Gospel presentation

The Bible is God’s revelation of Himself. He reveals Himself as Creator of the heavens and the earth and of everything that exists. Genesis 1 And because He is Creator, everything belongs to Him. He is “holy, holy, holy” Isaiah 6: 1-6 and Revelation 4: 8 meaning He is different from us. He is righteous and pure and morally perfect unlike human beings who are sinful. He is perfectly just and true and “full of grace and truth” John 1: 14 He is good and upright. see Psalm 25:8. “God is love” 1 John4: 15. He is merciful and kind, slow to anger, compassionate. see Psalm 145: 8 He loves what is good and He hates what is evil so He must punish sin. “God is light, and in Him there is no darkness.” 1 John 1: 5 “God cannot lie.” Titus 1: 2 so He keeps His promises –everyone of them perfectly. “God is faithful” 1 Corinthians 1: 9 Since God is eternal and infinite and we will never know everything about God, but the above gives an idea of who He has revealed Himself in Scripture. His holiness infuses all His characteristics.
So who are we? We are created in His image and likeness. See Genesis 1: 21-26 We rebelled against Him and sin entered in . Genesis 3 “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3: 23 “All our righteoous deeds are as filthy rags.” Isaiah 64: 6 Our sin has separated us from God and there is nothing we can to to repair the broken relationship. “You are dead in your trespasses and sins” Ephesians 2: 1 Dead men can do nothing. We are hopelessly and helplessly lost left on our own.
Because God is holy and just, He must punish sin. Because He is loving and full of grace, He made a plan to deal with our sin. Before the foundation of the word, the Triune God-God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit- made a plan to deal with our sin and to reconcile us back to Him. In Genesis 3 the Lord told Eve the serpent would bruise the heel of her Seed and her Seed would crush his head.
Two thousand years ago, “God became flesh and dwelt among us” John 1″ 14 As the man Jesus Christ, He came with the express purpose of living the perfect life we can never live and dying on the cross as our substitute being punished by God for our sins in order “to save His people from their sins.”  Matthew 1: 21.  “He who knew no sin became sin on our behalf so that we might become the righteousness of God in Christ.”  2 Corinthians 5: 21  God poured out His wrath against our sin on Jesus so that all who repent (turn from sin and turn to God) and place their faith and trust in Jesus will be reconciled back to Him.  At the moment of conversion we are born again (John 3: 1-8), our sins are forgiven and we are adopted into His family.  “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believed in His name.”   John 1: 12   We are “sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise”  Ephesians 1: 13 who begins to refine us and conform us to the image of Christ. “Repent and return,  so that our sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.” Acts 3: 19  

       A holy God must punish sin so He punished His very own Son for guilty sinners–“God demonstrated His love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”  Romans 5: 8   “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son so whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.”  John 3: 16

       I would encourage you to open your Bible and begin reading the Gospel of John or Mark for example and ask the Lord to reveal Himself to you and move in your heart to bring you to faith and trust in Him.   He is a good God and will not turn anyone away who comes in genuine repentance and faith.  God bless you.

            

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