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The True Gospel of Jesus Christ

The Holy Scripture teaches that the fundamental problem with man is not that he is in poverty. Nor is man’s problem that he has needs more resources in order to help his fellow man. The fundamental problem with man is that he is alienated from God (Col. 1:21). Man is desperately wicked and cursed, because of the sin of Adam (1 Cor. 15:22). Man is a transgressor of the holy Law of God and his sin has caused him to fall short of God’s glory. Even if he claims that he is ignorant of the law, he testifies that the law is written upon his heart by any perceived “good” deeds he commits (Romans 3:22-24). Because man, in his first estate in Adam, has fallen away from God, his condition is hopeless. His good deeds only bring condemnation (Romans 3:9-14). He cannot seek God own his accord and since God demands perfect righteousness, man’s fundamental condition demands judgment. Man is utterly corrupt and in open rebellion toward God. Merely growing up in a Christian home cannot save him. Signing a decision card cannot save him. Even the affirmation of other Christians cannot save him. Give man more of what this world offers and his greatest good is not good enough to cross the eternal gulf between himself and God.

Every attempt to alleviate man’s hostile and hopeless condition is, at best, an attempt to remedy symptoms of his condition without proper diagnosis. Every false system, to one degree or another, attempts to appease God through man’s deeds. We have already established by the testimony of God’s word that man is unable to appease God, because he is totally depraved. This does not mean that man is as wicked as he possibly can be. Men can still do moral deeds that appear pleasing in the sight of other men. However, those deeds condemn him. Therefore, man is totally depraved because his disposition is hostile toward God, no matter what he does. Every deed and every thought is tainted with sin. Since this has caused man to be an eternal enemy of God, God’s justice demands wrath and punishment.

An eternal judge must preside over eternal offenses for eternity. However, God has offered mercy to those whom He elected unto mercy (Rom. 5:8). God sent His beloved, eternal Son, the second Person of the trinity, to sacrifice Himself for sinners (John 3:16). If God were to merely excuse sin, He would not be holy. If He would punish all with no recompense, He would be merciful. Here we see, in no other religion known to man, the reality that mercy and justice have met together and reconciled man to God. The cults and false ideologies have an “either/or” concept of mercy and justice. If a man commits a rebellious act, he must be punished. This is justice. The other extreme is to let everyone go free in the name of love and humanistic mercy. However God is both merciful and just. In order to demonstrate His love for sinners, He sent His Son to be killed as a perfect, sinless, sacrifice for those who are His (Rom. 5:10, 2 Cor. 5:18, Col. 1:20-22). The peace of God does not include tolerance of our rebellion and sin. The one who serves sin is a slave to sin. He cannot serve two masters. The one who is a slave to righteousness is a slave to Jesus Christ and granted eternal life. The peace of God is given through our submission to the reality of Jesus’ sacrificial death upon the cross and His resurrection. Man cannot choose this reality on His own. However, He is expected to cry out for mercy and confess his particular sins before God. Man cannot come to God unless God draws Him to God (John 6:44, 65). Why? Because man is not merely sick in his transgressions, He is dead in his transgressions. Man must be made anew. In other words, he must be born again by the work of the Holy Spirit (John 3). The only way to God is through Jesus Christ (John 14:6). It by grace through faith, not by works, that man is saved (Eph. 2:8-9).

The true word of faith is not that God has come to give man temporal riches. The true word of faith is that God became a man: Jesus Christ. He lived a perfect, sinless life in perfect obedience to God. In doing so, God the Son sacrificed Himself, perfectly, for sinners. If sinners confess Him with their mouths and believe that God raised Him from the dead, they will be saved from their sin and the wrath to come (Romans 10:8-12). In this salvation, man is brought back to reconciliation with God, God the Holy Spirit dwells in man, and conforms man to the image of God. Man is therefore given the same power that resurrected Jesus Christ from the dead to complete the work of salvation in him. (Rom. 8:11) Instead of satisfying the lusts of his flesh, man wars with sin in this new birth and conquers sin. Man does not become perfect, but God’s perfecting work causes him to kill sin in his body, not excuse it or justify it. In fact, to excuse or justify sin because of “Grace” is to deny the power of the cross and the atonement of Jesus Christ (Romans 6:1-20). Finally, on that great day, the one who belongs to God through Jesus Christ is perfectly conformed to God’s image and faith becomes sight. The hope of eternal life with Jesus Christ is a reality as death brings the believer face-to-face with Jesus Christ. However the one who rejects Jesus Christ and trusts in anything in addition to or instead of Him will suffer unspeakable eternal torment in hell. Jesus Christ is coming back again to gather the elect believers of God in Him and to punish all who serve satan, sin and death.

I plead with you, and implore you to flee from your sin. Flee from the wrath to come. Flee from this wicked and perverse generation and flee to Jesus Christ. He alone can save you.

This is the biblical Gospel of Jesus Christ.

~Doron Gladden