How to tell someone about Jesus
Course XXI: How To Tell Someone About Jesus
Look at the video, read the content and answer the questions about the content. You will receive a score upon completion. It is not timed. Answer at your own pace.
What are the three elements to lead someone to salvation?
- People need to understand three things to come to Christ.
- They must know that they are sinners. Repent to change their mind about sin asking for forgiveness.
- Receive Christ finished work on the cross for salvation of their own sin in spiritual regeneration into Christ as a new creation in spirit.
1.) We are all sinners
What is sin?
Sin is the transgression of the law (I John 3:4).
Where does our sin come from?
Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come (Romans 5:12-14).
This is known as original sin from the head of the race. We are guilty from original sin this is why death reigned even with out the Law from Adam to Moses. This is why keeping the Law is pointless for justification, because we are guilty from original sin. We are not guilty of our own sin, rather as the result of the sin nature in us all from the original sin.
What is the penalty of sin?
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23). Genesis 2 says that God told Adam that in the day that they eat the tree they will perish. This is physical and spiritual. It is appointed to man to die and, then the judgement (Hebrews 9:27).
Christ took our penalty for sin, but we can only receive forgiveness through spiritual regeneration into Christ as a new creation. Through the first Adam we are all sinners as a human race, but through faith in the second Adam we are a spiritual race.
The Law could not justify us in that it was weak. Christ in His sinless flesh took our penalty of sin condemning sin in the flesh (Romans 8:3). Spiritual regeneration saves us form sin in the crucifixion of the Lord.
We are crucified with Christ with the old sin nature of flesh perishing in His death that paid for all sin. We are raised with Him in the newness of life in the likeness of His resurrection. This is spiritual regeneration, which is what water baptism symbolizes.
If someone perishes in Christ, then the penalty is satisfied, but outside of Christ they will pay for their own sin. Those that are not in the lambs book of life were cast in the lake of fire. This is the second death of the spirit (Revelation 20:15).
Who are sinners?
What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin; As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
What is the Law?
Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin (Romans 3:9-12, 22-23).
The knowledge of sin
What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet. But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead. For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death. For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me. Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good (Romans 7:7-12).
The Law points us to Christ
But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
Sons Through Faith in Christ.
For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise (Galatians 3:23-29).
2.) We all must repent
Repent and trust the Gospel (Mark 1:15). Repent means to change your mind an after thought or a one eighty in mind. There is another context that shows it to mean that you are to disown your old person of flesh and turn to God to receive the new person in the spirit in Christ as a spiritual race. Spiritual regeneration into Christ is old nature dying sinking into Christ rising in Him in the newness of life in the spirit in the likeness of His resurrection.
3.) Come to Christ
John 5:39-40 says, Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.
How do you come to Christ for salvation?
We must hear the testimony of Christ. Faith comes by hearing the testimony of Christ (Romans 10:8). This is the testimony of Christ. Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures (I Corinthians 15:3-4).
God gives us a measure of faith (Romans 12:3). God opens our eyes of understanding of His revelation when they heard the testimony (Luke 24:31-32). Hebrews 4:2 says that we are to mix our hearing with faith to respond to come to Christ. Romans 10:9-10 says, Believe unto righteousness and confession is made unto salvation. Anyone that calls on the name of the Lord shall receive salvation.
We covered why people come to the salvation? Why do others reject? There are two ways to respond to the message. One enters into the promise and the other shrinks away form the promise of salvation.
Hebrews 4:1-3 is an scriptural example:
Therefore, while the promise of entering His rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be deemed to have fallen short of it. For we also received the good news, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, since they did not share the faith of those who comprehended it. Now we who have believed enter that rest. As for the others, it is just as God has said: “So I swore on oath in My anger, ‘They shall never enter My rest.’” And yet His works have been finished since the foundation of the world.
Why some reject?
Notice it said that they were not mixing their hearing with faith as a result of not comprehending it. Their eyes were not opened. Why?
Satan cover their eyes to see or steals the seed as Matthew 13 states
2 Corinthians 4:3-4 says, And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers so they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
Law covers their eyes
2 Corinthians 3:14 says, But their minds were closed. For to this day the same veil remains at the reading of the old covenant. It has not been lifted, because only in Christ can it be removed.
Love of the world and money
Matthew 13:22 says, The seed sown among the thorns is the one who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
Love of the flesh
John 3:19-21 says, And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
Persecution or hardship
Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.
I Corinthians 15:3-4 says, “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.”
When we witness to someone, we must witness this way. The lost need to understand three things:
1.) They are sinners. They cannot earn salvation; it is a gift from Jesus Christ alone through faith. It is the gift of God’s Grace.
Where did sin come from? Adam! Through one man’s sin did sin enter into the world and spread to all mankind. We are born and shaped in iniquity. The purpose of the law is the knowledge of sin. We are guilty from Adam, but the law shows us that we are sinners. We are all guilty of sin. All have sinned and fallen short of God’s righteousness. There are none righteous, no not one. The law is a tutor to lead us to Jesus for salvation. Jesus through His obedience makes many righteous through faith. (Romans 3; 5; 7; Galatians 3)
2.) Repentance from sin, disown your old nature to turn to become a new creation in Christ by changing your mind.
Repent and trust in the good news of Jesus. (Mark 1:15)
3.) Trust in the finished work of Jesus on the cross for their sin. Accept Jesus as their savior and ask Jesus to come live in them.