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A Few Thoughts About Discipling Part 3

C3 Messiah
D1 Sin must be punished.
D2 Either I must be punished for my sin, or a voluntary substitute must.
D3 The substitute must be sinless or else the must die for their own sins (rebellion against God’s laws).
D4 The only sinless human is the eternal Messiah, Jesus (Yeshua). Hebrews 4:14-15 NRSV Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin.
D5 He had to NOT have Adam as an ancestor. Adam’s sin brought the curse of all the universe and as part of that curse, gave each descendant a sinful nature. Exodus 34:7 NLT I lavish unfailing love to a thousand generations. I forgive iniquity, rebellion, and sin. But I do not excuse the guilty. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children and grandchildren; the entire family is affected–even children in the third and fourth generations.
D6 His death was not only for you and me but for all humans. John 1:29 NLT The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
D7 He would have to be resurrected to prove He was sinless and God.
E1 Romans 1:4 NRSV and was declared to be Son of God with power according to the spirit of holiness by resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord.
E2 Many witnesses: Acts 4:33 MKJV And the apostles gave witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus with great power. And great grace was on them all.
C4 Faith
D1 Faith is believing God, that is, what He has said, what He has done, what He is doing, and what He will do.
D2 In faith, we must ask for salvation.
E1 Luke 18:13-14 NLT But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow, saying, ‘O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.’ I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.
E2 Romans 10:13 NLT For “Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.
C5 Trust. Faith is believing. Trust is acting out one’s faith. Hope is expectation. Charles Blondin was a famous tightrope walker in the mid and late 19th century. One story is that he took a wheelbarrow across the tightrope, then asked people if they believed he could take a wheelbarrow with a person in it across the tightrope. Most agreed, but when he asked if they wanted to, all refused. They had faith but not trust. We can believe in the Lord Jesus, but we also need to trust in Him. 
D1 Faith (believe):
E1 Hebrew as in Psalm 78:22 NIV for they did not believe in God or trust in his deliverance.
E2 Hebrew as in Habakkuk 2:4 NRSV Look at the proud! Their spirit is not right in them, but the righteous live by their faith.
E3 Greek as in Galatians 3:11 NIV Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.
E4 Greek as Romans 5:1 WEL Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 Through whom we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
D2 Trust:
E1 Hebrew as in Ruth 2:12 NIV May the LORD repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge [Trust KJV].
E2 Hebrew as in Psalm 31:6 NIV I hate those who cling to worthless idols; as for me, I trust in the LORD.
E3 Greek as in several different words giving the idea of believe, hope, and expect. The idea being if someone who is known to have a lot of money and gives some to strangers occasionally comes up to me, proves his identity, and states, “I have $1,400 to give you and also your wife. I will mail it to you in the next month.” I believe it reasonable. I hope, that is, expect it. I trust in the sense that I will be watching for it the mail, for I know that it will come. . So, I believe, hope, and trust in Jesus Christ for forgiveness of sins and salvation. It is most reasonable.
B2 Application—Have you believed?
B3 Assurance—Knowing you are forgiven
C1 Faith is not a feeling.
D1 John 1:12-13 NLT But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.
D2 John 3:15-16 NLT So that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life. “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
C2 Change of thoughts, desires, words, and deeds. For example, King Manasseh of Israel. 2 Chronicles 33:2-5, 10-13, 15-16 NLT He did what was evil in the LORD’s sight, following the detestable practices of the pagan nations that the LORD had driven from the land ahead of the Israelites. He rebuilt the pagan shrines his father, Hezekiah, had broken down. He constructed altars for the images of Baal and set up Asherah poles. He also bowed before all the powers of the heavens and worshiped them. He built pagan altars in the Temple of the LORD, the place where the LORD had said, “My name will remain in Jerusalem forever.” He built these altars for all the powers of the heavens in both courtyards of the LORD’s Temple. … The LORD spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they ignored all his warnings. So the LORD sent the commanders of the Assyrian armies, and they took Manasseh prisoner. They put a ring through his nose, bound him in bronze chains, and led him away to Babylon. But while in deep distress, Manasseh sought the LORD his God and sincerely humbled himself before the God of his ancestors. And when he prayed, the LORD listened to him and was moved by his request. So the LORD brought Manasseh back to Jerusalem and to his kingdom. Then Manasseh finally realized that the LORD alone is God! … Manasseh also removed the foreign gods and the idol from the LORD’s Temple. He tore down all the altars he had built on the hill where the Temple stood and all the altars that were in Jerusalem, and he dumped them outside the city. Then he restored the altar of the LORD and sacrificed peace offerings and thanksgiving offerings on it. He also encouraged the people of Judah to worship the LORD, the God of Israel.

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