I. Fall Of Man
As a result of Adam and Eve’s disobedience in the Garden of Eden, the whole human race was cursed by God and placed at enmity with Him.
Gen. 3:1-6 Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” 2And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3″but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ” 4Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5″For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.
Gen. 3:16-19 To the woman He said: “I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; In pain you shall bring forth children; Your desire shall be for your husband, And he shall rule over you.” 17Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’: “Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life. 18Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, And you shall eat the herb of the field. 19In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return.”
II. Need For Salvation
From birth mankind is guilty of sin, condemned to hell, and desperately in need of a Savior.
1 Kin. 8:46 “When they sin against You (for there is no one who does not sin), and You become angry with them and deliver them to the enemy, and they take them captive to the land of the enemy, far or near;
Ps. 51:5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me.
Prov. 20:9 Who can say, “I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin”?
John 9:1-3 Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. 2 And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.
Eccl. 7:20 For there is not a just man on earth who does good And does not sin.
Rom. 3:10 As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one;
Rom. 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Rom. 5:12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned—
Rom. 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
1 John 1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.
Gal. 3:22 But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.
III. By Grace Alone
Man is made conscious of his sin by the Law of God written in his heart, but can never earn salvation by doing good works. Salvation is only obtained by grace through exhibiting faith in God’s Son, Jesus Christ. And even faith is a gift from God.
Rom. 2:14-15 for when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves, 15who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them)
Rom. 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
Isa. 64:6 But we are all like an unclean thing, And our righteousness like filthy rags; We all fade as a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, Have taken us away.
Jer. 13:23 Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Then may you also do good who are accustomed to do evil.
Eph. 2:1-5 And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, 2in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, 3among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),
Eph. 2:8–9 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is a gift of God, 9 not of works, lest any man should boast.
2 Tim. 1:9 who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began,
Rom. 4:1-8 What then shall we say that Abraham our father has found according to the flesh? 2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 3 For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” 4Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt. 5 But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness, 6 just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works: 7″Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, And whose sins are covered; 8 Blessed is the man to whom the LORD shall not impute sin.”
Rom. 5:18 Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life.
Gal. 2:16 “Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we may be justified by faith by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.
Rom. 3:24–26 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God has set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, 26 to demonstrate at this time His righteousness, that He might be just and justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
IV. God’s Provision
God, in His mercy and love for mankind, provides a way for all sins to be forgiven and for the salvation of the soul. However, the sinner must be reborn, repent, and exhibit faith in Jesus Christ.
Eph. 2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,
1 John 4:9–10 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
Rom. 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
1 John 2:1–2 My little children, these things I write you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but the whole world.
Isa. 1:18 “Come now, let us reason together,” Says the LORD, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.”
John 3:16-17 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. 17 “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
Matt. 4:17 From that time Jesus began to peach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand,”
Acts 3:19 “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,
2 Cor. 7:10 For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.
Luke 13:3 “I tell you, no; unless you repent you will all likewise perish.
V. Jesus Christ’s Ministry
During His earthly life, Jesus Christ appeared in the flesh, was baptized with the Spirit of God, and dwelt among the people. He began His ministry of healing the diseased and sick, teaching in the synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as the only begotten of the Father, full of truth and grace.
Matt. 3:16-17 When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold the heavens were opened up to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. 17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
Matt. 4:23-24 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people. 24 Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them.
Matt. 11:5 “The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them
Matt. 15:30-31 Then great multitudes came to Him, having with them the lame, blind, mute, maimed, and many others; and they laid them down at Jesus’ feet, and He healed them. 31 So the multitude marveled when they saw the mute speaking, the maimed made whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel.
Luke 4:16-20 So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. 17 And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written: 18 “The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; 19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.” 20Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him.
Gal. 4:4-5 But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.
1 Tim. 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.
1 John 4:2 By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God,
VI. Jesus Christ’s Obedience
Although Jesus was equal with God, sinless, and righteous, He was humbly and diligently obedient to His Father’s will. He remained loyal even when He was delivered over to evil men and crucified, the just for the unjust, according to the Scriptures.
John 10:30 “I and My Father are one.”
Phil. 2:6-11 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
2 Cor. 5:21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness in God in Him.
Heb. 4:15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.
Isa. 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
Isa. 53:9-10 And they made His grave with the wicked — But with the rich at His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was any deceit in His mouth. 10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand.
John 5:30 “I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.
John 8:29 “And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him.”
Matt. 20:18-19 “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death, 19″and deliver Him to the Gentiles to mock and to scourge and to crucify. And the third day He will rise again.”
Luke 24:7 “saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, to be crucified, and the third day rise again.’ ”
1 Pet. 3:18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,
VII. Jesus Christ’s Atonement
With His life, Jesus Christ paid the ultimate price for the sins of mankind – those who would believe on His name. He was the only sacrifice which could appease God. Therefore, no other sacrifice for sin is required.
Eph. 5:1-2 Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.
Matt. 20:28 “just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
1 Cor. 15:3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures,
Gal. 1:3-4 Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, 4 who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,
1 Pet. 2:24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness — by whose stripes you were healed.
Heb. 2:17 Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.
Heb. 7:26-27 For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens; 27 who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the people’s, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.
Heb. 9:26-28 He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. 27 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, 28 so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.
Heb. 10:12 But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God,
VIII. Jesus Christ’s Crucifixion, Burial, And Resurrection
Jesus was crucified on the cross, then buried, but He rose again on the third day to be with His Father in heaven, thus defeating death. You too can receive eternal life, attain heaven, and defeat the enemy of death if you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Mark 15:24-25 And when they crucified Him, they divided His garments, casting lots for them to determine what every man should take. 25 Now it was the third hour, and they crucified Him.
John 19:30 So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.
1 Cor. 15:4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again on the third day, according to the Scriptures,.
Luke 24:1-8 Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. 2 But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb. 3 Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments. 5 Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? 6 “He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, 7 “saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’ ” 8 And they remembered His words.
Rom. 1:4 and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.
1 Cor. 15:21-22 For since by man came death, by man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.
1 Cor. 15:26 The last enemy that will be destroyed is death.
1 Cor. 15:56-57 The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
John 11:25-26 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. 26 “And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
IX. Jesus Christ’s Re-appearance
After Jesus’ resurrection and ascension into heaven, He returned to earth and appeared to over five hundred witnesses, including the apostles, who then testified of His resurrection from the dead.
Mark 16:9-14 Now when He rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven demons. 10 She went and told those who had been with Him, as they mourned and wept. 11 And when they heard that He was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe. 12 After that, He appeared in another form to two of them as they walked and went into the country. 13 And they went and told it to the rest, but they did not believe them either. 14 Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen.
1 Cor. 15:3-8 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. 6 After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. 7 After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. 8 Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time.
X. The Great Commission
Jesus commanded His disciples to preach the Gospel to all nations before He ascended into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God.
Matt. 28:19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
Mark 16:15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.
Luke 24:46-47 Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and rise from the dead the third day, 47 “and that repentance and remission of sin should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
Mark 16:19-20 So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. 20 And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.
Luke 24:51 Now it came to pass, when He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into heaven.
XI. Jesus Christ Is The Only Way To Salvation
The Gospel clearly states that a person must believe in Jesus Christ to be saved, and that He is the only Mediator between God and man.
Acts 4:12 “Nor is there salvation in any other for there is no name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
Rom. 10:9–10 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Rom. 10:13 For “Whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”
John 6:37 “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.
John 6:40 “And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up on the last day.”
John 6:47 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.
John 6:68 But Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.
John 1:12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to be children of God, to those who believe in His name:
Heb. 7:24-25 But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. 25 Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.
Heb. 9:15 And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions of the first covenant, that those who were called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.
1 Tim. 2:5-6 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be tested in due time,
XII. The Consequences Of Unbelief
The Gospel is clear when it proclaims that the consequences are severe and everlasting for those who reject the Lord Jesus Christ.
Mark 16:16 “He who believes will be baptized and saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.
John 3:18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned, but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
John 3:36 “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe in the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
John 8:24 “Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”
John 12:48 “He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him — the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.
John 15:6 “If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.
2 Thess. 1:7-9 and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, 8 in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power,
XIII. A New Creation
The Father sent the Holy Spirit on Jesus’ behalf to inhabit all who would believe in Him. Therefore, those in Christ are no longer slaves to sin but rather slaves to righteousness. And through a new birth or regeneration, the person is a new creation, in which old fleshly things pass away and new godly things become evident.
John 14:26 “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
John 15:26 “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.
1 John 5:6 This is He who came by water and blood – Jesus Christ; not only by water, but water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth.
John 1:33 “I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’
Rom. 6:4–6 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection. 6 Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.
Rom. 6:17–18 But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. 18 And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.
Rom. 6:22 But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end everlasting life.
Rom. 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
Gal. 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
2 Cor. 5:15 and He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.
Gal. 5:22-24 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. 24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
2 Cor. 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
May our Lord Jesus Christ bless you, having read this, to know Him as your Saviour and God, unto eternal life. Amen.