A Quick Look
If you are reading through these sections in order, then you will realise there is bound to be a bit of overlap around the current doctrines, because the work of Jesus is so central to God’s plan of salvation as revealed in the Bible, and it is that work which runs through our consideration of human nature and how God has promised a way out of it for us.
Because of our inheritance from Adam, we all have sinful nature, and, with the notable exception of just one man in all time, Jesus Christ, we have all given in to the temptations that surround us at various points in our lives. The Bible shows us that, if we take on instead an inheritance offered to us by God, which involves being associated with Jesus (by baptism), then we can be saved from death and given eternal life, despite our sinful nature. This is God’s amazing gift of grace.
1Cor. 15: 20 But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
21 For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead.
22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.
Eph 2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,
5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)
A Personal Analysis
At risk of a lot of repetition, it is not possible to overemphasise just how central to God’s plan for mankind God’s son Jesus is. Back in the time before Jesus was born there was no permanent method of avoiding death – though it must be emphasised at this point that salvation through Jesus was available to all mankind from the moment Adam and Eve sinned – he just hadn’t been born yet. It is clear that Old Testament people understood this (as well as they could without the actual record of Jesus’ life) and people like David, in particular, in his writings, show this understanding. However, for us, it is all much easier to comprehend, as we can look back on history and we have the record of the New Testament books of the Bible, written by men who had the power of the Holy Spirit to guide their words, to show us the way.
Over and over again, the New Testament writers – perhaps especially in the letters that we have recorded to churches and individuals – remind us of how we can be moved from sin to life – from where we all start to where we can all finish if we believe and choose to let God transform us as He has said He will. In each of these repetitions, the writers tell us how Jesus, with his sinless life, is the central aspect of all of this, and the means by which our transformation can take place.
Because this is repeated so much, we have to conclude that this is the one thing God wants us to get hold of more than anything else – to understand that by believing that we need saving from death, and that God can save us, and by associating ourselves with his plan through baptism into Jesus, and living a life of joyful response to all of this, we will indeed be granted eternal life in God’s kingdom when it is established on earth after Jesus returns.
More Detailed Bible Teaching
The New Testament is full of reassuring passages that remind us of how God has made provision, through the death and resurrection of Jesus, for our future resurrection to eternal life when His purpose is fulfilled and the earth becomes His kingdom again. Below are a small selection of those passages:
Eph. 2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,
5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),
6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,
Eph. 1:7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace…
10 that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth — in Him.
Rom. 10:12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him.
13 For "whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved."
14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?
15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!"
16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, "Lord, who has believed our report?"
17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
1Pet. 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,
5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
17 "For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
Rom 5: 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.