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ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS: STUDY 4
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Explain: “You say, ‘such amazing love is very compelling’. What does it mean?”
The word “compelling” is a very forceful word. But we are not always compelled to do something by force or violent means. A mother’s love for a child may be so strong that she will go without things herself, so that she might provide them for her child. Her love drives or “compels” her to act in this sacrificial way.
If someone were to offer his life for us, we would certainly want to show our appreciation. In fact, we would feel “compelled” by a sense of duty and love to respond in some way. Jesus died for undeserving sinners like us. When we realise how much He loved us, we feel “compelled” to live for Him and not ourselves.
Explain: “What is the meaning of ‘condemnation’?”
The word “condemnation” is often to be found in the Bible. It occurred in two of the passages studied last time—John 3:19 and Romans 8:1. To condemn is to blame. If a person is “to blame” for a wrong doing, it means he or she is guilty and will be punished. To be without condemnation is to be without blame, and so no punishment will be given.
“This is the condemnation” (John 3:19) means “This is the reason for the world’s condemnation; this is the reason why the world is to blame.” The world, and every individual within it, is to blame for ignoring so great a “Light” as Jesus. God blames them for preferring their own sinful ways. Because they are to blame they will be punished; they will be condemned. There is, however, “no condemnation” for those who turn to Christ as their Saviour and who afterwards live for Him (Romans 8:1).
Explain: “What is the meaning of Sabbath (John 5:9)?”
God made the world in six days and rested on the seventh day. God told the Jewish People to rest on the seventh day as He had done. Rest is good for us. It is not good to work seven days in every week. The seventh day was to worship God. The Jews observe Saturday as the seventh day, but Christians observe Sunday as the seventh day because Jesus rose from the dead on that day. This is why Christians call Sunday “The Lord’s Day”. It is the day we set aside to worship the Lord Jesus Christ. True Christians try to avoid secular work on this day.
Explain: “What does ‘He bore our curse’ mean?”
When someone curses another they are wishing them harm. In the past, many people thought that a curse by a witch or pagan priest would actually harm a person.
The curse of a man or woman cannot harm anyone, but the curse of God can. To bear God’s curse is to bear God’s punishment. Jesus bore the curse of God in the believer’s place. So, “He bore our curse,” means, “He bore the believer’s punishment”.
Explain: “If the death of Jesus takes away sin, why does sin still exist and who will take it away?”
If I understand your question correctly the answer is as follows: Jesus takes away the guilt of a believer’s sin. He bore the guilt of their past, present and future sin on the cross, and then was punished in their place. The guilt and punishment of sin was taken away, not the desire to sin. Christians still sin, but if they confess their sin and sincerely try to please God, they will be forgiven (1John 5:9).
Explain: “Tell me something about the Jewish Passover”
The Jewish Passover is a feast to commemorate the event in Jewish history when the first born son in every Egyptian home was killed by God’s angel. This was the tenth plague of Egypt and was the worst of them all.
On the night of the plague, the Jews were told to paint their doorposts with lamb’s blood. Whenever the angel saw the blood he would “pass over” that home and not kill the first born. For this reason it became known as The Jewish Passover. Only believing Jews would have painted their doorposts that night. Unbelieving Jews would not have thought it necessary and, as a result, their first born would have been killed.
There is a great lesson in this event. Let us believe in the power of Christ blood (He is called God’s Lamb) to save us from the punishment of sin. If we do not believe we will be punished. But if we do believe, God’s just punishment will “pass over” us.
Explain: “If a believer’s sin is taken away, why does he still do bad things?”
As I said earlier, the desire to sin is still with a Christian. But when he becomes a Christian, God gives him a new desire to please Him. He possesses a desire to please God and a desire to please himself (sin). There is a battle in a believer between these two desires. In true believers, the desire to please God will conquer the desire to please themselves. True believers become more like Christ every day. Do remember that not everyone who calls himself a Christian is a true Christian. A true Christian will show it by living in a way that pleases God.
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