What is the Gospel?

“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, and that he may send the Messiah, who has been appointed for you – even Jesus.”  Acts 3:19-20.

Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading; Nehemiah 11-12, Psalm 1, and Acts 3.

Peter spells out the Gospel for us.

I must realize that I need God.  Why would I need Him?  Because my good gifts come from Him.  Because He loves me and enables me to love Him back.  Without Him in my life, I mess up.  I need Him to hang onto so that I get life right.

My sins separate me from Him in this life and they will do the same in the after-life.

By the death of Jesus, the consequences of my sins are gone.  I am clean in the sight of God.  Sins’ burden has been lifted from me.  I don’t fear death…..and that is refreshing.  I can look at a graveyard and not fear because I am completely in the clear.

I can look forward to Jesus coming back to earth.  I can be involved in preparing this earth for His return.  I can prepare myself by living the way He instructs and leads me to do.

I have been reading recently that the appeal of being with God in the after-life is unappealing to some people.  These folks do all they can to avoid God.  They ignore Him.  They even say He doesn’t exist.  There is no way that heaven would appeal to them because it would require them to spend eternity with Someone they have no use for.

“Lord, I thank You for spelling out the Gospel (Good News) in today’s verses.  There is a way for me to spend my present life and after-life with You.  I have chosen that way and rejoice what my choice brings me now and what it will bring in my after-life.  I love You, Father.”

If I choose to ignore God in this life I can be sure that He will ignore me in the next life.

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