Warning Signs | Don't Neglect Your Salvation, Day 3
Knowing that Jesus has destroyed the power of the devil by His death, believers can be confident of the great salvation Christ has accomplished for them.
VERSE OF THE DAY
'So now Jesus and the ones he makes holy have the same Father. That is why Jesus is not ashamed to call them his brothers and sisters. ' Hebrews 2:11
What is one personal goal you set for yourself this year? How have you done in meeting that goal? What have the greatest hindrances been in attaining this goal?
What are the greatest barriers or hindrances to our spiritual growth?
Satan is the most influential in hindering or negatively affecting our spiritual growth.
Fearing Satan’s influence shows a lack of faith in God
Jesus defeated death, and Satan, through His death and resurrection which left Satan powerless over us and freed us from the bondage of slavery to sin
Read Hebrews 2:14-15
'Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. ' Hebrews 2:14-15
Jesus became human so that He could destroy Satan and release us all from slavery to sin
'Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” ' Genesis 1:26
'then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. ' Genesis 2:7
We are all made by God in the image of God, yet out of human flesh-and-blood
'Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. ' Genesis 3:1-6
Satan, twisted God’s Words with the intention to deceive Adam and Eve, causing them to distrust and disobey God. As a result, sim entered the world.
'And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” ' Genesis 3:17-19
'For sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me. ' Romans 7:11
Because sin entered the world, a curse fell on all of creation which separated us from God and led to the need for restoration and salvation
In order for Jesus to represent humans, He needed to come as and suffer as a human, experiencing human weaknesses such as hunger, pain, tiredness, thirst, sorrow, and temptation, but He never sinned
In human form, He even went so far as to suffer a painful, human death in order for us to be given the gift of salvation and become like Him, holy and blameless before God
There are 2 specific reasons given for incarnation:
First, Jesus came to destroy Satan.
God is Sovereign Ruler of life and death, but Satan’s work in the Garden of Eden led to the first sin and the curse of death on humanity
Satan was a murderer and a liar from the beginning and delights in death
Jesus willingly submitted Himself to a physical human death in order to defeat death and destroy Satan who used death as a weapon
When we have saving faith in Christ, death is defeated and we no longer need to fear it
'You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. ' John 8:44
Second, Jesus took on human nature to rescue us from the curse of sin and death
We are all born with eternity in mind, and with salvation comes the hope of eternal life, saving us from the fear of death because Jesus overcame death with His resurrection
Salvation frees us from the power and penalty of sin, which is eternal separation from God
'He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. ' Ecclesiastes 3:11
' “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. ' 1 Corinthians 15:55-56
Christ has freed you from death so that you will live for Him. What does this look like on a day-to-day basis?
What are one or two ways that you have been living as one who is still a slave to death, rather than as someone who has life and freedom in Christ?
The unfortunate reality is that for all of those people who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus, death is still something to be feared. How would you put the truth of Hebrews 2:14-15 into your own words in order to share Christ with someone else?
Before coming into a personal relationship with Christ, we are still a slave to sin and death. Once we accept Christ’s salvation and live in saving faith to Him we gain the promise of eternal life and are free to love God and live for Him as we wait for our promise of Heaven
Read Hebrews 2:16-18
'For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham. Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.' Hebrews 2:16-18
Jesus did not stop helping us when He accomplished His work on the cross or when He ascended to heaven (vv. 16-18). How has Jesus helped you recently?
We all face temptations of many kinds; they are an inevitable consequence of the presence of sin and Satan’s efforts to push us away from God. What tempts you? How will you resist?
Propitiation: Atonement, making peace with, or appeasing God
All who believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are rescued from the sting of sin and death
Jesus was the “Faithful High Priest”, the go-between for God and His people
OT High Priests were a foreshadowing of Jesus as the Faithful High Priest.
They were the only ones authorized to provide sacrifices for sins
They would sacrifice one goat, and lay their hands on another goat then release it into the wild as a “scapegoat”, representing the removal of sins
Jesus experienced the full weight of temptation and understands it better than anyone ever could
Temptation happens when it is easy to do the wrong thing
Giving into temptation gives way to sin and creates a rift in our relationship with God
Jesus understanding and resisting sin should be an encouragement for us to come to Him for help and trust His guidance through it
He provides a way out of temptation every time, we just need to stay focused on and trust in Him and His saving power
A person’s relationship with God is the most surefire way to avoid temptation. Through Scripture, the Holy Spirit, and Jesus’ example, God has given us everything we need to withstand the temptations that come our way. When we stand for Christ in the midst of our temptations and sufferings, we show the world that serving God is so much better than anything else this world has to offer.
How can paying attention to God’s Word and His great salvation help you avoid drifting away from Jesus?
All week we have learned about how to avoid drifting from Christ. What have you been struggling with this week that has caused you to stumble and drift from Him? What have you done to strengthen your relationship and cling to Him this week?
How have you used the experience of these temptations when telling someone else about Jesus? If you never have, brainstorm a list of ways you can turn your temptations into opportunities to share the gospel.
Pray and ask God to help you and your group pay attention. Confess your tendency to drift, and ask Him to remind you of the anchor you have in Christ.