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The Gospel in Video. Where do you stand?
A word from the Pastor concerning your soul and eternal life:
Can I Know I Will Spend Eternity With Christ?
By far, the number one symptomatic issue plaguing humanity is sin. Sin is simply wrongdoing by God’s standards which includes wrongs against Him and our fellow man. All of us are guilty where we stand Rom.3:23. But sin is only a symptom of a much worse problem which is death, Rom. 5:12. And death is the point of no return. Therefore the Bible teaches that it is death that is our number one enemy. Neither the greatest Doctor, the greatest Scientist nor the greatest Physicist has ever found a way to overcome that enemy. But there is one who has, Jesus.
Rest Assured there is Hope!
Often you will hear Christians speak of the “Good News!” And to be honest we all would love to hear more of that! But the “Good News” we speak of is the solid fact that you do not have to bear your sin burden alone. Jesus asks us to come to Him with our burdens, Mt.11:28, and through prayer lay them at His feet. According to the Scripture “Christ has set us free from the law of sin and death,” Rom. 8:2.
Consider the following simple passage:
For as by one man’s disobedience (Adams) many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience (Jesus) many will be made righteous.Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more,so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
It teaches us that sin’s offense (the breaking of law or doing what is wrong) affects all lives for all have sinned, Rom. 3:23. But it also teaches something very special, where sin abounded, Grace abounded more. So sin, any sin, can never ever out-rank Grace! So the answer to mankind’s “Sin” issue is “Grace!”
Grace Abounding through Christ Alone! Are You For real?
But how do I know this is for real? There are so many different ways people speak of for getting to heaven. This is very true and the Bible is very explicit about why eternal life in heaven comes only through Christ, Jn. 14:6. Eph. 2:18, John 11:25-26. It all boils down to Creation. Human logic would tell all of us that the Creator of humanity would have the final say about “who” and “how” one could have eternal life in heaven. Why would I trust anyone else’s opinion?
The Bible declares that it is Christ who is the Creator:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. …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. John 1:1-4, 14 (ESV)
There are other passages as well, but you can see the point. There are no other Religions that can boast of a Creator (Isaiah 45:18) being such that He would become like man showing to all His extreme love for His creation, Prov. 8:31. Only Christ did this—only He left the throne of Heaven to become a Man, therefore, identifying with us not only physically, but as One who also felt the struggles and trials of the flesh (Heb. 2:17-18, Phil. 2:7-8). He willingly experienced what it is like to be under the curse that was placed upon mankind because of disobedience.
The Purpose of Sins Curse
Some may say, “But why does there have to be a curse? Why do we have to live under it” And “Why didn’t God just remove it?” These are good questions, and the answer is really simple if you will hear it. The curse God placed upon the serpent, mankind and the creation is in its purest form, an act of Grace (unmerited Favor). Since the purpose of God in creating mankind was to take care of His creation and to walk in perfect fellowship to Him, that is to be Holy even as He is Holy (1 Pet. 1:16), Adam’s disobedience became the blemish and wedge that separated us. God was still Holy but mankind was now tainted (unholy). In order for God to be a “Just” God, then any breaking of law must be punished. He could have just ended all things and been done with humanity at that moment seeing that one sin would just lead to another. But His extreme love would not let Him do that.
The Scripture declares:
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God, Romans 8:18-21.
What the apostle Paul is telling us is that God uses the suffering we endure because of the curse of sin as a springboard that has the ability to project us back toward God. Sins curse provides for us focus. It forces us to make a choice or come up with a worldview concerning God the Father and this decaying world. There are two things we can do with this: 1) Get angry. Since the curse brings about difficulty and decay in our daily lives we can either get angry and do our best to persuade others that God does not exist; thereby thinking we have successfully eliminated the problem or 2) we can explore the problem and examine God’s solution to it.
Accepting Christ in Your Life (Being Saved)
Let’s get to the point. People know when they have sinned. They know when they have done bad things and hurt others. In one way or another they may even try to make reparation. And that is fine when it is against our fellow man. But as we said earlier, sin in and of itself is what separates us from God. The Scripture is clear when it states, But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear, Isaiah 59:2.
Somehow mankind must get through the sin barrier. Honestly, on our own we cannot. Here is an illustration:
Man has tried many ways to bridge the gap including good works and just being good, but God’s definition of “Good” and ours are two different things. God’s definition of good is something He inspires in us and we respond to. During the first six days of His creation God said “It was good” on almost every day. When Jesus was approached by the rich young man about how to have eternal life, the man said he had kept all the commandments since his youth! Jesus said it was not good enough; he needed to sell all, give it to the poor and come follow Him, Mk. 10:21. Being good wasn’t good enough.
But there is one who was good enough, Jesus!! He gave Himself for our sins. The one thing we lack in order to gain eternal life is perfect righteousness and we will never attain that on our own. Listen to what James said:For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all, James 2:10. Because of this someone else had to pay the price for us, that is, be our substitute. Jesus did just that. He is the only righteous person that has ever lived without sin, For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin, Hebrews 4:15. the Bible speaks of the greatest love that one can have for another is to lay down ones life for them, John 15:13. And that is exactly what Jesus did for us. Again, He became the substitute for our sinfulness.
John 3:16 tells us that God gave Jesus in the place of our sin, 2 Cor. 5:21 tells us that it is His Righteousness that becomes our “Robe of Righteousness” for eternal life (Isaiah 61:10). But to receive His awesome “Free Gift” you must squarely agree that:
1) You have sinned (Rom. 3:23)
2) Your sin has offended and separated you from Him (Isa. 59:2)
3) You must then confess this to God (Prov. 28:13)
4) You must Believe in Jesus and that He paid your sin debt, (Rom.5:8)
The Scripture says, that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, “WHOEVER BELIEVES ON HIM WILL NOT BE PUT TO SHAME” Rom. 10:9-11
It also says that, without faith it is impossible to please Him, Heb. 11:6. So you must believe by faith that Jesus is the Lord, agreeing with Him that we have all sinned Rom.3:23, and then confess this to Him in prayer.
Don’t wait!! Ask for His grace and forgiveness and if you are sincere He will write your name into the Lambs (Jesus’) Book of Life. Forever your name will exist there because nothing can snatch from His hand, John 10:28-29!!! What’s more, at the very moment you believe He will fill you with the Holy Spirit who will then be your guide for life!! (2 Cor. 1:22)
So if you have prayed and accepted Christ PRAISE GOD!! Please email me using the “contact form” on this site or firstname.lastname@example.org. I would like to mail you something special! And of course “To God Be the Glory!!”
Because of Christ,
Now That You Are A Born Again Christian
Now that you have this new found faith in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, there are some steps that you should take to grow in your Christian life:
1) Begin by reading your Bible
Its not how much you read but by reading and applying the precious Word of God to your life on a daily basis.
How sweet are Your words to my taste, Sweeter than honey to my mouth! (Psalms 119:103)
as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby (1 Peter 2:2)
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (Psalms 119:105)
2) Talk to God in Prayer
Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving (Col. 4:2)
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God (Phil. 4:6)
praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints; (Eph. 6:18)
Pray without ceasing (I Timothy 2:8)
3) Get Baptized by Immersion, begin fellowshipping with other believers and always hold the Bible as the final authority
a. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (Matthew 28:19)
b. …not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:25)
c. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, (2 Timothy 3:16)
4 Tell Others About Christ
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. (Romans 1:16)
Now that your life has been transformed (Rom. 12:1-2), with the peace that comes from knowing the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior! Tell someone else today! Don’t keep the Greatest Gift To Mankind to yourself. Tell everyone you know how Jesus has changed your life and that they too can come to know this wonderful Lord and Savior.