What is the gospel?

What is the gospel?
By Tabletalk Magazine
January 1st, 2015

The gospel is the good news from God, first, that “Christ died for our sins.” The Bible says that God created Adam without sin, fit to rule over a good creation (Gen. 1). Then Adam broke from God and brought our whole race down with him into guilt, misery, and eternal ruin (chap. 3). But God, in His great love for us rebels now thoroughly unfit for Him, sent a better Adam, who lived the perfect life we’ve never lived and died the guilty death we don’t want to die. “Christ died for our sins” in the sense that, on the cross, He atoned for the crimes we have committed against God our King. Jesus, dying as our substitute, absorbed into Himself all the wrath of God against the real moral guilt of His people. He left no debt unpaid. He Himself said, “It is finished” (John 19:30). And we will forever say, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain!” (Rev. 5:12).

Second, the gospel says, “he was buried,” emphasizing that the sufferings and death of Jesus were utterly real, extreme, and final. The Bible says, “So they went and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone and setting a guard” (Matt. 27:66). After killing Him, His enemies made sure everyone would know Jesus was stone dead. Not only was our Lord’s death as final as death can be, it was also humiliating: “And they made his grave with the wicked” (Isa. 53:9). In His astonishing love, Jesus identified with us sinners and sufferers fully, omitting nothing.

Third, the gospel says, “he was raised on the third day.” Years ago, I heard S. Lewis Johnson put it this way: the resurrection is God’s “Amen!” to Christ’s “It is finished.” Jesus “was raised because of our justification” (Rom. 4:25 NASB). His work on the cross succeeded in atoning for our sins, and obviously so. Moreover, by His resurrection, Christ was “declared to be the Son of God in power”—that is, our triumphant Messiah who will rule forever (Rom. 1:4). The risen Christ alone can and does say to us, “Fear not, for I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades” (Rev. 1:17-18). The Living One conquered death and is now preparing a place for us—a new heavens and new earth, where all of His people will live joyously with Him forever.

This is the gospel of God’s massive grace toward us sinners. Whatever else might be said only tells us more of the mighty work of Jesus Christ. Let us hold fast to the Word preached to us. If we believe this gospel, we cannot believe in vain.

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Full Article: http://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/what-the-gospel/?mobile=on

Does Jesus Love Everyone?

Does Jesus Love Everyone?

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I love how Pastor Emilio Ramos addresses the perfect hatred of God towards evildoers. Please, watch in context before coming up with conclusions. This is a very important message for those who professes to be Christians and yet live a life hating what the Bible say about their sinful lifestyle.

 

Bible References:

“The boastful shall not stand before Your eyes;
You hate all who do iniquity.” –Psalm 5:5

“God is a righteous judge,
And a God who has indignation every day.” –Psalm 7:11

“The Lord tests the righteous and the wicked,
And the one who loves violence His soul hates.” –Psalm 11:5

“I hate the assembly of evildoers,
And I will not sit with the wicked.” -Psalm 26:5

Are You a Good Person?

Are You a Good Person?

A person must be morally perfect to claim such farce called “I’m a good person:”

– You must be all knowing.
– You must be all present.
– You must be all powerful.
– You must be morally perfect, not like a god, but like God.

No one in his right mind will call himself “Good person” after reading God’s resumé, [1]”for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”, because [2]”As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one;” [3]”But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; We all fade as a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”

If we want to go to heaven we must understand where we stand as sinners and who Jesus is as the payment for our transgressions. We must know Him who saves us and report to Him in obedience, without a complaining heart. If we miss that, then we are in big trouble the day we die. Today’s world takes a stand before God like activists who riot to impose their wicked values towards society. They believe they can manage to sabotage God’s perfect Law to ascend as gods in order to implement their own liberal laws (moral relativism). An imperfect world who call themselves “good,” who’s principles are no more than opinions, assumptions, excuses, idolatry, lies, adultery/fornication/sensualism, aggression, drunkness, abuse, confusion, control, guilt, love of money, jealousy, envy, covetousness, dishonor to parents, murder, hatred, gossip, boasting, blaspheming the name of God, unfaithful, careless, and much more…

‘God Is God’ by Steven Curtis Chapman
Audio: http://youtu.be/xnipZyK3ET4

And the pain falls like a curtain
On the things I once called certain
And I have to say the words I fear the most
I just don’t know

And the questions without answers
Come and paralyze the dancer
So I stand here on the stage afraid to move
Afraid to fall, oh, but fall I must
On this truth that my life has been formed from the dust

God is God and I am not
I can only see a part of the picture He’s painting
God is God and I am man
So I’ll never understand it all
For only God is God

And the sky begins to thunder
And I’m filled with awe and wonder
‘Til the only burning question that remains
Is who am I

Can I form a single mountain
Take the stars in hand and count them
Can I even take a breath without God giving it to me
He is first and last before all that has been
Beyond all that will pass

Oh, how great are the riches of His wisdom and knowledge
How unsearchable for to Him and through Him and from Him are all things

So let us worship before the throne
Of the One who is worthy of worship alone

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Scripture Reference:
[1] Romans 3:23 NKJV
[2] Romans 3:10 NKJV
[3] Isaiah 64:6 NKJV
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Get right with God. Turn away from your useless desires and walk towards the cross, where there is true hope and eternal assurance. In other words, repent from your sins and put your trust in Jesus Christ, the only access to salvation. No man, no deeds, no angels, no religion, etc., can save you from the wages of sin, death, but the only begotten Son of God can, Jesus Christ.

Take this test if you are ready to know that you are a bad person who needs a good, perfect and holy God to save you: NeedGod.com

Extra: Meet Mr. Nice Guy

We are not Animals

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When they tell you that we are animals, I strongly suggest to get a detox of that brainwashing-discriminatory worldview.

Thanks to that ancient mentality many men can still lead millions of people to commit atrocities like genocide and abortion, all for the sake of keeping up their level of superiority.

Repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ (Acts 2:38), and the worldview you once lived in, will show its true colors, and many of those, who’s love is in living the lie, will not tolerate the truth that only Christ can reflect through you (John 8:32).

A World Without Peace

While we live in this world there will never be peace, unless one makes peace with the Author of life.

We pay bills, we watch the news, we wake up every morning to go to work, we install burglar and fire alarms in our homes, we protect our children, we manage our finances carefully, we watch for cars when crossing the streets, and endless of other stressful situations that could take years for me to mention them one by one. All sums up to a fallen and degenerated screaming world in need of true hope. We are constantly under oppression, no matter from which angle you look at it.
Many are trying to see it from a neutral position, but such doesn’t exist. I understand where they are coming from, but coexistence will never prevail under the oppression of the world system, unless we are redeemed in Christ alone by what He did on the cross and our response to His call according to His purpose.

There are two extremes (two opposites) for everything :
Good and evil,
Creation and Darwinian-evolution,
God or and no God,
Life and death,
Lost and found,
New and old,
One direction and the other,
Right and wrong,
Truth and lies
Objectivity and subjectivity,
Beginning and end,
And so on…..

One or the other is right, but being neutral means that we are afraid to accept reality. We know that there is a consequence when people oppose to truth, to reality, to knowledge or the substantial evidence of right from wrong, we lay back and guess what happens, we miss the opportunity to deal with the problem, and then the issue becomes pandemic. That’s what happened with atheism and every other issues in this world, we let the roots grow and now our nations have grew cold and even more aggressive towards God, the Author of life, the Creator of all things.

We must understand that we are like grass, that withers and fades away, and our souls have only one shot to decide where we want to spend eternity, either in a place of torment or a place where there is no more pain, sorrow, no more evil, darkness, bills to pay, and so on.

150,000 people die everyday, and no one is exempt from it. So I encourage all of you to take a moment to ask God to open your heart for His Word and His truth. He is graceful and merciful to save those who respond to His invitation, “for by grace through faith you can be saved, and not of yourself.”

Waiting for God to Speak to You?

Are you waiting for God to speak to you?:

“If you want to hear from God, read your Bible. If you want to hear Him audibly, read it out loud.” -Justin Peters

‪#‎StrangeFire‬
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What are you expecting from Him to tell you, how much blessings will you obtain in this temporary life or how blessed will you be by obtaining eternal life?
Is it about what you want or what He wants from and for you?

Read or listen to what He wants you to read or hear.
Prepare your heart for the Gospel:

“I told you that you would die in your sins (1 John 3:4), for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins.” -John 8:24

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.” -Proverbs 14:12

“If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” -1 John 1:8

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” -1 John 1:9

“Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out,” – Acts 3:19

“The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people (Rom. 3:23) everywhere to repent,” -Acts 17:30

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” -Romans 6:23

“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

“And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.” -Hebrews 9:27,28

“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Rom. 7:7a).” -Romans 8:1

“Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” -Romans 10:9

“For by grace (James 1:17) you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,” -Ephesians 2:8

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments (Psa.1).” -John 14:15
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What is Sin:
http://carm.org/what-is-sin
http://www.gotquestions.org/definition-sin.html

What is Repentance:
http://www.gty.org/…/What-is-repentance-and-how-does-it-rel…?

How Does God Forgive Sin?:
http://www.oneplace.com/…/how-does-god-forgive-sin-15203.ht…

Works vs. Grace:
http://wretchednetwork.wordpress.com/…/works-vs-grace-epis…/

Eternal Life, Eternality, Everlasting Life:
http://www.biblestudytools.com/…/eternal-life-eternality-ev…

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More on the Gospel of Jesus Christ:

Are you a good person?
http://www.needgod.com

Biblical answers to hard questions:
http://www.livingwaters.com/witnessingtool/browse.shtml

Read the Bible for free:
https://www.biblegateway.com/
https://www.youversion.com/

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