The church in the U.S. has too often become a consumeristic event. This means our churches are filled with religiously unregenerate people who are not saved. Examine yourself to make sure you are in the faith.
Broad is the way that leads to destruction and many will take it. Narrow is the way to righteousness, and few find it. When we do things God’s way, we get Biblical result.
Suffering is sacred to God. There must be pain before there is progress. We are all going to suffer one way or another. We can suffer as saved people or as lost people. Since we are going to suffer regardless, let us suffer for Christ, who suffered for us.
The gospel is the power of God unto salvation. We are in no way to be ashamed of the gospel.
1. We do not have to continue to pay for sins that Jesus already paid for. If this is you, then please put yourself out of your misery and stop piunishing yourself.
Jesus was tormented not only in the flesh, but also in His spirit. He didn’t come to die in an accident. He came to seek and to save. And he took a beating for us. If we could “work off” our sin, there would have been no need for Jesus to suffer. But He did something for us that we could never do for ourselves.
We cannot view God through the lens of others who will not forgive us. Jesus took the pain and the separation from God for us. If you are genuinely redeemed today, then you are as redeemed as you ever will be or ever will need to be. Jesus did a better job than we did.
There is no pathway to God apart from the gospel of Jesus Christ. Those who follow other religions have the same chance at repentance as Christians do. As soon as someone responds to the light, then God gives them more light, and so on. Light obeyed gives more light. Light disobeyed brings darkness.
2. The gospel provides substitution and reconciliation. We will make it to heaven because we stand on the shoulders of someone who died in our place. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. The paycheck of our sins is death.
We deserve death. Jesus was sent to take our place. Those whose place He took were the very ones who killed Him. And then He takes us to God on top of that. That’s the love of Jesus.
3. The brutality of the Cross is overshadowed by the glory of the resurrection. There is nothing attractive about the Cross or the blood of Christ. It is offensive. Yet we are saved because of the brutality of the Cross.
The chances that Jesus would fulfill so many Old Testament prophecies in a single day are humanly impossible.
In the tomb, an angel asked them, “Why are you looking for the living among the dead?”
Our church is growing because of a resurrected Savior. If He had stayed dead, we would not have redemption.
Justification in terms of the gospel means “just as if I’d never been a sinner.” Even those of us who are saved are still often driven by our fleshly desires. Yet we will still one day stand in the presence of God.
We must receive His atonement. Because Jesus defeated death and the Cross, He has made the Cross glorious. Jesus paved the way, but He still gave us a choice.