taught by Thomas Fortner

LESSON 3 - What God Has Done For The World

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I. Even though one cannot save himself, he can be saved:

     A. Explain “saved”:

         1. “To save”--to rescue or deliver from a peril.

         ILLUSTRATION: drowning child saved by a life guard.

         2. The Bible sense of “saved”:

     B. One cannot “save” himself in the Bible sense of the word.

         ILLUSTRATION: ship sinking in the Atlantic Ocean.

     C. God says the Jesus of the Bible can save lost men:

         TRANSITION THOUGHT: Time showing student(s) that what God did in Christ will change men from Group One to Group Two.


II. The evidence establishes Jesus to be God’s only Saviour:

     A. The Gospel:

         1. God saves sinners upon the strength of the “gospel,” Romans 1:16.

         2. The gospel is (a) the death, (b) burial, and (c) resurrection of Christ, I Corinthians 15:1-4.

     B. “According to the scriptures ”: a means of verification: I Corinthians 15:3-4.

         1. One of five specific proofs, John 5:31-39.

         2. The Messiah must qualify at every point.

         3. Add vanishing point lines:

         ILLUSTRATION: the hand that fits the glove. 

     C. A look at only a few of the requirements Messiah must meet:

         1. His birthplace: Micah 5:2,"Luke 2:4, Luke 2:1, II Samuel 7:16, Luke 2:6-7, Matthew 2:16, Hosea 11:1.

         2. Virgin born: Isaiah 7:14 with Luke 1:27, 34-35.

         3. The lambship typology: Genesis 3:21, Genesis 22:1-14, Exodus 12, Isaiah 53:7.

     D. All requirements and symbolic foreshadows designed to point men to Christ, and convince them that He alone is the Saviour: Hebrews 9:12.

         1. A foreshadow of the real: Hebrews 10:1.

         ILLUSTRATION: a picture of someone is not the real someone.

         2. The law designed tobring men to Christ: Galatians 3:24-26.

         3. The significance of John the Baptist’s statement in John 1:29.

         4. Philip’s explanation of Isaiah 53:7 in Acts 8:32-35.

         TRANSITION THOUGHT: Philip’s explanation to the Ethiopian man.


III. God says He can save anyone upon the strength of Christ’s work on the cross:

     A. Christ, the innocent, went in place of man, the guilty. I Peter 3:18, I Peter 2:24, Romans 5:6-8.

     B. Christ did all the work. Nothing needs added to it:

         1. Christ finished the work “forever” by “one sacrifice,” Hebrews 10:10-14.

         2. “It is finished,” John 19:30.

         CONCLUDING THOUGHT: Next week’s lesson is titled “How to Appropriate What God Has Done,” and will show how to make this great work of Jesus Christ personal.