The Gospel

 

THE DEITY OF CHRIST 

JESUS is "GOD the Son" 

Hebrews 1:8 But to the Son He says "Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;…" John1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word as with GOD, and the Word was GOD. John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a Child is born. Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty GOD, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. John 8:24 Therefore I say to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins. John 8:58 JESUS said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM." 

JESUS CHRIST claimed to be "GOD, made manifest in human flesh.



THE PURITY OF JESUS 

Jesus is Holy 

Hebrews 4:15 "For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. II Corinthians 5:21 "For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of GOD in Him. 

JESUS CHRIST is absolute purity. He is without any moral contamination. As the seraphim cried, "He is Holy, Holy, Holy!" 

Jesus Hates Sin 

Psalms 5:5 "GOD hates ALL workers of iniquity." 

Jesus Must Judge Sin 

John 3:18 "He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Sun of GOD." 

 

Your Sins Have Separated You From GOD

Isaiah 59:2 "But your iniquities have separated you from your GOD: and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear." 

GOD's Standard For Entering Into His Presence (Heaven) Is Perfect Righteousness 

Matthew 5:48 "Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect." 

No one is going to heaven without "perfect righteousness". 

Romans 3:10 "As it is written there is none righteous, no, not one." 

The best of human righteousness is worthless in GOD's presence. There is a righteousness that we do not have and that we desperately need. 

No person can meet GOD's standard of perfect righteousness, in and of himself! 

The Sinfulness of Man 

All people who are without Christ are condemned sinners before His Righteous standard. 

WHAT IS SIN? 

Going Your Own Way 

Isaiah 53:6 "All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way:"

  1. The failure to meet GOD's perfect standard.
  2. The failure to obey GOD's commandments perfectly.
  3. The failure to love GOD with ALL of your heart.
  4. The failure to have JESUS as the chef object of your devotion, the chief source of your delight.
  5. Living a self-centered, self-directed, and self-pleasing life; instead of fulfilling the purpose for which you were created, by living a CHRIST-centered, CHRIST-directed, and CHRIST-pleasing life.

Romans 3:23 "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of GOD." James 2:10 "For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all." Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of GOD is eternal life in CHRIST JESUS our LORD." 

 

THE SALVATION OF JESUS 

Jesus is the Only Saviour of Sinners 

There is Good News! There is a Savior, a Redeemer, a Deliverer. 

Acts 4:12 "Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." The message of the cross is the "ONLY HOPE" for your salvation, redemption and deliverance. 

II Corinthians 5:21 "For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him." 

  1. The Father poured out His just wrath on His sinless Son; so He can pour out His mercy on every sinner who will repent and believe on the LORD JESUS.
  2. The Father treated JESUS as if He had lived my sinful life; so that He could treat me as if I had lived JESUS' holy life.


John14:6 "JESUS said, 'I AM the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.'" 

You must realize that JESUS CHRIST is the only One who can save you from the penalty and the power of sin. 

The Lordship Of Jesus

You cannot enjoy the blessings of the cross, unless you are willing to bow to the crown of His LORDSHIP. 

Romans 10:9 "That if you confess with your mouth the LORD JESUS and believe in your heart that GOD raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." 

Romans 10:13 "For whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved." Salvation is a commitment of the one's life to JESUS as LORD. You muss confess JESUS CHRIST as you personal LORD. 

  1. You must acknowledge JESUS CHRIST as your personal LORD.
  2. You must be willing to abdicate the throne of your life.
  3. You must be willing to adhere to a new ruler.

There must be a deep personal conviction that results in a deep personal commitment to JESUS CHRIST as your own personal LORD. You must be willing to come under guided control of a new Master. 

 

The Terms Of JESUS CHRIST – Repentance
What are Jesus' terms to a saving relationship with Him? 

First Term, Repentance 
Mark 1:15 "The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of GOD is at hand, Repent, and believe in the Gospel." 
Acts 3:19a "Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out." 
Acts 17:30b "GOD commands all men everywhere to Repent." 
Luke 13:3 "I tell you no but unless you Repent you will all likewise perish." 

By GOD's grace, you must be willing to make a supernatural "U-turn" in your life. Repentance is a supernatural change of heart and life; a new life of denying self and serving JESUS as LORD! Without genuine BIBLE repentance, there is no genuine BIBLE salvation.


We learn there truths in Mark 8:34-37. "When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, 'Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel's will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?'" 

The Terms Of JESUS CHRIST – Saving Faith 

Second Term, Saving Faith What is Saving Faith? A gift of GOD's grace that enables you to place your trust and reliance on JESUS as your LORD and REDEEMER. 

Acts 16:31 "So they said believe on the LORD JESUS CHRIST, and you will be saved, you and your household." 
Romans 10:10a "For with the heart one believes unto righteousness." 

YOU MUST PLACE YOUR FAITH IN HIS PERSON
YOU MUST PLACE YOUR FAITH IN HIS PAYMENT TO SAVE YOUR SOUL.
YOU MUST FORSAKE ALL OF YOUR TRUST IN YOURSELF FOR SALVATION.
YOU MUST COMMIT YOUR LIFE TO JESUS ALONE.
YOU MUST COMMIT YOUR LIFE TO JESUS AS YOUR HOLY LORD GOD.

THE JUSTICE & JUDGMENT OF JESUS CHRIST 

"Jesus Is The Final Judge" 

Acts 17:31 "GOD has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom he has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead." 

 

Hebrews 9:27 "And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment."

II Thessalonians 1:7-8 "And to hive you who are troubled rest with us then the LORD JESUS is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know GOD, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our LORD JESUS CHRIST." 

  1. If you never cast your life on the mercy of the LORD JESUS you will face the unwavering justice of Judge JESUS.
  2. If you never submit to JESUS as LORD in salvation, You will confess JESUS as LORD in damnation."
  3. The one who could have been your LORD and SAVIOR will be your Judge.
  4. Your life will be judged by the ten commandments of GOD.


The evidence of your thousands of sins will be overwhelming!

  1. Every unclean thought.
  2. Every impure motive.
  3. Every idle word.
  4. Every selfish action.


The verdict will be guilty.The sentence, the lake of fire for all eternity. You will experience the undiluted wrath of JESUS CHRIST as your Judge. 

THE FINAL QUESTION… 

What will you do with the LORD JESUS? There Are Only Two Alternatives 

  1. Repent and Believe the Gospel.
  2. Continue in your own way of living, heading for eternal damnation.


There Are Only Two Options


Matthew 7:13-14 "Enter by the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it, because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few that find it." 

I urge you to REPENT AND BELIEVE the GOSPEL.

II Corinthians 6:2 "For He says 'In an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you. Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation."
Hebrews :7-8 "Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: 'Today, if you will hear his voice, Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, In the day of the trial in the wilderness,…"

  1. Confess JESUS CHRIST as you LORD and SAVIOR
  2. Reject JESUS CHRIST, and die in your sins.

Presentation given here by Ed Lacy

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