Steps To Sound Doctrine
By David J. Stewart
The gospel is profoundly simple…
Mankind is inherently sinful, incapable of saving himself by any means (Romans 3:10,19-23; Isaiah 64:6). No amount of self-righteousness can save a person (Ephesians 2:8,9; James 2:10). We all deserve to be punished in Hellfire for our own sins (Romans 6:23; 2nd Thessalonians 1:8,9; Revelation 20:11-15). God in His unconditional love sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, into the world to pay the penalty for our sins (John 3:16; Romans 5:8). Jesus
was born of a virgin (Matthew 1:23), lived a sinless life (2nd Corinthians 5:21), died upon a cross, was buried and rose again after three days (1st Corinthians 15:1-4). Jesus entered by His own literal, physical, blood into the Holy Place in Heaven to redeem mankind from sin and Hell (Hebrews 9:12). Thus, eternal life is a "free gift" (Romans 5:15) paid for by the precious blood of Jesus Christ (1st Peter 1:18,19). Anyone who desires to be saved, can and will, by simply placing their trust on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation (Romans 10:13; Acts 4:10-12; 10:43). Salvation is "without works" (Romans 4:5; 10:3-4; Titus 3:5).
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