Study 5: God’s Remedy

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Study 5: God’s Remedy

Sinful man is separated from a Holy God. Not because God moved away from us, but because we moved away from Him. Yet everything that man has ever tried to end the separation has been unsuccessful. And what’s more, there is nothing we can do on our own that will ever be successful. Thus, the answer to the question – “what must we do to be saved?” – is all too clear. There is nothing we can do. But God was not satisfied with that being the end of the story. He still has a plan for us. His love and grace provides a remedy that is acceptable to Him. It is in fact, the only remedy that is acceptable to Him.

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved. (Acts 4:12)

1. According to the following verse in the Bible, the remedy God provides to end the separation is Jesus.

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6).

2. According to the following verse in the Bible, God did not wait for us to get religion, become good or learn to be obedient. While we were still sinners He sent His Son to die for us.

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8).

3. According to the following verse in the Bible, Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross is available to all.

For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit. (1 Peter 3:18).

4. According to the following verse in the Bible, there are no other bridges that can take us back to God.

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved. (Acts 4:12)

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God’s remedy for our sin and separation from Him is Jesus. We do not have to make ourselves acceptable to Him first. Which is a good thing, because as we have already seen, we cannot. As a demonstration of His love for us, Jesus died for us while we were still sinners. Our reach is insufficient to reach Him, but compelled by His love for us He reaches down to us. He meets us just where we are. The solitary death of His Son, Jesus, is sufficient to save all of us – One for all. And that One is all that is acceptable to God. God provides the way, but it must be His way. Jesus is the only bridge back to God. Fortunately for us, it is a bridge we all can take.

Christ died for our sins, he was buried, and he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures. (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)

Refer to the following chart. Jesus made three astounding claims:

  • He was the son of GodThe high priest asked him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?” “I am,” said Jesus. (Mark 14:61-62)
  • He would die for our sins and would be raised from the deadFrom that time on Jesus began to explain that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. (Matthew 16:21)
  • He is the only way to GodJesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

What are the implications if His claims were false? What are the implications if His claims are true?

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Based upon an illustration from Josh McDowell, Evidence That Demands A Verdict, (Here’s Life Publishers, Inc., 1979), p. 104.

C.S. Lewis quote from MERE CHRISTIANITY by C. S. Lewis copyright © C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. 1942, 1943, 1944, 1952. Extract reprinted by permission.

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