The Gospel We Preach
The Bible states, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). From this, we clearly see that salvation is based upon one’s faith and not their actions.
What is faith? This word in the Bible carries with it the idea of trusting and believing in something. So, what is it we must believe in to save us from the penalty of sin?
1 Corinthians 15:1-4 declares “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures”.
This reveals three things we must believe.
1. We must believe that Jesus is God. The term “Christ” used for Him above acknowledges Him as the promised Messiah that was foretold throughout the Old Testament. Jesus is often called “Son of God”. This means that He is one who embodies all of the attributes and characteristics of God. Throughout the Bible, Jesus is revealed as being God. If we do not accept Who He is, we cannot place our faith in Him. If He is just another man, His work could not apply to you and I. He could not save us.
2. We must believe that Jesus died for our sins. It’s easy to believe that Jesus died, but we must understand why He died. The Bible states, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”. Jesus died because our sins required death (Romans 6:23). We could not satisfy the requirement to pay for our sins (Romans 3:23), but Jesus Himself could because He was without sin (2 Corinthians 5:21). Jesus died so that our penalty was satisfied before God.
3. We must believe that Jesus rose from the dead. While death claimed His earthly life, Jesus did not stay dead. As God, He rose from the dead in His own power (no one did it for Him) and He ascended back to heaven. We are told that he is currently in heaven, seated beside God the Father, declaring that we are no longer guilty of the charges against us due to our sin (Romans 8:34, Hebrews 7:25). Not because we are perfect, but because the penalty has already been paid. It is because of this work that we have hope of eternal life in heaven with him.
So, does believing these things are true save us? Well, remember faith also requires trust. To be saved, we must believe these things and trust in Jesus to save us.
Are you willing to believe Jesus and trust in Him to save you?
If so, He is willing to accept you, welcome you into His family, and take you to heaven to be with Him when your earthly life is complete.
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