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The Basic Message:
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A Little More Detail:
God loves all of humanity,
but each one of us deserves death and separation from
God for eternity because of our sins. In the Bible, sin
is anything we think or do that is not God's will for us.
Sin is disobedience toward God. Sin always results in
death: emotional death, relational death, physical death,
and worst of all, spiritual death.
The Bible teaches—and our consciences usually
agree, if we thoughtfully examine our lives—that we have each sinned at
some time and in some manner. Our sin separates us from God,
who is holy and righteous. God is more righteous than any
earthly judge. Compared to God's perfect standards, we are
as guilty as the worst murderer.
But because God loves each
one of us so much, Jesus Christ—the Messiah—took on himself the punishment we
each deserve. Jesus was not just a moral teacher, a rabbi,
or a sage. While he was fully a man, he was a man without sin. He was also God! Because he is
the infinite God-man, he alone possesses the ability and
pay our sin debt.
Jesus died on the cross
for each of our sins, was buried, then physically rose from
the dead on the third day. No one could see the
spiritual/legal transaction that occurred on the cross
almost two thousand years ago outside of Jerusalem the
moment he died, but no one could deny the physical
resurrection that occurred afterwards on the third day.
It was the Great Exchange:
Jesus taking our sin upon himself in exchange for giving
each of us his righteousness; Holy God becoming a sinless
man in order to sacrifice himself for sinful humankind; the
righteous one dying in the place for all of unrighteous
humanity; God doing for each of us what we could never do
for ourselves. Rather than each one of us futilely trying to
climb up a "spiritual ladder" to reach heaven and earn God's
favor, love, and forgiveness, God sent down a "spiritual
elevator" (Jesus) to take all who are willing to heaven with
Are you willing to step
aboard and allow God to take you to heaven? Do you
understand your inability to earn or work your way to
heaven? Are you willing to trust in Jesus Christ alone to
save you from your sins? The Bible teaches that
trusting God is done by faith. Faith is trusting Jesus
solely and completely for his ability to cancel out your sin
and take you to heaven.
When you turn from
trusting in yourself and instead place your trust in Jesus
Christ alone, he will take away all your sins and give you
new life, eternal
life. This is how you accept the invitation to God's Big
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Ten Passages from the Bible to Read and Consider:
Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a
member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at
night and said, "Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has
come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs
you are doing if God were not with him."
In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth,
no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born
"How can a man be born when he is old?" Nicodemus asked.
"Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb
to be born!"
Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the
kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.
Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to
spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, 'You must
be born again.' The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear
its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where
it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit."
"How can this be?" Nicodemus asked.
"You are Israel's teacher," said Jesus, "and do you not
understand these things? I tell you the truth, we speak of
what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still
you people do not accept our testimony. I have spoken to you
of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you
believe if I speak of heavenly things? No one has ever gone
into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of
Man. Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who
believes in him may have eternal life."
"For God so loved the world that he
gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him
shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not
send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to
save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not
condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned
already because he has not believed in the name of God's
one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has
come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light
because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates
the light, and will not come into the light for fear that
his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth
comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that
what he has done has been done through God."
John 3:1-21 (NIV © 1984)
Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who
are under the law, so that every mouth may be
silenced and the whole world held accountable to God.
Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight
by observing the law; rather, through the law we become
conscious of sin.
But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been
made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This
righteousness from God comes through
faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.There is no
difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the
glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace
through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God
presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith
in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his
justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins
committed beforehand unpunished—he did it to demonstrate his
justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one
who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.
Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. On what principle?
On that of observing the law? No, but on that of faith. For
we maintain that a man is justified by
faith apart from observing the law. Is God the God
of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of
Gentiles too, since there is only one God, who will justify
the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that
same faith. Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not
at all! Rather, we uphold the law.
Romans 3:19-31 (NIV ©
See, my servant will act wisely; he will be raised and
lifted up and highly exalted.
Just as there were many who were appalled at him—his
appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man and his
form marred beyond human likeness—so will he sprinkle many
nations, and kings will shut their mouths because of him.
For what they were not told, they will see, and what they
have not heard, they will understand.
Who has believed our message and to
whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root
out of dry ground. He had no beauty or
majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance
that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by men, a
man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from
whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed
Surely he took up our infirmities and
carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by
God, smitten by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our
transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the
punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his
wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has
laid on him the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he
did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the
slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.
By oppression and judgment he was taken
away. And who can speak of his descendants? For he was cut
off from the land of the living; for the transgression of
my people he was stricken.
He was assigned a grave with the
wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done
no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.
Yet it was the LORD's will to crush him
and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his
life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and
prolong his days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in
After the suffering of his soul, he
will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his
knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he
will bear their iniquities.
Therefore I will give him a portion
among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the
strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was
numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of
many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
Isaiah 52:13 to Isaiah 53:12 (NIV ©
In the beginning was the Word, and the
Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God
in the beginning.
Through him all things were made;
without him nothing was made that has been made. In him
was life, and that life was the light of men. The light
shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not
There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John.
He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so
that through him all men might believe. He himself was not
the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to every man was
coming into the world.
He was in the world, and though the
world was made through him, the world did not recognize
him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did
not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who
believed in his name, he gave the right to become children
of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human
decision or a husband's will, but born of God.
The Word became flesh and made his
dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of
the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace
John testifies concerning him. He cries out, saying, "This
was he of whom I said, 'He who comes after me has surpassed
me because he was before me.' " From the fullness of his
grace we have all received one blessing after another. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth
came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but
God the One and Only, who is at the Father's side, has
made him known.
Now this was John's testimony when the Jews of Jerusalem
sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was. He did not
fail to confess, but confessed freely, "I am not the
They asked him, "Then who are you? Are you Elijah?"
He said, "I am not."
"Are you the Prophet?"
He answered, "No."
Finally they said, "Who are you? Give us an answer to take
back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?"
John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, "I am the
voice of one calling in the desert, 'Make straight the way
for the Lord.' "
Now some Pharisees who had been sent questioned him, "Why
then do you baptize if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah,
nor the Prophet?"
"I baptize with water," John replied, "but among you stands
one you do not know. He is the one who comes after me, the
thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie."
This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the
Jordan, where John was baptizing.
The next day John saw Jesus coming
toward him and said, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes
away the sin of the world! This is the one I meant when I
said, 'A man who comes after me has surpassed me because
he was before me.' I myself did not know him, but the
reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be
revealed to Israel."
Then John gave this testimony: "I saw
the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on
him. I would not have known him, except that the one who
sent me to baptize with water told me, 'The man on whom
you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will
baptize with the Holy Spirit.' I have seen and I testify
that this is the Son of God."
John 1:1-34 (NIV ©
As for you, you were dead in your
transgressions and sins, in which you used to live
when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of
the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in
those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them
at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature
and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. But because of
his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us
alive with Christ even when we were dead in
transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.
And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in
the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the
coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his
grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through
faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of
God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we
are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good
works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Ephesians 2:1-10 (NIV
Brothers, my heart's desire and prayer to God for
the Israelites is that they may be saved. For I can
testify about them that they are zealous for
God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. Since they
did not know the righteousness that comes from God and
sought to establish their own, they did not submit to
God's righteousness. Christ is the end of the law so that
there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.
Moses describes in this way the righteousness that is by the
law: "The man who does these things will live by them." But
the righteousness that is by faith says: "Do not say in your
heart, 'Who will ascend into heaven?'" (that is, to bring
Christ down) "or 'Who will descend into the deep?'" (that
is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say?
"The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your
heart," that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: That
if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus
is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him
from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your
heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with
your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the
Scripture says, "Anyone who trusts in him will never be
put to shame." For there is no difference between Jew and
Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses
all who call on him, for, "Everyone who calls on the name
of the Lord will be saved."
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed
in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have
not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching
to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it
is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring
But not all the Israelites accepted the good news. For
Isaiah says, "Lord, who has believed our message?"
Consequently, faith comes from
hearing the message, and the message is heard through the
word of Christ. But I ask: Did they not hear? Of
course they did: "Their voice has gone out into all the
earth, their words to the ends of the world."
Again I ask: Did Israel not understand? First, Moses says,
"I will make you envious by those who are not a nation; I
will make you angry by a nation that has no understanding."
And Isaiah boldly says, "I was found by those who did not
seek me; I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me."
But concerning Israel he says, "All day long I have held out
my hands to a disobedient and obstinate people."
I ask then: Did God reject his people?
By no means! I am an Israelite myself, a descendant
of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin.God did not reject
his people, whom he foreknew. Don't you know what the
Scripture says in the passage about Elijah—how he appealed
to God against Israel: "Lord, they have killed your prophets
and torn down your altars; I am the only one left, and they
are trying to kill me"? And what was God's answer to him? "I
have reserved for myself seven thousand who have not bowed
the knee to Baal." So too, at the
present time there is a remnant chosen by grace. And if by
grace, then it is no longer by works; if it were, grace
would no longer be grace.
Romans 10:1 to Romans 11:6 (NIV ©
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of
God, and everyone who loves the father loves his
child as well. This is how we know that we love the children
of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. This is
love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not
burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world.
This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our
faith. Who is it that overcomes the world?
Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
This is the one who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ. He
did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it
is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the
truth. For there are three that testify: the Spirit, the
water and the blood; and the three are in agreement. We
accept man's testimony, but God's testimony is greater
because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about
his Son. Anyone who believes in the Son of God has this
testimony in his heart. Anyone who does not believe God has
made him out to be a liar, because he has not believed the
testimony God has given about his Son. And this is the
testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this
life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who
does not have the Son of God does not have life.
I write these things to you who believe
in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that
you have eternal life. This is the confidence we
have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according
to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears
us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of
1 John 5:1-15 (NIV ©
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard,
which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at
and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the
Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify
to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was
with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you
what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have
fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father
and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our
This is the message we have heard from him and declare to
you: God is light; in him there is no
darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship
with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by
the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the
light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of
Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
If we claim to be without sin, we
deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we
confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive
us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we
claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and
his word has no place in our lives.
1 John 1:1-10 (NIV ©
Now, brothers, I want to remind you
of the gospel I preached to you, which you received
and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold
firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have
believed in vain.
For what I received I passed on to you as of first
importance: that Christ died for our
sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that
he was raised on the third day according to the
Scriptures, and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the
Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred
of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still
living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared
to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he
appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.
For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve
to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of
God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace
to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all
of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.
Whether, then, it was I or they, this is what we preach, and
this is what you believed.
But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the
dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection
of the dead? If there is no resurrection of the dead, then
not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is
useless and so is your faith. More than that, we
are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have
testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But
he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. For
if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised
either. And if Christ has not
been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your
sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in
Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in
Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.
But Christ has indeed been raised from
the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
For since death came through a man, the resurrection of
the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die,
so in Christ all will be made alive. But each in
his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes,
those who belong to him.Then the end will come, when he
hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has
destroyed all dominion, authority and power. For he must
reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. For
he "has put everything under his feet." Now when it says
that "everything" has been put under him, it is clear that
this does not include God himself, who put everything under
Christ. When he has done this, then the Son himself will be
made subject to him who put everything under him, so that
God may be all in all.
Now if there is no resurrection, what will those do who are
baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all,
why are people baptized for them? And as for us, why do we
endanger ourselves every hour? I die every day—I mean that,
brothers—just as surely as I glory over you in Christ Jesus
our Lord. If I fought wild beasts in Ephesus for merely
human reasons, what have I gained? If the dead are not
raised, "Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die." Do not be misled: "Bad company corrupts good
character." Comeback to your senses as you ought,
and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of
God—I say this to your shame.
But someone may ask, "How are the dead raised? With what
kind of body will they come?" How foolish! What you sow does
not come to life unless it dies. When you sow, you do not
plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of
wheat or of something else. But God gives it a body as he
has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own
body. All flesh is not the same: Men have one kind of flesh,
animals have another, birds another and fish another. There
are also heavenly bodies and there are earthly bodies; but
the splendor of the heavenly bodies is one kind, and the
splendor of the earthly bodies is another. The sun has one
kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another;
and star differs from star in splendor.
So will it be with the resurrection of
the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is
raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised
in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power;
it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.
If there is a natural body, there is
also a spiritual body. So it is written: "The first man
Adam became a living being"; the last Adam, a life-giving
spirit. The spiritual did not come first, but the natural,
and after that the spiritual. The first man was of the
dust of the earth, the second man from heaven. As was the
earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is
the man from heaven, so also are those who are of heaven.
And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man,
so shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven.
I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God,
nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.
Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we
will all be changed—in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye,
at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead
will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the
imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the
perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the
mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written
will come true: "Death has been swallowed up in victory.
Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your
sting?" The sting of death is sin, and the power of
sin is the law. But thanks be to God!
He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move
you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord,
because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
1 Corinthians 15:1-58 (NIV
Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: "The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a
wedding banquet for his son. He sent his servants to those
who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come,
but they refused to come.
"Then he sent some more servants and said, 'Tell those who
have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen
and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is
ready. Come to the wedding banquet.'
"But they paid no attention and went off—one to his field,
another to his business. The rest seized his servants,
mistreated them and killed them. The king was enraged. He
sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their
"Then he said to his servants, 'The
wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not
deserve to come. Go to the street corners and invite to
the banquet anyone you find.' So the servants went
out into the streets and gathered all the people they could
find, both good and bad, and the wedding hall was filled
"But when the king came in to see the
guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding
clothes. 'Friend,' he asked, 'how did you get in here
without wedding clothes?' The man was speechless.
"Then the king told the attendants,
'Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the
darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of
"For many are invited, but few are chosen."
Matthew 22:1-14 (NIV ©