Questions and Answers: Study 4
By Students of The “Finding Out About Christ” Course.
QUESTION PAGE 16
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, to provide for her child. Her love drives or “compels” her to act in this sacrificial 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 Bible often speaks of “condemnation”. 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 why the world is to blame”. Everyone is guilty of 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. But there is “no condemnation” for those who turn to Christ as their Saviour and who then live for Him and not themselves (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 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 1:9).
Explain: “Tell me something about the Jewish Passover”
The Jewish Passover is a feast to commemorate the time when God punished the Egyptians for not allowing the Jews to leave Egypt. God’s angel killed the firstborn son in every Egyptian home. This was the tenth and worst plague. The Jews were told to paint their doorposts with lamb’s blood that night. When the angel saw the blood he would “pass over” that home and not kill their first born. For this reason it was known as The Jewish Passover. Lesson: trust in the blood of Christ (God’s Lamb) to save you from the punishment of sin.
Explain: “If a believer’s sin is taken away, why does he still do bad things?”
The temptation to sin is still with Christians. But when they turn to Christ, God gives them a new heart to please Him. There is a battle in a believer between the old nature and the new one. In true believers, the desire to please God will conquer the desire to please themselves and they become more like Christ every day.