In Matthew 16, Jesus rebuked the religious leaders because they knew how to predict the weather (Matthew 16:2-3), but they failed to recognize the obvious signs that Jesus was the promised Messiah. Later in the same chapter He warned His hearers about the judgment to come (Matthew 16:24-28). He said it is foolish to grab the things of this present world and yet lose one’s own soul for eternity (v. 26).
Have you trusted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior? Have you turned to Him for refuge from the coming storm? If not drop everything of this world because it’s time to get ready now. With these questions fresh in your mind, here are four simple ways in presenting the Gospel.
(1) THE ROMANS ROAD
Man’s Need – “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)
Sin’s Penalty – “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23)
God’s Provision – “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8)
Man’s Response – “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and Believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:9-10)
(2) THE ABC’S OF SALVATION
Admit that you are a sinner – “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)
Believe on Christ – “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31)
Confess your faith – “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and Believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:9-10)
(3) FOUR THINGS GOD WANTS YOU DO KNOW
Your Need as God Sees it – (Isaiah 64:6; Jeremiah 17:9; John 3:3; Romans 3:10-11, 23)
Your Own Helplessness – (Proverbs 14:12; John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Galatians 2:16; James 2:10
God’s Provision for Your Need – (Isaiah 53:6; John 3:16; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 3:18)
God’s Promise to Meet Your Need – (John 10:28; Philippians 1:6; Hebrews 7:25; Jude 24). Therefore, change your attitude toward sin (Acts 3:19). Put your trust in Jesus Christ (Acts 16:31). Make your decision today (Romans 10:9-10)
(4) THE BRIDGE TO ETERNAL LIFE
Because all of us have sinned (Romans 3:23), we are not only destined to die physically (Romans 6:23), but we are presently in a state of spiritual death or separation from God (Ephesians 2:1-4).
When Jesus died on the cross, He took our condemnation and paid the price for our sins (Romans 4:25; 5:8; 1 Corinthians 15:3).
By suffering and dying as our substitute, Jesus (1) provided a righteousness that God can credit to our account (2 Corinthians 5:21) and (2) made reconciliation possible between sinners and a holy God (1 John 2:1-2).
God’s love for us is so great that we have a very hard time trying to comprehend it. It reaches down to us through the darkness of this sinful and wretched world, even though we are hopelessly undeserving. God’s Eternal Word, the Bible, says that before God created our planet, He had decided to display the depth of His love for us through His Son’s death on the cross (1 Peter 1:20; Revelation 13:8).
The apostle Peter said of Jesus, “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). In Romans 4, we have forthright teaching that it is by faith, not by what we do, that a relationship with God can be established, “To him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness”.
If you read Romans 3:28, “We conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law.” By no means, not with money or good deeds, can we secure God’s acceptance of our sinful selves. Thus, my beloved, we cannot save ourselves. We can be saved only by God’s Son, Jesus Christ, who lived a sinless life, died as the perfect sacrifice for our sins, and rose from the grave, as the Scripture declares.
To show His love, Jesus died for me; to show my love, I must live for Him!