All of the Bible is about sin and salvation. The primary person is God – the one with Whom we have to do (Heb 4:13). And the primary work is that of Jesus – the Savior of the world (Jn 4:42; 1 Jn 4:14) of Whom God is testifying (1 Jn 5:9; Jn 5:37-39; Rev 19:10). 

  • Alienated from God/Separate from Him (Col 1:21; Eph 2:17; 4:17-19)
  • Ignorant of God/Darkened in Understanding (Eph 4:17-19)
  • Defiled by Sin’s Corruption (2 Pet 1:4; 2:19; Tit 1:15)
  • Guilty by Sin’s Consequence (Jas 2:10; Rom 3:19)
  • Dead/Blind/Without Strength (Col 2:13; Eph 2:1-5; Rom 5:6)
  • Enslaved to a Variety of Lusts and Pleasures (Tit 3:3)
  • Void of any good thing or anything profitable God-ward (Rom 3:10-18)
  • Under a curse and expectant of the righteous judgment and wrath of God (Gal 3:10-12)

The righteousness of God requires that we stand afar off from Him lest we be killed. Just as Adam and Eve were kept from the tree of life while they were in a fallen condition (Gen 3:22-24), so all men have been kept from the tree of life until they are redeemed from the earth (Rev 2:7; 22:1). But if they are not redeemed, they will be utterly destroyed. Indeed, “unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:1-3). Jesus spoke about hell fire (Mt 5:22; 18:9), outer darkness (Mt 8:12; 22:13; 25:30), the lake of fire (Rev 19:20; 20:10,14-15), torment (Lk 16:28) and “everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels” (Mt 25:41).

And yet…“this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life” (1 Jn 2:25).


  • Christ partook of a body that He might be a faithful and merciful High Priest (Heb 2:14-18)
  • Like a lamb led to the slaughter He was obedient to death (Isa 53:7; Php 2:8)
  • In His own body He bore our own sins as He hung on the cross (1 Pet 2:24)
  • He was made a curse to deliver men from a curse (Gal 3:13)
  • Became sin that men might become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Cor 5:21)
  • He condemned sin in the flesh and took it out of the way (Rom 8:3; Ps 103:12; Dan 9:24)
  • Made intercession for transgressors (Isa 53:12; Rom 8:34; Heb 7:25)
  • He presented His own blood to the Father, in the Holiest of all -heaven itself (Heb 9:24-28; 13:20)
  • He defeated death, led captivity captive, and rose to God (Eph 4:8; 2 Tim 1:10; Heb 2:14)
  • He ever lives to mediate, make intercession, and purify (1 Tim 2:5; Heb 8:6; 9:15-16; 12:24; Tit 2:14)


  • God sends a preacher with a message (Rom 10:14)
  • God calls us by that message – the gospel (2 Th 2:14)
  • God draws us to Jesus (Jn 6:44, 65)
  • God opens our hearts to respond to the message (Acts 16:14)
  • God grants repentance (2 Tim 2:25; Acts 5:31)


  • We are washed from our sins and cleansed from all iniquity (Rev 1:5; 1 Jn 1:9)
  • We are given faith to enable us to believe in God in the midst of suffering (Php 1:29)
  • We are given an understanding to know God and His kingdom (1 Jn 5:20; Eph 1:18; Heb 6:4)
  • We are reconciled to God & brought into fellowship with the Godhead (Rom 5:10; 2 Cor 5:18; 1 Cor 1:9)
  • We are freed from the power and guilt of sin (Rom 6:18-22; 8:1-2)
  • We are made a new creature (2 Cor 5:17; Gal 6:15)
  • We are given the spirit of adoption until the redemption of the body (Rom 8:15-26)
  • We are promised an eternal home in the presence of God (Rev 21:1-8, 22-27; 22:1-5)