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The Whole Gospel


     Are you experiencing the whole gospel?  Do you know the whole gospel?  Dr. Neil T. Anderson, in his book, Victory Over Darkness, explains how many of us who have heard about Jesus, and even those of us who have prayed to receive Christ have only heard or recieved half the gospel.  Below is an excerpt from his book.
     The Whole Gospel
"Many Christians are living under half a gospel.  They have heard that Jesus is the Messiah who came to die for their sins, and if they pray to receive Christ, they will go to heaven when they die and their sins will be forgiven.  Two things are wrong with that statement.  First, it is only half the gospel.  If you came across a dead man and you had the power to save him, what would you do?  Give him life?  If that is all you did, then he would only die again.  To save the dead person, you would have to do two things.  First, you would have to cure the disease that caused him to die.
     The Bible says, ‘The wages of sin is death’ (Rom. 6:23).  So Jesus went to the cross and died for our sins.  Is curing the disease that caused us to die the whole gospel?  No!  Finish the verse:  ‘but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord’ (6:23).  Thank God for Good Friday, but what Christians celebrate every spring is the Resurrection on Easter Sunday.  For some unknown reason, we have left the Resurrection out of the gospel presentation.  Consequently, we end up with forgiven sinners instead of redeemed saints.
     A second problem with the previous gospel presentaion is this:  it gives people the impression that eternal life is something they get when they die.  That is not true.  ‘And the witness is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.  He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life’ (1 John 5:11,12).  If we don’t have spiritual (eternal) life before we die physically, we can anticipate only hell."
 
Life begins the day we receive Jesus as our Savior and when we receive the gift of eternal life.  We can only live changed lives when we are born again (born of the Spirit).  We must believe Jesus rose from the dead and has victory over death and His gift to us is allowing us to share in His victory!
 
Please choose to believe in The Whole Gospel today!  God hopes you will receive all his love, goodness, and gifts He has for you.  Tell Him you believe Him, trust in Him, and desire Him to be your Father and God today!
 
With Love in Christ Jesus,
 
Jim
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