1. If you were killed in a car accident later today, would you be resurrected with the righteous?
2. Is it possible that you could be kept out of Heaven because of unconfessed sins?
3. How would you define sin?
4. If possible, use more than one translation to read 1 John 3:4. Does this text seem to define sin as disobedience or breaking God's law?
5. In Matthew 22:37-40, how does Jesus summarize the Law?
6. In Romans 13:10, how does Paul summarize the Law?
7. In 1 John 4:8, how does John define God?
In algebra, we learn that two things equal to the same thing are also equal to each other. If A=B and B=C, then A=C. (The transitive property of course!) If we let A represent the Law, B represent Love, and C represent God; then, based on the above texts, God and His Law are equal. Therefore, breaking the Law (Lawlessness) would actually be the same as separating from God (Godlessness). At its heart, sin is really a broken relationship.
Choosing to separate from God would naturally result in death. It's not that God punishes those who don't choose Him, it's just the natural consequence of separation or "pulling the plug." (An electric light cannot work if it is "unplugged.") Imagine you're trapped underwater while scubadiving. While waiting for help, to make things more exciting, you cut the hose between your air tank and regulator-just so you can watch the bubbles. Whose fault is it if you drown? Is the tank punishing you for cutting the hose?
Once again we see that sin is NOT about bad deeds, but rather, about living outside of a relationship with God.
10. Based on 1 John 5:11-13, is it possible to know if you have (present tense) eternal life? What are the conditions?
Let's say you've always wanted to have a corvette and you marry someone who already has one. Within the context of a normal marriage, you now become a legitimate owner of the corvette. However, if you were to divorce, most courts would give the corvette to your spouse because he/she had acquired it prior to the marriage. Did you ever really own it? Why would you lose it? How would you keep it?
11. If eternal life comes from Jesus, how can it be yours? How can you lose it? How can you keep it?
12. What familiar human relationship does God use to illustrate our relationships to Him?
13. How do "bad deeds" and "failures" affect a child's standing in a loving home? How do they affect our relationship with Jesus?
A good father knows that unless his child leaves him, he will love the child into maturity. The child's security is not in his or her performance, but in the love of the father. If you stay with Jesus (have the Son), "He who has begun a good work in you will bring it to completion ..." Phil 1:6 NEV
Good News! If you know Jesus, you can know you are saved and you can know you will become like Him--and you will know Who does both.
WE PROMISE: We will NOT visit, phone, mail, or otherwise harass you. YOU will initiate
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