May 4, 2013

The Gospel In a Nutshell

Jesus Christ, by His death and the sacrifice of Himself, secured a once-for-all atonement between humanity and God. Justification is by grace through faith. Justification: This is what atonement offers – being declared righteous before God and no longer being under wrath. By grace: This is how atonement comes – by God’s grace and not because we deserve it. Through faith: This is how we accept God’s gracious gift of atonement through Jesus – trusting what He has already done rather than our own efforts. Ephesians 2:8-9, 10 says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

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