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What Is the Gospel?
The gospel is good news because it brings a person into the everlasting and ever-increasing joy of Jesus Christ. He is not merely the rope that pulls us from the threatening waves; he is the solid beach under our feet, the air in our lungs, the beat of our hearts, the warm sun on our skin, and the song in our ears, and the arms of our beloved.
The gospel is the good news that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died for our sins and rose again, eternally triumphant over his enemies, so that there is now no condemnation for those who believe, but only everlasting joy. That’s the gospel.
The greatest good of the gospel is not forgiveness, justification, or eternal life — as good as these are. The highest, fullest, deepest, sweetest good of the gospel is God himself, enjoyed by his redeemed people. The gospel is the good news that God bought for us the everlasting enjoyment of God.
The best news in the world is that there is no conflict between our greatest possible happiness and God’s perfect holiness. Being satisfied with all that God is for us in Jesus magnifies him as the greatest treasure and brings us more joy — eternal, infinite joy — than any other delight ever could.
Become a Child of God
The only way to become a child of God is not by singing a song, going to church, or coming to the altar. (John 1:12; John 3:3)
When you are born again, God tales out your old sinful heart that you inherited from Adam and He gives you a new holy heart that you inherit from Jesus, a new heart and a new beginning.
You might ask, "If I have a new begging then why do I still have problems?" We still have problems because God doesn't take out our minds. He doesn't give us a new mind. He takes out our hearts and gives us new hearts, but we still have the same thinking that we had in the past. This is why He has given us His word, the Bible, so we can change the way we think and renew our minds.
How to Be Born Again
The Bible declares we were all children of the devil. But when we get born again, when we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we become children of God.
"But as many, as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even those who believe in His name."
When we become children of God, we have a new father, God becomes our Father. We have a new name. We have a new heart. We have a new beginning and we learn from the Bible how to walk with Him
2 Corinthians 5:17
"If any man is in Christ, he is a new creature. The old things are passed away and all things have become new."
It is the blood of Jesus Christ that washes us from sin and makes us whole all over again. Nothing but the blood can cleanse you. Nothing but the blood can change you. We are not talking about the blood of an animal. We are not talking about the blood of a lamb. We are not talking bout the blood of a goat. We are talking about the blood of God Himself. For our sins and our sinfulness, God was willing to shed His very own blood.
Why do I serve God? Why do I follow Jesus? Do I do it because my parents told me to? Do I serve Him because it is easy all the time? No. I serve Him because if somebody would give their very life for me, that is one thing. But for God to give His very life for me, is altogether another thing.
"For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for a good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
Hardly! But Jesus died for sinful men! He died for us while we were ungodly, while we were sinners, while we were full of darkness, while we were children of the devil, haters of God; lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.
There is something that God wants to happen in your life. He wants you to grow. He wants you to move forward. He doesn't want you to live like you used to live. When we get born again we have a new life. But with that new life, we need a new lifestyle. If you have just made Jesus your Lord.
The Prayer of Faith
If you have never made Jesus the Lord of your life, never surrendered your life completely to Him and said, "God take out my old heart and give me a new heart, and make me born again."
Or perhaps you have tried to be good and you thought, "If I am good enough, If I go church, or If I do these things, then I will be saved." None of that saves you. Only the blood of Jesus will save you.
If you are not absolutely sure of your salvation, I want to lead you in this prayer of faith and something miraculous is going to happen in your heart.
Heavenly Father, I invite Jesus Christ into my life as my Lord and as my Savior. I believe Jesus died for my sins. His blood was shed so that I could be forgiven and I believe that He has been raised from the dead. I declare Jesus Christ is my Lord from this moment forward. I receive the forgiveness of my sins through the blood of Jesus. Take out my old heart, Lord, and give me a new heart, a new spirit, a new life and I will follow You, with Your help, by Your grace, all the days of my life. In Jesus' name.
He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”
2 Thessalonians 2:14
He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.
1 Corinthians 15:1-2
Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel, you are saved if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.
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