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The Supreme Sacrifice

 The Story . . .

Genesis 22:1-19

The sky was still dark when the old patriarch

clearly heard God speak. "Abraham, ... Take now thy son, thine

only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of

Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the

mountains which I will tell thee of." Genesis 22:1, 2.

Abraham began to tremble when he considered the

staggering consequences of this command. God had promised

that through Isaac he would father a mighty nation. All of

Abraham's hopes and dreams were set upon this miracle son

given to him and Sarah in their old age.

He didn't understand why God was

asking him to do this strange act, but he

had learned to trust and obey his

heavenly Father-even when perplexed.

So Abraham gently awakened

young Isaac and two trusted servants,

and the small company began the threeday

trip to Moriah. As they neared the

mountain of sacrifice, Abraham

instructed his servants to wait for him

and Isaac to return. Then he placed the

wood on his son's back, and together

they started up the mountain.

Sensing that something was

wrong, Isaac said, "Father, we have

what we need to start a fire and the

wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt

offering?" Abraham replied, "My son,

God will provide Himself a lamb for a

burnt offering."

When they reached the top, Abraham tearfully explained

the reason for their mission. Willingly Isaac submitted to God's

command. After the last embrace, the father tenderly bound his

son and laid him upon the rock altar. Abraham raised the

knife, but suddenly he was stopped by an angel and directed to

sacrifice instead a wild ram that was trapped by its horns in a

nearby thornbush.

This moving story was not the only time a father had to

make a painful decision to sacrifice his beloved son.

 

The Study

Fill in the blanks after reading each Bible text.

1. Whom did the animal that was sacrificed in Isaac's

place represent?

John 1:29 The next day John seeth _______________ coming unto him,

and saith, Behold the _______________ of God, which taketh away the

sin of the world.

2.Why was it necessary for Jesus to die?

Romans 3:23 For _______________ have sinned.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is _______________.

Hebrews 9:22 Without shedding of _______________ is no remission

[forgiveness].

1 Corinthians 15:3 Christ died for _____________ _____________.

1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the

_______________ for the _______________.

NOTE: The Bible is priceless because it tells how sin entered the world and how it

will be removed. God cannot tolerate the ugly malignancy of sin. The penalty for

sin is death. And worse, when Adam and Eve sinned, this disease of death passed

to the entire human race. God's law and the penalty for breaking it could not be

changed, so all people were doomed. But God could not stand to be separated

from His creatures. So, in an act of incredible love, He chose to send His Son into

the world to die in your place and mine. Our sins and our death penalty were

placed upon Him, and we were set free.

3. What is this great plan of salvation called?

Revelation 14:6 Having the everlasting _______________ to

preach unto them that dwell on the earth.

NOTE: God's plan of salvation is called the "gospel," which means "good news."

And it is indeed the most fabulous news ever delivered to people. Our death

penalty was assumed by Jesus, and our guilt was removed.

4.Why did God make such a fantastic sacrifice for us?

John 3:16 For God so _______________ the world, that he

_______________ his only begotten Son.

NOTE: The strongest earthly tie is the love of a parent for a child. When God the

Father was willing to allow His Son, Jesus, to suffer and die in our place, He

demonstrated in the most powerful language how fervently He loves each of us.

5. What must I do to benefit from Jesus' sacrificial death?

Acts 16:31 _______________ on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt

be saved.

John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to

become the _______________ of _______________.

NOTE: Jesus' offer of salvation is a gift (Romans 6:23). My part is to believe it

is true and to receive the gift by faith.

6. How, then, am I forgiven and cleansed?

Acts 3:19 _______________ ye therefore, and be converted, that your

sins may be blotted out.

1 John 1:9 If we _______________ our sins, he is faithful and just to

forgive us our sins, and to _______________ us from all

unrighteousness.

NOTE: Confession is the verbal side of repentance. True repentance includes a

sorrow for-and turning away from-sin (Proverbs 28:13).

7. What is this wonderful conversion experience called?

John 3:7 Ye must be _______________ _______________.

NOTE: This glorious experience is referred to as a new birth because, as of that

moment, we have no past. Instead, we begin a fresh new life, as does a newborn

infant. It's the fantastic experience of beginning life anew without one blot of

guilt on our records.

8. Who enters the heart of each born-again Christian?

John 14:17 Even the _______________ of truth; ... ye know him; for

he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

NOTE: Jesus Himself actually dwells in a Christian through His Holy Spirit.

9. When Jesus lives in my heart through the Holy Spirit,

what will I do?

Philippians 2:13 Both to will and to _______________ of his

good pleasure.

NOTE: I will want to do His will, and He gives me the power to actually

perform it.

10. Why should I be confident that my new-birth

experience will be successful?

Philippians 1:6 He which hath _______________ a good work in you

will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.

NOTE: I am confident because Jesus promises to accomplish it for me by His

great power. Salvation rests upon His ability, not mine.

11. Why do some people fail in their Christian experience?

Isaiah 53:6 We have turned every one to his _______________

_________________.

2 Peter 3:2 Be mindful of ... the commandment of us the apostles of the

_______________ and Saviour.

NOTE: People often fail in Christian living because they accept Jesus as Saviour

but not as Lord, or "ruler," of their lives. Most of us want to have our own way

and to run our own lives. When we accept Jesus as Lord, we turn over the

running of our lives to Him. We keep our hands off the steering wheel of our lives

and ask Him to direct us. (See supplement entitled "Once Saved, Always Saved?")

12. How can I know that Jesus accepts me and that I am

His child?

Titus 1:2 God, that cannot lie, _______________.

Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it _______________ be given you.

NOTE: We know that Jesus receives us when we ask Him, because He cannot

tell a lie. He has promised to receive us, and He does receive us-not because

we feel different, but because He promised.

13. How will true conversion change a life?

A. John 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples,

if ye have _______________ one to another.

B. 2 Corinthians 5:17 If any man be in Christ, he is a

_______________ creature.

C. 1 John 3:22 We keep his commandments, and _______________

those things that are pleasing in his sight.

D. Romans 12:2 Be not conformed to this _______________:

but be ye _______________ by the renewing of your mind, that ye

may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect,

_______________ of God.

E. Acts 1:8 Ye shall be _______________ unto me.

F. Ephesians 6:18 _______________ always with all prayer

and supplication in the Spirit.

14. What wonderful promises come with Christian life?

A. Philippians 4:13 I can do _______________

_______________ through Christ which strengtheneth me.

B. Philippians 4:19 God shall supply all your _______________.

C. Mark 10:27 With God all things are _______________.

D. John 15:11 That your _______________ might be full.

E. John 10:10 That they might have life ... more _______________.

F. Hebrews 13:5 I will _______________ _______________ thee,

nor forsake thee.

G. Hebrews 13:6 I will _______________ _______________

what man shall do unto me.

H. John 14:27 My _______________ I give unto you.

NOTE: God gives His people the following eight precious promises:

  • We can accomplish anything through Jesus.
  • All our needs will be supplied.
  • Nothing will be impossible for us.
  • Our joy will be full.
  • We will have more abundant living.
  • God will never leave or forsake us.
  • We need never fear what men may do to us.
  • The Lord will give us His perfect peace.

Praise the Lord! How could anything be better than that?

Your Response

Will you decide now to accept Jesus' plan to save you, or to renew

that decision?

ANSWER: _______________

 

Supplement

This section provides additional information for further study

Once Saved, Always Saved?

Can a person be lost once he has accepted Christ as his Saviour?

Only in God's Word can we find an answer to this question. The Bible

speaks for itself: "Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without

wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one

another to provoke unto love and to good works. ... For if we sin wilfully

after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth

no more sacrifice for sins." Hebrews 10:23, 24, 26.

Nowhere does the Bible teach that our responsibility ends when we

become a Christian. God's Word is clear: "For if after they have escaped

the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and

Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the

latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better

for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they

have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto

them. But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The

dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to

her wallowing in the mire." 2 Peter 2:20-22.

Christianity is more than one single decision. Jesus said that our

salvation is based on the condition that we continue to abide in Him

(John 15:4). And the apostle Paul said, "I die daily." 1 Corinthians

15:31. This means that he chose on a daily basis to deny himself and

follow Jesus. The Lord Himself said, "If any man will come after me, let him

deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me." Luke 9:23.

The Bible does not teach that we can turn our backs on truth and still be

saved. Ezekiel 18:24 says: "But when the righteous turneth away from his

righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the

abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness

that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath

trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die." Paul also

reminds us, "Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he

fall." 1 Corinthians 10:12.

Some people think they can "talk the talk" without "walking the walk."

But Jesus said: "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into

the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in

heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied

in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done

many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you:

depart from me, ye that work iniquity." Matthew 7:21-23.

Paul depicted the constant struggle of the true Christian when

he said: "Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth

the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the

mastery is temperate in all things. ... But I keep under my body, and bring it

into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I

myself should be a castaway." 1 Corinthians 9:24, 25, 27.

To believe that once we are saved we cannot be lost is to believe that God

takes away our greatest freedom-the freedom of choice. On the other hand,

God does want us to have assurance that He will finish the work He has

begun in our lives. "Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath

begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ."

Philippians 1:6.

We can be confident that if we continue to follow, He will continue to

lead and will never let go of the hand placed willingly in His. "He that shall

endure unto the end, the same shall be saved." Matthew 24:13.

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