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The Good News! The Greek word that has migrated into English, which means good news, is “gospel.” Many go about today telling us that we need to know the “Good News.” When we ask what that news is, they say, “It’s the Gospel.” Unfortunately, they really haven’t told us anything. The Apostle Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 15:1-9, in the New Testament, that the Gospel is the news that the Lord Jesus died for our sins, according to the Scriptures, was buried and raised again, according to the Scriptures. Of course, the “Scriptures” he’s referring to is the Bible, God’s word. The point is, God has made the Gospel a very specific truth that tells us of His love for us. God is a holy, righteous, just God, who cannot just excuse sin on a whim, but must deal with it according to the rules. If He just excused sin without exacting the proscribed penalty, He would violate justice, for breaking the law requires the proper restitution from the guilty. His failure to require justice would also violate His being, for God is just, and He would, thereby, cease to be. The Bible itself is all about how God solved this dilemma. It’s about how He told us our state as sinful beings. Letting us know that we sin because we are sinners, and not that we become sinners by sinning. He went to great lengths to help us understand the ideas of justice and restitution, keeping of the law and the penalty for breaking it. He also gave us the truths that help us understand that He would then also pay the penalty for sin for us and provide for us the way to peace with Him. It tells us that simply taking God at His word when He promises to save those who trust the work of Christ as their substitute for the payment of the sin debt, allows God to forgive that debt and declare the sinner justified and free from penalty. That really is the good news. God pays the debt through the substitution of Christ on our behalf, and when we trust God to keep His word, He forgives us the debt we owe because of our sin. There’s no work that can be done, no good deed to endear us to God, no religion, rite, or ritual that will obligate God to us and make Him take us to heaven. Just the death of Christ on the cross, accept that as the way to pay for your sin and meet your debt to justice and call on God to save you and He will. He promises. Why not trust Him today.
We Believe there is only one way to Heaven. Yes, we believe in a place of eternal reward and happiness that is often referred to as heaven. The Bible tells us that those who believe God and His word will be rewarded with an eternal life of happiness and satisfaction with God in the new heaven and new earth. On the other hand, it also says that those who refuse to believe God will spend their eternity in the Lake of Fire prepared for the Devil, or Satan, and his cohorts. While many want to make this arrangement God’s fault and arbitrary meanness, it will be, in reality, man’s (or yours) fault. God has provided, through the death, burial, and bodily resurrection of Christ, all that is needed for our salvation. Our part is simply to trust Him for it. No one will go to the Lake of Fire because God did not love them or want them, they will go because they refused God’s love and call to them through the Gospel, which shows us the love God has for us. Trust God today, it really is your choice!
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The Good News! The Greek word that has migrated into English, which means good news, is “gospel.” Many go about today telling us that we need to know the “Good News.” When we ask what that news is, they say, “It’s the Gospel.” Unfortunately, they really haven’t told us anything. The Apostle Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 15:1-9, in the New Testament, that the Gospel is the news that the Lord Jesus died for our sins, according to the Scriptures, was buried and raised again, according to the Scriptures. Of course, the “Scriptures” he’s referring to is the Bible, God’s word. The point is, God has made the Gospel a very specific truth that tells us of His love for us. God is a holy, righteous, just God, who cannot just excuse sin on a whim, but must deal with it according to the rules. If He just excused sin without exacting the proscribed penalty, He would violate justice, for breaking the law requires the proper restitution from the guilty. His failure to require justice would also violate His being, for God is just, and He would, thereby, cease to be. The Bible itself is all about how God solved this dilemma. It’s about how He told us our state as sinful beings. Letting us know that we sin because we are sinners, and not that we become sinners by sinning. He went to great lengths to help us understand the ideas of justice and restitution, keeping of the law and the penalty for breaking it. He also gave us the truths that help us understand that He would then also pay the penalty for sin for us and provide for us the way to peace with Him. It tells us that simply taking God at His word when He promises to save those who trust the work of Christ as their substitute for the payment of the sin debt, allows God to forgive that debt and declare the sinner justified and free from penalty. That really is the good news. God pays the debt through the substitution of Christ on our behalf, and when we trust God to keep His word, He forgives us the debt we owe because of our sin. There’s no work that can be done, no good deed to endear us to God, no religion, rite, or ritual that will obligate God to us and make Him take us to heaven. Just the death of Christ on the cross, accept that as the way to pay for your sin and meet your debt to justice and call on God to save you and He will. He promises. Why not trust Him today.