I recently started teaching a women’s Sunday School class at my church. Right now we are taking a look at some of the challenging questions and issues we face as Christians. I’ll be posting the notes from my class here each week. Click here for last week’s lesson.
What is salvation? What is the gospel? (Cont’d)
I. God is holy. (Isaiah 6:1-5)
A. What do we mean when we say God is holy?
1. God cannot tolerate sin in His presence (Deuteronomy 23:14)
2. Since we are sinful, we cannot be in His presence (Exodus 33:18-23, Psalm 24:3-4).
Problem 1: God is holy, and we can’t be in His presence because we’re not.
II. God demands that we be holy. (Leviticus 11:44-45, Matthew 5:48)
A. We can’t, because:
1. We’re born with a sin nature (Psalm 51:5)
2. Because we’re born with a sin nature, we begin sinning before we are capable of understanding what sin is. When we’ve sinned once, we’re guilty of breaking the whole law (James 2:10-11, Romans 3:10-18)
Problem 2: God demands that we be holy as He is holy, but we can’t, due to our sin.
III. Because God is holy, He must punish sin.
A. God doesn’t just forgive everybody when they die. (John 3:36, 2 Peter 3:9)
B. Good works do not “balance the scales” and make up for our sins (Galatians 2:15-16, Romans 3:20).
C. God’s punishment for sin is eternal death and suffering in Hell (Romans 6:23; 2 Peter 2:4, 9-10; Revelation 20:13-15).
Problem 3: Because of our sin, we deserve hell.
IV. Extra Study Resources:
A. “Fear and Trembling” by R.C. Sproul
B. “How is Eternity in Hell a Fair Punishment for Sin?” from GotQuestions.com
C. “Is Universalism Biblical?” from GotQuestions.com
D. “Why Did God Create Us With Sin in the World?” from CARM.org
This lesson will be continued next week.