“God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
It’s hard to believe that even though I grew up in a Christian home, attended a year of Christian school and was a baptized member of my church, I didn’t know what the Gospel was!
The sad reality is that there are a lot of Christians that don’t know what the Gospel is. It’s not their fault. I’ve heard countless sermons where the Gospel was not preached. The Gospel is the good news of the free gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ.
To be even more direct, the Gospel is the free gift of God’s favor which we did not earn, through the sacrifice of His Holy and blameless Son, Jesus, to save undeserving, unholy sinners from the penalty of death.
As humans born separated from God we have no hope (Psalm 51:5). Adam, who was the first created human, started a downward spiral that led to the degradation of humanity resulting in death. This was the result of his disobedience to God in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:1-24, Romans 5:19).
Because of that, our lives were to be lived in fear of God as we awaited judgment; because as humans bent on rebelling everything godly, we could not come into the Holy presence of God (Deuteronomy 5:24-27).
Then we read this:
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
Not because we deserved it. Not because we asked for it. But because of His grace and love (Ephesians 2:4-9). Romans 5:8 says, “while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Through Jesus, those who repent and accept Him as Lord over their lives, no longer need to be afraid of imminent death. They have been declared righteous, freely and completely in His name. They have the guarantee of eternal life.
This is freedom!
Have you accepted this free gift of eternal life? If not, I encourage you to accept Jesus as your Savior.
If you want to gain the freedom only found through Jesus Christ, I invite you to pray this prayer:
Dear God, I have lived life separated from You. My sins are many but I know through Jesus, my slate will be wiped clean. Forgive me for all the wrong that I’ve done. Help me walk with new desires and turn my heart and mind to You. Thank you for sending Jesus to die in my place so I can have the hope of eternal life. I accept the gift of faith and salvation. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
If you just prayed this prayer, send us a message here, I would love to connect and celebrate with you!
Verse to Remember: For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. (Romans 5:19) Learn More About The Gospel: http://www.amazon.com/The-Explicit-Gospel-Re-Lit/dp/1433530031
(This post is taken from the upcoming daily devotional entitled VII: Seven Days of Gospel Reflections)