The Gospel

 

Do you know 100% for sure that you are right with God?

If you were to die tonight, would your soul go to heaven to be with God forever?

If your answer is no, you are not 100% sure:

1 John 5:13 tells us the Bible was written so you could “…know that you have eternal life.” this verse tells us that we can know for sure. I invite you to read this message so that you can know what the Bible says on this very important matter.

If your answer is yes, you are 100% sure:

Let’s imagine you are standing at heaven’s gate. God looks you in the eye and asks, “Why should I let you into my heaven?” What would you tell Him?

If your answer has anything to do with being a good person or doing good things, please look at what the Bible says. In Titus 3:5, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.” This verse explains how we can be saved: “…according to his mercy.”

It also explains what will not save us: “Not by works of righteousness which we have done….” In Isaiah 64:6, the Bible says, “…all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags….” Imagine that I had leprosy and I used a rag to wipe my sores. Would this rag be any good to you? Even if I washed it, it would still be contaminated by my leprosy and be useless. God says our good deeds, like these filthy rags, are contaminated so that they are useless in earning us a place in heaven.

Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” According to these verses, we are not saved by our own goodness or works. God has a plan to get you to heaven that has nothing to do with your ability to be good or do good. Read the rest of this message and you will see from the Bible how you can be 100% sure you are right with God and have a home in heaven forever.

Three Things You Need to Know

1.  Mankind Has a Problem Because of Sin

The Bible teaches that we are sinners and that our relationship with God is broken because of sin.

“For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” –Romans 3:23

“…all have sinned…” –A sin is anything we do, say, or think that offends God.

An example of sin is murder, because God says, “Thou shalt not kill.” Another example of sin is lying, because God says, “Thou shalt not bear false witness.” Even hidden thoughts can be sin, such as hatred and lust because the Bible says, “whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment.” and “whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.”

“…all have sinned…” –Every single one of us are guilty of sin.

We sin by choice. We sin because we want to. In the beginning, Adam chose to disobey God and became guilty of sin. Today, we continue choosing to disobey God and are also guilty of sin. We sin by nature. We sin because we are sinners. Think of it this way: a dog barks because it is a dog (it is his nature to bark); we sin because we are sinners (it is our nature to sin).

“…come short of the glory of God…” –Our sin separates us from God.

God is holy. He is perfect and righteous in every way. No matter how “good” we are, none of us even come close to being holy. Because God is 100% holy, it wouldn’t matter if you were 50%, 75%, or even 99% holy, you would still fall short of God’s holiness (Romans 3:10). The truth is that your relationship with God is broken because of your sin.

The Bible teaches us that our sins separate us from God, but it also teaches us that our sin must be paid for.

“For the wages of sin is death…” –Romans 6:23a

God uses the word “wages to help us understand the cost of our sin.

Wages is a familiar term; it means fair and just payment that is earned or deserved. If you work at a job, you expect to receive wages on payday (fair and just payment). The just wages or payment we deserve for sin is death. This is talking about spiritual death. Revelation 20:14 calls it the second death.

The souls of those who are spiritually dead are cast into hell and the Lake of Fire when they die physically. Because we are all sinners, we all deserve to spend eternity in hell and the Lake of Fire. It is just payment for our sins; that means it is fair payment. It is an eternal payment for our sins; that means it is a never ending payment. God’s Word says each one of us deserve to pay for our sins in hell and the Lake of Fire.

In Summary:

All have sinned and come short of God’s glory. Everyone of us have sinned and been separated from God.

The wages of sin is death. Each of us deserves to be cast into hell and the Lake of Fire forever as payment for our sin.

If that was all the Bible had to say, none of us would go to heaven and all of us would be condemned to hell forever. There is good news because this is not all the Bible has to say.

2. God Provides a Remedy for the Problem

Because God loves us, He offers eternal life in heaven as a free gift, even though we have sinned.

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” –Romans 6:23

God wants to give us eternal life as a gift.

In order for something to be a gift, it must meet certain requirements:

  • It must be paid for by the giver, not the receiver.
  • It cannot be earned or deserved.
  • It cannot be taken back by the giver.

God wants to give us a gift that we do not pay for, earn, deserve, or have to give back. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Illustration: If I give you a pen as a gift, I cannot expect you to pay for it, earn or deserve it, or give it back. The gift God wants to give us is eternal life. Eternal life is the same as spiritual life (the opposite of spiritual death). It means you have a reconciled relationship with God. It means your soul gets to go to heaven when you die. Eternal means “lasting forever.” There is no such thing as 10 years of eternal life. If it isn’t forever, it isn’t eternal. God wants to give the gift of eternal life to sinners that cannot earn it and do not deserve it.

How can a holy God justify excusing us from just payment for our sins?

“But God commended his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” –Romans 5:8

He can excuse us from just payment because He paid the price of our sins Himself…through Jesus Christ our Lord! God can offer eternal life as a free gift to condemned sinners because His Son Jesus Christ paid the price of our sins when He died on the cross 2,000 years ago.

“…commended…” –Demonstrated; proved; activated; acted upon

“…in that…” –In this way

“…while we were yet sinners…” –While we were yet separated from God because of our sin; While we were yet spiritually dead; While we were yet condemned to hell and the Lake of Fire

“…Christ died for us.” –Jesus did not deserve to die because He had no sin debt.

God’s Son Jesus Christ came to the earth as a man and lived a sinless life. Because He was sinless, He owed no payment for His sins and He could have returned to heaven anytime He wanted. Jesus chose to die to pay our sin debt. Jesus paid the price for our sins when He hung on the cross, shed His blood, and laid dead in the tomb. Because Jesus Christ is God, He was able to pay in three days what we could not even fully pay in eternity. By the time Jesus Christ rose from the grave on the third day, the wages of sin for the whole world had been paid in full.

The Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ Paid the Price for All Our Sins

Illustration: Imagine you deserved punishment for disobeying your parents and an older brother offered to take your punishment for you. In this manner, Jesus took the punishment for sin that you deserve so that you could be forgiven and reconciled to God.

Do you understand what Jesus Christ did for you? Do you understand that Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay the sin debt you owe? Do you understand that He paid the price of your sin so that you would not have to?

In Summary:

Do you admit that you are a sinner and that your sin separates you from God? Do you admit that you are condemned to hell and the Lake of Fire because of your sin? Do you believe that Jesus died, was buried, and rose again to pay for your sins? If you answered yes, then you are ready to learn how to receive God’s free gift of salvation.

3. You Have a Choice

“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. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” –Romans 10:9-10

This verse teaches us how to receive God’s free gift of salvation by fulfilling two requirements:

  • Confess with your mouth (agree with God) –Repentance:  Confess that you are a sinner. Confess that your sin separates you from God and condemns you to eternal hell. Confess that your own good works cannot save you. (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5) Confess that only God can save you through the work of Jesus Christ. Confess that Jesus died, was buried, and rose again to pay for your sins.
  • Believe in your heart (take God at His Word) –Faith: Believe the things you have just confessed about sin and salvation. Put your faith in Jesus Christ alone to save you. By faith, receive Jesus Christ as your own personal Saviour.

Illustration: In order to claim a gift you must believe it is yours and then receive it. God gives His Word that if we confess and believe we shall be saved. The word “shall” is a legal term that means it is an absolute…it has to happen.

Now that you know what the Bible says about getting right with God and going to heaven, you are ready to be saved.

Have you clearly understood everything you have read so far? Do you accept these things to be God’s honest truth? Would you like to receive God’s offer of salvation today? If you have read and understood what this article says, and if you believe what the Bible says about salvation, you are ready to be right with God and have full assurance of a home in heaven when you die.

Simply follow these instructions:

How To Be Saved

God wants to hear you speak to Him with your own words, and from your own heart. God is inviting you right now to call upon the Lord for salvation. Remember, God is not only listening to your words, He is also looking on your heart. You can speak the words, but if you do not mean them with all your heart, God will not save you. But, if you call upon the name of the Lord with all your heart, He will save you. You have His Word on it.

Here is an example of what I believe God wants to hear you say:

“God, I confess I am a sinner separated from you. I confess I deserve to spend eternity in hell and the Lake of Fire because of my sin. I admit that I cannot save myself. God, I believe that only You can save me through Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose again to pay for my sins. Right now, with all my heart, I accept Your offer of salvation by placing my faith in Jesus Christ as my Saviour.”

How To Know You Are Saved

Did you just confess with your mouth the best you know how? Did you just believe with all your heart the best you know how? Did you mean it? Based on what the Bible says and what you just did, are you saved?

Consider these verses:

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” –Romans 10:13

God’s Word is a contract: “…whosoever…” –that’s you; “…shall call upon the name of the Lord…” that’s what you just did (confessed, believed, received); “…shall be saved.” –that’s what happened.

“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” –Romans 5:24

“…he that heareth my word…” –You just heart God’s Word (the Gospel message of salvation); “…and believeth on Him that sent me…” you are no longer, nor ever can be, condemned to hell or the Lake of Fire; “…but is passed from death unto life…” –you are no longer spiritually dead, you are now spiritually alive.

If you have received Jesus Christ as your Saviour as a result of reading this message, please contact us. We want to rejoice with you and help you begin your new life in Christ. If you have any questions, or need further assistance in seeking a right relationship with God, just let us know.

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