The Gospel in Life is a learning resource to aid you on your journey TO and THROUGH the Faith. It starts with questions of beleif, common objections and covers a robust menu of theology, philosophy, psychology and truth. It is perfect for the one who finds him or herself open to faith, but not quite sure about things. It is also just as perfect for those who have been following Jesus for years. Enjoy!
If you are new to Kaleo and not quite sure where you are at spiritually or what you ultimately believe, we want you to know you are welcome with us for as long as you like. We hope you find your time with us to be meaningful, informative and beneficial. May God bless you.
Every religion in the world says that we have to "do something" or "be something" in order to earn God's approval or forgiveness...
But Christianity says that, while we were still sinners God loved us and sent His Son to die for us in order to pay the debt that we owed for our sin. God Himself (Jesus) came to rescue us! (Romans 5:8, Genesis 1:26, John 14:9, Colossians 1:15-23, Hebrews 1:1-3)
Have you heard this before? Do you think you are a sinner? Do you need to be rescued?
The Bible says that we are all sinners separated from God and in need of a Savior. "Noone is righteous, no, not one… for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God… and the penalty for sin is death... and we are dead in our sin." (Romans 3:10 and Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:1-3)
If someone is dead, then there is nothing they can do to help themself because they are dead, laying there, a helpless corpse... We need someone to make us alive again, someone to rescue us...
See how God comes through!
"...But the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord…" (Romans 6:23)
"...But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved...through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." (Ephesians 2:4-10)
A gift is something that somebody else buys and pays for. You must accept it and take it in order to receive it for yourself... Only those who accept God's gift of forgiveness and life will receive it. We cannot earn it. The good things we do, can never undo the bad that has already been done.
GOOD NEWS! It doesn't matter what you have done. You are not to "bad" for God to save. Though our sins are as scarlet, He will wash us white as snow... He is the only one who can, and it is His great pleasure to do it because he loves us.
We are all alone before God and we are accountable to Him for our life. The Bible says that "if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness." (John 1:9) Confess means to agree with God that we are sinners and need a Savior.God also assures us that once we are His, no one can change that or take us away from Him. He keeps us redeemed forever. (John 6:35-40, John 10:28-30)
What a GOOD Father! God loves His children and He Himself has come to rescue them. He did not leave us all alone. He came to be with us... to sacrifice Himself for us so that we might one day live again forever with Him. He came to save us, to bring us back to Him... (Genesis 1:26, John 14:9, Colossians 1:15-23, Hebrews 1:1-3)
He does not require us to perform or be something special in order to earn His love and approval... He offers his love freely to us, but at great cost to Himself... He approves of us when we turn back to Him and place our trust in Him instead of in ourselves or someone or something else...
The Bible says that if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved… For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved… For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life… And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. (Romans 10:9-10, Romans 10:13, John 3:16, Acts 4:12)
Not only will He save us individually from our sin, but His death and ressurection also will rescue and renew the entire Creation one day! And on that day, finally there will be no more suffering... death... tears... pain... sadness... brokeness... We will be with God and he will be our light. We will do life on the new earth (Revelation 21:1) without the constraints of the curse of sin and death. And we will be with the Lord forever! We cannot even imagine what God has prepared on that day for those who love Him! Imagine living forever... approved and loved by God... and doing life without the constraints, brokeness, and horrors of the curse of sin... What a glorious day that will be! Thank you Jesus! (1 Corinthians 2:9, Romans 8:22, Revelation 21:4-5, Revelation 22:1-5, John 17:3)