The Gospel


The Gospel

The Gospel. The Good News.

You, like me, have sinned against God. Basically this means we’ve fallen short of His perfect standard. You see, God is Holy and Righteous, He’s perfect and He stands apart from sin. We’re not and so we’ve separated ourselves in many ways from Him by what we’ve thought, what we’ve said, what we’ve done and even in what we’ve left undone. We’re guilty. None of us make the grade, make the cut, stands acceptable.

Now, there’re results to this stain of sin in our lives, some of them are temporal others eternal. God says in the Bible that the wages of sin is death. This isn’t just a physical death but an eternal, everlasting death. And He’s just; we’ll get what we deserve.

Pretty gloomy? Well that’s the bad news. The good is that Jesus, as a demonstration of God’s love died for sinners so that those who come to Him may have eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen! Bottom line, Jesus’ death paid for the penalty of our sins and what’s more His resurrection proves that God accepted Jesus’ death as the payment.

God has revealed in His Word that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. Salvation, the forgiveness of sins, is available to all who will trust in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. This Gospel is a call to live a life of faith joined with turning away from our sins and turning to God in repentance. It’s not something that we can do for ourselves but a gracious gift from Him.

While the wrath of God rests on sinners the saved are at peace with Him having been reconciled back to God through His Son Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Because of that great work we can rest secure in the certain promise that nothing will ever separate us from His love.

All this means that I, with Paul, can say,

24 Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? 25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

Want some more information?

Want to read more? Pick up a Bible and check out these verses: Romans 3:23, 3:10-18, 6:23, 5:8, 10:9, 10:13, 5:1, 8:1, 8:38-39, Luke 24:46 – 47, Acts 2:22 – 24, 38, 3:13 – 15, 19, 26, 5:19 – 20, 29 – 31, 10:39 – 40, 43, 13:28 – 30, 38, 26:18 – 20, 22 – 23

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11 thoughts on “The Gospel

  1. Alo Alo

    …WILL BE saved.

    Who WILL set me free…

    I get massively frustrated by Chistlike folk who ARE SAVED! thats right …ED, past tense, SAVED, I know I’m messing with words here and am technical, I prefer the word reborn!

    Blessings
    MH

  2. It is the active state in which we ARE and not what we WILL BE after Final Judgement like “Alladin” says “Be who you are.”
    Blessings
    MH

    • Hi MH,

      OK. I think I understand where you’re coming from and I agree words are important. Consider the following Scriptures.

      Matthew 10:22; 19:25; 24:13; 24:22; Mark 10:26; 13:13; 13:20; 16:16; Luke 1:71; 7:50; 8:12; 13:23; 18:26; 18:42; John 3:17; 5:34; 10:9; Acts 2:21; 2:47; 4:12; 11:14; 15:11; 16:30; 16:31; 27:20; Romans 5:9; 5:10; 8:24; 9:27; 10:1; 10:9; 10:13; 11:26; 1 Corinthians 1:18; 3:15; 5:5; 10:33; 15:2; 2 Corinthians 2:15; Ephesians 2:5; 2:8; 1 Thessalonians 2:16; 2 Thessalonians 2:10; 1 Timothy 2:4; 2:15; 2 Timothy 1:9; Titus 3:5; 1 Peter 4:18; Revelation 21:24

      Notice how the word “saved is used in the past tense (“were saved”), present tense (“are saved”) and future tense (“shall be saved”).

      If you still think the word “saved” is not accurately conveying my intended meaning after that let’s talk more.

  3. From the scriptures you put me onto, TKS,

    These Scriptures point Toward Final Judgement and the Sovereign power of God as Judge through whom we shall be saved:

    Matthew 10:22; 19:25; 24:13; 24:22; Mark 10:26; Mark 10:26; 13:13; 13:20; 16:16; Luke 1:71; 7:50; Luke 8:12; 13:23-24; 8:26-27; John 3:17; 5:34; 10:9; Acts 2:21; 2:47; 4:12; 11:14; 15:11; 16:30; 16:31; 27:20 Romans 5:9; 5:10; 9:27; 10:1; 10:9; 10:13; 11:26; 1 Corinthians 3:15; 5:5; 10:33; 1 Thessalonians 2:16; 2 Thessalonians 2:10; 1 Timothy 2:4; 2:15; 1 Peter 4:18; Revelation 21:24

    Scriptures that don’t point to our future assured salvation:

    Titus 3:5; 2 Timothy 1:9; 1 Corinthians 15:2; 2 Corinthians 2:15; Ephesians 2:5; Ephesians 2:8; 1 Corinthians 1:18; Luke 18:42; Luke 7:50; Romans 8:24

    I feel this is unrelated.

    The word’s:

    “I am saved, are you?”

    Far too often used, points toward salvation, to the recipient. This makes us seem as though we are in heaven already why not join us. Yet we need to constantly mull over our assured salvation. You are correct in your use, I assume, but I am a lot more comfortable with using “Reborn” to describe myself to lay people or to say that Jesus died for my sins that at judgement I may be saved.

    Saved (4982) (sozo) (Click word study of sozo) has the basic meanings of to rescue from peril, danger or destruction, to protect, to keep alive including preserving one’s life in either a physical or spiritual sense.

    Sozo occurs 54x in the Gospels, 14 uses relating to deliverance from disease or demon possession (Mt 9:21-21, Lu8:36), 20x to the rescue of physical life from some impending peril or death (Mt 8:25; 14:30) and the remaining 20x referring to spiritual salvation.

    We don’t speak Greek but English and need to Articulate ourselves as accurately as possible.

    I hope that helps or perhaps you can help me further.

    MH

    • “…I may be saved.”

      How sad.

      Our Christian walk isn’t like a lotto MH. It’s not like we get up to heaven and if God has a good day we get in, if not, well, tough takkie. No! We can know that we know that we know that we’re saved. Consider, for starters, 1 John 2:3 and following.

      When I say, “…you will be saved” it’s in the context of Christians, saved once in the past, who live constantly being “saved” in the present and one day will be “saved” to eternal glory.

      That future event is a pre-booked certainty.

  4. We are in agreement, I’d also consider it sad, that I consider: “Jesus died for my sins that at judgement I may be saved.” If I felt I knew the future.

    That said I was not calling it a lotto! Where would that Idea come from , less you seek to devalue my view by claiming I see it as a lotto?

    For some clarity:

    As I get it, I am already saved (Rom. 8:24, Eph. 2:5–8), but I’m also being saved (1 Cor. 1:18, 2 Cor. 2:15, Phil. 2:12), and I have the hope that I will be saved (Rom. 5:9–10, 1 Cor. 3:12–15). Like the apostle Paul I am working out my salvation in fear and trembling (Phil. 2:12), with hopeful confidence in the promises of Christ (Rom. 5:2, 2 Tim. 2:11–13).”

    What is the point of a future event?
    Why must every knee bow when some can skip judgement?
    Why must some be judged if they can just share with the Lord that they are already saved?
    Why must they be separated goats and sheep with the rest?

    Please take no offence at my sarcastic questions, my initial and only point is that of “Alladin”

    I am thankful for all the work this conversation is driving in me, thanks brother.

    blessings
    MH

    • Hi bud,

      I come out swinging harder at you than anyone else but then again you’re amongst the best of my friends so I know you can take it.

      I’m going to write a series of posts on this subject: “was saved”, “am saved” and “will be saved”. You can rip into each one.

      Mark

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  6. DUH, I couldn’t find an email address, so I am trying here … you posted a map and you stated that Bethany and Bethany Beyond Jordan are different locations … how can I check this?
    I found 10 references to Bethany in the Gospels and all Greek references in the KJV seem to point to a town less than 2 miles east of Jerusalem and home of Simon the Leper, Mary-Martha-Lazarus and location of John the Baptist’s baptism site

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