Sin, Repentance, God’s love and The Gospel (Part 1)

The true Gospel message must address the subject of “Sin”, “Repentance” and “God’s love”. Without these three, it’s not the true Gospel.
Originally, I was going to combine all three subjects into one post. However, it didn’t take me very long to figure out that it would be one long post. Most would probably not get past reading half of it.
So in this first series, I will try with God’s help to address the subject of “Sin”. I cannot express enough the importance of this subject. I will not get too technical and I will try and keep it brief and to the point.

THE KEY
I have always loved the simple, basic Gospel. God knew what he was doing when he put it together. It was created since the foundation of the world. The Gospel is so simple that anyone can understand it, if it is presented simply. That’s THE KEY.

THE MIND
If we are not careful we can let our mind run wild with all kinds of ideas, teachings, doctrines etc. and thus complicate The Gospel. When it comes to knowing The Gospel and sharing it, we need to understand the basics and the essence of The Gospel. Upon knowing this, we must not let our mind complicate the message.

SIN
First off, I would like to put forth the question, “How can you share The Gospel without ever mentioning SIN?”. The answer to this question is, “You can’t”. If you are, it’s not The true Gospel.
It’s just that simple.
Some might start to squirm in their seats, twist and turn at the mention of sin, but it is still true.
As I have said many times, “What did Christ come for?” “What did He die for?” He came to pay the penalty for our sin.

FIRST COMMANDMENT
God’s first commandment to man was, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat of it: for in the day that you eat thereof you shall surely die”. (Gen.2:16-17)

And we all know what happened. They both ate of the fruit, and thus disobeyed God’s command. This brought forth “SIN” into the world, and the consequence was death, both physical and spiritual. As the Apostle Paul said in Romans, “For the wages of sin is death;” (Rom.6:23)

Thus “Sin” and death was passed on to all mankind from this point on. (see Romans 5:12,19)

Physical death was one thing, but what is most important here is the spiritual death, the separation from God. This understanding is foundational. We must get this if we are to share The true Gospel.
When sharing The Gospel, it is important that the listeners understand that “Sin” is the barrier between them and God. It’s what separates them from God. Just as it was true in the garden with Adam, the same is true for us today, disobeying God’s commandments brings forth “Sin”. It’s just that simple.

Isaiah described it well when he said, “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear”. (Isa.59:2)

I find that most people understand that they have sinned against God. However, most don’t realize the severity of sinning and the consequences that follow, both in this life and of spending eternity in hell.
And of course, if you run into the person that feels that he or she has not sinned, then The Ten Commandments serve as a mirror to show them their sinfulness.
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (Rom.3:23)

Another important understanding is that when Adam and Eve sinned it brought forth a conscience to mankind. Since that time, man has understood right and wrong, good and evil. (Gen.3:5,7) In most cases, their conscience needs to be awakened by The Holy Spirit and The Word, which it will certainly do.

WHAT NEXT?
So once man sees that he is fallen and in “Sin”, and that he is spiritually dead and thus separated from God, the next question is, “How can I be restored?”.
“How can I get into relationship with my creator?”. “How can this “Sin”, this barrier be taken away?” “What about this separation between God and me?

To be continued later in “Part 2”.

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6 Responses to “Sin, Repentance, God’s love and The Gospel (Part 1)”

  1. Loretta Says:

    Thanks for this study, it is very good for understanding about the true gospel. I’m going to recommend it to my friends. Looking forward to the additional installments. Thanks!

  2. timbob Says:

    Greetings. I remember before I came to Jesus, a friend of mine, Teresa, went to live with her aunt and uncle during the summer. They were christians and the more that I went to visit, the more i realized just how contrary I was. They never preached to me. In fact they hardly brought up the gospel at all other than to answer questions occasionally. Just being around them caused conviction and three months later, upon hearing Gods simple plan of salvation (so simple and yet so eternally powerful) I gave my heart to Jesus.
    There is a tendancy by many to complicate the gospel; teaching doctrines of men and such. This post is very needful and I also look forward to additional posts. Thanks.

    Have a great day in Christ.

    timbob

  3. rjperalta Says:

    Loretta,

    I’m glad you are blessed. Praise God!
    He is worthy of all our praise!
    May all your friends be blessed as well.

    By God’s Grace,
    Richard

  4. rjperalta Says:

    timbob,

    I love to hear testimonies of how God used people in our lives to lay as it where, the foundation that others build upon.
    Excellent comment.
    May you continue to share the simple Gospel.

    Much of God’s Grace to you,
    Richard

  5. Livette Says:

    Nice blog!

  6. rjperalta Says:

    Livette,

    Thanks for stopping by.

    God’s Grace to you,
    Richard

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