Key Points From Bible Studies 

God’s Plan of Eternal Salvation for Believers.

God’s knowledge of past, present and future events guides those who are destined for salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ.

I. Why did God predestine the salvation of this world?

A. To make known His Eternal purpose which He accomplished in Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 3:8-12​

To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ; to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him.

B. To make known the Counsel of His Will.

Ephesians 1:3-12.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He has made us accepted in the Beloved.

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth in Him.

In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.

II. What did God predestine to happen in this world?

A. Our Holy calling given before time began.

2 Timothy 1:8-10.

Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began, but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel,

B. God planned for us to come to Him through Jesus.

Romans 8:28-29.

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.

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.

C. God prepared beforehand the forces of good and evil to make known His power.

Romans 9:22-24.

What if God, wanting to show His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, and that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory, even us whom He called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?

D. It was predetermined by God that Jesus would be betrayed.

Luke 22:20-22.

Likewise, He also took the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.

But behold, the hand of My betrayer is with Me on the table.

And truly the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom He is betrayed!"

E. God predetermined the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Acts 2:22-24.

"Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know--

Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death; whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it.

F. God predetermined that the believing faith of Abraham would justify Gentiles by faith.

Galatians 3:8-9.

And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, "In you all the nations shall be blessed."

So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham.

III. How is God’s Eternal Plan of salvation expressed concerning the Believer.

A. The believer in the Gospel of Christ has no fear of death.

Luke 12:32.

Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

B. The believer in the Gospel of Christ was predestined to have Salvation through Sanctification.

2 Thessalonians 2:13-14.

But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

C. The believer in the Gospel of Christ was predestined to receive Justification and Glorification.

Romans 8:30-31.

Moreover, whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

D. The believer in the Gospel of Christ is predestined to inherit the Kingdom of God.

Matthew 25:31-36.

“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory.

All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.

Then the King will say to those on His right hand, 'Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

Summary

We are known by God spiritually before we are physically born into this world and after we physically leave, we are still known by God spiritually. Our Spirit Being is created by God and can only be destroyed by God. If we choose to accept God’s Son, Jesus Christ as our personal Savior during our physical life, our Spirit Being will live forever with God. This is God’s predestined plan of life for us, carried out through Christ. If we have chosen the life of Christ, God is with us and no one can be against us.

Luke 18:28-30

Then Peter said, "See, we have left all and followed You."

So He (Jesus) said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or parents or brothers or wife or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who shall not receive many times more in this present time, and in the age to come eternal life." 

Spiritual Condemnation

Condemnation is the judicial act of finding one guilty. It can refer either to future punishment or to the actual infliction of that punishment.

Spiritual Condemnation can be defined as being judged by God to be unfit or not worthy to spend eternal life with Him.

Mankind was judged to be spiritually condemned because of the sin of Adam.


This sin caused mankind to be separated from God.

I. What are some Causes of Condemnation?

A. Adams’s sin caused the spiritual condemnation of mankind.

Romans 5:12-19 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned-- For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless, death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.

But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man's offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many.

And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned. For the judgment which came from one offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many offenses resulted in justification.

For if by the one man's offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. Therefore, as through one man's offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man's righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man's obedience many will be made righteous.

B. Condemnation is caused by what you do.

Matthew 27:1-5 When morning came, all the chief priests and elders of the people plotted against Jesus to put Him to death.

And when they had bound Him, they led Him away and delivered Him to Pontius Pilate the governor. Then Judas, His betrayer, seeing that He had been condemned, was remorseful and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, "I have sinned by betraying innocent blood." And they said, "What is that to us? You see to it!"

Then he threw down the pieces of silver in the temple and departed and went and hanged himself.

C. Condemnation is caused by what you say.

Matthew 12:35-37 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.

But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.

For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned."

D. Judging people leads to self-condemnation.

Romans 2:1-3 Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things. But we know that the judgment of God is according to truth against those who practice such things.

And do you think this, O man, you who judge those practicing such things, and doing the same, that you will escape the judgment of God?

E. Relationships with unbelievers can lead to condemnation.

Titus 3:8-11 This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men.

But avoid foolish disputes, genealogies, contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and useless.

Reject a divisive man after the first and second admonition,

knowing that such a person is warped and sinning, being self-condemned.

F. Condemnation can be Self-inflicted by taking Holy Communion in an unworthy manner.

1 Corinthians 11:27-31 Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.

For this reason, many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.

For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.

II. What is the Relationship Between Sinners and Condemnation?

A. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

Romans 3:20-26 Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

B. Sinners who come to God in faith through Christ become Christians and are not condemned.

Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

Galatians 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

III. How Do We Escape Condemnation?

A. We escape condemnation by studying the Word of God.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,

that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

B. We escape condemnation by believing in Christ.

John 3:17-21 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.

But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God."

C. We escape condemnation by living the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Romans 8:1-6 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.

For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

Summary

The Bible tells us that God sent His Son Jesus Christ to save the people of this world from eternal condemnation. Even though we were born into sin we do not have to die in sin. We can have eternal life in Heaven with God, or we can eternal death in Hell with Satan. The choice is ours to make. When we believe and accept Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, we act, talk, and live like Jesus; we have the mind of Christ. When we have the Mind of Christ, we have the Spirit of God. John 10:30 I and My Father are one." 

Life Eternal

I. How Does the Bible Define Eternal Life?

A. Eternal Life is knowing the true God and Jesus Christ.
John 17:1-3

1 - Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: "Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You,

2 - as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him.

3 - And this is eternal life that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.

B. Eternal Life is God’s command delivered through Christ.

John 12:48-50

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.

49 - For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak.

50 - And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak."

C. Eternal Life is Jesus Christ.

1st John 1:1-3

1 - That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life--

2 - the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us--

3 - that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.

D. The security of Eternal Life is in Christ.

John 10:25-30

25 - Jesus answered them, "I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in My Father's name, they bear witness of Me.

26 - But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, as I said to you.

27 - My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.

28 - And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.

29 - 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.

30 - I and My Father are one."

E. Eternal Life is God’s Gift.

Romans 6:20-23

20 - For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.

21 - What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death.

22 - But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.

23 - For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

II. What are Some Relationships of Jesus Christ and Eternal Life?

A. Eternal Life was established (before time began) through Jesus.

2nd Timothy 1:8-11

8 - Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God,

9 -  who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began,

10 - but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel,

11 - to which I was appointed a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.

B. Jesus has the Words of Eternal Life (His Gospel).

John 6:67-69

67 - Then Jesus said to the twelve, "Do you also want to go away?"

68 - But Simon Peter answered Him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.

69 - Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."

C. Eternal Life comes through Jesus.

Romans 5:19-21

19 - For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man's obedience many will be made righteous.

20 - Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more,

21 - so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

III. What are Some Ways of Obtaining Eternal Life?

A. Accept Jesus Christ, the Son of God, as your personal Savior.

1st John 5:11-13

11 - And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.

12 - He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.

13 - These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.

B. Believe and live the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

John 3:14-21

14 - And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up,

15 - that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.

16 - For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

17 - For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

18 - He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

19 - And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

20 - For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.

21 - But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God."

C. Know the Scriptures by consistently studying them.

John 20:28-31

28 - And Thomas answered and said to Him, "My Lord and my God!"

29 - Jesus said to him, "Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."

30 - And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book;

31 - but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.

D. Drink and Eat the Bread of Life.

John 4:13-14

13 - Jesus answered and said to her, "Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again,

14 - but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life."

John 6:53-58

53 - Then Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.

54 - Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.

55 - For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed.

56 - He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.

57 - As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me.

58 - This is the bread which came down from heaven--not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever."

E. Learn from the labor of others.

John 4:31-38

31 - In the meantime His disciples urged Him, saying, "Rabbi, eat."

32 - But He said to them, "I have food to eat of which you do not know."

33 - Therefore the disciples said to one another, "Has anyone brought Him anything to eat?"

34 - Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.

35 - Do you not say, 'There are still four months and then comes the harvest'? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!

36 - And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together.

37 - For in this the saying is true: 'One sows, and another reaps.'

38 - I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors."

F. Fight the Good fight of Faith.

1st Timothy 6:11-16

11 - But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.

12 - Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

13 - I urge you in the sight of God who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus who witnessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate,

14 - that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ's appearing,

15 - which He will manifest in His own time, He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords,

16 - who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen.

IV. What are Some Benefits of Living a Christian Life as it Relates to Eternal Life?

A. We have assurance of Eternal Life.

John 5:24-27

24 - “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.

25 - Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live.

26 - For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself,

27 - and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man.

B. We have promise of Eternal Life.

Titus 1:1-2

1 - Paul, a bondservant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect and the acknowledgment of the truth which accords with godliness,

2 - in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began,

C. We have hope of Eternal Life.

Titus 3:4-7

4 - But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared,

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,

6 - whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior,

7 - that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

D. We hate sinful life in this world.

John 12:23-26

23 - But Jesus answered them, saying, "The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified.

24 - Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.

25 - He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.

26 - If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.

E. We shall inherit Eternal Life.

Matthew 19:27-30

27 - Then Peter answered and said to Him, "See, we have left all and followed You. Therefore, what shall we have?"

28 - So Jesus said to them, "Assuredly I say to you, that in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

29 - And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name's sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life.

30 - But many who are first will be last, and the last first.

F. What we Christians have in the world to come.

Luke 18:28-30

28 - Then Peter said, "See, we have left all and followed You."

29 - So He said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or parents or brothers or wife or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God,

30 - who shall not receive many times more in this present time, and in the age to come eternal life."

Summary

Since creation, God has planned the development of our human existence. At his creation Adam knew God. Adam had an immanent Spiritual relationship with God.

The immanent relationship with God was lost due to a disobedient act of Adam and Eve (Genesis Chapters 2 and 3).

That disobedient act of Adam and Eve represented the law of sin and death which became a part of human knowledge and human experience.

God separated Himself from mankind because the law of sin and death opposes His Holy laws.

Through the sacrificial death of God’s Son Jesus Christ, we once again can become an immanent part of God.

Men and women can have an inherent relationship with God again through the acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of their lives.

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

When we choose to know God through His Son Jesus Christ, we restore our immanent relationship with God making our eternal life with God possible.

The Apostle Paul tells us in Romans chapter 8 verses 1 and 2 that:

1 - There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

2 - For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. 

The Life of Christ - The ​Christian's Role Model​

 1st John 2:5-6

5 - But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.

6 - He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.


 I. The Way of Life Taught and Demonstrated by Jesus Christ.

 A. Gentleness/meekness and lowly in heart.

 Matthew 11:28-30

28 - Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

29 - Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

30 - For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.”

B. Self-denial – denied Himself the temptations of this world.

 Matthew 16:24-26

24 - Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.

25 - For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.

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?

 C. Jesus loved and commanded love for one another.

 John 13:34-35

34 - A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

35 - By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

 D. Jesus was steadfast in His obedience to God.

 John 15:9-11

9 - “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.

10 - If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.

11 - “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.

 

II. The Way of Life Taught and Demonstrated by Christ’s Disciples.

 A. Jesus’ disciples demonstrated a concern not just for themselves but for the well-being of others.

 2nd Corinthians 8:7-9

7 -But as you abound in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all diligence, and in your love for us—see that you abound in this grace also.

8 - I speak not by commandment, but I am testing the sincerity of your love by the diligence of others.

9 - For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.

 B. A mind of Humility (humbleness).

 Philippians 2:5-8

5 - Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus,

6 - who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,

7 - but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bond-servant, and coming in the likeness of men.

8 - And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.

 C. Compassion –taking care of the needs of others.

 Matthew 9:35-36

35 - Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.

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.

 D. Forgiveness.

 Colossians 3:12-14

12 - Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, long-suffering.

13 - bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.

14 - But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.

 E. Suffering wrongly for doing good.

 1st Peter 2:20

20 - For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God.


III. Jesus Christ is Our Role Model for Christian Life.

 A. Growing in Christ- developing over time the qualities of Christ’s life – always growing in Christ and practicing the examples of life set by Christ.

We become more and more like Jesus as the Holy Spirit works in our lives.

 2nd Corinthians 3:16-18

16 - Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.

17 - Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

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.

 B. The new born again person– change from growing in Christ.

 Ephesians 4:20-24

20 - But you have not so learned Christ,

21 - if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus:

22 - that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts,

23 - and be renewed in the spirit of your mind,

24 - and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.

 C. Christ is the example of life for us– we follow Christ’ examples of living.

 1st Peter 2:21-23

21 - For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:

22 - “Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth”

23 - who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him {God} who judges righteously.

Summary

   Jesus is one with God. He tells us in His own words that He and His Father are one. Everything He did while in the form of a man living in this world was the Will of God. We read in the Bible that God is love. Jesus during His time on earth taught and demonstrated love for all people, even those that did Him physical harm. Jesus lived in a sinful world, yet He denied Himself the temptations of this world. Jesus was God in Spirit as God’s Living Word. The Bible tells us when Jesus found Himself in the form of a man, He humbled Himself and was obedient to God’s purpose for Him, all the way to His death on the cross.

   Jesus’ disciples also taught and demonstrated a concern not just for themselves but for the well-being of others. They also suffered for preaching and doing good things in the name of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As followers Of Christ, they were humble, forgiving and had genuine compassion for the people they served.

   As Christians, Jesus is our role model for life. We develop over time the qualities of Christ as we grow in and practice Christ’s patterns of behavior. We become more and more like Jesus as the Holy Spirit of God works in our lives.

O Come, Let Us Adore Him! Christ The Lord!

 Isaiah 9:6-7

6 - For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

7 - Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

 Isaiah 7:14 
14 - “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.

We love the LORD God Almighty, because He first loved us.

 John 3:16-17

16 - For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

17 - For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

 1st John 4:20

20- We love Him because He first loved us.


Oh, how much the LORD God Almighty, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit of the Living God loves us!!!

 Matthew 1:23

23 - “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel, which is translated, “God with us.”

 Colossians 1:15-18

15 - He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.

16 - For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.

17 - And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.

18 - And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.

 Philippians 2:5-11

5 - Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,

6 - who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,

7 - but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.

8 - And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.

9 - Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name,

10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth,

11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

 Hebrews 2:13-18 (International Version)

13 - And again, I will put my trust in Him. And again he says, “Here am I, and the children God has given Me.

14 - Since the children have flesh and blood, He too shared in their humanity so that by His death He might destroy him who holds the power of death----that is, the devil----

15 - and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.

16 - For surely it is not angels He helps, but Abraham’s descendants.

17 - For this reason He had to be made like His brothers in every way, in order that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that He might make atonement for the sins of the people.

18 - Because He Himself suffered when He was tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted.


Look at what He does for us! Look at what He continues to do! He gives the increase!!!

 1st Thessalonians 5:9-11

9 - For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.

10 - He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with Him.

11 - Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

 Colossians 1:13

13 - For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

 Hebrews 4:14-16

14 - Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.

15 - For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are---yet was without sin.

16 - Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

 Ephesians 3:12

12 - In Him and through faith in Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.

 Galatians 3:26-29

26 - You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus,

27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus,

29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

 Galatians 4:4-6

4 - God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under law,

5 to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.

6 Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.”

7 So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.

 1st Thessalonians 3:11-13

11 - Now may our God and Father Himself and our Lord Jesus clear the way for us to come to you.

12 May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.

13 May He strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all His holy ones.

 Philippians 3:20-21

20 - But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,

21 who, by the power that enables Him to bring everything under His control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like His glorious body.

 1st Thessalonians 4:16-18

16 - For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.

17 - After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.

18 - Therefore encourage each other with these words.


What are we to do in response to His goodness?

 Hebrews 3:1

1 - Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest who we confess.

 Ephesians 5:8-10

8 - For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light

9 - (for the fruit of the light consists of all goodness, righteousness and truth)

10 - and find out what pleases the Lord.

 Colossians 1:9-10

9 - For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.

10 - And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please Him in every way; bearing fruit of every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.

 Galatians 4:19

19 - My dear children, for whom I (Paul) am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you.

 Colossians 1:15-17

15 - Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

16 - Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.

17 - And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.