God So Loved The World Bible Study|
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that
whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 (NIV)
1. What condition were we in when Jesus died for us?
Note: God commended or demonstrated His unconditional love towards us in that while we were still sinners Jesus died for us. This unconditional love, as we saw earlier, is the ground of our salvation.
2. What did the death of Christ do to mans relationship with God?
Note: The good news is that God no longer looks upon the human race as sinners. He has reconciled or redeemed the world to Himself through the death of His Son. Because of this God is able to accept you in His Son as if you had never sinned.
3. What does the law say is necessary for the remission or forgiveness of sins?
Note: The word purged or purified here means cleansed. The law demands death in order for sins to be forgiven. The sacrifice of animals, as was practiced in the Old Testament, could not accomplish this. They were only types to point to Christs sacrifice. When Christ died on the cross, He paid the full price for the sins of the whole world once and for all.
4. Through what are we justified freely by Gods grace?
Note: To be justified means to be declared righteous in the sight of Gods law. To be redeemed means to be bought back. By His death on the cross, Christ has removed the barrier between sinful man and a holy God. That is what it means to be reconciled.
5. What did the death of Christ demonstrate?
Note: God cannot lawfully forgive sins without the shedding of blood (death). Therefore, before the cross event, God forgave the sins of the Old Testament believers out of His kindness or patience. But since Christ met the justice of the law for the sins of the entire human race on the cross, God is just in forgiving all who come to Him through the shed blood of His Son. This is what Christ meant when He instituted the Lords supper, This is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the forgiveness of sins (see Matthew 26:28).
6. Since the cross, what can God lawfully do to those who have faith in Christ?
Note: This is how the Amplified Bible translates verse 26: It was to demonstrate and prove at the present time in the now season that He Himself is righteous and that He justifies and accepts as righteous him who has true faith in Jesus. Through the cross, God can legally or lawfully justify sinners and that is good news. That is why Paul calls the cross of Christ the power of God unto salvation (see 1 Corinthians 1:18).
7. In contrast to the wages of sin, what is the gift of God?
8. Christ died on the cross and is risen. Where is He now and what is He doing?
Note: At the cross, the love and the justice of God met. God did not spare His own Son the wages of sin because He so loved the world. The devil will accuse you of being a sinner and not deserving heaven. But there is One who will never accuse you and that is God. God has set you free, acquitted or justified you from all sins, therefore, He will never accuse you. Also, Christ, who died for our sins, is interceding on our behalf, since the devil accuses us day and night (see Rev. 12:10).
9. What did Christ taste for every man on the cross?
Note: When Christians die they only go to sleep. The death that Christ tasted for everyone was not the sleep death but the wages of sin, good-bye to life. One of our future studies will be on the state of the dead, but now we want to find the meaning of the death that Jesus tasted for everyone.
10. What did the chief priests and officers cry out when Pilate presented Christ to them?
Note: Pilate, who represented Roman law, found no fault in Jesus. The Jews had to give a reason why they were demanding Jesus crucifixion. They said that they had a law that condemned Christ to death. This law referred to the law of blasphemy.
11. According to the law of blasphemy to which the Jews referred, what method of death was stipulated?
Note: In John 10:30,31 we see the Jews taking up stones again to stone Jesus when He said, The Father and I are one. This proved they were aware that stoning was the method of death for blasphemy.
12. Why then did the Jews demand that Christ be crucified, which to the Jews was synonymous to hanging on a tree? (see Acts 5:30; 10:39; 13:29)
Note: When the Jews cried out crucify him, they were not only demanding that Christ be put to death, but they were demanding that God curse Him. When Gods curse falls on anyone, that is saying good-bye to life forever. Christ experienced this God-abandonment death on the cross and that is why He cried out, My Father, my Father, why hast thou forsaken me?
13. What is the curse of the law to all who have failed to obey it?
Note: Have you kept the law perfectly? If not, you deserve to be cursed. But what we deserve God heaped on His Son at the cross.
14. How did Christ redeem us from the curse of the law?
Note: The reason why the law does not curse the believer is because God made Christ to be the curse for us. Jesus tasted the wages of sin, the curse of the law, for all humanity on the cross. That is the supreme Sacrifice.
15. Why was God the Father satisfied when He saw the results of Jesus suffering and death?
Note: We can only faintly understand the agony that our Heavenly Father must have suffered as He Himself allowed the curse of our sins to fall on Jesus, His beloved Son. Through the supreme sacrifice on the cross, both the Father and the Son were telling the human race that their love for us is more than their love for themselves! This is Gods selfless love which Christ demonstrated on the cross.
16. How should the supreme Sacrifice affect us?
Note: Not the fear of punishment nor the desire for reward must be the motivation of Christian living. The love of God, demonstrated on the cross, is the driving force in true Christian living. No wonder the songwriter wrote: Love so amazing, so divine, demands my life, my soul, my all. This is exactly what the cross of Christ did to His disciples, and this is what it must do to us.
17. What has Christ done to show us the love of God?
Note: Jesus laid down His life and was willing to be blotted out of existence that we might live in His place. This is how much the cross demonstrated Gods love for us sinners. By this supreme sacrifice, Jesus was telling sinners that He loves us more than Himself. That is why He said, But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself (John 12:31-33). As you contemplate the supreme sacrifice of Christ may you not only be drawn to God but willingly accept His indescribable gift.
Conclusion: The following statement, by one who so clearly understood the supreme sacrifice of Christ, is worth serious contemplation:
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