What is the Gospel?
The Gospel is simply the Good News about what the Lord and God Jesus Christ did for us to receive the gift of salvation.
The Bible reads: “15 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:” – 1 Cor. 15:1-4.
You are a sinner!
The Bible is clear that we all have rebelled against God and are children of wrath (Ephesians 2:3). No self-righteous person would ever be able to legitimately justify himself before God (Luke 18:9–14). Let me ask you this: have you ever lied? The answer is yes. It only takes one sin to be separated from God (Romans 6:23). Because of our sin, we need a Savior.
“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all” – Isaiah 53:6
“But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” – Isaiah 64:6
“for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” – Romans 3:23
“For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find.” – Romans 7:18
“For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.” – Ecclesiastes 7:20
“10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” – Romans 3:10-12
We are all in bondage and a slave to sin without God
The Bible reads unbelievers are slaves to sin and controlled by the devil (Ephesians 2:1-3). Only Jesus Christ can set us free (John 8:36). He is the only One who has the power to break the bondage of sin.
“Jesus answered them, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin.'” – John 8:34
“Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” – Romans 6:16
Because of our sins, we all deserve the wrath of God
This is probably one of the hardest for the average person to accept: that he or she deserves hell because of the person’s unforgiven sin. Sin is a very serious matter yet most people commit sin daily without any conviction. Sin committed against God is not like sin committed against other people. Sinning against an infinite being requires an infinite punishment which, for finite creatures, can only be experienced as eternal punishment. We can’t accurately gauge how an infinitely holy God, responds to even the smallest human sin.
“For the wages of sin is death [hell]; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” – Romans 6:23
“Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.” – Ephesians 2:13
“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” – John 3:36
Hell is a real place where the unsaved will go
As opposed to what the cults teach, death is not merely an illusion, something good, or eternal extinction, or a door to heaven or the next life, or multiple lives (reincarnation). Once one dies he either go to one of two places: heaven or hell. The Bible reads it is appointed a man to die once then after this the judgment (Hebrews 9:27). There is no second chance once judged.
Hell maybe ridiculed and doubted in the minds of many people, and it is universally denied in the cults, but the truth is hell is a reality. All people who die in their sins will invariably end up in everlasting fire which was initially made for the devil and his angels.
“For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.” – Luke 16:28
“But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.” – Matthew 5:22
“And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him [God] which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” – Matthew 10:28
“And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.” – Matthew 25:46
“….suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.” – Jude 7
“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.” – Revelation 21:8
Heaven is also a real place
Jesus said we can be glorified and exalted with Him. This world is all that a Christian is ever to endure, and all the heaven that without Jesus will ever enjoy.
“And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:” – Ephesians 2:6
“who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.” – Philippians 3:21
“And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.” – Revelation 22:5
In God’s love and grace, He sent His unique Son to die (but was resurrected) for the sins of many
Since we were doomed because of our sin God provided for us a way for salvation. It is because of the atonement of Christ that we can be saved. God’s grace is clearly exemplified in the death of Christ for our sins.
“For he [Jesus] hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” – 2 Corinthians 5:21
“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.” – John 3:16
“And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.” – John 6:40
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8
“ And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” – 1 John 2:2
“God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him” – 1 John 4:9
“Who [Jesus] gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity” – Tit. 2:14
“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.” – 1 Peter 2:24
God commands everyone to repent!
Only God can give us a clean heart (Psalms 51:10; Hebrews 13:12; 1 Thessalonians 5:23). In fact, the Bible reads God can give a new heart and a new spirit (Ezekiel 36:26). Turn from your own ways and turn to the living and true God!
“He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.” – Proverbs 28:13
“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.“ – Matthew 7:21-23
“I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” – Luke 5:32
“I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” – Luke 13:3
“And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” – Luke 24:47
“19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” – Galatians 5:19-21
“45 And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: 46 where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. 47 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: 48 where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.” – Mark 9:45-48
“Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.” – Acts 3:19
“30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:” – Acts 17:30
“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” – 2 Peter 3:9
“Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.” – James 4:8
“14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15 but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” – Matthew 6:14-15
Only by Jesus Christ can we receive the gift of salvation
Eternal life cannot be earned by works or personal righteousness since eternal life is only found with faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. There is no other name under heaven which one can be saved (Acts 4:12).
“Seek ye the Lord while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near.” Isaiah 55:6
“Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.” – Isaiah 45:22
“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.” – John 3:16
“24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” – John 5-24
“6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” – John 14:6
“13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” – 1 John 5:13
“16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.” – 1 Timothy 1:16
“16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.” – Galatians 2:16
“13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,” – Ephesians 1:13
“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.” – Ephesians 2:8-9
“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved” – Acts 16:31
“24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:” – Romans 3:24
“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:” – Romans 5:1
“9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.” – Romans 5:9
“6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.” – Romans 11:6
“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.” – Romans 10:9-10
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” – Romans 10:13
Sincerely and humbly ask the Lord Jesus to forgive you of your sins. Receive Christ (John 1:12). Only Jesus can wash you clean from your sins. Only Jesus can deliver a person from darkness and the deceptions of the devil. Pray to Jesus. Seek Him. Ask Him to live in your heart and to save you.
If you want me to pray with you to receive the Lord Jesus Christ or have any questions feel free to contact me.
May you receive this message in Jesus’ name. God bless you!
If you don’t know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior you can receive Him into your heart and He can deliver you from darkness and sin and have your name written in His Book of Life.
If you are sincere you can say this simple prayer to the Father (it doesn’t have to be word for word):
“God, I recognize that I have not lived my life for You up until now. I have been living for myself and that is wrong. Please forgive me of all of my sins just as I forgive others. I need You in my life; I want You in my life. I acknowledge the completed work of Your only begotten Son Jesus Christ in giving His life for me on the cross, I believe in my heart Jesus is Lord and was raised from the dead and I long to receive the forgiveness you have made freely available to me through this sacrifice. Come into my life now, Lord. Take up residence in my heart and be my king, my Lord, and my Savior. From this day forward, I will no longer be controlled by sin, or the desire to please myself, but I will follow You all the days of my life. Those days are in Your hands. I ask this in the Lord and GOD Jesus’ precious and holy name. Amen.”