GBL-1 - Man's Sin & God's Forgiveness
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GREAT BIBLE LESSONS
GREAT BIBLE LESSONS
“Great Bible Lessons: Lesson 1”
Introduction by narrator accompanied by a cappella singing:
THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST. Spreading the soul-saving message of Jesus. And now,
The psalmist said, "My sins have gone over my head; like a heavy
burden they're too heavy for me to bear" Psalm 38:4.
Welcome to our study of man's sin and God’s forgiveness. This is a
topic that is especially relevant for every person who's of an accountable
age and wants to please God.
We encourage you to get your Bible as we study this very important
From the Garden of Eden to the present time, man has had to deal
with the sin problem. Thankfully God has made a way of salvation. It's sin
that from that time in the garden that has plagued man as a result of his
choices. The Bible teaches in Genesis 3:1 that when Adam and Eve chose
to eat of that tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they became
separated from God. They felt the burden and the sting of sin. You
remember in that context they hid themselves from God and were ashamed
because of their own sin. Friend, that's something that every person of an
accountable age has to deal with today. I have to deal with the sin problem.
If you're of the accountable age, you have to deal with the sin problem as
well. It plagues mankind.
Romans 3:23 teaches us the universal nature of sin. Listen to this
verse. “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” How many?
All. “The soul who sins shall surely die”, Ezekiel 18:4 and Romans 3:23.
Isaiah tells us about the horrendous consequences of our sin. Isaiah said in
Isaiah 59:1-2 that the ‘Lord's ears are not heavy.’ God doesn't have a
hearing problem. ‘The Lord's arms are not shortened that He can't save.’
God doesn't have a defect in His arm. He's not crippled in His arm. God
doesn't need a hearing aid. What's the problem then? ‘The Lord's ear is not
heavy that He cannot hear. His arm's not short that He cannot save. But
your sins and your iniquities,’ my sin and my iniquities, ‘have separated us
from our God.’ Sin has plagued mankind because of the consequences of
being separated from Almighty God.
Friend, as we think about the nature of sin and consequences of it,
let's realize that even the most righteous have to deal with the sin problem.
Notice this verse. Ecclesiastes 7:20. In the long ago the wise Solomon
said, "There's not a righteous man on the face of the Earth who does good
and does not sin." Even righteous people from time to time, those who are
trying to live right and trying to walk in the light 1 John 1:7, we make
mistakes. We break God's laws, and we feel the sting and the plague of
Friend, are you remembering Romans 6:23 where the Bible says,
“The wages of sin is death”? This is a problem that's relevant for every
person today. Thankfully God has made a way of salvation so that we can
be delivered and saved from sin. I'm reminded of the beautiful words of 1
Peter 2:24: The cure, the antidote, the remedy to sin is given when the
Bible says of Jesus, “He, Himself, Christ himself bore our sins in His own
body upon the tree that we having died to sin might live for righteousness
by whose stripes we are healed.” God made the remedy to sin through His
Son Jesus Christ. Thank God that Christ went to the cross to deal with the
You see it is said of Jesus in 2 Corinthians 5:21, “That God made
Christ who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might be made the
righteousness of God in Him.” “He, Himself, is the propitiation for our sins
not for ours alone but for the sins of the whole world,” 1 John 2:1-2. I
remind you of the text where the Lord instituted His supper. In Matthew
chapter 26 as He told His disciples to drink of that fruit of the vine, He said
in verse number 28, "This is my blood of the new covenant shed for many
for the forgiveness of sins." Jesus tasted death for every man, Hebrews
2:9, so that I don't have to. Yes, man has to deal with the sin problem, but
God has made a remedy and a cure for that through our Lord and savior
Friend, as Christians, we need to realize God's plan and God's way is
the only way to be saved.
Now as we think about man's sin and God's forgiveness, I want you
to understand that the God of the Bible is a loving, kind, and forgiving God
and that He wants every man to be saved from sin. Our God, the God of
the Bible, is a forgiving God who loves you and who wants you to be
forgiven of sin and saved.
Sometimes people present the idea of God, and there's no doubt God
gets angry at sin, but sometimes the idea of God is that He's seen as angry
and vengeful and full of wrath and just ready to destroy man for his sin.
While it's the case that God will punish sinners, friend, let's realize the God
of the Bible is a forgiving God who is seen as ready to forgive sin. I want
you to notice this passage with me in Psalm chapter 86. Here's the heart of
God. Here's how God really feels about sin. The psalmist says in Psalm
86:5, “For you, Lord, are good,” notice this, “and ready to forgive and
abundant in mercy to all those who call upon you.” What's the heart of God
as it relates to sin? Listen to these words. The God of the Bible is good.
What do you mean? He's ready to forgive. God stands ready. He stands
waiting is the idea. His desire, His want, His longing is to forgive man of sin
based on the plan that He's made. The psalmist said in Psalm 103:10-12,
“As far as the east is from the west so far has He removed our
transgressions from us.” If we got what we deserved, we'd all be lost in sin.
God is making that way, and He wants to remove sins from us.
Psalm 130:3-4 are some of my favorite verses that show the
readiness the willingness of the God of the Bible to forgive sin. The
psalmist asks this question: “If you, O Lord, were to mark iniquities, who
could stand?” Think about it this way, if every time I sinned and every time
you sinned God made a mark. He kept a mark, He kept a record. He wrote
it down, He penciled in a book. On the day of judgment if that was God's
mindset who could stand? Well, nobody. We'd all be guilty multiple times
and deserve the punishment we've incurred. Listen to verse four, “But there
is forgiveness with you that you may be feared.”
What's God's thinking and mindset about forgiving man? God's ready
for forgive. Let's also notice this from the scripture, not only is God ready to
forgive- the God of the Bible wants to forget our sin. He wants to put sin in
the past where it can't hurt man and cannot effect their relationship with
God. There's a passage that I would direct your attention to in the book of
Hebrews which so clearly shows that God is indeed wanting and willing to
forget our sins. Listen to Hebrews 8:12. This is a quote from the Old
Testament in Jeremiah 31:34. The Hebrew writer applies that to
forgiveness in the new covenant. Hebrews 8:12 God says, "For I will be
merciful to their sins, and their lawless deeds I will remember no more."
Now friend, it's not as though God can't remember. It's not as though the
memory of God has been erased. When we obey the gospel and when
people submit to God's plan of salvation and access the saving blood of
Jesus, God chooses to forget; to not hold that against them. How wonderful
of an idea that is about God! Isaiah 1:18 God said, "Though your sins be as
scarlet, I'll make them white as snow. Though they're red like crimson, they
shall be as wool." From red and stained and full of sin to forgiven and clean
and white! That's the picture that God paints of His forgiveness and His
willingness to forget our sin.
Aren't we thankful that when we mess up people are willing to forgive
and forget? Maybe you've said something to someone that hurt them.
Maybe you've done something to someone that was mean or unkind or that
you even know you shouldn't have done. Aren't you glad when people
forgive and forget about that and let that go and don't hold it against you?
Friend, there's the picture of God and His forgiveness in the Bible.
A third quality about God, as a forgiving God, is that our God is also
long suffering. God's patient. God's long suffering. He is willing to wait with
man to give him time and to be patient with man. That's a clear picture of
God that you see in the Bible. Listen to this beautiful verse. 2 Peter 3:9 the
Bible says this: Concerning God's coming, “The Lord's not slow concerning
His promises as some count slowness.” What's the holdup then? “But He's
long suffering toward us not willing that any should perish but that all
should come to repentance.”
Aren't you glad God's long suffering? When we talk about the
forgiveness of God, we're talking about the character of being long
suffering. He's patient. He's willing to forgive man, and He gives man time
and opportunity to make that right with Him. Christ demonstrates so
beautifully how God wants to forgive man. “Yet while we were still without
strength in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely, for a
righteous man will one die. Yet perhaps for a good man someone might
dare to die.” Now listen to this, “But God demonstrates His own love toward
us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” How forgiving is
our God? So much so that Romans 5:6-8 says God made a plan. That
plan's available and it is a clear demonstration of God's love for me and
Let's make it as crystal clear as we can. How much does God want to
forgive me and you? “God so loved the world He gave His only begotten
Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting
life.” Friend, does that not illustrate in some of the most beautiful language
and beautiful ideas how much God is a forgiving and loving God?
You can see the examples of that of God's forgiveness in both the
Old and the New Testament. For example, I want you to think with me to
one of the great kings of the Bible likely the greatest under the Old
Testament- King David. David is a prime example of God's forgiveness. Do
you remember in 2 Samuel 11 and 12 David had an adulterous relationship
with a woman by the name of Bathsheba? 2 Samuel 12 Nathan comes to
David, and he convicts him of sin. He committed adultery. He lied. He
eventually had Bathsheba's husband murdered in the battle field. Then
Nathan convicts him of sin. David was ready to be forgiven. He saw the
heartbreak of sin. From this example I want you to notice how ready our
God was to forgive David. Listen to Psalm 51. I want you to notice what
David says about God's forgiveness. Psalm 51:1-2 David says, “Have
mercy upon me, O God according to your living kindness according to the
multitudes of your tender mercies blot out my transgression, wash me
thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from sin.” Maybe you've done
things like unto David. Maybe you've done things that aren't that bad or
maybe things that are even worse in other's eyes. Friend, know this- if
David could be forgiven, we can be forgiven as well. That's the wonder, the
beauty, and the splendor of God's forgiveness.
Another example of course is Adam and Eve. In Genesis chapter
three where they break God's law, they failed to do what God wanted them
to do, and as a result they're cast out of the garden. Even there a plan was
made. Genesis 3:15, “The seed of woman is coming. He's going to bring
salvation. He's going to bruise the head of Satan going to bruise the
serpent,” and an ultimate way was even made for Adam and Eve.
Think about people like the Apostle Paul. Paul did some pretty bad
things. Acts chapter six and seven he's holding the coats of those who
stone Stephen. Acts chapter eight he's wreaking havoc on the church
dragging men and women to prison. Yet Paul said later in the beautiful
verse of 1 Timothy 1:15, “This is a faithful saying worthy of all acceptance
Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners of whom I am chief.”
Look at the beauty of God's forgiveness in these examples. David,
Adam and Eve, the Apostle Paul and a host of other people could be drawn
up from the Bible to show, yes not only does the Bible say God is a
forgiving and loving God- but these examples confirm that I have hope and
that you have hope based on these teachings.
Now friend as we think about the forgiveness of God let's realize that
that forgiveness does indeed come at a high cost. I cannot take sin lightly. I
cannot have a flippant attitude towards sin and say, ‘God will take care of it.
I can sin; it's okay.’ No. God's willing to forgive. We've seen man’s sin.
We've seen the heart of God in wanting to forgive man- but realize today
that forgiveness comes at a magnitude, at a level, at a cost that we really
can't even begin to imagine. It is man's forgiveness that caused Jesus to
leave the beauty and splendor of Heaven.
Think about the words of 2 Corinthians 8:9. What's the cost of sin?
“You know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.” What do you mean?
“Though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor.” Why? “That we
through His poverty might be made rich.” ‘Out of the ivory palaces,’ the
psalmist said. That's the very thing Jesus did. Jesus the cost of my
forgiveness and the cost of your forgiveness demanded a sacrifice
demanded that blood be paid. Hebrews 9:22, “Without the shedding of
blood there is no forgiveness of sin.” Jesus left the beauty and splendor of
Heaven. He came and lived as a pauper. No place to lay His head. He
gave up all that so that I could have the hope and the joy of Heaven.
Forgiveness also demanded that that sacrifice be perfect. Friend, this
meant that Jesus had to live a perfect life for us to have salvation. How
wonderful it is that He did that? Hebrews 4:15 says, “He was tempted in all
points as we are yet without sin. God made Him who knew no sin to be sin
on our behalf that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” “He
committed no sin, nor was guile or deceit found in His mouth”, 1 Peter 2:21-
22. This is why John would rejoice when he said, "Behold the Lamb of God
who takes away the sins of the world." Can you imagine doing that?
Coming to this Earth, leaving Heaven, coming to this Earth, facing every
temptation, the devil throwing everything at you and never once sinning.
Imagine what Jesus had to do. Imagine what He had to face. Imagine what
He had to deal with here. He lived that perfect life so that we could have
the hope of Heaven.
Then friend don't overlook this, Jesus Himself because of the cost,
the high cost of forgiveness, Jesus had to suffer a horrible death for me
and you. Take your mind back if you would to Jesus' preparation of His
disciples for His upcoming departure as He instituted the Lord's Supper. He
said, "This is My blood of the new covenant shed for many for the
forgiveness of sins." What did the cost of forgiveness demand? The blood
of Jesus the sacrifice of our Lord and savior because without the shedding
of blood there is no forgiveness of sins. Think about what the Lord went
through for me and for you. While He was here people said He was of the
devil and that He did these things by Beelzebub. That wasn't true. They
laughed at Him. "If you're the Son of God come down from the cross. Show
you're the Son of God", they mocked Him. They spit in His face. They
placed that crown of thorns and embedded them into His head. They took
Jesus and they scourged His back over and over again with whips. They
took His hands and feet. They nailed Him to a cross. That cross was
embedded in the ground, and Jesus hung in agony and struggled for every
breath that He breathed. Why? That's the cost, my friend, of salvation.
Do you remember Jesus' words on the cross? "My God, my God why
have you forsaken me" Matthew 27:46. You know the answer to that? I'm
the answer and you're the answer. “He, Himself bore our sins in His own
body upon the tree that we because of His death and sacrifice might be
forgiven by whose stripes we are healed.”
As we think about how God's ready to forgive and how man needs
that forgiveness and the high cost of it, we also need to realize today what
God has required of man to be forgiven of sin.
Friend, the Bible teaches to be forgiven of sin; we've got to be willing
to own up to, to recognize and to come to terms with our sins. Sometimes
we use the word as the Bible does we need to ‘confess sin.’ 1 John 1:7-9
says this, “If we walk in the light as He is in the light we have fellowship
with one another and the blood of His Son Jesus Christ cleanses us from
all sin. If we say we have no sin now we make God a liar and the truth is
not in us. But if we confess our sins He's faithful and just to forgive us our
sins and to cleanse us from all iniquity.”
What does that word confess mean? When we say confess what are
we talking about? God has a divine record. When I confess sin, I am laying
alongside of what God already knows. I'm owning up to. I'm
acknowledging. I'm admitting and recognizing I have sinned and I need
God. This is why the Bible says ‘confess your sins to one another and pray
for one another that you may be healed.’ “The effective fervent prayer of a
righteous man overcomes much.”
To be forgiven of sin, I've got to realize I have sin in my life. I'm going
to acknowledge that I need God. I've got to believe Jesus is the only way of
salvation. John 8:24 Jesus said, "Unless you believe that I'm He, you'll
surely die in your sins." Once I believe Jesus is the Son of God I also have
to be willing to repent of sin. Luke 13:3 Jesus said, "Unless you repent
you'll all likewise perish." I've got to make up my mind that to the best of my
ability I'm going to turn from sin. I'm going to turn from the ways of evil, and
I'm going to turn to God and do His will. Acts 3:19 Peter preached, “Repent
and turn that your sins may be blotted out. That seasons of refreshing may
come from the presence of the Lord.”
Friend, once I have confessed and realized I do sin, I believe in
Jesus, I'm willing to repent of sin; I also have to acknowledge Christ as
Lord and Savior. Romans 10:10 “With the heart, one believes unto
righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Then
the Bible clearly teaches to get into Christ. It's the blood of Jesus that
saves. It’s the death of Jesus that saves.
At what point does man access the blood in the saving death of
Jesus? “Do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ
were baptized into His death?” Romans 6:3-4. To be forgiven of sin, friend
the Bible says God's terms for forgiveness is that one must be baptized in
water for the forgiveness of sins. Now that's not what man says. That's
what the Bible says. Listen to Acts 2:38. The very first time salvation was
preached in the New Testament the Bible says, “Repent and be baptized
every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ.” Why? “For the remission of
your sins.” Jesus said in Mark 16:16, "He that believes and is baptized will
be saved." Saul of Tarsus was told in Acts 22:16, “Why are you waiting
Saul? Arise and be baptized and wash away your sins calling on the name
of the Lord.”
You put all this together and there is no doubt God's ready to forgive.
There is no doubt man needs that forgiveness. We must meet God's terms.
God's made the plan of salvation available through the death and blood of
Jesus, but I've got to access that in obedience to the gospel.
Friend, if you've not done that we beg you today. Obey the gospel. I
need forgiveness. You need forgiveness.
Let's meet God's terms for forgiveness.
May God help each of us to do just that.
Study Questions for: “Great Bible Lessons: Lesson 1”
1. What are too heavy to bear in Psalm 38:4?
2. Who has sinned according to Romans 3:23?
3. What separates us from God according to Isaiah 59:1-2?
4. According to Romans 6:23, what are the wages of sin?
5. According to 2 Corinthians 5:21, who was sin on our behalf?
6. What does Psalm 86:5 say of God?
7. What does Psalm 103:10-12 say about the removal of our sins?
8. What does 2 Corinthians 8:9 say of Jesus?
9. According to 1John 1:7-9, what cleanses us?
10. According to Acts 2:28, what should we do for the remission of our