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Gospel Presentation

February 1, 2020

God is the Creator of the Universe and owns everything (cf. Gen 1:1; Psalm 24:1). Man is the creature created by God. Man in his fallen state is an idolater – that is, man worships created things instead of the Creator. Furthermore, man in his fallen state lives a life with no real regard that God is the Creator and Law Giver. Nevertheless, the basic requirements of God’s Law is written on every human heart. In fact, God’s standard is so high that he considers hatred in your heart for another person murder and lust in your heart for another person adultery, that is, your guilt before God is the same as if you acted these sins out physically (cf. Matt 5:21-22, 27-28). God sees through all deceptions even to the very core of our inner men, namely, the center of our souls – that is the heart (cf. 1 Sam 16:7; Heb 4:12-13).

The Word of God teaches that man is completely sinful. “Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness” (1 Jn 3:4). Sin is any violation of the Law of God. The first man Adam, whom God created very good (cf. Gen 1:31), sinned against God (Gen 3). God gave Adam one commandment, namely, “but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die” (Gen 2:17). The Spiritual Serpent used the physical serpent to tempt Adam’s wife Eve, and she ate the fruit and gave it to Adam and he ate, and that was the first sin (cf. Gen 3). When Adam sinned, sin entered into the human race and into the world (cf. Rom 5:12). When Adam sinned the entire human race sinned as well because as the first human being, the entire human race was in the loins of Adam (cf. Acts 17:26; see Heb 7:10). What is more, as the first man Adam was the representative of the entire human race, death came to the human race as the consequence of Adam’s sin (cf. Rom 5:12; 1 Cor 15:21-22). As Judge, God imputed Adam’s sin to the entire human race. Impute means to charge to one’s account. All have sinned (cf. Rom 3:23) and “There is none righteous, no, not one” (Psalm 14:3). Man is born dead in his sin – that is, post fall (cf. Gen 3). Sin is evil and wickedness, which is any violation against the Law of God (cf. 1 Jn 3:4).

The actual sins that people commit are evidence of this reality of original sin. God cannot look on wickedness with favor. He must judge sin and as such the ultimate punishment for sin is the second death – namely, eternity in the lake of fire (see Rev 20:13-15). Every person is born dead in sin. The evidence a person has begun to be under the conviction of God is when they are awoken to the reality of the Holiness of God and sense spiritually His piercing eye (anthropomorphically) furiously directed toward their sin (i.e. both original sin – the sinful nature inherited from Adam as well as actual sins and transgressions against God). God’s character is absolutely Holy, Righteous, and Just. Concerning the Holiness of God the OT Prophet Habakkuk rightly confessed to God the following when he said, “Your eyes are too pure to approve evil, and You cannot look on wickedness with favor.” (Hab 1:13). A person must be born again by the Holy Spirit to be washed from the defilement of their sinful nature. A person must realize that for their entire life they have been at enmity with God and have hated God before they can truly seek reconciliation with Him. If a person thinks that they have loved God their whole life (i.e. as far as they can remember), the truth is – that person has never loved God in their entire life. A person might have prayed occasionally or regularly, even have gone to church, or even have grown up in the church; but none of these things makes a person a Christian.

However, a person’s relationship with God (i.e. when they are dead in their sin) is best characterized by what the OT Prophet Isaiah boldly affirmed to the godless when he described the following relationship that the unbeliever has with God; “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” (Isa 59:2). A person must understand that they have broken God’s Law and that He would be absolutely justified in sending them to Hell for eternity. God is a righteous Judge and the absolute definition of perfect justice. God demands perfect obedience to His Law and if you break even one point of the Law only once in your life you have broken the entire Law; “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all” (Jas 2:10). God is standing at the door of eternity ready to execute perfect justice toward man for breaking His Law and demands men to repent of their sins; “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” (Ps 7:11-12). A person will pay the eternal penalty for sin if they do not repent; “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom 6:23). To repent is to change your mind about sin and turn from it and then turn to God.

God is self-existent (cf. Exod 3:14). God’s self-existence means that He has no beginning and no end; He has always existed. This is a mystery but not a contradiction. Eternity is not a measurement. Eternity is forever and ever. Time is a measurement. When our time runs out on Earth we will stand before our Creator who is self-existent. Because He is self-existent all His attributes work at maximum capacity forever. Concerning God’s Holiness and Justice, if you break His Law you owe Him eternity. True justice is adjudicated when the punishment is equal to the crime committed. That is why our good works cannot fix the problem and pay God back because God is Eternal and it is His Law that is violated. Therefore the payment He demands is an eternal payment. Consequently, it would take forever to pay God back for even sinning against Him once. That is why man’s merits of good works can never satisfy God’s wrath and grant us eternal entrance into heaven because it would take us eternity to pay God back for one sin, hence a never-ending task without end. This presents the most important question ever asked, namely “In truth I know that this is so; But how can a man be in the right before God?” (Job 9:2).

Answer: God cannot justify the wicked without His justice being eternally satisfied because if He let sinners “off the hook” then He would contradict Himself (cf. Prov 17:15). This dilemma He alone has solved through divine accomplishment and He alone has extended mercy to some without contradiction. This is because God’s Divine attributes of holiness and righteousness work at maximum capacity forever. Also, God’s Divine attribute of love works at maximum capacity forever. The Word of God says that God is love (1 Jn 4:8; 16). Therefore, God’s love must be consistent with His justice. The gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is the only way a person can be right before the Holy God. The action of God the Father sending His only Begotten Son to live vicariously (fulfilling all God’s righteous requirements) for everyone who would ever believe in Christ for eternal life as well as the Lord Jesus Christ dying on the cross in substitution taking upon himself the punishment for sins committed by everyone who would ever trust in Christ to save them from the wrath of God, was an action of true love. The Bible teaches that God maintained and demonstrated perfectly His righteousness, holiness and justice and at the same time He upheld and demonstrated perfectly His love when Jesus Christ propitiated God’s wrath toward sinners by dying in their place in substitution on the cross (cf. Rom 3:21-26; 1 Jn 4:10). Propitiation means to satisfy the wrath of another. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (cf. Rom 5:8). Christ rose from the dead and is alive in Heaven (1 Cor 15:4).

If I were merely to reform my life today by my own strength for the purpose of trying to be a better person, then how would I pay God back for the sins I committed yesterday? I still have to answer for the sins I committed yesterday and I cannot go back in time. Moreover, how do I know that my reformation will remain tomorrow and that tomorrow I will not return to my former sins? Only Christ alone can save a person from the wrath of God because Christ is God. Jesus Christ has come in the flesh; “For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Tim 2:5) “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Jesus Christ is the second Person of the Trinity. Jesus Christ is the same essence as God the Father and God the Holy Spirit yet Christ is distinct in Personhood.

Jesus Christ is self-existent. Therefore His perfect life, cross work and resurrection from the dead transcend space and time even though they occurred at a moment in space and time over 2,000 years ago. Our works could never pay God back, because He is self-existent, holy and demands eternal justice for breaking His Law. But Jesus payed the sin debt to God fully because in Jesus there is no sin and Jesus is a self-existent Person. He is the only one who has the resources to satisfy God’s wrath toward sin. Jesus Christ is God in human flesh (Jn 1:1-4; 14). The Lord Jesus Christ has two natures, that is, a divine nature and a human nature.

Jesus is fully God and fully man. Colossians 2:9 references both His divine nature and His human nature when the text reads, “For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form” (cf. Philp 2:6; Heb 1:3). In order for Jesus to have a divine nature must mean that He is perfect, self-existent, the same essence as God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. Jesus also has a human nature, that is, He is every way that we are in His human nature except He is without sin (cf. Jn 7:18; Heb 2:14; 4:15; 1 Jn 3:5). Jesus Christ has two natures perfectly united in one Person, therefore He is the only mediator between God and man (cf. 1 Tim 2:5). In the incarnation, He was born of a Virgin, conceived miraculously by God the Holy Spirit. Jesus lived perfectly fulfilling everything that God requires us to do. The Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross as an innocent sacrifice for those who would trust in Him alone to be saved from the wrath of God. At the right time, when Jesus died on the cross for the ungodly, God the Father charged to Jesus’ account all the sins of everyone who would ever believe in Him for eternal life, and in turn, God the Father charges to the believing sinner the perfect righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ. This is called the great exchange of the cross and is explicitly taught in the Word of God when it reads, “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” This does not mean that Jesus became a sinner on the cross. In fact, He was perfectly righteous on the cross. It means that Jesus was treated as if He committed all the sins of everyone who would ever believe in Him, although He was innocent, and now God treats everyone who would ever believe in Christ only as if they lived Jesus’ perfect life.

God only saves the ungodly and sinners (cf. Rom 4:5; 1 Tim 1:15). He does not save righteous people. If you do not see your need for Christ to save you from the wrath of God then you will fall under the wrath of almighty God. If you are not convinced now when you stand before Him you will be completely convinced of it. True Christianity evidences itself by a changed life by the power of God. A person is saved by Grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone not works. Grace is not a license to sin (cf. Rom 6:1-3). True Christianity evidences itself by true discipleship; “And He was saying to them all, ‘If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me’” (Lk 9:23). God now commands to men that all everywhere should repent (Acts 17:30). What you need to examine is in regards to this question, namely, “when I die will I be ready to stand before the Holy God?” Do not say that you are ready because your heart subjectively tells you that you are, for the heart is deceitful above all else (cf. Jer 17:9). But only say yes to this answer if the Word of God testifies the same concerning your life.

Based on the true conviction of these things through God the Holy Spirit, you must cry out to God for mercy and ask Him to save you from His wrath. You must trust in what the Lord Jesus Christ alone has done in fulfilling the Law by His perfect life of obedience, His suffering and dying on the cross in substitution for you and His resurrection from the dead for your justification. Merely agreeing that the Bible teaches this truth is not enough. You must trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, His person and Cross work alone to save you from the Wrath of God. True faith trusts in the personal righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ. This is good news for you if you know yourself to be an ungodly sinner. God justifies sinners who place faith in Christ. Justification means “declared righteous” and justification is by faith apart from works of the Law. Even the faith to believe in Christ is a gift from God and not something that a person can take any credit for at all (cf. Ephesians 2:9-10). The Lord Jesus Christ will return imminently in great glory (Matt 24:30; 25:31; Rev 22:20-21) and He will execute Judgment (cf. 1 Tim 4:1). Do not delay any further; repent unto salvation and believe the Gospel.

If you are reading this and you have never believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, then the Word of God through God the Holy Spirit calls upon you to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ to be saved from the wrath of God (cf. Acts 17:30-31). You need to repent and give yourself to Christ by trusting in what He alone has done in His perfect life and the offering He gave by the one sacrifice of Himself for sins forever – and His resurrection from the dead. Christ has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. If you try to come to God any other way but through Christ alone, then you are a thief and a robber. God does not have any regard for any sacrifice or offerings that you bring to Him. Only the offering of the Lord Jesus Christ for your sins is acceptable to God. Do you doubt that you are truly a sinner? Do you doubt that you are guilty before God? Do you doubt that you stand under the condemnation of God? Do you doubt in the reality of eternal punishment in the lake of fire? If you doubt these truths, then there is no hope for you. Take heed to the warnings of the Word of God that you might be convicted to truly come trembling before God and truly flee to Christ – who is the only true refuge from the wrath of God. Come to Jesus Christ and live! Jesus Christ is the only salvation for sinners and the salvation He offers is the free gift of eternal life. Eternal life does not come by joining a church, or by being baptized, or by taking the Lord’s Supper, or by a “modern evangelicalism culture” or by education. The free gift of the grace of eternal life only comes by God’s grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone not human merit in works of the Law. 

If you have not trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ to be saved from the wrath of God, then you are lost. You have sinned against the Holy God and you are under God’s judgment. You are headed for a Christless eternity. You need to repent of your sin and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins. Forgiveness by God and reconciliation to God can only come through the work of God through Christ. May God bring you to the realization of your position before God and grant you the gift of repentance so that you are brought to the great exchange of the cross of Christ – the only place where forgiveness is given to those who are truly brought to repentance and faith by the work of God the Holy Spirit. The Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is the only way to be saved from the wrath of God. 

“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me” – John 14:6.

“And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved” – Acts 4:12.  

One Comment
  1. Kim permalink

    Great presentation of the gospel! Thank you! made a copy for future use.

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