In today’s lesson, we will study what Jesus taught about sin.
Define and describe sin.
1. JESUS TAUGHT THAT SIN BEGINS IN THE HEART (MATTHEW 15:19).
What is the heart?
n The heart represents the inner person, his thoughts, attitudes, desires, loyalties, and motives. When the heart is filled with evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders, and other such ungodliness, these are the things which defile.
n When a person is defiled on the inside, what he does on the outside is also defiled. But when a person is pure in heart-undefiled on the inside-he will see God (Matt. 5:8).
How important is the heart to God?
n Our hearts are important to God. God wants our hearts to be right with Him and not just our outward appearances and actions.
n In (1 Sam. 16), God told Samuel to go to the house of Jesse and anoint one of his sons to be the next king. Samuel saw one of Jesses’ sons, Eliab, and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed stands here before the Lord.” (1 Sam. 16:7) “But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
n It’s the heart that matters to God. In the NT, Jesus condemned the Pharisees and religious leaders for outwardly appearing saintly and holy but inwardly remaining far from God. (Mt. 23:27-28) “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.”
n Brethren, its what is on the inside that matters to God.
What inner sins do you think most people struggle with?
2. JESUS TAUGHT THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT CONVICTS US OF OUR SINS (JOHN 16:8-9).
What does the word “convict” mean (John 16:8)?
n The word “convict” (elegxei) means both to convict and to convince a person. Convict means to prick a person’s heart until he senses and knows he is guilty. He has done wrong or failed to do right. Convince means to hammer and drive at a person’s heart until he knows the fact is true.
Explain a time when you felt that the Holy Spirit convicted you of your sin.
3. JESUS TAUGHT THAT WE MUST FORGIVE THOSE WHO SIN AGAINST US (MATTHEW 6:14-15).
According to (Matthew 6:14-15), what will happen if we do not forgive others when they sin against us?
n The sin of an unforgiving heart and a bitter spirit (Heb. 12:15) forfeits blessing and invites judgment.
n We must seek to exhibit the forgiving spirit of Joseph (Gen. 50:19–21) and of Stephen (Acts 7:60) as often as needed (Luke 17:3–4). To receive pardon from the perfectly holy God and then to refuse to pardon others when we are sinful men is the epitome of abuse of mercy. And “judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment” (James 2:13).
Describe a time in your life when you forgave someone who sin against you. How did this make you feel?
4. JESUS TAUGHT THAT HIS BLOOD MAKES IT POSSIBLE FOR US TO BE FORGIVEN OF OUR SINS (MATTHEW 26:28).
Why is Jesus’ blood necessary for the forgiveness of our sins?
n His blood, the sacrifice of His life, established a New Testament, a new covenant between God and man (Hebrews 9:11-15). Before under the Old Testament, a man who wanted a right relationship with God approached God through the sacrifice of an animal’s blood. The Old Testament believer believed that God accepted him because of the sacrifice of the animal. Now, under the New Testament, the believer believes that God accepts him because of the sacrifice of Christ. A man’s sins are forgiven and he becomes acceptable to God by believing and obeying Christ and by believing that Christ’s blood was shed for him.
How do you feel knowing that Jesus shed His blood on the cross for the forgiveness of your sins?
1. This concludes our study on what Jesus said about sin.