THE GOOD NEWS
What Is the Gospel?
If you are not a Christian, and you would like to know what the gospel message is, then you are in the right place.
Christians believe that the Bible is the inerrant (without error) and unchanging Word of God. It was written by men under the inspiration of God, and therefore completely true and trustworthy. So to understand the gospel message, which simply means “good news,” we look to see what the Bible says;
God created you in His Image
You were made to be a reflection of Him on the earth, just like Adam and Eve in the Garden. They had perfect fellowship with God, unstained by rebellion, brokenness, and sin. Adam fell into sin and the Bible says all of us fell with him (Romans 5:12). At that moment, God did something unexpected. Rather than do what God could do, because He is Holy, He makes a promise to save what was lost. He promises that through the Seed of the woman, a Messiah will come, and through His saving work the woman’s seed will crush the head of the serpent and be bruised on His heel (Genesis 3:15).
There is a story of God’s grace and His Messiah flowing throughout history. Long before someone named Jesus ever walked the earth, God told us every detail necessary to know Him as Saviour and Lord. The story is that God Himself was the one coming to save (Isaiah 9:6-7), that He would be born of a Virgin (Isaiah 7:14) in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2), and that He was coming as a suffering servant to die a violent death in the place of His people, declare them righteous, and be counted as a transgressor, though He did no wrong (Isaiah 53:5-8). We are told that this Messiah would rise again and forever defeat our greatest enemy - death (Isaiah 53:10).
The Bible says that when this Messiah came, He could be coming to bring a Kingdom (Daniel 7:13-14), and this Kingdom would grow increasingly (Isaiah 9:6-7) until all the knowledge of God covered the earth as the water covers the seas (Isaiah 11:19). We’re told that after this Messiah accomplished His saving work, He would reign as King until all God’s enemies were placed underneath His feet as a footstool, He would have victory (Psalm 110:1), and that the effects of sin’s curse would be removed as far as they were found. This Messiah would bring forgiveness and salvation through His death and resurrection. His rule would extend to the ends of the Earth, bringing all the nations of the Earth to God (Psalm 2:8, Psalm 22:27-28, Isaiah 2:1-3).
The Hard Truth
Romans 3:10 10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
None of us are perfect.
Romans 3:23 23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
We have all sinned.
1 John 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
Sin is when you disobey God.
Romans 6:23 23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Because we've sinned...we deserve death.
Revelation 20:14 14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
This death is spiritual. We deserve to be punished in hell.
Revelation 21:8 8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
Even if you have told only one lie...you deserve to be punished in hell.
Our problem is that, because of sin, we don’t want to acknowledge Him, so we attempt to hold down the truth about Him. Instead, we find ourselves worshipping created things instead of the one true God who made us and gave us life. We’re all breakers of God’s law, even if we claim to not know God. We will all stand before God in judgment (Acts 17:35, John 5:22). On that day, you won’t be judged based on how good you are compared to the person standing next to you. You will be judged in comparison to the moral perfection of God Himself. All of us are rebels against God and hostile to His law. Because God is Holy, we deserve His judgment, condemnation, and wrath for all eternity.
The Good News
God saves sinners. In Jesus, He has provided a sacrifice that takes away the wrath that comes from our disobedience to God (Romans 3:24-26). The Second Person of the Trinity became a man and took on flesh in the person of Jesus Christ. He died an excruciating, bloody death on the cross that you deserved to die. He was buried and on the Third Day, He rose from the dead, just as He had told us He would, forever defeating sin and death.
We all deserve to be punished in hell for our sins.... But God loves us.
Acts 16:30-31 30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? 31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
This message of Good News is better than we realize. It is not just about God saving individual sinners for Heaven one day. It's the Gospel of the Kingdom. Its the Good News that Jesus brought the reign of God into the world and it is now advancing and growing as He reverses the curse of Adam and Eve, putting all things right again. With one man (Adam) sin came into the world, and so it was defeated with one man (Jesus). It is the announcement that JESUS IS KING. He has bought this world with His blood and is now in the process of reconciling all things in existence to Himself (Colossians 1:16-19).
This Good News is only found in Jesus and nowhere else (John 14:6). He is now seated on His throne and has all authority in Heaven and on Earth (Matthew 28:18-20, Hebrews 1:3, Ephesians 1:20-23, 1 Corinthians 15:21-27).
How can I be saved?
What must we do to be saved? Believe...which means to trust. We must TRUST on Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 2:8-9 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Romans 4 5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. 6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,
You cannot be saved by your good efforts.
Romans 3:28 28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.
You can only be saved by FAITH on Jesus. By trusting Jesus alone to save you, and not yourself.
John 3:16-18 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
If you believe on Jesus you're saved. If you don't believe you're on your way to hell.
John 10:28-29 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.
If you believe on Jesus you're saved. But for how long? Eternal life, never perish, everlasting life....it's forever. If God gives you eternal life today. It will last forever.
Titus 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;
To believe you can lose your salvation. Would be to call God a liar. He cannot lie. To believe you can lose your salvation. Would be to trust yourself to keep your salvation. But salvation is not of works. Remember....
John 3:16 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
If you believe today. You HAVE everlasting life. That is PRESENT TENSE. Not you will get it in the future. But you have it.
Romans 10:9-13 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
All that remains is that you ask for it. It's not work to ask someone for a free gift. But if you don't ask, will you get the gift? Pray.
Jesus. I'm a sinner. I know this means I deserve to go to hell. But I don't want to. Please save me. I'm trusting only you. Not my baptism, not that I repented of my sins, not that I obeyed you faithfully...none of my good works. Only you. I believe that you died on the cross to pay for my sins. And that God raised you from the dead. Please give me eternal life today. Amen.
What do I do next?
If you prayed this prayer, or one similar to it, and if you prayed is sincerely, then you have believed the gospel and you now have salvation in Jesus Christ.
Christianity is a relationship with your maker. Now you should learn as much as you can about the One who you are in relationship with by reading His word. I would suggest starting with the New Testament Gospels. In that Word you can learn about God, and what He requires of you as a follower of Christ. Since you are in a relationship with God, you must communicate with Him through prayer and seek His guidance for your life through His word.
2 Corinthians 10:5 teaches us to ‘to take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.’
This means that you should find a church to give and receive encouragement in your walk, and to worship God. It is important to find a church that holds the Bible alone as the ultimate authority over mankind. If you go to a church and you are not made to feel welcome, or if they are doing weird things that they cannot justify in God’s word, look for another church. 1 Thessalonians 5:21 says: “Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil.”
As a Christian you can rest assured that that you will spend eternity with God even though you do not deserve it. That is the Good News.
What If I don't have faith in Jesus yet?
Ephesians 2:8-9 states that faith is a gift from God "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast." But don't think that He will not give this gift to you, as said in 1 Timothy 2, "This is good and pleasing in the sight of God our Saviour, who wants everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." What do we do with a gift? We receive it. It's not something we do, but receive. I hope you see He did it all; He saw who we are, He saw we cannot save ourselves, because of His mercy for us He died on the cross, and then gives us the gift of coming to know the truth about Him. We do not have to be separated from our creator anymore, we don't need to be lost.
Ask God for faith as the Apostles did in Luke 17:5-10. What if you're struggling to believe? Ask God to help your unbelief as a man asked of Jesus in Mark 9:24. If you truly seek God, He will answer your prayers. Jeremiah 29:13 says “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” Don't give up, even if it feels hopeless.
Do you feel that you are not good enough? You have sinned too much? Maybe a church told you that you need to be perfect to be saved? Rest in knowing that there is no sin that can prevent you from being forgiven if you receive His gift for you "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8:38-39) I like to reflect on how Saul/Paul murdered Christian's and then after being saved by Jesus, he went on to write most of the New Testament. Imagine the Christians Paul killed rejoicing as Paul enters the gates of Heaven. That's how the gospel works.
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May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you.