The Gospel, by its most simple definition, is good news.
But what is good news to the person who has no cares? What would it mean to the millionaire to hear that he just inherited a large sum of money… Oh that’s nice, he may think. But for a pauper to receive that kind of news, truly that is the greatest news!
The good news of the Gospel is often met with skepticism by those who have no cares where eternity is concerned… "I’m okay, you’re ok…. Heaven and hell don’t really exist…. I’m a good person so if there is a heaven, I’ll certainly get there by my own merits!"
The Gospel will have no affect on those who think this way. The good news is not necessarily welcomed news because there’s no need in their life that would warrant the need for "good news". Or so they would think.
Let’s face it, the value of good news depends on the bad news it intends to counter and in the case of the Gospel the bad news is that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. But what that really means should shake every single one of us to the very core of our being because there is a penalty for falling short of that glory and the penalty is spending eternity in a place called Hell
That’s right! While many so called christians are preaching and teaching and writing books that say there is no hell or that it’s simply a state of mind or some sort of spiritualized metaphor, we remain committed to what the Bible says on the subject that there is a literal hell and people really do end up there because they choose to reject the good news that Jesus died in their place
If you’ve stumbled onto this website and you’re not sure what you think, we invite you to read on as we attempt to convince you of your greatest need and the good news that Jesus came to fill that need.
Now, this isn’t an invitation to take an inventory of your practical wants and needs. We have to be honest with you. God isn’t looking down from His throne in heaven ready to give you everything you desire, only the forgiveness of sins and a relationship with Him. But to be honest, there really is no comparing that with all the needs in the world!
So read on if you’re interested in seeing just what God did for us even while we didn’t deserve it!
Paul's letter to the Romans expresses very clearly the basic truths you need to be saved and have a personal relationship with God. Collectively, these truths are known as the gospel, which simply means good news. Indeed, this is the best news you will ever hear!
Paul wrote, "all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." Not exactly good news at first, but true nonetheless. As John wrote, "God is light, and in him is no darkness at all." All it takes is one sin, one minor transgression, to come short of the glory of God. Even the best of us have missed that mark, and there's nothing we can do about it: "for the wages of sin is death." The only price we can offer in exchange for our sins is our own death. Many will indeed pay this price, eternally: for "it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment."
So how can we be saved? Certainly not by our own righteousness, which the Bible compares to filthy rags. How then? Well, even though "all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God," Paul wrote that we can be saved and made righteous!
Why would such a holy God do this for sinful people like us? Because of his incredible love: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
But no matter how much He loves us, God can't simply excuse our sins. On the contrary, His holiness requires that our sins be paid for, because the wages of sin is still death. However, God's love for us is so great that "he gave his only begotten Son" to pay for our sins Himself! In fact, the ultimate demonstration of God's love for us was that "while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
Such amazing love leaves room for only one rational response, as illustrated by those who heard Peter's first sermon on the day of Pentecost:
"Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God shall call."
And as Paul wrote, "if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you shall be saved. For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
The best way to put these truths into practice is through prayer, as Paul also wrote, "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."
Your prayer does not need to be elaborate or eloquent. You're not out to impress God. He already knows everything there is to know about each of us, and He's not impressed. What He is looking for is humility: "for God resists the proud, and gives grace to the humble." Therefore, in genuine humility, present your heart to the Lord, for "The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, You wilt not despise."
And so, if you're really serious about repenting of your sins and receiving God's free gift of forgiveness then pray a prayer similar to this one.You don't necessarily have to pray it word for word, just talk to God about.the elements contained in it
God, I confess that I have lived mostly for myself. Even the best parts of my life fall short of Your glory. I have sinned more times and in more ways than I can count, and there's nothing I can do to save myself from the eternal death that I deserve. Thank You so much for loving me enough to send Jesus, Your only Son, to die on the cross for my sins. It should have been me hanging there, but He took my place so I could be freely forgiven. Please forgive all of my sins, Father. I don't want to live for myself anymore. For the rest of my days, I want to live for the Lord Jesus Christ. And I want the presence of Your Holy Spirit in my life. Amen.
If you genuinely and sincerely prayed this prayer, here's a promise from the Bible you can hold on to: "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
And, if you have just prayed this prayer with sincerity, congratulations on becoming a child of God! We want to provide you with the encouragement to move forward in your new relationship with Christ. So, either send us an email or call us so we can pray for you and send you some free material.
God Bless You!
1. In John 17:3, Jesus Himself said, "And this is life eternal, that they might know You the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent."
2. Romans 3:23 "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,"
3. 1 John 1:5 "This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all."
4. Hebrews 9:27 "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:"
5. Isaiah 64:6 "But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away."
6. Romans 3:24 "Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:"
7. John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
8. Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
9. Romans 5:8 "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
10. Acts 2:37-39 "Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call."
11. Romans 10:9-10 "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10.For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
12. Romans 10:13 "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."
13. 1 Peter 5:5 "Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble."
14. Psalm 51:17 "Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow."
15. 1 John 1:9 "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
"justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus."