Sharing Christ with Others: Know the Message

16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 

John 3:16-18, ESV

In my previous post, I explained that—in order for us to share Christ with others—we need to be a light to the world. Today, I want to remind you that you also need to know the message. The message is that God sent His Son to save everyone who believes in Him.

Let’s make sure we understand this message.

Understand The Message

God. When we say God, we are talking about the God revealed in the Bible: the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. He is the God—He is the unique, the only true God, and the Creator of everything that exists.

His Son. God sent His Son from heaven to Earth. God’s Son is both the Messiah and God’s Word. As the Messiah, God’s Son is the human descendant of King David, and He will sit on David’s throne forever. As God’s Word, God’s fullness dwells in the Son, and He proceeds from the essence of God to reveal God and to do God’s will.

Sent. The Son of God is Jesus of Nazareth. He was born of a virgin, He lived a sinless life, He taught about God, and He did miracles. The religious leaders rejected Him and had Him crucified, but He came back to life and then ascended to heaven, where He sat next to God, the Father.

Save. Why did God allow Jesus to die on a cross?

According to God’s righteous law, everyone who sins must be condemned to hell and a lake of fire.

Because we all have sinned, we were all dserving of hell and the lake of fire before God’s law.

God allowed Jesus to die on a cross so that He would pay for all our sins according to God’s law and, having paid for our sins, offer us a legal pardon and eternal life.

Having paid for our sins, God saves from condemnation all who believe in Jesus, and He gives them eternal life. However, God condemns all who reject Jesus, and He sentences them to hell and the lake of fire.

Believe. God commands everyone to believe in Jesus. To believe does not only mean to recognize as true, but also to repent and to trust.

To repent means to acknowledge you have been living in sinful disobedience to God, and to change the direction of your life from living in sinful disobedience to living a life that pursues obedience to God.

To trust means to rely on God’s promise to forgive those who believe that Jesus of Nazareth is His Son, that He came back to life, and that He is now seated in heaven at God’s right hand.

Did You Truly Believe?

A man in the Bible once asked, “What must I do to be saved?” The biblical answer to his question was “believe in the Lord Jesus.” (Acts 16:30-31, ESV)

So, when does God forgive a person and grant them enternal life? When the person truly believes in Jesus Christ.

Nevertheless, Jesus did warn that some people, because they do not have real faith, will give up on living for God according to this message. Hardships will discourage them, or they will become distracted by the cares of this life (Matthew 13:21-22).

Nevertheless, those who truly believe will bear fruit—that is, they wil continue to live for God (Matthew 13:23, James 2:14).

Clarification

Notice carefully that the message is not that we should try to earn our salvation through good works and/or obedience to God’s Law. Instead, the message is that, having truly believed that God paid for our sins with the blood of His Son—and that thereby He extends us a legal pardon—we do good works because we recognize that living in disobedience to Him is wrong and contrary to His will for us.

Salvation is God’s free gift to us! (Ephesians 2:8-10)

Living in Obedience to God

Having believed in Jesus and having received God’s pardon, the new believer will pursue a life of obedience to God throghout his life. “But,” the new believer may wonder, “what does God want me to do now?”

  • God wants the new believer to attend a faithful church faithfully (a faithful church is one that clearly teaches this message)
  • God wants the new believer to be baptized
  • God wants the new believer to read the Bible regularly so he can meditate on it and obey it
  • God wants the new believer to pray often
  • God wants the new believer to live by faith, trusting God throghout his life
  • God wants the new believer to share his faith with others

Questions for Reflection

  • Do you know and understand the message?
  • Have you obeyed the message? Have you believed?
  • Are you sharing the message with others?

I pray this post is a blessing to you and to everyone with whom you share His message.

Marcelo Carcach


Pastor Marcelo’s Articles

A New Bible Reading Plan

On The Parables of Jesus

On The Book of Revelation

On The Holy Spirit

On Calvinism

On Angels, Demons, and Satan

On God and Jesus

On Genesis

On Church Matters

On Relationships and Marriage

On Sin

Sin — Principles to Define It and Identify It
Know How to Overcome Sin
Know How to Overcome Sin (Part 2)

On Women and The Bible

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