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EVANGELICAL BIBLE COLLEGE OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA

COURSE NOTES – THEOLOGY 112




DIPLOMA IN THEOLOGY.

by

DR JOHN CAMERON McEWAN


[BOOK 3 OF 13]


JULY 2006

WHO IS JESUS CHRIST?
Professor Simon Greenleaf was one of the most eminent lawyers of all time. His “Laws of Evidence” for many years were accepted by all States in the United States as the standard methodology for evaluating cases. He was teaching law at a university in the United States when one of his students asked Professor Greenleaf if he would apply his “Laws of Evidence” to evaluate an historical figure. When Greenleaf agreed to the project he asked the student who was to be the subject of the review. The student replied that the person to be examined would be Jesus Christ. Professor Greenleaf agreed to undertake the examination of Jesus Christ and as a result, when he had finished the review, Simon Greenleaf personally accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his Saviour.

Professor Greenleaf then sent an open letter to all jurists in the United States jurists saying in part “I personally have investigated one called Jesus Christ. I have found the evidence concerning him to be historically accurate. I have also discovered that Jesus Christ is more than a human being, he is either God or nothing and having examined the evidence it is impossible to conclude other than he is God. Having concluded that he is God I have accepted him as my personal Saviour. I urge all members of the legal profession to use the “Laws of Evidence” to investigate the person of the Lord Jesus Christ and if you find that he is wrong expose him as a faker but if not consider him as your Saviour and Lord”

HOW CAN I BE SAVED?
Salvation is available for all members of the human race.

Salvation is the most important undertaking in all of God's universe. The salvation of sinners is never on the basis of God's merely passing over or closing His eyes to sin. God saves sinners on a completely righteous basis consistent with the divine holiness of His character. This is called grace. It relies on God so man cannot work for salvation neither can he deserve it. We need to realise that the creation of this vast unmeasured universe was far less an undertaking than the working out of God's plan to save sinners.


However the acceptance of God's salvation by the sinner is the most simple thing in all of life. One need not be rich, nor wise nor educated. Age is no barrier nor the colour of one's skin. The reception of the enormous benefits of God's redemption is based upon the simplest of terms so that there is no one in all this wide universe who need be turned away.
How do I become a Christian?

There is but one simple step divided into three parts. First of all I have to recognise that I am a sinner (Romans 3:23; 6:23; Ezekiel 18:4; John 5:24).


Secondly, realising that if I want a relationship with Almighty God who is perfect, and recognising that I am not perfect, I need to look to the Lord Jesus Christ as the only Saviour (1 Corinthians 15:3; 1 Peter 2:24; lsaiah 53:6; John 3:16).
Thirdly, by the exercise of my own free will I personally receive the Lord Jesus Christ as my Saviour, believing that He died personally for me and that He is what He claims to be in an individual, personal and living way (John 1:12; 3:36; Acts 16:31; 4:12).

The results of Salvation

The results of this are unbelievably wonderful:

My sins are taken away (John 1:29),

I possess eternal life now (1 John 5:11,12),

I become a new creature in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17),

The Holy Spirit takes up His residence in my life (1 Corinthians 6:19),


And I will never perish (John 10:28-30).
This truthfully is life's greatest transaction. This is the goal of all people; this is the ultimate of our existence. We invite and exhort any reader who has not become a Christian by trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ to follow these simple instructions and be born again eternally into God's family (Matthew 11:28; John 1:12; Acts 4:12; 16:31).
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THEOLOGY 2 CONTENTS


LESSON


SUBJECT

PAGE













SECTION H – HAMARTIOLOGY

3










39

The Nature of Sin

3

40

Christ's Teaching on Sin

9

41

Sin Inheritance and Imputation

13













SECTION I – SOTERIOLOGY

15










42

Salvation from the Penalty of Sin

15

43

Salvation from the Power of Sin

20

44

God's Imputed Righteousness

24

45

Spiritual Growth of the Believer

29

46-47

Salvation and the Believer

32

48


Future Destiny of Believers

38

49-50

Election

42

51

The Atonement

47

52

Giving the Gospel

50













SECTION J – ECCLESIOLOGY

59










53

The Church

59

54

Church - Purpose and Commission

63

55

Christian Character in the Church

68

56

Service and Stewardship

73

57-58

Worship, Prayer and Thanksgiving


79

59-60

Other Ministries

85

61

Church Government

91

62

The Ordinances of the Church

96

63

The Destiny of the Church

101

64

The Church's New Day of Worship

104













SECTION K – ESCHATOLOGY

106










65

Gentiles in Prophecy and History

106

66

Israel in Prophecy and History

114

67


Prophecy Survey

118

68

Major Covenants

124

69

Events Before the Second Advent

129

70

Great Tribulation

131

71-73

Rapture

138

74

Second Coming of the Lord

143

75

The Resurrections

146

76

The Judgments

150

77

The Millennial Kingdom

152

78

Satan's Judgment

156

79

New Heavens and New Earth


159




Index of Doctrines

162


SECTION H – HAMARTIOLOGY

LESSON 39 - THE NATURE OF SIN



NO

STUDY

TEXTS

TOPIC BOOK

39

The Nature of Sin


Romans 3:23

Sin

The Barrier





INTRODUCTION
Romans 3:23 reminds us that we are as believers still sinners and of our need. We have a Saviour as believers and we need to be in contact with the Saviour. This passage says that "All have sinned" and come short of the glory or essence of God. Every person is a sinner, both by action and nature.
1. 1 John 1 says that you will meet people who think that they have not sinned. If you have such a person in your congregation you have a problem for they are calling God a liar.

2. We have all sinned and therefore there is a universal requirement for a Saviour. Sin should automatically lead you towards the subject of salvation. When you are preaching on the subject of sin you should also couple this with preaching on salvation, or sanctification, or preferably both

3. We have a good starting point for the definition of sin. All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Sin is all in our character which does not measure up to His character.
MISCONCEPTIONS OF SIN
1. Sin is a false conception of reality, based on the fact that there is a false concept of what is truly good and bad in the world. In this case it is considered that there are no absolutes, there is no right or wrong. The liberal theologian will say that a person is not sinful, that he just has “problems”, or different standards to us. They rationalize it away as your environment, your parents and the like.
2. It is an inherent problem being the opposite of what God is and is related to the reality of the nature of the world. This is called dualism, with everything in the spiritual world being pure and wonderful whilst everything in the physical is bad and sinful. The body is evil and the spirit is pure in its nature. This is not true biblically; sin goes beyond the division between physical and spiritual. This false view is behind much eastern religion with it’s yin and yang, in yoga, Indian origin religions, as well as western monasticism.
In the Middle Ages monks would beat themselves and starve themselves into submission; by dominating their body they believed they tamed and controlled the soul. The Bible however says the sin is in your soul as well as in your body. You cannot fight sin physically only; you must do it spiritually as well. Vegetarianism also, for other than medical reason, is another sign of attempting to fight sin and evil in the body and like all works of the flesh it is wrong.

3. Sin is just selfishness. This is also one of the view that the liberals have grasped as an explanation of sin. Sin is selfish but it is not the definition that the Bible gives; it is an inadequate view.
We must always begin and end with God's Word, always go by what the Lord has said through the prophets.



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