The Good News of the grace of God – A message of vital importance for you
Now, let me tell you first of all that you are a sinner, it does not matter who you are, where you live, the race to which you belong, or the religion you believe or practice, you must understand that you are a sinner in the sight of the only true God, who is the Creator of all things. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” says the Scripture (the Bible) in the epistle to the Romans (3:23), and thus you are an enemy of God because He is Holy and cannot stand sin. You are inclined to evil thoughts as well as to evil deeds. Maybe you think that you are a good person because you are religious: let it be known to you that you are deceiving yourself. Your heart deceives you. The reason why you are unhappy, you are without hope, you don’t have peace in your heart, is that you serve sin, which brings forth death: “For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). Think of this for a moment: sin, which seems so beautiful to you, actually gives you death!! What a terrible master you have! Since you are a sinner, you are under the divine condemnation, and you deserve to go to hell, which is an awful place of torment located in the heart of the earth, where the souls of sinners go after death. In this place of torment there is fire, which was not kindled by man, and there is weeping and gnashing of teeth. This place is really terrible, believe me. There you will wait for the judgement day, on which you will appear before the throne of God to be judged and condemned and cast into the lake of fire, where you will be tormented for ever and ever. Oh, what a horrible end is awaiting you!
But I am glad to proclaim to you a Good News, you can be forgiven and reconciled to God, and thus escape eternal damnation! In one word: ‘YOU CAN BE SAVED!’ You will say: ‘How can I be saved?’ By repenting of your sins and believing in the Gospel of the Grace of God. What is the Gospel? It is the Good News that God, the Creator of all things, in the fullness of time, in His great love for the world, sent His only Begotten Son into the world to die for our sins and to rise from the dead for our justification, and the name of His Son is JESUS CHRIST. Now, let me tell you something else about Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ was born in the land of Israel, precisely in the city of David called Bethlehem (located in the Judea region), about two thousand years ago under the Roman Emperor called Caesar Augustus. The name of His mother was Mary; she was a virgin when she conceived Jesus in that she became pregnant by the power of the Holy Spirit. An angel of God had appeared to her and told her that she would conceive in her womb and bring forth a son whose name would be JESUS. Of course, Mary, who at the time was virgin and unmarried, asked the angel how could this happen since she did not know a man. And the angel told her these words: “The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God” (Luke 1:35). And so when the time came for the baby to be born she brought forth Jesus. He was raised by Joseph, the husband of Mary, and Mary in the city of Nazareth, that was in Galilee. The child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon Him. When Jesus was about thirty years old, he went to the Jordan river to be baptized by John the Baptist, the messenger of God sent before His face to prepare His way before Him. After He was baptized, Jesus was anointed by God with the Holy Spirit, who descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, ‘Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.’ After this, Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil, who tempted Him to sin three times, but Jesus did not sin. Jesus then returned in the power of the Holy Spirit into Galilee, and started to preach in their synagogues, being glorified of all. His message was: ‘Repent and believe in the Gospel’. Jesus preached and taught also in the marketplaces, and along the sea of Galilee. Jesus went about healing the sick people, casting out demons, and raising the dead. He did much good to the people.
Jesus lived a sinless life, for He did no violence, nor was any deceit in His mouth. But the scribes, the Pharisees and the chief priests, and many other Jews hated and persecuted Him, because He healed the sick on the Sabbath, and because He called God His Father. After about three years of ministry, Jesus was betrayed by one of His disciples called Judas, who sold Him to the priests for thirty pieces of silver. They arrested Him and brought Him to the Sanhedrin, and condemned Him to death. Then they handed Him over to Pontius Pilate, the governor of Judea, who gave sentence that it should be as the people required, that is, that He should be crucified. So Jesus was crucified. After He breathed His last, one of His disciples came to take His body and put it in a tomb. But the third day God raised Him from the dead. And Jesus appeared to His disciples alive, with many proofs. After forty days He ascended to heaven at the right hand of the Father. That’s the story of Jesus of Nazareth, called the Christ.
As I told you before, in order to be saved you must believe in HIM to be saved. Because Jesus Christ is the way, the life and the truth, nobody can come to God the Father except though Him. There is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Through His name anyone who believes in Him receives eternal life and remission of sins.
I assure you that when you repent of your sins and believe in Him, you will be born again. In other words, you will experience the new birth, which is a spiritual birth through which you will become a new creature. The old things will pass away and they will become all new. You will feel forgiven, saved, and reconciled to God. And you will have the assurance that when you die you will go to heaven to be with the Lord, and so you will be no longer on the way of perdition that leads to the eternal fire.
I experienced the new birth many years ago, and I tell you it is the most beautiful experience a man can have during this life.
So I exhort you to humble yourself before God, repenting of your sins, confessing them to Him and asking Him to have mercy on you, and believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins to blot out our sins through His blood, and that He rose from the dead the third day.
Don’t make light of this message, don’t refuse it: remember that you are lost and an enemy of God on the way to perdition and only by believing in Jesus Christ you can be saved. If you suddenly died in your sins, you would go to hell and thus you would be lost forever. Don’t harden your heart, the Lord is speaking to you.
[From the blog ‘He who has ears let him hear’]