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The Gospel by Heather M.

The Gospel of Salvation can be given in just four parts.

The first one is God: "God that made the world and all things therein ... he is Lord of heaven and earth ... he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth ... that they should seek the Lord" (Acts 17:24-27).

The Bible explains that God created us and sustains us and, therefore, has the right to absolute authority in our lives. Out of His love, He made us in His image so that we would seek to honor Him as the true Creator. He is a holy, just and loving God.

The next one is Man, "The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God." (Psalm 14:2).

"There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God ... for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:11,23). "The wages of sin is death" (Romans 6:23). Instead of seeking God, man rebels against God's authority and chooses to live his own way. The Bible says that failure to submit to God's authority is sin. The penalty for our sin is death - not just physical death, for all men die - but eternal separation from God in hell. Man rightly deserves this judgment for failing to honor his Creator. "It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment" (Hebrews 9:27).

Thirdly, there is Christ: "When we were yet without strength ... God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him." (Romans 5:6, 8-9). God's great love and mercy can extend a forgiveness to sinners. God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for sinners and pay sin's penalty. In His death, Jesus endured the punishment that sinners deserve and therefore satisfied the wrath of God, making it possible for sinners to be made right with Him and receive eternal life. Christ rose from the dead and will one day judge all men (Hebrews 9:27): "Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." (Philippians 2:9-11)

Lastly, there must a response. "And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me." (Luke 9:23). "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved" (Acts 16:31). "God ... now commandeth all men every where to repent" (Acts 17:30). God commands you to repent from your rebellion (going your own way) and to trust in Jesus Christ alone for your salvation. You must admit that you are a rebel against God, and rely only on Jesus' death to pay for your sins. "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him." (John 3:36). If you make this decision to follow Christ, then God's love abides within you; it is then commanded to "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world." (Matthew 28:19-20) Whether I'm in my home town or half way across the world, I realize that my greatest responsibility (after Salvation) is to tell others about God's gift to us, his son Jesus Christ!