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THE GOSPEL OF SALVATION

In this post I am going to present the Bible’s teaching on why everlasting life only comes through accepting what Christ did for us, namely, humbling himself to become man in order to live a perfect human life and die an accursed death.

  1. God demands absolute perfect obedience to his prescribed will. God commands that a person must DO, not simply try his best, all that he has commanded. This means that a person cannot break any single command of God since to do so makes an individual blameworthy of failing to uphold the entire Law.

“When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, ‘I am Almighty God. Walk before Me and be blameless.’” Genesis 17:1

“For I am the LORD your God. You shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and you shall be holy, for I am holy. Neither shall you defile yourselves with any manner of crawling thing that moves on the ground. For I am the LORD who brings you up out of the land of Egypt to be your God. Therefore you shall be holy, for I am holy.” Leviticus 11:44-45

“You shall therefore keep My statutes and My judgments, which if a man DOES them, then he shall live by them: I am the LORD.” Leviticus 18:5

“And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say to them: You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy.” Leviticus 19:1-2

“Hear, O Israel: The LORD is our God. The LORD is one! And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” Deuteronomy 6:4-5

You must be blameless before the LORD your God.” Deuteronomy 18:13

“LORD, who will abide in Your tabernacle? Who will dwell in Your holy hill? He who walks blamelessly, and  does righteousness, and speaks truth in his heart; he who does not slander with the tongue and does no evil to his neighbor, nor bears a reproach against his friend; in whose eyes a vile person is despised, but who honors those who fear the LORD; he who swears to avoid evil and does not change; he who does not put his money out to usury, nor take a bribe against the innocent. He who DOES THESE THINGS will never be moved.” Psalm 15:1-5

Therefore be perfect, even as your Father who is in heaven is perfect.” Matthew 5:48

“For all who rely on the works of the law are under the curse. For it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the Book of the Law, to do them.’… But the law is not of faith, for ‘The man who DOES them shall live by them.’” Galatians 3:10

“I testify again to every man who is circumcised that he is obligated to keep the whole law. ” Galatians 5:3

“For whoever shall keep the whole law and yet offend in one point is guilty of breaking the whole law. For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,’ also said, ‘Do not kill.’ Now if you do not commit adultery, yet you kill, you have become a lawbreaker.” James 2:10-11

“But as He who has called you is holy, so be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, ‘Be holy, for I am holy.’” 1 Peter 1:15-16

  1. All humans are born under the power and influence of sin and Satan, and are therefore incapable of perfectly obeying God.

“The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was continually only evil. The LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him in His heart. So the LORD said, ‘I will destroy man, whom I have created, from the face of the earth—both man and beast, and the creeping things, and the birds of the sky, for I am sorry that I have made them.’” Genesis 6:5-7

“Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar. The LORD  smelled a soothing aroma; and the Lord said in His heart, ‘I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the inclination of man’s heart is evil from his youth, nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done.’” Genesis 8:20-21

“The LORD said to Moses, ‘Indeed, your days draw near when you must die. Call Joshua, and present yourselves in the tent of meeting, so that I may commission him.’ So Moses and Joshua went, and presented themselves in the tent of meeting. The LORD appeared in the tent in a pillar of cloud, and the pillar of cloud stood over the door of the tent. The LORD said to Moses, ‘You are about to lie down with your fathers, and this people will rise up and begin to prostitute themselves after the gods of the foreigners of the land, where they are going to be among them, and will forsake Me and break My covenant which I have made with them. Then My anger will burn against them on that day, and I will forsake them, and I will hide My face from them, and they will be devoured, and many disasters and troubles will befall them, so that they will say in that day, “Have not these disasters come upon us because our God is not among us?” And I will surely hide My face in that day for all the evil things which they shall have done, in that they turned to other gods. Now therefore write yourself this song and teach it to the children of Israel. Put it on their mouths, so that this song may be a witness for Me against the children of Israel. For when I have brought them into the land which I swore to their fathers, flowing with milk and honey, and they have eaten, and filled themselves, and become fat, then they will turn to other gods, and serve them, and provoke Me, and break My covenant. Then when many disasters and troubles have fallen on them, this song will testify against them as a witness, for it must not be forgotten from the mouths of their descendants. For I know their intention which they are developing even now, before I have brought them into the land which I promised.’ Therefore, Moses wrote this song the same day, and taught it to the children of Israel. He gave Joshua, the son of Nun, an exhortation, and said, ‘Be strong and of a good courage, for you will bring the children of Israel into the land which I swore to them, and I will be with you.’ When Moses had finished writing the words of this law in a book, until they were completed, then Moses commanded the Levites, who bore the ark of the covenant of the LORD, saying, ‘Take this Book of the Law, and put it inside the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, so that it may be there for a witness against you. For I know your rebellion and your stiff neck. Even now, while I am yet alive with you today, you have been rebellious against the LORD. How much more after my death? Gather to me all the elders of your tribes, and your officers, so that I may speak these words in their hearing and call heaven and earth to witness against them. For I know that after my death you will utterly corrupt yourselves and turn aside from the way which I have commanded you, and disaster will befall you in the latter days, because you will do evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke Him to anger through the work of your hands.’” Deuteronomy 31:14-29

“Then Joshua said to the people, ‘You are not able to serve the LORD, for He is a holy God. He is a jealous God, and He will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins. If you forsake the LORD and serve foreign gods, then He will turn, bring disaster upon you, and finish you off, after having been good to you.’ The people said to Joshua, ‘No, we will serve the LORD!’ Joshua said to the people, ‘You are witnesses against yourselves, that you have chosen the LORD, to serve Him.’ Then they said, ‘We are witnesses.’ ‘Now then,’ he said, ‘put away the foreign gods in your midst, and stretch out your hearts to the LORD God of Israel!’ The people said to Joshua, ‘It is the LORD our God we will serve, and His voice that we will obey.’ So that day Joshua made a covenant for the people and established regulations and laws for them at Shechem. Joshua wrote these words in the Book of the Law of God. He took a large stone and set it up under the oak by the sanctuary of the LORD. Joshua said to all the people, ‘See, this stone will be a witness for us, for it has heard all the words of the LORD that He spoke to us. It will be a witness for us, lest you deny your God.’ Then Joshua sent the people away, each man to his inheritance.” Joshua 24:19-28

“If they sin against You (for there is no man who does not sin), and You get angry with them and hand them over to the enemy so that they are carried away as captives to the land of the enemy, far or near,” 1 Kings 8:46

“Can a mortal be more righteous than God? Can a man be more pure than his Maker? He does not trust in His servants, and He charges His angels with error; Even more, those who dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, who are crushed before the moth.” Job 4:17-19

“Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? There is no one.” Job 14:4

“What is man that he should be pure? And he who is born of a woman, that he should be righteous? Behold, He puts no trust in His holy ones, and the heavens are not pure in His sight. How much more abhorred and corrupt is man, who drinks iniquity like water!” Job 15:14-16

“How then can man be righteous with God? Or how can he who is born of a woman be clean? Behold, even the moon does not shine, and the stars are not pure in His sight; how much less man, who is a maggot? And the son of man, who is a worm?” Job 25:4-6

“I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.” Psalm 51:5

“The wicked are estranged from the womb onward; those who speak lies go astray from birth.” Psalm 58:3

“If you, O LORD, should keep track of iniquities, O LORD, who shall stand?” Psalm 130:3

“Enter not into judgment with Your servant, for in Your sight no one living is righteous.” Psalm 143:2

“Who can say, ‘I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin’?” Proverbs 20:9

“For there is not a righteous man on earth who only does good and refrains from sin… See, this only have I found: that God made man upright, but they have sought out many schemes.” Ecclesiastes 7:20, 29

“And this is an evil in all that is done under the sun: that the same event happens to all. Truly the hearts of the sons of men are filled with evil, and folly is in their hearts while they have life, and after that they go to the dead.” Ecclesiastes 9:3

“To whom shall I speak and give warning that they may hear? See, their ears are closed, and they cannot listen. Indeed, the word of the LORD is a reproach to them; they have no delight in it.” Jeremiah 6:10

“Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard his spots? Then you also can do good, who are accustomed to doing evil.” Jeremiah 13:23

“The heart is more deceitful than all things and desperately wicked; who can understand it?” Jeremiah 17:9

My people are bent on backsliding from Me. Though they called to the Most High, none at all exalt Him.” Hosea 11:7

“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:11

“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree corrupt and its fruit corrupt. For the tree is known by its fruit. O generation of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” Matthew 12:33-34

“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?” Luke 11:13

“The world cannot hate you. But it hates Me, because I testify concerning it, that its works are evil… Did Moses not give you the law, and yet none of you keeps the law? Why do you seek to kill Me?” John 7:7, 19

“Jesus answered them, ‘Truly, truly I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. Now a slave does not remain in the house forever, but a son remains forever. Therefore if the Son sets you free, you shall be free indeed… You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.’” John 8:34-36, 44

“What then? Are we better than they? No, not at all. For we have already charged that both Jews and Gentiles are all under sin. As it is written: ‘There is none righteous, no, not one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks after God. They have all turned aside; together they have become worthless; there is no one who does good, no, not one.’ ‘Their throats are an open grave; with their tongues they have used deceit”; ‘the poison of vipers is under their lips’; ‘their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.’ ‘Their feet are swift to shed blood; destruction and misery are in their paths; and they do not know the way of peace.’ ‘There is no fear of God before their eyes.’ Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced, and all the world may become accountable to God. Therefore by the works of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for through the law comes the knowledge of sin… For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God,” Romans 3:9-20, 23

“So then, the law is holy and the commandment is holy and just and good. Therefore has that which is good become death unto me? God forbid! Rather, sin, that it might be shown to be sin, was working death in me through that which is good, so that sin through the commandment might become exceedingly sinful. We know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin. For what I am doing, I do not understand, for I do not practice what I will to do, but I do the very thing I hate. But if I practice what I do not will to do, I agree with the law that it is good. So now it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwells no good thing, for the will to do what is right is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. For the good I desire to do, I do not do, but the evil I do not want is what I do. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who does it, but sin that lives in me. I find then a law that when I desire to do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God according to the inner man, but I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then, with my mind, I serve the law of God, but with my flesh, the law of sin.” Romans 7:12-25

“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. To be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace, for the carnal mind is hostile toward God, for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can it be, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.” Romans 8:5-8

“… Perhaps God will grant them repentance to know the truth, and they may escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.” 2 Timothy 2:25b-26

  1. The penalty of sin is death and everlasting destruction. And since all have sinned all deserve to therefore die and be severed from God’s loving presence forever.

“All souls are Mine. The soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is Mine. The soul who sins shall die… The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not bear the punishment of the iniquity of the father, nor shall the father bear the punishment of the iniquity of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.” Ezekiel 18:4, 20

“Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, but others to shame and everlasting contempt.” Daniel 12:2

“Then He will say to those at the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the eternal fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.’… And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” Matthew 25:41, 46

“For the wages of sin is death…” Romans 6:23a

“This is evidence that God’s judgment, being righteous, will count you worthy of the kingdom of God for which you are suffering. It is a righteous matter with God to repay with tribulation those who trouble you, and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. They shall be punished with eternal destruction, isolated from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, when He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be marveled at by all those who believe, because our testimony among you was believed.” 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10

“A third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, ‘If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out in full strength into the cup of His anger. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. The smoke of their torment will ascend forever and ever. They have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image and whoever receives the mark of his name.’” Revelation 14:9-11

“The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet were. They will be tormented day and night forever and ever. Then I saw a great white throne and Him who was seated on it. From His face the earth and the heavens fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God. Books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. The dead were judged according to their works as recorded in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one by his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. Anyone whose name was not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:10-15

  1. Jesus Christ came to bear the penalty of our sin by dying in our place in order to remove our debt of sin.

“See, My servant shall deal prudently; he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high. Just as many were astonished at you, his visage was so marred, more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men; so he shall sprinkle many nations. Kings shall shut their mouths at him; for that which had not been told them they shall see, and that which they had not heard they shall consider. Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For he grew up before Him as a tender plant and as a root out of a dry ground. He has no form or majesty that we should look upon him nor appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from him; he was despised, and we did not esteem him. Surely he has borne our grief and carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded FOR our transgressions, he was bruised FOR our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him, and by his stripes we are healed. All of us like sheep have gone astray; each of us has turned to his own way, but the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; he was brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth. By oppression and judgment he was taken away, and who shall declare his generation? For he was cut off out of the land of the living; FOR the transgression of my people he was struck. His grave was assigned with the wicked, yet with the rich in his death, because he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; He has put him to grief. If he made himself as an offering for sin, he shall see his offspring, he shall prolong his days, and the good pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the anguish of his soul and be satisfied. By his knowledge My righteous servant shall justify the many, for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore, I will divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul to death, and he was numbered with the transgressors, thus he bore the sin of many and made intercession for the transgressors.” Isaiah 52:13-53:12

“even as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give His life as a ransom FOR many.” Matthew 20:28 – cf. Mark 10:45

“As they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed it and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, ‘Take and eat. This is My body.’ Then He took the cup, and after He gave thanks, He gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink of it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many FOR the remission of sins.’” Matthew 26:26-28 – cf. Mark 14:22-24; Luke 22:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.’” John 1:29

“This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. The bread which I shall give FOR THE LIFE OF THE WORLD is My flesh.” John 6:50-51

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down His life FOR THE SHEEP… I am the good shepherd. I know My sheep and am known by My own. Even as the Father knows Me, so I know the Father. And I lay down My life FOR THE SHEEP.” John 10:11, 14-15

“Then one of them named Caiaphas, who was the high priest that year, said to them, ‘You know nothing at all, nor do you consider that it is expedient for us that one man should die FOR THE PEOPLE, that the whole nation should not perish.’ He did not say this on his own authority. But being the high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus would die FOR THE NATION, and not for the nation only, but that He might also gather together in unity the children of God who were scattered abroad.” John 11:49-52

“But now, apart from the law, the righteousness of God is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets. This righteousness of God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all and upon all who believe, for there is no distinction… being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God has set forth to be a propitiation through faith, in His blood, for a demonstration of His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins previously committed, to prove His righteousness at this present time so that He might be just and be the justifier of him who has faith in Jesus.” Romans 3:21-22, 24-26

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. How much more then, being now justified by His blood, shall we be saved from wrath through Him. For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, how much more, being reconciled, shall we be saved by His life. Furthermore, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.” Romans 5:8-11

“For the love of Christ constrains us, because we thus judge: that if one died FOR ALL, then all have died. And He died FOR ALL, that those who live should not from now on live for themselves, but for Him who died FOR THEM and rose again. So from now on we do not regard anyone according to the flesh. Yes, though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet we do not regard Him as such from now on. Therefore, if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature. Old things have passed away. Look, all things have become new. All this is from God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their sins against them, and has entrusted to us the message of reconciliation. So we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us. We implore you in Christ’s stead: Be reconciled to God. God made Him who knew no sin to be sin FOR US, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:14-21

“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself FOR OUR SINS, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,” Galatians 1:3-4

“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself FOR ME.” Galatians 2:20

“to the praise of the glory of His grace which He graciously bestowed on us in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood and the forgiveness of sins according to the riches of His grace,” Ephesians 1:6-7

“Therefore be imitators of God as beloved children. Walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave Himself FOR US as a fragrant offering and a sacrifice to God… Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself FOR IT, that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, and that He might present to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing, but that it should be holy and without blemish.” Ephesians 5:1-2, 25-27

“He has delivered us from the power of darkness and has transferred us into the kingdom of His dear Son, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins… For it pleased the Father that in Him all fullness should dwell, and to reconcile all things to Himself by Him, having made peace through the blood of His cross, by Him, I say—whether they are things in earth, or things in heaven.” Colossians 1:13-14, 19-20

“Now it is evident that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, for ‘The just shall live by faith.’ But the law is not of faith, for ‘The man who does them shall live by them.’ Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law by being made a curse FOR US—as it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree’—so that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” Galatians 3:11-14

“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels to suffer death, crowned with glory and honor, so that He, by the grace of God, should experience death FOR EVERYONE. For it was fitting for Him, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the Author of their salvation perfect through suffering. For both He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are all of One. For this reason He is not ashamed to call them brothers… So then, as the children share in flesh and blood, He likewise took part in these, so that through death He might destroy him who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver those who through fear of death were throughout their lives subject to bondage. For surely He does not help the angels, but He helps the seed of Abraham. Therefore, in all things it was necessary for Him to be made like His brothers, so that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in the things pertaining to God, to make atonement for the sins of the people. For since He Himself suffered while being tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted.” Hebrews 2:9-11, 14-18

“And the former priests were numerous because they were hindered from serving because of death. But He, because He lives forever, has an everlasting priesthood. Therefore He is able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, because He at all times lives to make intercession for them. For such a High Priest was fitting for us, for He is holy, innocent, undefiled, separate from sinners, and is higher than the heavens. Unlike those high priests, He does not need to offer daily sacrifices—first for His own sins and then for the people’s, for He did this once for all when He offered up Himself. For the law appoints men who are weak as high priests, but the word of the oath, which came after the law, appoints a Son who is made perfect forever.” Hebrews 7:23-28

“And according to the law almost everything must be cleansed with blood; without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. It was therefore necessary that the replicas of heavenly things be cleansed with these sacrifices, but that the heavenly things themselves be cleansed with better sacrifices than these. For Christ did not enter holy places made with hands, which are patterned after the true one, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us. Nor did He enter to offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. For then He would have had to suffer repeatedly since the world was created, but now He has appeared once at the end of the ages to put away sin by sacrificing Himself. As it is appointed for men to die once, but after this comes the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many, and He will appear a second time, not to bear sin but to save those who eagerly wait for Him.” Hebrews 9:22-28

“For to this you were called, because Christ suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: ‘He committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth.’ When He was reviled, He did not revile back; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but He entrusted Himself to Him who judges righteously. He Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness. ‘By His wounds you were healed.’” 1 Peter 2:21-24

For Christ also has once suffered for sins, the just FOR THE UNJUST, so that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but made alive by the Spirit,” 1 Peter 3:18

“My little children, I am writing these things to you, so that you do not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” 1 John 2:1-2

“In this is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.” 1 John 4:10

“and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” Revelation 1:5-6 – cf. 5:8-14; 7:9-17

  1. Jesus Christ also came to live the perfect human life that we were/are supposed to live for the express purpose of procuring everlasting redemption for all those who would put their trust in him.

“Meanwhile His disciples urged Him, saying, ‘Rabbi, eat.’ But He said to them, ‘I have food to eat of which you do not know.’ Therefore the disciples said one to another, “Has anyone brought Him anything to eat?’ Jesus said to them, ‘My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.’” John 4:31-34

“He who speaks on his own authority seeks his own glory. But He who seeks the glory of Him who sent Him is true, and no unrighteousness is in Him.” John 7:18

“So Jesus said to them, ‘When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and I do nothing of Myself. But I speak these things as My Father taught Me. He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him.’” John 8:28-29

“For I have not spoken on My own authority, but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak. I know that His command is eternal life. Therefore what I say, I say as the Father tells me.” John 12:49-50

But I do as the Father has commanded Me so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us go from here.” John 14:31

“But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if through the trespass of one man many died, then how much more has the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many. The gift is not like the result that came through the one who sinned. For the judgment from one sin led to condemnation, but the free gift, which came after many trespasses, leads to justification. For if by one man’s trespass death reigned through him, then how much more will those who receive abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. Therefore just as through the trespass of one man came condemnation for all men, so through the righteous act of One came justification of life for all men. For just as through one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the obedience of One the many will be made righteous. But the law entered, so that sin might increase, but where sin increased, grace abounded much more, so that just as sin reigned in death, grace might reign through righteousness unto eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 5:15-21

“Though He was a Son, He learned obedience through the things that He suffered, and being made perfect, He became the source of eternal salvation for all those who obey Him,” Hebrews 5:8-9

THIS IS THE GOOD NEWS OF GOD, SINCE THE CROSS OF THE LORD JESUS IS THE POWER OF GOD WHICH BRINGS SALVATION TO ALL WHO WILL PUT THEIR TRUST, HOPE, AND LOVE IN THE SON OF GOD, THE RISEN LORD OF GLORY!

“There is salvation in none other, for neither is there any other name under heaven, that is given among men, by which we must be saved!”Acts 4:12

“For I am not ashamed of the Good News of Christ, for it is the power of God for salvation for everyone who believes; for the Jew first, and also for the Greek. For in it is revealed God’s righteousness from faith to faith. As it is written, ‘But the righteous shall live by faith.’” Romans 1:16

“For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are dying, but to us who are saved it is the power of God… For Jews ask for signs, Greeks seek after wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified; a stumbling block to Jews, and foolishness to Greeks,  but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18, 22-24

COME LORD JESUS, COME! AMEN!

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