Yesterday, we listed seven universal problems that only Jesus can solve.
Today, I want to offer seven biblical ways that he solves these problems:
The problem: We are separated from God
Jesus’ solution: We are reconciled to God through the forgiveness of sins.
“God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.”
“All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation”
(2 Corinthians 5:18-19)
“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
The problem: We are spiritually dead in sin.
Jesus’ solution: We are born again and made new.
“Jesus answered him, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.’”
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,”
(1 Peter 1:3)
“Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him.”
(1 John 5:1)
The problem: We are enemies of God.
Jesus’ solution: We are made members of God’s family.
“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,”
“For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs–heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.”
“he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,”
“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.”
(1 John 3:1-2)
The problem: We are slaves to sin.
Jesus’ solution: We are freed from sin and empowered to change and mature into Jesus’ image.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
“But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.”
“For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.”
The problem: We are unable to understand anything about God.
Jesus’ solution: We are given new minds with the ability to understand the things of God.
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”
“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.”
“But, as it is written, ‘What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him’– these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.”
(1 Corinthians 2:9-13)
The problem: We are unable to live for God’s pleasure.
Jesus’ solution: Makes us a new person with the ability to live for God’s pleasure.
“And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy,”
“And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.”
(1 Thessalonians 2:13)
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
(2 Corinthians 5:17)