pay our penalty:
9 But we see _________, who was made a little lower than the angels for the _____________ of ________, crowned with glory and honour;; that he by the grace of God should taste _________ for _________ man.
When Jesus Christ was crucified, it was not for His sins, but for our sins! On the cross, Jesus Christ shed His blood for our redemption.
25 Whom God hath ____ _________ to be a propitiation through faith in his _________, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
The most important decision you can ever make in your life is that of trusting Jesus Christ to be your personal Saviour.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF SALVATION? Read Ephesians 1:12
God’s purpose for you is that you would glorify God by bringing praise to Him. Such a purposeful life is not accomplished overnight, but is rather developed through obedience to the will of God as found in the Word of God.
WHAT IS THE PLAN OF SALVATION? Read Ephesians 1:13
God’s plan of salvation is quite simple. His plan is for all to first hear the message of the gospel (which is the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ). Upon hearing the plan of salvation, a decision to believe must be made. For those who have believed, God promises the presence of His Spirit, thus sealing (or securing) the believer.
WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE OF SALVATION? Read Ephesians 2:8-9
Because salvation is a gift given by God, it can only be received, not earned: Read John 1:12
Salvation is a matter of reception! Upon hearing the truth of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, you must decide to believe by calling upon the name of Christ. There is nothing you can do to earn salvation, for it is given only by grace through faith.
As you read your Bible daily be sure to have an open notebook with you to write down the verses that speak to you and the lessons God has for you. As well, write down any comments or questions you may have. God wants you to be a student of His Word, 2 Timothy 2:15.
Follow these four simple steps to properly understand the Bible:
Find who is giving the message
Find who is receiving the message
Find what the message is
Find how the message applies to you!
5 ______ by works of _______________________ which we have done, but according to his mercy he ___________ us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
From God’s perspective, our good works are but filthy rags (see Isaiah 64:6) and completely unacceptable to Him. Consider this question, “If our works could save us, then why did Jesus die?” The simple answer to this question is found in John 1:29; Hebrews 2:9; & John 19:30.
3. You need to be saved because of the condition of your heart
Read Jeremiah 17:9-10. God searches the heart and declares it to be ___________________.
Read Psalm 51:2-4, 9-12. In this prayer of forgiveness, David recognizes that he is a sinner and that his heart needs to be cleansed.
Read Mark 7:1-23. This portion of Scripture teaches that the traditional practices of man-made religion cannot cleanse sin because sin comes from within a person. Such religious practices deal only with the external, while God alone is able to deal with the internal.
Redemption deals with the aspect of the price paid by Christ for our sins. By His death, burial, and resurrection we see the demands of God met completely. Once a person trusts Christ as Saviour, the primary benefit of redemption is the absolute forgiveness of sins.
Under sin, God declared us guilty. Once redeemed God declares us righteous:
25 Who was delivered for _____ offences, and was raised again for our justification.
21 But now the ______________of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;;
22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of _________ ________ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
Redemption also impacts our relationship with Christ. We belong to Him, for He purchased us with His blood:
22 I have ____________ out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: _______ unto me;; for I have _____________ thee.
2 Remember thy congregation, which thou hast _____________ of old;; the rod of thine inheritance, which thou hast ____________; this mount Zion, wherein thou hast dwelt.
1 Corinthians 6:20
20 For ye are _________ with a price: therefore glorify God in you body, and and in your spirit, which are God’s.
1 Peter 1:18-19
18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not ___________ with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;;
19 But with the _____________ _________ of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
How should your redemption impact your Christian life?
Perhaps the greatest aspect of our personal salvation is in this one word: JUSTIFIED
God alone has the authority to justifiy a person, for He is the one who sits in the place of judgment.
1 Kings 8:32
32 Then hear thou in heaven, and do, and _________ thy servants, condemning the wicked, to bring his way upon his head;; and ________________ the righteous, to give to him according to his righteousness.
I am thankful that I am saved - saved from the penalty of sin
which is death, from the judgment God placed on me. I praise God I am redeemed - that Jesus through His blood purchased me so that I could be set free. I rejoice for the ransom Jesus paid by shedding His blood so that my sins are now forgiven.
Another key Bible word that serves to strengthen our faith is the word justified, for the doctrine of justification means that you are able to have a personal relationship with God on a daily basis. Justification affects the saved individual immediately!
THE DEFINITION OF JUSTIFICATION
1. To determine who is free from guilt:
1 If there be a controversy between men, and they come unto ___________ that the judges may judge them;; then they shall ______________ the righteous, and _____________ the wicked.
The preceding verse presents God’s program for man to determine who is right and who is wrong in a judicial case. Upon examining the evidence, and hearing the testimony, judgment was given. In this verse we see that justified means to declare right, even as determination is made in a court ruling.
2. To declare one at peace with God:
1 Therefore being _______________ by faith, we have peace with God __________ our Lord Jesus Christ.
The matter of God being the judge is at the heart of justification. God alone is the One who has the authority to declare sinners justified.
Both in a judicial case before men, and a spiritual matter before God, justified means to declare right. The declared verdict is only reached when the case is sufficiently heard.
Spiritually, the need for us to be justified rests in the conviction and condemnation of sin declared by God:
19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, is saith to them who are under the law: that __________ mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become __________ before ______.
Because we are guilty before the holy and just God who alone sits in judgment, all mankind needs to be justified!
THE MEANS OF JUSTIFICATION
1. By the faith of Jesus Christ:
16 Knowing that a man is _____ ________________ by the works of the law, but by the ___________ of Jesus Christ, even we have ___________ in Jesus Christ, that we might be _____________ by the faith of Jesus Christ, and not by the _________ of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
As has already been studied, our good works cannot save us. God will not declare one person righteous, or justified, because of works done. The religious practices that are done do not justify a person.
2. By the blood of Jesus Christ:
9 Much more then, being _____ _____________ by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
18 Therefore as by the offence of one ___________ came upon all men to condemnation;; even so by the _________________ of one the free gift came upon all men unto ___________________ of life.
When we consider the blood of Christ, we need to remember that He was the spotless, pure Lamb of God that offered Himself for our sins. Once His blood is applied to our sins, then God is able to declare us righteous. The blood of Jesus Christ enables complete justification for all men before the holy God.
3. By the grace of God:
4 But after that the _______________ and ______ of God our Saviour toward man appeared,
5 Not by ________ of ________________ which we have done, but according to his __________ he saved us, by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our ___________;
7 That being ________________ by his _________, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
These verses from the book of Titus contain two great words in this matter of justification:
mercy - God removing from us that which we deserve
grace - God giving to us that which we do not deserve
The Bible directly states that as sinners we deserve death. However, when Christ is received by faith as personal Saviour, God removes the penalty of sin. The declaration of justified is made and God by His grace grants eternal life.
It is important to understand that in order for you to be accepted of God, you must have the righteousness of Christ. A wonderful transaction was made the day you called upon the Lord to save you as God gave you the righteousness of Christ whereby He is able to delcare you justified!
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt ___________ in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be ____________.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto _________________;; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
THE BENEFITS OF JUSTIFICATION
When you trusted Christ as your Saviour, you received an incredible inheritance:
12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the __________________ of the saints in light:
How you use your inheritance which you received upon your salvation depends on your obedience to the Word of God. It is as if you had an unlimited bank account, for God has given you access to all that is His, for He is your Father.
Carefully study the following passages of Scripture and find some of the benefits of justification.
1. We have _________ with God, Romans 5:1; John 14:23-27
2. We have _________ to God, Ephesians 3:11-12
3. We are declared_________________by God, Romans4:5
4. We are made ________ from sin, Romans 6:18, 22
5. We are able to ________ God, Romans 6:16
6. We became the _______________ of righteousness, Romans 6:18
There is no other way for sinners to be justified from the curse of the law in the sight of God, than by the imputation of that righteousness long ago performed by, and still residing with, the person of Jesus Christ.
1. By a sinner, I mean one that has transgressed the law; for “sin is the transgression of the law,” 1 John 3:4.
2. By the curse of the law, I mean that sentence, judgment, or condemnation which the law pronounceth against the transgressor, Galatians 3:10.
3. By justifying righteousness, I mean that which stands in the doing and suffering of Christ when He was in the world, Romans 5:19.
4. By the residing of this righteousness in Christ’s person, I mean it still abides with Him as to the action, though the benefit is bestowed upon those that are His.
5. By the imputation of it to us, I mean God’s making of it ours by an act of His grace, that we by it might be secured from the curse of the law.
6. When I say there is no other way to be justified, I cast away to that end the law, and all the works of the law as done by us.
John Bunyan, in Justification by an Imputed Righteousness (noted Baptist, preached in Bedford, England, 1628-1688, and author of The Pilgrim’s Progress)