WHAT IS THE GOSPEL? To answer this question authoritatively we must consult the only objective source of truth—the Bible. The gospel is a simple word that means good news! Why is the gospel good news? Because the gospel is God. What? The gospel is God? Yes, the good news of the gospel is the God who created you—who alone can provide forgiveness, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, self-control, eternal life, etc.—loves you and desires to know you. The God of scripture is named YHWH which means “I AM.” That’s right, God was always there; He had no beginning and He will have no end. God has no “needs” but only “wants”. God is complete in Himself and is holy. Holiness means that God is absolutely morally and ethically perfect. His mind is perfect and is so superior to ours that we could never fully or completely understand the mind of God since His thoughts and ways are beyond our comprehension in their awesomeness and beauty. “Holy” also means that God’s nature is in a different category than our nature. For example, we are dependent (on God, on food, on water, on shelter, etc...)--while God is completely independent. We are immortal--while God is eternal. We have limited knowledge--but God has all knowledge (omniscient). We are restricted by time, space and matter--while God is everywhere (omnipresent). We have limited power--but God is all-powerful (omnipotent). We are made up of a body, mind and spirit--while God is not made; He consists of the persons of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. In these ways and in many others, we see aspects of the holiness of God as well as seeing ourselves bearing the image of God. Another aspect of being made in God’s image is that we were given a will to make decisions that would glorify and obey God. God’s will is perfect and free. Man’s will was innocent and free in the Garden of Eden. You and I made the choice to reject God in this garden as indicated by the sinful choice to eat the forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. As the prophet Isaiah says, “Your sins have separated you from God.” The unfortunate reality for the human race is that since our rejection of God in the Garden, the whole world is under the curse of God with its attendant manifestations of sin, death and suffering. Worse yet is the fact that each person continues to sin against God thus exacerbating the misery of this world and adding to the guilt of their judgment on the day we stand before God when our physical life ends. As the Apostle Paul reminds us sin is falling short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23). Many people do not see themselves as “sinners.” Our problem is that our standard for sin has been compromised. We measure sin by our cultural standard, which is no standard at all. We must use God’s standard (the Bible) to accurately understand the nature of sin. For example, most of us make the claim that we aren’t thieves, adulterers or murderers. However, the Bible teaches us that if we have ever loved something more than God, then we are idolators (Mk. 12:30), if we ever lusted in our heart after the opposite sex then we are adulterers (Mt. 5:27-28) and if we have ever hated our neighbor, then we are murderers (I John3:15). The simple, plain truth is that we are all sinners, under God’s proper, just and holy wrath! In fact, all of humanity will be held accountable for their sins—which ultimately are done against God. The Bible tells us that since God is righteous and just, He must punish those who sin against Him (the fact is that each person makes this choice each time they sin showing their hatred and rejection of God—which is the essence of sin itself). Sinners will be justly punished in hell (utter/absolute eternal separation from God) and will experience a level of torment commensurate with the amount and seriousness of sins accumulated in their lives. But God! Yes, but the God who hates sin and is properly pouring out his wrath on sinners--has chosen to save those who would repent and believe in His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ because God is also gracious and merciful. In fact God is perfect love and though He owes nothing but hell to a sinner like you and me, He has amazingly given us His precious Son, the Lord Jesus, to be born on this earth (a virgin birth) without original sin... to live a perfect life and then to offer both his body and life to God the Father on the cross so that God’s justice would be satisfied. That’s right, the punishment you and I deserved was delivered to Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary and by doing so the wrath of God was satisfied for all who would place their sole trust in Him as their Lord and Savior. NOW THAT IS GOOD NEWS! THAT’S RIGHT YOU CAN BE SAVED—EVEN RIGHT NOW! For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, so that whoever would believe in him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16). For God demonstrates His own love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. (1 Peter 3:18) If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, than you shall be saved. For it is with the heart one believes unto righteousness and with the mouth one confesses unto salvation (Romans 10:9-10). Will you repent of your sins and place your trust in Jesus alone to remove the wrath of God off of your life thus receiving the love of God? Perhaps this prayer would be helpful to you: "Lord God I come to you now as a sinner realizing that I have disobeyed you and remain separated from you because of my sins. I am sorry for committing these sins against you, for even though I have hurt myself and others by my sin it is ultimately against you that I sin against. Lord Jesus, I believe that you are the Son of God and you have come into this world to live the perfect life to be the perfect sacrifice for my sins. You died, rose from the dead and are seated at the right hand of your father in heaven, Jesus come into my heart and be my Lord and Savior. Please take away all of my sin and cover it with thy precious blood you shed for me on Calvary’s cross. Thank you for the gift of eternal life which is now mine because you live in my heart and I now know you. Help me to follow you all the days of my life. In Jesus’ name, AMEN." If you prayed this prayer-or a similar one-where you confessed out loud your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ to save you, please contact us as we would like to help you in your new life as a child of God so that you can grow and mature in Christ the way God commands us to in His word. May God richly bless you.

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