WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES ABOUT MAN
I Pet. 2:22-24
1. The CREATION of man.
a. Man was created by God in a perfect state.
b. He was without sin.
c. He had a body, which made him world-conscious.
d. He had a soul, which made him self-conscious.
e. He had a spirit, which made him God-conscious.
2. The FALL of man.
a. Adam chose to disobey God and fell into sin, and as a result, he plunged the whole world into sin.
- We all became sinners in Adam (Rom. ).
b. The moment Adam sinned, he died spiritually – he lost his God-consciousness.
c. Every person born into the world after Adam has a body and a soul, but is spiritually dead.
3. The only way man can have fellowship with the living God is to be born again of the Spirit (Jn. 3:3-7).
“REDEMPTION” means to purchase back something that had been lost by payment of a ransom.
1. Jesus Christ gave His life as a ransom for many (Mk. ).
2. Christ suffered in order to redeem a people unto Himself (Gal. ).
3. Those who have put their trust in Jesus Christ are redeemed by His blood (Eph. 1:7).
Let’s consider what the Bible has to say about “THE REDEMPTION OF MAN
I. CHRIST CAME TO SAVE SINNERS
- Christ Jesus came into the world
to save sinful man (
A. Our Lord took upon Himself a human nature in order that He might remove the sentence of death through His redemptive work.
1. God sent His Son to redeem them that were condemned to die (Gal. 4:4-5).
2. God sent His Son to be a Mediator for those whom He died (I Tim. 2:5-6).
3. Jesus Christ came into the world to redeem us by His own blood (I Pet. -19; ; ).
B. Christ died for the believer (Jn. 3:3, 16, 18, 36).
II. THE WORK OF GOD IN SALVATION
A. The SIN DEBT was paid by Christ (I Cor. 15:3-4).
B. The WORD of God was given.
- Through hearing, the sinner receives the message of Christ’s work (Rom. ).
C. The SPIRIT has been sent to convict of sin (Jn. 16:7-11).
1. When the gospel message is presented, the Spirit witnesses within.
- This convincing work is entirely in relation to Christ.
a. The sinner is convicted of the sin of disbelieving Christ.
b. Christ is revealed to him as being righteous.
c. The Holy Spirit declares Christ to be the Righteous Judge.
2. As the sinner accepts the truths of the gospel and yields his will to the commands of Christ, he then realizes that he has been spiritually regenerated.
3. He is then brought into fellowship with God.
III. THE EFFECTS OF SALVATION
- Salvation affects the whole man (II Cor. ).
A. The SPIRIT is brought to life (I Cor. , 19-20; Rom. ).
B. The SOUL is renewed daily.
is growth in grace (
- Growing in grace is a continual process of denying the flesh and walking in the Spirit (Gal. , 22-24).
2. This growth is accomplished by faith.
- We reckon ourselves to be dead and trust the indwelling Christ to live through us (Gal. ).
3. Instead of being self-centered, the Christian is Christ-centered.
C. The BODY is brought into submission and it awaits transformation.
1. NOW, the believer is to yield his body to God (Rom. 12:1; I Cor. ).
2. SOON, the believer will receive a new body (Phil. -21).
All the Christ rejector has to look forward to is “a certain fearful looking forward of judgment and fiery indignation.”