Simple Church, For His Glory
The Gospel of Jesus Christ
John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.
 
I. The Way (to God) – Provision made for you
We need a way to get to God because we are separated because of our sin and the sin nature within us, which is hostile to God. Sin is not just something you do but something you are. The rebellion of sin will receive the just  judgment of Hell because God is holy and just. However, because God loves us, Jesus came and lived out the righteousness of God and then died as a sacrifice to pay for the penalty of sin allowing man to be forgiven and become righteous in Him, allowing us to be able to come to God. All through the grace of God.
 
II. The Truth (of God) – Invitation or Call to you
Being God manifest in the flesh, Jesus revealed to us in words and actions all we need to know concerning the faith and practice necessary for a life that is pleasing to God. This is recorded for us in the Bible, calling all men to repent from sin and turn to God through faith in the sacrifice and resurrection of the Lord Jesus. He is our Lord and our Savior.
 
III. The Life (with God) – Result promised to you
Life with God is to know Him in a restored and reconciled family relationship of peace now, where our lives are given the new desire and direction of being pleasing to God in all things out of loving obedience and dependence to Him. In this new life we are becoming more like Christ. We will also continue to have life with God in His presence when we die and will one day be resurrected in perfection, like Jesus was. This is our peace and hope. 

IV. Warning of Christ
There is no other way to be delivered from the wrath of God and to avoid spending eternity separated from God in Hell. Anything that is contrary to the truth revealed in Jesus is false. As we believe and trust in the truth of Jesus as the loving provision of God for our sin (the Way) and we desire to come to Him as our God, we are granted eternal life with God. Make that decision to come to God through Jesus.

Further Explanation

Below are some key passages that speak of the good news of salvation that Jesus has procured and how we receive the eternal life He is offering. In the first passage, Jesus is speaking to His disciples just before His crucifixion concerning the benefits of Him going to heaven and sending the Holy Spirit to them.
 
John 16:8 “And He (Holy Spirit), when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; 9 concerning sin, because they do
not believe in Me; 10 and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father and you no longer see Me; 11 and concerning judgment, because the ruler
of this world has been judged.
 
This passage is widely misunderstood but crucially important. When Jesus says that the Holy Spirit will convict the world, He is not saying that the Spirit will make them feel badly about wrongs committed, but that He will judicially condemn them as a convicted criminal.
The preeminent crime is that they do not believe in Jesus. To receive eternal life with God, one needs to believe, to put their trust in Jesus as the Christ, God’s chosen King who would deliver His people from the penalty of sin, and as the Son of God, that is to say that He is divine, one with the Father, God in human flesh.

John 20:30   Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these have been
written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.

These two themes are reflected in the climactic proclamation of Thomas as he first sees the resurrected Jesus, “My Lord and my God” (John 20:28). Notice Jesus’s response, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed” (John 20:29). Going back to John 16, Jesus continues to explain that the Holy Spirit will also convict the inhabitants of the world because He has gone to the Father. The point He is making is that no flesh has seen or has gone into heaven because no one is righteous, no one is good enough –that is except for Him. He is the only flesh and blood that has gone into the presence of God because of His sinless and righteous life and sacrificial death. Therefore no one can go into the presence of God in complete fellowship except that have His righteousness, His life. That is why Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”
Finally, Jesus teaches that the Holy Spirit will convict the world because the ruler of this world, Satan, has been judged and stands condemned. Satan deceptively proclaims that your good deeds and behavior will be enough to go to heaven. This is the concept of trusting in one’s works –that they will be good enough. But Jesus is saying that He is the only man who has ever gone into heaven because He is sinless; He is perfect. All others who are trusting in Satan’s lie of good works are condemned but all who are trusting in Jesus will be saved from God’s judgment. That is why in another place when the people asked Jesus, “What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?” Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent” (John 6:28-29). The point being, you can’t do any amount of good works in order to please God. You must stop trying to gain salvation from Satan’s lie, and receive God’s free offer of salvation by believing in Jesus’s sacrifice for you. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26)

Below I have written about the five aspects of the gospel so that you can understand the teaching of the Bible more clearly.
 
I. Our Lost Condition – Separated from Life with God
The Bible clearly teaches that the cause of death and separation from God is sin and that every person is condemned in sin. This is the problem of humanity.
 
Rom. 3:9   What then? Are we better than they? Not at all; for we have already charged that both Jews and Greeks are all under sin; 10  as it is written, 
“There is none righteous, not even one;
 
Sin is not only something we do; but it is something we are. In Psalm 51, David said “I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me,” meaning that even at the very moment his life began, he had a sin nature, the effects of sin whereby he had a natural hostility toward God. The effects of sin touch every aspect of humanity and cause us not only to be separated from God but also to be hostile to Him.
 
Eph. 2:1   And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, 2 in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of
the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. 3 Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging
the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.
 
If we remain in our sin, we will be condemned to eternal punishment, a horrific eternal existence apart from God.
 
Rev. 20:11   Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them.
12 And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of
life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds… 15 And if anyone’s name was not found written
in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
 
Just a few verses earlier the lake of fire was described as a place where, “they will be tormented day and night forever and ever (Rev 20:10). This is spiritual death and Romans 6:23 says that the natural result of sin is this kind of death. This is the problem of humanity.
 

II. Jesus’s Provision and God’s Love
Our God is a just and Holy God, which means that sin must be punished. Therefore in order to reconcile man and God, He provided a sacrifice that paid the penalty of our sin. Paul speaks of this truth as being of first importance.
 
1Cor. 15:3   For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was
buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,
 
When Paul adds that Jesus rose on the third day, this event demonstrated both that Jesus was truly dead but is now alive, and that the payment for sins, His sacrifice, was acceptable to God and was completed. Peter records it this way,
 
1Pet. 3:18 For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made
alive in the spirit;
 
This was God’s ultimate act of love for us, people who are guilty.
 
1John 4:9 By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. 10 In this
is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
 
The word “propitiation” means that He received the wrath of God; the penalty of sin that we should have received. He did this to remove the problem that kept us apart from God.
 
Col. 1:21   And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, 22 yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body
through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach —
 
This is how God has loved us and remains just, by sending His Son to receive the punishment that we deserve so that we can be reconciled with God.
 

III. Our Response – Repentance and Faith
Turning from our life of sin against God and to a life with and serving God as our Savior and our Lord based on Christ’s provision is the only response unto salvation. Paul spoke of this response to God as nothing mysterious or distant, saying,
 
Rom. 10:8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” — that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, 9 that if you
confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved…13 for “Whoever will call on the
name of the Lord will be saved.”
 
The confession of one’s mouth confirms outwardly, to others, what one truly believes. Here the confession is that Jesus is Lord, the one true God and Master of all. The second is believing, sincerely that God raised Jesus from the dead, which is to say that Jesus is the accepted sacrifice for sin, which God demonstrated by raising Jesus to life because He had paid sin’s penalty in full and thus could no longer remain dead. In verse 13, Paul summarizes one’s response as calling out to God as one in need of help, which he cannot provide himself. In a similar way Peter describes one’s response in these words,
 
1Pet. 3:21 …baptism now saves you — not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience — through the resurrection of
Jesus Christ,
 
The baptism that saves us is not the symbolic dunking into water, but the spirit baptism, whereby we are placed into Christ’s death and His resurrected life as we make a sincere decision and appeal to God for salvation based on the victory over sin and death shown in Christ’s resurrection. The next passage is an illustration given by Jesus concerning what this sincere appeal and calling looks like,
 
Luke 18:9   And He (Jesus) also told this parable to some people who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and viewed others with contempt: 10
“Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 “The Pharisee stood and was praying this to himself: ‘God, I
thank You that I am not like other people: swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 ‘I fast twice a week; I pay tithes of all that I get.’ 13
“But the tax collector, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to
me, the sinner!’ 14 “I tell you, this man went to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who
humbles himself will be exalted.”
 
Tax-collectors were viewed very poorly in their society as being some of the worst sinners. Paul gives himself as an extreme example of a sinner, being one who persecuted and hated the church. He actually pursued, jailed, and put church members to death and yet says…
 
1Tim. 1:16 Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example for those
who would believe in Him for eternal life.
 
Paul praises God for being patient and not carrying out judgment against him so that he might turn from hating Jesus to believing in Him and thus receiving eternal life. His life shows that even the worst of sinners can be saved and that God wants people to turn to Him. This is that Peter wrote,
 
2Pet. 3:9 The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to
repentance.


IV. Our Transformation and Assurance
            The work of saving someone is described in the Bible as being a gracious work of God, whereby the individual’s sins are viewed as being paid in the sacrifice of Jesus, he receives the righteousness of Christ, and is thus a new creation for God. In John 3:3 Jesus describes it as being born again, born from heaven.
 
Eph. 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may
boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
 
In our conversion, we have died to our old way of life apart from Christ and now live life as God has designed humanity to live according to His word. Paul describes it this way,
 
Gal. 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the
Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
 
This life is one that is characterize by love. John writes,

1John 4:7   Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 The one who does not love
does not know God, for God is love.
 
John a little later says,
 
1John 5:1   Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and whoever loves the Father loves the child born of Him. 2 By this we know that we
love the children of God, when we love God and observe His commandments. 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His
commandments are not burdensome.
 
Thus, if we are not practicing a life of love, then we are not saved. We have not been made into a new creation of God. If we have been born again, if we have believed and received the ultimate act of love conducted by God in the sacrifice of Jesus, then our only response could be to love Him in return. Thus we want to obey His commandments because we know that they are given because He loves us.
 

V. Hope while on Earth
Finally, we have hope in the promises of a resurrected life, where we will be glorified and live forever with Jesus. Our hope in Jesus’s promises is not unsure but a guarantee. His promises are true because He cannot lie and He can make it a reality because He is almighty. Therefore we live sacrificially and persecuted now because we believe His promises that we will live forever in glory after this life. The final passage I have listed covers much of what we have already talked about and thus summarizes the gospel nicely.
 
1Pet. 1:3   Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy (= meeting our needs) has caused us to be born again
(new creation) to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and
will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you (our glorified future life after death), 5 who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation
ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials,
7 so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory
and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ (because you believe, even in the difficult times, you remain faithful to Him, which is evidence of His work in you);
8 and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and
​full of glory, 9 obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.
 
I have shared a lot of passages and concepts and there is much more that could be shared. If you have any questions or need clarification on any point, please contact Jason Hauffe at jhauffe@gfow.us. We love you and share the good news through which we have been saved and now know God (John 17:3).