When you complete this lesson, you’ll be able to explain how Jehovah will eliminate death and what he will do for those who have already died.
1. How the ransom was paid
Jehovah sent Jesus to earth to be born as a perfect human, without sin. (1 Peter 2:22) Because Jesus remained perfectly obedient to God, he could become the Savior of mankind, something no other human could do.
Let’s take a closer look at how Jesus described his role in saving mankind from sin and death. Click the highlighted words to get an explanation. [?]
Pick the correct answer. Why could Jesus provide the ransom?
Jesus certainly was a good man. However, if he had been just like other good men, an imperfect descendant of Adam, he could not have provided the ransom. (Psalm 49:6, 7) He must have been something more.
That’s right. Jesus was a perfect man, just as Adam was before he sinned. Unlike Adam, though, Jesus always remained obedient to Jehovah God. (Romans 5:19) As a result, he could give his life to save us from death.
Many people believe that Jesus is God. Yet, Jesus clearly stated that he is not equal to God. (John 14:28) Furthermore, Jesus had to die in order to provide the ransom. If Jesus were God, he could not have died. The Bible calls Jehovah God “the King of eternity, incorruptible,” which means that he cannot die.—1 Timothy 1:17.
Summary of Section 1
God sent Jesus to the earth to pay the ransom. Jesus sacrificed his perfect human life, which equaled what Adam lost when he sinned.
2. How the ransom can benefit billions of people, including you
How could the sacrifice of one man, Jesus, pay the ransom for billions of people? And how can you benefit from the ransom?
True or False: By sacrificing his perfect human life, Jesus paid the debt brought on by Adam’s sin.
Correct. By his death as a perfect man, Jesus canceled out the effect of Adam’s disobedience. His sacrifice gives us what our forefather Adam lost—the opportunity to enjoy everlasting life.—Romans 5:19.
Many are surprised to learn that Jesus died to pay the debt brought on by Adam’s sin. The Bible explains that when Adam disobeyed God, he in effect sold all his descendants into slavery to sin. (Romans 7:14) Jesus gave up his perfect human life to pay the ransom and set us free from sin and death.—1 Corinthians 15:22.
Even people who have already died can benefit from Jesus’ sacrifice! How? By means of the resurrection. Let’s examine what the Bible says about the resurrection. [?]
Read Acts 24:15, and then answer the question, Who will be resurrected?
It’s true that God’s servants will be resurrected, but the Bible teaches that many others will also be raised up.
That’s correct. Righteous people, or those who used their lives to do what God says is right, will be resurrected. In addition, even unrighteous ones, such as those who died without knowing about God, are in Jehovah’s memory. They too will be resurrected and given the opportunity to learn about him.
Summary of Section 2
Jesus’ ransom sacrifice has made everlasting life possible for us and for billions who have died. By coming to know Jehovah and Jesus, we start to benefit from the ransom.
Now let’s review some key points to help you remember what you’ve learned.
Review 1 of 3
Jesus was able to provide the ransom because he was the exact equivalent of . . .
Review 2 of 3
What must you do to benefit from the ransom and gain everlasting life?
Just believe in Jesus; no further action is required
Learn about God and show appreciation for his gift of the ransom
There’s nothing I can do; God would never give me everlasting life
Many feel that way, especially those who regret serious mistakes they’ve made. However, if we feel truly sorry for what we’ve done, ask God for forgiveness, and work hard not to repeat our sins, the Bible promises that God will forgive us and grant us the opportunity to live forever. (Psalm 86:5) For more about God’s forgiveness, check out the links at the end of this lesson.
Review 3 of 3
Match the expressions describing the benefits of the ransom to the Bible verses where they’re found. [?]
Read John 3:16, and then answer the question, What motivated Jehovah God to send Jesus to die for us?
That’s right. Jehovah compares his relationship with Jesus to the close bond between a loving father and his firstborn son. By sending his beloved Son to die for us, Jehovah gave us the most precious gift ever given. We can therefore be confident that Jehovah cares for us and wants us to live forever.—Romans 8:32.
Since Jehovah God is almighty, no one can force him to do anything. Jehovah was not obligated to provide the ransom because of any good works humans have done. Rather, the Bible shows that he acted out of kindness and love.—1 John 4:10.
- God sent Jesus to give his life as a ransom. His perfect human life corresponded to what Adam lost
- Jesus’ sacrifice benefits billions of people, even those who have died. To benefit from the ransom, we must come to know Jehovah and Jesus
You’ve finished the lesson!
Want more on this subject? If so, check out the links below.
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Jehovah wants us to live forever in a world free of pain and wickedness. In Lesson 3.3, “How Will God End Suffering and Evil?,” you’ll see how God will permanently eliminate these conditions.
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