The Gospel Explained

A Summary of the Gospel

Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God. (1 Peter 3:18)

Here’s a summary of the gospel to help you understand it and enjoy it!

1) God created us for his glory.

“Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the end of the earth, everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory” (Isaiah 43:6–7). God made all of us in his own image so that we would image forth, or reflect, his character and moral beauty.

2) Every human should live for God’s glory.

“Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). The way to live for the glory of God is to love him (Matthew 22:37), trust him (Romans 4:20), be thankful to him (Psalm 50:23), and obey him (Matthew 5:16). When we do these things, we image forth God’s glory.

3) We have all sinned and fallen short of God’s glory.

“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “Although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him . . . and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images” (Romans 1:21, 23). None of us has loved or trusted or thanked or obeyed God as we ought.

4) We all deserve eternal punishment.

“The wages of sin (the payment for our sin)  is (eternal) death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). Those who do not trust the Lord Jesus Christ “will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might” (2 Thessalonians 1:9). “These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life” (Matthew 25:46).

5) In his great mercy, God sent forth his only Son Jesus Christ to provide for sinners the payment for our sin, in our place when Jesus died on the cross.

“God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us” (Galatians 3:13). “Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18).

6) Eternal life is a free gift to all who will trust in Christ as Savior.

“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9). “By grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Ephesians 2:8–9).

7) Once we accept Christ as our own personal Savior, He will holds onto us.

John 10: 28 “I give unto them eternal life, and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.”  I Peter 1:5 says that we have an inheritance “reserved in heaven for you who are kept by the power of God…”

8) As we choose to walk with Him in our daily lives out of love and gratitude to Him for who He is, He becomes Lord of our life, and we have a personal walk with the living God.

“I have been crucified with Christ.  It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).

May this be a blessing to you.

Five Ways Afflictions Help

“Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep your word.” (Psalm 119:67)

This verse shows that God sends affliction to help us learn His Word. How does that work? How does affliction help us learn and obey the word of God?

There are innumerable answers, as there are innumerable experiences of this great mercy. But here are five:

  1. Affliction takes away the glibness of life and makes us more serious, so that our mindset is more in tune with the seriousness of God’s word. And mark this: There is not a single glib page in the book of God.
  2. Affliction knocks worldly props out from under us and forces us to rely more on God, which brings us more in tune with the aim of the Word.  For the aim of the Word is that we hope in God and trust him. “Whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope” (Romans 15:4). “These [things] are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God” (John 20:31).
  3. Affliction makes us search the Scriptures with greater desperation for help, rather than treating it as marginal to life. “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13).
  4. Affliction brings us into the partnership of Christ’s sufferings, so that we fellowship more closely with him and see the world more readily through His eyes. Paul’s great heart longing was “that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship (may share) of His sufferings, being made conformable (becoming more like Him) in his death” (Philippians 3:10).
  5. Affliction mortifies deceitful and distracting fleshly desires, and so brings us into a more spiritual frame and makes us receptive to the spiritual Word of God. “Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin” (1 Peter 4:1). Suffering has a great sin-killing effect. And the more pure we are, the more clearly we see God (Matthew 5:8). {copied in part}

May the Holy Spirit give us grace to not begrudge the teaching of God through pain, affliction and suffering.  His grace is sufficient. (11 Corinthians 12:9) He is faithful…always. (1 Thess. 5:24; 11 Thes. 3:3;  Phil. 1:6)  He says in Jeremiah 31:13b, 14, and 25 that He will saturate the soul of the weary and sorrowful with His Goodness.  Truly, having the Awesome Lord that we serve saturate our soul …literally with Himself in His Goodness…is an amazing experience.  That means for us who have suffered in life’s trials…maybe through no fault of our own, but just as life brings them to us, we can know in our soul the everlasting, awesome Goodness of God. (This is assuming that we know Him as personal Savior, and accepted Him as the payment for our sins on the cross.  If you need to understand that Bible truth, go to the home page, and click on “Where will I spend Eternity?” God not only wants to be your Father and Savior, but He will walk with you through your afflictions. May He Bless you.)

Suffering….

Does suffering ever make sense?

I have never really suffered….. I have never been imprisoned for my faith, or been submitted to physical torture.  I have never been called upon to watch my children tortured and put to death in my presence. My brothers and sisters in Christ in other countries of the world have suffered much.  Elizabeth Elliot says that if we think about suffering, there is only one “place” that suffering really makes sense.  It is at the foot of the cross….!  Suffering there had a purpose; it had meaning.  Jesus suffered there for the purpose of providing salvation for every person who ever lived.  Every sinful soul can be redeemed from the penalty of their sin.  Jesus suffered for us, dying in our place….and paid for our sin.

When I think I have suffered because of the loss of a loved one, loss of meaning in life, loss of security, or what ever it is that I think is causing my suffering…if I take that to the foot of the cross of Jesus Christ, lay it there, and look up….I only see suffering like no other.  My “suffering” pales in comparison to the depth and magnitude of the suffering that He knew there in my place for me.  It puts my suffering in perspective.  It shows me that He understands, He knows, and He feels all that I am feeling, and more.

Christ’s suffering had a purpose.  Can I trust the same God to make sense out of my suffering? I do not have to understand what He is doing to trust Him. I only have to understand Calvary.

My prayer is this:

Lord, may I continually, consciously…. take all sorrow and grief to the foot of the cross…which is the only place where suffering makes sense.  At that moment, each memory, thought, feeling, hurt… offered up to Christ there, becomes an opportunity to be a recipient of Your grace…all sufficient…and You become enough….You are enough (“El-Shaddia”…the all sufficient One).  By Your grace….You are enough.

The Character of our Great God.

The Promises of the Lord in scripture reflect His character

“Praise God from whom all Blessings flow….”

Everlasting Love – Jere. 31:3

Everlasting joy – Isa.35:10; 51:11; 61:7

Everlasting salvation – Isa.45:17

Everlasting strength – Isa.26:4

Everlasting kindness – Isa.54:8

Life everlasting – Gal.6:8

In the shadow of His wings – Psalm 63:7

Everlasting arms under us – Deut.33:17

Our refuge and fortress – Psalm 91:2

Rock that is higher than I – Psalm 61:2

His presence – Psalm 23: 4

We are called by Him – Isa.54:5,6

He carries our sorrows, bears our grief – Isa.53:3,4

Poured out His soul for me – Isa.53:12

He is our Husband – Isa.54:5

He sustains us – Psalm 55:22

He heals the broken hearted – Psalm 147:3

Infinite understanding – Psalm 147:5

He is near to us – Psalm 34:18

He is with us – Isa. 43:2,5

He claims me; I am His – Isa. 43:1

I am precious in His sight – Isa. 43:4

Our soul and breath in His hand – Job 12:10

His soul delights in me – Isa. 42:1; Psalm 16:3

His stretched out hand to us – Isa. 9:12m

Our name is in the book of life – Phil. 4:3; Rev. 21:27

We are given a new name – Isa.62:2; Rev.2:17; 22:4

We are a crown to Him – Isa.62:3

Rejoices over us as our bridegroom – Isa. 62:5

Our soul is joyful in God – Isa. 61:10

He is our potter; we are the clay – Isa.64:8

He is full of compassion – Psalm 145:8; Lamentations 3:22

He gives power to the faint – Isa. 40:29

He has chosen us – Isa. 41:9

He changes NOT – Malachi 3:6

 

 

 

He upholds the righteous – Psalm 37:17

New song in my mouth – Psalm 40:3

He holds my right hand – Isa. 41:13; Isa. 42:6

He thinks about me; the thoughts are many – Psalm 139:17,18

He will give me a heart to know Him – Jere. 24:6,7

He made us heirs with Christ – Romans 8:17

He adopted us into His family with full privileges – Rom. 8:15

He comforts us – John 14:16,26

His Spirit bears witness (testifies) to us – Rom. 8:16

His Spirit cooperates (helps) in our weaknesses – Rom.8:26

He sealed us for all eternity – Ephes. 1:13,14

He guides us into all truth – John 16:13

Christ prayed that we would have His joy fulfilled in us – John 17:13

Christ prayed we would behold (perceive, discern) His glory – John 17:24

He is preparing a mansion and crowns for us – John 14:6; 1 Thes. 2:19

We will reign with Christ – Rev. 20:6

We can walk with Him in fellowship – I John 1:5-10

We can know His power in our life – Phil. 3:10

We have a righteousness of God by faith – Phil. 3:9

We are found in Him – Phil. 3:9

Christ is in us – Colos. 1:27

Our life is hidden with Christ in God, and we will appear with him –

Colos. 3:3,4