The Gospel

The word gospel means good news.  Before I tell you the good news, I want to tell you the bad news because it will make you appreciate the good news even more.

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The bad news is that you have the same problem that I do.  It’s horrible.  It’s devastating.  And there’s nothing you or I can do about getting rid of it.  We are sinners.  That means that we sin, breaking God’s laws.  The Bible says, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)  You still don’t believe me?  You can take the good person test at NeedGod.com to find out for sure.

But it gets worse.  We deserve to be punished for breaking God’s laws.  God says in the Bible, “All souls are Mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is Mine.  The soul who sins will die.” (Ezekiel 18:4)  We can all understand the justice of being punished for breaking the law.  And no righteous judge would release the guilty just because they had done a few nice things.

Here’s where it starts to turn good, when we understand who God is and what He has done.  God is that holy and righteous judge who will exact punishment for every sin, but He is also a loving and merciful Savior.  Do you know what He did for you?  You might have heard this Bible verse before: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)  Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died on a cross to pay the penalty for sin for everyone who believes, then rose again to be our Advocate and Friend.  He saved us and sanctifies us to live godly lives.

Would you like Jesus Christ to save you?  The Bible explains it this way, “that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9  Tell God in prayer that you confess and believe.  Then read the Bible to learn more about God and how to love and obey Him.  Find encouragement in a local church.

“For God so loved the world,

that He gave His only begotten Son,

that whoever believes in Him shall not perish,

but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

Thank you for reading this.  Please let me know if you will be thinking about this, and I’ll pray for you.  If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me through this website or by e-mail at MrsKristenHarper@gmail.com.

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