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                            "JESUS, THE WAY"

                     Jesus, The Way To Forgiveness


1. We have seen that Jesus is The Way to a better life, even here on

2. But much more importantly, Jesus is the way to forgiveness for our

[To understand why we need forgiveness and how Jesus provides the way to
forgiveness is the purpose of this lesson. It is important, then, that
we begin by properly defining sin...]


      1. That it is nothing more than a violation of human relationships
      2. That an action is sinful only if:
         a. It is frowned upon by society
         b. It violates their own conscience
         c. It is harmful to someone else
      3. This leads many to misunderstanding how the problem of sin can
         be corrected
         a. E.g., some believe that correcting sin involves nothing more
            than making things right with other people
         b. With this misconception, they think they are forgiven of all
            past actions if they simply change their behavior

      1. The Bible defines at least three different types of sin
         a. The direct violation of God's Law (sin of commission) - 1Jn 
         b. Failure to do what is right (sin of omission) - Jm 4:17
         c. Violating one's own conscience - Ro 14:23
      2. Sin is more than simply a violation of human relationships
         a. Though it often involves that
         b. It  is a serious matter that involves God and His Will for
      3. How serious is sin? Consider the consequences of sin...
         a. The wages of sin is death - Ro 6:23
         b. This death is one involving everlasting torment - Re 21:8;
            cf. 20:10

[Why is sin considered so bad that unforgiven sinners must experience
such torment? To understand why, we must appreciate...]


      1. God is supremely holy
         a. His holiness makes any truce with sin impossible
         b. Note what is written - Ps 5:4-6; Isa 59:1-2
      2. God is supremely just
         a. His justice demands sin be punished properly
         b. This helps to explain God's actions
            1) In the case of Nadab and Abihu - Lev 10:1-3
            2) In the case of Moses and Aaron - Num 20:12
      3. Since we saw that ultimate penalty for sin is eternal torment,
         this emphasizes:
         a. How holy God must be
         b. How terrible sin must be

      1. Sin places man in a terrible predicament
         a. For all have sinned - Ro 3:23
         b. And the very nature of God (both holy and just) demands:
            1) Separation of sinners from God
            2) Punishment for our sins
      2. Man is unable by himself to do anything
         a. There are no "works" that one can do to make himself
            innocent of the guilt of sin
            1) E.g., a man who commits murder is not made innocent of
               that crime by living the rest of his life by the law
            2) Yet many people think that they save themselves by
               balancing their good deeds against their sins
         b. Sin of any kind is so repulsive to God's holiness that His
            justice requires punishment
            1) Look again at the sins referred to earlier in Re 21:8
            2. Whether the sin is fear, lack of faith, lying, or murder,
               the "second death" is reserved for those who are guilty
            3) Even is you commit just one sin, the nature of sin in the
               sight of a holy God is such that you are as guilty as one
               who broke every law - Jm 2:10

[Since we all sin (Ro 3:23), it appears we are all doomed to suffer
God's justice! Is there any way that He can be both holy and just and
yet allow sinful man to be "reconciled" to Him? Yes...]


      1. God has provided Jesus as a "propitiation" for our sins - 1Jn 
         a. The word "propitiation" originally referred to an act or
            sacrifice that a man offered designed to appease a god
         b. As used in the Bible, it refers to that which God has done
            (not man)
         c. I.e., what man cannot do for himself, God has done!
      2. He has offered His Son Jesus on the cross as a means to appease
         His justice
         a. Such was foretold by Isaiah nearly 700 years earlier - Isa
         b. Note that by the act of Christ's suffering the punishment
            due us for our own sins, we are forgiven of them - Isa 53:
            11; cf. also Ep 1:7
         c. Through Christ's death on the cross, we can come back to
            God, having been forgiven of our sins!
      3. In this way, God is able to:
         a. Preserve His holiness when we are in His presence (for our
            sins have been forgiven by the blood of Christ)
         b. Maintain His justice (for our sins have been properly
            punished by the death of Christ)
         c. All the while demonstrating His love, grace and mercy!
      4. And so, Jesus is The Way to forgiveness of sins, for He has
         been made a "propitiation" for our sins!

   [But how does one receive the wonderful blessing of having Jesus as
   the propitiation for our sins...?]

      1. After His death for our sins, and following His glorious
         resurrection from the dead, Jesus charged His apostles with the
         commission to spread the good news - Mk 16:15-16
      2. We read in Acts how this Great Commission was carried out
         a. In chapter two, we find Peter proclaiming the gospel for the
            first time
            1) After presenting evidence that Jesus has truly risen from
               the dead and ascended to the right hand of God, Peter
               comes to climax of his sermon - Ac 2:36
            2) Evidently many people believed what Peter said - Ac 2:37
               a) "What shall we do?", they cried
               b) What can anyone do, who has realized that they are in
                  need of salvation?
            3) What Peter told them is what we should tell anyone today
               - Ac 2:38
            4) Peter told those believed that they needed to repent and
               be baptized
         b. Likewise, in the case of the conversion of Saul (Paul)
            1) Who had seen Jesus on the road to Damascus
            2) Yet after praying and fasting for three days was told to
               be baptized - Ac 22:16
      3. Just as Jesus commanded in Mark 16:16...
         a. When someone wanted to be saved through the blood of Jesus
         b. They were told to be baptized for the remission
            (forgiveness) of their sins upon their believing in Jesus
            and repenting of their sins
         c. Faith (which includes confessing Jesus as Lord, Ro 10:9-10),
            repentance and baptism were the conditions by which one
            could receive Jesus and enjoy the forgiveness of sins!
      4. Receive Jesus in baptism?
         a. Yes, note carefully what Paul wrote to the Galatians - Ga
            1) "as many of you" (no more and no less)
            2) "as have been baptized into Christ" (as Jesus, Peter,
               etc., commanded)
            3) "have put on Christ" (have received Jesus and all the
               blessings He offers).
         b. Thus, in obedience to the Lord in faith, repentance and
            baptism, we can receive the wonderful grace of God, who
            offered Jesus for our sins! - cf. He 5:9


1. I leave with you the fact that Jesus is The Way to forgiveness...
   a. Indeed, He is the only way
   b. For God has offered no other way whereby we can be reconciled to
   c. As Jesus said:  "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one
      comes to the Father except through Me." - Jn 14:6
   d. No other way solves the dilemma between man's sin and the holiness
      and justice of God!

2. Have you accepted Jesus in the way He commanded and His apostles
   a. Have you trusted in Him for salvation (faith)?
   b. Have you made the decision to turn from your sins (repentance)?
   c. Have you been immersed for the forgiveness of your sins (baptism)?

If not, why not? Let Jesus be your way to forgiveness today!
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