"We see, in many a land, the proudest dynasties and tyrannies still crushing, with their mountain weight, every free motion of the Consciences and hearts of men. We see, on the other hand, the truest heroism for the right and the greatest devotion to the Truth in hearts that God has touched. We have a work to do, as great as our forefathers and, perhaps, far greater. The enemies of Truth are more numerous and subtle than ever and the needs of the Church are greater than at any preceding time. If we are not debtors to the present, then men were never debtors to their age and their time. Brethren, we are debtors to the hour in which we live. Oh, that we might stamp it with Truth and that God might help us to impress upon its wings some proof that it has not flown by neglected and unheeded." -- C.H. Spurgeon . . . "If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:31, 32

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THE GOSPEL


"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

What is the Gospel Message?

Think carefully on this soul-searching question: 

If you should die right now, do you know for sure that you would go to Heaven? If your answer is anything other than, "Yes I'm absolutely certain that my sins are forgiven and that Heaven will be my home," then this important message is just for you.


The Bible says that,


bulletWe are all born in sin
bulletGod is righteous, and sin must be punished
bulletGod sent His Son into this world to die and pay the punishment for sin
bulletYou have a choice to make...whether to Believe Him, and spend eternity in Heaven, or Reject Him, and spend eternity in Hell. 
bulletYour answer will decide where you spend eternity... Where will you spend it?

 Life eternal is received by faith alone.  God's grace saves us, but faith exercised in the finished work of Jesus brings saving faith:  "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on Him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life" (John 5:24).

The original Greek language here reads, "He that heareth my word, and believeth HIM that sent me..."  ("in does not appear in the original.)  Abraham believed God - He did not simply believe that there IS a God - he BELIEVED God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness (Rom 4:3).

John 5:24 puts the marvelous grace of God on display.  We, dead in trespasses and sins, reaping the wages of sin, would have reaped eternal death had it not been for the grace of God allowing Jesus to die on the cross in our stead.  But because of God's amazing grace and His rich mercy, because of His great love wherewith He loved us even when we were yet sinners, Christ died FOR US (Romans 5:8).

We have all sinned.  We have all come short of the glory of God.  There is none righteous - no, not one!  We have all gone astray.  There is not a just man upon the earth that doeth good and sinneth not.  But NOW, thank God, through the death of Jesus Christ, even though "the wages of sin is death," Jesus died to pay the sin-debt and we can have the gift of God (eternal life) through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

"All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord (Jehovah) hath laid on Him (Jesus) the iniquity of us all" (Isa. 53:6).  The sins and iniquities of ALL have been laid upon Jesus, He bore them to the cross and nailed them there.  Therefore, the gift of God through the Lord Jesus Christ is life eternal, and this gift is to ALL who receive Jesus.

The only way to receive Jesus is to hear the Word, and BELIEVE Him who sent Jesus.  God has provided life eternal for all - life out of death.  Through the death of the only begotten Son of God, life is made possible to all who will believe - and that life is God's free gift, it is not of works.

"And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.  He that hath the Son hath life and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life (1 John 5:11-12).

This is the record - "He that heareth my Word."  The Word is the record, the record is the Word.  And the record is, "God the Father has given to us eternal life."  We do not earn this life, we do not merit this life.  But God GIVES us eternal life, and the life He gives IS IN HIS SON.  There is no other place to find life.  All else is death.  Jesus is light and life, and "he who hath the Son hath life."  He who does not have the Son does not have life, but abides in death - and when sin is full grown, eternal death in the lake of fire will be the wages received by the unbeliever.

Jesus said, "...Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink His blood, ye have no life in you" (John 6:53).  There were many who turned and went away from Him when they heard this saying.  The said, "This is an hard saying; who can hear it?"

What does the Word mean when it declares this?

In John 1:1 and 14 we read, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God...And the Word was mad flesh, and dwelt among us, (andwe beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth."  Jesus was the Word wrapped up in flesh.  He said, "The words I speak, they are spirit and they are life."  So when we appropriate, assimilate, and take the Word of God into our hearts by faith, we are assimilating and appropriating  the flesh and blood of the Son of man, because it is the Word the brings life, and Jesus is that Word, who was wrapped up in flesh.  We are saved by God's grace through faith, saving faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.  We are born again - not of corruptible see, but of seen that cannot corrupt - by the Word of God.

Jesus said, "Now ye are clean through the Word which I have spoken unto you" (John 15:3).

The entrance of the Word giveth light - and life; and this life is in God's Son.  Eternal life therefore is only in Jesus Christ  - "Christ in you, the hope of glory" (Col. 1:27).

LIFE IN JESUS

Don't be deceived, it is extremely important that we notice in the Word of God that eternal life is never said to be in ourselves, nor through anything we ourselves can do, give or posses.  Eternal life is always "in His Son."  This divine and undeniable Bible fact guarantees absolute security to the truly bloodwashed, born again possesor of Jesus Christ.  Whosoever would take away our eternal life must first pluck it out of Christ in God:  "For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God" (Col. 3:3).

While Jesus was in Jerusalem during the Passover Festival, many believed in Him as they saw the miracles He performed. But Jesus did not trust Himself to them, because He knew them all. There was no need for anyone to tell Him about them, because He Himself knew what was in their hearts.


There was a Jewish leader named Nicodemus, who belonged to the party of the Pharisees. One night he went to Jesus and said to Him, Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher sent by God. No one could perform the miracles You are doing unless God were with him. 

Jesus answered, I am telling you the truth; no one can see the Kingdom of God without being born again.

How can a grown man be born again? Nicodemus asked. He certainly cannot enter his mother's womb and be born a second time! 
I am telling you the truth, replied Jesus, that no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. A person is born physically of human parents, but is born spiritually of the Spirit. Do not be surprised because I tell you that you must all be born again. The wind blows wherever it wishes; you hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it is going. It is like that with everyone who is born of the Spirit.

How can this be? asked Nicodemus.

Jesus answered, You are a great teacher in Israel, and you don't know this?  I am telling you the truth:  We speak of what We know and report what We have seen, yet none of you is willing to accept Our message.  You do not believe Me when I tell you about the things of this world; how will you ever believe Me, then, when I tell you about the things of heaven?  And no one has ever gone up to heaven except the Son of Man, who came down from heaven. 

As Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the desert, in the same way the Son of Man must be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life. For God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not die but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to be its judge, but to be its savior.
Those who believe in the Son are not judged; but those who do not believe have already been judged, because they have not believed in God's only Son. This is how the judgment works: the light has come into the world, but people love the darkness rather than the light, because their deeds are evil. Those who do evil things hate the light and will not come to the light, because they do not want their evil deeds to be shown up. But those who do what is true come to the light in order that the light may show that what they did was in obedience to God. (John 2:23-3:21)

Conversion, Consecration, Consummation

When we receive Jesus Christ as Savior, we are converted from a life of sin to a new life, because Christ IS our life and when we are truly converted we receive Him by faith and He comes into our hearts in the person of the Holy Spirit.  Therefore we become partakers of divine nature.

Bible conversion brings life eternal.  We have life when we have Christ.  When we receive Christ He gives us life.   Since our life is Christ (and apart from Him there is no life); and since it is biblical truth that our body is the tabernacle of the Holy Spirit, then it is our sacred duty (as well as a grand and glorious privilege) to give our life back to Jesus in service and allow Him to become LORD of our life.

Paul describes such consecration in these words:  "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service3.  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God"  (Rom. 12:1, 2).

In Romans 6:13 Paul admonishes us, "Neither yeild ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin:  but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God."  Those of us who are converted and have life eternal (because  Christ is our life) should in return give our lives back to Him in total consecration, and live day by day looking for that blessed consummation - the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.

"For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ" (Titus 2:11-13).  

Grace brings salvation, grace teaches us to deny ungodliness and practice godliness.  And grace teaches us to look for that blessed hope - which of course is the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Justification and doption have to do with true conversion which brings life eternal.  Then after we are converted, identification and Bible sanctification are associated with full consecration to God, permitting Jesus to be the Lord of our lives and we His bondslaves.  And one glorious day we will be caught up to meet our Lord, and will be glorified with Him.  Thus we will experience the consummation of the glorious salvation that begins with conversion, continues in consecration, and ends in the glorious fact that we will have a body just like His resurrection body.  
Friend, we are going to ask you the most important question of your life. So weighty is your response, that your eternal destiny will depend upon the decision that you make.
Have you been born again by the Spirit of God?




The Gospel Message

Gospel means Good News. And in a world of sin and suffering, we each desperately need God’s Good News. But before we can understand the Gospel, we must understand the bad news. 
In the beginning God created everything very good.
(1) The Lord placed man in a garden paradise.
(2) However man was given a free will and a choice.
(3) Though mankind lived in a perfect environment, he chose to rebel against His Creator.
(4) As God warned Adam, sin resulted in suffering and death. The curse described in Genesis affected all creation, and today we see the horrible results.
(5)Scripture also explains that, like Adam, we have all "sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
(6) To see if this applies to you, please review God’s Ten Commandments.
(7)  Have you ever told a lie? One lie makes us a liar in God’s eyes. Jesus explained that lust was equivalent to adultery.
(8) Have you ever had lustful thoughts? Scripture explains, “Whoever hates his brother is a murderer.”
(9) Have you ever despised another person? The Lord even warned: “But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.”
(10) Have you ever gossiped or spoken foolishly? 
Whether our sin is envy, greed, pride (which was Lucifer’s sin),
(11) or using God’s name lightly – we must admit that we are all guilty of sinning against our Creator. The Bible explains that the penalty for any sin is death – both physical death and spiritual death – which is eternal separation from God.
(12) The final destiny for those who spurn their Creator is the lake of fire, which is the second death: “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
(13)However, there is Good News! Before time began God had a plan to rescue mankind.
(14) Because the penalty for sin is death, the Creator came to earth as a man,
(15) lived a sinless life,
(16) and died to pay the penalty for our sins.
(17) He then rose from the dead – defeating death – and offers forgiveness and eternal life to all who will trust Him.
(18) Scripture states that God is love.
(19) And He demonstrated His own love toward us by stepping down from heaven to offer His life so that we might be reconciled to Him forever!
(20) Jesus Christ is the Creator.
(21) On the cross He bore our sins and then rose for our justification.
(22) The Lord now offers everlasting life to all who will repent from their sins and trust in Him personally.
(23) By placing your faith in the LORD Jesus Christ you can enter into a relationship with the Creator of the universe that will last forever! This is His free gift and His desire for you.
(24) God our Savior “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
(25) But remember, because God is completely just and holy,
(26) every sin will meet with a just punishment.
(27) Therefore, only Jesus – who alone is perfect and righteous, who alone died for our sins, who alone rose from the dead – can save you.
(28) If you neglect God’s great salvation, the consequences are eternal. Scripture warns “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”
(29) God will pour out His “indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil.”
(30)Therefore, “Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts.”
(31) Instead, “Repent, and believe in the gospel.”
(32) If you do, you will live in Heaven with our awesome Creator forever!

1. Genesis 1
2. Genesis 2
3. Genesis 2:16-17
4. Genesis 3
5. Genesis 3:17; Romans 8:20-22. In fact only the Bible explains the origin of Creation, sin, death, suffering, conscience, and a host of other fundamental truths.
6. Romans 3:23
7. Exodus 20
8. Matthew 5:27-28
9. 1 John 3:15
10. Matthew 12:36
11. Isaiah 14:12-15; 1 Timothy 3:6
 12. Ezekiel 18:20; Romans 6:23
13. Revelation 21:8
14. 1 Peter 1:20
15. Matthew 1:23
16. 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 John 3:5
17. 1 Corinthians 15:3; Romans 6:10; Hebrews 10:10
18. Matthew 28:6-7; 1 Corinthians 15:4; Romans 10:9
19. 1 John 4:8
20. Romans 5:8 
21. John 1; Colossians 1; Hebrews 1
22. Isaiah 53; Romans 4:25
23. John 3:36
24. Romans 5:15-18
25. 1 Timothy 2:3-4
26. Leviticus 19:2; Psalm 37:28
27. Matthew 10:26; Revelation 20:12
28. John 14:6; Acts 4:12; 2 Corinthians 5:21
29. Hebrews 10:31
30. Romans 2:8-9
31. Hebrews 3:15
32. Mark 1:15 Read more!
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