The Gospel "in brief"

 
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Many use tracts for evangelism.  But did you know Faith & Law Around the Globe has one designed for legal professionals?

Entitled “The Rule of Law in Spiritual Matters,” the classic “Four Spiritual Laws” are presented in the form of a legal brief.  This is a great way to share the gospel with other lawyers, or maybe you need a reminder.  

Many of us were raised in a church.  Maybe you were christened as a baby, or prayed as a child to “ask Jesus into your heart.”  But you turned away as you got older. That “faith” was never really your own.

Or maybe you kept going, but more out of obligation and expectations.  You don’t feel fulfilled by following a list of rules but you don’t know what to do about it.

Or maybe you don’t know much about Jesus at all.  

The Gospel, or good news about Jesus -- who he is and what he did for us -- can be briefly summarized:

  1. God loves us and wants each one of us to know him personally
  2. We all do things we know are wrong and fail to do things we know we should,   God is good and just. His holy nature cannot tolerate these things. Consequently, we are separated from God.  The penalty is both physical and spiritual death.
  3. We cannot ‘fix things’ on our own.  Nothing we can do will bring us into a relationship with God.  So God sent His Son Jesus to make a way for us: he died in our place and rose from the dead to prove he had the power to make things right.  He is the only way to a relationship with God and new life.
  4. Each of us must make our own decision - will we accept his offer, the free gift of a relationship with him (spiritually alive) and eventually a physical place with him when he creates a New Heaven and New Earth?  

What do we have to do to accept his offer?

“But to all who believed Him and accepted Him, He gave the right to become children of God.”     John 1:12 (NLT).

Two analogies illustrate this situation.

Criminal Justice

"For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God." 1 Peter 3:18

People stand before God the judge as condemned criminals. The punishment is well-deserved, but our loving Creator doesn’t want us to die in eternal separation from Him. Perfect justice requires that the sentence of death be carried out, so Jesus paid the penalty Himself by taking our sin, dying in our place, and offering us His righteousness.

Contract Law

“. . . Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance--now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.” Hebrews 9:15.

Our sin can be viewed as a breach of contract, requiring severance of our relationship with God and payment of damages. Jesus has paid the price of the damage and now offers you a new contract on better terms than the original agreement.

Just believing and understanding these facts is not enough. Someone may believe Jesus is who he said he was and did what the Bible teaches, but refuse to accept Jesus because of pride, feelings of inadequacy, not wanting to submit to God, or some other reason.

Each one of us must decide for ourselves whether to act on the offer.  You don’t have to accept Jesus as your lawful substitute, receive God’s pardon, or agree to the New Contract. Your decision must be a free choice. But all decisions have consequences.

QUESTION:  Viewing the situation as a legal professional, how would you advise your client in this situation?  Is this a good deal or not?

PERSONALLY:  If you have not done so already, will you accept the offer?