The Gospel of Jesus Christ
“Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.”
—Jesus Christ the Lord, John 3:7
God is holy, righteous, and just.
- But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. (1 Peter 1:15–16)
- For the righteous Lord loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright. (Psalm 11:7)
- To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. (Romans 3:26)
You have a duty to love God supremely and to love others as yourself.
- For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse. (Romans 1:20)
- And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. (Mark 12:30–31)
- And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. (Luke 6:31)
- And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. (1 Cor. 13:13)
You are responsible, to the degree of your knowledge, for whether you obey or disobey God.
- Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. (James 4:17)
- And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. (Luke 12:47–48)
You have chosen to hate God and to love yourself at the expense of others.
- If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. (John 15:18)
- As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. (Romans 3:10–12)
- And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. (John 3:19–20)
As long as you are living in this state of sin you are the enemy of God. Your aim is the destruction of God’s kingdom, and the wrath of God abides on you.
- […] Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. (John 8:34)
- Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. (Romans 8:7–8)
- […] he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. (John 3:36)
- And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (Genesis 6:5)
God will judge you by what you have done.
- Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. (John 5:28–29)
- For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. (2 Cor. 5:10)
- […] for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment. (Isaiah 63:3)
So that you may be saved and have eternal life, God sent his only begotten Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for your sins, to be buried, and to rise again the third day.
- And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. (John 17:3)
- In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son […]. (1 John 4:9)
- Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. (1 Peter 2:24)
- Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification. (Romans 4:25)
Jesus Christ’s blood atonement shows God’s selfless love, hatred for sin, and willingness to forgive repentant sinners and make them into new, holy creatures.
- And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: (Colossians 1:21–22)
- Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; […] that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. (Romans 3:24–26)
You must repent now and believe the gospel in order to enter the new covenant with Jesus Christ and be saved.
- […] behold, now is the day of salvation. (2 Cor. 6:2)
- […] The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel. (Mark 1:15)
- Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. (Luke 13:3)
- And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent. (Acts 17:30)
- I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins. (John 8:24)
- Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel? (Ezekiel 18:31)
Repentance involves hating and renouncing sin and choosing to submit to God. You must die to yourself and consecrate all your life, will, and being to Jesus Christ.
- He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. (John 12:25)
- If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. (Luke 14:26)
- And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. (Galatians 5:24)
- […] If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. (Luke 9:23)
When we enter the new covenant with Jesus Christ, we die to sin and are born again instantaneously. God’s Spirit then lives in us and makes us do righteous works.
- Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. (Romans 6:18)
- […] reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:11)
- A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. (Ezekiel 36:26–27)
- For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. (James 2:26)
Because Christians experience God’s love, we cease from sin, deny ourselves, and pursue the kingdom of God.
- For the love of Christ constraineth us; […]. (2 Cor. 5:14)
- If ye love me, keep my commandments. (John 14:15)
- This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. (John 15:12)
- Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. (1 John 3:6)
- For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. (James 2:10)
- Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. (Matthew 7:20)
We must be made free from sin in order to dwell in true love and intimacy with God and each other.
- But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (Galatians 5:22–23)
- For the kingdom of God is […] righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. (Romans 14:17)
- For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. (Galatians 5:13)
The law has power over the living. When the old man who sinned is dead, the Christian cannot be condemned.
- Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth? […] But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter. (Romans 7:1,6)
Christians persevere in holiness through saving faith.
- And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thess. 5:23)
- For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. (1 John 5:3–4)