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The Foundation of Jesus Christ

The first of a series of Becker Bible Studies establishing a solid foundation of Jesus Christ in the new Christian's spiritual and natural life. This study lays that solid foundation of Jesus Christ in a Christian, using the six principles of the doctrine of Christ as written in Hebrews 6:1-3 in the Word of God.




What is the Foundation of Jesus Christ?
A foundation is a natural or prepared ground or base on which some structure rests. It is the beginnings or first principals of a system of truth. A person who comes to the Lord Jesus Christ, and hears and does what he says, builds a foundation on a rock. When trouble comes, that person's life cannot be shaken. The person who lays his foundation on the rock, must first dig deeply into the things of God which are normally hidden and above man's scrutiny This study lays that solid foundation of Jesus Christ in a Christian, using the six principles of the doctrine of Christ as written in Hebrews 6:1-3 in the Word of God.

What is a sin?
Sin is the disobedience to the LORD GOD's Laws and is unrighteous, unjust, immoral and wrong.  The five types of sin, transgression, unrighteousness, omission of known duty, faithlessness, and foolish thinking constitute a sin against the LORD GOD. This chapter encourages you to have faith that the LORD GOD has convicted you of your sins, and dissuades you from looking for new sins, or focusing on the old ones. You will learn to focus on what the LORD GOD is placing in your heart concerning sin, and change what you can as fast as you can and have confidence that those deeper sins that seem impossible to remove at this point, will become easier to overcome as your walk with Jesus becomes steady.

What are the sources of sin?
The sources of sin come from the works of Satan, mans corrupted heart, lust, Adam's transgression, and the beginning of life. Sin comes to all human beings as a result of the first sin of mankind through Adam. If it would be possible for a newborn to never sin, that newborn would still be a born into sin as a result of Adam's transgression. That is why it is completely impossible for a person of this world to be sin free. A person is born a sinner, and must die because he is a sinner. This chapter identifies the different places that sin originates.

What are the consequences of sin?
If a person has the sins of the devil, he cannot love Jesus Christ, understand His message or even hear His Word. A sinner is blinded and the gospel is hidden from them. Sin make a person a slave, and condemned to die. The LORD GOD punishes the sinner, and the natural affects of sin cause moral depravity, perverse living, depression and distress.  This chapter reveals the results of living in the filthy condition of sin

What is the LORD GOD's Will on sin?
The LORD GOD wills men to be sanctified in His presence. To be sanctified means to be both ceremonially and morally clean (clean both inside and outside). A person that is sanctified is made righteous and holy. This chapter reveals the development of the sacrifice of life for the sanctification of a person as Willed by the LORD GOD, and traces the establishment of sacrifice through Abel, Abraham, Passover, the sacrifice of animal life, to the ultimate substitution of the sacrifice of the life of His only begotten son, Jesus Christ, for the redemption of men.

What is Christ's relationship to sin? P1
The LORD GOD’s plan for salvation for His chosen people developed over time. Before Jesus Christ was born, the LORD GOD revealed to Isaiah His Will, and it was included as prophesy from Isaiah. When Jesus Christ fulfilled the LORD GOD’s Will and poured out his soul unto death, numbered with the transgressors, bore the sin of many, and made intercession for transgressors, the LORD GOD was pleased and gave Jesus seven rewards as prophesized. The LORD GOD was Will was established by having a way for His chosen people to be sin free and have a relationship with Him, as well as having a faithful and knowledgeable Son that became an intermediary and could make things right between God and man. This chapter details the connection between sin, redemption and Jesus Christ

What is Christ's relationship to sin ? P2
Jesus Christ is the redeemer of the "called" people of the LORD GOD, and through His sacrifice on the cross at Calvary, their transgressions are forgiven by Him. The process of faith is defined, and the LORD GOD's involvement is explained in the calling and choosing of each of His people toward Him and through His Grace giving Christians their belief. Special attention is paid to the difference between being forgiven of sins by Jesus Christ, and being washed clean of sins by the blood of Jesus Christ.

The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ
The joyful celebration of Christ's Resurrection cannot take place unless the sorrowful crucifixion has been experienced! A specific and detailed worksheet focuses on the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ as reported in the Gospels of the Word of God. Every Christian student should examine every part of the Scripture  in great detail and expose themselves to the truthful and actual accounts of the events leading up to and following the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

How is a sinner spiritually restored?
A Christian that walks closely with Jesus is devastated to find themselves doing an evil act of sin. It is imperative that when a Christian sins, that the sin is acknowledged within themselves and to Jesus Christ as a morally evil act. Focus on the required efforts necessary to obtain forgiveness and spiritual restoration after doing a sin not covered by the blood of Jesus Christ is covered in detail, with the pattern of Psalm 51 used to focus your prayer for forgiveness effectively.

How is sin avoided?
A servant is responsible for working, assisting and attending to a master. The master of Natural Life people is uncleanness. They attend to their lives by being constantly in the company of and serving their master sin. Through their serving of all things unclean, they become unrighteous and wicked. The master of Spiritual Life people is righteousness. They attend to their lives by being constantly in the company of and serving their master righteousness. Through their serving of all thing righteous, they become holy. This chapter gives the steps necessary to avoid serving sin and moving toward holiness in accordance with the Word of God

How are dead works related to sin?
If a person does not have the salvation of Jesus Christ, the works he does is dead, no matter how great the works were. This study makes the connection between sin and the resulting dead works and subsequent consequences, as well as the measurement and rewards given by the LORD GOD to  all faithful doers of His living Works. The six types of vessels of gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, and stubble that are the measure of the works of Christians on the foundation of Jesus Christ are discussed in detail

What is the nature of faith?
The six areas the LORD GOD measures in you to determine how much faith to give are revealed, and include your ability to be a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable of the LORD GOD, non-conforming to this world, able to transform yourself by the renewing of your mind and able to prove what is the good, acceptable and perfect Will of the LORD GOD. "Reasonable service" and the expectations of the LORD GOD, as well as the connection between faith and works is discussed.

What are the results of faith?
The things experienced as a result of faith are covered in great detail, and include the remission of sins, the justification and making innocent, salvation, in the presence  of the light of Jesus Christ, receipt of the five signs given to followers of Jesus Christ, purification, a way to walk, a rejection and protection from darkness, a spiritual life, adoption into the family of the LORD GOD, and the ability to hear and follow Jesus Christ.

What types of faith must a Christian have?
Many of the things you need to know about faith are exemplified in our study of Hebrews 11.  Knowledge of these strong uses of faith are explained by His Word through the use of the examples of the great faithful that have walked before us.  Through a detailed study of Hebrews 11, you can discover the potent and powerful experiences of faith that can be given to you by the LORD GOD.

What is the baptism of John? P1
John the Baptist was great in the sight of the Lord. He did not drink wine nor strong drink, and was dedicated to the LORD GOD according to His Will. He was filled with the Holy Ghost in his mother's womb.  He had both the spirit and power of Elijah.  He turned the hearts of the fathers to the children and turned the disobedient to the wisdom of the just. His complete spiritual works was focused on making ready a people, prepared to meet the Lord Jesus Christ.  This chapter covers the birth and life of John the Baptist, a man that Jesus Christ identified as the greatest prophet that has ever been born of women.

What is the baptism of John? P2
John’s ministry was to make men spiritually prepared to receive the Lord Jesus Christ. The way he was to accomplish this was straightening their paths by balancing their beliefs with the new revealed Truth by crying out in the wilderness “Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight”, filling every valley, bringing every mountain and hill low, straightening every crooked, smoothing every rough, and enabling all flesh to see the salvation of the LORD GOD.  This was his job prophesized, and through it he introduced the Baptism of Repentance to men, to prepare the receiving of Jesus Christ's Baptism of Redemption.

What is the baptism of Jesus Christ?
The wage of sin is death. When a person dies, the sins dies with him. Death brings a release from the power of sin. Because we have sin, we must die. Fortunately for us, Jesus Christ died a real death for a Christian’s sins already. Because of his sacrifice, a faithful Christian can never die a natural life death. To enter into the spiritual life of a Christian, and to accept the opportunity to go immediately to heaven and escape the grave, a person must die and be buried with Christ to receive redemption for his sins. The baptism of Christ puts a faithful believer to death. The exact time of the baptism, is the exact time of that person’s death. He is alive no more to the world. He is alive no more to the devil. He is alive no more to himself. He is dead. Symbolically, while a person is under the baptismal waters, he is in his grave. He has died, as Christ did, for sin. The dead sinner must rely on grace of the LORD GOD through Jesus Christ, to be resurrected from death to life. Just as Christ was resurrected from his death, so shall his faithful followers be through their belief. As Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, so shall his faithful followers be raised up from their baptismal grave through their belief.

What is the baptism of the Holy Ghost?
Apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ are ambassadors of the Gospel. They are people that have been disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, and as a result of the Lord‘s Will, anointed and appointed as Christ’s delegates on earth. The gift of the Holy Ghost is transferred from an apostle to the head of a newly baptized believer, and is a free gift from the LORD GOD through the prayer of Jesus Christ, our Lord. All baptized believers receive the influence and Spirit of God through the Holy Ghost to regenerate, strengthen and refresh their spiritual (inward) and natural (outward) life experience.

What is the ministry of the Holy Ghost?
Identifies the different ministries of the Holy Ghost toward the the Christian as He regenerates, indwells, proves, anoints, baptizes, prepares, guides, sanctifies, bears witness, comforts, teaches, bears fruit, gives gifts, illuminates, reveals, speaks, helps and convicts.

What are the works of the Holy Ghost?
A detailed study of many of the Works accomplished by the Holy Ghost which include the cleansing of unrighteousness and sin in a baptized believer, protection of the holy nature and burning up of the unworthy parts.  The Holy Spirit is given the ability by the LORD GOD to remit or retain your sins. He receives both power and promises from the LORD GOD and Jesus Christ and is able to speak to both of Them with boldness. He fills baptized believers with righteousness, peace, joy, hope, knowledge, goodness, ability to admonish others, longsuffering, faith, meekness and temperance, among many other varied and powerful Works of the LORD GOD.

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ
“Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; And declared [to be] the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:  By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name: Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ:” (Romans 1:3-6 AV) A specific and detailed worksheet covering all aspects of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ as recorded in the Gospels of the Word of God as recorded in Matthew 28:1-20, Luke 24:1-53, John 20:1-31, Mark 16:1-20.

What is the proof of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ?
Six proofs offered for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ through the presentation of Scripture. These proofs include John 20:1-9 as proof of the empty tomb,  Matthew 28:5-7 as proof of angelic testimony, Matthew 28:11-15 as proof that his enemies knowledge, John 20:20, 27 as proof that his crucifixion wounds were seen by human eyes, Acts 1:3 as proof that many infallible proofs exist, and Acts 1:22, Acts 4:33 as proof of apostolic preaching which passed the glorious news of The Resurrection of Jesus Christ from death into life throughout history and time.

What is God's Will concerning the Resurrection of Jesus Christ?
Examines the purposes for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ in accordance with the Will of the LORD GOD and includes His desire for His Chosen and Called People to have their understanding of Him opened and fulfilled, receive forgiveness and redemption for their transgression through His Son's sacrifice and acquittal of sin through His Grace, to make Jesus Christ intercessor between the LORD GOD and mankind, giving hope, making faith real, proving Jesus Christ as His Son, and rightful heir to David's throne, establishing Christ as the foundation that all things should be built on, guaranteeing Christ's coming Judgment, and sealing the believer's resurrection.

What is the spiritual resurrection of man?
Describes the spiritual resurrection of man belonging to the LORD GOD through the Lord Jesus Christ, accomplished through the power of the LORD GOD, the light of Jesus Christ, and through the new heart of the Holy Ghost. Spiritual resurrection gives you eternal life, delivers you from death, allows righteous acts, delivers you from Satan's power, and makes the Resurrection power known, as you join the Lord Jesus Christ in a fellowship of his suffering and death through your baptism, and an understanding the LORD GOD's power as you are raised from the dead.

What is the order of resurrection for men?
Reveals the two categories of resurrection...the First Resurrection involving the LORD GOD's people and the Second Resurrection involving the people of the world, those of no faith, and those without Christ. Your destination after resurrection is dependant on when you are resurrected. Generally speaking,  most faithful Christians are resurrected with the First Resurrection, and will be going to Heaven for a time to await for events of the Last Days to unfold, however...if a Christian has a loss of faith at the time of death and becomes shipwrecked or has not caused their original sin to receive death through baptism, then they are destined to lay in their grave for a while, until the second resurrection occurs, and they receive judgment by Jesus Christ.  

What is the Last Judgment?
Jesus Christ shall come to earth glorified and sit on his throne of glory to judge the world in the time designated by the LORD GOD. The holy angels will be with Jesus Christ during his Last Judgment and all of the nations of the world will be gathered before Him.  Jesus will set the judged men on either side of him. Those on his right, symbolized by sheep, inherit the kingdom prepared for them from the foundation of the world. This will be eternal life. Those judged men, symbolized by goats, are placed on the left side of him, and are cursed into the everlasting fire that was prepared for the devil and his angels. This is an everlasting punishment. The Judgment of Christ is based on the righteous works. If the works of a person are righteous, he is judged favorably and rewarded with eternal life. If the works of a person were wicked, they are found guilty and damned. Many people will stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ, and plead for his mercy and remind him how they prophesized, cast out devils, and did works in his name. Jesus says that many people that used his name, actually did works of iniquity, and would be judged accordingly, by removing them from his presence, and cursing them to damnation.

What is the First Middle and Last Judgment?
Identifies the First, Middle and Last Judgments of mankind by Jesus Christ and the LORD GOD. The First Judgment is through the study of Romans 5:12-21 which speaks of original sin and the establishment of death to sin by the LORD GOD, as well as speaks of the abundance of His grace that through Jesus Christ people are freed from the judgment of death and offered eternal life. The Middle Judgment is the judgment that is made to the House of God, where Christian's completed works will be judged according to righteousness. The Last Judgment is reserved for those who participate in the Second Resurrection and who are awaiting judgment from their graves. This Judgment is done by Jesus Christ on His Judgment seat, and all people who have ever lived, and must face him and give an account for their living and dead works.

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About the Authors

Kathy L. McFarland is a Becker Bible Studies Teacher and Author of Guided Bible Studies for Hungry Christians. She has received her Bachelor of Science degree in Religious Studies from Liberty University, and is currently seeking her Master of Divinity (Professional Ministries Track) degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary & Graduate School. Kathy is a noted expert on Old Testament exegesis, Christian apologetics, and Bible typology and mysteries.

Joanne B. Holstein is a Becker Bible Studies teacher and author of Guided Bible Studies for Hungry Christians. She has received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology/Christian Counseling with honors from Liberty University. She is well-known as a counsleor to Christian faithful who are struggling with tremendous burden in these difficult times. She is a leading authority on the history of development of the Christian churches and the practices and beliefs of world religions and cults.

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