Correctly Presenting the Gospel

If you ask a non Christian are you a good person? Most will say yes… but

 

The dictionary says “good” is to be “morally excellent.” God’s law is the benchmark –the Ten Commandments, to see if a non Christian has fallen short ask:

Is God first in your life? Do you love Him with “heart, mind, soul and strength?” Have you made your own god to suit your own lifestyle? Have you used God’s name in vain? Have you kept the Sabbath holy? Have you always honoured your parents? Have you hated anyone, and therefore committed murder in your heart? Have you looked with lust and therefore committed adultery in your heart? Have you told a lie about another person (including “little fibs”), stolen (the value is irrelevant), or coveted other people’s possessions? If you are honest, you know you will be guilty on the Day of Judgment. God, however, doesn’t want to send you to Hell.

Jesus Christ suffered and died on the Cross in your place, so you could go free.

That’s how much God loves you. We broke God’s Law, but Jesus paid fully and completely for all our sins. Then He rose from the grave and defeated death. If you repent and trust in Him, God will forgive your sins and grant you everlasting life. Obey the gospel today. Read your Bible daily and obey what you read, God will never let you down.

Romans 5:12-21

Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned— To be sure, sin was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not charged against anyone’s account where there is no law. Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who is a pattern of the one to come. But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! Nor can the gift of God be compared with the result of one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!  Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous. The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Its very important how you share the gospel message of salvation because you want non Christian people to understand what it really means to receive salvation, they have to understand what they are being saved from.

We have to be careful not to present a warped view of what the Bible actually teaches about coming into a restored relationship with God the Father through God the Son.

When you witness to your friends you probably feel comfortable telling them that Jesus loves them and wants to change their lives for the better. You probably tell them that Jesus will forgive them for all the things they have done wrong. You tell them that Jesus has a future, a destiny for their lives and if they will just accept Him all will be rosé in their lives. Okay we may be over emphasising here but you get the point. It may shock you to know that this is not the Biblical way to effectively bring non Christians into salvation found only in Jesus Christ. If this has been your witnessing method you’ve probably had limited success in the area of bringing non Christians to the point of receiving salvation.

Please understand many of the above are absolutely true in the Christian life but have little effect on non Christians

, Remember Jesus is the customer here not them, Jesus bought them they didn’t buy Him so stop trying to sell Him.

Let me show you the Biblical way of effectively presenting the gospel:  First Show them the Law

Remember the Law came first and brought death,

What shall we say, then? Is the law sinful? Certainly not! Nevertheless,

I would not have known what sin was had it not been for the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.” (Romans 7:7)

The Law; Please read Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5.

Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression. (Romans 4:15)

the law

Ask non Christians have you ever done one of these? 

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. (1 Corinthians 15:56)

The Law must come first then the gospel.

But what do you mean the Law first then the Gospel, do I have to know all the Law?

The Law shows us our sin and separation from God. Our sinful lives are a result of our condition of being born into spiritual death and separation from a Holy God.

Only when we see that we are spiritually dead, separated from God and sinfully breaking Gods law can we begin to see the light of the gospel of salvation found only in Jesus Christ.  Only then do we see the value of what God has done in making a way back to Him through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The Law must convict the non Christian person of their sins so they will want to receive salvation.  It is that simple, you preach the Law first and then you preach the gospel.

You must make people hungry for the bread of life before they will eat.  The Law makes them hungry.

Show people a few laws that they could have broken, Have you ever told a lie about someone else (bearing false witness), have you ever stolen anything, have you ever coveted something belonging to someone else, if they answer yes they have broken Gods law.

If a doctor told you that you needed to take some medication for two months but didn’t tell you why, would you take it?  If he told you that the medication would make you feel better and that your life will be great, then would you take it?  What if you already felt fine and your life was already great?  You might thank the doctor but choose to think about it because you don’t really feel you need the medication, you feel okay. After a day you decide to take the medication because you respect the doctor and do not want to offend him.  Having tried the medication you do not notice any change at all in how you feel and your life seems to be the same as before. You gave the medication a try out of respect for the doctor but you now decide to stop taking it because you see absolutely no reason to continue.

Now let’s look at a different scenario: your doctor tells you that you have been diagnosed with a disease that could result in your death within six months and that your prognosis is a slow and painful death.  The doctor then recommends some medication telling you that this medication will cure you if taken and will save your life.  The doctor explains that he wants you to take this medication immediately.  Would you then take the medication?  Of course you would!  This is because you have recognised the urgency of your situation.  You would recognise your desperate need for the medication and want to take it to achieve the cure.

That is the purpose of the Law.  It shows us our sin. “…I would not have known what sin was except through the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, Do not covet,” (Rom. 7:7).  Then, because we realize we have sinned against God, the Law then shows us that we are under God’s wrath

:  because the law brings wrath.

 And where there is no law there is no transgression….because law brings wrath (transgression, rebellion, violation of the Law) (Rom. 4:15).

The Law brings both physical and spiritual death because it empowers sin to kill us:

“The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law,” (1 Cor. 15:56)

The presentation of the Law shows the non Christian that they have the need of salvation in Jesus Christ by showing that they have violated the will of God. It shows that they are going to have to face the terrible damnation of God on the Day of Wrath

but, according to thy hardness and impenitent heart, thou dost treasure up to thyself wrath, in a day of wrath and of the revelation of the righteous judgment of God (Rom. 2:5)

If we fail to show non Christians that they have broken Gods law and are under His wrath when presenting the gospel of salvation we miss the real reason for the Christ coming to the earth. This can stop a non Christian from coming to salvation only found in Jesus Christ. They fail to see what they are being saved from Gods wrath and eternal damnation. Are we afraid to tell them the truth? What will they think after their deaths when they fall into Hell? They will say why were you so afraid of us? Why didn’t you warn us about this terrible place! Now eternally we are here because you with held the truth of Gods Word. You experience heaven while we suffer hell and await the eternal suffering of the Lake of fire.

God gave the Law before Jesus Christ for a reason.

Therefore the law has become our schoolmaster (tutor) to lead us (bring us) to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. (Gal. 3:24).

God’s Law is holy and righteous:

Therefore the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, and righteous (just) and good. (Rom. 7:12).

You have to ask non Christians “have they broken God’s Holy Law”?  Have they ever lied, stolen, cheated, or been angry with someone unjustly?  If so, then they have broken Gods law and have sinned.   If we live outside of Jesus we live under the law and our sinful acts qualifies us for the whole punishment of the Law.

“Cursed is every man who does not abide by everything written in the book of the law to perform them,” (Gal. 3:10).

And also, “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all. For He who said, Do not commit adultery, also said, Do not commit murder,” (James 2:10-11).

God is holy and righteous and He will in no way stand for anything but absolute perfection and holiness in His presence.  This is why the Holy and Infinite God of the universe must and will punish anyone who has sinned against Him by breaking His holy Law, which leads us to:

The Gospel Message of Salvation Found only in Jesus Christ.

Because of the harshness and truth of the Law, we are broken before God and recognise that we can do nothing to please Him because we cannot keep the Law of God perfectly:

“For all of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment…” (Isaiah 64:6).

Therefore, the only thing left is to come to the Cross.  This is why it says in

“Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, that we may be justified by faith.” (Gal. 3:24).

The Law pushes us towards Jesus.

It compels us to come to the only one who can forgive us of our sins.  It breaks us so that we are found hopeless inside and we then turn to another to deliver us from the wrath of God.  This is why Jesus came.  This is what the gospel is about.

As I have explained Jesus Christ died on the Cross to avert the full wrath of God from sinners.

Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the Law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is everyone that hangeth on a tree: (Galatians 3:13)

Therefore, the only way to be “saved” from the wrath of God is to trust in Christ.  This is what it means to be saved.  It means to be saved from God’s wrath:  “Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him,

Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! (Rom. 5:9).

The gospel is not about a “nice” God who is begging people to come to Him because He loves the sinner but hates the sin.  (The Bible never says that God loves the sinner but hates the sin.)  It says:

“The boastful shall not stand before Thine eyes; Thou dost hate all who do iniquity,” (Psalm 5:5). 

Such biblical teaching is not in harmony with most popular Christian theology today because it doesn’t present God as the “nice” God that is begging people to come to Him.  Instead, the truth is that God is Holy and He will punish the sinner.  But that isn’t the whole story.

  God is also love (1 John 4:8) which is why He sent His Son, to save us:

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved (John 3:17).

So, when you present the gospel to the non Christian, make sure you share the Law of God first.

Let that Law do its work on the person to whom you speak bringing conviction by the Holy Spirit.

Let it open there the heart so the light of the gospel can shine in.

Let the Law of God make the sinner aware that they have sinned against God and that there is a consequence for their actions. Judgment is coming because of it.

Then, when they are ready, tell non Christians that;

“God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life,” (John 3:16).

Tell non Christians about Jesus who is God in flesh.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (John 1:1,14)

 Jesus was able to live the Law perfectly.

“He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth (1 Pet. 2:22),

Jesus sacrifice satisfied the Father in heaven.

He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2)

Jesus gave to us His very righteousness,

and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. (Phil. 3:9),

Jesus delivers us from the Judgment to come.

You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. (Rom. 14:10); Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment (Heb. 9:27).

Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.  Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone (Col. 4:5-6).

The Problem

If someone broke into your house and stole your property you would want justice. Lets say they were caught by the police and went before a judge, the Judge said you have broke the Law therefore you must go to prison you would feel that the right decision had been taken.

Consider this God loves people but all have broken His law: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).

Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them (John 3:36).

The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness (Romans 1:18)

God the Father loves all the people of the world but remember the scripture reveals He is a God of love and a God of Justice who will punish all people who reject His offer of salvation through the finished work of Jesus Christ

If someone broke into your property and the Judge said you have broken the Law but hey I’ve decided to let you off how would you feel? I would suggest you would feel angry and let down because the decision is unjust.  God the Father has sent a solution to the problem, salvation found only in Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ was punished for our sins on the Cross and died in our place (rose again to bring us newness of life), if sinners refuse and reject this offer of reconciliation they face God the Judge and the full force of the Law.  The only punishment available for this crime is eternity in Hell and eventually the Lake of fire.  God the Father has provided the solution salvation found only in Jesus Christ and eternity in Heaven

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It’s not hard for people to make the correctly choice when the message is presented correctly.

“Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?” (Gal. 4:16) KJV

 

 

 

 

 

 

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