Coming to The 5th Essential Element of the Real New Testament Message, we have already briefly detailed how that 1.) God requires Righteousness, as He is Holy. We next noted that 2.) We are not righteous or holy, but possess a record of having broken God’s Law and sinned. God has said that those who die in their sin will 3.) Experience harsh judgment, being cast into hell. Not content to leave us in such a desperate and helpless state, God, in His love for us, 4.) Sent His Son to be the Savior. So what is The 5th Essential Element?
The Savior, Jesus Christ, did something for us whereby we might be saved by God’s grace alone! The 2 elements of what Jesus did is called the Gospel; which means Good News. And, what is the Good News of what Jesus did for us, whereby we might be saved? This can be summarized in 10 simple-to-recall words, and they are these: Christ died for our sins, and rose from the dead. These 10 words, constituting the Gospel, or Good News, are derived from I Corinthians 15:1 thru 4, and a great many other places besides. It means that the Savior is alive today; ready and willing to save whosoever desires that He save them! How? That comes next! Follow along closely.
And, as with the previous 4 Essential Elements, how can we know these things for an absolute fact… only by reading through the New Testament, and letting these matters come right out at us. Something I am going to do just as soon as I round out the 10 Essential Elements by addressing 6 thru 10 in the next few days.
If you ever wanted to be certain of The Real New Testament Christian Message, and you wanted to be able to skillfully share it with others, that they, too might be saved. Learn these 10 Essential Elements in order, and discover all the many verses and passages that point to each one of these from out of the 27 books that comprise the New Testament of the Holy Bible. It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell