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Why Do We Need Salvation and Forgiveness of Sins
by the Blood of Jesus?
Rev. Bruce A. Shields
First Baptist Church
Tawas City Michigan USA

What are the consequences of sin and why do people need
forgiveness by the blood of Jesus Christ? Can the gospel overcome guilt, fear, alienation, and eternal punishment? Does it offer salvation, joy, hope, and eternal life? Have you investigated the Bible teaching about the death of Jesus? Have you allowed Him to change your life and give you hope and meaning in life?

Sometimes we fail to see our need for items that would really benefit us if we had them. Or we may lose our appreciation for an item when we have it.
The purpose of this study is to help us appreciate more fully a gift that all of us need but sometimes fail to appreciate. This gift is the forgiveness of sins. To help us appreciate forgiveness, let us consider the consequences of sin. Many people unnecessarily face guilt, fear, alienation, and eternal punishment. Please study how these problems can be solved by forgiveness through the blood of Jesus Christ according to the gospel, resulting in joy, hope, salvation, and eternal life.

Problem #1: Separation from God

Sin - Alienates Us from God.
Genesis 2:17; 3:8 - Adam and Eveís sin separated them from God. They could no longer bear to be in His presence, but sought to avoid Him.
Isaiah 59:1,2 - Our sins and iniquities separate us from God, so He will not hear us.
Ephesians 2:12 - People in sin (v1-3) are separated from Christ and without God in the world.

Salvation - Forgiveness Restores Our Relationship to God.
Romans 5:6-10 - Though sin deserves punishment, God loves us so much He sent His Son to bear our punishment so we could be saved.
Ephesians 2:13,17-19 - Though we were separated and far from God, we can be made nigh by the blood of Christ and have access to the Father.
Colossians 1:21-23 - Our evil works make us enemies alienated from God, but through Jesusí death we can be reconciled (made friends again).

Surely the serious consequences of sin should lead us to see our need for forgiveness. Having obtained forgiveness, we should continue to live faithfully so we can continue in Godís fellowship.

Problem #2: Alienation between Loved Ones

Sin - Is a Barrier Between Loved Ones.
Husbands and wives may be alienated by mistreatment, adultery, or alcoholism. There may be bitterness, quarreling, and even divorce.
Parents and children may have conflict. Parents may be unloving, abusive, stubborn, or selfish. Or like the prodigal son, children may rebel or become involved in immoral conduct (Luke 15:11-13).

Children in a family may be alienated because of jealousy, selfishness, deceit, or hatred.
Alienation may also occur in the church or between friends. There may be religious error, lying, slander, jealousy, pride, racial prejudice, stubbornness, etc. (James 3:14-18; Gal. 2:11-14; Rom. 16:17).