The 7 Theses of Sin, Salvation, and Justification

Peter Kucenski

(An Official Theological Statement of the ACCS)

Thesis I  Original Perfection

When God first created the heavens and the earth and all that is in and under the earth (Genesis 1), there was no sin (Genesis 2:16, 17 and Romans 6:23). Moreover, God placed all things under Adam and gave him Eve as his helper (Genesis 1:26, 27Genesis 2:18, 21-24 and 1 Corinthians 11:3). In addition, God solemnly warned Adam that they should not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and thus disobey God (Genesis 2:16, 17).

Thesis II  The First Sin That Lead All To Sin

Eve, being deceived (1 Timothy 2:14) by the Serpent (Genesis 3:1-5), ate the fruit (Genesis 3:6) of which she herself knew, and Adam knew, not to eat (Genesis 3:2, 3) and also Gave to Adam and he ate (Genesis 3:6). Thus, through one man’s one simple act of disobedience brought forth sin to all (Romans 5:19).

Thesis III  Knowing Sin

The knowledge of Sin comes from the knowledge of the Law (Romans 3:20 and Romans 7:7). Without the Law sin cannot be revealed and once it is revealed sin abounds all the more (Romans 7:8, 9) (Adam and Eve with only the knowledge not to eat an apple desired to eat an apple [Thesis II], Cain with the full knowledge of the law desired to kill Abel [Genesis 4:8]). Today all people on the earth have known the Law, however great or small, through their conscience (even though it is not the formal Law which was given to us by Moses), therefore they are without excuse towards God (Romans 2:12-15).

Thesis IV  The Consequences Of Sin

When God warned Adam that he should not eat from the tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil He warned that the consequences of eating the fruit would be Death (Genesis 2:16, 17) and that everyone and everything on the earth would suffer and experience pain (Genesis 3:14-19. The death of which God spoke was twofold, one being a physical death (Genesis 3:19), which is not only out of judgment for sin, but out of mercy as well, because if we would live forever, we would live forever in sin and therefore forever dead (1 Corinthians 15:36 and Hebrews 9:16). The second, and most devastating type of death, would be a Spiritual or eternal death for human beings because in that day Adam and Eve truly did die (Romans 6:23, and Ephesians 2:1).

Thesis V  The Promise Of Salvation

When Adam and Eve sinned God, in his mercy, promised that they would be redeemed from their sin through Eve (Genesis 3:15). In addition, God continued this promise through Abraham to be his seed (Genesis 26:4) and through David (2 Samuel 7:12Jeremiah 23:5, and John 7:42), so that finally the Seed, which is the savior, would be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2) (Galatians 3:16, 17).

Thesis VI  The Promise Of Salvation Fulfilled

A long time after the promise, Jesus Christ was born as the true seed (Galatians 3:16, 17) in Joseph’s household by Mary (Matthew 1:18-25), whose lineage was through David, Abraham, and Adam and Eve (Luke 3:23-38). In addition, He was born in Bethlehem (Matthew 2:1) and called the Son of God by God Himself (Matthew 3:16, 17). He healed many (prophecy: Isaiah 53:4, fulfillment: Matthew 8:16) and had his garments divided (prophecy: Psalm 22:18, fulfillment:Matthew 27:35). He was crucified being surrounded by the wicked (prophecy: Psalm 22:16, fulfillment: Matthew 27:38, 39) and was mocked with these words “He Trusts in God; Let God rescue him” (prophecy: Psalm 22:7, 8, fulfillment:Matthew 27:40-43). Finally, He was crucified being without fault or sin (prophecy: Exodus 12:5 [Passover celebration], fulfillment: Matthew 27:22-26 and 1 Peter 1:17-19) and was raised again on the third day (prophecy: Jonah 1:17 andMatthew 12:40, fulfillment: Acts 10:40 and Luke 24:46, 47). So then, this Jesus Christ was able to, and did, bear our sins and died to save all the world through his one sacrifice (Romans 5:6-8, 18, 19).

Thesis VII  Justification

All humankind has therefore both been condemned to Hell (Thesis II and Thesis IV) and at the same time redeemed by Christ (Thesis VI). Therefore everyone has been given opportunity to obtain a better resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:12-19). However, many people will reject this gift (Matthew 22:14) and thus by their own sinfulness will reject the gift of faith in Christ alone as our savior (i.e. the Gospel message), and thus will reject salvation, and so condemn themselves (Matthew 13:3-9, 18-23) and possibly their children (Exodus 20:4-6). For even faith is given to us and is by no means our own work, but rather it is God’s work in us while we were still dead in our sins. Moreover, while we are dead in our sins we are unable to do anything pleasing toward God (Ephesians 2:1-10).

In addition, there is nothing that we can do to add to, or to complete, our salvation because it was completed by God and is freely given to us (Ephesians 2:8, 9 and Hebrews 7:22-28). Therefore, the good works that we both want to do, and must do because of our faith (1 Corinthians 9:16-18) do not honor or perfect ourselves, rather they honor God who has perfected us already (Matthew 5:13-16). Moreover, this knowledge was known to the whole world twice, the first time with Adam and Eve and second time after the Flood with Noah and his whole family. The knowledge was again given numerous times to numerous people through miracles, prophets, angels, Gods own voice, deeds and human form. Therefore, our fathers (Ephesians 6:4), our pastors (Matthew 28:18-20) and finally us (1 Peter 3:15, 16) are responsible for our children’s knowledge, our children’s, children’s knowledge and our neighbor’s knowledge of this same salvation and justification so long as we are alive.

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