Lesson 2

In our first study, we learned: 1. That God exists, and is eternal, always present, all knowing, all powerful, is love, and is just. 2. That Satan is real and dangerous, a liar, blinds men to the truth, and tempts men to sin. 3. That Jesus is God in the flesh, is the Son of God, died for our sins, is the Savior of the world. 4. That sin separates men from God, is transgression of God's law, all men have fallen short of God's glory because of it, its wages is death, and one can't get into heaven while burdened with his sin. 5. That the Bible is from God and contains our pattern or plan for getting to heaven in the New Testament. In this, our second study, we want to illustrate how man and God were at one time united, became separated as a result of man's actions (with eternal consequence to man), but now the two can become reunited, resulting in eternal bliss for man. It has already been shown that God exists (Gen.1:1). On a separate sheet of paper, write the word "GOD" in the upper left hand corner and draw a circle around it.

1.    GENESIS 1:26-27

       How did God create man?________________

 

 2.  JOHN 4:24

      JOB 32:8

      PROVERBS 20:27

      ECCLESIASTES 12:7

      How is man made in the image of God?________________ Thus, man

      and God, in the beginning, were united. On the separate sheet of paper,

      write the word "MAN" next to the circle in which you wrote the word

      "GOD", and draw a circle around it connecting the two.

 

 3.  ISAIAH 59:1-2

      ROMANS 3:23

      How so man and God become separated?________________ That man

      and God can become separated necessarily implies what about them?

      _______________________________ The story of Genesis 3 tells of how

      this tragic separation first took place.

 

 4.  EPHESIANS 2:12 In this separated state, what condition is man in?

      ________________ On the separate sheet of paper, cross out the circle

      with the word "MAN" in it, and rewrite the word "MAN" in the bottom

      right hand corner of the paper, and draw a circle around it.

 

 5.  PROVERBS 14:12

      JEREMIAH 10:23

      [YES] [NO] Can man make it back to God by his own methods or plans?

      ________________ Since man cannot reunite himself to God, if the unity

      is to take place, God must bring it about. By examining the next series of

      listed scriptures we will see how God did bring about the possibility of

      every man being reunited with him. It is noteworthy that though it was

      man who caused the separation, it was God who made possible the

      reconciliation. It will be noticed that salvation, or unity with God, is

      brought about by several factors. This can be illustrated by the many

      ingredients it takes to make a cake; the cake is not complete without all

      the ingredients.

 

 6.  JOHN 3:16

      1 JOHN 4:10

      From these passages, what attribute of God was needed and was

      manifested in order for man to be united with God?_______________

 

 7.  ROMANS 5:6-8

      For what kind of men was the love of God manifested?________________

 

 8.  ROMANS 3:23

      How many men fit that description?________________

 

 9.  Can one be saved without the love of God?__________ Further

      investigation of the scriptures will show that man cannot be saved by the

      love of God alone. ON the separate sheet of paper, just under and to the

      right of the circle containing the word "GOD" write the word "LOVE" and

      draw a circle around it connecting it to the one above it.

 

 10.  EPHESIANS 2:8-9

        What is here recognized as a second link necessary in the process of

        reuniting man and God?________________ Grace is the gift of whom?

        ________________ If it is a gift, then it is something undeserved or

        earned. Grace is often defined as "unmerited favor."

 

 11.  TITUS 2:11

       To whom is the gift of grace given?________________

 

 12. TITUS 3:7

       What does God's grace do for man?________________

 

 13.  [YES] [NO] Can man be saved without the Grace of God?

       ________________ Since both the love and grace of God have already

       been shown as necessary for man's salvation or reconciliation with God,

       we know that man is not saved or reconciled by grace alone. Continued

       investigation of the Bible will further substantiate this fact. On the

       separate sheet of paper, just under and to the right of the circle

       containing the word "LOVE", write the word "GRACE" drawing a circle

       around it connecting it to the one above it.

 

 14. 1 CORINTHIANS 15:1-4

       Verse 1 and 2 teach that we are saved by what?_______________ The

       Gospel (word of God) is centered around what three events?

       ______________________________ These events, being brought about

       by the love and grace of God cannot be learned without the Gospel or

       Word of God.

 

 15. 1 CORINTHIANS 1:21

       How does God plan for the world to learn of the grace and love of God?

       _______________________

 

 16. 1 PETER 1:23

       The Word of God, by which we are born again, is described as being

       what?__________________

 

 17. REVELATION 22:18-19

       What is the fate of those who attempt to corrupt the Word of God by

       adding to or taking from it?__________________

 

 18.  2 THESSALONIANS 1:7-9

       What is the fate of those who do not obey it?___________________

 

 19.  [YES] [NO] Can one be saved without the Word of God?________ As

       already noticed, we are saved by the love and grace of God. Thus it is

       obvious that we are not saved by the Word of God alone. On the

       separate sheet of paper, just below and to the right of the circle

       containing the word "GRACE," write the word "WORD," drawing a circle

       around it connecting it to the one above it.

 

 20. JOHN 3:16

       Everlasting life (unity with God) is promised to those who believe in

       whom?________________ As discussed in lesson 1 (question 4) in John

       1:1-3,14 the Son of God is shown to be God in the flesh.

 

 21.  MATTHEW 3:16-17 Who is the Son of God?________________

 

 22.  1 TIMOTHY 1:15 What did the Son of God come to do?

        ____________________

 

 23.  ACTS 4:11-12

       [YES] [NO] Can one be saved by anyone else?____________

 

 24.  HEBREWS 2:9

       For how many did the Son of God die?____________ It must be

       remembered, as pointed out in lesson 1 (question 8) that, acccording to

       Matthew 7:13-14, even though the Son of God died for all men, not all

       men will be saved because many men choose, by their actions, not to be.

 

 25.  [YES] [NO] Can one be saved without the Son of God?____________

       Since one is saved by the love, grace, word, and Son of God, we know

       that one is not saved or reconciled to God by the Son of God alone. Just

       below and to the right of the circle containing the word "WORD" on the

       separate sheet of paper, write the word "SON," connecting it to the word

       above it by circling it.

 

 26.  EPHESIANS 1:7

       Redemption (being bought back) is through what?

       ____________________

 

 27. REVELATION 1:5

       The blood of Christ does what?____________________

 

 28. ROMANS 5:9

       The blood of Christ does what?____________________

 

 29. HEBREWS 9:12

       [YES] [NO] Can the animal blood of the Old Testament redeem one?

       __________

 

 30. [YES] [NO] Can one be saved without the blood of Christ? In light of the

       aforementioned elements, we know that the blood of Christ by itself is

       not enough to cause the reconciliation of God and man to take place.

       Draw a new circle on the separate sheet of paper just below and to the

       right of the last one connecting the two and write in it the word "BLOOD."

 

 31.  ACTS 2:47

       Those that are saved are in what?_____________

 

 32. EPHESIANS 5:23

       Christ is the Savior of what?________________

 

 33. MATTHEW 16:18

       Who built the church?________________

 

 34.  ACTS 20:28

       What was the purchase price of the church?________________

 

 35.  [YES] [NO] Can one have unity with God without (outside of) His church?

       ____________ Thus, along with the love, the grace, the word, the Son

       of God,and blood of Christ, one needs the church of Christ to be united

       with Him. On the separate sheet of paper, below and to the right of the

       circle containing the word "BLOOD,"write the word "CHURCH," drawing a

       circle around it connecting it to the one above it. God has done a great

       deal in order to bring about this reunion between man and Himself, a

       unity which man dissolved in the first place. The Bible does not teach

       that God has or will do any more than He has already done to unite the

       alien sinner (a person who is not a Christian) to Himself. However, as we

       continue our investigation of the Bible, we find that God has not done

       these things without placing conditions upon man in order for him to

       receive the benefit of these precious blessings. As our lesson continues,

       we will notice what those conditions are, and how very simple they are

       to meet. It must be noticed, however, that even though there are

       conditions to be met, it cannot be said that man has worked for or

       earned his salvation by meeting these conditions. The first link, of

       course, is man himself. Man must be willing to turn himself over to God.

       He must be willing to do whatever God says.

 

 36. MATTHEW 4:4

       What is it that man must live by?________________ It has already been

       noticed (Rev. 22:18-19) that man cannot, without consequence, change

       that which proceeds out of the mouth of God. In the beginning (Gen.3)

       man fell from God because he did not live by that which came from God.

       It is still the case today that when a man falls from God, it is because

       man did not live or abide by that which comes from God. Let us begin

       here to see the conditions God has given for man to receive the

       blessings of the love, the grace, the Word, the Son of God, Christ's

       blood,and Christ's church.

 

 37. JOHN 6:44-45

       How are people drawn to the Father?________________

 

 38. MATTHEW 17:5

       God commands us to hear whom?_______________

 

 39. ROMANS 10:13-17

       How does proper faith come?________________

 

 40.  [YES] [NO] Can one be saved without hearing the Gospel of christ?

       ____________ From our previous studies, we know that hearing the

       gospel alone will not save. From continued Bible investigation, we also

       will see that hearing the Gospel is not the only God-given condition man

       must meet. On the separate sheet of paper, just above and to the left of

       the circle containing the word "MAN," write "HEAR" and draw a circle

       around it connecting it to the one under it.

 

 41.  ACTS 16:31

       GALATIANS 3:26

       What, according to these passages, puts man in a saved condition where

       he is considered a child of God?________________

 

 42.  HEBREWS11:6

       JOHN 6:29,8:24

       What must we believe or have faith in?________________

 

 43.  HEBREWS 11:1

       What is faith?____________________ Thus, even though we can not see

       God, Christ, or salvation, we can know that they exist by faith.

 

 44.  JAMES 2:14-26

       [YES] [NO] Is the faith spoken of in the Bible just a simple

       acknowledgement of the existence of God or Christ? What kind of faith is

       necessary?____________________

 

 45.  [YES] [NO] Can one be saved without faith?________________ Since

       we have previously studied several things necessary to one's salvation, it

       follows that one cannot be saved by faith alone. On the separate sheet of

       paper, just above and to the right of the circle containing the word

       "HEAR", write "BELIEVE", connecting it with a circle to the one below it.

 

 46.  LUKE 13:3-5

       2 PETER 3:9

       In order to keep from perishing in our separated state, what must we do?

       ______________________________

 

 47. MATTHEW 21:28-31

       2 CORINTHIANS 7:9-10

       What is repentance?________________________ What brings it about?

       ______________________

 

 48.  ACTS 17:30

       Who must repent?_______________________

 

 49.  [YES] [NO] Can one have unity with God without repentance?

       ___________ Neither will repentance alone save. On the separate sheet,

       just above and to the left of the circle containing the word "BELIEVE",

       write the word "REPENT" and connect it to the circle below it.

 

 50. MATTHEW 10:32-33

       ROMANS 10:9-10

       1 JOHN 4:15

       Upon what condition is unity with God based according to these

       passages?______________________________

 

 51.  ACTS 7:21

       What is it we are to confess?________________

 

 52.  MATTHEW 7:21

       [YES] [NO] Will confession alone save?____________

 

 53. [YES] [NO] Can we be saved without it?____________ On the separate

       sheet of paper, write the word "CONFESS", just above and to the left of

       the circled word "REPENT", and circle it connecting the two.

 

 54. MATTHEW 28:19-20

       MARK 16:16

       1 PETER 3:21

       According to these scriptures, what is necessary for unity with God and

       salvation?______________________________

 

 55. REVELATION 1:5

       ROMANS 6:3-5

       ACTS 2:38,22:16

       What does baptism do?______________________________________

 

 56. ROMANS 6:3

       GALATIONS 3:26-27

       What does baptism do?____________________

       [YES] [NO] Can one be saved outside of Christ?

 

 57.  2 CORINTHIANS 5:17

       What does baptism do?____________________

 

 58.  TITUS 3:5

       COLOSSIANS 2:12

       [YES] [NO] Baptism is a work of human merit and righteousness.

       [YES] [NO] Baptism is a part of God's plan to save us by His mercy.

 

 59.  ROMANS 6:4

       COLOSSIANS 2:12

       [YES] [NO] Baptism requires a burial in water rather than a sprinkling or

                        pouring of water.

 

 60.  [YES] [NO] Can one be saved before one is baptized for the remission of

                         sins? If yes, then the Bible is not true (Rev.21:21-27) (refer

                         to lesson 1, question 1, if necessary). Just as one cannot be

                         saved without baptism, neither is one saved by it alone. It

                         must be linked with the other conditions set forth by God

                         along with His love, His grace, His word, His Son, Christ's

                         Blood, and Christ's church. On the separate sheet, connect

                         the links coming from "GOD" and the links coming from "

                         MAN" by writing the word "BAPTISM" between the two and

                         drawing a circle that will connect the two chains.

 

 

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