How To Be Right With God
God is in the salvation business. This inspiring Bible study on How To Be Right With God will explore what God has done to make it possible for our fallen world to be rescued for eternity.
The Starting Point
In the beginning, the earth, and all that was put upon it, was made exceedingly beautiful, and became a place where people could live and be truly happy. And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good… Genesis 1:31
But a terrible curse entered the new world one day when the first of God’s human creation took actions in their Eden home that were in direct opposition to warnings of danger, and severe consequences God had given should they fail to watch carefully what they were doing, and go against what He had told them.
The curse was sin; and the consequence of those actions resulted in guilt and death. And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 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 die. Genesis 2:15-17
The Bible teaches that since that eventful day all have transgressed against God’s Holy Law…
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God… Romans 3:23
Sin is a transgression of that law.
Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. 1 John 3:4
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: For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Romans 5:12, 13
The law brings forth an understanding of what sin is:
…for by the law is the knowledge of sin. Romans 3:20
So, from this we come to understand that the Law existed in the beginning, and that mankind sinned by failing to obey it. God’s word states clearly the penalty for sin:
…the wages of sin is death… Romans 6:23
It teaches that death has passed upon all, for all have sinned. This sorrowful condition remains upon the earth, even to this time.
…we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. Romans 8:22
Sin also separated mankind from the Creator; and according to the Law the sinner must pay for transgression with his own life… it first appeared that there was no possibility of escaping the fateful decision. People facing such a serious problem sincerely desire, and need to know, if there is any hope of ever obtaining eternal life; and how they can again come into harmony with God. So, the question to answer is:
How… can a man be justified with God? Job 25:4
It could happen only if the Lord personally intervened in the crisis, and offered a way for mankind to be saved. To satisfy the demands of the broken Law, and justify the guilty, required a special sacrifice only He could make. He would have to give His own life to set us free. Jesus said:
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. John 10:10, 11
The Bible explains further how this was accomplished.
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. John 3: 14-18
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9
The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee. Jeremiah 31:3
Concerning his own experience, the Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, a young missionary:
And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.
1 Timothy 1:14-16
… the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
And I will cleanse them from all their iniquity, whereby they have sinned against me; and I will pardon all their iniquities, whereby they have sinned, and whereby they have transgressed against me. Jeremiah 33:8
And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me. Yea, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will plant them in this land assuredly with my whole heart and with my whole soul. Jeremiah 32:40, 41
And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath [God] quickened together with [Christ], having forgiven you all trespasses… Colossians 2:12. 13
I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee. Isaiah 44:22
Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy. He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. Micah 7:18, 19
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
1 Timothy 2: 3-6
… God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them … 2 Corinthians 5:19
Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. Isaiah 45:22, 23
The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his [God’s] calling, and … the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints… Ephesians 1:18
Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. Isaiah 55:3
This article was written by Chris Teske
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