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),
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.