GOD THE CREATOR & KING
(Genesis 1-2, Psalm 89, Revelation 4)
The Triune God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) is the creator of everyone and everything. He is the good, sovereign king over his creation. That includes us. He is perfectly holy and righteous; therefore he cannot commit or approve of evil. That’s a problem because after God created all things good, Adam and Eve—the first man and woman—rebelled against him.
HUMANITY THE FALLEN SINNERS
(Romans 5, 2 Thessalonians 1, 1 John 1)
Every human is made in the image of God and after his likeness. We were created to know God and to rule over his creation as his princes and princesses. But Adam sinned and we have followed after him. We are sinners by nature and by choice. God is holy and good, yet we rebel against him. We are separated from our loving Creator and deserve His just wrath against our injustice. This is why we need a Redeemer.
CHRIST THE GOD-MAN
(John 10, Matthew 28, Acts 4)
Jesus is truly human. He perfectly obeyed God in every way and suffered the punishment for human sin. Jesus is truly God. He was able to bear the righteous anger of God against sin on the cross and yet overcome death. He died on the cross as a sacrifice, paying our sin-debt with his own blood, reconciling us back to God. Jesus was physically resurrected, declaring victory over sin, death, and the Devil. Jesus ascended to heaven and he will return bodily to judge the living and the dead.
FAITH AND REPENTANCE
(John 3, Acts 17, Ephesians 2)
So how should you respond to this gospel? The Bible says you need faith and repentance. First, you must put your faith in God’s promise of salvation by grace alone through Christ alone. By faith, Jesus takes our sin and we take His righteousness. Second, you must repent–turn away from your sin and toward God. When you do, you receive forgiveness and become an heir to his infinite riches and grace as his child.