The Apostle Paul penned in Romans 1:16, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth." If the gospel is the power that brings salvation, we must then determine what the gospel is. Here is the good news-the Bible does not leave us in the dark concerning the meaning of the gospel.
In I Corinthians 15:1, the Bible says, "Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you." Paul then goes on in I Corinthians 15:3-4 to explain exactly what the gospel is. "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 arose again the third day according to the scriptures." In these two verses we discover the simple message of the glorious gospel of Christ.
The first thing we discover is why Christ died. The Bible says Christ died for our sins. A sin is simply a transgression of God's law. Whenever you break the law there is a penalty that must be paid. Justice demands it. This is true with God's Law as well. The Bible says in Romans 6:23, "The wages of sin is death." In this verse, death does not simply speak the body going back to the earth. Revelation 20:14-15 tells us, "And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death." When the Bible says that "the wages of sin is death," it is talking about the second death. In other words, if you or I determine to pay for our own sins we will do so by spending eternity in a lake of fire.
But now let's look back to the Bible. I Corinthians 15:3 tells us that Christ died for our sins. We don't have to pay for our sins because Jesus already did when He died on the cross. He could pay for our sins because He had no sins of His own to pay for. When He died on the cross He took the sins of all the world upon Himself and paid for all of them. Paul goes on to say that not only did Christ die, but that He also rose again the third day. The resurrection of Christ assures us that God the Father accepted the payment of Jesus Christ for our sins.
Romans 10:9-10 says, "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." If you will confess to God in prayer that Jesus is the sinless Son of God who took your sins upon Himself when He died on the cross and rose again, and if you will believe in your heart that those things are true, the Bible says you can be saved. Right now...right where you are! Do you admit that you are a sinner?
Would you like to accept the payment that Christ has made for your sins so that you will not have to pay for them on your own? Then why not tell God that right now? You might say, "God I know I have sinned against you and I'm sorry. I don't want to pay for my sins God, but I believe Jesus died and rose again to do just that. Jesus please forgive me of my sins and cleanse me by your blood. Jesus I'm trusting in you and you alone to save me and take me to Heaven when I die. In your name I pray...amen."
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