What Is The Gospel?

The Character of God

The Holiness of God

Your eyes are too pure to approve evil, And You cannot look on wickedness with favor – Habakkuk 1:13

But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear – Isaiah 59:2

The Justice of God

For the Lord is Righteous, He loves righteousness, the upright will behold His face – Psalm 11:7

But the Lord of hosts will be exalted in judgment, and the holy God will show Himself holy in righteousness – Isaiah 5:16

God is a righteous judge. And a God who has indignation every day. If a man does not repent, He will sharpen His sword; He has bent His bow and made it ready – Psalm 7:11-12

The Depravity & Condemnation of Man

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God – Romans 3:23

For all of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment… Isaiah 64:6

For as many as are of the works of the Law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who doe not abide by all things written in the book of law, to perform them” – Galatians 3:10

The Great Dilemma

He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous, both of them alike are an abomination to the Lord – Proverbs 17:15

Far be it from You to do such a thing, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous and the wicked are treated alike. Far be it from You! Shall not the judge of the earth deal justly? Genesis 18:25

God’s Action

The Cross of Christ

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; whom God displayed publicly as propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus – Romans 3:23-26

The Resurrection

He who was delivered over because of our transgressions, and was raised because of our justification – Romans 4:25

Man’s Response

Repentance begins with a recognition and confession that what God says about us is true – we have sinned

For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against You, You only, I have sinned and done what is evil in Your sight, so that You are justified when you speak and blameless when You judge – Psalm 51:3

A genuine recognition of our sinfulness and guilt will also lead to a genuine sorrow, shame and even hatred for what we have done.

For what I am doing, I do not understand, for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but the very thing I hate – Romans 7:15

Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from this body of death – Romans 7:24

Apparent sincerity of confession alone is never definite evidence of genuine repentance. It must accompanied by a turning away from sin.

Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Remove the evil of your deeds from my sight. Cease to do evil – Isaiah 1:16

…..therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire – Matthew 3:10

Faith Defined

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen – Hebrews 11:1

….And being fully assured that what God has promised, He was able also to perform – Romans 4:21

Faith Based On The Promises of God

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life – John 3:16

Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved – Acts 16:31

Example of A Believer

….worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh – Philippians 3:3

The Basis of Genuine Assurance

True conversion: A true Christian is a new creation and will live a life that reflects God’s radical work of re-creation in his/her life.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old things passed away; behold new things have come – 2 Corinthians 5:17

You will know them by their fruit. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes, nor figs from thistles, are they? – Matthew 7:16

Assurance is based upon self-examination in the light of scripture

Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves that Jesus Christ is in you-unless indeed you fail the test – 2 Corinthians 13:5

These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life – 1 John 5:13

Test of Biblical Assurance:

1 John 1:5-7 (Walking in the light), 1 John 1:8-10 (Confession of Sin), 1 John 2:3-4 (Obedience), 1 John 2:9-11 (Love for the Brethern), 1 John 2:15-17 (Hatred for the world), 1 John 2:24-25 (Preservance in Doctrine), 1 John 3:10 (Righteousness), 1 John 4:13(Spirit’s Testimony), Hebrews 12:5-8 (Discipline)

Developed by HeartCry Missionary Society

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.” – God, by the hand of Paul the Apostle

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