4 Parts Of The Gospel Of Jesus Christ – Part 2
In Part 1 of this 4 part series on the 4 parts of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we looked at the first part of the Gospel. And we saw that many people have a misunderstanding of what true salvation is. And what is required to be truly saved and have a restored relationship with God.
Part 2 of 4 Parts Of The Gospel Of Jesus Christ
In the 2nd part of this 4 part series, we will look into why there are many people that are far from God. And why they have a broken relationship with God. There are many religious people that fall into this category, not just really bad people.
Even though God offers peace with God, a restored relationship with Him, and eternal life as a gift, still there are many people who do not have these wonderful things. Why ?
The 2nd Part of The Gospel Of Jesus Christ : The Problem – All of Us Have A Big Problem
The Bible tells us the reason why most people do not have true salvation, which is a restored relationship with God and peace with Him and eternal life. The Gospel of Jesus Christ tells us that all of us have a very big problem, and this problem causes us to be far from God and to have a broken relationship with Him. This problem causes us to not have peace with God or eternal life in heaven later.
The Bible has a name for this problem, and it is called sin. Sin is anything we do, say, or even think that offends God or is displeasing to Him. Because God is the creator and Lord and owner of all in the heavens and earth, He alone has the right to define what is right and what is wrong. He alone has the right to say what is sin and what is not. And God alone has the right to judge everyone.
The Gospel Of Jesus Christ
Sin Causes Us To Have A Broken Relationship With God
God’s Word clearly shows that our sins cause us to have a broken relationship with God and to be separated from Him.
- “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.” – Isaiah 59:2
Everyone Has This Problem of Sin & Separation From God
The Bible also tells us that all of us have this problem of sin and separation from God. No one is perfect, and everyone sins.
- “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” – Romans 3:23
We need to understand some things about sin in order to understand why it causes us to have a broken relationship with God, and to be far and separated from Him, and to not have peace with God and eternal life in heaven.
Sin Is A Very Serious Thing
1st: When we sin, it is not just breaking some arbitrary man made religious rule. When we sin we are sinning personally against God, and we are personally offending and displeasing God. Because God loves us so much, so intently and zealously, He takes our sins personally.
When King David sinned, he said this to God:
- “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 51:4
2nd: Sin is kind of like breaking the law. For example, if you are driving your car and you decide or choose to go twice the posted maximum speed, you will be pulled over and receive a fine or a penalty for your infraction. Sin is kind of like that, only much worse.
The Penalty For Sin
It will be much much worse because our punishment for our sins will be forever. We will forever, for eternity, be far and separated from God and His love, and we will forever be under the punishment for our sins.
- “For the wages of sin is death (an eternal spiritual death – eternal separation from God), but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 6:23
- “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” – Matthew 25:46
Many people that do not want to experience this eternal death and eternal punishment for their sins try to fix this problem of sin and separation from God themselves. They try to do the things they believe will fix this big problem we all have.
Our Attempts To Reach God & Solve This Problem
- Good works
- Giving money to charity
The problem is that none of these things will work. If we want to try to fix our problem of sin and separation from God ourselves, then we will have to be perfect. No one is perfect, and none of these things will solve our problem.
- “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” – Proverbs 14:12
So if you want to have true salvation and have a reconciled personal relationship with God, and eternal life in heaven, what can you do ? What does it take to be truly saved ?
In Part 3 of The 4 Parts Of The Gospel Of Jesus Christ we will look into the answers to these questions. And we will see that God has sent a way to solve our problem of sin and separation from Him.
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This article was originally published by Kevin Bart at Pursuing Intimacy With God.