We believe that, through his disobedience to the divine law, man brought sin into the world. Genesis 2:16, 17; 3:6. Thus man’s nature became evil. The result of sin is death.
Romans 5:12 – 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.
Romans 6:23 – For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Psalm 14:3 – They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
Job 14:4 – Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.
“God is love.” This unfathomable love had provided a way of salvation for lost humanity. The only possibility was for Jesus to accept the guilt and punishment for sin.
1 John 4:16 – And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
John 3:16 – 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.
Isaiah 53:4-6 – Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
1 Peter 2:24 – Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
Forgiveness of sin and justification are possible only through the representative death of Jesus and His righteous life.Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God who carries the sin of the world, provided by God before the foundation of the world.
Romans 4:25 – Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.
Romans 5:1 – Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 3:24 – Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
John 1:29 – The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
1 Peter 1:18-20 – Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
Through faith in Jesus as his personal Saviour, shown in faithful obedience, the sinner receives eternal life. Obedience is the genuine fruit of salvation.
Romans 8:1-4 – There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
John 14:15, 21 – If ye love me, keep my commandments… He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
Motivated by love and thankfulness for God’s immeasurable gift, through the power of the Holy Spirit, the believer is obedient to all of God’s requirements.
Ephesians 2:8, 9 – For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
John 15:10 – If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
1 John 5:3 – For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.