The Gospel Message & Salvation
In the first part of this series of articles on the Gospel message & salvation, we looked at the 1st part of the Gospel. The Gospel message & salvation is all about God’s great love for all people. And His desire to have a restored relationship and close fellowship with everyone. And He wants all to have peace with God and eternal life in heaven with Him.
Even though God offers these wonderful things as a gift of His love and grace, the sad truth is that today in the world most people do not have a restored & reconciled relationship with God, or peace with God, or eternal life in heaven. And most people are very far from God today.
If they are a gift from God and He wants everyone to have them (“God wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” – 1 Timothy 2:4), why do most people today, even most people that are church members, not have them ? Why ?
Part 2 of The Gospel Message & Salvation: Our Problem – All of Us Have A Big Problem
The Bible tells us the reason why most people do not have true salvation, which is a restored relationship with God and peace with Him and eternal life. The Bible tells us that all of us have a very big problem, and this problem causes us to be far from God and to have a broken relationship with Him. This problem causes us to not have peace with God or eternal life in heaven later.
The Bible has a name for this problem, and it is called sin. Sin is anything we do, say, or even think that offends God or is displeasing to Him. Because God is the creator and Lord and owner of all in the heavens and earth, He alone has the right to define what is right and what is wrong. He alone has the right to say what is sin and what is not. And God alone has the right to judge everyone.
Sin Causes Us to Have A Broken Relationship With God
God’s Word about the Gospel message & salvation clearly shows that our sins cause us to have a broken relationship with God and to be separated from Him.
- “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.” – Isaiah 59:2
The Bible also tells us that all of us have this problem of sin and separation from God. No one is perfect, and everyone sins.
- “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” – Romans 3:23
Sin Is Very Serious
We need to understand some things about sin. We need to understand that sin it causes us to have a broken relationship with God. And to be far and separated from Him. And it causes us to not have peace with God and eternal life in heaven. Sin is a very serious thing. It is not something to be taken lightly.
1st: When we sin, it is not just breaking some arbitrary man made religious rule. When we sin we are sinning personally against God, and we are personally offending and displeasing God. Because God loves us so much, so intently and zealously, He takes our sins personally.
When King David sinned, he said this to God:
- “Against You, You only, I have sinned and done what is evil in Your sight, so that You are justified when You speak and blameless when You judge.” – Psalm 51:4
There Must Be Punishment or A Penalty For Sin
2nd: Sin is kind of like breaking the law. For example, if you are driving your car and you decide or choose to go twice the posted maximum speed, you will be pulled over and receive a fine or a penalty for your infraction. Sin is kind of like that, only much worse.
It will be much much worse because our punishment for our sins will be forever. We will forever, for eternity, be far and separated from God and His love, and we will forever be under the punishment for our sins.
- “For the wages of sin is death (an eternal spiritual death – eternal separation from God), but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 6:23
- “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” – Matthew 25:46
Many people that do not want to experience this eternal death and eternal punishment for their sins try to fix this problem of sin and separation from God themselves. They try to do the things they believe will fix this big problem we all have.
Our Attempts To Reach God
- Good works
- Giving money to charity
The problem is that none of these things will work. If we want to try to fix our problem of sin and separation from God ourselves, then we will have to be perfect. No one is perfect, and none of these things will solve our problem.
- “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” – Proverbs 14:12
So if you want to have true salvation and have a reconciled personal relationship with God, what can you do ? How can our problem of sin and separation from God be resolved ? If we cannot fix this problem ourselves, then who can ?
The Bible tells us all about the Gospel message & salvation, and it has the answers to these questions. In the 3rd part of this series on The Gospel Message & Salvation we will look at the answers to these questions.
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