Why Did Jesus Die?
1 Peter 3:18
Would you find in the New Testament 1 Peter chapter 3 and uh find verse 18. Tonight we're not even really going to look at a full verse, but half of a verse. One half of one verse, that is so crammed full and packed with gospel dynamite, that this one half of one verse is sufficient to blow the sin out of any heart. However, this dynamite must be ignited by the spark of faith. I want you to see what God's Word says. %it Peter 3 verse 18. For Christ hath also once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God. And I'm going to stop reading right there. Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God. Now, I want to speak to you tonight, and I want us to study together on this subject, Why Did Jesus Die? Why Did Jesus Die? Or, to put it another way, how does God forgive sin? Now, everybody is interested, I suppose, in having his sin forgiven. And how is sin forgiven? Obviously uh we cannot forgive our own sin. I hear a lot of pipe pop psychology today saying, Well forgive yourself. People need to forgive themselves. Well, that's ridiculous. You can't forgive yourself. Suppose that Brother David were to come up here and punch me in the nose, and then after he punches me in the nose, he says, Now, Pastor, don't worry about it. I have forgiven me. No, my dear friend, only the punchee can forgive the puncher. Oh, just forgive yourself. Well, neither one of you uh need to worry about it. I forgive both of you. Well what has he got to do with it. We have a lot of people going around saying, I'm okay and you're okay, you affirm me, and I affirm you What we need to understand is that sin is an affront to a holy God, and only We can forgive sin, and only God can forgive sin according to his own principle; And we're going to deal therefore with the subject Why Did Jesus Die? Or on the other hand, How does God forgive sin? Now I want you to notice fo ...
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