The Gospel Of Jesus Christ
In this 4 part series we will look into the 4 parts of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
What is the Gospel of Jesus Christ ? What is true salvation ? And what is required to be truly saved, and to have a restored relationship with God ? Is Jesus Christ the only way to God ?
This 4 part series will answer these and other questions regarding the Gospel of Jesus Christ and salvation. In this first part of this series we will look into the first part of the Gospel.
The Gospel Of Jesus Christ
Requirements For True Salvation
In the Bible Jesus warns us that many people will think they are saved but they are not. He even mentions people that are doing God’s kingdom work and doing ministry work. How can this be ? Today there seems to be a huge misunderstanding of what true salvation is. And especially of what is required for salvation.
We will look into in great detail each of the 4 parts of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And we will see what God’s Word the Bible says about what the requirements are for true salvation.
Jesus Makes A Surprising Statement
In Matthew 7 Jesus makes a very surprising and troubling statement. He tells us that there will be many people that believe or think they are saved and will enter into God’s eternal kingdom. But in reality they are not. He is inferring that most of these will be church people. And Jesus even talks about people that are involved in ministry work and in God’s kingdom work. Here is what Jesus says:
- “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; Depart from me, you who practice lawlessness.” – Matthew 7:21-23
The 1st Part of The Gospel of Jesus Christ
Part 1: God’s Great Love For You
God loves you very much. You are God’s first love, and He loves you more than anything else that He created.
And you are God’s treasure, and you are more valuable and precious than to God than anything else He has created.
And you are God’s passion, and He is passionate about you and about having a restored personal love relationship with you.
God Wants All To Be Saved
Because God loves you so much and you are so valuable and precious to Him, more than anything God wants you (and all people) to have true salvation. Salvation is a reconciled and restored personal relationship and then close fellowship with Him. He wants you to have peace with Him, which means to have a restored personal relationship with God.
- “We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” – Romans 5:1
God also wants you and all people to have eternal life with Him in heaven when your life is done here. He wants you to be a co-heir of His eternal kingdom and spend the rest of eternity with Him.
- “God wants all men to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth.” – 1 Timothy 2:4
The Gospel Of Jesus Christ
Peace With God, A Reconciled Relationship With God, And Eternal Life
Many people today think for them to have salvation, a reconciled personal relationship with God, and eternal life in heaven that they need to be a good moral person. So that they will be good enough and God will want to give them these things. Many people today also think that they need to be a good member of a church or an upstanding religious person. So that God will want to give them true salvation and eternal life in heaven. And many others believe that they need to do more good in their life than bad. So their good will outweigh the bad things in their life. Then they will be worthy and God will give them these things.
Salvation Is A Gift From God
But the Bible, God’s Word, says something totally different than what most people think or believe. The Bible says that God offers a reconciled and restored relationship with Him, peace with God, and eternal life in heaven as a gift. A gift of His grace and love. Grace simply means that we do not deserve to receive these things, but God offers them anyway.
- “… the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” – Romans 6:23
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 ?
In next week’s Part 2 of The Gospel Of Jesus Christ we will look into the reason not everyone has peace with God and eternal life in heaven. We all have a problem that causes us to have a broken relationship with God and to be separated from God.
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