The Gospel In A Nutshell
- We are all in the same boat – The Bible tells us in Romans 3:10 that, “as it is written: None is righteous, no, not one;” and in verse 23 of the same chapter it states, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…” This means that no matter what your background, culture, race, or creed we are all sinners, meaning we have missed the mark or the standard and are habitual breakers of the law of God. Romans 6:23a states, “For the wages of sin is death…” This means that the payment that is due to us for being sinners is death. This is deeper than just a cessation of life, it is eternal separation from God in a literal place called Hell. Jesus described hell as a place of outer darkness, eternal torment, and everlasting fire. Sounds bad, doesn’t it? Well, you’re right it is.
- God doesn’t leave us this way – The good news is that God has done His part to remedy this problem. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” And in Romans 5:6-8 it says, “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” God has made the gift of eternal life in a literal place called heaven available to us if we will simply repent of our sin and confess Christ as our Lord and Savior.
- So what do I do? – So we know that we are sinners and that left to our own devices and abilities we can never remedy this problem, and we know that God has done His part by sending Christ to die in our place, so what is our part? Romans 10:9 says, “because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” And in verse 13 it says, “For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Our part is simple…..reach out and take the gift! Repent of your sin and by faith trust in Christ as your Savior and Lord.
- How do I do that? – If this is something that you would like to do then pray this prayer, but understand that it is not the prayer that saves you, it is the intent of your heart. You must be willing to say and mean what this prayer represents. “Dear Jesus, I know that I’m a sinner and that apart from Your free gift of salvation I have no hope of heaven. I repent of my sin and ask you to be my Savior and Lord and save me so that I can spend eternity with You in heaven. In the name of Jesus I pray, amen.”