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My Gospel

April 4, 2012

There is only one God who is holy and totally without sin or wrongdoing. He always does what is right and is always fair.

We humans were created by this God, but we turned from God and disobeyed and all of us are caught up in doing all kinds of wrong and evil things. We are not holy and without sin like God is. This is a problem for us because God does not tolerate anyone who sins and one day He will judge, condemn and punish all who are not perfect and sinless.

And, no one can do anything to make up for the wrong they do and no one deserves to not be punished by God. This puts all of us in an impossibly bad situation with God that none of us can get out of by our own desire or effort.

But, God also loves all He has created, including us who sin against Him. Though God rightly finds us guilty and judges and condemns us for our sin, He has also made a way so that we will not be punished for our wrongdoing. Instead, we can gain peace and forgiveness and eternal happiness from God.

God has graciously and lovingly decided to fix our problem for us because we cannot fix our problem ourselves. God’s way of rescuing us from being punished for our sin is to punish someone else in our place for what we did wrong. And, this is fair because the One God punished was Himself.

God took our punishment by punishing His Son, Jesus Christ, in our place on the cross. Jesus was sinless and lived a life of perfect righteousness and perfect obedience to God, but not for His own benefit – for ours. He has done for us what we couldn’t possibly do for ourselves. He offered Himself as a perfect sinless sacrifice to satisfy the justice and the righteousness of God and to take our punishment on Himself.

God’s proof that all of this is true is the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Jesus died on the cross to pay your penalty of sin, but He did not deserve to die, so He didn’t stay dead.

God will make His punishment of His Son count for His punishment of us, and therefore forgive us our sins – if – we believe what God says about Himself and ourselves and Jesus. We are forgiven and declared righteous not by our works, not by our efforts, not by our deeds, but by faith – and by faith alone in Jesus.

The only way you can receive the benefit of Christ’s life and death is by putting your trust in Him – and in Him alone. And, those who do this will live a new a different life. If you trust in Jesus to pay the penalty of your sin then God adopts you into His family and forgives all of your sins and you have begun your life with God for eternity.

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  1. April 5, 2012 6:15 am

    love it!

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