Part 1-Repentance/Forgiveness
June 12, 2016, 3:44 PM

The following is Part 1 of the Repenatnce/Forgiveness Bible study recently hosted.

The Gospel is simple.  It is founded on the simple truth written by God in His word that all men are born with the nature of Sin inherited from Adam’s transgression.  Because of this, the relationship between God and man was broken.  To repair this relationship, God sent his own Son to earth to redeem all men.  Matthew 1:21 states, “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.”

The Bible also states in 1 Corinthians 15:22, “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.”   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.”   Ephesians 2:3, “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 nature the children of wrath, even as others.”

Good news!  Because of man’s sinful state, God sent His only Son to be our Savior.  Through Christ, we can have complete salvation.  Jesus explained his gospel in very simple terms found in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

So how do we as sinful men and women approach a Holy God, obtain salvation, and secure everlasting life?  We must believe in him, which includes his teachings and purpose.  John the Baptist was a special prophet who understood completely who Christ was and his purpose.  We know he was Jesus’ cousin and his birth was also a miracle.  We don’t know anything about his childhood, but we do know he came out of the wilderness as an adult preaching “repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand”.  These events preceded Jesus’ ministry.  Malachi 3:1 states, “Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.”  The books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John mention John the Baptist’s message of repentance.

This week in your personal study, take the time to read Matthew 3: 1-17.   Come back next week as is repentance/forgiveness necessary for our approach to God is discussed.

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