The Gospel- Part 5: Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men

The purpose of this series is to explain why I have been writing articles and making videos for almost ten years. I am trying to help people get free of the lies that stand between them and the Gospel. More specifically, I have spent this series explaining what the Gospel is, which should make it obvious why it is worth the effort to tear down the lies which keep people from the truth. The Gospel is the good news of Jesus Christ.

The bad news is, we are all sinners and we have earned death, but the good news, the Gospel, is the free gift of salvation through Jesus.

Romans 10: 9-13 says

“…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. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Let that last verse sink in a little. EVERYONE who calls on the name of the Lord Jesus will be saved. John 3:16 says it this way:

 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

WHOEVER believes in him- whoever puts their trust in Jesus- will have eternal life.

Not, whoever is good more than bad and puts their trust in him. Not whoever is kinder and more generous than average. Not Whoever is more religious than their neighbor.

Not whoever believes and then does enough good for the rest of their lives or gives enough to the poor…

Just whoever. That’s you and me.

Being a Christian is described in a lot of ways in the bible. Jesus says you are born again and have eternal life. When you are born the first time, you are going to lose that life someday. When you are born of the spirit of God through Jesus, you are born into eternal life.

The New Testament says we are adopted into the family of God. Ephesians 1:5 says

“He predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will.”

Galatians 4: 4-6 says

“God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, 5to redeem those under the Law, that we might receive our adoption as sons. 6And because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!”

Romans 8:15 says

“For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”

A Christian is a child of God.

You may be asking, if the Bible says salvation is free- we can’t earn it and we can’t pay it back, then why do we need to do good? Why not just keep on sinning since it’s all getting paid for? The Bible sees this question coming and says this:

Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?
–Romans 6:1-2

This is where the metaphor of marriage comes in handy.

The church is called the bride of Christ, and being a Christian is likened to being married.

When a husband does the dishes, it doesn’t earn his marriage. Or if he refuses to do the dishes, he isn’t less married than he was the day before. A man does the dishes for his wife because he loves her and wants to show his love by being helpful. Just as a man does good things for his wife to show his love because he is married to her, we do what is right to show our love for Jesus because he has saved us. We don’t do what is right to be saved, we do what is right because we have been saved.

We’ve been saved FROM sin, so why would we go back to it? That would be like being cured from a disease, and then going back to the pollution which made us sick in the first place. But even more so, we are saved from sin but also saved TO righteousness. We are saved from selfishness to love God and others. We are saved from greed to generosity.

In summary, the reason why I take the time to dismantle evolution, atheism and other lies is because they stand between people and Jesus, and Jesus is the only path to salvation. Without the gospel, people live and die in their sins. When they know and accept the gospel, they are given new life, cleaned of all of their sins, and adopted into the family of God.

So what are you waiting for? #JesusLovesYou

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