The Gospel Message

The Gospel Message

The Message of the Gospel…….Or How Can I Be Right With God?

1} Good News and Bad News:
The very word “Gospel” means Good News. Of course, this terminology
presupposes that there’s also some very bad news which profoundly affects the
human race. The Bible makes it abundantly clear that everyone on planet earth, with
no exceptions, is a sinner and falls woefully short of meeting God’s standards for
entrance into Heaven. In fact, the One and only Living and True God requires
absolute and total perfection, before He will permit you or I into Heaven. In Rev.21
The Word of God describes the eternal, Holy City like this (22) And I saw no temple
in the City, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. i.e. {Jesus}
(23) And the City has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God
gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb….(27) But nothing unclean (or imperfect) will
ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are
written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. In Romans 3:23 we read “that all have sinned
and fall short of the glory of God.” The Bible defines “sin” as violating or failing to
perfectly keep God’s moral law, or as missing the mark and falling short of the
standard. To make the bad news even worse, Romans 6:23 depicts the tragic outcome
we all face as sinners and the only remedy acceptable to God. (6:23)” For the wages
of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.”

2} The Holiness of God:
Two of the biggest problems we human beings face when considering the whole
topic of whether or not we are “good enough” to get into Heaven are as follows: (1)
First, we have an utterly inadequate view of God; and (2) second, we tend to think
we’re not so bad, because we compare ourselves with other people around us.
We have a difficult time grasping the holiness of God, in part, because He is an
infinite, eternal Being who transcends space and time. The other inherent problem, so
prevalent in our 21st century, post-modern culture, is the arrogant and ultimately selfdefeating
denial of absolute truth. We tend to approach reality in the values realm
from a relativistic perspective. The Bible, however, speaks of God as an absolute,
unchanging Being. Exodus 15:11 “Who is like You, O LORD, among the gods? Who
is likeYou, majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders?” I
Sam.2:2 “There is none holy like the LORD. There is none beside You; there is no
rock like our God.” It’s precisely because God is utterly holy, literally “…a
consuming fire.” Deut. 4:24, that He “…hates wickedness and loves righteousness.”
Heb.1:9. God is so totally holy and pure that “He cannot abide evil.” Hab.1:13.
Clearly, all of us can do nothing to satisfy God’s absolute holiness and achieve His
standard of total perfection.

3} The Sin Chasm Between God and Man:
God’s holiness and our sin have created a vast, unassailable gulf between us.
Heb.12:14 tells us categorically that “….without holiness no-one will see the Lord.”
In I Peter 1:16 God demands of us “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
In Romans 3:10-18 we read God’s chilling assessment of every one of us and
begin to realize the utter futility of ever satisfying His standard of righteousness and
achieving Heaven in our wretched, sinful condition. (10) “As it is written: There is
no-one righteous, no, not one; (11) no one understands; no one seeks for God. (12)
All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not
even one.” (13) “Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive. The
venom of asps is under their lips.”(14) “Their mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.
(15) Their feet are swift to shed blood. (16) In their paths are ruin and misery, (17)
and the way of peace they have not known. (18) There is no fear of God before their
eyes.”
The compelling question remains, How can we ever find a way to cross this
chasm which separates us from God? Isa. 64:6 confirms “That we have all become
like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We
all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.” In Heb.9:27 we’re
warned that “It is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment.”

4} The “Good News of the Gospel” is that God has bridged the chasm!!!
Since God demands perfection (and He can’t lower His standards and still be
God) and we can never achieve perfection, God provided the only means by which
His holy standard could be satisfied and lost sinners might have access to Heaven.
As sinners we deserve death, or eternal punishment and separation from God.
Because of His unfathomable love and mercy God determined, from eternity past,
that He would suffer the punishment we deserve; that He would pay the price for our
sins, canceling out the debt we owe so that we might be redeemed and spend eternity
in His presence!!! The apostle Peter reiterates this profound truth in I Peter 3:18 “For
Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that He might
bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit.”

5} The Lord Jesus Christ alone is the only perfect sacrifice for our sins:
Christ is eternally God. The infinite, eternal Word, the 2nd person of the triune
Godhead, became a perfect, sinless human being in the person of Jesus of Nazareth.
John 1:1-4 (1) “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the
Word was God. (2) He was in the beginning with God. (3) All things were made
through Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made. (4) In Him
was life, and the life was the light of men.” In verse 14 of this same passage John
declared (14) “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen
His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
Later in John’s Gospel, Jesus Himself declared that He alone is the only means of
access to God. John 14:6 “Jesus said unto him, I am the way, and the truth, and the
life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Some people are offended by
the exclusiveness of Jesus’ claims. However, if He is truly God in human form, and
loved us so much that He would pay the supreme sacrifice to set us eternally free
from our bondage to sin, we should fall on our faces and thank Him from the depths
of our hearts! In I John 3:5 we read “He appeared in order to take away sins; and in
Him there is no sin.” In Jesus we see the perfect God and Creator of all the universe
becoming one of us, except without sin. As a man He lived the perfect life we are
unable to live. He then went to Calvary’s cross to die in our place. Since He was a
perfect and sinless man, His death was an acceptable sacrifice for us. Since He was
also the eternal God, His death was efficacious for all who receive Him by faith
alone.

6} Jesus’ Proved He was God by His Resurrection from the Dead:
Jesus conquered sin and death once and for all, giving us a real and living hope by
His resurrection from the grave. In I Cor.15:3-6, the apostle Paul declared (3) “For I
delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our
sins in accordance with the Scriptures, (4) that He was buried, that He was raised on
the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, (5) and that He appeared to Cephas,
(i.e.Peter) then the twelve, (6) then He appeared to more than five hundred brothers
at one time….” The resurrection of Christ is an essential component of our salvation.
In verse 17 of this same chapter the apostle affirmed this truth by declaring (17) If
Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.”
Because of Jesus’ victory over sin and death we no longer need to fear death
ourselves…if we personally know the One who now sits at the right hand of God the
Father and intercedes for us who have put our complete trust in Him alone as our
Savior and our Lord.

7} God’s Gift of Eternal Life Is Free to All Who Will Receive it on God’s Terms:
Most people think they can get to Heaven by following the Golden Rule or doing
something to earn God’s approval. They fail to understand that God doesn’t grade on
a curve, and that He alone can meet His own standard of righteousness. In Eph. 2:8-9
We read these profound words which separate Christianity from all of the world’s
religions. (8) “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your
own doing; it is the gift of God, (9) not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
God’s grace alone (or undeserved favor) is the basis, or ground, for a sinner’s
acceptance by Him. Faith alone is the means by which that gracious gift of eternal
life is received. We must also realize that even our faith- the ability to respond and
trust Him alone for salvation- even our faith, is possible only because of God’s grace.
Because our human nature is inherently corrupt, and in bondage to sin, we never
initiate a genuine relationship with God. God in His matchless grace and love begins
to work within our hearts and call us unto Himself. The Holy Spirit convicts us of
“sin, righteousness, and impending judgment.” John 16:8. Thus, on the one hand, we
human beings, are free moral agents who are completely culpable for our sins while
on the other hand, we are graciously enabled to respond to the saving message of the
Gospel as God draws us to Himself.

8} What is the Nature of Saving Faith?
Authentic faith, is much more than merely an intellectual decision. There is
definite and specific content which comprises the true, Biblical Gospel. To change
the facts of the Gospel, even marginally, is a serious violation of the Scripture’s
integrity. In Galatians 1:8 the apostle Paul issued this serious warning to those who
would alter the message in any way “But even if we or an angel from heaven should
preach a Gospel other than the one that you accepted, let him be eternally condemned
We see, therefore, that the true Gospel must be embraced, with out compromise,
and believed in its totality by all who would experience genuine salvation. Real,
saving faith, however, is intrinsically “transformational” in its very nature and
essence. Implicit within the Biblical definition of saving faith and the many
commands “To believe in the Lord Jesus Christ alone for salvation” (Acts 16:31;
John 3:16-18; Romans 10:9-10) is the overarching concept of whole-hearted personal
commitment to the Lordship and authority of Jesus Christ alone.
Saving faith includes repentance or turning away from our former sinful lifestyle and
allegiance to this corrupt “world system” and following Jesus alone as our Savior
from sin and the One and only Lord of our lives. For the person who places their trust
in Jesus Christ for eternal life, their worldview perspective begins to change. II Cor.
5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the
new has come! We read in Ephesians 4:24 “…the new self is created to be like God
in true righteousness and holiness.” For the truly regenerated, or born again believer,
ones interests, loyalties, priorities, values, and conduct begin
to change as our lives reflect the reality of God’s work within us!!!

9} How Can I Receive God’s Gift of Eternal Life?
We simply believe the message of the Gospel in its totality and cast ourselves
upon the mercy and grace of the Lord Jesus Christ by faith alone. We acknowledge
that we are sinners lost and helpless. We admit that we can do nothing at all to earn,
merit, or deserve salvation. We confess that salvation is found only in Jesus Christ
“Salvation is found in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven given to
men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12. We ask Jesus Christ to come into our
life and forgive us for all of our sins and we commit ourselves to Him alone, by faith
alone as Savior and Lord.
Salvation is a totally free gift which changes us forever from the inside out. We
must be aware, however, that this world is largely hostile toward God and toward all
those who truly commit themselves to following Him. There will inevitably be times
when our refusal to compromise with this decadent world’s values and beliefs will
severely test the authenticity of our faith. In II Timothy 3:12 we read these sobering
words. “In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer
persecution” Salvation is a free gift, but following Jesus Christ may very well be
costly and is never to be taken lightly.

The Faith Bible Chapel family urges you to “Seek the Lord while He may be
found and call upon Him while He is near.” Isaiah 55:6. None of us knows what
tomorrow will bring forth. None of us knows what the future holds. We urge you to
respond today if God is convicting you of your need for Him. II Cor. 6:2 reminds us
of this reality “….I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of
salvation.” Please contact us if you have questions or we can help you in any way.
Thank you and may God bless you abundantly and give you His peace.