Monday, February 11, 2013

John 3:16, 2of7

~ The Gospel in a Nutshell ~

The person who first noticed the following acrostic is unknown to me.

G  ~  for God so loved the world,
O  ~  that He gave His Only begotten
S  ~  Son, that whosoever believeth
P  ~  in Him should not Perish
E  ~  but have Everlasting
L  ~  Life.


This well-known verse contains a summary of the entire Bible. It contains the entire Gospel—the Good News! The good news is that salvation of mankind has been provided at the Cross of Calvary. Because of the Cross all who trust in the substitutionary death (Christ’s death to pay the penalty of our sin which is our death) are redeemed (bought back). We were created by our Creator. Sin entered and separated us from our rightful owner. Our owner/Creator bought us back / redeemed us.

Consider what is presented in just 25 words.

The Target of Redemption  ~  All who truly believe / trust Jesus Christ.

The Source of Our Redemption  ~  God’s love!

The Cost of Our Redemption  ~  God’s Son.

The Process of Our Redemption  ~  The sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

The Acceptance of Our Redemption  ~  Belief in Jesus Christ and His atoning work on our behalf.

The Result of Our Redemption  ~  Escape eternal punishment and gain eternal life with Jesus Christ.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is that…
God’s Only Son Perished that you might have Eternal Life!

~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW

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