There are so many versions of the “Gospel” around today, it’s easy to get confused. As I had one young man ask me not too long ago, “How do I know what’s the right thing to believe? I hear so many different “ways” to get saved. I don’t know what I’m supposed to believe!” I can relate. I was caught in that trap myself for many years. I even wrote a book about my experience, “The Counterfeit”. BUT, we CAN KNOW that we have everlasting life, according to 1 John 5:13. So, what’s the answer?
Let me share with you the peace God has given to me on this issue.
The answer is to go BACK to the Bible as the Source of all our understanding of God, Jesus, death, Heaven, hell, everlasting life or eternal condemnation. The Bible’s statements are fairly clear without much interpretation needed.
God made man in His image.
In the very beginning, God made man and woman “in His image” it says. God made them perfect, sinless creatures in His likeness. He gave them one command to keep, telling them that at the moment that the command was broken, they would surely die. You know the story. Eve was deceived by the devil, she and Adam sinned and just as God said it would happen, they DIED. (Genesis Chapters 2 and 3).
Wait a minute, you say. They didn’t DIE! Yes, in actuality they did. Here’s how. Remember that God made them in His image, right? What was that image? Well, God is a Triune being, meaning a being with three aspects of nature to Him. He is FATHER, SON, and HOLY SPIRIT. “Then God said, ‘Let US make man in OUR image, in OUR likeness…..'” Gen. 1:26.
In like image then, God made man a Triune Being. Man’s nature is BODY, SOUL and SPIRIT. The Body is obvious to see. The Soul is a man’s mind, will and emotions, or his personality, that “personhood” that we relate to. His Spirit is that inner man portion of our existence where LIFE resides. Spiritual life. The place where GOD lives. When Adam and Eve sinned and disobeyed God, they DIED in the SPIRIT man. And since Like produced Like, Adam being the federal head of the human race and the first man, produced all others like him: A spiritually dead man. BODY, SOUL, and Spiritual Dead Spirit. Paul says in Ephesians 2:1, “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins….” And again in Colossians 2:13, “When you were dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ.”
Since we are ALL born dead in our spirit-man, we all have the same problem of needing LIFE!
“For all have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God.”…..”For the wages (what we’ve earned by being the sons of Adam) of sin is DEATH, but the gift of God is everlasting life in Christ Jesus our Lord,” (Romans 3:23, 6:23).
We ALL are born Spirit-man dead, because of SIN. Daddy Adam sinned and by that one man’s sin, we are ALL born dead and are in need of LIFE.
But JESUS, God the SON, came to this earth as a man. Born to a virgin, he grew as a man and went to a cruel cross where he died for OUR sins, being sinless Himself (thus, paying the “wage” of our sins – death!). Then, He conquered the grave, rising three days later, solving the death problem by the guarantee of LIFE. In other words, Jesus, God in the Flesh, came and did for us all what we could not do on our own. As a man he paid for the sinfulness of MAN; as God in the Flesh, He paid the PERFECT sacrifice of an innocent Lamb of God. Dying he paid the PRICE/WAGE of our sin. Rising he conquered death and gave to us all the promise of everlasting life! “For Christ died for sins once for all, the Righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body, but was made alive in the Spirit,” 1 Peter 3:18.
So, how does one receive this as so for himself?
Again, let’s go the Bible for all of these answers. IF you and I could do anything to make ourselves right with God, then the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus would have been an awful waste of time and effort! It’s, “not of works, lest any man boast….” (Eph. 2:9). We have to simply RECEIVE. Isn’t that wonderful. All you CAN do is receive the GIFT of GOD. Eternal life, forgiveness of all our sins, and the rightness with God that we all long for, is a G I F T! (Romans 6:23). And that GIFT is in Jesus. “Yet to all who received HIM, to those who believed in HIS Name, He gave the RIGHT to become the children of God…” (John 1:12). “God has given us eternal life, and this life is IN His Son. he who has the Son has life….” (1 John 5:11, 12).
You know John 3:16. Don’t let its familiar tones blush past you. “For God so loved the world that He GAVE His Only begotten Son, that WHOSOEVER (that’s you) believes on Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life!” Jesus said earlier in that chapter that we all need to be “born again”. He’s talking about that dead Spirit man part of us that died in the garden that day with Daddy Adam! It’s needs to be RE-born. Whenever we choose to receive, that is, trust in with faith, believe in the death and resurrection of Jesus for MY sins, whenever we receive Christ in this way, HE gives us the gift of new life. He grants that our Spirit-man is reborn. All of our sins are forgiven forever! And he gives to us the RIGHT to be RIGHT with God, freely, undeserved, a gift of grace!
“But now, a RIGHTNESS with God, apart from the Law (doing obedient things) has been made known…..This RIGHTNESS from God comes through Faith in Jesus Christ to ALL who believe…..” (Romans 3:21, 22).
Jesus promises in John 3:16, that if you BELIEVE IN HIM you will NOT perish! That’s why it’s called the “GOSPEL” = Gospel means “Good News”. And that’s GOOD NEWS, to know that you can be RIGHT with God by simply receiving His Son by faith.
“He who believes In Me, has everlasting life…” (John 6:47)
“For it by grace that you have been saved (from sin and death) through faith, and this not from yourselves. It is a gift from God, not of works lest any man should boast.” (Eph. 2:8. 9)
The GOOD NEWS is that you can be RIGHT WITH GOD, Forgiven of all your sins, and promised a home in Heaven forever with everlasting life, RIGHT NOW, simply by faith, receiving Jesus and what He did for you on the Cross and in the empty tomb. Receive His love for you right now. Bow your head and tell Jesus that YOU accept His GIFT of forgiveness and everlasting life. Express your love to Him for offering you the freeness of everlasting life. Receive the Son and you WILL be “born again” in your Spirit-man.
“That if you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved…..” (Romans 10:9)
Several things will happen the INSTANT you trust in Jesus for forgiveness and life:
1. You WILL BE Born again.
2. All of your sins, past, present and FUTURE will be 100% forgiven by the blood death of your Savior, Jesus.
3. You will become an instant Child of God.
4. God the Holy Spirit, will take up residence in your inner man. That’s how your Spirit-man comes alive again, by the Holy Spirit moving in and taking up residence IN you. “What, know ye not that your body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit who is IN you?” (1 Cor. 6:19)
5. Your name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. You will never perish. You have ETERNAL life!
6. You become an Eternal being. You have a home in heaven. Death for you now, is only a passage way to the eternal.
7. As a new child of God, you have become a member of the Family of God, commonly called, THE CHURCH.
I hope this helps you understand how to be right with God. Believe the Gospel. Turn to God and Trust in Jesus today and you WILL receive the GIFT of everlasting life!
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Blessings. We love you in the Lord.