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The Only Gospel That Can Save
The fact that you clicked on this weblink suggests that you are either seriously concerned about the GOSPEL or just simply curious of what we wish to talk about. Perhaps you heard the word "gospel" mentioned many times but haven't got a solid and concrete idea about its meaning, far less its message. You may have heard the word from a priest reading a portion of the Bible and informs his hearers that he is reading the “gospel.” Or you heard it from a TV evangelist pleading his audience, “Believe the gospel and be saved!” You may do an interview with at least ten so-called “Christian” church leaders—they be priests or pastors—and pose to them this simple question: “What is the Gospel?” You’ll most probably get ten diverse―if not contradicting―answers. Perhaps as a professing Evangelical or "Reformed" Christian or a so-called "Sovereign Gracer" you presume that you already "know" the Gospel and so ignore and skip this message. We encourage you to read on and re-examine the 'Gospel' you received whether it is the true Gospel or a false and Satanic gospel that cannot save.
“And we declare unto you glad tidings [good news], how that the promise which was made unto the fathers, God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee. And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David. Wherefore he saith also in another psalm, Thou shalt not suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption: But he, whom God raised again, saw no corruption. Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.” (Acts 13:32-39)
The Gospel is the most important message in the world yet it appears to be the vaguest and the most confusing. Many church leaders spend years in Bible seminaries and universities and earn their Master’s degrees and Doctorates but remain ignorant of the Gospel. Brilliant and skilled professionals: lawyers, doctors, educators, politicians and scholars crowd many so-called Christian churches today and are taught just about everything except one—the Gospel. It is a horrible fact that multitudes are plunging into hell because of the ignorance in their unregenerate and unconverted priests and ministers.
Why is the Gospel most important? And why is knowing and believing this Gospel most important?
The Bible, the Word of God, gives the answers. Paul the apostle in Romans 1:16 wrote,
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
1 Corinthians 15:1,2: “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; by which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.”
Ephesians 1:13: “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise.”
The Gospel, therefore, reveals who are SAVED and who are NOT SAVED from their sins and from the eternal misery of hell. The Gospel is what all saved persons believe. To state it negatively, the Gospel is what all UNSAVED persons DO NOT believe. What do all unsaved persons NOT believe? The Gospel.
Mark 16:15,16: “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.”
2 Corinthians 4:3: But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost.”
Unbelief in the Gospel is not merely ignorance of the Gospel. Unbelief in the Gospel is also belief in OTHER [that is ‘false’] gospels that are mistaken by most to be the true gospel. They are deceived.
Romans 10:1-3: “Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.”
2 Corinthians 11:4: “For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.”
Galatians 1:6-8: “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.”
The passages above make it clear that one’s supposed faith in God, or in Christ, or in the Holy Spirit or in the Gospel, in spite of his zealousness and sincerity, does not guarantee his salvation. For besides asking “WHAT is the Gospel?” the equally important question now is “WHICH gospel?” “WHICH God? WHICH Jesus? WHICH Spirit?” There are thousands of preachers today who profess to believe and proclaim the Gospel. Perhaps you have heard some of them. But which are they among them that speak the truth? Only those who preach the true Gospel. What of those who preach false gospels? God says they are "accursed" that is eternally damned (Galatians 1:6-9). What about their followers? God says that He will punish them (2 Thessalonians 1:8) for disobeying the Gospel.
The Gospel is the most important message in the whole world because it reveals where you will spend your ETERNITY—whether in HEAVEN to enjoy the eternal fellowship and friendship of the Triune God, or in HELL to suffer His eternal, just and terrible wrath.
Paul said in his letter to the Roman Christians, “Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God (which he had Promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures).” (Romans 1:1)
Two important things must be observed in this passage. First, the Gospel unto which Paul is set apart is the Gospel OF GOD. Second, the Gospel is PROMISED BY GOD. The Gospel therefore is the PROMISE of God. The promise of what? The Promise to SAVE whom He chooses to save.
Since the Gospel is a Promise it is unconditional. A Promise is NOT an offer or an invitation as most preachers present it. The fulfillment of an offer or invitation is conditional and therefore depends upon either the acceptance or rejection of its object. But the fulfillment of the Promise depends only upon the One who made the Promise. We tend to understand a promise in human terms because we often make promises we do not and cannot fulfill. But the Gospel is quite different. It is a Promise not by man but BY GOD. Its fulfillment depends upon God alone. Who is this God that we should believe and trust His Promise? Consider these passages:
Psalm 115:3: “But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.”
Isaiah 46:9,10: Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure.”
Ephesians 1:11: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will.”
These passages clearly teach that God is sovereign. It means that God is God! He accomplishes what He wills; always what He wills and only what He wills. No creature can ever hinder that will! What He Promises therefore is sure to be fulfilled. Blessed is the man to whom the Promise is bestowed. The Promise is not fulfilled in all men NOT because it depended on them, but because God did not give the Promise to all men.
But God who Promised is also eternal and therefore unchanging. What He determines from eternity cannot change as He Himself cannot change and cannot lie. His Promise is from eternity and His Gospel is eternal:
Malachi: 3:6: “For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.”
Ephesians 1:4: “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love.”
2 Timothy 1:8-10: “Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, but is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.”
Hebrews 6:18: “That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us.”
Revelation 14:6: “And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people.”
God’s Promise will not and cannot fail. The Promise was from eternity and even the complete number of those to whom it is given and will be fulfilled are determined from eternity. God CHOSE or ELECTED them from eternity. But what is God’s basis for determining who should and who should not receive His Promise? Is it somehow because of the character, willingness, sincerity or effort of those to whom the promise is given? Did God somehow "FORESEE" these things in them from eternity? The answer is NO. Romans 9:15-16 answers:
“For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.”
The context of these statements is the argument from the preceding verses:
“For this is the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sara shall have a son. And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac; for the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;) It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger. As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.” (Romans 9:9-14)
Romans 11:35, 36: “Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.”
Therefore according to these verses the Promise is gracious as God Himself is gracious. It is totally UNDESERVED by anyone. It is God’s own free choice to whom He will bestow and fulfill the promise. It is NOT God’s obligation, duty or mission to save all men.
In summary, so far we’ve learned from God’s Word that the GOSPEL is God’s sovereign, effectual, eternal and gracious promise to save men whom He freely chose from eternity.
Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle wrote in Romans 1:1-4 that he was…
“…separated unto the gospel of God, (which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,) concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; and declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.”
The Gospel concerns the Lord Jesus Christ who is truly and wholly human (“of the seed of David according to the “flesh”) and truly and wholly God (declared to be the “Son of God”). The Gospel, God’s Promise is fulfilled in the incarnation of the Second Person of the Holy Trinity—the Eternal Son:
John 1:1, 14: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”
Romans 8:3, 4: “For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”
Hebrews 2:14-17: “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.”
It was therefore necessary that the Eternal Son of God become human. God’s holy Law was violated in the human nature. It is just and necessary therefore that satisfaction must be done in the same human nature. In the human nature sin must be fully punished and at the same time the Law of God must be perfectly fulfilled. Only the Lord Jesus Christ, God’s Only Begotten Son was able to accomplish this. A “jesus” who is not wholly and truly human cannot save!
Nor a “jesus” who is merely human and not God can save. A “jesus” who is not wholly and truly God cannot bear the sins of many. If Jesus Christ was a mere human being He cannot rise again from the dead after He was crucified, dead and buried. He failed in His mission.
God is infinite. Sin against the Infinite One is “infinite” sin. Therefore, infinite sin deserves the “infinite” wrath and punishment of God. A “christ” who is a mere human and therefore a finite being cannot sustain or bear the infinite wrath of God. Instead, this “christ” will be crushed, consumed and reduced to nothing. Only God who is infinite can sustain an infinite wrath and accomplish it on behalf of many. This is the reason why Paul wrote concerning the Lord Jesus, “declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.”
Acts 2:24: “Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.”
What did the Lord Jesus Christ the Son of God—come in the flesh—accomplish for His people, God’s chosen, according to the Gospel?
Paul said in Romans 1:16, 17,
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, ‘The just shall live by faith.’”
The reason why Paul said that the Gospel of Christ is the power of God unto salvation is that it reveals the righteousness of God. The word “righteousness” is an absolute term. Either you are righteous or not righteous. You cannot be half-way or partially righteous. God treats His moral creatures based on RIGHTEOUSNESS. Getting to heaven is not like hitting the lowest passing mark in school. God loves and bestows all favors to the righteous. But He hates and punishes the unrighteous.
If the righteousness of God is revealed in the gospel, and those who do not believe the gospel are not saved, then we must know what the righteousness of God is. Because if we don't know what the righteousness of God is, we don't know the gospel.
Romans 10:3: “For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.”
Those who are ignorant of the righteousness of God—that is, those who don't know what the righteousness of God is—are seeking to establish their own righteousness and do not submit to the righteousness of God! They are lost! So this RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD is the key element of the gospel! If there's no knowledge of the righteousness of God, there's no belief of the gospel. If there's no belief of the gospel, there's no salvation!
God be thanked that He does not leave His chosen people in the dark as to what the righteousness of God is. God clearly reveals it in His Word. Even as Paul by inspiration of the Holy Spirit introduces the gospel in chapter 1 of Romans as the revelation of the righteousness of God, he goes on to tell us what the righteousness of God is. Let's turn to verses 39-24.
“What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin; as it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: there is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: their feet are swift to shed blood: destruction and misery are in their ways: and the way of peace have they not known: there is no fear of God before their eyes. Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”
First, we see that every human being is unrighteous by nature; not one is exempted whether the pagan, immoral Gentiles and the religious, moral Jews. He shows in verse 20 that righteousness does not even come from one's best efforts to keep the law. Then, in verses 21 and following, we see the righteousness of God revealed. In verse 21, we see that the righteousness of God is revealed apart from the law. This means that the righteousness of God has NOTHING TO DO with our obedience to the law. It has NOTHING TO DO with our attempts at obedience and service.
So what does this righteousness have to do with? Romans 3:22-26 answer:
“Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; to declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.”
The righteousness of God is to be found in Christ alone and is apprehended through God-given FAITH alone. The righteousness of God has to do with Christ's RIGHTEOUSNESS. Verses 24 and 25 - "being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus." Jesus accomplished REDEMPTION, JUSTIFICATION, and PROPITIATION. Consider also the rest of words in verse 25: "to declare his righteousness." Justification, Redemption, and Propitiation all declare the "righteousness" of God.
What is Propitiation? To "propitiate" means to appease, to pacify or turn away wrath. Christ appeased God's wrath when the sins of His people were imputed to Jesus Christ, when Jesus Christ became sin for His people, and He incurred the judgment for that sin. There is no fellowship with God when there is sin. Why is that? It is because God is RIGHTEOUS. RIGHTEOUSNESS is the opposite of SIN. So in order for God to fellowship with sinners, the sin of those sinners MUST BE PUNISHED in a substitute who is a man who is totally without sin. The only one who qualifies for that is Jesus Christ. Christ took on the sins of His people, and God punished Christ for those sins, and God was pacified. God was at peace, not at war.
What is Redemption? To "redeem" means to pay the price for a possession so as to rescue or deliver that possession. "Ransom" is another word that is used. Christ's blood paid the price for His people's sins and bought them as his very own. What did His people do to make themselves into God's own possession? Absolutely nothing. It is CHRIST ALONE who paid the price! We had nothing to pay. Nothing that we ever did or were enabled to do would pay the price. It is only through the atoning blood of Christ.
What is Justification? Verse 26 says, "To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness" How does God declare His righteousness? We read: "that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus." Here he speaks about JUSTIFICATION. Yet notice that he doesn't just speak of justification of His people. He speaks of His own JUSTICE. God is a JUST God. This means that He is faithful to BLESS those who are righteous and CURSE those who are wicked. His justice demands that all who are not righteous MUST be punished. Now to JUSTIFY someone means to declare that the person is RIGHTEOUS, and negatively, NOT GUILTY. Yet chapter 3 manifestly declares that there's NO ONE who is righteous! We read that no one will be justified by his best efforts to keep the law! So how can it be true that God declares some to be RIGHTEOUS who have no RIGHTEOUSNESS in themselves? It can only be through the perfect righteousness of a substitute! And that substitute is Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ lived a perfectly rightous life. He obeyed the law perfectly his entire life.
So how does God declare His chosen ones to be righteous, when it is only Jesus Christ who lived a perfect life? The answer is in Chapter 4:6-8. Paul first shows that Abraham could not have been justified by his works. He says that justification is not by works; instead, God JUSTIFIES the UNGODLY. And how does God justify the ungodly? The Holy Spirit through Paul goes to the Psalms for the answer:
“Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.”
What does it mean that God COUNTS righteousness apart from works? It means that God justifies the ungodly based on a righteousness that is COUNTED to him. Another word for this is IMPUTED. It means LEGALLY CHARGED TO THE ACCOUNT OF. Jesus Christ lived a perfect life and was perfectly obedient, even unto death. This righteousness of Christ is IMPUTED to, or COUNTED to, or CHARGED to God's people. Even though God's people are not righteous in their own character and conduct, they are COUNTED righteous because the righteousness of Christ is IMPUTED to them.
Let's look at Romans 10:4. Remember when we read verse 3 to show that those who do not know about the righteousness of God are lost? The Holy Spirit then goes on to define what the righteousness of God IS in this verse:
“For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.”
This means that righteousness does not come through our law-keeping but through the righteousness of Christ!
We can see how God remains JUST to JUSTIFY those who are not righteous in and of themselves. Look at Isaiah 45:21:
“Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.”
How is God both a JUST God AND a Savior? Because the sins of God's people were imputed to Christ, and Christ bore the punishment that our sins deserved, and because the righteousness of Christ is imputed to God's people, and God declares His people righteous. Two imputations - sin imputed to Christ, and righteousness imputed to God's people. As Paul said way back in Romans 1, the righteousness of God is revealed in the gospel. The gospel means "good news." What is this good news that reveals the righteousness of God? It is the good news that God saves His people based on these two imputations! When the sins of God's people were imputed to Christ, Christ endured the wrath of God for those sins and paid the price in full. When the righteousness of Christ is imputed to His people, God declares His people not guilty. This is good news! This is the righteousness of God that is revealed in the gospel!
2 Corinthians 5:21 is a good summary of the righteousness of God revealed in the gospel.
“For he [that's God the Father] hath made him [that's Jesus Christ the perfectly righteous one] to be sin for us [that's our sin imputed to Him], who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him [that's Christ's righteousness imputed to us].”
God, having justified (declared righteous) those whom He chose to save from eternity yet who are hell-deserving sinners, dead in trespasses, blind and slaves of the Devil, now has the legal right to bestow all the benefits of salvation to them. In Christ God not only has power to set the prisoner free but possesses the legal right to liberate that prisoner. God effectually and invincibly makes the spiritually dead sinner alive:
Ephesians 2:1-5: “And you hath he quickened [made alive], who were dead in trespasses and sins; wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved.)”
God’s fulfillment of His gracious Promise is IRRESISTIBLE. God’s grace is INVINCIBLE! It cannot be REFUSED. Just as the physically dead cannot refuse to be made alive, so the spiritually dead cannot resist God’s quickening power. God opens his mind from former blindness. God opens his heart to respond to the truth—the Gospel. In other words he is given FAITH to believe the truth, not the lie.
Acts 16:14: “And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.”
Ephesians 2:8: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it (salvation by grace through faith as a package) is the gift of God.”
2 Peter 1:1: “Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.”
Through the Spirit God works within the justified sinner to will and to act according to His good and holy will and to spur him to good works.
Ephesians 2:10: “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
Philippians 2:12, 13: “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure."
God, in powerfully and faithfully fulfilling His eternal Promise to His chosen people, called by the Bible as the Church, not only saves them but keeps them saved. He will preserve them unto the end. They will not perish. God’s Promise to them cannot fail.
John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
He does not give them a conditional and temporary life but “everlasting” life. A life that will not be interrupted nor will end.
John 10:28: “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.”
Philippians 1:6: “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ”
Hebrews 7:25: “Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.”
Finally, in fulfillment of God’s Promise, He will bring His faithful to final and everlasting glory where sin and death cannot reach them anymore; where they shall be forever with their God to enjoy His friendship and perfect fellowship in Christ.
God surely and invincibly fulfills His Promise because it gives Him all the glory. To that glory every chosen, justified and redeemed child of God will eternally and perfectly devote and occupy themselves.
Romans 8:29, 30: “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
Romans 11:33-36: “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. AMEN.”
This is the GOSPEL—indeed GOOD NEWS! This is the Gospel believed by those who are saved. And this is the Gospel not believed by those who perish. This Gospel is now being proclaimed to you dear reader. You must repent of your sins, your rebellion, your ignorance, your idolatry and your believing a false gospel. Turn and repent of your sin of trusting in a false ‘Christ’ who can never save. Repent of your sin of believing a false ‘Jesus’ who supposedly died for all and not for His chosen alone; a false ‘Jesus’ whose power and grace can be resisted by the sinner by his supposed ‘free will;’ a false ‘Jesus’ who cannot preserve your soul unto the end. Repent and believe the true Jesus Christ of the true Gospel. Believers shall be saved while those who refuse to repent and refuse to believe shall be condemned.