The Way of Salvation
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THE  GOSPEL  MESSAGE
(THE  BAD  NEWS  AND  GOOD  NEWS)

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THE BAD NEWS
OUR HELPLESS CONDITION

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We Are All Sinners

Jeremiah 17:9
The heart is deceitful above all things,
and desperately wicked:  who can know it?

Ecclesiastes 7:20
For there is not a just man upon earth,
that doeth good,  and sinneth not.

Romans 3:10
As it is written,
There is none righteous,
no,  not one:

Romans 3:23
For all have sinned,
and come short of
the glory of God;

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Good Deeds Cannot Remove Sin

Isaiah 64:6
But we are all as an unclean thing,
and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags;
and we all do fade as a leaf;  and our iniquities,
like the wind,  have taken us away.

Ephesians 2:8-9
For by grace are ye saved through faith;
and that (faith is) not of yourselves:
it is the gift of God:
Not of works,  lest any man
should boast.

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Sin Separates Us From God

Isaiah 59:2
But your iniquities have separated
between you and your God,
and your sins have hid
His face from you,
that He will not hear.

Genesis 3:23
Therefore, the LORD God sent
him (Adam) forth from the garden of Eden,
to till the ground from whence
he was taken.

Revelation 20:15
And whosoever was not found
written in the book of life
was cast into the
lake of fire.
(Hell)


2 Peter 2:9
The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly
out of temptations,  and to reserve the unjust
unto the day of judgment to be punished:

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Sin Brings Death

Ezekiel 18:20a
The soul that sinneth,
it shall die . . .

Isaiah 33:14b
Who among us shall dwell
with the devouring fire?
Who among us shall dwell
with everlasting burnings?

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

Romans 5:12
Therefore,  as by one man (Adam) sin entered
into the world,  and death by sin;
and so death passed upon all men,
for that all have sinned:

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Atonement Requires
A Blood Sacrifice
And
Repentance


Leviticus 17:11
For the life of the flesh is in the blood:
and I have given it to you upon the altar
to make an atonement for your souls:
for it is the blood that maketh
an atonement for the soul.

Hebrews 9:22
And almost all things are by the law purged
with blood;  and without shedding
of blood is no remission.
(forgiveness - pardon)


Ezekiel 18:30b
. . . Repent,  and turn yourselves from
all your transgressions;  so iniquity
shall not be your ruin.

Luke 13:3
Except ye repent,
ye shall all likewise perish.
(Jesus repeats this again in v 5)

1 Peter 1:18-19
You were not redeemed
with corruptible things . . .
But with the precious blood of Christ,
as of a lamb without blemish
and without spot:


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THE GOOD NEWS
GOD'S MATCHLESS PROVISION
 
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God Loves You

Jeremiah 31:3
Yes,  I have loved thee with
an everlasting love:
therefore with
loving kindness
have I drawn* thee.
(*See John 6:44)

John 3:16
For God so loved the world,
that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in Him
should not perish,  but have
everlasting life.

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Jesus the Messiah
Was Punished for Your Sin


Isaiah 53:5-6, 12
But He was wounded for our transgressions,
H
e was bruised for our iniquities:
the chastisement of our peace
was upon Him;  and with His stripes
we are healed . . .
All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned every one to his own way;
and the LORD hath laid on Him
the iniquity of us all.

Romans 5:8
But God commendeth His love toward us,
in that,  while we were yet sinners,
Christ died for us.

2 Corinthians 5:21
For He (The Father) hath made Him (The Son)
to be sin for us,  who knew no sin;
that we might be made the
righteousness of God
in Him.


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The Messiah Came at
the Appointed Time


Daniel 9:26
And after threescore and two weeks
shall Messiah be cut off,  but
not for Himself:
and the people of the prince
that shall come (Rome) shall destroy
the city (Jerusalem) and
the sanctuary . . .

Galatians 4:4-5
But when the fullness of the time was come,
God sent forth His Son,  made of a woman,
made under the law,  To redeem them
that were under the law,  that we might
receive the adoption of sons.

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God Can Remove
Your Sin


Isaiah 1:18
Come now,  and let us reason together,
saith the LORD:  though your sins
be as scarlet,  they shall be
as white as snow;
though they be
red like crimson,
they shall be
as wool.

Isaiah 43:25
I,  even I,  am He that blotteth out thy transgressions
for mine own sake,  and will not remember thy sins.

1 John 1:7-9
But if we walk in the light,  as He is in the light,
we have fellowship one with another,
and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son
cleanseth us from all sin.
If we say that we have no sin,
we deceive ourselves, and
the truth is not in us.
If we confess our sins,
He is faithful and just to
forgive us our sins,
and to cleanse us from
all unrighteousness.

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Jesus Christ is Alive

Isaiah 53:10
Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him;
He hath put Him to grief:
when thou shalt make His soul
an offering for sin,  He shall see
His seed,  He shall prolong His days,
and the pleasure of the LORD
shall prosper in His hand.

1 Corinthians 15:1-8
I declare unto you the gospel which I preached
unto you
,  which also ye have received,  and
wherein
ye stand;  By which also ye are saved,
if ye keep in memory what I preached unto
you,  unless ye have believed in vain.
For I delivered unto you first of all
that which I also received,  how that
Christ died for our sins according
to the Scriptures;
And that He was buried,
and that He rose again the third day
according to the Scriptures:
And that He was seen of Cephas,
then of the twelve:
After that,  He was seen of
above five hundred brethren at once;
of whom the greater part remain
unto this present,
but some are fallen asleep.
After that,  He was seen of James;
then of all the apostles.
And last of all
He was seen of me (Paul)
also,  as of one born
out of due time.

Hebrews 10:12
But this Man (Jesus),
after He had offered one sacrifice
for sins forever,  sat down on
the right hand of God;

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Salvation Comes
by Faith


Ephesians 2:8-9
For by grace are ye saved through faith;
and that (faith is) not of yourselves:
it is the gift of God:
Not of works,  lest any man
should boast.

Psalms 2:12
Kiss the Son,  lest He be angry,
and ye perish from the way,
when His wrath is kindled
but a little.
Blessed are all they
that put their trust
in Him.

Genesis 15:6
And he (Abram) believed in the LORD;
and He counted it to him
for righteousness.

Romans 10:9-10
That if thou shalt confess
with thy mouth the Lord Jesus,
and shalt believe in thine heart
that God hath raised Him
from the dead,  thou
shalt be saved.
For with the heart man believeth
unto righteousness;
and with the mouth
confession is made
unto salvation.


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EXPLANATION

    People are not basically good;  we are sinners whose hearts are utterly contrary to God. Nothing in either Testament teaches that good deeds remove sin.  By death,  God means eternal separation from Him forever in a place of torment. God showed Israel the necessity for blood sacrifice.  But animal sacrifices were merely temporary until the time was right for the once-for-all,  perfect sacrifice that could eradicate our sin forever (Hebrews 10:10).  Out of His great love for us, God came to earth in the person of Jesus Christ.  He kept the law perfectly because He is the sinless Son of God.  His death was the final sacrifice God required.  As was preordained,  Jesus died and arose again because He is God the Son.

    Your faith must not be in what you do yourself,  but in what Jesus did for you.  God declared Abraham righteous solely because of his faith.  And God will declare you righteous today if you place your faith in Jesus.  Salvation is His free gift to you if you ask for it.  It's that simple.


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