The Gospel of Jesus Christ Made Simple (Part 1)

The word gospel means “good news”. As its name entails, the gospel is a message from God to men. A news that should spark joy, excitement, love for God, and gratitude in men. But before I break this good news to you, I will first break some bad news as breaking the bad news first will cause you to appreciate the good news more.

So, what is this bad news? It all began about six thousand years ago. The majority of us are familiar with the story of Adam and Eve’s sin. Well, that’s a true-life story, not just some formulated folklore, and for the sake of those who haven’t heard it, I’ll briefly summarize it.

In the beginning, God created man. Adam and Eve were the first man and woman, God placed them in a garden called Eden. God loved them and fellowshipped with them. God gave them dominion over everything He made and gave them the freedom to eat from every tree in the garden except one tree; the tree of the knowledge of Good and evil. Well, Satan comes, deceives them, and makes them disobey God, and so, they sinned against God.

Now, sin comes with a penalty. The penalty for sin is death.

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

This isn’t the usual kind of death where someone just leaves planet earth. No, that’s nothing compared to the death I’m talking about. I’m speaking of what the Bible refers to as the second death.

14 Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. Revelation 20:14

8 But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.” Revelation 21:8

The penalty was for them to be thrown into the lake that burns with fire and Sulphur.

This was what Adam and Eve had gotten themselves into by sinning against God. How does this affect me? you may ask. Well, Adam and Eve were our parents. We were in their loins when they sinned and so we were implicated.

12 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned— Romans 5:12

Believe it or not, the truth remains that there is life after death. It’s either you end up in Heaven, or you end up in Hell, the place of suffering and torments. It’s either you receive eternal life, or you die the second death. And by virtue of Adam and Eve’s sin, every natural man is doomed to die the second death. They are doomed for eternal suffering and torments in that place where there’ll be weeping and gnashing.

But wait…

This is where the good news comes in. The good news is that God, in His everlasting love and infinite mercies, is offering men a free gift. A way out of the mess our forefathers made. What is this free gift?

23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23

Did you read that? THE FREE GIFT OF GOD IS ETERNAL LIFE!

You can dance, leap and grin all you want because we no longer have to spend eternity suffering in Hell. We can now spend eternity in Heaven with God, a place of peace, beauty, and endless pleasures. This is God’s gift to us.

Have you ever received a physical gift from anyone? Perhaps a birthday or Christmas gift? It usually comes in a package, right? It could be a bag, or a box, or even an envelope. You’ll agree with me that to access the gift, you have to first receive the package. You’ll then open the package before you can access and enjoy your gift. Without accepting the package, you cannot access your gift.

God has also given us the gift of eternal life in a package, and if we don’t accept this package, we can never access and enjoy God’s gift to us. Now let’s examine this package.

23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23 

Do you notice from the above scripture, that in this case, the package is not a bag, or a box, or an envelope? God has packaged the gift of eternal life in a person. Jesus Christ. If we don’t accept Jesus Christ as our Lord, we can never access the free gift of eternal life. It’s that simple.

9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9

God has made it so easy for us to acquire salvation. But in reality, our salvation comes at a dreadful cost that Jesus paid. More on the cost of our salvation in Part 2 where you will also be guided on how to receive salvation and accept Jesus into your heart. Please don’t miss part 2 for anything.

With love,

Glory Orah. 😊 

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