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Good News For All People
•The first three chapters of the Bible(Genesis 1,2,3) tell how sin entered this world; and the last three chapters of the Bible (Revelation 20,21,22) tell how sin will be removed from the earth. The chapters between tell how God related to this awful tragedy. The punishment for sin is death, Romans 6:23. The ugly cancer of sin could not be tolerated or else it would endanger the universe.
•The super-tragedy of sin is that when Adam and Eve disobeyed, sin passed to all mankind, and thus all people from that time to the present, face the death penalty. So Heaven was suddenly confronted with a horrible dilemma: either sin would have to be excused and tolerated (thus jeopardizing the universe) or all people on planet earth would have to die. God flatly refused both options. He could not stand the thought of separation from His earthly children, whom He dearly loved; nor would He permit the ugly sin virus to rule the universe.
Instead, in an act of unbelievable risk and love, He chose to send His only Son (who is Himself God) into the world to die in your place and mine. Our sins and our death penalty were placed upon Him and we were set free.•Revelation 14:6 calls this plan the "everlasting Gospel". The word "Gospel" means "Good News". And indeed, God’s blessed, loving plan of salvation is good news - incredibly good news for you and me and for every person on planet earth. We shall now study the eternal science of God’s great plan of salvation.
The Phases of the Plan of Salvation
Revelation Reveals God’s Love:
•InRevelation 2:10 Jesus offers the crown of life to every one of His faithful followers. Happily, through Jesus our Savior we can all receive this wonderful gift of eternal life. Now an all important question comes to mind! What can I do to benefit from Jesus’ sacrifice?
•1. What is God’s great plan of salvation called?
• A. Theeverlasting gospel. (Rev. 14:6)
2. When did the plan to save man go into effect?
•A. From thefoundation of the world.
•(Rev. 13:18)Note: All who have ever been saved since the fall of man have been saved by the blood of Jesus, Acts 4:12. Old Testament believers accepted Jesus’ blood in looking FORWARD by faith to the cross. We accept the same blood looking BACK by faith, to the cross.
3. What happened when Adam sinned and why? (Romans 5:12)
Death passed upon all men.
Because all have sinned.4. Why is living a life of sin so serious? (Romans 6:23)
Because the wages (payment), or punishment, for sin is death.
5. What does sin do to our relationship with God?
Answer:Sin separates us from God.
6. What did Jesus’ death do for His people? (Rev. 1:5)
Washed them from their sins.
Note:Jesus died, not just for the sins of His people but for the sins of the whole world. (see 1 John 2:1,2)
7. Who accepted my sins and death penalty? (Isaiah 53:6)
Answer:Jesus, the Lamb of God.
8. Why did God make such a sacrifice for us?(John 3:16; Rev. 1:5)
Answer: Because He loved us.
Note:Isa. 53 is a moving prophecy of Jesus’ suffering and death.
9. What must I do to benefit from Jesus’ death? (Acts 16:31, Rev. 1:5)
Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.
10. How may I receive forgiveness and cleansing?(1 John 1:9)
Answer:Confess my sins.
Note: Confession includes turning away from sin.
11. What does the bible say accompany repentance?(Acts 3:19)
"Repent ye therefore andbe converted , that your sins may be blotted out…"
Note:To "repent" means to have "a change of mind". To "convert" means to "turn around". "Repentance means a change of attitude toward God, toward oneself, and toward others. Conversion means a U-turn on the highway of life.
12. What is this conversion experience called and why? (John 3:3-7)
v. 3:"Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."
Answer: New birth orbeing born again.
Note: Why? Because when born again we have no past. At conversion a person is cleansed from sin and starts all over as a newborn baby, when Christ is in the life.13. How does Jesus abide in my life? (John 14:17)
Answer:Through the Holy Spirit (the other Comforter, the Spirit of Truth – see v.16).
14. When Jesus lives in my life what will I do? (Phil. 2:13)
"… both towill and to do of His good pleasure".
Note: Jesus gives me (1) a willing heart and then adds (2) the power to do His will.Jesus Our Lord
"He which hath begun a good work in you, will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ."
(See Jude 24,25)
I can be confident because my salvation depends on His ability and not mine.16. What big problem faces many Christians? (Matthew 7:21)
"Not everyone that saith unto me Lord, Lord shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in Heaven."
Answer: Eager to call Him Lord but refuse to obey Him.
Note: Jesus must be crowned both Savior and Lord of my life. Many want Jesus as their Savior but not as their Lord. A born again Christian will follow where Jesus leads.
17. How do we make Jesus Lord of our life?Matthew 7:21
Bydoing the will of the Father.
•("Not everyone that saith unto me Lord, Lord shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; buthe that doeth the will of my Father which is in Heaven.")
Jesus Receives Us
18. How can we know Jesus accepts us? (1 John 1:9, Titus 1:2)
Answer:Because He promised and He cannot lie.
Note: We are saved by God’s grace through faith.Eph. 2:8,9 "Faith" means I accept salvation and claim it at once because Jesus promised it to me, and not because I feel or see anything different.
19. How may I strengthen my faith?(Rom. 10:17, Matt. 4:4)
Answer:Study the word of God. (".. faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God.") (See Matt.4:4)
Note: All have some faith. We strengthen our faith by studying God’s word. This is one key purpose of this Revelation Seminar.
20. How will true conversion change my life?
a.John 13:35, Matt. 5:44
I will love everybody.
b.2 Corinthians 5:17
My life will be new.
c.1 John 3:22
I will be willing to keep God’s commandments.
I will begin to know God’s will for my life.
I will tell others what "great things the Lord hath done".
f.Acts 4:31, Luke 11:13,
I will spend more time talking to God in prayer.
The big difference is that after conversion I will really want the Lord to have His way with my life. I will want His Spirit to guide me.(Romans 8:9,14)
21. What is Jesus’ provision to save sinners called? (Rom. 6:23):
Answer:"The gift of God."
The gift is free but I must be willing to receive it, or Jesus’ gift will not benefit me.
Revelation’s Good News!
Jesus is aliveand He has the keys to unlock hell and death. "I am He that liveth and was dead; and behold I am alive forevermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death."
Jesus is a living Savior!
b. Revelation 5:9:
He was slain to redeem us to God.Good News!
His sacrifice was for us!
c. Revelation 7:14
He gives us the white raiment of His righteousness.
d.Rev. 14:6,12,14 The gospel will go to every nation, kindred, tongue and people.
If I thirst for Him, He will give me the water of life freely.
Jesus supplies the power, miracles, love, forgiveness and grace for my salvation. Everything I need, He freely gives.
It is unthinkable that any of us in this Revelation Seminar would fail to accept Jesus’ miraculous free offer to forgive, cleanse and restore us to His image. Jesus is anxious to work miracles for all of us.
23. Will you, just now, decide to accept His plan to save you, or reaffirm that great decision?Jesus is knocking at your heart’s door.
Will you let Him in?
Do it now – if you give your life completely to Jesus you will never, ever regret it.
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