2 Corinthians 5:11


Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men. Here are five things revealed in the gospel that should persuade all who are made aware of them to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. May the Spirit of God be pleased to make them effectual to your heart and grant you life and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ by his almighty grace.


The Glory of the Gospel


The gospel of the grace of God is such a glorious thing that even the heavenly angels contemplate it with astonishment (Eph. 3:10; 1 Pet. 1:11-12). It reveals a glorious Savior (Isa. 9:6), a glorious Sacrifice (Isa. 53:9-10), a glorious satisfaction (Rom. 3:24-26), a glorious Portion for all who believe (Lam. 3:23), a glorious provision for our souls (Ps. 84:11), and a glorious promise of everlasting salvation to faith in Christ (Mark. 16:15-16).


The Exceeding Sinfulness of Unbelief


Unbelief is the most horrible sin and crime against God in all the world. It calls the holy Lord God a liar (1 John 5:10), and goes about to establish a righteousness of its own (Rom. 10:3), refusing to submit to the righteousness of God in Christ. If you are yet lost, it is because you think you are too good to be saved. God save you from your delusion!


The Misery of Unbelievers


If you are an unbeliever you are in a miserable state and condition. You are without God, without Christ, without hope in this world (Eph. 2:11-12). The wrath of God is upon you. Your screaming conscience torments you day and night. There is no rest for your soul.


The Blessedness of Faith in Christ


Believers, by faith in Christ, are rich, infinitely and eternally rich (1 Cor. 3:21). All the grace we need for time and eternity is ours in Christ: -- forgiving grace, -- justifying grace, -- preserving grace, -- providential grace. By faith in Christ we have access to, communion with, and peace from God. And in our Redeemer we have the sure promise of everlasting glory (John 17:5, 22; Rom. 8:17; 2 Cor. 5:1-9). We shall have an entrance into heaven at death, resurrection at the last day, and perfect, everlasting glorification with Christ. This is blessedness!


The Call of the Gospel


How gracious God is! He devised a plan of redemption, gave his dear Son to die for sinners, accomplished redemption for undeserving, hell deserving rebels like you and me, and condescends to call and woo sinners who have long despised his grace to Christ, to be saved freely by his grace (Isa. 55:1-7). Christ himself, by the power of his Spirit, through the gospel, calls sinners to himself that they might find life and peace in him. He promises to receive all who come to him. And he is able, willing, and ready to save all who do come. Come, then weary sinner, come to Christ, and salvation is yours. God help you to come. AMEN.


Grace Baptist Church of Danville - Grace For Today Radio Message #819

2734 Old Stanford Road - Danville, Kentucky 40422-9438 -- Donald S. Fortner, Pastor