The Glorious Gospel
The Glorious Gospel
“According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust” (I Timothy 1:11 KJV).
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the Gospel of Grace. It is the Glorious Gospel. “According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust” (I Timothy 1:11 KJV). If you are reading this article, you should be asking, why is it called “The Glorious Gospel”? The Gospel of Christ is The Glorious Gospel because it saves a person from a Hell they deserve to a Heaven they do not deserve. The Glorious Gospel is eternal. The Glorious Gospel is a gift. The Glorious Gospel is free because the work is done -Christ paid for all sins for all mankind.
Not one person deserves to go to Heaven. I deserve to go to Hell; however, Jesus, the Christ, the Son of God loved me so much He died for all my sins. Jesus, the Christ, the Son of God loved you so much, He died for all your sins too. He demonstrated His love for all sinners by going to the Cross dying for ALL of your sins because sin requires a death payment. “And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it” (Colossians 2:13-15 KJV). The Glorious Gospel saves individuals from a Hell they deserve to a Heaven they do not deserve.
Every believer in Christ alone needs to know that they are saved forever because The Glorious Gospel of Christ paid for all sin for all mankind. If Jesus Christ's death payment for sins, burial, and resurrection does not give eternal life the very second a person believes, what good is it? It is The Glorious Gospel because Christ paid for all sin for all mankind and when a person believes in the Gospel of Christ, they are eternally secure the second they believed in Christ alone for salvation. The reason a child of God cannot go to Hell today, tomorrow, or ever is that Christ paid for all their sin. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23 KJV). In The Glorious Gospel, eternal life is the free gift freely received when a person places their faith in Christ alone.
If a believer dies and goes to Heaven with their Father and Savior, are they more secure because they are in Heaven versus the believers that are still alive on earth? No, absolutely not! If a person trusted in Christ alone as their only hope to save them, they are born again, they are forever a child of God, they have stepped from death unto life the very second they believed. They are just as secure as the person that is in Heaven today. Why, because God said it and He cannot lie. “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand” (John 10:28 KJV). Once a person places their faith in Christ alone, they receive eternal life and they will never ever perish and that is The Glorious Gospel.
In Hebrews it says, there are two immutable (unalterable, unable to change) things of God: 1. God cannot change; 2. God cannot lie. “Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil” (Hebrews 6:17-19 KJV). “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (Hebrews 13:8 KJV). The Glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ does not change.
Nobody deserves the gift of eternal life. It is of grace, which is unmerited favor. Unmerited favor is not of merit, not of works, a person cannot earn it. In the Glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Redemptive Work is all done by Christ.“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9 KJV). In The Glorious Gospel, a person is saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.
The phrase “lest any man should boast” is very important. If a person boasts they are going to Heaven because they have “saving faith” or “surrendering faith” which usually means they are trusting in “their faithfulness” to save themselves, that is NOT The Glorious Gospel. If a person boasts that they are going to Heaven because they live the “Christian life,” that is NOT The Glorious Gospel. If a person boasts that they are going to Heaven because they have “turned from sin,” “said the sinner's prayer,” that is NOT The Glorious Gospel. If a person boasts that they are going to Heaven because they “picked up their cross,” that is NOT The Glorious Gospel. Jesus made this a clear warning in Matthew. “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:21-23 KJV).
When a person adds leaven to The Glorious Gospel of Christ for salvation (they add works to The Glorious Gospel) that person is NOT saved. They are not trusting in the Finished Redemptive Work of Christ. They are trusting in themselves to save themselves and that is “works for salvation.” Works for salvation is of merit and not of grace and that is NOT The Glorious Gospel. “A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be. And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased” (Galatians 5:9-11 KJV).
If a person is going to glory, let them glory in The Glorious Gospel of Christ. “But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world” (Galatians 6:14 KJV). Glory in The Glorious Gospel that saves a person from a Hell they deserve to a Heaven they do not. Glory in The Glorious Gospel that freely gives eternal life to all who place their faith in Christ alone for salvation. Glory in The Glorious Gospel that is a gift. Glory in The Glorious Gospel for the work is done -Christ paid for all sins for all mankind. Glory in The Glorious Gospel because the One and True God would rather die for your sins, than have you go to Hell for all eternity. The One and True God is an amazing God and it is His Glorious Gospel that has been entrusted with us believers.
God promises eternal life to everyone who trusts in Him alone and will never come into a future condemnation. That is Good News! That is the Gospel that Christ gave to Paul. That is the Gospel that Paul preaches. Paul is not an apostle to any church, any ritual, any sacrament, any tradition of men. Paul is an apostle to Jesus, the Christ, and he preached the Glorious Gospel. If the Glorious Gospel came from Christ to Paul and Paul preached the Glorious Gospel. I think it is good for me to preach the Glorious Gospel, the Gospel that saves!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as Savior, what is stopping you right now from accepting Jesus Christ as your Savior? In your mind, you can say something, "I don't know everything; however, I know I am a sinner. I know I do not want to go to Hell when I die. I want to go to Heaven when I die. I believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for ALL my sins (past, present, and future), buried for me, and resurrected for me."
There is no confirmation, confession, communion, water baptism, church, pastor, priest, religion, or any good deeds that will pay for sin. The Christ, the Lamb of God was revealed in the flesh to take away the sins of the world. “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29 KJV).
The payment for sin is death. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23 KJV). Without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sins. “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission” (Hebrews 9:22 KJV).
Trust in Jesus Christ as your only hope to save you from a Hell you deserve to a Heaven you do not deserve because only the Gospel of Christ can change your eternal destiny from eternal darkness to eternal light. "Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins" (Colossians 1:13-14 KJV).
Receive Jesus Christ as your Savior today and be born again and forever a child of God. "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God" (John 1:12-13 KJV).
The very second you place your faith in Christ alone, you receive eternal life, and you forever have eternal life because Christ paid for all your sins. When a person trusts in Christ alone for salvation, that person can "know" they are going to Heaven when they die because the Bible says they can "know." "These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God" (I John 5:13 KJV).
THE PLAN OF SALVATION - THE GOSPEL
The Gospel is Jesus Christ died on the Cross for our sins (past, present, and future), He was buried, and He resurrected the third day to show us the payment for sin is paid in full.
I Corinthians 15:1-4: Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.
God loves you. Lord Savior Jesus Christ revealed Himself in the flesh for one reason: to save us from our sins. Jesus Christ does not come to condemn individuals. Jesus Christ comes to save us because we are all Hell doomed sinners without the Blood of Jesus Christ.
John 3:16-18: 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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
All individuals are sinners. The payment for sin is death.
Romans 3:23: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.
Romans 6:23: For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Christ died for your sin and resurrected for you.
II Corinthians 5:21: For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
I Corinthians 15:3-4: For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.
If you believe in Christ alone, you receive eternal life.
John 6:47: Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
I John 5:13: These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
If you could be "saved" by being water baptized, doing good works, being a good person, or following the Ten Commandments? Why did (the God from Eternity Past, the God from Eternity Future) the Ever Presence Jesus Christ reveal Himself in the flesh and die on the Cross and resurrect the third day? No church can reconcile. No sacrament can save. No work or tradition of men can redeem. Only Jesus Christ can save a person from a Hell they deserve to a Heaven they do not deserve -all by grace!
Galatians 2:21: I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.
If you could earn salvation by doing those things, then Jesus Christ died in vain. However, Jesus Christ did not die in vain. Jesus Christ made a perfect sacrifice for sin. He is the Lamb of God, and only the Lamb of God can make a perfect sacrifice for sin. There is only one way to Heaven, and it is the belief in the Finished Redemptive Work of Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 2:8-9: For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Philippians 3:9: And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith.
Galatians 2:16: Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
Titus 3:5: Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.
The resurrection is proof God the Father accepted Jesus Christ's death payment for sin -death payment of past, present, and future sin: ALL SIN!
People DO NOT go to Hell because they are "bad." People go to Hell because they believe NOT the Gospel of Jesus Christ. People trust NOT in Jesus Christ as their Savior. People believe NOT Jesus Christ died on the Cross for their sins, burial, and resurrection. People do NOT trust alone in the finished redemptive work of Jesus Christ.
II Thessalonians 1:8-9: In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power.
Know that God is gracious to you. He has already died for all your sins (past, present, and future), He was buried for you showing all the world He died for your sins, and He was resurrected for you, showing all the world that Jesus Christ fulfilled what the Father asked Him to do: IT IS FINISHED! Your sins are paid in full. I pray you to believe in Jesus Christ right now for salvation -believe Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sin, burial, and resurrection. Trust alone in Jesus Christ as your Savior. If you know someone who is "not saved," share the Gospel message with them or forward this message to them.
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Once Saved, Always Saved: "And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. I and my Father are one" (John 10:28-30 KJV).