Text: 1 Peter 3:18
This is a great evangelistic outline so that you could take one verse and preach the entire gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ explaining all the facets of the gospel.
Sufficiency of his sacrifice
- once suffered for sins
- Every other belief tells you to stay in good standing or else your sins will be counted back to you.
- Self righteousness making Christ’s suffering pointless
- If you can earn it, why is he hanging on a cross there?
- Luke 24:46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
- Hebrews 7:25-26 For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.
- Hebrews 9:27-28 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
- once means it is an eternal power
Substitutionary nature of his sacrifice
- the just for the unjust
- Now Jesus Christ really had every right to say, I don’t deserve this.
- Not only did he have the right, he had the power to call down an angelic host to completely obliterate humanity, or Rome, or whoever he saw fit.
- 2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
- Hebrews 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
Separation that was reconciled in his sacrifice
- that he might bring us to God
- Isaiah 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
- But Jesus Christ’s job is to bring you back to God
- Colossians 1:20 – In 8 words the entire Bible and scope of God’s redemptive work is summed up, by him to reconcile all things unto himself.
- Everything was good until sin entered the world and the first question God, the Creator, asked of his creation was, Where art thou? Man’s sin by definition was a movement away from God.
Suffering of his sacrifice
- being put to death in the flesh
- John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
- John 19:5 Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man!
- God had never been hungry before, now He was hungry. He had never been thirsty before, now He was thirsty. He had never been tired before, now He was tired. Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. (3 words that changed everything)
- 1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh…
Success of his sacrifice
- quickened by the spirit
- quickened means to be made alive – resurrected
- The work of Jesus Christ as savior is vindicated and completed in his resurrection.
- declared to be the Son of God with power…by the resurrection from the dead
- A man who gets saved is a new creature, not a reformed sinner
- This gospel is not about making bad people better, it is about bringing dead people to life