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 claim it for your own.
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 power’ (2 Thessalonians 1:9). “These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into life eternal.” (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 begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law being made (by becoming) a curse for us” (Galatians 3:13). “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust (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 by faith put their trust in Christ as Savior.
“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31). “If thou shall confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus (that Jesus is Lord) and believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him (Christ) from the dead, thou shalt be saved” (Romans 10:9). “For by grace are ye saved (you have been saved) through faith; And that of yourselves (not your own doing), it is the gift of God, not of works (not as result of works, lest any man should boast (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.” And… 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…
We live our lives out in Christ 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. This walk is literally allowing the indwelling Christ (who has now taken up permanent residence in us) to live out His life in us and through us ….by faith. Now as ‘Christ-ones’…Christians….we are reflecting Christ to the world around us.
Galatians 2:20 says… “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
The same faith that saved us, is the faith for the Christian walk with Him:
Colossians 2:6 and 7 says… “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord (by faith), so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.”
May this be a blessing to you.
If yo do not know the Savior… if you do not know that your sins are forgiven, and you have NOW eternal life, please trust the Savior.
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