Gospel laid out
It is with humility that I ask you to consider this message with serious thought, as your response will have consequences for not only the rest of your life, but your life thereafter. Consider this:
- We are all fallen human beings and by nature, are sinful.
- With sin comes death: the Fall of man produced not only physical death, but also spiritual death.
- As much as one sin is enough to condemn a person to everlasting death in Hell.
- No matter what we do or try to do, we cannot atone for our sins.
- God Himself put on flesh and walked among us.
- Jesus was truly man and truly God.
- He sinned not once: He was the only perfect human to have ever lived.
- On the cross, He suffered not only unimaginable physical anguish, but for the first time, the Father turned His back on Him.
- This punishment was meant for us.
- This sacrifice was propitiation for the wrath of God.
- From eternity’s past, God knew who He would save. This sacrifice was planned for them.
- We all have sinned and are condemned by our own actions to eternal death, unless we accept Christ into our lives and turn from our sin.
- Christ is the only way to salvation.
- He defeated death and resurrected on the third day after the crucifixion. Those who accept Him inherit this victory and are given everlasting life with God in Heaven.
If this were my message, you could call me arrogant. However, this is the message of the Lord of all, from whom comes all authority. This is His message, not mine. Below are verses directly from His Word that affirm what was said above:
- Rom. 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
- Rom. 5:12 “Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned.”
- Eph. 2:8-9 “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
- John 1:1-3, 14 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him was not any thing made that was made. . .And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.”
- Heb. 4:15 “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.”
- John 10:30 “I and the Father are one.”
- 1 Pet. 2:24 “He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By His wounds you have been healed.”
- Is. 53:5 “But He was wounded for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities; upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with His stripes we are healed.”
- Luke 24:6 “‘He is not here, but has risen. Remember how He told you, while He was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.'”
- Rom. 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
- 2 Cor. 5:21 “For our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.”
- Heb. 10:14 “For by a single offering He has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.”
- Eph. 1:4 “Even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him.”
- Acts 4:12 “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
- John 14:6 “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'”
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.” Here, in John 3:16-17, God’s beautiful salvation plan is laid out, that God loved His creation so much that He put into place a plan that would save them from themselves. By accepting the sacrifice of Christ, we are reborn and given the right to call ourselves children of God (John 1:12).
How will you respond?
If you haven’t already accepted Christ as your savior, consider this message more important than anything you have ever heard: because it is. This is not because I said it or made it up, but because this is the true message of the infinite and infinitely loving God who created you. For “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved” (Rom. 10:9-10).
If you reject Christ, know that the wages of your sin is death (Rom. 6:23). However, “if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). You’re not too far gone. There’s hope in Christ. Believe in Him and be free from the shackles of your sin. He wants you to call upon Him. He wants you in His kingdom. He created you and as His creation, He loves you.
All Bible verses are taken from the English Standard Version.