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Bible Study Series: The Need for Forgiveness - Part 2 of 6 [Answers]

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As Christians carry out their mission of sharing God's Word it is important that we understand there is a universal need for forgiveness. This the second in our series of Bible Studies on the subject of forgiveness and how we receive it.

Read the Following Passages:

1 Timothy 2:3-4 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

Mark 16:15 He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation."

John 1:29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!"

John 3:16-17 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him."

Romans 5:18 Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men.

2 Corinthians 5:19 God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.

1 John 2:2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

Discussion Questions:

1. What is God's desire for all people?
God has not premeditated to send people to hell. As a loving God it is his desire that all might be saved.

2. When God issued the marching orders for his people to preach the good news to whom are we to go?
God wants us to go into all the world in bringing the good news. This was a command to go not just to the nice ones, pretty ones, smart ones, genetically pure ones, popular ones, or rich ones. This was a command to go into all the world to all people.

3. When John the Baptist saw Jesus how did he identify him?
John did not see Jesus as just some gifted teacher or great moral leader. He specifically identified him as the one who takes away the sins of the world.

4. If John the Baptist were here today, and you could ask him, "for whose sins did Jesus die?" what do you think would be his response?
John saw the mission of Jesus to be of global consequence. He would say that Jesus died for the sins of the world.

5. When God sent Jesus what did that act tell us about his love?
The John 3:16 passage is first a testimony to the depth of God's love. Before we can even talk about the target of that love we cannot help but be amazed at this love which is so great that it would sacrifice and only son.

6. For whom did God send Jesus?
Knowing God's love runs so deep there is special privilege and pleasure to be taken in knowing that God's love was for the world.

7. When Jesus paid the price for sin for whom was he bringing life?
He was bringing life for all people. The sacrifice of Jesus was absolute and complete for the sins of everyone.

8. What does "reconciling the world to himself" mean?
To reconcile means to "restore to friendship or harmony." We must never lose sight of the fact that sin brought a great chasm between God and his creation. Through Christ we are brought back into harmony with God.

9. Did Jesus die for the sins of unbelievers?
Yes. The "world" is all inclusive of believers and unbelievers alike.

10. Can we say that people go to hell because Jesus did not bring them the forgiveness of sins?
No. Objectively speaking, there will be no one in hell for whom Jesus did not die for. The reason some still go to hell even though Jesus died for their sins will be the subject of our next Bible Study.

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, we are awed by your great sacrifice of your own Son for our sins and the sins of the world. Forgive us for forgetting the terrible cost of sin and instill in us a greater appreciation for the universal gift of forgiveness brought by your Son's sacrifice on the cross. In his name we pray. Amen.

The Complete Bible Study Series:

The Need for Forgiveness: Part 1 [Questions]; The Need for Forgiveness: Part 1 [Answers]
The Need for Forgiveness: Part 2 [Questions]; The Need for Forgiveness: Part 2 [Answers]
The Need for Forgiveness: Part 3 [Questions]; The Need for Forgiveness: Part 3 [Answers]
The Need for Forgiveness: Part 4 [Questions]; The Need for Forgiveness: Part 4 [Answers]
The Need for Forgiveness: Part 5 [Questions]; The Need for Forgiveness: Part 5 [Answers]
The Need for Forgiveness: Part 6 [Questions]; The Need for Forgiveness: Part 6 [Answers]

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