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Number020701

Love Is the Foundation of All Obedience
Construction Zone 7: God's Law
Stage: 1

Question Answer
According to what Jesus taught, what are the two greatest commandments of all?

Loving God wholeheartedly and loving others unreservedly. Matthew 22:37b, 39b – "You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart.... You shall love your neighbor as yourself."

The Difference This Truth Makes
When we love God more than anything or anyone else, we will not have any problems obeying His commandments!
1. Do you love God?
2. Do you always choose the right thing?

Love for God motivates us to be and do right.

Kellogg’s Pop TartsTM have a slogan that goes like this, “It’s what’s inside that counts!” Jesus was teaching something like that when He commanded us to love God and others. We might look obedient on the outside, but God sees ours hearts.

In Matthew 22:37-40, Jesus narrows down all of God’s laws into only two:
1. Love God.
2. Love others.

Like the foundation of a building, these “love laws” are the “foundation” for all the others. If we keep them, we cannot help but keep the rest.

Number020702

The First Four Commandments
Construction Zone 7: God's Law
Stage: 2

Question Answer
What are the first four of the Ten Commandments in order as they are given in Exodus 20:3-8?


The Difference This Truth Makes
When you think of the Ten Commandments, you should think of Exodus 20 right away. That is the main place to find the Ten Commandments in the Bible.

Whenever the word “thou” is used, it means “you.” We should never think that the Ten Commandments are not meant for us right now. They are! God’s Law is as unchanging as God’s character.

Breaking God’s Law is a big deal because it is sin against a holy God. Going against God’s Law is the same as going against God.

ExtraContent
Talk About It: What can the second commandment teach us about God’s nature? What can the third commandment teach us about God's character?

Fast Fact: The Ten Commandments are often called the Decalogue, from the Greek word that means “ten words.”

Number020703

The Last Six Commandments
Construction Zone 7: God's Law
Stage: 3

Question Answer
What are the last six of the Ten Commandments in order as they are given in Exodus 20:12-17?

The Difference This Truth Makes
God’s Law is another way He reveals more to us about Himself. His Law shows us what kind of God He is. Would a good “god” command us to beat up people? How about if we had to serve a god who required that we be selfish and eat all the chocolate we want? How would you feel if your “god” commanded you to steal from other people? Would you have a very high opinion of that god’s character?

We can rejoice that God’s Law clearly shows us the spotless, perfect character of a loving and honorable God. God’s Law flows out of His holy, moral nature. We can love the Law because it shows us what it means to be perfect and reminds us Who the only truly perfect One is. The Law causes us to love God and to want to be more like His Son Jesus Christ.

Number020704

God Commands Us How To Act Toward Him
Construction Zone 7: God's Law
Stage: 4

Question Answer
What do the first four commandments teach you?

The first four commandments teach me what it means to love and serve God. Deuteronomy 6:5 – You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.

The Difference This Truth Makes
The first four commandments have to do with our relationship to God. God places these commandments first because He is the top priority! God teaches that when we give Him first place in our lives, everything else falls into place. When you have a right relationship with God, you will also grow in your right relationships with people.

Number020705

God Tells Us How To Act Toward Others
Construction Zone 7: God's Law
Stage: 5

Question Answer
What do the last six commandments teach you?

The last six commandments teach me what it means to love and serve my neighbor. Matthew 7:12a – "Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them."

The Difference This Truth Makes
God cares about how we treat other people. One reason He cares is that He created all humans in His own image. The way we treat others shows how we truly feel about God.

1 John 4:20 – If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?

No matter how we sin against another human being, ultimately we sin against God. There is no way to break God’s Law without sinning against God Himself.

Number020706

God’s Law Shows Us Our Need for Jesus
Construction Zone 7: God's Law
Stage: 6

Question Answer
Why did God give the Ten Commandments?

God gave the Ten Commandments to show us why we need Jesus Christ. Galatians 3:24a – Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ.

The Difference This Truth Makes
God’s Law shows His standard (what He expects, what will please Him) of perfection. In school, a student gets either “passing” grades or “failing” grades. A failing grade means the student’s work “missed the mark” that the teacher set for him. His work was not good enough, so it did not earn the teacher’s approval.

When it comes to living up to God’s Law, we have all received a failing grade. We all miss the mark. No one has obeyed God’s Law perfectly – no one except Christ. Since Christ has never missed the mark of God’s holiness, He has God’s approval. He is able to meet our deepest needs to be forgiven and accepted by God.

God takes no pleasure in anything that does not measure up perfectly to His Law. When we come face-to-face with God’s standard (His expectations), we always fall short. But, like a failing grade, the Law does point out our need for Christ. God’s Law does not give life, but it does guide to life.

Number020707

Jesus Christ Never Broke God’s Law
Construction Zone 7: God's Law
Stage: 7

Question Answer
Why is it so important that Jesus Christ obeyed the Ten Commandments perfectly?

Because Jesus Christ is God, His obedience was perfect; and His righteousness can be ours by grace through faith. Romans 5:19b – By one Man's obedience many will be made righteous.

The Difference This Truth Makes
If God’s standard is perfection, and we have miserably fallen short of that standard, then we are in big trouble! That is what God’s Law teaches us. But when we understand that Christ did measure up to God’s standard of perfection and that His perfect righteousness can be put on our accounts, we learn that we can be accepted by God – in Christ!

We can have Jesus’ righteousness only through faith in Him. This is why the Bible says: “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6).

Number020708

All of Us Have Broken God’s Law
Construction Zone 7: God's Law
Stage: 8

Question Answer
Can sinners get to heaven by trying really hard to obey all of the Ten Commandments?

No. Nobody but Jesus is good enough to get to heaven by keeping the Law perfectly. Romans 3:20a – Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight.

The Difference This Truth Makes
Some people think that if they try hard to obey God’s Law they will be accepted by Him. But we have all fallen short of God’s standard of perfect righteousness. Even if everyone tried to live perfectly starting today, they could never make up for the sins they have committed in the past. That is why no one will ever be declared righteous through the doing the works of the Law. It is impossible to be saved by “good” works.

We cannot become God’s children by obeying commandments. We need a heart change first. It is impossible to obey God without God. We need God. He gives the best help in obeying His Law.

Obeying the Ten Commandments is impossible without faith in Christ. God must change our heart to love Him. This heart change happens only through faith. (Deuteronomy 30:6; 2 Corinthians 5:17) When people come to God by faith, He changes their hearts to love Him.

When you become a Christian through faith in Christ, you are not under the Law anymore, but you still need to obey it. In fact, if you know Christ, He will change your heart so you will want to obey His Law even more. He saved us so we could obey the Law, not break it. (Romans 6:5)

The Law teaches lost people that they are sinful and in need of forgiveness. God’s Law drives people to see their need for Christ (Romans 3:19).

For a Christian, whole obedience to the Law is the goal – not just obeying on the outside, but obeying on the inside, too. Christ fulfilled the Law perfectly, and God saves us to become like Christ in our words, actions, and thoughts. When we obey the Law, we are being like Christ.

ExtraContent
Talk About It: What can the eighth commandment teach us about God’s character?

Fast Fact: God is merciful to thieves. We know this because the first person Christ saved through the cross was a thief (Luke 23:42-43).

Number020709

Obeying God’s Law Brings Joy!
Construction Zone 7: God's Law
Stage: 9

Question Answer
Does God give us the Law to make us miserable and keep us from being happy?

No. The Law is God's good gift to us. Deuteronomy 6:24a – And the LORD commanded us to observe all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always.

The Difference This Truth Makes
When the Bible speaks of the “fear of the Lord” as it does in Deuteronomy 6:24, it is talking about respectful trust that places God’s wishes above our own. When we truly fear the Lord, we will love what He loves and hate what He hates (sin).

Sin never brings good results. One of the reasons that fearing the Lord is so good for us is that it keeps us from sin. Having a fear of God causes us to see a clear difference: Obedience will bring joy and peace. Disobedience will cause pain and misery.

God wants what is best for you! Obedience to the Law is a good thing and brings us many benefits. Obedience brings blessing; disobedience
brings conflict.

ExtraContent
Talk About It: What can the tenth commandment teach us about God’s character?

What are some ways you can obey the tenth commandment?

How could you show love for one thing by actually hating another thing (example: hating violence against your neighbor shows love for them)?

Number020710

We Should Thank God for Giving Us His Law
Construction Zone 7: God's Law
Stage: 10

Question Answer
What should your attitude be like toward God because He has given the Law?

I should be thankful to God because His Law shows me Who He is and Who alone can save me. Psalm 119:111 – Your testimonies I have taken as a heritage forever, for they are the rejoicing of my heart.

The Difference This Truth Makes
Without God’s Law, we would not understand our need for God. All people are born with a sense of God’s Law. They can understand right and wrong. Because of this truth, nobody will have an excuse for not having faith in Christ. God, because He is a loving, gracious, merciful heavenly Father, has given us His Law to bring us to Christ. Thank God for the Law!

There are three reasons to be very thankful for God’s Law:
1. The Law points us to Christ.
2. The Law reveals the character of God.
3. The Law shows us how we can live our lives to glorify God.


Without God’s Law, we would not understand our need for God. if we thought that we could live perfectly without Christ, then we would not think we needed God. The Law helps people understand a little bit of how much they need God, and it helps them understand to the point where some call upon Christ to save them from their sin.

Number020801

Christ Is the Only Way To Have Our Sins Forgiven
Construction Zone 8: Jesus Christ
Stage: 1

Question Answer
Who is Jesus Christ?

Jesus Christ is the only Son of God and the only Savior of sinners. John 14:6a – Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life."

The Difference This Truth Makes
To understand God better, we can look at the Law – or we can look to the One Who perfectly obeyed the Law. We can look at prophecy – or we can look at the One Who perfectly fulfills prophecy. The main story of the whole Bible is the story of
Christ – the King, the Redeemer, the only Hope.

Jesus Christ reveals to us Who God is and what God is like.

John 1:18 – No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.

Colossians 1:15a – [Jesus] is the image of the invisible God.Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. He is the Truth because He declares to us Who God is. Christ is the Way because He is the bridge between God and man. And knowing Christ brings eternal Life. John 17:3 – “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”

Number020802

Jesus Is the Only Mediator Between God and Man
Construction Zone 8: Jesus Christ
Stage: 2

Question Answer
Who is the only Mediator between God and sinners, the only One able to bring us close to God?

Jesus Christ is the only Mediator between God and sinners. 1 Timothy 2:5 – For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.

The Difference This Truth Makes
A “covenant” is something like a promise, but it is even more serious than that. There is no way to get out of it. It is an agreement beyond all agreements! A covenant is a super-promise that begins a relationship that can never be changed.

A wedding vow is a covenant. So is an adoption. These are covenants that create relationships between people, and the relationships they create are forever. God always keeps His covenants, but human beings have never been able to keep covenants with God by themselves. They need a mediator.

A “mediator” is a go-between person or bridge between two people or groups of people. The mediator works to bring together the people and to take away any misunderstandings.
Mankind had failed God and sinned against Him, ruining the relationship between them. When we sin, we make ourselves the enemies of God. The only One able to bring us together is Christ. Adam could not do it. Moses could not do it. David could not do it. Mary, Jesus’ mother, could not do it.

Every other human has failed to meet the Law’s demands. ButChrist is both human and God. He obeyed perfectly, when no one else could. Christ was and still is the only perfect Mediator between God and man. Through faith in Christ, we can come to God and have a right relationship with Him because of our Mediator – the Bridge between God and us.

ExtraContent
Do you ever look forward to worshipping Jesus face-to-face someday? What do you imagine that day will be like when you see Christ Seeing It Clearly. C.S. Lewis taught that "A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic - on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg - or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God; or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”Awesome Quote: “There is no easy middle ground to stroll upon. You either accept Jesus or reject him." Sholem Asch

Number020803

Jesus Christ Has Always Been and Always Will Be God
Construction Zone 8: Jesus Christ
Stage: 3

Question Answer
Is Jesus Christ truly God?

Jesus Christ is truly God and always will be. Titus 2:13 – Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.

The Difference This Truth Makes
Jesus Christ is God. Jesus claimed to be God. He did things that only God can do. God Himself talks to Jesus as “God.”

The truth is, if Jesus were not totally God, then everyone would still be hopelessly lost in their sins. Nothing less than the blood of God would ever do for a sacrifice for sin.

Only blood can pay for sins, and only Someone Who is God could pay for all the sins that have been committed against God.

Salvation is from the Lord (Jonah 2:9), and the whole message of the Bible is that no human being, no creature, could ever save us.
Only God could provide a Redeemer, and only God could be that Redeemer.

Only God Himself could be the Mediator between God and man. Only Jesus Christ is able to bring us back to God and to reveal God to us rightly.

Number020804

Jesus Christ Is Totally Human
Construction Zone 8: Jesus Christ
Stage: 4

Question Answer
Is Jesus Christ truly human?

Jesus Christ became truly human in every way, except He never sinned. Galatians 4:4 – But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law.

The Difference This Truth Makes
The Bible says that Jesus was born of a woman (He had a human mom). He was human. Jesus felt love and anger: He had emotions like we do. Jesus felt hunger and and thirst. He had emotions and suffered pain. He fought against temptations to sin. He even died. Jesus is 100% God and 100% man.

Jesus showed to us what God is like better than anyone else could have.

Jesus Christ had to be a human in order to be able to take our place. Humans were sinners, so a human had to bear the penalty for their sins. Since He was really a man, Jesus can be our Representative. He obeyed for us where Adam failed for us.

Romans 5:19 – For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.

Number020805

Jesus Died an Awful Death To Pay for Our Sins
Construction Zone 8: Jesus Christ
Stage: 5

Question Answer
What kind of death did Christ die?

Christ died a painful, shameful, bloody death on a cross for sinners. Isaiah 53:5a – But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities.

The Difference This Truth Makes
The death of Christ on the cross is an event that should cause us to have mixed feelings. We should feel incredibly thankful that Christ paid the price for our sins. We should also feel incredibly sad that our sins caused Him such pain and shame.

Christ was our “Substitute.” That means He took our place so that we would not have to pay the penalty for our sins. By dying for us, He proved to us how good and loving He is.

Jesus died an awful death on the cross. The Bible teaches that “without the shedding of blood is no remission [forgiveness of sins]” (Hebrews 9:22). Jesus needed to die a painful, shameful, bloody death in order to pay for our sins.

Number020806

Jesus Christ Rose from the Dead
Construction Zone 8: Jesus Christ
Stage: 6

Question Answer
Did Jesus rise from the dead?

Yes! Jesus rose again and is alive today! Acts 1:3b – He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.

The Difference This Truth Makes
Jesus rose from His grave by His own power. Nobody has ever risen from the grave like Jesus did!

Because Jesus rose from the dead, He proved forever that He has the power to raise others from the dead. In fact, there is coming a time when God will resurrect everyone (bring them all to life again) [endash] either to be glorified for heaven, or to be sent to everlasting death in hell.

Jesus really was dead. The soldiers used a spear to make sure He was really dead. His friends and family buried Him and sealed His tomb. When they came to visit His grave later, it was open; and His body was gone!

Jesus really did come back to life. And He is still alive to this day.

Philippians 3:10-11 – That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.

If Christ had not risen, He would have been just like any other man. But Jesus showed the world that He is worthy to be worshipped as God. He got victory over sin and death as only God Himself could.

Number020807

Jesus Is in Heaven, But His Spirit Is with Us
Construction Zone 8: Jesus Christ
Stage: 7

Question Answer
What is Jesus Christ doing right now?

Jesus is at His Father's right hand, preparing a place for His people and praying for them. Luke 22:69 – "Hereafter the Son of Man will sit on the right hand of the power of God."

The Difference This Truth Makes
Jesus said, “I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father” (John 16:28). The Bible teaches that Christ went up to heaven. His feet left the ground, and He went up into the sky!

Luke 24:50-51 – And He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them. Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into heaven.

Christ is a real Person, and He went to a place called “heaven.” We should understand and believe that heaven is a place! If Christ is physically there, and not here – what is He doing right now?

1. He is ruling. 1 Peter 3:22 – Who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him.

2. He is preparing a place for His own. John 14:2 – “In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.”

3. He is praying. Hebrews 7:25 – Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession
for them.

Number020808

Jesus Christ Is More Powerful Than Sin
Construction Zone 8: Jesus Christ
Stage: 8

Question Answer
Why is it so important to believe Christ rose from the dead?

If Christ had not risen from the dead, sinners would have no hope for forgiveness or eternal life. 1 Corinthians 15:17 – And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!

The Difference This Truth Makes
If Christ had not risen from the dead, then that would mean that sin and death got victory over Him. But since Christ did beat sin and death by living sinlessly and by coming back to life, we can know that He has won the ultimate victory. The One Who wins over sin and death once will never need to beat it again. Death has already been defeated – once and for all.

Number020809

Jesus Loves People Very Much
Construction Zone 8: Jesus Christ
Stage: 9

Question Answer
Does Jesus love people?

Yes! Jesus laid down His life for people. Matthew 9:36a – But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them.

The Difference This Truth Makes
In His time on Earth, Jesus went around teaching, preaching, and healing. One reason Jesus healed people by miracles was to prove that He was the Son of God. But Jesus also looked at the people and felt kindness and pity for them because they had such great needs. The preaching and healing ministry of Jesus attracted very large crowds! Would you have gone to see Jesus if you had lived back then?

Jesus Christ is the perfect example of how a person ought to live. Through His life and words, He reveals Who God is – the absolute standard of perfection. We must follow Him.

The main way Christ is our example is in this kind of love. Christ selflessly served His Father and others. He gave Himself (see Ephesians 5:25) so that we might have life. True love always gives!

John 15:9 – “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.”

Number020810

Believers in Christ Will Be Thankful Forever
Construction Zone 8: Jesus Christ
Stage: 10

Question Answer
How should these truths about Jesus Christ affect you?

I should believe and be glad that the only perfect Savior laid down His life so that I could be right with God. Hebrews 13:15a – Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God.

The Difference This Truth Makes
When we truly believe in Christ, it affects everything about us – but one of the key things believing in Christ does is that it causes us to praise and thank God.

The Bible says we should offer praise to God continually. This means that God should be glorified (honored and praised) in the way we live our lives (especially by what we say about God and to God).

But praise to God does not end when we die. In heaven, we can praise God more perfectly and more beautifully than ever!

Revelation 19:5 – Then a voice came from the throne, saying, “Praise our God, all you His servants and those who fear Him, both small and great!”

Number020901

God’s Greatest Gift Is Salvation
Construction Zone 9: God's Gift - Salvation
Stage: 1

Question Answer
What is "salvation"?

Salvation is the everlasting life and forgiveness that God gives freely to sinners who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. Jonah 2:9b – Salvation is of the LORD.

The Difference This Truth Makes
Salvation is the best thing that could possibly happen to anyone! And it is a free gift of God. Ever since Jesus died on the cross, Satan has been telling lies and tricking people into thinking that there are good deeds they must do in order to deserve or earn salvation. But salvation is not earned; it is freely given by God.

Titus 3:5 – Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.

It is important to understand that salvation is totally God’s work, and we are only receivers (the ones who get to keep the gift). There is no good work that we can do to earn salvation. When God invites us to receive salvation by His grace through faith – we can each say “Yes, please!” and receive His wonderful gift.

Number020902

Salvation Comes Only through Faith in Christ
Construction Zone 9: God's Gift - Salvation
Stage: 2

Question Answer
In whom alone must we trust to forgive our sins and to make us fit for eternal life with God?

We must trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, and in Him alone. Acts 4:12a – Nor is there salvation in any other.

The Difference This Truth Makes
When the word “name” is used in Acts 4:12 it is talking about Jesus’ power and authority. There is no other power or authority Who can or will save us from sins.

Because we are sinners, we are in bondage to sin and the penalty of sin. (See 1 John 5:19.) Unless Someone powerful can rescue us, we are really helpless to escape sin or sin’s penalty. Without a strong enough Savior, we would stay in bondage, and we would suffer the pains of eternal death forever.

Jesus Christ came to rescue sinners! The payment for sin was paid by Christ, and it was received and accepted by the Father. Without Christ, the only future we could hope for would be an eternity in hell. But with Christ, we can hope for eternal LIFE!

Number020903

God Commands All of Us To Repent and Believe
Construction Zone 9: God's Gift - Salvation
Stage: 3

Question Answer
What must you do to be saved?

To be saved, I must (by grace, through faith) repent from my sins and believe that only Christ can make me clean. Mark 1:15b – "Repent, and believe in the gospel."

The Difference This Truth Makes
God wants you to be saved. In order to receive salvation, you must be “converted.” This means you must repent (change your attitude toward sin) and have faith (believe) in Christ.

God expects each person to respond to the Gospel with repentance and faith. If we do this, it is called “conversion.”

Acts 3:19 – Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.

Conversion is a one-time decision of turning from sin and turning to Christ in faith. In other words, it does not need to keep happening over and over again. Even though we will keep growing in faith, and even though we will need to keep on turning away from sin, conversion is that first turning from sin and to Christ in faith that He does the saving. Once you are saved, you are always saved, if you were truly saved.

Number020904

Faith Makes Us Sure of God’s Truth
Construction Zone 9: God's Gift - Salvation
Stage: 4

Question Answer
What is "faith"?

Faith is a gift of God that makes us able to trust Him and believe His Gospel. Ephesians 2:8 – For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.

The Difference This Truth Makes
The way we receive God’s gift of salvation is through faith. True faith humbles people because it causes them to see how badly they need Jesus Christ. If people think they deserve salvation, they do not have true faith.

True faith is what makes us sure that Jesus saves desperate and needy sinners because of His goodness – not because of theirs.

Salvation begins and ends with the grace of God. He is the One Who has first given us the Gospel and His Holy Spirit. Nobody deserves salvation! Nobody can earn it! Everything needed for salvation is a gift of God.

Number020905

God Wants Us To Turn Away from Sin
Construction Zone 9: God's Gift - Salvation
Stage: 5

Question Answer
What is "repentance"?

Repentance is a gift from God that makes sinners want to turn away from their sins and turn to Him. 1 Thessalonians 1:9b – You turned to God from idols.

The Difference This Truth Makes
Matthew 9:13b – [Jesus said] “I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”

In this verse, Jesus is telling the reason why He came into the world: To call sinners to repentance. We have already learned that we are definitely sinners. And we have also discovered that everything that Jesus does is important – especially if He is telling the reason why He came into the world!

Jesus calls sinners to repentance because, without Him, we go toward the things that displease Him greatly. Jesus wants us to turn His way and serve Him. True repentance is a total-turnaround of our attitude toward sin.

True repentance and faith always go together. You cannot have faith without repentance, and you cannot have repentance without faith. God hates sin, and anyone who truly repents will start to feel the same way God does about sin.

Number020906

The Gospel Is the Good News of Jesus Christ
Construction Zone 9: God's Gift - Salvation
Stage: 6

Question Answer
What is "the Gospel"?

The Gospel is the good news that Jesus Christ became a Man, lived a sinless life, died as a criminal, was buried in a tomb, and came to life again so that sinners could have a Way to God. 1 Corinthians 15:3b – Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures.

The Difference This Truth Makes
The word “gospel” literally means “good news”! The Christian Gospel is the best news ever, because God uses it to give new life to spiritually dead people (2 Corinthians 4:4).

The Gospel story is this: Jesus, Who is God, came to Earth as a human to live a sinless life, to die for our sins, and to rise again. Because He did, He is a Mediator between us and God. He can reconcile us to God (make us right with God). Our sins are counted against Him, and His righteousness can be put on us.

Colossians 2:13 – And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses.

Sin caused us to be born spiritually dead. We need life! Everyone needs to be “born again.” God gives us new life. This new birth is a miracle only God can do. It is a work of God that cannot be done by human effort.

Number020907

God Saves Us for His Glory
Construction Zone 9: God's Gift - Salvation
Stage: 7

Question Answer
Why does God save believing sinners from their sins?

God saves believing sinners because He wants great glory for Himself and great good for His people. Isaiah 43:25a – " I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake."

The Difference This Truth Makes
God is the only One Who can forgive us, because He is the One we have hurt and angered with our sins.

Why did God invent the Gospel in the first place? Why would the God Who created everything put so much work into making a way for sinners to escape their sins and the penalty of their sins?

You have already studied one reason! God’s goodness. God is so good! One of the main attributes of God’s goodness is His infinite, amazing love. No one loves like God loves. It is not humanly possible for us to love as much as God loves the world.

We cannot even understand how great God’s love is, so it may be even harder to imagine that God has an even greater reason for wanting to save us: His own glory! Think about it: God created us to glorify Him and to enjoy Him forever. When we sin, we all fall short of God’s glory. When Jesus Christ came to live and die and rise again, He did it out of love for His people – but ultimately, He did it so that God would receive the glory due to His name.

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Salvation Is Forever and Ever!
Construction Zone 9: God's Gift - Salvation
Stage: 8

Question Answer
Can anyone ever lose true salvation?

No. Salvation is a gift from God, Who never changes. Romans 11:29 – For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.

The Difference This Truth Makes
The reason we can be sure that God will never take back His wonderful gift of salvation is His unchanging character. God never changes and His promises are always going to be as reliable (trustworthy) as He is.

Many people wonder if they need to get saved over and over and over again. But if they have truly received salvation, it will last forever! Eternal life begins the moment of your conversion. If you are “born again,” you have eternal life – right now! – and you will forever. (That’s what “eternal” means: “forever.”)

People wonder whether they might be in danger of losing their salvation after they have been converted. They think perhaps they could do something that would cause God to take away His gift once He has given it. But God does not change His mind about our relationship with Him. He does not take back the eternal gifts He has freely given.

God’s purpose in saving people is an eternal purpose – not temporary! Salvation is God’s gift, God’s call, and God’s work. God cannot and will not fail or let us down. His salvation will never fail, either.

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God Accepts Believers in Christ
Construction Zone 9: God's Gift - Salvation
Stage: 9

Question Answer
How can God rightly call a sinner "righteous"?

If my faith is in Jesus, I am united with Him. His righteousness counts for me, and God will not hold my sins against me. Philippians 3:9b – Found in Him, not having my own righteousness.

The Difference This Truth Makes
There are three more AWESOME benefits (good things, extra gifts) that come with salvation. Without these good gifts, we could never be accepted by God. God accepts believers because they are in Christ.

1. Justification – The first benefit is called justification and it means to be “declared righteous.” When God saves us, He lets Christ’s righteousness count for us, like we have Christ’s perfect record. When God sees a believer, He does not see a filthy, sinful soul anymore – He sees Christ instead. He looks at us just as if we had never sinned, and we are accepted.

2. Adoption – Being justified goes along closely with another benefit, which is adoption. Adoption is the benefit of salvation that makes believers God’s “children” (Galatians 3:26). The Father lovingly cares for His children and protects them. Through adoption, believers are accepted as permanent members of God’s family.

3. Glorification – Since Christians are part of God’s family now, there is coming a day they there will be a “family reunion.” Believers will see Jesus Christ just as He is, and will go to live with Him forever. Jesus must change us in order to make us acceptable into heaven. This change is called glorification and is a third benefit of salvation. When we are glorified, we will have bodies like Jesus’ body. (Philippians 3:21). Glorified bodies are fit for heaven because they are perfectly free from sin, pain, and sickness.

Number020910

Everyone Needs Salvation
Construction Zone 9: God's Gift - Salvation
Stage: 10

Question Answer
Why do you need salvation?

I need salvation because, without it, I am a sinner, an enemy of God, born spiritually dead. John 11:25b – "He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live."

The Difference This Truth Makes
Those who have received God’s gift of salvation will be welcomed into heaven forever. But those who rejected Christ (said “no” to Him) will be punished forever.

Matthew 25:46 – “And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

All of us need to be “born again.” God provides everything you have to have in order to be saved. If you will turn from your sin and trust in Christ alone to save you – He will! God will give you His wonderful gift of salvation.

If you have already been saved, is there anyone you know who might need to hear the story of the Gospel? Sharing the good news with others is one way to praise God for saving you. You cannot ever pay Him back, and you do not need to try. But you can honor Him and live a life that glorifies His grace. If you are saved, live out these wonderful truths of the Gospel!

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God Created You for a Reason!
Construction Zone 10: God's Purpose for His Children
Stage: 1

Question Answer
What is God's main purpose for His children while they live on Earth?

God's main purpose for His children is that they would bring Him glory by growing to be more and more like His Son Jesus in they think, say, and do. Romans 8:29b – To be conformed to the image of His Son.

The Difference This Truth Makes

Romans 8:29 teaches us that God’s plan and goal for His people is that they should be conformed to (changed into) the image of His Son, Jesus Christ.


God’s reason for saving people is much bigger than just making sure they get into heaven someday. God’s children will be changed to become more like God’s Son. Salvation
begins a change that keeps going on, little by little, all our lives.

God begins working right away in a new believer. As soon as someone is born again, God starts working some deep and serious changes in that “newborn” soul to help him or her “grow up” into a Christlike person. It is impossible to become a “Christian” and not change to be more like Christ.

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God Changes His Children To Become Like Jesus
Construction Zone 10: God's Purpose for His Children
Stage: 2

Question Answer
What is "sanctification"?

Sanctification is the way God changes believers through His Word to become like Jesus. 2 Corinthians 3:18b – Being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

The Difference This Truth Makes
We can meet and know Jesus Christ through the Bible. When we open up the Bible and read about Christ, it is like looking into a mirror and seeing Him and all His glory. We cannot see Him face-to-face yet (that will happen in heaven), but we can see and know Him through the Bible. That is why the Bible is compared to a mirror. (See James 1:22-25.)

When the Bible says from “glory to glory,” that means we are being changed from one stage of glory to another. Like a building that is built one level at a time, becoming like Christ does not happen overnight! The changing begins when we are converted, but we will keep changing until we get to heaven.

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God Uses His Word and Spirit To Change Us
Construction Zone 10: God's Purpose for His Children
Stage: 3

Question Answer
What are two needed gifts that God provides so that we might be sanctified?

The Holy Spirit and His Word are two needed gifts that God provides so that we might be sanctified. John 17:17 – "Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth."

The Difference This Truth Makes
We must believe the truth! Unbelievers will be punished forever because of their unbelief. But those who do believe will be given salvation. One of the great benefits of (blessings that go along with) salvation is that God gives us just what we need in order to become more like Jesus.

If a family adopts a child, that boy or girl will get to enjoy “benefits” that come with a place in that family. A “benefit” is a good thing that goes along with a new situation. For example, an adopted child might enjoy a bedroom, food on the table, bedtime stories, baseball games, holiday celebrations,
hugs from Mom and Dad, and the opportunity to be in a good church – good things that any other member of a family might enjoy.

With salvation and a new position (situation or place) in Christ, believers get extra blessings like justification, adoption, and glorification (see Zone 9, Stage 9). God also gives His Word to reveal (show) how He wants us to live. He gives His Holy Spirit to help us understand and obey the Word.

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Growing in Love, Holiness, and Good Works
Construction Zone 10: God's Purpose for His Children
Stage: 4

Question Answer
Day by day, as you change to resemble Christ Jesus more and more, what will God and others begin to see in your life?

Day by day, as I change to resemble Christ Jesus, God and others will begin to see more holiness, more love toward them, and more good works in my life. Ephesians 2:10a – For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works.

The Difference This Truth Makes
Part of becoming like Jesus Christ is God’s working in us a desire to become more like Christ. Non-Christians have no true desire to become more and more like Jesus Christ. They are dead in their sins, and they live their lives for themselves.
But God changes believers’ hearts and helps them want to be like Christ. Becoming like Christ includes these three things:

1. Being holy in heart and mind
2. Loving God and others
3. Doing good works

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God’s Children Should Say “No” to Sin
Construction Zone 10: God's Purpose for His Children
Stage: 5

Question Answer
What does it mean to 'be holy in heart and mind'?

To be holy in heart and mind means to devote my whole self to loving God and hating sin. 1 Peter 1:15b – He who called you is holy.

The Difference This Truth Makes
Children are like their parents. They “inherit” (get from their parents) things that reflect the image of their parents. Maybe people have told you that “you have your dad’s blue eyes.” Or maybe “you talk just like your mom.” Parents can be “seen” somehow in their children. God is holy, and He is our Father. His children should bear the “family resemblance” – they should be holy, like their Father is holy.

To be holy means to be completely separate (set apart) from sin. God works in Christians to set them apart from their sinful selves and from the sinful world.

It is every Christian’s responsibility (job, duty) to live a holy life. Since believers are “in Christ,” they have also been given the ability and privilege to live holy lives! God commands us to be holy. He has provided everything we need in order to be holy. With gifts like these, God shows us every day that He is both holy and good.

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God’s Children Should Live Loving Lives
Construction Zone 10: God's Purpose for His Children
Stage: 6

Question Answer
What does it mean to 'love God and others'?

To love God and others means to treat them with real care, humility, and loyal kindness. Philippians 2:3b – In lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.

The Difference This Truth Makes
When God is working to make us more holy and more like Christ, He to love what He loves. We love Him. We love others. We love good works. We love holiness. We love everything that Jesus loves!

The opposite of love is selfishness. True love gives selflessly to God and others. Jesus Christ was the ultimate example of love. He lived His life selflessly – serving His Father and helping others. He gave His life on the cross, proving that He loved His Father and us more than Himself.

John 15:13 – “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”

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God’s Children Should Do Good Works
Construction Zone 10: God's Purpose for His Children
Stage: 7

Question Answer
What does it mean to 'do good works'?

To do good works means to live for God's glory by loving, obeying, and by doing things that only God's children could do with God's help. Colossians 1:10a – That you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work.

The Difference This Truth Makes
Being holy and loving are good works. But there are more good works that we can do to please God.

For example, one good work that can be done right after you become a Christian is to be baptized like Christ was. A baptism shows publicly that you want your life to be identified with (to remind people of) the Gospel of Christ.

Another good work that God commands Christians to do is to remember Christ’s sacrifice at Calvary. This practice is called “the Lord’s Supper,” or sometimes it is called “Communion.” The food and drink used in this event is symbolic of Christ’s body and His blood. The Lord’s Supper is a time for us to remember the price Jesus paid to save us. It is also a time to remember
what it means to be in fellowship with Him and His church.

There are many other good works besides these! In fact, Jesus Himself did so many good works, people could not have recorded them all! John 21:25 – And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen.

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Knowing Christ through Faith Is Very Important
Construction Zone 10: God's Purpose for His Children
Stage: 8

Question Answer
How does God change and sanctify His children to make them more holy and more like Christ?

God works through His Spirit and His Word to change and sanctify His children from the inside out by showing and teaching them more of Christ. 2 Peter 1:3a – As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness.

The Difference This Truth Makes
You have learned that God has provided us with all we need to become more and more like Christ. But do you ever feel like you try and try to be good, and you just can’t? The power we need to live a holy life comes through the knowledge of God. Knowing Christ is what changes us to be more like Him. We could look at it this way: the more we know Him, the more we will be like Him. The less we know Him, the less we will be like Him.

God wants us to know Him. Knowing God involves knowing facts about Him, but it also means a much deeper knowledge that just facts about God. You should have a personal relationship with Him, talking with Him, spending time with Him, growing closer to Him. We get to know God through faith, learning about Him through His Word and trusting and obeying Him with the Spirit’s help. That is the difference between knowing about God, and knowing God.

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Knowing Jesus Brings Joy
Construction Zone 10: God's Purpose for His Children
Stage: 9

Question Answer
What should be a Christian's joyful goal in sanctification?

A Christian's joyful goal in sanctification should be to understand and know the LORD. Jeremiah 9:24a – "But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me."

The Difference This Truth Makes
If you know the Lord, then you have all you really need to be the happiest, most content person in the world. If you are an unhappy Christian, then you are probably believing wrong things. If you do not think that knowing Christ gives joy, then you are believing wrong things about the Christ of the Bible.

If you are a believer, your hope and happiness are all wrapped up in Christ! No one else is as great and good as He is. No one else could ever meet your needs and answer your prayers and be your help and keep you safe and make you happy like Jesus can.

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God Is Worthy of All Our Trust and Love
Construction Zone 10: God's Purpose for His Children
Stage 10

Question Answer
What should be your attitude toward God's Word and the Holy Spirit?

I should set my heart to trust and obey God's Word and the Holy Spirit. I should love learning Truth from them!

The Difference This Truth Makes
God has given us His Word so that we may know Him through Christ and grow up to become like Christ. It is only by God’s Word that we can be saved and changed.

In 2 Timothy 3:17, the Bible says that the man of God should be “complete.” A building can not stand without a foundation and framework. And a person can never be really whole or complete if he does not know Jesus Christ.

It is through the Bible that we can be equipped with the tools, direction, and strength we need to do good works. The Bible gives us instructions for living to please God. Best of all, the Bible shows us a perfect Christ!

What a great Savior we have in Christ! He has done so much, and He is so worth our love and trust. There is no one better for us to want to know, no one better for us to want to be like.

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God Has Always Known the Things He Would Do
Construction Zone 11: God's Work - Past and Present
Stage: 1

Question Answer
When did God decide all the things He would do?

Even before God created the world, He decided all the things He would do. Isaiah 46:10b – "My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure."

The Difference This Truth Makes
God has always known the things He would do. He works within Creation to make sure His plans get carried out. Bible teachers use the word providence to describe God’s skillful work within Creation to bring about all His plans and purposes.

God has declared the end from the beginning. In other words, God decides the beginning, middle, and end of everything – for all time. Time is in His hands.

God has proven He can tell the future. Hundreds of His prophecies have been fulfilled (come true). But God not only tells the future; God also directs the future. The Bible says that He will do all His pleasure. This simply means that God will do whatever He pleases. Since we know what God is like (He is very great and always good), we can trust that what pleases Him is always right and best for His glory and for our good.

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God Upholds His Creation
Construction Zone 11: God's Work - Past and Present
Stage: 2

Question Answer
Who sustains and upholds all things?

Jesus sustains and upholds all things by His power. Hebrews 1:3b – Upholding all things by the word of His power.

The Difference This Truth Makes
God created the world by His power. Now God keeps the world going by His power. God is upholding the world (including you) even as you read this sentence! That means He is holding it all together and carrying it along according to His plans.

The Bible teaches that God is holding everything together “by the word of His power.” God’s powerful Word created everything, and God’s powerful Word upholds everything. Jesus Christ, the living Word, holds everything together.

It is amazing to think that the One Who created the world by speaking, and the One Who upholds the world right now, humbled Himself and purged (took away) our sins on the cross.

Number021103

God Controls All Creation
Construction Zone 11: God's Work - Past and Present
Stage: 3

Question Answer
Is the LORD always in control of all things?

Yes. The LORD is always in control of all things. Psalm 103:19b – His kingdom rules over all.

The Difference This Truth Makes
A king has complete rule over all of his kingdom. The Lord is a King too. He is the King of kings. God’s kingdom is so big that the Bible says He rules over all.

God works in ways far beyond our understanding to make His good plans happen. He works in things, He works through things, and He works with things. God even uses people who rebel (turn against Him), and He works with the things that go against His plans – somehow He always carries out His perfect will.

Someone might think proud thoughts like: “God can’t stop me from doing this or that.” But the truth is, He can. And no matter what you do, God’s plans stand solid. You cannot mess up God’s plans! But you can submit yourself to God and His plans so that your life is joyful and meaningful.

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God Hates Sin
Construction Zone 11: God's Work - Past and Present
Stage: 4

Question Answer
If the LORD is in control of all things, but He still lets sin go on, does that mean He thinks some sin is okay sometimes?

No. Sin is never okay in the eyes of the LORD. Psalm 92:15b – There is no unrighteousness in Him.

The Difference This Truth Makes
Sometimes God keeps people from sin. (Genesis 20:6) Other times He allows them to do what they want, even if it is wicked. (Romans 1) But He is never guilty of causing or committing sin.

God hates sin. He will not overlook any sin. Someone might think that he has an excuse for his sin, since God is the One in control
of all things. But someone like that has the wrong idea! If there is anyone to blame for our sin – it is ourselves!

All of God’s eternal plans are righteous and holy. Although God has the awesome ability to work around our mistakes and our disobedience and yet still get done what He wants to do, He is never pleased by sin. And He will never come even close to being guilty of sin Himself.

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God Showed His Glory through the Nation of Israel
Construction Zone 11: God's Work - Past and Present
Stage: 5

Question Answer
What was the main way God showed His grace and glory during the Old Testament days?

In Old Testament times, God showed His grace and glory by taking special care of His chosen people, the Jews. Jeremiah 13:11b – "That they may become My people, for renown, for praise, and for glory."

The Difference This Truth Makes
Since God is an invisible Spirit, He has chosen to show His greatness and goodness through a special group of people. In the Old Testament, He chose a group of people called the “Israelites,” (or the “Jews,” as they are known today).

Israel was above all the nations of the earth. Israel was God’s special, chosen nation. God wanted to show His awesome power and kindness in and through these people.

Number021106

God Shows His Glory through the Church
Construction Zone 11: God's Work - Past and Present
Stage: 6

Question Answer
What is the main way God has been showing His grace and glory during New Testament times and up until now?

During New Testament times and up until now, God has been showing His grace and glory by taking special care of His redeemed people,the Church. 1 Peter 2:9b – That you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

The Difference This Truth Makes
The Israelites did not obey God perfectly. The Bible says they turned away from Him, disobeyed Him, and made Him angry. God kept being gracious to them (and still is to this day). But they failed to meet their responsibility before God. Today, God has chosen a new group of people to be His people. But these people are not a nation or a race. God is calling out people from every tribe and every nation to be a part of the Church.

In the New Testament, the word for “church” means a group of people who are “called out” or “belonging to the Lord.” The Church is not a building. The Church is God’s group of people that He has called out of the world, and they belong to the Lord. Believers are the adopted family of God, the body of Christ, and the temple of the Holy Spirit. The Church is made up of all true believers. God glorifies Himself by being kind to them and by changing them to be more like Jesus Christ.

Number021107

God Invented the Family
Construction Zone 11: God's Work - Past and Present
Stage: 8

Question Answer
What is "the family"?

The family was designed by God to be a husband, a wife, and any children God may give them. Adam and Eve and their children were the first family put together by God.

The Difference This Truth Makes
God designed the family to reflect the love among the three Persons of the Trinity. The husband’s love for his wife is a living picture of Christ’s love for the Church (see Ephesians 5:25). God wants so much great unity between the husband and the wife that the two become one. They should be one in purpose and mind.
For this reason, Christians should marry only other Christians.

In God’s eyes, no one person in a family is better than another. However, every member of the family has a different role. Husbands are to obey the Lord and then to know and love and lead their families. Wives are to respect and submit to their husbands. The children are to respect and obey both parents. Everyone in the family should put themselves under authority in one way or another. Even the husband, who is the highest authority in the family unit, must place himself under God, Who is the ultimate highest Authority.

Number021108

God Invented the Church
Construction Zone 11: God's Work - Past and Present
Stage: 8

Question Answer
What is "a church"?

A church is a group of believers who meet together to worship because they love Jesus Christ and one another. Psalm 111:1 – Praise the LORD! I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright and in the congregation.

The Difference This Truth Makes
As we learned in Stage #6, the New Testament word for “church” means a group of people that is “called out” or that “belongs to the Lord.” The Church is God’s called-out group of people. He has called out of the world and they belong specially to Him. In the Church, true believers are the adopted family
of God, the Body of Christ, and the temple of the Holy Spirit.

Your mom and dad and brothers and sisters are part of your physical family, but the Church is a spiritual family. If you are a believer, you are part of a worldwide family of believers, but you are also ought to be part of a local body of believers.

On one hand, the “Church” means all believers in Christ in all times and places. Many Christians use the phrase “Invisible Church” to help explain this Church. God sees this Invisible Church, because He has the ability to see everyone who has ever lived and ever will live.

But the word “church” also means a group of believers in one particular place (like a town). We call these kinds of churches local churches.

Number021109

God Invented Government
Construction Zone 11: God's Work - Past and Present
Stage: 9

Question Answer
What is "government"?

Government is the leadership of cities or countries. Leaders get their positions, power, and authority from God. Romans 13:1b – Authorities that exist are appointed by God.

The Difference This Truth Makes
God sets up the rulers of this world to carry out His will. God controls the hearts of even the greatest rulers. (See Proverbs 21:1.) Government is God’s idea!

In Romans 13:1, God teaches us the incredible truth that He is the One Who sets up and takes down rulers. God also tells us that He has given these people the authority they have to govern.

God has set up the rulers of this world according to His plans. We can be sure that all the government leaders were placed in their positions by God. We may not understand His choices, especially if the ruler or his rules turn out to be evil, but we can trust God and submit to God.

Psalm 75:7 – But God is the Judge: He puts down one, and exalts another.

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God Works All Things Together for Good
Construction Zone 11: God's Work - Past and Present
Stage: 10

Question Answer
How does God show His providence specially for the sake of His children?

God works all things together for the good of His children and the glory of His name. Romans 8:28b – All things work together for good to those who love God.

The Difference This Truth Makes
God’s plans are all about God, not about you. You are only a tiny part of God’s plans – but what a privilege to be even a part! You should submit to God’s plans as more important than yours. You could go against His will; but if you make your own plan without God, you will be sorry.

It is foolish to try to “do your own thing.” God’s plans are better! God’s promises are better! Living for God will not make you sorry. In Romans 8:28, the word “good” has the idea of bringing us the best results. If we look at the next verse (29), we discover that the best result of anything that happens would be if it helped us to become more like Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ is good because He is God. He shows us what “good” really is! Becoming like Him is good! God promises to change us to be more and more like His Son, both now and forever. That is a goal worth living for! And it’s also a goal worth dying for.

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There Is a Real Heaven and a Real Hell
Construction Zone 12: God's Plan for the Future
Stage: 1

Question Answer
At the moment a person's body dies, where does his soul go?

At death, a believer's soul goes into the presence of the Lord, but an unbeliever's soul goes to hell.

The Difference This Truth Makes
When a person dies, his soul goes out of his body. His body might be put in a grave for a while, but his soul goes somewhere else immediately. When the soul leaves the body, that is physical death. But that soul is eternal (forever) and will go on living. It will still be able to think and feel.

The Apostle Paul was sure that for him to be absent from his body was to be “present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8). If you know a Christian who has died, his or her body might be in the grave, but you can be sure the soul itself is with the Lord.

But the souls of unbelieving people do not go to God when they die. Instead of going to heaven, their souls go immediately to a place called hell.

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Jesus Christ Is Coming Again Someday!
Construction Zone 12: God's Plan for the Future
Stage: 2

Question Answer
What is meant by the phrases 'the Second Coming' and 'the Day of the Lord'?

These are ways of talking about the time when Jesus Christ will come back and judge the world. Acts 17:31b – He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness.

The Difference This Truth Makes
Jesus has beaten sin and death. He rose from the grave, and He alone is worthy to judge everyone else.

The Bible says Jesus is coming back in the twinkling of an eye. That means it will be very fast; and no one will know when it will happen, until it really happens! Jesus is coming back, and He will judge the world. Are you ready for His return?

Remember, we cannot be found righteous without Jesus Christ. Jesus is the only Man Who never sinned. When we trust in Him, His righteousness counts for us, too.

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All Will Be Raised from the Dead To Be Judged
Construction Zone 12: God's Plan for the Future
Stage: 3

Question Answer
Will our bodies ever come back to life once we have died?

Yes. One day, Jesus Christ will raise up everyone's bodies again, either for eternal life or eternal death. John 5:28b – All who are in the graves will hear His voice.

The Difference This Truth Makes
God is going to raise all the dead people back to life someday. Some of those raised to life will be punished with everlasting death in hell. Some will receive everlasting life in heaven.

But what about people who are still alive when Jesus comes back? Not all of God’s children’s bodies will be in their graves when Christ returns. Some will be alive! The Bible teaches that God will first raise those who are dead, and then those who are alive will go up into the air to be with Him forever.

1 Thessalonians 4:17 – Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.

What happens when you meet the Lord depends upon how you have prepared your soul before the Lord comes back. Are you “righteous” because you trust in Christ? Or have you said “no” to Christ? Thos who turn from Him and die in their sins will be given back their bodies, but they will be sent to hell for everlasting punishment.

Number021204

Jesus Will Judge Everyone When He Comes
Construction Zone 12: God's Plan for the Future
Stage: 4

Question Answer
What will happen when the Lord Jesus Christ returns to Earth?

When the Lord Jesus Christ returns to Earth, He will judge everyone, both the living and the dead. 2 Timothy 4:1a – I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom.

The Difference This Truth Makes
When Christ returns (comes again), He will judge all people from every nation and every time. Even though all people will stand before Christ, there are two different judgments. When Christ judges believers, that is called the “Judgment Seat of Christ.” When Christ judges unbelievers, that happens at the “Great White Throne Judgment.”

In the next two stages, you will learn the differences between these two judgments.

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We Will All Stand Before Christ
Construction Zone 12: God's Plan for the Future
Stage: 5

Question Answer
On the day of resurrection and judgment, how will Christ judge believers, those sinners who trusted Him for salvation?

Because believers are saved sinners, Christ will not judge their souls, but He will judge their works. 2 Corinthians 5:10a – For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ.

The Difference This Truth Makes
Believers will stand before “the Judgment Seat of Christ.” The works of the believers are divided into two kinds: 1. works that survive or 2. works that burn.

When we stand before Christ, it will be a time of revealing (uncovering, showing). Christ will reveal the number of works (how many we do). Christ will reveal the worth of our works (how good they are). And Christ will reveal the motives behind our works (whether we did them out of love for self or for Him). If a work is bad, it is forgotten.

If a work is good, we receive a reward that glorifies God.
This judgment does not decide whether we will enter heaven. If you are a believer, God has already declared you “righteous” the moment you were “born again” by faith in Christ. When we stand before Christ, we stand by faith in Him. His righteousness counts for us, too, and we are accepted by God.

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Jesus Will Judge the Lost by His Word
Construction Zone 12: God's Plan for the Future
Stage: 6

Question Answer
On the day of resurrection and judgment, how will Christ judge unbelievers, those sinners who rejected Him as Lord and King?

Christ will judge unbelievers by the power of His Word. John 12:48b – "The word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day."

The Difference This Truth Makes
God judges unbelievers by whether or not they obeyed His Law perfectly. So, no one is found righteous. God will judge their works, and He will have to declare them “guilty.” Their souls and bodies will spend eternity in hell, because they failed to repent and believe in Christ. That is also why unbelievers are sometimes called “the lost.”

Believers, on the other hand, stand before God with the righteousness of Christ which is by faith. The Great White Throne Judgment is the place of final judgment against all those who die in their sins. God will judge lost unbelievers by His Word. He will measure their lives up against His Law – and He will judge them by their works. Everyone at this judgment is declared guilty and unrighteous.

Just like human judges who judge people according to written
laws, Jesus Christ will use the written Word to judge unbelievers.
Someone might say about the Law of God’s Word: “I didn’t know about that!” But God has written His Law on every person’s heart. At the Great White Throne, nobody will have a good excuse for turning down salvation in Christ.

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God’s Children Have a Faith that Lasts
Construction Zone 12: God's Plan for the Future
Stage: 7

Question Answer
Will true believers really be able to hold on to their faith until the end of time?

Yes. True believers really will be able to hold on to their faith because it comes from God and not from them. John 10:28 – "And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand."

The Difference This Truth Makes
Eternal life is life that lasts forever. Jesus says that He gives eternal life now, not just that He will give it in the future. Eternal life is something all Christians have, right now! Even though our physical bodies will die someday, our souls have the promise of eternal life.

Eternal life is not just about how long a life it is. It is also about how good a life it is. We can enjoy right things right now. We can live how Jesus Christ lived. Eternal life does not only begin when we die. Eternal life begins the moment God gives us the faith to believe in Jesus Christ.

For God’s children, John 10:28 has some of the most comforting words in the whole Bible. They teach that Christ’s sheep (believers) are held close to Him by His awesome power. Christ’s sheep stay Christ’s sheep forever by the power of God.

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Nobody Knows When Jesus Is Coming Again
Construction Zone 12: God's Plan for the Future
Stage: 8

Question Answer
When will Jesus Christ come back in glory to judge the living and the dead?

No one knows when Jesus Christ will come back, but we do know we must be ready. Mark 13:35a – "Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming."

The Difference This Truth Makes
Nobody knows when Christ will come back; but in the Bible, Jesus commands His children to watch for His return. This does not mean we should stand all day long staring up into the sky. It does mean that we should be the kind of servants who would not be ashamed if our Master returned right now. We should be ready and waiting.

Mark 13:35 speaks of Christ as the Owner of a house. We know that all of Creation belongs to Jesus – He owns it. In Bible times, the owner of a house might go away and leave all his belongings in the care of a trusted servant. When the house owner returned he would want a report from the servant. After the report, the house owner would be happy, disappointed, or angry – depending on how the servant took care of the things he left behind. Jesus will be very happy with those who faithfully served Him, and He will give them rewards. Jesus will be disappointed with those Christians who lived a selfish life, but He will still save them. Jesus will be angry at the wicked who said “no” to Him. Jesus is coming back! What will be His attitude toward you?

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God’s Children Will Praise Him Forever
Construction Zone 12: God's Plan for the Future
Stage: 9

Question Answer
What is God's ultimate plan for the rest of eternity?

God's ultimate plan is to have all His people together, glorifying and enjoying Him for the rest of eternity. Ephesians 3:21 – To Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

The Difference This Truth Makes
Since God is everywhere at the same time, we cannot say that heaven is the only place God lives. But heaven is the place where the Trinity dwells more specially than anywhere else. And the most wonderful part of heaven is that Jesus Himself will be there – physically and visibly. Jesus is the best part about heaven!

We will see Christ. We will bow down and worship Him. We will praise Him and serve Him forever and ever. We will not need faith anymore because we will be there and He will be there. We will not need to repent of anything anymore because Jesus will make us perfect, once and for all!

Heaven is a wonderful place filled with joy. We cannot possibly imagine it right now. We will be so happy in serving and knowing God there that the simple joys of Earth will probably be hard to remember at all. If you do not think God can make you happier than you have ever been, then why would you want to go to heaven forever? God can make you happy now, and God will make you happy then.

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Be Ready for Christ To Come Back at Any Time
Construction Zone 12: God's Plan for the Future
Stage: 10

Question Answer
How should your heart respond to learning these biblical truths about the future?

My heart should desire to be with God as soon as possible, but also to live a holy, joyful life before Him during the time He wants me here. 1 Thessalonians 5:6 – Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.

The Difference This Truth Makes
The last two verses in the Bible go like this:
Revelation 22:20-21 –
He [Christ] who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. This is the end of all the Bible’s teaching: Christ is coming, and we ought to wait for Him and be ready.

The truth that Christ is coming again makes us sure that all the world – all of history, every person who has ever lived or ever will live – exists for God’s plans and purposes. It is all about God.

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The Greatest Commandment Is Love
Adventure 7: God's Law
Mission: 1

Question Answer
According to what Jesus taught, what are the two greatest commandments of all?

Jesus taught that loving God wholeheartedly and loving others unreservedly are the two greatest commandments. Matthew 22:37b-40 – "You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets."

The Difference This Truth Makes
Kellogg’s Pop TartsTM have a slogan that goes like this: “It’s what’s inside that counts!” Basically, this is what Jesus was teaching when He commanded us to love God and others: It’s what’s inside that counts.

In Matthew 22:37-40, Jesus sums up all of God’s laws into two rules:

• Love God
Love others

All other rules depend upon these two. These are the foundational laws on which all other ones are built. Jesus showed that the fulfillment of all other laws is based primarily on relationship. If there is no love, then it is impossible to obey any command!

Love is primarily a heart attitude, not an action. Love results in action. In the Bible, there are two main types of love.

Phileo (fill-EH-oh) – to have a strong affection
and to enjoy. This kind of love says: “I want to do whatever I can to please this person.”

Agape (ah-GAH-pay) – choosing to value highly, even above life itself. This kind of love says: “I choose to put this person above everything else – no matter what!”

When we are truly loving God, we will not sin. God’s love for us and our love for Him makes us so happy in Him that there is no urge to sin. When we truly love someone,
we hate to do anything that might displease him or her. If you have love for God, you hate anything that might offend Him or that might reflect poorly upon His character. (See Romans 12:9; Job 1:8.)

1 Peter 1:8 – Whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible
and full of glory.

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The First Four Commandments
Adventure 7: God's Law
Mission: 2

Question Answer
What are the first four of the Ten Commandments in order as they are given in Exodus 20:3-8?

The Difference This Truth Makes
Whenever we break God’s Law, we attack some aspect of Who He is. When we are mean to a neighbor, we attack God’s attributes of love and mercy. When we trust in something besides God to bring us lasting joy, we attack His unique position as the one true Creator. When we lie, we attack God’s absolute truthfulness. The awfulness of breaking God’s Law is that, whenever we break it, we launch a personal attack against Him.

Breaking God’s Law is a big deal because it is sin. Sin is violating (breaking, going against) God’s Law. And violating God’s Law is violating God’s character. Violating God’s character is going against God Himself. Romans 6:16 – Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?

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The Last Six Commandments
Adventure 7: God's Law
Mission: 3

Question Answer
What are the last six of the Ten Commandments in order as they are given in Exodus 20:12-17?

The Difference This Truth Makes
God’s Law reveals more and more about Who God is. What would it say about a god that told us to go and beat up people that we do not like? How about if that god commanded us to selfishly eat all the chocolate we wanted? Worse yet, how would you feel if that god commanded you to steal from other people in order to satisfy your own desires? What would your opinion of that god be like?

We can be thankful that God’s Law clearly shows us His loving, gracious, perfect, spotless character. God’s Law flows from His holy moral nature – so we can love the Law because it clearly shows what it means to be perfect – and it shows us Who the only Perfect One is.

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The First Four: Our Relationship with God
Adventure 7: God's Law
Mission: 4

Question Answer
What do the first four commandments teach you?

The first four commandments teach me what it means to love and serve God wholeheartedly. Deuteronomy 6:5 – You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.

The Difference This Truth Makes
The first four of the Ten Commandments are commands that mainly concern how we relate to God. The last six, which help us relate to people, will come naturally if we are right with God. These first four commands are priority #1!

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The Last Six: Our Relationship with Others
Adventure 7: God's Law
Mission: 5

Question Answer
What do the last six commandments teach you?

The last six commandments teach me what it means to love and serve my neighbor unreservedly. Matthew 7:12 – "Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets."

The Difference This Truth Makes
God is concerned with how we treat other people. One reason for His concern is that all human life is created in God’s image.
The way we treat others indicates how we truly feel about God.
1 John 4:20 – If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother [in Christ], he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?

Just because the last six commandments are primarily about our relationship with other people, that does not mean that our relationship with God is not affected. In fact, no matter how we might sin against another human being – ultimately we sin against God. Even David, after breaking several of God’s commandments (particularly #6 and #7) said: “Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest” (Psalm 51:4).

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God’s Law Shows Us Our Need for Christ
Adventure 7: God's Law
Mission: 6

Question Answer
Why did God give the Ten Commandments?

In love, God gave the Ten Commandments to show all of us that we are sinners who desperately need Jesus Christ's righteousness and forgiveness. Galatians 3:24 – Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

The Difference This Truth Makes
God’s Law shows His standard – and His standard is perfection. God can take no pleasure in anything that does not fully measure up to His moral Law. Thankfully, when we come face-to-face with God’s standard, it points us to our need for Christ.

Someday, you will learn to drive a car! That will be exciting. But before you can get your license, you will need an instructor.
This driving instructor will teach you the rules of the road and show you how to drive without hurting yourself or others. He will show you what it means to drive legally. Finally, one day you will get your license, and you will not need your instructor
anymore – yippee!

But you will still obey all the rules he taught you, right? Just because your instructor is not sitting with you all the time does not mean you are free to do anything you want with your car. You must still obey the rules of the road. Just because you have a driver’s license does not mean you can do anything you want!

The Law of God instructs you like that driving instructor. The instructor shows you that you need a license, and he shows you what you must do in order to receive a license. The Law shows you that you have a great need for forgiveness, and it points you to Jesus Christ – the only One Who can provide forgiveness.

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Jesus Christ Obeyed All of God’s Law Perfectly
Adventure 7: God's Law
Mission: 7

Question Answer
Why is it so important that Jesus Christ obeyed the Ten Commandments perfectly?

Because Jesus Christ is God, His obedience was perfect; and His righteousness can be ours by grace through faith. He alone can make us fit for heaven. Romans 5:19 – For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man's obedience many will be made righteous.

The Difference This Truth Makes
Jesus Christ obeyed the Law – all of it – perfectly. He is the perfect revelation of Who God is, because He perfectly demonstrated obedience to God’s Law.

Matthew 5:17-19 – “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

If God’s standard is perfection, and we have miserably fallen short of that standard, then we are in big trouble! That is what God’s Law teaches us. When we understand that Christ did measure up to God’s standard of perfection – and that He will give us His perfection so that we might be accepted by God – we see we can trust in Jesus as the only able Redeemer.

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It Is Impossible To Get to Heaven by Obeying God’s Law
Adventure 7: God's Law
Mission: 8

Question Answer
Can sinners get to heaven by trying really hard to obey all of the Ten Commandments?

No. Nobody but Jesus is good enough to get to heaven by keeping the Law perfectly. Romans 3:20 – Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

The Difference This Truth Makes
We cannot become God’s children by performing all the commandments because, in order to do so, we would need a heart change first – and we cannot change our hearts on our own. It is impossible to obey God without God. We need God. He is the first and last stop in any attempt to obey His Law.

Obeying the Ten Commandments is impossible without faith in Christ. God must change our hearts to love Him. This only happens through faith (Deuteronomy 30:6; 2 Corinthians 5:17). When someone comes to God by faith, He changes his heart to love Him.

When you become a Christian through faith in Christ, you are not under the Law anymore, but you still need to obey it. Just because you have Jesus as your Lord and Savior, it does not mean you can behave any way you want. In fact, if you know Christ, He will change your heart to desire to obey His Law perfectly. He saved us so we could obey the Law, not break it (Romans 6:15).

We must always remember that Jesus valued internal obedience (loving God and others) as more important that only outward conformity. This is one of the reasons Jesus so hated the false teachings of the Pharisees. They kept the Law for the Law’s sake. They worshipped the Law instead of God! In so doing, they trusted in themselves.

You might try to get to heaven by obeying the Law perfectly yourself – or you can get there by finding someone Who has already perfectly obeyed it. You can either trust in yourself to keep the Law (and fail), or you can trust in Christ Who has already kept it (and suceeded), and Who will give you His own righteousness by faith. Without Christ’s righteousness, we will never meet God’s standard – we will never be accepted. (See Ephesians 1:6.)

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Obedience to God’s Commandments Benefits Us
Adventure 7: God's Law
Mission: 9

Question Answer
Does God give us the Law to make us miserable and keep us from being happy?

No. The Law is God's good gift to us, designed for His highest glory and for our highest good. Deuteronomy 6:24 – And the LORD commanded us to observe all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always, that He might preserve us alive, as it is this day.

The Difference This Truth Makes
Imagine a human father who has a son he loves very much. Would a good father place rules on his son which were not for his son’s good? If the father did command the son to obey bad rules designed to hurt him – would anyone really believe that the father really loved his son?

The Law should be seen as the expression of God’s character and will. He does not command love or forbid murder simply because He decides to do so. His very nature loves certain actions and hates others, and God’s Law flows out of His nature. Since God is perfectly good – we can trust that anything which flows from His perfect character will be as perfectly good as He is. The Law is good. When we obey it, it benefits us!

1 John 5:2-3 – By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. 3For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.

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We Should Be Thankful for God’s Law
Adventure 7: God's Law
Mission: 10

Question Answer
What should your attitude toward God be like because He has given the Law?

I should be thankful to God because His Law establishes a perfect moral standard that shows me His character and points me to Christ, Who alone can save me. Psalm 119:111-112 – Your testimonies I have taken as a heritage forever, for they are the rejoicing of my heart. I have inclined my heart to perform Your statutes forever, to the very end.

The Difference This Truth Makes
Without God’s Law, we would not have any way of understanding our need for God. If we believed that we could live and act perfectly, then we would probably never see our need for God. But we do not even comprehend how desperately we need God. The Law helps us understand our need a little bit, and it helps us understand to the point where some of us call out in humility and repentance, asking Christ to save us from our sins.

But even people who do not have God’s Word still have His Law written on their hearts. Romans 2:14-15 – For when Gentiles,
who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves, who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them.

Although people without God’s Word cannot understand God’s Word as clearly as those who do have it, all people are born with at least a sense of God’s Law. They can understand right and wrong. Nobody has an excuse for not responding to that revelation and seeking to know more about God. If we turn to the God of the Law, He will show us our sin – and the only Savior. Whoever comes to Christ, believing, may come and be accepted. God lovingly, graciously, and mercifully gave His Law to point us to Christ!

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Jesus Christ Is the Way, the Truth, and the Life
Adventure 8: Jesus Christ
Mission: 1

Question Answer
Who is Jesus Christ?

Jesus Christ is the only Son of God and the only Savior of sinners. To know Him by grace through faith is to know God the Father. John 14:6 – Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me"

The Difference This Truth Makes
Why should Jesus be the main focal point as we read and think about the Bible? He should be the main focal point because He clearly reveals (shows) God to us better than anyone or anything else ever could. To gain an understanding of God, we can look at the Law, or we can look to One Who is even better – the One Who obeyed the Law perfectly. We can look at prophecy, or we can look at the One Who perfectly fulfills prophecy. The primary theme of all of Scripture is Christ – the King, the Redeemer, the Only Hope.

Jesus Christ perfectly reveals to us Who God is and what God is like. John 1:18 – No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.

Colossians 1:15 – He [Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.

The two testaments of Scripture are divided based on Christ’s coming to Earth. Even our history books and calendars keep time according to “B.C.” (before Christ) and “A.D.” (anno Domini), based on Christ’s time here on Earth.

Christ is the Truth. He declares to us Who God is. Christ is the Way. He is the bridge between God and man. Christ is the Life. Knowing Christ brings eternal life.

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Jesus Christ Is the Mediator of the New Covenant
Adventure 8: Jesus Christ
Mission: 2

Question Answer
Who is the only Mediator between God and sinners, the only One able to bring us close to God?

Jesus Christ is the only Mediator between God and sinners. He alone is able to bring us close to God. 1 Timothy 2:5-6 – For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, Who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

The Difference This Truth Makes
When Jesus came to Earth, it signified that God was establishing a New Covenant with people. Until that time, God had dealt with people primarily through the Old Covenant, which is found in Exodus 19:5. It is based upon man’s complete obedience to God’s Law.

A “covenant” is similar to a promise, but it is even more serious than that. A covenant is an agreement that is completely
binding. There is no way to get out of a covenant. It is an agreement beyond all agreements! It is a super-promise that establishes a relationship between two parties. A covenant relationship, once established, never changes.

When we think of covenants that God has made with man, two should come to mind. The Old Covenant (based on man’s perfect obedience to God’s Law) came through Moses, and the New Covenant (based on Christ’s perfect obedience to God’s Law) came through Jesus Christ.

Sometimes these covenants are referred to as covenants of Law and Grace. When God established the Old Covenant (Law) with His people, it came with the promise of blessing, if the people perfectly obeyed the Law, or cursing, if the people failed. The people failed.

Romans 4:16 – Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all.


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Jesus Christ Is Co-Equal with God Because He Is God
Adventure 8: Jesus Christ
Mission: 3

Question Answer
Is Jesus Christ truly God?

Jesus Christ truly is the uncreated, eternal, and loving God. Titus 2:13 – Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.

The Difference This Truth Makes
Whereas the Old Testament was a message from God, Jesus was (and is) God! He was a Message, too – the clearest message! In fact, the Bible itself (the written Word) refers to Jesus as “the Word” (the Living Word) in the book of John. John 1:14
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

Jesus Christ is God. He claimed to be God. He did things which only God could do; and God the Father addresses Jesus as “God.”

The truth is, if Jesus were not completely God, then all mankind would be lost in their sins. No one and nothing less than God would ever be an infinite sacrifice for infinite sins, and “salvation is of the Lord” (Jonah 2:9). The whole message of Scripture is that no human being – no creature – could ever save anyone else. From start to finish, it had to be God, and God alone. Only God Himself could serve as the Mediator between God and man, to bring us back to Himself and to reveal Himself most fully to us.

The death of Christ was a sufficient (able, powerful enough) offering for all sinners who have ever lived, for He is not merely a finite human, but an infinite God. The Giver and Sustainer of life, Who did not have to die, died.

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Jesus Christ Is Also Fully Man
Adventure 8: Jesus Christ
Mission: 4

Question Answer
Is Jesus Christ truly human?

Jesus Christ is the only perfect Man. He became truly human in every way, except that He never sinned. Galatians 4:4-5 – But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.

The Difference This Truth Makes
Jesus Christ is both 100% God and 100% human. Jesus is as much God as He would be if He were not human at all, and as much human as if He were not God at all.

Jesus Christ had to become human in order to take our place. Man was the one who sinned, so the penalty for sin had to be borne by a man. As a man, Jesus was our representative; and He obeyed for us where Adam failed for us.

Romans 5:19 – For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.

Jesus was born of a virgin. (See Matthew 1:18; Luke 1:34-35.) This miracle-birth allowed Him to be a man and yet not inherit the sinful nature from Adam. Because Christ truly became a man, He is not removed from our trials nor the pains of this life. He knows them all. He is able to meet our needs, because He is God, and yet He also is human; so He knows exactly what we are going through.

Hebrews 2:18 – For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.

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Jesus Died an Awful Death To Pay for Our Sins
Adventure 8: Jesus Christ
Mission: 5

Question Answer
What kind of death did Christ die?

Christ was nailed to a cross and His blood was shed for sinners. His death was both painful and shameful. Isaiah 53:5 – But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.

The Difference This Truth Makes
Jesus died an awful death on the cross. The Bible teaches that “without the shedding of blood is no remission [forgiveness of sins]” (Hebrews 9:22).

Some of the reasons Jesus’ death was so awful are:

  • Jesus experienced the emotional pain of knowing what was coming. Luke 22:44 – And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

  • Jesus experienced the pain of betrayal and rejection. Isaiah 53:3a – He is despised and rejected of men.
  • Jesus felt intense physical pain as He was brutally whipped and crucified. (Isaiah 52:14)
  • Jesus felt terrible emotional pain as His Father poured out His wrath against sin upon Jesus and then turned His back on Him. Mark 15:34 – And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” which is translated, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
The cross is where God’s justice, and love meet. The cross is the greatest expression of God’s justice because He hates sin so much that He punished His only Son. (Isaiah 53:10) The cross is the greatest expression of God’s love. He loves you so much that He is willing to punish His Son in your place so that you might have life. (John 10:10, Romans 5:8)

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Jesus Christ Rose from the Dead
Adventure 8: Jesus Christ
Mission: 6

Question Answer
Did Jesus rise from the dead?

Yes! Jesus rose again and is alive today! The truth of His resurrection is the heart of the Gospel message. Acts 1:2b-3 – He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.

The Difference This Truth Makes
After three days in His tomb, Jesus rose from the dead by His own power. Nobody has ever risen from the dead like Jesus did!

John 10:18 – “No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.”

Because Jesus rose from the grave, He has the power to raise all others from the dead. In fact, there is coming a time when God will resurrect everyone to either everlasting
reward or everlasting punishment.

John 5:28-29 – “Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come
forth – those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.”

If Christ did not rise from the grave, He would still be there like He was just any other man. But Jesus proved to the world that He is worthy of all our worship and service. He conquered sin and death as only God Himself could!

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Jesus Christ Is Preparing a Place for His People
Adventure 8: Jesus Christ
Mission: 7

Question Answer
What is Jesus Christ doing right now?

Jesus is at His Father's right hand, preparing a place for His people and praying for them, confirming His truth through the Spirit and orchestrating all things for the glory of His name and the good of His people. Luke 22:69 – "Hereafter the Son of Man will sit on the right hand of the power of God."

The Difference This Truth Makes
Jesus said, “I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father” (John 16:28). The Bible teaches that Christ went up to heaven. Luke 24:50-51 – And He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them. Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into heaven.

If Christ is really a physical person, and if He really went to a place called heaven, then we should understand and believe that heaven is a place! If Christ is physically there, and not here, what is He doing right now?

1. He is ruling. 1 Peter 3:22 – Who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him.

2. He is preparing a place for His own. John 14:2 – In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

3. He is praying. Hebrews 7:25 – Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.

Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to confirm His truth and accomplish His will in the world. Jesus is not here with us physically right now, but He will be again someday!

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Christ’s Victory Over Death Proves We Can Be Forgiven
Adventure 8: Jesus Christ
Mission: 8

Question Answer
Why is it so important to believe Christ rose from the dead?

If Christ had not risen from the dead, sinners would have no hope for forgiveness or eternal life. Christ's resurrection proved once and for all that He is more powerful than sin or sin's penalty. 1 Corinthians 15:17 – And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!

The Difference This Truth Makes
If Christ had not died and risen from the dead, then that would mean that sin and death had power over Him. Since He conquered sin and death by coming back from the dead, He showed that He has won the ultimate victory. (Hebrews 1:3)

Christ has removed the sting of death. We should no longer be fearful of eternal death. Christ’s victory over sin and death proves we can be forgiven and have new life! (1 Corinthians 15:54-55)

W. Ian Thomas taught that “If you have eternal life at all, you have the Son, Jesus Christ – now!... ‘Eternal life’ is not a peculiar feeling inside! It is not your ultimate destination, to which you will go when you are dead. If you are born again, eternal life is that quality of life that you possess right now in your own physical body, with your own two feet on the ground, and in the world TODAY! And where does this life come from? Of Him! He is that Life! So if you have eternal life, it means that you have Somebody, Jesus Christ, and the life that you possess is of Him.”

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Jesus Christ Loves All People
Adventure 8: Jesus Christ
Mission: 9

Question Answer
Does Jesus love people?

Yes! Jesus wept for people, prayed for people, and laid down His life for people. Matthew 9:36 – But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.

The Difference This Truth Makes
Jesus Christ is the perfect example of how a person ought to be. Through His life and words, He reveals Who God is – the absolute standard of perfection. We must follow Him.

1 Peter 2:21 – For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps.

The primary way Christ is our example is in love. Christ selflessly served His Father and others. He gave Himself (Ephesians 5:25) so that we might have life. True love always gives sacrificially!

Discover some other ways in which Christ is the perfect example for us:

• Patience (Hebrews 12:2)
• Humility (John 13:3-5; Philippians 2:5-8)
• Compassion (John 4)
• Triumph over temptation (Matthew 4)

Number040810

Christ Is All We Need
Adventure 8: Jesus Christ
Mission: 10

Question Answer
How should these truths about Jesus Christ affect you?

I should believe and be glad that the only perfect Savior laid down His life so that I could be right with God; and I should joyfully trust and obey Him with my life. Hebrews 13:15 – Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.

The Difference This Truth Makes
John 8:24 – “Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.” When we truly believe in Christ, it affects everything about us. It causes us to praise and thank God.

When we rightly understand that God has done EVERYTHING necessary to forgive us of our sins, and that we did absolutely NOTHING to deserve His unspeakable gift of Christ – it causes us to humbly praise and thank the Lord. And when we do, God is glorified. Remember, that is what it is all about: giving God glory. God created us for His glory. For His own glory, God provided
Jesus as a sacrifice for sins. For His own glory, God gives us the faith we need to believe in Jesus.

Jesus Christ won the victory against sin and death. He is the only One worthy of our worship. There is no other god like Him. There is no other man like Him. And when we know Him through faith, it means eternal life for us – a life that begins here on Earth, a life that is free from the bondage of sin, and a life that is rescued from the power of death. Jesus lives, and we can live with Him!

John 17:3
– And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

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Salvation Is a Free and Precious Gift from God
Adventure 9: God's Gift -- Salvation
Mission: 1

Question Answer
What is "salvation"?

Salvation is the everlasting life and forgiveness that God gives freely to sinners who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ by grace through faith to save them. Saved sinners are declared righteous by God and adopted into His family. They are steadily changing to become more like their Savior and steadfastly hoping for the future when they will be resurrected to live with Him in glory forever. Jonah 2:9b – Salvation is of the LORD.

The Difference This Truth Makes
Salvation is the best thing that could possibly happen to anyone, and it is a free gift of God. Ever since the cross, Satan has tried to deceive people into thinking that there is some work they must do in order to gain salvation. But salvation is not something that is earned, it is something that is freely given by God. Titus 3:5 – Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.

Christ invites people to come and freely trust Him for salvation. This is the call of the Gospel. (See Matthew 11:28-30.) God calls us to turn from sin and to turn to Christ. When people do respond to God’s call, it is a work of God. It is important to understand that salvation is completely and totally a work of God, and man is the recipient of this work. There is no good work that we could do in order to “earn” salvation. When God calls us to receive salvation, by His grace we can embrace His awesome gift of salvation.

John 6:37 – All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.

Number040902

Only Christ Can Save Us from Sin and Sin’s Penalty
Adventure 9: God's Gift -- Salvation
Mission: 2

Question Answer
In whom alone must we trust to forgive our sins and to make us fit for eternal life with God?

We must trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, and in Him alone. Only the Lord Jesus Christ is able and willing to save us. Acts 4:12 – Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.

The Difference This Truth Makes
Because we are sinners, we are in bondage to sin and its penalty. (See 1 John 5:19.) Unless someone rescues us, we are utterly helpless to escape from our bondage, and will have to suffer the pains of eternal death forever.

But Christ came to save sinners! Mark 10:45 – “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

The word “ransom” means “a redemption price.” Christ paid the price necessary for our salvation. He paid it in full; there is nothing left to pay. Any of our attempts to pay for our own sins are insults to God, since Christ has already paid the penalty of sin.

The penalty for sin was paid by Christ, and His payment was received and accepted by God the Father. Without Christ, our only possible future would be eternal punishment. But for those who hope in Christ, eternal LIFE is the only future!

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God Commands Us All To Repent and Believe in Christ
Adventure 9: God's Gift -- Salvation
Mission: 3

Question Answer
What must you do to be saved?

To be saved, I must (by grace, through faith) repent from my sins and believe that only Christ can make me holy and whole. Mark 1:15b – "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel."

The Difference This Truth Makes
God has placed upon all men the personal responsibility to repent (turn from sin) and have faith in Him (turn to Christ). When men repent, it is called “conversion.” God holds everyone accountable to be converted (Acts 3:19).

The word “conversion” primarily means a turning. We turn from sin to Christ. The turning from sin is called repentance, and the turning to Christ is called faith.

It is important to keep in mind that, although conversion is a responsibility required by God, conversion is first and foremost
a work of God. God must call a sinner and bring Him to the point of conversion. We could say it this way: “Conversion is man’s responsibility, but it is God’s work.”

Conversion is a single action of turning from sin and turning to Christ in faith. In other words, it does not happen over and over again. Although we will continue to grow in faith and need to repent of specific sins during our lifetime on Earth, God requires the initial faith and repentance that is conversion.

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True Faith Is a Gift from God
Adventure 9: God's Gift -- Salvation
Mission: 4

Question Answer
What is "faith"?

Faith is a gift of God that makes us able to trust Him and believe His Gospel. Faith helps us to hope boldly in Christ and be sure of His truth. Ephesians 2:8-9 – For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.

The Difference This Truth Makes
Even the faith that is necessary to bring us to God’s grace requires God’s grace. God’s grace is on either side of faith. Jesus is the Author and Finisher (the Beginner and Completer) of our faith. (Hebrews 12:2) Christ is the only One Who is worthy of our trust. True faith is the faith we put in Him.

Theologians refer to both “faith” and “repentance” as saving graces. In other words, both these things are necessary ingredients for saving us from sin, and yet they are also part of the salvation. But God’s Word clearly teaches our responsibility
to believe and it teaches our inability to believe – unless God miraculously intervenes. John 6:44 – No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.

True faith includes an understanding of the facts of the Gospel, agreement with those facts, and a decision of your will to trust Christ as Savior. This personal decision to place your trust in Christ is something done with your heart, the part of your entire being that makes commitments for you as a whole person.

Number040905

We Must Turn Our Backs Upon Sin
Adventure 9: God's Gift -- Salvation
Mission: 5

Question Answer
What is "repentance"?

Repentance is a gift from God that makes sinners willing and able to turn away from their sins and turn to Him instead. 1 Thessalonians 1:9b – You turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God.

The Difference This Truth Makes
Matthew 9:13b – [Jesus said] “For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”

Jesus said that He came into the world to call sinners to repentance. In the missions before this one, we have been reminded that we are definitely sinners. We have also discovered that anything that Jesus does is important – especially since He states so clearly that calling sinners to repentance was the reason why He came into the world!

Let’s look at what Jesus was talking about. True repentance affects your mind, your emotions, and your will.

Mind:
Repentance is a change of mind about sin and God. Repentance causes us to think true thoughts instead of false ones.

Emotions:
Repentance involves a sorrow for sin and a desire to leave sin and to be made right with God. 2 Corinthians 7:10 – For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.

Will:
Repentance causes you to turn your life in God’s direction. Jonah 3:10a – Then God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way.

True repentance never exists apart from faith. We cannot have faith without repentance, and we cannot have repentance without faith. God hates sin, and those who truly repent will feel the same way God does about sin.

Number040906

The Gospel Is Good News
Adventure 9: God's Gift -- Salvation
Mission: 6

Question Answer
What is "the Gospel"?

The Gospel is the good news that Jesus Christ became a Man, lived a sinless life, died as a criminal, was buried in a tomb, and came to life again so that sinners could have a Way to God. The Gospel is our only Hope to be right with God and have eternal life. 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 – For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.

The Difference This Truth Makes
The word “Gospel” literally means “good news”! The Christian Gospel is the best news ever because it is God’s provision of new life for spiritually dead people. (See 2 Corinthians 4:4.)

Sin caused us to be spiritually dead. We needed life! We need to be born again. God gives us new life. Christians refer to being “born again” as regeneration. This new birth is a supernatural event. It is not something that can be accomplished by human effort. (See John 3:6.)

Colossians 2:13 – And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses.

Exactly what happens when we are born again is mysterious to us. God’s Word teaches us that we were dead in sins, but that we can be made alive in Christ. What we do know is this, being born again affects everything about our lives! We also know that nobody can be born again without true faith and repentance.

Number040907

God Saves People for His Own Glory’s Sake
Adventure 9: God's Gift -- Salvation
Mission: 7

Question Answer
Why does God save believing sinners from their sins?

In His magnificent love and wisdom, God saves believing sinners because He wants great glory for Himself and great good for His people. Isaiah 43:25 – "I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; And I will not remember your sins."

The Difference This Truth Makes
So far, we have talked about conversion, true faith, saving repentance, and being born again. All these things happen at the beginning moment of life as a Christian, and all are necessary ingredients in receiving the free gift of salvation.

But why did God even create a plan of redemption in the first place? Why would the God of the universe put so much design
and sacrifice into providing a way for sinners to escape the power and presence and penalty of their sins?

You have already studied one reason! God’s goodness. God is so good! One of the main attributes of God’s goodness is His infinite, amazing love. No one loves like God loves. It is not humanly possible for us to love as much as God so loves the world. Not only did He lay down His life, but He laid it down for enemies! Romans 5:7-8 – For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Since we cannot even understand how great His love is, it may be even harder to imagine that God has an even greater reason
for wanting to save us: His own glory! Think about it: God created us to glorify Him and to enjoy Him forever. When we sin, we all fall short of God’s glory. When Jesus Christ came in the flesh to live and die and rise again, He did it out of love for His people – but ultimately, He did it so

Number040908

True Salvation Can Never Be Lost
Adventure 9: God's Gift -- Salvation
Mission: 8

Question Answer
Can anyone ever lose true salvation?

No one can ever lose true salvation because it is a gift from God, Who never changes. The gift is just as unchangeable as the Giver. Romans 11:29 – For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.

The Difference This Truth Makes
Many people wonder if they need to receive salvation over and over again. But if a believer has truly received salvation, it is forever! Eternal life begins the moment of your conversion. If you are “born again,” you have eternal life – right nowand you will forever.

Some people wonder if they might be able to lose salvation once they have gotten it. They worry that they might do something so bad it would make God angry enough to take their salvation away. But God never changes His mind about our position with Him. He does not take back the gifts He has freely given. 1 Peter 1:5 – Who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

Now, if there is any part of you thinking, “Now I can live however I want because I cannot lose my salvation!” – then you have a BIG problem. When God’s Spirit gives someone salvation and then dwells (stays, or lives) inside him in a special way, God changes that person’s sinful desires into righteous ones. This does not mean believers will be perfect, but it does mean that Christians’ lives will be pointed in God’s direction. We will desire to please Him. We will fight sin in our lives.

Number040909

God Declares Us Righteous and Adopts Us as His Children
Adventure 9: God's Gift -- Salvation
Mission: 9

Question Answer
How can God justly declare a sinner to be "righteous"?

If my faith is in Jesus, I am united with Him. His righteousness counts for me, and God will not hold my sins against me. Philippians 3:9 – And be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith.

The Difference This Truth Makes
There are three more awesome benefits (gifts) that salvation brings to the believer. Without these benefits, we could never be accepted by God.

The first benefit is called justification. To be justified means to be “declared righteous.” When God saves us, He credits us as having Jesus’ perfect righteousness. When God looks at us, He does not see filthy, sinful souls anymore. Instead, He sees Christ. He looks at us just as if we had never sinned, and we are accepted.

Being accepted goes along closely with the next benefit, which is adoption. Adoption is the benefit of salvation that causes us to be made God’s children (Galatians 3:26). The Father lovingly cares for His children and protects them. Through adoption, we become members of God’s family – permanently.

And as family, we look forward to a day when there will be a physical reunion with Christ. We will see Him as He is, and we will go to live with Him forever.

1 John 3:2
– Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.

Jesus must also change our bodies in order to make us fit for heaven. This change is called glorification, which is the thirdbenefit, that allows us to be accepted by God. When our bodies are glorified, they will be like Jesus’ body (Philippians 3:21) – perfectly free from sin, pain, and sickness.

Romans 8:30
– Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.

When thinking about how richly we have been blessed, it is hard to believe that at one time, all of us were God’s enemies. But because of the benefits that God provided us through salvation, we have been made right with Him. And guess what? It is not something we did – it is something He did! From first to finish, A to Z, salvation is of the Lord! Praise God!

Number040910

We All Desperately Need Salvation
Adventure 9: God's Gift -- Salvation
Mission: 10

Question Answer
Why do you need salvation?

I need salvation because, without it, I am a sinner by birth and by choice, an enemy of God, a captive of this world, spiritually dead. John 11:25 – Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live."

The Difference This Truth Makes
All of us need to be saved. And if you realize your need, then that is all you need! God has already provided everything necessary for you to receive the gift of salvation and all of its marvelous benefits.

Revelation 22:17 – And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.

Number041001

God Wants His Children To Live for His Glory
Adventure 10: God's Purpose for His Children
Mission: 1

Question Answer
What is God's main purpose for His children while they live on Earth?

God's main purpose for His children is that they would bring Him glory by growing to be more and more like His Son Jesus in their affections, attitudes, and actions. Romans 8:29 – For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.

The Difference This Truth Makes
When God saves people, He changes them. He changes their position before Him immediately. Sinners once counted as “enemies” become “friends” at salvation. They were once unacceptable outcasts; but at salvation they become family. They were once pronounced “guilty,” but, at salvation, they are declared “righteous.” All those things happen the moment someone receives God’s gift of salvation.

There is one kind of change that salvation brings which happens gradually throughout our entire lives – not immediately. Sanctification is God’s process of changing us to become more and more like Jesus Christ in all we do and all we are. This means serious changes need to take place in every aspect of our lives!

Since salvation is God’s work, and sanctification is part of salvation, all saved people will be sanctified. This means that it is impossible to become a Christian and not to start changing to become more like Christ. God is working sanctification in all His children in order to guarantee that they will all be becoming more like Christ while on Earth.

Number041002

Sanctification Is God’s Way To Make Us More Like Christ
Adventure 10: God's Purpose for His Children
Mission: 2

Question Answer
What is "sanctification"?

Sanctification is God's ongoing work through His Word to change believers so their lives will reflect more and more of Jesus' likeness for His glory. 2 Corinthians 3:18 – But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

The Difference This Truth Makes
In sanctification, God works, and we work – but God works to cause us to work! God’s involvement is primary; our involvement
is secondary. Any work we do is first a work of God. Many good theologians have looked at sanctification as a work in which God and man cooperate in order to accomplish God’s will. This truth can be seen especially in Philippians 2:12-13 – Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

In verse 12, God commands us to “work out” our salvation. This is a command for us to be involved! But in verse 13, God makes it clear that the One truly working is not us – it is God! This is mysterious, but we should understand that sanctification is both passive and active for us. “Passive” because something must be done /to/ us; and “active” because something must be done by us.

It is important to recognize that all of God’s commands for us to be active in our sanctification are based upon something that God has already done or is doing. In other words, there is no sanctification apart from God. The involvement of God in our sanctification is a guarantee that our own involvement will be profitable to accomplish His will.

Number041003

God Gives Us What We Need To Change
Adventure 10: God's Purpose for His Children
Mission: 3

Question Answer
What are two needed gifts that God provides so that we might be sanctified?

The Holy Spirit and His Word are two needed gifts that God provides so that we might be sanctified. 2 Thessalonians 2:13b – God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth. John 17:17 – "Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth."

The Difference This Truth Makes
God has provided His Holy Spirit and His Word so that we might be sanctified. When we are born again, God causes His Holy Spirit to to dwell (stay, or live) inside us. God is in us!

1 Corinthians 3:16 – Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?

By providing the Holy Spirit and His Word, God makes sure that every believer will be changing. Not everyone will grow to be more like Christ in the same way, nor will everyone reach the same level of spiritual maturity. But all Christians will be sanctified, by the power of the Holy Spirit through the Word of God.

Number041004

What Is Christlikeness?
Adventure 10: God's Purpose for His Children
Mission: 4

Question Answer
Day by day, as you change to resemble Christ Jesus more and more, what will God and others begin to see in your life?

Day by day, as I change to resemble Christ Jesus, God and others will begin to see more holiness, more love toward them, and more good works in my life. Ephesians 2:10 – For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

The Difference This Truth Makes
Sanctification involves the past, present, and future. If you are a Christian, all three of the following statements are correct for you to say:

• “I have been sanctified.” (Hebrews 10:10)
• “I am being sanctified.” (Hebrews 12:14)
• “I will be completely sanctified someday.” (Romans 8:23)

Sanctification begins the moment someone is born again and receives Christ. But sanctification continues, and the fruit of the Spirit and increases throughout life. Spiritual growth is a process that takes place over time. The process is completed only when Christ’s people see Him and are glorified. At that moment of glorification, sanctification will be finished because “we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is” (1 John 3:2).

Part of sanctification is God working in a believer an increasing desire to become more like Christ. A sinner who does not know Christ has no true desire to become more like Him. That person was dead in sins and living life for himself. But at salvation,
God begins changing him (and He can change us!) to want to be like Christ. Becoming like Christ requires mainly these three things:
• To be holy in heart and mind (See Mission #5.)
• To be loving toward God and others (See Mission #6.)
• To do good works (See Mission #7.)

Number041005

God Wants You To Be Set Apart from Sin
Adventure 10: God's Purpose for His Children
Mission: 5

Question Answer
What does it mean to 'be holy in heart and mind'?

To be holy in heart and mind means to devote my whole self to loving God and hating sin. 1 Peter 1:15-16 – But as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, "Be holy, for I am holy."

The Difference This Truth Makes
The technical meaning of the word sanctify is “set apart.” In sanctification, God sets us apart from something, but He also sets us apart to something. God sets us apart from sin. He sets us apart to Himself (love) and to His service (good works).

The part about being set apart from sin is holiness. To be “holy” means to be “separate from sin.”

Paul asks believers a question in Romans 6:1 – What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?

Some people who say they are Christians believe they can live however they want, and they do! But the apostle Paul says to that type of thinking: “God forbid!” This means “may it never, never be!” God has saved us so that we can become more holy. Romans 8:13 – For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

The word mortify means “to put to death.” Romans 8:13 uses some very strong language about how we are to treat the sin in our lives! Sometimes, sanctification means gritting your teeth and striving to obey God with everything you’ve got (check out the Matthew 5:29-30 attitude)! Sanctification is often hard work, but it is always worth it to cooperate with God as He accomplishes His purpose in you.

Number041006

God Wants You To Love Him and Others
Adventure 10: God's Purpose for His Children
Mission: 6

Question Answer
What does it mean to 'love God and others'?

To love God and others means to treat them with genuine care, humility, and loyal kindness. Philippians 2:3-4 – Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

The Difference This Truth Makes
God has set apart His people to Himself. This relationship is anchored in love. God is sanctifying us so that we might love Him and others more and more. In other words, in sanctification, God changes what we love and how much we love!

Before salvation, we love ourselves and the things the world has to offer us, more than we love anything else. 1 John 2:15
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

When God purifies us, He changes us to love the things that He loves. We love Him. We love others. We love good works. We love holiness. We love everything that God loves!

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God Wants You To Do Good Works
Adventure 10: God's Purpose for His Children
Mission: 7

Question Answer
What does it mean to 'do good works'?

To do good works means to live for God's glory by loving, obeying, and by doing things that only God's children could do with God's help. Colossians 1:10-11 – That you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy.

The Difference This Truth Makes
Good works definitely include being holy and loving. But there are also some specific commands you can obey to please God. Good works call for ACTION!

For example, one good work that you can do right after you become a Christian is to be water-baptized like Christ was. Baptism shows publicly that you want your life to identify with Christ.

Another good work that God commands Christians to do is to remember Christ’s sacrifice at Calvary. This practice is called “the Lord’s Supper.” The food and drink used in this event are symbolic of Christ’s body and His blood – to help us remember the price He paid to purchase us from sin.

There are many other good works besides these! John said that Jesus’ good works were too many to record! John 21:25 – And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen.

Number041008

I Am Changed To Be Like Christ as I Know Him More
Adventure 10: God's Purpose for His Children
Mission: 8

Question Answer
How does God change and sanctify His children to make them more holy and more like Christ?

God's Holy Spirit and His Word work together to change and sanctify His children from the inside out by showing and teaching them more of Christ. God gives His children faith and wisdom to become like His Son. 2 Peter 1:3 – As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue.

The Difference This Truth Makes
God puts an incredibly high priority on our knowing Him. Knowing God involves intellectual knowledge – like facts about Him – but it involves so much more than that! Knowing God means working to have a personal, firsthand “heart knowledge” of Him. It is not enough just to learn facts about God; you must also have a personal relationship with Him.

It is through this personal relationship with Himself that God transforms us into Christ’s image. God calls us to renew our minds – that central part of us which affects everything else we say, feel, think, and do (Romans 12:1-2). “Renewing” has the idea of a complete renovation. (Like gutting and rebuilding a house from the inside out!) At one time, your mind once thought as sinful minds think. But now, God is working to purify your mind – and He also commands YOU to purify your mind. Romans 7:25 – I thank God --through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.

Many Christians are living defeated, disobedient lives because they have never understood that God calls them to fight sin by renewing the mind – and that the fighting is hard work. Renewing the mind means reading, studying, memorizing, and thinking about the Bible. It means taking wrong thoughts captive and focusing on right thoughts. Renewing the mind is part of sanctification, and it is a responsibility, not just an option. When we renew our minds, God blesses us by continuing to sanctify us and by showing us Christ.

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The Goal of Our Sanctification Is Christ
Adventure 10: God's Purpose for His Children
Mission: 9

Question Answer
What should be a Christian's joyful goal in sanctification?

A Christian's joyful goal in sanctification should be to understand and know the LORD. Jeremiah 9:23-24 – Thus says the LORD: 'Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches; but let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,' says the LORD.

The Difference This Truth Makes
All of our goals are wrapped up in Christ! One goal is to be like Him. One goal is to know Him. One goal is to enjoy Him. One goal is to love Him. That is why we say the goal of our sanctification is Christ. Someday, we will reach our Goal and live with Him forever in perfect joy and love.

Some people might think following Christ is boring and unhappy. People who think like this are not ready for heaven! If someone is not happy in Christ, then he is believing wrongly about Him. Christ is happiness! Christ is joy! Christ is everything! If you have Him, you have something better than all the riches of the whole world. (See also Matthew 13:44.)

Christ is the Goal of our sanctification and our supreme Example to follow. The Christian’s expectation (hope and confidence)
is to see Him someday and be changed (as much as possible) to be like Him. All of us will strive to be holy and Christlike in this lifetime, but on the day when we see Christ face to face, we will all be changed fully into His image – we will be perfect like He is!

1 John 3:3 – And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

Even the hope of being completely changed, of seeing Christ and having our bodies changed to be like Him, is powerful
enough to motivate us to be pure.

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We Rely on the Bible and the Spirit for Sanctification
Adventure 10: God's Purpose for His Children
Mission: 10

Question Answer
What should be your attitude toward God's Word and the Holy Spirit?

I should set my heart to trust and obey God's Word and the Holy Spirit. I should love learning the Truth that can make me whole, free, and better fit to serve God! 2 Timothy 3:17 – That the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

The Difference This Truth Makes
Without salvation, a sinner naturally goes deeper and deeper into his sinfulness. But God will change a sinner who trusts Christ. God helps believers grow more and more into Christ’s righteousness. An unbeliever gives in to temptations, going further and further into his sin. But a true believer will yield (give up) himself more and more to righteousness instead.

Throughout this Adventure, we have studied how it takes both God and man to accomplish sanctification. We have seen that God provides two main helps to sanctify us: the Word and the Holy Spirit.

So how should the Christian respond to God’s helps? He should submit to the Holy Spirit and have faith in God’s Word. When he responds to God in faith and obedience like that, he will be sanctified. God promises this to us, and God never breaks His promises!

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God Works in Creation To Bring about His Eternal Plans
Adventure 11: God's Work -- Past and Present
Mission: 1

Question Answer
When did God decide and plan out all the things He would do?

Even before God created the world, He decided and planned out all the things He would do. Isaiah 46:9-10 – "Remember the former things of old, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, 'My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure.'"

The Difference This Truth Makes
God is at work in the world right now bringing His eternal plans to pass – that is His providence. The “force” behind the universe is not chance, luck nor some other created being – it is God! God created all things by Himself for purposes and plans He alone desired.

All things come to pass because of God’s providence. God’s providence is the way that He is always working in Creation to bring about His eternal plans. We have learned in previous Adventures that God does all things for His glory, and His plans are an expression of this. God designed all of His plans to glorify Himself. God’s plans are often called His “eternal decrees” because He made them before the world was even created. His eternal plans are truly amazing and impossible for us to understand completely.

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God Lovingly Sustains His Creation
Adventure 11: God's Work -- Past and Present
Mission: 2

Question Answer
Who sustains and upholds all things?

Jesus sustains and upholds all things by His powers. Hebrews 1:3 – Who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.

The Difference This Truth Makes
God’s providence has three characteristics:

God’s providence is continual (ongoing, constant). If God were to remove His active, sustaining hand from Creation, everything would cease to be – the instant God removed Himself, things would fall apart.

God’s providence is loving. God is kind and gracious to all of His Creation.

God’s providence is skillful. God mysteriously
and miraculously works all things together (even the sin of other people) to accomplish His plans.

God does all that He does in order to accomplish His will. He keeps things alive to fulfill His plans. He sets up different rulers
to fulfill His plans. He takes away life to fulfill His plans. He causes the sun to rise to fulfill His plans. He causes beautiful weather and terrible storms to fulfill His plans. In some way, everything that is happening right now is part of God’s eternal decrees. We can truly say, “It’s all about God!”

God initially created the world by His power, and now God holds the world together and keeps it going by His power. Theologians use the word “sustain” to describe the action of
God’s Providence.This is what God is doing right now. God is sustaining the world (including you) even as you read this sentence! That means He is holding it all together and carrying it along according to His will. Colossians 1:17 – And He [Christ] is before all things, and by Him all things consist [hold together].

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God Is in Complete Control of Everything That Happens
Adventure 11: God's Work -- Past and Present
Mission: 3

Question Answer
Is the LORD always in control of all things?

Yes. The LORD is always in control of all things. Psalm 103:19 – The LORD has established His throne in heaven, And His kingdom rules over all.

The Difference This Truth Makes
God is Sovereign. “Sovereign” means He has both the absolute right and the unstoppable ability to do whatever He wants with what is His. Since everything belongs to God, God has complete control over all things.

There are two sides of God’s Providence: sustaining and controlling.

Sustaining is keeping things going, upholding things.

Controlling is causing things to work for a specific plan or purpose.

God works in ways far beyond our understanding to bring about His good plans. He works in things, through things, and with things. God even factors in the things that totally rebel against His plan and purposes. We cannot understand how, but He always causes His plan to come to pass. Psalm 66:7 – He rules by His power forever; His eyes observe the nations; do not let the rebellious exalt themselves.Selah.

Someone might think proud thoughts like, “God can’t stop me from doing this or that.” But the truth is, He can. And no matter
what you do, God’s plans stand sure. You cannot mess up God’s plans! But you can align yourself with them so that your life is useful and joyful.

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God Allows Sin But Never Commits Sin
Adventure 11: God's Work -- Past and Present
Mission: 4

Question Answer
If the LORD is totally in control, but He still lets sin go on, does that mean He must sometimes approve of sin?

No. The LORD never approves of sin. He hates all sin, all the time. He is totally right in everything He does and everything He allows. Psalm 92:15b – The LORD is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.

The Difference This Truth Makes
Sometimes, God keeps people from sin (see Genesis 20:6); and other times, He allows them to fulfill their wicked desires (see Romans 1). He is never guilty of personally causing or committing sin. James 1:13 – Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone.

God will not overlook any sin. People might think that they have an excuse for their sins, since God is the One ultimately in control of all things. But people like that are mistaken! If there is someone to blame for our sin – it is ourselves! God created us to be responsible and accountable for all our actions.

All of God’s eternal decrees are righteous and holy! Although God has the awesome ability to work in spite of people’s sin and disobedience and still accomplish His will, He is never pleased by sin. God has perfectly provided everything necessary to fulfill His plans – all without His ever coming even close to being guilty of sin.

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God’s Plan in the Old Testament
Adventure 11: God's Work -- Past and Present
Mission: 5

Question Answer
What was the main way God made known His grace and glory during Old Testament times?

In Old Testament times, God made known His grace and glory by leading and taking special care of His chosen people, the Jews. Jeremiah 13:11 – "For as the sash clings to the waist of a man, so I have caused the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah to cling to Me," says the LORD, "that they may become My people, for renown, for praise, and for glory; but they would not hear."

The Difference This Truth Makes
Since God is an invisible Spirit, He has chosen to demonstrate His character through a special group of people. In the Old Testament, this special group was the Israelites, or Jews.

Israel was blessed above all the nations on Earth. It was God’s special, chosen nation – and He desired His awesome greatness
and goodness to be displayed in and through the Israelites. Deuteronomy 14:2 – For you are a holy people to the LORD your God, and the LORD has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.

But the children of Israel did not perfectly obey God. The Bible says they rejected Him, disobeyed Him, and provoked Him to anger. God was constantly gracious to them (and still is, to this day); but, as a people, they failed to meet their responsibilities
before God.

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God’s Plan from the New Testament until Now
Adventure 11: God's Work -- Past and Present
Mission: 6

Question Answer
What is the main way God has been making known His grace and glory during New Testament times and up until now?

In New Testament times and up until now, God has been making known His grace and glory by leading and taking special care of His redeemed people. All God's redeemed people are called 'the Church,' and they meet together in smaller groups called 'local churches.' 1 Peter 2:9 – But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

The Difference This Truth Makes
God has been glorifying Himself through a specific group of people has never changed! In the Old Testament, it was to glorify Himself in and through a specific nation, Israel. From the New Testament until now, God’s plan is to glorify Himself in and through any true believers in Him from any nation! Galatians 3:14 – That the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

Although “physical” Israel is God’s chosen people, God also says that all believers are Abraham’s seed [children]. There is a sense in which every believer is part of “spiritual Israel.” Galatians 3:29 – And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Right now, God is actively working in the world to establish His rule in the hearts and lives of believers. He is saving people and calling out a people for His name. This is God’s plan in the world today – and He will not stop until He has accomplished His will completely.

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God Provided the Family To Help Us Live for His Glory
Adventure 11: God's Work -- Past and Present
Mission: 7

Question Answer
What is "the family"?

The family is the people with whom God wants you to live. His design for most families is a husband, a wife, and any children God may give them. Adam and Eve and their children were the first family put together by God. Ephesians 5:31 – For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.

The Difference This Truth Makes
As part of His perfect will, God designed the family to reflect the love that exists among the three Persons of the Trinity. The husband’s love for his wife is a living, visible picture of Christ’s love for the Church. (Ephesians 5:25) God wants there to be such great unity between the husband and wife that the two become one. This does not mean “one” as in “one person,” but it does mean “one” in purpose and mind. 2 Corinthians 6:14 – Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?

In God’s eyes, no one person in a family is greater than another. Every member of the family, however, is designed to fulfill a unique role. Husbands are to submit their lives to the Lord completely, and they are to love and lead their families. Wives are to respect and submit to their husbands. The children are to respect and obey both parents. All members of the family must place themselves under authority in one way or another. Even the husband – who is the highest visible authority in the family unit – must submit himself to God, Who is the ultimate Authority.

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God Provided the Church To Help Us Live for His Glory
Adventure 11: God's Work -- Past and Present
Mission: 8

Question Answer
What is "a church"?

A church is a group of believers who meet together to worship through prayer, praise, and the preaching of God's Word because they love Jesus Christ and one another. Psalm 111:1 – Praise the LORD! I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright and in the congregation.

The Difference This Truth Makes
In the New Testament, the word “church” means a group of people that is “called out” or “belonging to the Lord.”

The Church is not a building. The Church is God’s group of people whom He has called out of the world and who belong specially to the Lord. As the Church, we are the people of God, the Body of Christ, and the temple of the Holy Spirit.

On one hand, “the Church” means all believers in Christ, in all times and places. Matthew 16:18 – And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

Many Christians use the phrase “Invisible Church” to help explain this Church. The Invisible Church is the way God sees it, because He has the ability to see with eternal eyes.

Your mom and dad and brothers and sisters are part of your physical family, but the Church is a spiritual family. If you are a believer, you are part of a universal family of believers – but you also ought to be part of a local body of believers, a “local church.”

In a more common sense, the word “church” refers to a group of believers in a given geographical location. 1 Corinthians
1:2
– To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours.

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God Provided Government To Help Us Live for His Glory
Adventure 11: God's Work -- Past and Present
Mission: 9

Question Answer
What is "government"?

Government is the leadership of cities or countries. Ultimately, it is God Who appoints leaders with their positions, power, and authority. Romans 13:1 – Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.

The Difference This Truth Makes
God has set up the rulers of this world according to His plans , and they help Him carry out His decrees. We can be confident
that all the government officials were placed in their positions by God. Psalm 75:7 – But God is the Judge: He puts down one, And exalts another.

Someone might ask, “What about the evil politicians who have power? Did God set them up, too?” God’s Word says the answer is “yes.” Sometimes, God may display His glory by changing the heart of a stubborn leader. Other times, God may place someone like that in authority as part of His judgment against a sinning people. God always has His reasons and His glory in mind as He sets one person up and takes another down.

Remember, God allowed Pharaoh to rule over Egypt and to do much evil; but God had a greater good in mind. Exodus 9:16 – But indeed for this purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth.

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God’s Providence Makes Us Thankful, Confident, and Humble
Adventure 11: God's Work -- Past and Present
Mission: 10

Question Answer
How does God exercise His providence specially for the sake of His children?

God works all things together for the good of His children and the glory of His name. Romans 8:28 – And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

The Difference This Truth Makes
God’s plans are all about God, not you. You are only a part of God’s plans, but what a privilege to be even a part! Psalm 84:10 – For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God Than dwell in the tents of wickedness.

Either you can submit to the truth that God’s plans are more important than yours, or you can try to resist that truth and make your own plans against His will.

God’s providence should produce three positive responses in our hearts:

1. Confidence – We can trust God to watch over us and provide for all our needs. Matthew 10:29-31 – Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

2. Thankfulness – We should give thanks in all circumstances, knowing that God is accomplishing His plans, which work together for His glory and our good. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 – In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

3. Humility – We ought to be humbled, because we cannot possibly understand how God is working in and through all things to carry out His plans. We should live humble lives before God and all His people.1 Peter 5:5 – Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, allof you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

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After Death, the Souls of People Go Somewhere
Adventure 12: God's Plan for the Future
Mission: 1

Question Answer
At the moment a person's body dies, where does his soul go?

At death, a believer's soul goes into the presence of the Lord, but an unbeliever's soul goes to hell. 2 Corinthians 5:6b-8 – While we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.

The Difference This Truth Makes
When a person dies, his soul is instantly separated from his body. His body returns to dust for a time, but his soul goes somewhere
else immediately.

The Apostle Paul was confident that for him, as a believer, to be absent from his body was to be “present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8). So, if you know a Christian who has died, his or her body might be in the ground, but the soul itself is with the Lord.

The souls of unbelieving people do not enjoy the presence of the Lord. Instead, their souls immediately go to a place called hell. There are two stages to hell:

Temporary (soul only) – Hell is a place where the soul is in misery, awaiting a final judgment from the Lord. This is the temporary stage of hell. There are souls of people in this stage of hell right now. We can look at this stage of hell as the “first stop” for unbelievers.

Permanent (soul and body) – Hell is a place where both the soul and body of those who reject Christ are eternally punished. This is the eternal stage of hell (everlasting death) and is also called “the Lake of Fire.” We can look at this stage of hell as the permanent and “final stop” for unbelievers.

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Jesus Christ Is Coming Again!
Adventure 12: God's Plan for the Future
Mission: 2

Question Answer
What is meant by the phrases 'the Second Coming' and 'the Day of the Lord'?

These are ways of talking about the time when Jesus Christ will come back and judge the world. Acts 17:31 – Because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.

The Difference This Truth Makes
Jesus Christ is coming back to Earth again! When He does, He will come...

SUDDENLY: 1 Corinthians 15:52 – In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

PERSONALLY: 1 Thessalonians 4:16 – For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel,
and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.

VISIBLY: Revelation 1:7 – Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.

BODILY: John 3:2 – This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”

When Christians speak about the “Second Coming of Christ,” they do not refer just to one event that happens in one moment of time. It certainly begins with a moment, but there are many other events that take place during the “Day of the Lord.” When we talk about “Christ’s return,” we are talking about a whole series of events that begin the moment Christ returns.

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Everyone Will Be Raised from the Dead Someday
Adventure 12: God's Plan for the Future
Mission: 3

Question Answer
Will our bodies ever come back to life once we have died?

Yes. One day, by the power of His voice, Jesus Christ will raise up everyone's bodies again, either for eternal life or eternal death. John 5:28-29 – "Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth - those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation."

The Difference This Truth Makes
Some people think that the life in this world is all there is. Their actions show their beliefs, because they live for the moment,
with no thoughts of eternity. But God wants us to plan for the future. There is no planning more important than soul-planning!
Matthew 16:26 – For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

There is coming a day when God will raise up the bodies of all people to be judged. What happens at that judgment depends upon how people have prepared their souls before the Lord. The souls of believers will be reunited with their glorified bodies and will inherit eternal life. But the souls of those who rejected Christ and died in their sins will be reunited with their bodies and will be prepared for everlasting
punishment.

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Jesus Christ Will Return To Judge the Whole World
Adventure 12: God's Plan for the Future
Mission: 4

Question Answer
What will happen when the Lord Jesus Christ returns to Earth?

When the Lord Jesus Christ returns to Earth, He will judge everyone, both the living and the dead. 2 Timothy 4:1 – I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom.

The Difference This Truth Makes
When Christ returns, He will judge all people from every nation and every time. Christ’s will judge on two separate occasions:

He will reward believers according to their good works (at the “Judgment Seat of Christ).

He will punish unbelievers according to their failures (at the “Great White Throne Judgment”).

It is important to understand that all those appearing at the “Judgment Seat of Christ” have already been granted eternal
life. The purpose of that judgment is not to determine whether they will enter heaven or not, because they are already united with Christ and have His righteousness. When Christ judges unbelievers, it is a different judgment, called the “Great White Throne Judgment.” In the next two missions, you will learn the differences between these two judgments.

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Jesus Will Reward Believers for Their Good Works
Adventure 12: God's Plan for the Future
Mission: 5

Question Answer
On the day of resurrection and judgment, how will Christ judge believers, those sinners who trusted Him for salvation?

Because believers are saved sinners, Christ will not judge their souls, but He will judge their works to see whether they brought glory to His name. 2 Corinthians 5:10 – For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.

The Difference This Truth Makes
Believers will stand before the “Judgment Seat of Christ.” This judgment will not be anything at all like Christ’s judgment against unbelievers. At the Judgment Seat of Christ, Christ will review the activities of believers’ lives and give rewards. (See 1 Corinthians 3:13-15).

When we stand before Christ, we stand by faith in Him, having His righteousness, and having been accepted by God.

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Jesus Will Judge the Lost by His Word
Adventure 12: God's Plan for the Future
Mission: 6

Question Answer
On the day of resurrection and judgment, how will Christ judge unbelievers, those sinners who rejected Him as Lord and King?

Christ will judge unbelievers by the absolute authority of His Word. John 12:48 – "He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him - the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day."

The Difference This Truth Makes
All those who die in their sins will be raised again to be judged. All unbelievers will stand before the “Great White Throne.” Revelation 20:11 – Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them.

The Great White Throne is the event of ultimate and final judgment against all those who die in their sins, instead of in Christ. God judges all of these people according to His Word. He measures their lives up against His Law – and judges them according to their works.

Since God judges unbelievers based on their adherence to the Law – no one will be found righteous, because no one had kept the Law perfectly (except Christ). Christ will judge the works of unbelievers like a legal judge in a court, and He will pronounce them “guilty.” Their souls and bodies will spend eternity in hell because they failed to repent and believe in Christ. Thankfully, believers will stand before God with the righteousness of Christ, by grace through faith. Revelation 20:12-15 – And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.

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The Faith of True Believers Will Last
Adventure 12: God's Plan for the Future
Mission: 7

Question Answer
Will true believers really be able to persevere in their faith until the end of time?

Yes. True believers really will be able to persevere in their faith until the end of time. Their faith must last because it comes from God and not from them. John 10:28-29 – "And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father's hand."

The Difference This Truth Makes
If you have been born again by grace through faith, then God justified you (declared you righteous because of Christ’s righteousness). To be justified is to have Christ’s righteousness put on your account. If you are trusting in Christ’s righteousness, then God considers you as having Christ’s perfect record: To God, it is just as if you had never sinned. Some days you may not act justified. But salvation is God’s work. He will not leave you. He never turns His back on a good work that He has begun.

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Nobody Knows When Christ Will Return
Adventure 12: God's Plan for the Future
Mission: 8

Question Answer
When will Jesus Christ come back in glory to judge the living and the dead?

No one knows when Jesus Christ will come back. We have been commanded to watch, to pray, to be ready, and to look forward to that day. Mark 13:35-36 – "Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming ' in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning ' lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping."

The Difference This Truth Makes
Jesus is coming back to Earth one day. He has not told us exactly when He is going to come. He could come at any time, day or night. He makes it very clear that His coming will be at an unexpected time! Since nobody really knows for sure, we should always try to be ready for His return.

In the 19th century, a man named William Miller invented a popular movement called “Millerism.” Based on his own private interpretation of Bible verses (but ignoring verses like Mark 13:35-36), he speculated (figured, guessed) about exactly when Jesus would come back to Earth. He predicted that Jesus would come back no later than March 21, 1844. All kinds of people took Miller’s word for it and got excited about Jesus coming back on the appointed day. But the day came and went, and Jesus did not. Still hopeful, some followers of Miller gave Jesus a little while longer to make His way to Earth. They extended the deadline until October of 1844. But nothing happened then, either, and eventually, Millerism folded, once and for all.

Years later, a man named Charles Russell took Miller’s teachings even farther. Russell announced that Jesus would come back in 1914. Jesus still did not come. The “Russellites” later became known as “Jehovah’s Witnesses.” Jehovah’s Witnesses are still around today, and they still promote false doctrine. (For help, see Matthew 24:36.)

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God’s Children Will Praise Him Forever
Adventure 12: God's Plan for the Future
Mission: 9

Question Answer
What is God's ultimate plan for the rest of eternity?

God's ultimate plan is to have all His people together, glorifying and enjoying Him with their whole hearts for the rest of eternity. Ephesians 3:20-21 – Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

The Difference This Truth Makes
Believers will live in the special presence of God – eternally! Since God is everywhere at the same time, we cannot say that heaven is the only place God lives. But heaven is the place where the Trinity dwells more specially than anywhere else. Jesus Himself will be there – physically, bodily, and visibly. Jesus is the best part about heaven!

We will see Christ. We will bow down before Him and worship Him. We will praise Him and serve Him forever and ever. We will not need faith anymore, because we will be there, and He will be there. We will not need to repent of anything anymore, because Jesus glorifies our hearts and bodies and makes them perfect like His own.

There will be such tremendous joy in heaven, it is more than we could imagine or express right now. Take, for example, that which makes you happiest in this life now – which should be a right relationship with God, but let’s pretend for a second that it is the joy you get from eating chocolate. You could multiply that joy by the number of all the grains of sand in the world, and you would not even come close to how happy and joyful you will be in heaven.

God will be glorified greatly in and through the joy of all His children, forever. 2 Thessalonians 1:10 – When He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe, because our testimony among you was believed.

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God Wants Me To Watch and Wait
Adventure 12: God's Plan for the Future
Mission: 10

Question Answer
How should your heart respond to learning these biblical truths about the future?

My heart should desire to be with God as soon as possible, but also to live a holy, joyful life before Him during the time He wants me here. I should wait for Jesus, hope in Him, and redeem each day for His glory until He comes. 1 Thessalonians 5:6 – Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.

The Difference This Truth Makes
Revelation 22:20-21 – He [Christ] who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

This passage from Revelation is the end of all Bible teaching – that Christ is coming and we are to wait for Him and be ready. And that is how we finish the Kids 4 Truth Curriculum. If you have gone through all twelve Adventures to get to this point –
congratulations! But more importantly, praise the Lord!

We began with God, we continued along with God, and now we end with God – all the way through, it was all about God! And the truth that Christ is coming again further confirms the fact that all the world, all of history, every person who has ever lived or ever will live exists for God’s plans and purposes. It’s all about God!

By the grace of God, there is another world coming, and you can enjoy it! But we are not there yet, and so we strive to know Christ more now. We long to be with Jesus personally, but we must draw close to Him through faith and obedience. There is something that cries out in our hearts to be with Him, and yet He has chosen us to glorify Himself through living holy and Christlike lives in this sin-cursed world.

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The Greatest Commandment Is Love
Case 7: God's Law
Clue: 1

Question Answer
According to what Jesus taught, what are the two greatest commandments of all?

Jesus taught that loving God wholeheartedly and loving others unreservedly are the two greatest commandments. Matthew 22:37b, 39b – "You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.... You shall love your neighbor as yourself."

The Difference This Truth Makes
When the scribes asked Jesus what was the greatest commandment, it was not a new question. They had been arguing for many years about which of the rules was the greatest. In their system of beliefs, they had 613 commandments to obey! 248 were positive commands (“do this”) and 365 were negative commands (“don’t do this”).

The word “sum” means the whole thing, the total, after adding up all the parts. If we could add up all the rules God ever gave, the sum of them would be Matthew 22:37 (to love God supremely). Jesus boiled all 613 commandments down into one great commandment: Love God with everything you’ve got!

When we love God more than anything or anyone else, we will not have any problems obeying His other commandments! Someone said it like this: “Love God, and do what you will.” When we love God, we will always choose the right thing. Love for God motivates us to be right and to do right.

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The First Four Commandments
Case 7: God's Law
Clue: 2

Question Answer
What are the first four of the Ten Commandments in order as they are given in Exodus 20:3-8?

The Difference This Truth Makes
When you think of the Ten Commandments, you should also think immediately of Exodus 20. You can find the Ten Commandments
listed there.

When the word “thou” is used, it means “you.” We should never think that the Ten Commandments are not for us right now. They are! God’s Law is just as unchanging as God’s character.

People who trust in their own obedience to the Law have put their faith in the wrong place! We should trust in Christ by grace through faith to save us from the penalty of breaking the Law. When Christ saves someone, He changes him to be able to obey the Law, both on the inside and the outside. God wants us to be like Him. The Ten Commandments point the way.

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The Last Six Commandments
Case 7: God's Law
Clue: 3

Question Answer
What are the last six of the Ten Commandments in order as they are given in Exodus 20:12-17?

The Difference This Truth Makes
When God does something, there are usually both immediate (now) and long-term (later) reasons and results. God first gave the Ten Commandments to the nation of Israel about 2,000 years ago. He did this to mark the Israelites as His chosen people and to separate them from the nations that did not know and obey Him.

But the Ten Commandments are not only for Israel to obey. They are for all of God’s people, at all times. The long-term reason and result of God’s giving the Ten Commandments
is that His glory and holiness might be made famous.

In order to help us understand more about the purpose of the Law, look at how God Himself describes His Law:

• God’s Law is compared to a mirror, because it shows us how we really look. But the mirror of God’s Law is not like a normal mirror that shows only the outside. God’s Law shows us our sinful hearts. (James 1:22-25)

• God’s Law is compared to a yoke, because it brings bondage if we are not in Christ. (Galatians 5:1)

• God’s Law is compared to a child’s teacher, because the Law teaches us how to live and Whom we need in order to live that way. (Galatians 3:23-4:7)

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First Four Commandments: How To Relate to God
Case 7: God's Law
Clue: 4

Question Answer
What do the first four commandments teach you?

The first four commandments teach me what it means to love and serve God wholeheartedly. Deuteronomy 6:5 – You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.

The Difference This Truth Makes
The first four commandments have to do with man’s relationship to God. God places these commandments first because He Himself is always the top priority. God knows that when we place Him first in our lives, everything else falls into place. When we relate to God rightly, we relate to other people rightly, too.

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Last Six Commandments: How To Relate to People
Case 7: God's Law
Clue: 5

Question Answer
What do the last six commandment teach you?

The last six commandments teach me what it means to love and serve my neighbor unreservedly. Matthew 7:12 – "Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets."

The Difference This Truth Makes
Have you ever heard the common proverb “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”? Did you know that saying
is based on Jesus’ words in Matthew 7:12? Its nickname is the “Golden Rule.” Jesus said that if we obey this principle (“whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them”), we will be fulfilling all the Law. We learned in Clue #1 that Jesus also said (in Matthew 22) that loving God and loving others wholeheartedly was the sum of all the Law. That means doing unto others what we would have them do unto us is the same thing as acting out genuine love for God and others. We can only love others genuinely if we genuinely love God. If we obey the “Golden Rule,” we automatically will be meeting the demands of Matthew 22 and the whole Law.

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God’s Law Points Us to Christ
Case 7: God's Law
Clue: 6

Question Answer
Why did God give the Ten Commandments?

God gave the Ten Commandments to show all of us that we are sinners who desperately need Jesus Christ's righteousness and forgiveness. Galatians 3:24a – Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ.

The Difference This Truth Makes
God’s Law does not give salvation, but it does guide to salvation. The Law is not a giver; it is a guide.

In Bible times, a schoolmaster, or tutor, was a person who prepared a child to be an adult. That tutor was more than just a teacher of math, science, and languages. He trained a child to live successfully in every aspect of life. He taught the basic wisdom that the child needed to be able to respond rightly in most important areas of life.

For those of us who are Christians, the Law has taught what we could never do perfectly, and it guided to faith in Christ, Who did fulfill the Law perfectly.

The Law still serves a purpose for Christians even after they are trusting Christ. It shows how Christians are to live in order to glorify God. Without Christ, it is impossible to obey the Law. With Christ, we are free to obey God’s commands and bring Him glory.

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Jesus Christ Obeyed God’s Law Completely
Case 7: God's Law
Clue: 7

Question Answer
Why is it so important that Jesus Christ obeyed the Ten Commandments perfectly?

Because Jesus Christ is God, His obedience was perfect; and His righteousness can be ours by grace through faith. Romans 5:19 – For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man's obedience many will be made righteous.

The Difference This Truth Makes
What did Jesus Christ obey? He obeyed all of God’s commandments. How did He obey them? He obeyed them all perfectly. He is the perfect Revelation of Who God is because He demonstrated obedience to God’s Law.

If God’s standard is perfection (it is), and if we have miserably fallen short of that standard (we have), then we are in big trouble! That is what God’s Law teaches us. But Christ measured up to God’s standard of perfection and He will give us His righteousness so that we might be accepted by God. When we begin to understand this Law and what Jesus did and will do, we understand why we need Him for a Savior.

Philippians 3:9 – And be found in Him [Christ], not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith.

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All People Break God’s Law
Case 7: God's Law
Clue: 8

Question Answer
Can sinners get to heaven by trying really hard to obey all of the Ten Commandments?

No. Nobody but Jesus is good enough to get to heaven by keeping the Law perfectly. Romans 3:20a – Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight.

The Difference This Truth Makes
Some people think that if they try hard to obey God’s Law, they will be accepted by Him. But we have all fallen short of God’s standard of perfect righteousness. Even if someone did try to live perfectly from this moment forward, he could never make up for the sin he has committed in the past by doing good in the present. That is why no one will ever be declared righteous by keeping the Law perfectly. It is impossible to be saved by “good” works. Without faith in Christ, nobody’s work can be truly “good.” The Law cannot give life, it only guides to Life (Jesus Christ). Hebrews 11:6 – But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

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Obeying God’s Law is Always Good for Us
Case 7: God's Law
Clue: 9

Question Answer
Does God give us the Law to make us miserable and keep us from being happy?

No. The Law is God's good gift to us, designed for His own glory and for our own good. Deuteronomy 6:24a – And the LORD commanded us to observe all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always.

The Difference This Truth Makes
When the Bible speaks of the “fear of the Lord” as it does in Deuteronomy 6:24, it is talking about serious, submissive trust that respects God’s thoughts above our own. When we truly fear the Lord, we will love what He loves and hate what He hates (sin).

Sin never brings good results. One of the reasons that fearing the Lord is so good for us is that it keeps us from sin.

Obedience will bring joy and peace. Disobedience will cause pain and misery.

God wants what is best for you! Obedience
to the Law is a good thing and brings us many benefits. bedience brings blessing; disobedience brings conflict.

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Praise God for His Law!
Case 7: God's Law
Clue: 10

Question Answer
What should your attitude toward God be like because He has given the Law?

I should be thankful to God because His Law shows me His character and points me to Christ, Who alone can save me. Psalm 119:111-112 – Your testimonies I have taken as a heritage forever, for they are the rejoicing of my heart. I have inclined my heart to perform Your statutes forever, to the very end.

The Difference This Truth Makes
Without God’s Law, we would not understand
our need for God.

But what about people who have never actually heard or read God’s Law?

The Bible teaches that God has written His Law on everyone’s hearts. Romans 2:14-15 – For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves, who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience
also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them).

Although people without God’s Word cannot understand God’s Word fully, all people are born with consciences and an inner sense of right and wrong. Because of this truth, no one will have an excuse for rejecting Christ. Because He is a loving, gracious, and merciful heavenly Father, God has given us His Law to bring us to Christ.

There are three reasons to be very thankful
for God’s Law:

1. Be thankful that the Law points us to Christ.

2. Be thankful that the Law reveals the character of God.

3. Be thankful that the Law shows us how we can live our lives to glorify God.

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Jesus Is the Only Way to Truth and Life
Case 8: Jesus Christ
Clue: 1

Question Answer
Who is Jesus Christ?

Jesus Christ is the only Son of God and the only Savior of sinners. To know Him by grace through faith is to know God the Father. John 14:6 – Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me."

The Difference This Truth Makes
John 14:6 is Jesus’ response to Thomas, who wondered how he and the other disciples might go where Jesus was going (Jesus was going to heaven, to sit at the Father’s right hand). But instead of Jesus giving directions on a map, He replied that He Himself was the Way! Jesus is still the only Way to Heaven.

1 John 5:20 – And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.

“Without the Way, there is no going. Without the Truth, there is no knowing. Without the Life, there is no living.”
– Thomas à Kempis

Jesus Christ is the only Way to God – not just “one good way among many good ways.” Jesus Christ not only shows the Way to God, He is the Way! The Way to God is not by keeping the Ten Commandments, by going to church, doing good deeds, or giving money. The Way to God is through Christ alone.

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Jesus Is the Mediator of a Better Covenant
Case 8: Jesus Christ
Clue: 2

Question Answer
Who is the only Mediator between God and sinners, the only One able to bring us close to God?

Jesus Christ is the only Mediator between God and sinners. He alone is able to bring us close to God. 1 Timothy 2:5 – For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.

The Difference This Truth Makes
Jesus is the Mediator of a better covenant. A Mediator is someone who goes between two other people to bring them together. Since God is so much greater than us, we need a Mediator to act as a bridge so we can come near God again. But since He is God, no one but God Himself will do for a Mediator. The only One Who could bring us to God is Jesus Christ. Jesus came between God and us to make a relationship possible between us.

When Jesus came to Earth, God was setting up a New Covenant. Until that time, God had dealt with people mainly through the Old Covenant, which is found in Exodus 19:5. It is based upon man’s complete obedience to God’s Law – which, as you learned in the last Clue, is impossible for just any man to fulfill.

A covenant is like a promise, but it is even more serious than that! A covenant is an agreement between two parties. It is completely binding, which means that there is no way to get out of it. It is an agreement beyond all agreements! It is a promise that establishes a permanent relationship between two parties.

When we think of covenants that God has made with man, two should come to mind:
The Old Covenant is based on man’s perfect obedience to God’s Law. God introduced this Covenant to His people through Moses when He gave the Ten Commandments.
The New Covenant is based on Christ’s perfect obedience to God’s Law and came through Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ was 100% God and 100% man, so He met all the Old Covenant demands.

He never sinned against God’s Law. Nobody has ever earned salvation by keeping the Law. Jesus was the only One Who ever kept it, and He does not need to be saved! The people we read of in the Old Testament were under the Old Covenant, but they were still saved through faith in Christ’s righteousness. Hebrews 11 speaks of Moses’ faith in Christ.

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Jesus Christ Has Always Been and Will Always Be God
Case 8: Jesus Christ
Clue: 3

Question Answer
Is Jesus Christ truly God?

Jesus Christ truly is the uncreated, eternal, and loving God. Titus 2:13 – Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.

The Difference This Truth Makes
Jesus Christ is God. He claimed to be God, He did things that only God can do, and God Himself talks to Jesus as “God.”
The truth is, if Jesus was not fully and completely God, then all mankind to be condemned (lost, doomed) in their sins. No sacrifice less than God Himself would ever be good enough as a sacrifice for our sins. Why?

1. Only someone Who is God could even bear the full punishment for the sins of the world.

2. Salvation is from the Lord (Jonah 2:9), and the whole message of the Bible is that no sinful human being – no creature – could ever save a fellow creature. From start to finish, salvation had to be God’s work and God’s alone.

3. Only God could serve as the Mediator between God and man, to bring us back to God and to reveal God to us.

The One for Whom Christians look (Jesus Christ) is the same One who will return again in person someday. The Bible says we ought to be watching for His second coming.

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Jesus Christ Is Totally Human
Case 8: Jesus Christ
Clue: 4

Question Answer
Is Jesus Christ truly human?

Jesus Christ is the only perfect Man. He became truly human in every way, except that He never sinned. Galatians 4:4 – But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law.

The Difference This Truth Makes
The Bible teaches that Christ was born of a woman; He was human. Jesus had emotions like we do. He felt love, anger, hunger and thirst. Jesus even died like humans do. He was totally human. He was also totally God. We cannot understand how that is true; but it is true, because it is what the Bible teaches.

In Jewish tradition, a father would choose the time when his son was ready to be considered an adult. The Heavenly Father chose the time for His Son to come to Earth and save people from their sins. God knew when “the fullness of time” had come, and He sent His Son.

Some interesting things were happening when Christ came to Earth. The Romans were keeping peace and building roads that helped news travel quickly. The Greeks had provided a very descriptive language that was being used by most of the world at that time. And the Jews had been looking forward to a Savior for hundreds of years. God worked through men to prepare all the details for the arrival of His Son. A lot of Old Testament prophecies were fulfilled miraculously when each of those details came together.

The Bible says that God sent forth His Son. Someone who is “sent” has a purpose – to do the will of the “sender.” Jesus Christ was sent by God the Father as a representative to carry out the Father’s will and to reveal the Father to the world. Jesus showed to us what God is like more than any other person ever had or ever will. God has preserved the story of Christ in the Bible so that we might believe and know Him ourselves.

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Jesus Died an Awful Death To Pay for Our Sins
Case 8: Jesus Christ
Clue: 5

Question Answer
What kind of death did Christ die?

Christ was nailed to a cross and His blood was shed for sinners. His death was both painful and shameful. Isaiah 53:5 – But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.

The Difference This Truth Makes
Isaiah 53 is prophecy, which means it was a prediction of what would happen in the future. When these words were written, Christ had not yet arrived on Earth. Isaiah 53 predicted the details of Christ’s terrible sacrifice for our sins.

Christ’s death on the cross was an event that should cause us to have mixed emotions. We should feel incredibly grateful that Christ endured such a painful, shameful death to pay the price for our sins. We should also feel very sorrowful (both sad and sorry) that the Savior went through such horrible agony on account of our wicked hearts.

Christ was our Substitute. He took our place so that we would not have to pay the penalty for our sins. He proved to us how good and loving He is by His death on the cross for us.

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Jesus Christ Won the Victory over Sin and Death
Case 8: Jesus Christ
Clue: 6

Question Answer
Did Jesus Christ rise from the dead?

Yes! Jesus rose again and is alive today! The truth of His resurrection is the heart of the Gospel message. Acts 1:3b – He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.

The Difference This Truth Makes
When Paul uses the phrase “first of all” in 1 Corinthians 15:3, it means “of most importance.” Paul is saying that the Gospel is the most important message.

When Paul used the phrase “according to the scriptures,” he was talking about the Old Testament scriptures. The Gospel of Jesus is not just a New Testament story. The whole Bible is about Christ! When the Israelites had to keep all kinds of rules and regulations, it was a way to remind them constantly that they could never fulfill God’s requirements perfectly on their own, but that Someone was coming Who could! When the Israelites had to make sacrifices and bring offerings, it was all part of the greater Story – part of the Gospel of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ’s righteousness. The Israelites knew that God was not satisfied with animal offerings to take away their sins – their faith was in the coming Messiah (the “Anointed One”). They obeyed the Law and looked ahead with the eyes of faith to a Messiah Who really was coming. Jesus Christ would fulfill the Law of God perfectly. Jesus Christ’s sacrifice could take away their sins and guilt permanently.

By rising from the grave, Christ proved He was a better sacrifice than bulls and goats ever could have been. Christ lived perfectly, died, and rose again. We can trust that He is the only One able to forgive and save us. Surely the only One to trust for eternal life is the only One Who has conquered death? He lives forever, and in Him, we can too.

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Jesus Christ Is in Heaven, But His Spirit Is with Us
Case 8: Jesus Christ
Clue: 7

Question Answer
What is Jesus Christ doing right now?

Jesus is at His Father's right hand, preparing a place for His people and praying for them, confirming His truth through the Spirit and orchestrating all things. Luke 22:69 – "Hereafter the Son of Man will sit on the right hand of the power of God."

The Difference This Truth Makes
Luke 22:69 is speaking about the time when Jesus was captured by the Sanhedrin. “Sanhedrin” was the name of the Jewish
religious group who paid Judas Iscariot to betray Jesus Christ. They captured Jesus at night and held a secret, illegal trial in order to declare He was “guilty” and call for His death.

When Jesus told them that they would see the Son of man sit on the right hand of the power of God, the Sanhedrin
immediately knew that Jesus was claiming to be God Himself! Why?

To sit on the right hand of God meant to hold the position of highest honor and privilege. This would be a place reserved only for Someone worthy to sit alongside God. The Jews understood that God’s Son is coequal with God Himself.

Jesus was referring to Daniel 7:13-14, a passage of Scripture that prophesies clearly that the One Who sits on the right hand of God is the Son of God. The Sanhedrin would have recognized this passage from the book of Daniel.

In the Jews’ system, someone who pretended to be God was punishable by death. The Jews had to turn Jesus over to the Roman authorities because the Jews were under Roman rule at that time. They could not put their own prisoners to death. The Sanhedrin took Jesus to the Romans and put pressure on Pilate (the Roman ruler) to judge and execute Jesus.

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We Can Be Forgiven Due to Christ’s Victory over Sin
Case 8: Jesus Christ
Clue: 8

Question Answer
Why is it so important to believe Christ rose from the dead?

If Christ had not risen from the dead, sinners would have no hope for forgiveness or eternal life. Christ's resurrection proved He is more powerful than sin or sin's penalty. 1 Corinthians 15:17 – And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!

The Difference This Truth Makes
If Christ had not risen from the dead, then sin and death would have proven their power over Him. But since He beat sin and death by coming back from the dead, He has won the ultimate victory. The One Who conquered sin and death once never needs to conquer them again: They are defeated by Jesus Christ. It is finished, once for all.

Hebrews 1:3 – Who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.

Christ has removed the sting of death. No longer should we be fearful of eternal death and hell if we are placing our trust in Him. Christ’s victory over sin and death proves we can be forgiven and have new life by grace through faith in Him!

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Jesus Loves People Very Much!
Case 8: Jesus Christ
Clue: 9

Question Answer
Does Jesus love people?

Yes! Jesus wept for people, prayed for people, and laid down His life for people. Matthew 9:36a – But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them.

The Difference This Truth Makes
When the Bible says that Jesus was “moved with compassion,” it means Jesus had a very strong emotional feeling of sympathy. Jesus looked at the people and felt kindness and pity for them because they had such great needs. Eventually, He would lay down His life for them on the cross.

Jesus went around teaching, preaching, and healing people, partly out of His compassion for them. Another reason Jesus healed people by performing miracles was to prove that He was the Son of God. The ministry of Jesus attracted very large crowds! Would you have gone to see Jesus if you had lived back then?

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We Must Believe in Christ and Praise Him Forever
Case 8: Jesus Christ
Clue: 10

Question Answer
How should these truths about Jesus Christ affect you?

I should believe and be glad that the only perfect Savior laid down His life so that I could be right with God; and I should joyfully trust and obey Him with my life. Hebrews 13:15a – Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God.

The Difference This Truth Makes
When God’s Word mentions that we should give thanks to His name, it means that we should respond rightly to the truth about Who He is and what He has done.

The Bible says we should offer praise to God continually. This means God should receive honor from our behavior and
attitudes in everyday life, especially in what we say about Him and to Him. But praise to God does not end once we die. We can praise God more completely and beautifully than ever when we are in eternity with Him.

Revelation 19:5 – Then a voice came from the throne, saying, “Praise our God, all you His servants and those who fear Him, both small and great!”

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God’s Greatest Gift Is Salvation
Case 9: God's Gift - Salvation
Clue: 1

Question Answer
What is "salvation"?

Salvation is the everlasting life and forgiveness that God gives freely to sinners who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ by grace through faith to save them. Saved sinners are declared righteous by God and adopted into His family. Jonah 2:9b – Salvation is of the LORD.

The Difference This Truth Makes
In Jonah 2:9, the prophet Jonah was praying from a horrible place: the belly of a giant fish! Earlier, Jonah had been tossed into the ocean, and he thought he was going
to die. But God prepared a giant fish to swallow and rescue him. This experience caused Jonah to repent humbly and to declare that salvation comes from God!

The God Who saved Jonah is the same God Who saves people today. The gift of salvation comes from God and God alone!

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Salvation Comes Only through Jesus Christ
Case 9: God's Gift - Salvation
Clue: 2

Question Answer
In whom alone must we trust to forgive our sins and to make us fit for eternal life with God?

We must trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, and in Him alone. Acts 4:12 – Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.

The Difference This Truth Makes
When the word “name” is used in Acts 4:12, it means Jesus’ “power and authority.”

There is no other power or authority that can and will save men from sins. The Apostle Peter was the one who preached this bold message to the same crowd that murdered Jesus! It is amazing to think that, only a few days earlier, Peter was the disciple who denied the Lord Jesus three times, insisting that he did not even know Him.

After Peter’s denial and Jesus’ resurrection, Peter met the Lord in person, and that changed everything. When Peter saw and believed that Christ had beaten sin and death, he knew that Christ could beat sin and death for him, too. Peter devoted his life to preaching the story of Jesus and His cross.

Peter died a death similar to Jesus’ death – on a cross. In fact, Jesus prophesied it in John 21:18-19. From what we know about Peter from sources outside the Bible, however, he refused to be crucified like His Jesus. He insisted that he be crucified upside down, because he did not feel worthy even to die in the same manner that His Lord and King had died.

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We Must Repent and Believe in Order To Be Saved
Case 9: God's Gift - Salvation
Clue: 3

Question Answer
What must you do to be saved?

To be saved, I must (by grace, through faith) repent from my sins and believe that only Christ can make me holy and whole. Mark 1:15b – "The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel."

The Difference This Truth Makes
When Christians use the term “conversion,” they are describing repentance of sin and trust in Jesus Christ for salvation.

We could look at it this way: Repentance + Faith in Christ = Conversion.

God wants you to be converted. In order to receive salvation, you must be converted. This means you must repent (change your attitude and turn from sin) and have faith (believe) in Christ. Matthew 18:3 – And [Jesus] said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.”

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Faith Makes Us Sure of God’s Truth
Case 9: God's Gift - Salvation
Clue: 4

Question Answer
What is "faith"?

Faith is a gift of God that makes us able to trust Him and believe His Gospel. Ephesians 2:8-9 – For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.

The Difference This Truth Makes
In Ephesians 2:8, it is a bit unclear what the phrase “the gift of God” means. But we can be certain of this: it refers either specifically to faith, or to everything necessary for salvation, or even salvation itself.

No matter what, it is clear that faith is a gift of God. Salvation begins with the grace of God. He is the One Who takes the first step in providing us salvation. Nobody deserves this wonderful gift! It is right to say that everything needed for salvation is a gift of God.

The way we receive God’s gift of salvation is through faith. True faith is humble because it causes us to realize how needy and desperate we are for Christ. If someone thinks that he deserves salvation, he does not have true faith. If someone thinks there are any good works he might do to receive salvation, he does not have true faith.

True faith is certain that Jesus saves needy sinners because of His goodness – not ours.

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Repentance Changes Our Attitude Toward Sin
Case 9: God's Gift - Salvation
Clue: 5

Question Answer
What is "repentance"?

Repentance is a gift from God that makes sinners willing and able to turn away from their sins and turn to Him instead. 1 Thessalonians 1:9b – You turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God.

The Difference This Truth Makes
Paul told the people at Thessalonica something they already knew: They had turned from their idols to serve God. This is a good picture of repentance. The kind of repentance that saves is turning from sin and self and turning to Jesus Christ. Simply put, repentance is change.

Imagine what other people thought when hundreds of idol-worshipping unbelievers began throwing away their idols!

Anyone who gets saved is turning from some kind of idol. Not all idols are gold or silver statues. An “idol” is anything other than God that you might trust to bring you joy and satisfaction.

When the Bible says the Thessalonians turned to serve God, it means they stopped being slaves to sin and started being slaves to God. God became their new Master and Lord, and they pledged their lives to Him. In other words, their repentance involved a commitment to God. In order to be committed to this God, they needed to turn their backs on other things (fake gods and idols). True repentance is a total turnaround in a person’s attitude toward sin.

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The Gospel Is the Story of Christ
Case 9: God's Gift - Salvation
Clue: 6

Question Answer
What is "the Gospel"?

The Gospel is the good news that Jesus Christ became a Man, lived a sinless life, died as a criminal, was buried in a tomb, and came to life again so that sinners could have a Way to God. 1 Corinthians 15:3b-4 – That Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.

The Difference This Truth Makes
The word “gospel” literally means “good news.” The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the best news ever because God provided it to give new life to spiritually dead people, and to give the light of truth to those who are in spiritual darkness. (See Ephesians 2:1 and 2 Corinthians 4:4.)

Sin caused us to be born spiritually dead. We needed life! We needed to be born again. God gives us new life. This new birth is a supernatural event. It is not something that could be accomplished by human effort. (See John 3:6.)

The Gospel of Christ is that He came to Earth and lived here without sin, He shed His blood and died for our sins, He was buried (which proves He really died), and He rose from the dead. He proved He was more powerful than sin and sin’s penalty.

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God Receives Glory When He Saves Helpless Sinners
Case 9: God's Gift - Salvation
Clue: 7

Question Answer
Why does God save believing sinners from their sins?

In His magnificent love and wisdom, God saves believing sinners because He wants great glory for Himself and great good for His people. Isaiah 43:25 – "I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins."

The Difference This Truth Makes
God is the only One Who can forgive us, because He is the One against Whom we have sinned!

Why did God even create a plan of redemption in the first place? Why would the God of the universe put so much design and sacrifice into providing a way for sinners to escape their sins and the penalty of their sins?

You have already studied one reason! God’s goodness. God is so good! One of the main attributes of God’s goodness is His infinite, amazing love. No one loves like God loves. It is not humanly possible for us to love as much as God loves the world.

We cannot even understand how great God’s love is, so it may be even harder to imagine that God has an even greater reason for wanting to save us: His own glory! Think about it: God created us to glorify Him and to enjoy Him forever. When we sin, we all fall short of God’s glory. When Jesus Christ came to live and die and rise again, He did it out of love for His people – but ultimately,

He did it so that God would receive the glory due to His name.
God saves us to show the world how awesome His power is. God receives glory when He saves people, because no one else can (and no one else probably would if they could). Then, by His grace He changes us to be more and more like Jesus Christ. As we become more like Christ, we bring God even more glory.

God’s salvation is so powerful that He does not remember our sins anymore. He treats us as though we had never sinned.

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God Never Takes Back His Gift of Salvation
Case 9: God's Gift - Salvation
Clue: 8

Question Answer
Can anyone ever lose true salvation?

No one can ever lose true salvation because it is a gift from God, Who never changes. Romans 11:29 – For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.

The Difference This Truth Makes
The reason we should have confidence that God will never take back His wonderful gift to us is His unchanging character. God’s gifts and calling never change.

Many people wonder whether they need to receive salvation over and over again. But if a believer has truly received salvation, it is forever! Eternal life begins the moment of your conversion. If you are born again, you have eternal life right now, and you will forever.

Some people wonder if they might be able to lose salvation once they have gotten it. They worry that they might do something so bad it would make God angry enough to take their salvation away. But God never changes His mind about our position with Him. He does not take back the gifts He has freely given. 1 Peter 1:5 – Who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

God’s purpose in saving anyone at all is an eternal purpose. It is not temporary! Salvation is God’s work, God’s call, and God’s gift. Gifts of God cannot and will not fail.

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God Justifies and Adopts Those Who Receive Christ
Case 9: God's Gift - Salvation
Clue: 9

Question Answer
How can God justly declare a sinner to be "righteous"?

If my faith is in Jesus, I am united with Him. His righteousness counts for me, and God will not hold my sins against me. Philippians 3:9b – Found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ.

The Difference This Truth Makes
When Paul talks about being “found” in Him (in Christ), Paul is describing how God accepts and loves him in the same way God accepts and loves Jesus Christ. Since Paul was “in Christ,” he would enjoy forever the favor and blessing of God that Christ enjoys.

Since Paul was “in Christ,” he had been given the righteousness of Christ Himself. God demands absolute perfection in order for us to be accepted by Him. Nobody is perfect, except Christ. We need to have Christ’s perfection, His righteousness, given to us in order to be fit for heaven and right with God.

This kind of righteousness comes only by faith. When we believe in Christ, God declares us “righteous” because of Christ. The biblical term for God declaring us righteous
because of Christ is justification. When God justifies us, He views us just as if we had never sinned.

As Jesus Christ is the Son of God, so also those who are in Christ are the sons and daughters of God. This is because they are adopted through Christ into God’s family forever.

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We All Need To Believe in Christ for Salvation
Case 9: God's Gift - Salvation
Clue: 10

Question Answer
Why do you need salvation?

I need salvation because, without it, I am a sinner by birth and by choice, an enemy of God, spiritually dead. John 11:25 – Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live."

The Difference This Truth Makes
Soon after Jesus spoke the words of John 11:25, He proved that He was the Resurrection and the Life by raising Lazarus from the dead. He said: “Lazarus, come forth!” And Lazarus (who had been dead four days!) came out of his grave.

Jesus’ raising of Lazarus was only a small picture of what He will do with everyone someday. The Bible teaches that there is coming a day when all who have died will be raised back to life to be judged by God.

In that day, those who have received God’s gift of salvation will be given glorified bodies and welcomed into eternity with God forever. But those who rejected Christ will be punished forever in the lake of fire.

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God Has a Purpose for You!
Case 10: God's Purpose for His Children
Clue: 1

Question Answer
What is God's main purpose for His children while they live on Earth?

God's main purpose for His children is that they would bring Him glory by growing to be more and more like His Son Jesus in their affections, attitudes, and actions. Romans 8:29a – For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son.

The Difference This Truth Makes
Romans 8:29 teaches us that God’s goal for believers is that they be conformed to the image of His Son, Jesus Christ.

God’s plan is going to succeed because He chose and called us. When someone responds to God’s call, God justifies him, which, as you have already learned, means that God declares him “righteous.” But a believer is not sinless. His righteousness is in Christ. Someday, God will glorify all His children by giving them new bodies like Jesus’ risen body. Until then, believers need to do their best to be like Christ and live in a way that honors what He has done for them.

God’s goal for His children goes beyond just bringing them to heaven someday. God’s children will be changed into the image of God’s Son, both now and forever. No longer will we fall short of God’s glory!

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God Changes His Children To Become Like Jesus
Case 10: God's Purpose for His Children
Clue: 2

Question Answer
What is "sanctification"?

Sanctification is God's ongoing work through His Word to change believers so their lives will reflect more and more of Jesus' likeness. 2 Corinthians 3:18b – Being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

The Difference This Truth Makes
We can meet and know Jesus Christ through the Bible. When we open up the Bible and read about Christ, it is like looking
into a mirror and seeing Him and all His glory. We cannot yet see Him face-to-face (that will happen in heaven), but we can “see” and get to know Him better through God’s Word.

When believers get a “view” of Christ as He is revealed in God’s Word, they are changed by the Spirit to be like Him. This is God’s way of changing believers. As you learned in Clue 1, this process is called sanctification.

When the Bible says “from glory to glory,” that means we are being changed from one level or stage of glory to another. In other words, becoming like Christ does not happen overnight! The process begins when we are born again, but it continues all throughout our lives.

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God Provides What We Need To Become Like Christ
Case 10: God's Purpose for His Children
Clue: 3

Question Answer
What are two needed gifts that God provides so that we might be sanctified?

The Holy Spirit and His Word are two needed gifts that God provides so that we might be sanctified. 2 Thessalonians 2:13b – Sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth. John 17:17 – "Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth."

The Difference This Truth Makes
2 Thessalonians 2:13 describes the two helps that God gives in order to sanctify us (to make us more like Jesus). He gives the Holy Spirit, and He gives us His Truth (His Word).

We must believe the Word! Unbelievers will be punished forever because of their unbelief. But those who believe will be given salvation. One of the great benefits of salvation is sanctification.

When someone receives a new job, that position might bring with it many benefits. That person might get the benefit of a bigger office, a pay raise, or maybe even a new car!

Believers gain a new position in Christ, and the benefits of their union with Christ are incredible! One of those benefits is that the Spirit of God sanctifies believers through God’s truth. So these are the two necessary helps to become more like Jesus: The Word and the Spirit.

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God’s Children Grow in Love, Holiness, and Good Works
Case 10: God's Purpose for His Children
Clue: 4

Question Answer
Day by day, as you change to resemble Christ Jesus more and more, what will God and others begin to see in your life?

Day by day, as I change to resemble Christ Jesus, God and others will begin to see more holiness, more love toward them, and more good works in my life. Ephesians 2:10 – For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

The Difference This Truth Makes
If you are a Christian, then you are God’s work of art. In Ephesians 2:10, the Bible says we are His “workmanship.” This word carries the idea of a “masterpiece.” Just like a famous artist’s finest painting is called “a masterpiece,” so God’s children are “masterpieces” of the greatest Artist.

Have you ever seen an artist paint a portrait of someone? The more a portrait resembles (looks like) its subject, the better the artist is! God saved us to be living portraits of His Son, Jesus Christ. When people look at our lives, they should see not only us, but Jesus. Jesus loved God and others. He was holy (separate from sin and separate unto God). He did good works.

The Bible says that, as God’s masterpieces, we were created to do good works. We are not saved by doing good works – but we have been saved to do good works!

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God’s Children Should Live Holy Lives
Case 10: God's Purpose for His Children
Clue: 5

Question Answer
What does it mean to 'be holy in heart and mind'?

To be holy in heart and mind means to devote my whole self to loving God and hating sin. 1 Peter 1:15 – But as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct.

The Difference This Truth Makes
Children resemble their parents. They “inherit” (receive from their parents) things that reflect the image of their parents. Maybe people have told you that “you have your dad’s blue eyes.” Or maybe “you talk just like your mom.” One way or another, parents can be “seen” somehow in their children. God is holy, and He is our Father. His children should bear the “family resemblance”: They should be holy, as their Father is holy.

To be holy means to be completely separate from sin. In fact, the word “sanctification” means “to set apart”! In sanctification,
God sets us apart from our sinful selves, and from the sinful world.

Instead of imitating (copying) the unholy world, our lives should imitate the holy character of our Father. Being holy is a full-time job because holiness should be lived out in every area of our lives. Our words, our hobbies, our actions, our friendships, and the things we enjoy should all be holy.

It is every Christian’s responsibility to live a holy life. But since believers are “in Christ,” they also have been given the ability and privilege to live holy lives. God commands us to be holy. And God has provided everything we need in order to live holy lives.

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God’s Children Should Live Loving Lives
Case 10: God's Purpose for His Children
Clue: 6

Question Answer
What does it mean to 'love God and others'?

To love God and others means to treat them with genuine care, humility, and loyal kindness. Philippians 2:3 – Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.

The Difference This Truth Makes
The opposite of love is selfishness. True love gives selflessly to God and others. Jesus Christ is the ultimate Example of love. He spent His life on Earth selflessly serving His Father and helping others. He gave His life on the cross, proving His love for us. John 15:13 – Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.

God wants us to have Jesus’ attitude! In humility, we should value others’ lives more than we care about our own lives. We should do nothing out of selfish hopes for personal profit. Selfless love should work itself out in the way we spend our time and money. Whatever we do should be an act of love, from start to finish, or else it will not have lasting value.

1 Corinthians 13:3 – And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.

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God’s Children Should Do Good Works
Case 10: God's Purpose for His Children
Clue: 7

Question Answer
What does it mean to 'do good works'?

To do good works means to live for God's glory by loving, obeying, and by doing things that only God's children could do with God's help. Colossians 1:10-11a – That you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might.

The Difference This Truth Makes
God wants us to be fruitful Christians. Like someone planting an orange tree in order to get yummy, juicy oranges, God has planted us in Christ in order to bring forth “spiritual fruit.” Good words, good thoughts, and good actions can all be called “spiritual fruit.”

For example, one good work that can be done right after you become a Christian is to be baptized as Christ was. Baptism is a public testimony (statement of faith) that you want your life to identify with Christ.

Another good work that God commands Christians to do is to remember Christ’s sacrifice at Calvary. This practice is called “the Lord’s Supper.” The food and drink used in this event is symbolic of Christ’s body and His blood, to help us remember the price He paid to redeem us from sin.

One of the greatest works we can do as Christians is to speak the truth in love to unbelievers. Matthew 28:19-20 – Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

There are many, many other good works besides these! Jesus set an unbeatable example for doing all kinds of good works. Just take a look at this passage: John 21:25 – And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen.

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We Are Changed through Our Relationship with Christ
Case 10: God's Purpose for His Children
Clue: 8

Question Answer
How does God change and sanctify His children to make them more holy and more like Christ?

God's Holy Spirit and His Word work together to change and sanctify His children from the inside out by showing and teaching them more of Christ. 2 Peter 1:3 – As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue.

The Difference This Truth Makes
Knowing Christ changes us to be more and more like Him. We could look at it this way:

The more we know Him, the more we are like Him!

The less we know Him, the less we are like Him!


God has given us everything necessary to become more and more like Christ. The power to live a holy life comes through the knowledge of God. We can grow in a relationship with Christ by discovering what the Word and Spirit reveal about Him.

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Knowing Christ Brings Happiness
Case 10: God's Purpose for His Children
Clue: 9

Question Answer
What should be a Christian's joyful goal in sanctification?

A Christian's joyful goal in sanctification should be to understand and know the LORD. Jeremiah 9:23-24a – Thus says the LORD, "Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches; but let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me."

The Difference This Truth Makes
Some people might think that following Christ is boring or frustrating. It is pretty obvious that people who think like this are not yet ready for heaven! If someone is not happy in Christ, then he is probably not believing in the Christ of the Bible. Christ is happiness! Christ is joy! Christ is everything! If you have Him, you have something better than all the riches of the whole world.

If you know the Lord, then you have everything you need to be the happiest and most content person in the world. If you are an unhappy Christian, then you are believing wrong things. If you do not think that Christ can bring you happiness, then you are believing wrong things!

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We Should Love God’s Word and God’s Spirit
Case 10: God's Purpose for His Children
Clue: 10

Question Answer
What should be your attitude toward God's Word and the Holy Spirit?

I should set my heart to trust and obey God's Word and the Holy Spirit. I should love learning the Truth that can make me whole, free, and better fit to serve God! 2 Timothy 3:17a – That the man of God may be complete.

The Difference This Truth Makes
God has given us His Word so that we may know Him through Christ, and so we may grow up to become like Christ. It is only by God’s Word that we can be saved and changed.

In 2 Timothy 3:17, the Bible says that the man of God (which is really a general term for any believer who wants to be godly) may be “complete.” This word “complete” has the idea of being “mature,” or “wholly grown.” Without Christ and a growing relationship with Him, every person is incomplete (less than whole).

It is through the Bible that we can get totally prepared for doing good thoughts, good words, and good works. The Bible equips us with motivation and instruction for how our lives can please and glorify God. What a tremendous purpose we have in Christ! We can please the Lord by serving Him.

Guess what? When we make pleasing God our priority, then He makes pleasing us a priority. Matthew 6:33 – But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

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God Has Always Known the Things He Would Do
Case 11: God's Work - Past and Present
Clue: 1

Question Answer
When did God decide and plan out all the things He would do?

Even before God created the world, He decided and planned out all the things He would do. Isaiah 46:9b-10 – "I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, 'My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure.'"

The Difference This Truth Makes
God has always known the things He would do, and He works within His Creation to make sure His plans come to pass. Bible teachers use the word providence to describe God’s skillful work within Creation to bring about all His plans and purposes.

God has declared the end from the beginning. In other words, God determines the beginning, middle, and end of everything
for all time.

God has proven His ability to predict the future through hundreds of fulfilled prophecies. He does not only predict the future; He also directs the future. The Bible says that He will do whatever He pleases. Since we know what God is like (He is great, above all others, and always good), we can trust that what pleases Him is always the right and best thing.

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God Carefully Upholds His Creation
Case 11: God's Work - Past and Present
Clue: 2

Question Answer
Who sustains and upholds all things?

Jesus sustains and upholds all things by His power. Hebrews 1:3b – Upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.

The Difference This Truth Makes
First, God created the world by His power, and now God holds the world together and keeps it going by His power. Theologians use the word “sustain” to describe the action of God’s providence. This is what God is doing right now. God is sustaining the world (including you) even as you read this sentence! That means He is holding it all together and carrying it along according to His plans (keeping it going, and keeping it going in His direction).

The Bible teaches that God is holding everything together “by the word of His power.” God’s powerful Word created everything
and God’s powerful Word sustains or upholds everything. It is only by God that everything holds together.

It is amazing to think that the One Who spoke the world into existence, the One Who upholds the world right now, humbled Himself and sacrificed Himself to pay for our sins on the cross.

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God Controls Everything
Case 11: God's Work - Past and Present
Clue: 3

Question Answer
Is the LORD always in control of all things?

Yes. The LORD is always in control of all things. Psalm 103:19 – The LORD has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all.

The Difference This Truth Makes
A king has complete rule over all of his kingdom. The Lord is a King too. He is the King of kings. God’s kingdom is so big that the Bible says He rules over all. We call this rule of God sovereignty.

We are free to do things within the limits God has set up for us. We are responsible for our choices, and all our actions have consequences. Romans 14:12 – So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.

We will give an answer to the sovereign King someday!

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God Does Not Overlook, Nor Cause Sin
Case 11: God's Work - Past and Present
Clue: 4

Question Answer
If the LORD is totally in control, but He still lets sin go on, does that mean He must sometimes approve of sin?

No. The LORD never approves of sin. He hates all sin, all the time. Psalm 92:15b – He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.

The Difference This Truth Makes
Sometimes God keeps people from sin. (Genesis 20:6) Other times He allows them to fulfill their wicked desires. (Romans 1) But He is never guilty of causing sin, nor of committing sin Himself.

James 1:13 – Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone.

God will not overlook any sin. Some people might think that they have an excuse for their sins since God is the One ultimately
in control of all things. But people like that are mistaken! If there is anyone to blame for our sins, it is ourselves! God created
us to be accountable for all our own actions.

All of God’s eternal plans are righteous and holy! Though God has the awesome ability to work in spite of people’s disobedience
and still accomplish His plans, He is never pleased by sin. God has perfectly provided everything necessary to fulfill His plans perfectly – all without His even coming close to being guilty of sin.

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God Chose the Israelites To Bring Him Glory
Case 11: God's Work - Past and Present
Clue: 5

Question Answer
What was the main way God made known His grace and glory during Old Testament times?

In Old Testament times, God made known His grace and glory by leading and taking special care of His chosen people, the Jews. Jeremiah 13:11b – "I have caused the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah to cling to Me," says the LORD, "that they may become My people, for renown, for praise, and for glory."

The Difference This Truth Makes
Since God is an invisible Spirit, He has chosen to demonstrate His character through human beings. In the Old Testament,
He chose a special group called the “Israelites” (or Jews).

In God’s eyes, Israel was above all the other nations upon the Earth. The Israelits were God’s special, chosen people – and He desired to see His awesome character displayed in and through them.

Deuteronomy 14:2 – For you are a holy people to the LORD your God, and the LORD has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.

But Israel did not perfectly obey God. The Bible says they rejected Him, disobeyed Him, and provoked Him to anger. God was continually gracious to them (and still is to this day); but as a nation they failed to meet their responsibilities before God. So today, God has chosen to include individuals from the Jewish nation and many other nations to be His special people and to display His glory. God is calling out people from every tribe and every nation to believe in Christ and to become part of the Church.

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God’s Plans for His Church Today
Case 11: God's Work - Past and Present
Clue: 6

Question Answer
What is the main way God has been making known His grace and glory during New Testament times and up until now?

In New Testament times and up until now, God has been making known His grace and glory by leading and taking special care of His redeemed people. All God's redeemed people are called 'the Church,' and they meet together in smaller groups called 'local churches.' 1 Peter 2:9b – His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

The Difference This Truth Makes
In 1 Peter 2:9, the Bible clearly teaches that God’s people have been called out of the darkness of sin in order to bring praise to Him. The Bible says Christians are a chosen generation. This means that there are Christians all over the world who have the special identity of being God’s people (or God’s children). If you know Jesus Christ, then this identity is you: you are part of a chosen group meant to glorify God on Earth.

In the New Testament, the word “church” means a group of people that is “called out” or “belonging to the Lord.” The Church is not a building. The Church is God’s group of people that He has called out of the world, and they belong specially to the Lord. As the Church, we are the people of God, the Body of Christ, and the temple of the Holy Spirit.

God plan right now is to glorify Himself through the Church (His special group of called-out people). God has always known the things He would do, and He has always planned to glorify Himself by calling out people of every race and color (Hispanics, Germans, Japanese, etc.) and saving them through faith in Christ.

Christians are God’s possession. They belong to Him in a way that nobody or nothing else belongs. God’s people are very valuable to Him. He laid down His life for them. You can certainly praise God if you are His child!

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God Invented the Family
Case 11: God's Work - Past and Present
Clue: 7

Question Answer
What is "the family"?

The family is the people with whom God wants you to live. His design for most families is a husband, a wife, and any children God may give them. Adam and Eve and their children were the first family put together by God. Ephesians 5:31b – A man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife.

The Difference This Truth Makes
The main reason a man should leave his father and mother and take a wife is that God wants a husband’s love for his wife to be a picture of God’s love for His Church. The family is a wonderful gift that God invented to bring Him glory. No human being thought up the family. God designed the family from the beginning of the world.

No one member of the family is better than another in God’s eyes. But each one has a different role. Husbands are to submit their lives completely to the Lord, and they are to love and lead their families. Wives are to honor and obey their husbands. The children are to respect and obey their parents. All members of the family must place themselves under authority in one way or another. Even the husband, who is the highest visible authority in the family unit, must submit himself to God, Who is the ultimate Authority.

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God Loves His Church Very Much
Case 11: God's Work - Past and Present
Clue: 8

Question Answer
What is "a church"?

A church is a group of believers who meet together to worship through prayer, praise, and the preaching of God's Word because they love Jesus Christ and one another. Psalm 111:1 – Praise the LORD! I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright and in the congregation.

The Difference This Truth Makes
Your mom and dad and brothers and sisters are part of your physical family, but the Church is a spiritual family. If you are a believer, you are part of a universal family of believers – but you are also part of local body of believers.

On one hand, the word “Church” is used to describe all believers in Christ in all times and places. Matthew 16:18 – And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

Many Christians use the phrase “Invisible Church” to help explain this Church. The Invisible Church is the Church God sees – the whole group of all true believers, everywhere, past, present, and future.

But the word “church” often refers to a group of believers in one local area. 1 Corinthians 1:2 – To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours.

It is important to read the verses before and after a Scripture passage in order to discover whether God intends the word “church” to mean a local church (a specific body of believers), or the whole Church (the entire Body of Christ).

Acts 2:47 – Praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.

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God Provided Government To Help Us Live Rightly
Case 11: God's Work - Past and Present
Clue: 9

Question Answer
What is "government"?

Government is the leadership of cities or countries. Ultimately, it is God Who appoints leaders with their positions, power, and authority. Romans 13:1b – There is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.

The Difference This Truth Makes
God set up the rulers of this world to accomplish His will. God controls the hearts of even the greatest rulers. (See Proverbs 21:1) Government was God’s idea! In Romans 13:1, God teaches us the incredible truth that He is the One Who sets up or takes down one ruler or another. God also informs us that He has given authority to these people so that they might govern.

Some public officials might think they got their power from some other source. Even Pilate thought that his power came from the nation of Rome. John 19:10-11 – Then Pilate said to Him, “Are You not speaking to me? Do You not know that I have power to crucify You, and power to release You?” Jesus answered, “You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above. Therefore the one who delivered Me to you has the greater sin.”

The conversation between Pilate and Jesus shows a tremendous example of God using rulers to accomplish His will. Pilate was not a Christian, but God set him up in order to bring about His plan for Christ’s crucifixion. A leader’s power is not his own. It is given to him by God.

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God’s Favor Makes Us Thankful, Confident, and Humble
Case 11: God's Work - Past and Present
Clue: 10

Question Answer
How does God exercise His providence specially for the sake of His children?

God works all things together for the good of His children and the glory of His name. Romans 8:28b – All things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

The Difference This Truth Makes
God’s plans are all about God, not you. You are only a part of God’s plans – but what a privilege to be even a part!
Psalm 84:10
– For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness.

You can either yield your life to the truth that God’s plans are more important than yours, or you can try to resist His will and make your life miserable and meaningless.

It is foolish to attempt to “do your own thing.” God’s plans are better! God’s promises are better! Living for God’s will never brings regret. God works all things out in the best possible way – His ways are perfect.

In Romans 8:28, the word “good” has the idea of being worth it, or profitable. If we look at the next verse (29), we discover that “good” in this passage means profitable for making us more like Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ is good because He is God. He is the only reliable way for us to measure or understand what true good ness really is. Becoming more like Him is definitely a good thing. God promises to change us into the image of His Son more and more, both now and forever. That is a cause worth living for! And it is also a cause worth dying for.

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Upon Death, People’s Souls Go Somewhere Instantly
Case 12: God's Plan for the Future
Clue: 1

Question Answer
At the moment a person's body dies, where does his soul go?

At death, a believer's soul goes into the presence of the Lord, but an unbeliever's soul goes to hell. 2 Corinthians 5:8 – We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.

The Difference This Truth Makes
When a person dies, his soul is instantly separated from his body. His physical body returns to dust for a time, but his eternal soul goes somewhere else, immediately.

The Apostle Paul was confident that for him to be absent from his body was to be “present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8). So if you know a Christian who has died, his or her body might be in the ground, but you can be sure that a Christian’s soul is with the Lord.

The souls of unbelieving people do not enjoy the presence of the Lord. Instead, their souls immediately go to a place called hell.

Luke 16 teaches us that a beggar named Lazarus went into “Abraham’s bosom.” To a Jew, being in close fellowship with Father Abraham was a way of referring to paradise and incredible happiness. We can understand“Abraham’s bosom” in this passage to mean heaven.

But the rich man’s soul went to hell. It was probably a shock for Jewish listeners to hear about any Jew going to hell, because they had been taught that they were God’s chosen people. They also thought God made people rich when He was pleased with them.

But things are not always as they seem! For one’s soul and eternity, what matter most is not his wealth, nor his heritage. What really matters is one’s relationship to Jesus Christ. Believers have Christ’s righteousness and are accepted by God. Those who reject Christ will die in their sins.

It was only the rich man’s soul that was in hell, but he could still feel the pain and thirst. When the soul leaves the body, that is death for the body. But that soul will still be able to think and feel. The soul is eternal.

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Jesus Will Return!
Case 12: God's Plan for the Future
Clue: 2

Question Answer
What is meant by the phrases 'the Second Coming' and 'the Day of the Lord'?

These are ways of talking about the time when Jesus Christ will come back and judge the world. Acts 17:31a – Because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained.

The Difference This Truth Makes
When Christians speak about the “Second Coming of Christ,” they are not talking about only one event that happens in one moment of time. It certainly begins with a moment, but there are many other events that take place during the time when Jesus comes back to resurrect and judge everyone. This time is called the “Day of the Lord.” When we talk about “Christ’s Return,” we talk about it as the beginning of a whole series of events.

The Man Whom God has ordained to judge the world is Jesus Christ (Acts 17:31). He rose from the dead and is living, glorified, with the Father. Since Jesus has beaten sin and death, He is the only One worthy to judge the world.

The Bible says God will judge the world in righteousness. God judges according to that which is right, and His judgments are always right. If we are found righteous (in Christ) on that day, we will be accepted by God. But if we are found wicked (out of Christ), we will be punished forever.

Remember, we cannot be found righteous without Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the only Man Who always did right. When you trust in Him, His righteousness is put on your account.

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God Will Resurrect All People To Be Judged
Case 12: God's Plan for the Future
Clue: 3

Question Answer
Will our bodies ever come back to life once we have died?

Yes. One day, by the power of His voice, Jesus Christ will raise up everyone's bodies again, either for eternal life or eternal death. John 5:28-29a – "Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth."

The Difference This Truth Makes
There is coming a day when God will raise up the bodies of all people to be judged. Jesus said we should not be surprised at the teaching of the “Day of the Lord.” What happens to you at that judgment depends upon how you have prepared your soul before the Lord. The souls of the righteous will inherit (receive) eternal life. But the souls of those who rejected Christ and died in their sins will be reunited with their bodies and prepared for everlasting punishment.

God said that those already in their graves would someday hear His voice. The dead cannot hear anyone’s voice except God’s voice! Dead believers’ bodies will be raised to receive eternal life in heaven. The dead bodies of those who rejected Christ will be raised, too, but only to receive eternal punishment in hell.

When John 5:29 says that the ones who have “done good” will be raised to life, it is not teaching that someone is saved by doing good deeds. Only people who are in Christ can be said to have truly “done good.” We are not saved by doing good, but God has saved us in order that we would do good.

It is important to understand that not all of God’s children will be dead when Christ returns. Some will still be alive! The Bible teaches that God will first raise those who are dead, and then those who are alive will go up into the air to be with the Lord forever. 1 Thessalonians 4:17 – Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.

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Jesus Will Judge the Whole World
Case 12: God's Plan for the Future
Clue: 4

Question Answer
What will happen when the Lord Jesus Christ returns to Earth?

When the Lord Jesus Christ returns to Earth, He will judge everyone, both the living and the dead. 2 Timothy 4:1 – I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom.

The Difference This Truth Makes
When Christ returns, He will judge all people from every nation and every time. Christ’s act of judging will take two forms.He will reward believers according to their good works in Christ; or He will punish unbelievers according to their failure to obey God’s Law perfectly.

It is important to realize that even though all people will stand before Christ, there are two separate events of judging. When Christ judges believers, it is called the “Judgment Seat of Christ.” When Christ judges unbelievers, He does so at the “Great White Throne Judgment.” In the next two clues, you will learn the differences between these two judgments.

Some people try to figure out exactly when these judgments will occur. But the time of the judgments is not as important as the reality (the truth) of the judgments. This fact will not change: Jesus is coming again to judge everyone – past, present, and future.

The Lord Jesus is the King of a kingdom. Right now, His kingdom is very real, but it is invisible to us. When Christ returns, Jesus’ kingdom will be both real and visible. Jesus is the sovereign King, even though His enemies deny it right now. At His return, Jesus will reign over all His enemies. They will bow the knee and proclaim that He is Lord of lords. (Philippians 2:9-11)

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Jesus Will Reward Believers When He Returns
Case 12: God's Plan for the Future
Clue: 5

Question Answer
On the day of resurrection and judgment, how will Christ judge believers, those sinners who trusted Him for salvation?

Because believers are saved sinners, Christ will not judge their souls, but He will judge their works to see whether they brought glory to His name. 2 Corinthians 5:10a – For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ.

The Difference This Truth Makes
Believers will stand before the “JudgmentSeat of Christ.” This judgment will not be anything at all like Christ’s judgment against unbelievers. At the Judgment Seat, Christ will review the activities of believers and give rewards. (See 1 Corinthians 3:13-15.)

The works of the believers can be divided into two categories:
1. Works that survive: 1 Corinthians 3:14 – If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward.
2. Works that are burned: 1 Corinthians 3:15 – If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.

When we stand before Christ, it will be a time of revelation. Christ will reveal the number of our works, the quality of our works, and the motives behind our works. If our record is bad, it burns. If our record is good, we receive a reward with which to glorify Him.

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Jesus Will Judge Unbelievers by His Word
Case 12: God's Plan for the Future
Clue: 6

Question Answer
On the day of resurrection and judgment, how will Christ judge unbelievers, those sinners who rejected Him as Lord and King?

Christ will judge unbelievers by the absolute authority of His Word. John 12:48 – "He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day."

The Difference This Truth Makes
All unbelievers will stand before the “Great White Throne.” Revelation 20:11 – Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them.

This is the event of ultimate and final judgment against all those who die in their sins (without Christ). God judges all of these people according to His Word. He measures their lives up against His Law and judges them according to their works.

Just like judges judge people according to written laws, Jesus will use His written Word to judge unbelievers. No person will have an excuse when the Day of the Lord comes.

Jesus came the first time to save the world, but for those who reject Him, Jesus’ second coming will be not as a Savior but as a Judge. Christians know Christ as Savior through faith; they are delivered from the fearful penalty of sin only because they are in Christ.

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God’s Children Have a Faith that Lasts
Case 12: God's Plan for the Future
Clue: 7

Question Answer
Will true believers really be able to persevere in their faith until the end of time?

Yes. True believers really will be able to persevere in their faith until the end of time. Their faith must last because it comes from God and not from them. John 10:28 – "And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand."

The Difference This Truth Makes
Eternal life is life that lasts forever. Jesus says that He gives eternal life. He did not save He might give it. He did not say He will give it sometime in the future. He gives it now. Eternal life is something all Christians possess right now! Their physical bodies will die someday, but true believers have the hope of eternal life.

Eternal life is not just about the length of life (eternity), but it is also about the quality of life. We can enjoy the right things right now. We can live our lives as Jesus Christ lived. Eternal life does not just begin when we die. Eternal life begins the moment God grants us faith to believe in Jesus Christ.

These verses (John 10:28-29) are some of the most comforting in the whole Bible for God’s children, because they teach that we are held close to God by His awesome power. Christ’s sheep stay His sheep forever – by the power of God.

Although they might have doubts from time to time, true “sheep” have a faith that lasts. Our faith is not our own invention. It is not of ourselves – it is a gift from God. The Christian lives a holy life like Christ, not out of fear of losing salvation, but out of gratitude to the Savior. Eternal life is sure and secure for true believers because God holds it for them and He keeps His Word for His glory’s sake. Our faith endures because it is a work of God; God does not quit on any good work that He begins.

Philippians 1:6 – Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.

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Nobody Knows When Christ Will Come Back
Case 12: God's Plan for the Future
Clue: 8

Question Answer
When will Jesus Christ come back in glory to judge the living and the dead?

No one knows when Jesus Christ will come back. We have been commanded to watch, to pray, to be ready, and to look forward to that day. Mark 13:35 – "Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming ' in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning."

The Difference This Truth Makes
Nobody knows when Christ will return, but the Bible does tell us how He will come back. He will come...

Suddenly. 1 Corinthians 15:52 – In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

Personally. 1 Thessalonians 4:16 – For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.

Visibly. Revelation 1:7 – Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.

Bodily. 1 John 3:2 – Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.

Jesus commands His children to watch for His return. He does not mean that we should stand with our eyes gazing up into the sky all day long. He does mean, though, that we should be the kind of people who would not be ashamed if their Master were to come back and find them right now.

Mark 13:33-36 compares Christ to a homeowner. We know that all of Creation belongs to Jesus: He owns it. Sometimes, the owner of a house might go away and entrust all his belongings and the business of the house to a servant. When the owner returns, he naturally expects a report from his servant. After the report, the owner might be happy, disappointed, or angry. When He returns, Jesus will be very happy with those who served Him faithfully. He will be disappointed with those Christians who lived selfish lives. He will be angry at the wicked who rejected Him. Jesus is coming back. What will His attitude be toward you?

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God’s Children Will Praise Him Forever
Case 12: God's Plan for the Future
Clue: 9

Question Answer
What is God's ultimate plan for the rest of eternity?

God's ultimate plan is to have all His people together, glorifying and enjoying Him with their whole hearts for the rest of eternity. Ephesians 3:21 – To Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

The Difference This Truth Makes
God receives glory from many things, but there is one special group of people who will give Him glory forever. Believers will live in the presence of God eternally!

Since God is everywhere at the same time, we cannot say that heaven is the only place God lives. But heaven is the place the Trinity calls “home.” The most wonderful part of life in heaven will be that Jesus Himself is there – physically and visibly. Jesus is the best part about heaven!

We will see Christ. We will bow down and worship Him. We will praise Him and serve Him forever and ever. We will not need faith anymore, because we will be there to see for ourselves that everything we believed was true. We will not need to repent of anything anymore, because Jesus will glorify us and complete our sanctification so we are like Him. Heaven is a wonderful place filled with joy. We cannot possibly imagine right now how it will be. We will be so happy in serving and knowing God there that the simple joys of Earth will probably not be remembered much at all in comparison. If you do not think God can make you happier than you have ever been, then why would you want to go to heaven forever? God can make you happy now, and God will make you happy then. We will praise God forever for His rich gifts to us, and for what He has done to give us eternal life and true joy.

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We Should Watch and Wait for Christ’s Return
Case 12: God's Plan for the Future
Clue: 10

Question Answer
How should your heart respond to learning these biblical truths about the future?

My heart should desire to be with God as soon as possible, but also to live a holy, joyful life before Him during the time He wants me here. I should wait for Jesus and hope in Him until He comes. 1 Thessalonians 5:6 – Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.

The Difference This Truth Makes
Jesus tells us to watch. There are things we should “watch out for” and also things to “watch for.”

We should watch out for temptation, laziness, and useless living. We should watch for Christ’s return when He will change us and take us to another world.

We are not in heaven yet, so we strive to know Christ better now, through His Word and the Holy Spirit. We long to be with Jesus personally, but we can draw close to Him now only through faith. Our hearts cry out to be with Him, and yet He has chosen us to glorify Himself through living a Christlike life in this sin-cursed world.

There will be such tremendous joy in heaven that it is impossible to describe or understand. Take that which makes you happiest in this life now (which should be a right relationship with God, but let’s pretend for a second that it’s the gladness you get from eating chocolate). You could multiply that gladness by the number of all the grains of sand in the world, and you would not even come close to how happy and joyful you will be in heaven.



 

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