Who is God?
The living God is HOLY (Isaiah 6:3; 57:15; 1 Peter 1:15; Revelation 4:8) and thus He is absolutely set apart and separated from all that is sinful (Isaiah 59:2; Psalm 24:3-4; Isaiah 6:3-5). The Bible teaches me that God, in His absolute holiness and unfailing mercy, has provided a way for me to be saved and to come to a full knowledge of the truth (John 14:6; 1 Timothy 2:3-6).
Who am I?
I am a lost sinner (Psalm 14:1-3; Romans 3:10-18,23; Isaiah 53:6; Psalm 51:5; 1 Kings 8:46), and my heart is wickedly evil (Jeremiah 17:9-10; Mark 7:20-23; Matthew 7:11). Thus I stand guilty before the righteous Judge of all the earth (Romans 3:19), and I am under the wrath and condemnation of a holy God (Romans 1:18; 2:1-9; John 3:18,36).
What Do I Deserve?
Because of my sinful and wicked condition, I deserve the death penalty (Ezekiel 18:4; Genesis 2:17; Romans 1:32; 6:23) which involves eternal separation from God and eternal punishment by God in the lake of fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels (2 Thessalonians 1:8-9; Matthew 25:41,46; Mark 9:42-48; Revelation 20:11-15; 21:8).
What is the Gospel (Good News)?
Because of His marvelous love and mercy, God sent His beloved Son into the world (John 3:16-17; Matthew 1:21-23; Luke 19:10; 1 Timothy 1:15). The Lord Jesus Christ, who is the everlasting God (John 1:1; Isaiah 7:14; 9:6; Micah 5:2; Titus 2:13) and the Creator of all things (John 1:3; Colossians 1:13-16), died on the cross in MY place and as MY Substitute and He thus paid the death penalty for me (Isaiah chapter 53; Romans 5:6-8; 1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 1:4; 1 Peter 2:24; 3:18; 1 John 2:2; 3:16; 4:10). He also rose again from the dead as proof that God the Father was pleased and satisfied that the death penalty was paid in full by God the Son (1 Corinthians 15:4-20; Romans 4:25), and to demonstrate that He (Jesus Christ) was, and is, all that He claimed to be (Romans 1:4).
What Must I Do To Be Saved?
In view of who Christ is and what He has done for me on the cross, it is my responsibility to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 16:30-31; John 3:16,18,36). This means I must come to Christ (John 6:35-37) and receive Him as my personal Saviour and Lord (John 1:12; Romans 6:23), realizing and believing the following facts:
- The Lord Jesus died and rose again for my salvation (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).
- The Lord Jesus wants to save me (Luke 19:10).
- The Lord Jesus is able to save me (Hebrews 7:25).
- Faith in the Lord Jesus saves me (Acts 4:12; John 10:9; 14:6; Romans 10:9-10).
It is not what we do that saves us; it is faith in what He has done for us!