Christianity for Dummies (The Gospel)

Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday (Photo credit: Onilad)

A lot of people went to Church for the first time in a long time this past Easter Sunday.  As hard as the Church tries to make this a welcoming and wonderful experience, it can be a little overwhelming for some.

Chances are there were moving songs of “redemption” and thoughtful words of Christ’s “sacrifice and resurrection” spoken by the Pastor.  They might have even tossed out words like “sanctification” or “justification” or maybe even “propitiation.”  If you feel like maybe you didn’t understand everything, don’t feel bad.

If you only take one thing from this blog post, understand that the Gospel is simple.  God designed it to be easy enough for the most simpleminded person to grasp.  On the other hand, he also made it so deep and powerful that the smartest minds in the world could spend all their days researching it and never come close to understanding it all.

For the purposes of this post, I’ll skip the big words and focus on the simple part.

The Gospel is simply the explanation of how to get to Heaven.  I like to break it down into three parts that coordinate nicely with the Trinity (the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit).

The Father: God is perfect and there is no sin in His Kingdom (Heaven).  To enter his Kingdom you need to be perfect as well.  The problem is that none of us are perfect.  Since Adam and Eve all people have sinned and “fall short of the glory of God.”

The Son: Thankfully there is a way for sinners like us to enter into heaven that satisfies God’s requirements.  Jesus died on the cross for our sins and washes them away from our record.  In the Father’s sight we are made perfect and sinless.  All we have to do is believe in Jesus Christ and accept Him as our Lord and Savior.

The Holy Spirit: Good works are NOT a requirement for admission into Heaven.  They are, however, a natural result of our appreciation for what the Lord has done for us.  Allowing Jesus to become our Lord means that we submit ourselves to His will and promise to strive to be more like him.  This is an impossible task to accomplish by ourselves, but the Lord himself takes up residence in our soul in the form of the Holy Spirit in order to guide us along our way.

In summary: We are sinful (we make mistakes), the only way to Heaven is to be perfect and sinless.  If we believe in Jesus he makes us perfect in God’s eyes and we spend the rest of our lives trying to be less sinful.

That’s pretty much it.  Like I said, there’s a lifetime of follow up lessons that you can learn but at the very core, this is what the Gospel of Jesus Christ is all about.

I strong urge you to pray about this to the Lord.  Ask Him to make these things clear to you and if you are ready to accept Him, please pray for him to become Lord of your life.  If you have further questions, please seek out guidance from someone you know and respect.  You are welcome to contact me with questions as well.  God bless.

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