About The Gospel
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23, KJV).
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23, KJV).
The first man and woman, Adam and Eve, rebelled against God. Ever since, each member of the human race is born a sinner, in a state of rebellion against God. That’s the bad news. Here’s the good news:
“For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit” (I Peter 3:18, KJV).
While we were yet His enemies, Jesus came to this earth to live a sinless life and pay for our sins by dying in our place. These are the facts; what must we do about them?
“Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19a, KJV).
We are called to repent (Acts 3:19 and many other verses). Repentance includes remorse (feeling sorry for our sins), but also means turning away from those sins. It’s not that we become instantly sinless at our conversion; as sanctification continues, we steadily become more and more like Jesus and less and less like our former sinful self.
We are called to believe (John 20:31 and many other verses). Saving faith in Jesus isn’t just an intellectual acknowledgment that He came; it’s something that changes our lives. To use a metaphor, it’s not just intellectually acknowledging that the ice over a lake is thick enough to hold our weight; it’s stepping out on that ice.
We are called to profess our faith (Matthew 10:32-33 and many other verses). Once we have experienced the truth and the power of the Gospel to change our lives, we do those around us an injustice by keeping it to ourselves!
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