Gift of the Gospel (Week 1)

  1. Is there a God?
  2. What will happen when I die?

Gift of the GospelYou might answer no and nothing to both of these questions. If so, please spend the next 5 mins considering the gospel.

God evidences himself through creation. In the visible world we are able to witness his eternal power and divine nature (Romans 1 v20).  Although we see and enjoy creation every day, we do not honour God or thank God for it. We have become futile in our thinking and corrupt in our desires. (v21). Our every act and thought is in rebellion to God’s law which we know in our conscience.

God, in His kindness, has revealed information about himself in the Bible. This book was written by holy men who were taught by the Holy Spirit. It shows us the big picture God wants His people to know. God reveals himself in this book as being Holy: not even having the slightest trace of evil. He is absolutely pure. He is the maker and sustainer of all things. He has created the universe and this world for His own glory. He is perfect in his judgements. He stands at the beginning of all thing and the end. He is all knowing. He is the only God.

In the bible we are confronted by ten commandments:

Exodus 20:3 “You shall have no other gods before me.
“You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.
“You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labour, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates.For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.
“You shall not murder.
“You shall not commit adultery.
“You shall not steal.
“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.
“You shall not covet your neighbour’s house; you shall not covet your neighbour’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or  anything that is your neighbour’s.”

Wow, that’s the complete extract of the 10 commandments from Exodus. The commands were for God’s chosen people to keep, and then to share with the rest of the world. But have we kept them? God not only required external obedience to these commands but he looks to the heart and requires a purity and uprightness in our inner life.

Have you ever told a lie? If you have that makes you a liar.
Have you ever hated someone? If you have you that makes you a murderer.
Have you ever use the name of God as a swear word? That makes you a blasphemer.
Have you ever looked with lust at another? That makes you and adulterer.
Have you ever not loved and obeyed God? That makes you a God hater and a rebel.

That is just half of the commandments – you could go through the rest and see how you have broken them all. God clearly says that all the good things that we might do in life can in no way cover our shame and guilt. Doing nice things might work with winning back a friend that you have hurt, but it does not work with the holy and just judge of the universe. All sin is against and infinite God and is worthy of eternal condemnation.
 

Hebrews 9:27 And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment…

Rev 21:8 But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulphur, which is the second death.”

So, knowing what God requires and now examining your life, do you think you will be found innocent or guilty before God when you die? Hopefully you realise that you will be guilty. Do you think you will go to heaven or hell? Hopefully you realise that you would go to hell? If you do see this please read on; its the next part of Hebrews 9 v27,28 mentioned in the above quote:

And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgement, 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.

Christ has come to die for sinners. He calls all to freely come to him. Christ commands you to forsake sin and believe in Him alone. He freely offers salvation to you.

I encourage you to respond to this gospel message. Don’t just take my words for it. Examine the scriptures for yourself. Don’t put it off.

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