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Fifteen Words of Hope

Introduction

Second Corinthians 5:21 says this: "He made him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in him."

The Bible makes it clear, first of all, that all people are sinners by nature and by action. In fact, all people are sinners from birth. And thus, all people are born alienated from God—who is holy, cannot look upon sin, cannot fellowship with sinners. That alienation because of sin prevents us from knowing God. He is too perfectly holy to have anything to do with sinners except to reject them.

Now the result of that rejection, the result of that alienation in time, is God-lessness. The result of it in eternity is hell. So this alienation into which every human being is born is indeed a serious issue. It means that everybody lives their life without God and, if they die in that condition, will spend their eternity without God in torment.

Now that kind of reality proves that the most deadly virus in the world is not the HIV virus; it is the SIN virus. Like the HIV virus it kills everyone it infects; only, unlike the HIV virus, it infects everyone. It kills not just in time but in eternity. It kills not just physically but spiritually. There is no cure for the HIV virus, but thankfully there is a cure for the SIN virus. In fact, God has made it possible for sinners to be cured so thoroughly and completely that they can be reconciled to God and have eternal fellowship in his presence. And that is the good news. That is what Christianity preaches. That's the gospel. There is a cure for the SIN virus, so that the hostility between people and God can end now and forever. And sinners can be reconciled to holy God. In fact, if you look back at verses 18, 19, and 20, you see ...

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John MacArthur is pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, as well as an author, conference speaker, chancellor of The Master's University and Seminary, and featured teacher with the Grace to You media ministry.

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Sermon Outline:

Introduction

God has made it possible for sinners to be cured so thoroughly and completely that they can be reconciled to God and have eternal fellowship in his presence.

I. God is the Benefactor of our reconciliation to him.

II. Christ was the only acceptable Substitute.

III. We are the beneficiaries of Christ's sacrifice.

IV. The benefit of Christ's sacrifice is our righteousness before God.

Conclusion

When we believe, God takes the righteousness of Jesus Christ and imputes it to us, because our sins were imputed to Christ when he died on the cross.