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THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
Salvation by Grace


JESUS CHRIST AUTHOR OF ETERNAL LIFE


“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
(Romans 6:23)

 


I will explain the very basic truth of salvation through grace, by using Romans 6:23 as an outline verse. Lets look in depth at each main word used in this verse and see what is being stated here. (Foot Notes)

1) The first word were going to look at is SIN. What is sin? Most people will say sin is something that is bad, but sin is more than just that. Sin is doing what is evil, instead of what is righteous. Sin separates the sinner from God, "But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear." (Isaiah 59:2) Anything that is against God, His will, or His commandments is sin; no matter which way you look at it. So, sin is the opposite of righteousness. So, who has sinned? According to Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned(1) and fall short of the glory of God.” So we all have sinned, no one is innocent. Sure you might say that you have tried to live a good moral life, but have you ever: cussed, hated, lied, stolen, or just even had a bad thought go through your mind at any point in your life? Then you have sinned. “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us...If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (1 John 1:8, 10) God is righteous and holy, He can not simply overlook our sin, nor can He sweep it under a rug and pretend He does not see it.

2) The next word were going to look at is WAGES What are wages? Wages are what you earn by doing something, or “a fitting return.” If you go to your job and work then you expect to get paid your wages, right? Well, what if you worked for a full two weeks and when pay day came they said, “Sorry we do not owe you any wages.” This would frustrate you right? Why? Because it is the law that you get you wages, it is automatic. It comes with the job, they have no choice to decide whether or not to give you your wages. The same then is true here, for sin. What are the wages of sin?

3) The wages of sin is DEATH. If sin separates us from God, and we all have sinned; and the wages of sin is death, what kind of death is this? It is one of eternal separation from God, which is called hell. Hell is ultimate separation from God, “Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction(2) from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power.” (2 Thessalonians 1:9)

This is not good news. If we all have sinned, and the wages of sin is death; and that death leads to hell, then we all are condemned to hell. Man has tried to find his own solution to this problem in many different ways:

A. Good morals. You try to be: honest, truthful, kind, unselfish, compassionate, loving, generous, and try to follow the golden rule. This sounds good, but it does not take away your sins, nor the wages of your sins. In the end your morals will not save you, “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” (Isaiah 64:6) “I will declare thy righteousness, and thy works; for they shall not profit thee.” (Isaiah 57:12).

B. Good works: You always give donations to the less unfortunate, and you always help out and get involved in volunteer programs. However, God does not weigh our good (good works) versus our bad (sin) on a balance scale, to decide whether or not we go to heaven or hell. We cannot outweigh out our bad (sin) by doing more good (good works). “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

C. Religion/the Law: You go to church every Sunday, you always tithe, your an active church member, you try to follow the ten commandments, and you even read a devotional every night. Man has tried to follow strict laws in order to get into heaven. However, no man has ever been able to this, nor will any ever be able to. “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” (James 2:10) If you have broken even one point of the law (by even the smallest sin), but keep everything else in the law, then you are still guilty of breaking all of the law(3) . “I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ died in vain.” (Galatians 2:21) If the law was capable of saving man, then when Christ died on the cross for us, it would of been pointless.

D. Philosophy: You can philosophize all day about the world, but it will never save you from your sins. Philosophy will not help you after you die, nor will it change the truth or facts, no matter how good it sounds. It is the eternal things that matter. “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of this world, and not after Christ.” (Colossians 2:8)

“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”
(Proverbs 14:12)

None of these ways will work. This is the bad news.



The good news is: “For the wages of sin is death

BUT...”



(You see, it did not stop there, we are left with a way out.)



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The Reality of Hell!


4) The first part of the good news is the GIFT. Many people say that a gift is something that is given to you, and it is. It is also something that is given to you freely. You do nothing to earn it, therefore you can do nothing to lose it.

5) So who is this gift from? GOD. God is your creator and is sovereign over all things in heaven and on earth. Since God is sovereign, He did not have to give us this gift, He choose to. He gave it to us out of His unconditional love and own free will. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 8:5)

6) What is this gift? ETERNAL LIFE. God has given us a gift of eternal life so that we would not perish, and so that we would be with Him eternally. This eternal life with God is called heaven.

7) This gift of eternal life is given through CHRIST JESUS. Jesus is the Son of God. He was incarnated (manifest) into human flesh so that He could pay the price for all of our sins. “In the beginning was the Word (Jesus), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God...And the Word was made flesh(4) , and dwelt among us...” (John 1:1, 14)

Fall of Man: The fall of man is a term used to describe what happened when Adam and Eve fell into the devils plan by going against God’s will, which made sin enter into the world of man. When God made Adam and Eve, He did not force them to worship Him or make them as robots, that would always do as they were told. For God to force man to worship and follow Him would be wrong (and useless), and since God is righteous and holy He cannot force man to follow Him. Therefore, He gave man a free-will to choose whether or not to follow Him. God told Adam and Eve that they could eat from the tree of life as much as they wanted, but not to eat from the tree of "knowledge." The devil then lied to Eve and said that if they ate from the tree of life that they would "be like God." "When the woman saw the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it." (Genesis 3:6) When Adam and Eve did this they went against God's commandment (which is a sin), because they trusted the devil and their own judgment over God's judgment. Because of this, "Man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever." (Genesis 3:22) Because Adam and Eve had now sinned against God they could no longer have eternal life in the presence of God, as God had originally given them. Since Adam and Eve were now sinful, this sin was passed down through their seed to every man. Since then God has made a way for man to regain his eternal life through his Son Jesus Christ. Just as Adam and Eve had to choose whether or not to follow God, so do you.

Virgin Birth: Jesus was not conceived by man, but by the Holy Spirit through the virgin Mary. Therefore Jesus was without sin(5) , and did not inherit the sin that was handed down through Adam’s seed. “And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel-el was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast her mind in what manner salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man (she had not slept with a man, she was a virgin)? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the most Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also the holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.” (Luke 1:26-35)

Crucifixion: Because Adam(6) , once a perfect man, lost eternal life for us: Jesus, a perfect man (yet also fully God), could only redeem it for us. This was the Old Law covenant “Life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot. ” (Deuteronomy 19:21) “Wherefore, as by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned...But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one (Adam) many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.” (Romans 5:12, 15) Since God can not over look the sin that has been carried down through the seed of Adam, all men were condemned. The only way to redeem man righteously in the eyes of God was a sinless sacrifice, since Adam was once sinless. No man could do it because all men have inherited sin from Adam’s seed, so Christ had to be incarnated into flesh to take the place of man. God did not give us what we deserved, but rather He took our place as a substitute on the cross.

Resurrection: Jesus did this for us willingly and out of His unconditional love for us. “...I lay down my life for the sheep )...I lay down my life, that I my might take it again...No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down by myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again...” (John 10:15-18) Jesus said before His crucifixtion(7) , “...Destroy this temple (his body), and in three days I will raise it (his body) up...But he spake of the temple of his body.” (John 2:19, 21) When Jesus was raised from the dead [or resurrected(8)] three days after His crucifixion, He proved that He was God manifest in the flesh (see John 20:24-29); Therefore proving that He was sinless and had fully paid for the prices of man’s sins on the cross. If Christ were not resurrected from the dead than that means that He was not God manifest in the flesh and therefore was a descendent of Adam and had inherited sin. This would mean that man’s sin was not paid for, and that we would still be condemned for our sin. “And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.” (1 Corinthians 15:17) It is vital that someone believes, trusts, and knows that Jesus died for their sins on the cross, in their place. And that He was raised from the dead three days later. “That if you shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him (Jesus) from the dead, thou shalt be saved” (Romans 10:9)

The Way: When someone prays and confesses to God it should only be done through Jesus. “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:5) The only way to heaven is through Jesus Christ. “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6) “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name (Jesus) under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

8) What does “In Christ Jesus our LORD” mean? To have Jesus as your Lord you have to have a one on one personal relationship with Him. You have this through prayer and through reading His word (the bible). You also give Him your life, and everything you do is based on whither it would please Him or not. “And that he (Jesus) died for all, that they live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.” (2 Corinthians 5:15) You also need to have Jesus as your Saviour, as in you confess that you are a sinner and need Him to save you. You do this by believing, confessing, and accepting in prayer that He died on the cross for you (where He fully paid the prices for your sins, in your place) and was resurrected (was raised from the dead) three days later.

 

"Jesus answered and said unto him, 'Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God." (John 3:3) You are Born Again when you have honestly in your heart, through prayer, accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour.



If you believe in your heart the things that have been presented to you here, through Scripture, then:



1. Pray to God and confess the things in this prayer, or one similar to it in your own words:
"Dear Lord Jesus,
      I know that I am a sinner, and that I need Your forgiveness for my sins. I believe that You fully paid the price for my sins with your precious Blood when you died for me on the cross, in my place; And that You were resurrected 3 days later. I trust in You as my Saviour from my sins, and I know that I can not save myself. I now invite You fully into every part of my heart and life as my Lord and my Saviour. I trust in You, Jesus, and in You only for my salvation. I want to turn away from my sins with Your help. From now on I will always follow You as the Lord of my life in every thing I do. In the name of the living Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen."
(God is more concerned about what is in your heart, than which words you use.)

2. If you do not have a bible, buy one (I recommend the King James Version). If you want a free Bible, proceed to the Bible page to download one free of charge. Read every day. I recommend sitting down and planning out a time to dedicate to reading God's Word (the Bible), otherwise it is easy to get caught up in doing things and running out of time. You cannot grow spiritually if you do not spend time in God’s Word. The Word of God is daily spiritual food for your soul, and not cake for special occasions. I recommend you read the New Testament first, beginning with the Gospel of John.

3. Continue to Pray. Pray everyday. Set aside a time to do this. Mornings seem to be the most beneficial to the whole day. Pray in goods times (thank the Lord) and not only in bad times. Do not just “mouth” the exact same prayer over and over again, pray with your heart.

4. Worship, fellowship, and serve with other dedicated Christians in a church where Christ is preached with honor and glory (Hebrews 10:25). There are many churches out there that claim to be "Christian," and are not Christian at all. So, be sure to test what is taught there by comparing their doctrine with Scripture as the Bereans did in ACTS 17:11. The Scriptures in the Bible are alone God's Word, they are the only Scriptures on which to base beliefs, doctrine, and faith (Revelations 22:18-19). All other books and scripture is man- made, and therefore should not be placed on a level with the inerrant Word of God. Be patient and let the Holy Spirit lead you to a Biblically based Church that preaches and focuses on Jesus Christ.

5. Represent Christ in your new life by showing your LOVE and concern for others. See Mark 12:28-31, Luke 6:27-36, Romans 13:8-14, and 1 John 3:1-24.

6. Get baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost (Matthew 28:19). This is done in an act of obedience to God's will, which is not a part of one's salvation, but it is a very important step that signifies one's new life for Christ.

7. Tell others about the gospel of Christ.



Foot Notes:


(1) Sin entered the world when Adam and Eve fell into the devils plan by going against God’s will. This is called the “Fall of man.” See Genesis 3:1-24.
(2) The Greek word used here for “destruction” is olthros, which means ruin or destruction. “The fundamental thought is not by any means annihilation, but perhaps corruption, an injurious force, which the subj. exerts or cannot hinder.” The Complete Word Study New Testament, by Spiros Zodhiates, Th. D. (AMG publishers, TN 37422, U.S.A. 1991) p. 940.
(3) Read John 3:1-21 about Nic-o-de’mus, a Pharisee who Jesus even called “a master of Israel” (John 3:10). However, Nic-o-de’mus still had to be “born again” if he were to see the kingdom of God.
(4) Revelations 19:13 calls Jesus “the Word of God.” Jesus was fully God and fully man, not part man and part God. For more on Jesus’ incarnation to man see: Matthew 1:18-25, John 4:7, Acts 20:28, Philippians 2:5-8, and 1 Timothy 3:16.
(5) Jesus was sinless: Acts 3:14, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Hebrews 4:15, 7:26, 1 Peter 2:22, and 1 John 3:5.
(6) Sin entered the world when Adam and Eve fell into the devils plan by going against God’s will. This is called the “Fall of man.” See Genesis 3:1-24.
(7) Crucifixion: The action of putting someone to death by nailing them to a cross.
(8) Resurrection: to raise up what was died.



If you still believe that your good works will commend you to Almighty God, please read the following tract entitled "This Was Your Life"
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