Wednesday, June 22, 2005

The Gospel in a Nutshell

We find the whole plan of salvation “in a nutshell” in Ephesians 2:4-6. In the first three verses of this chapter the apostle Paul paints a very dark, dismal, and hopeless picture of mankind. He does this because the good news of salvation that God obtained through Jesus Christ is not for good people; it is for sinners who need a Savior.

In 1 Timothy 1:15 Paul says, “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” He is talking about sinners, one hundred percent sinners, as we all are. For us to receive the gift of salvation and to make the plan of salvation, obtained in Jesus Christ, effective to us individually, God first has to destroy all confidence that man has in himself in terms of salvation.

Sin is a deceiver. It deceives us into thinking that we can save ourselves by our good works. But the Bible is clear: “There is no one righteous, not even one ... there is no one who does good, not even one” [Romans 3:9-12].


Blogger DragonChick said...

*loud applause*

Sunday, 26 June, 2005  
Blogger Jeffrey J. Stables said...

welcome to the blogging world! I recommend the blogs at my church if you're really getting into this. It's a whole bunch of fun. Check out Xanga for another free blogging community. My Xanga is the_pian0_man.

Best wishes in your online endeavors!

Tuesday, 12 July, 2005  

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