The first thing we have to know about the Gospel is that God
created us and everything else! Psalm
24:1 The earth is the Lord’s and the
fullness there of: the world and those who dwell there in.
We can see what He
created! And He created it out of nothing, by speaking it into existence. In
His creation we can see His eternal power and divine nature. There is a
grandeur of creation that calls out to the human heart “You are not all there
is.” Because everything was created by God everything has a purpose. We are not
random, but planned by God. We are created and because He created us God has a
right to tell us how to live. We are accountable to Him. We did not create
ourselves and we are not self-reliant. Because he created us He also has the
right to demand that we worship Him.
Next, God is holy and just and cannot tolerate sin. Matthew 5:48 You therefore must be perfect, as your Heavenly Father is perfect.
We have sinned against Him by not honoring Him and will be
judged. James 2:10 For whoever keeps the whole law, but fails
in one point has become guilty of all of it.
But, God in His
mercy and grace has acted in Jesus Christ to save us and we take hold of that
salvation by repentance from sin and faith in Christ.
You have to know first that you need saving for the saving
to be good news!
So our problem is; we have rebelled against God and need Him
to forgive our sins – not judge us for them. The solution is the death and
resurrection of Jesus Christ and our repentance and faith in Him.
Then we must live in a way that gives God the honor and
glory that is due Him and recognize His authority over us: we are made by Him, owned by Him, dependent
on Him and therefore accountable to
God tells us what to do not because He’s on a power trip,
but because He knows what is best for us! His laws are meant to increase our
happiness and well-being. Sin is a person’s rejection of God’s creative rights
over him. The Gospel is God’s response to sin.
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