The heart of Christianity is the Gospel, which is the “good news” of salvation revealed in the Bible. The Gospel is the most important truth you will ever know.
God is the loving ruler of the world. He made the world, and He made us rulers of the world under Him.
“Worthy are you our Lord and God to receive glory and honor and power. For you created all things and by your will they existed and were created.” (Revelation 4:11)
But that’s not the way it is now.
We all reject God as our ruler, trying to live life our own way without him. This is the essence of sin. But in our rejection of God, we fail to rule ourselves, society, or the world.
“None is righteous, no, not one. No one seeks for God. All have turned aside.” (Romans 3:10-12)
But what will God do about this rebellion?
God will not let us rebel forever. God’s punishment for rebellion is death and judgment.
“And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment.” (Hebrews 9:27)
God’s justice sounds hard, but it doesn’t have to end there.
Because of His love, God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, into the world. Jesus always lived under God’s rule. Yet by dying in our place, He took our punishment and brought forgiveness.
“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God.” (1 Peter 3:18)
Incredibly, the good news continues!
God raised Jesus to life again as the ruler of the world. Jesus has conquered death, gives new life, and will return to judge.
“According to his great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” (1 Peter 1:3)
That leaves us with a choice that we all must face.
There are two ways to live:
We can continue to live our way by rejecting God and trying to rule our own lives. The result will be condemnation from God, death, and judgment.
Or we can live God’s new way. We can stop our sinful rebellion, trust in Jesus’ death and resurrection, and submit to Him as ruler. The result will be forgiveness from God and the promise of eternal life.
“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life but the wrath of God remains upon him.” (John 3:36)
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