“In the beginning, God created…” Genesis 1:1
It all began in the beginning with God. He created us, the universe, and everything in it. As our creator, God knows why He created us and what’s best for us. Therefore, He expects us to obey Him. He created us to love Him, to serve Him, and to enjoy fellowship with Him. God is perfect, holy, righteous, and completely pure! No wonder God hates sin and sinful behavior.
Man the Sinner
“If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves” 1 John 1:8
We all have rebelled against God and done wrong instead of loving, serving and enjoying Him. This places us in danger of eternal punishment, which is rightly deserved because of our sin against our Creator. When we die we will all be held accountable for every evil thought, word and deed.
Christ the Savior
“There is salvation in no one else” Acts 4:12
This is the good news… the gospel… that even though we are sinners deserving God’s judgment, in his great love and mercy, He has provided a Savior so that we can be forgiven of our sins. God sent His son the Lord Jesus Christ, who lived a perfect life and died on the cross, taking on Himself the punishment for the sin of all those who to turn to Him in faith. Three days later he conquered death itself and rose from the grave.
Repentance and Faith
“Repent and believe in the gospel” Mark 1:15
How does this apply to us? God commands us to turn away from our sin and to trust in Christ alone for our forgiveness and salvation. We are saved and can be born again into a new and eternal life if we turn toward God, have faith in Jesus Christ and what He has done for us. That’s good news. That’s the greatest news!