February 24, 2020
The second major tenant of the reformation is Sola Christos. Commonly known as “In Christ Alone”. This truth makes Christianity exclusive by nature as it establishes that salvation comes through no other means other than Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. It is by Christ and Christ alone that sin is forgiven. It is by Christ and Christ alone that the Spirit dwells within us to conform us into His image. Jesus is the only way the only truth and he alone is the only one who grants eternal life. He is our all in all.
Christ is our vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice for sin. This fact provides certainty, security, hope and encouragement. Christ’s righteousness has been credited to our account; our sin has been placed on Him. God’s righteous wrath is satisfied because of Christ’s perfect atonement on our behalf. Through Christ and Christ alone we are justified, reconciled, forgiven and redeemed. As Ulrich Zwingli, a Swiss reformer says, “Through Christ alone we are given salvation, blessedness, grace, pardon, and all that makes us in any way worthy in the sight of a righteous God. Salvation is all about Christ. Our life on this earth is all about Christ, the future eternal glory is all about Christ. In Christ alone our hope is found.
Please read Isaiah 52:13-53:12
1. As you read this ancient prophecy, consider all the ways in which the New Testament points to the fulfillment of this prophecy in the person of Jesus Christ. (some Scriptures to consider – by no means exhaustive – so please add your own findings, John 1:29-36; 10:11-18; Romans 3:21-26; 2 Cor. 5:17-21; Heb. 9:15,26; 10:4-10; 1 Peter 1:14-19) What in your view is the central theme of Isaiah 53?
2. As you have considered the NT parallels resulting from this prophecy. Please describe and define what atonement is? There are at least 4 different concepts used in the NT that encapsulate what atonement is.
3. How would you explain to an unbeliever why the death of Christ is so important?
Please read Romans 5:1-11
4. What is the result of being justified?
5. Verses 2-5 outline a process of how hope is developed. What are the stages in this process? How does this process mirror Christ’s life?
6. What other descriptions of what atonement is are found in these verses from Romans?
7. How would you explain the gospel to someone from this text?