The Simplicity of the Gospel

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

John 5:24

Men though the ages have tried to complicate the gospel.  They have tried, like Adam and Eve, to hide their sins and to try to make a covering for themselves.  Men have forever refused to acknowledge the simplicity that is in the gospel.  There are many, many verses in the Bible dealing with this simplicity and I would like to look at each of them as we come to them.

“He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.”  Here is the simplicity: 1. Hear my word.  2. Believe on Jesus.  3. Have everlasting life, which means that we will not come into condemnation, but are passed from death unto life.  Hear the Word of God and believe it.  That is what it really boils down to.  Hearing and believing.

We, as humans, like to complicate things.  We want to add to this plan of salvation.  We want to make it some complicated formula including long lists of “dos” and “don’ts.”  We want to add our own righteousness to it.  We want to jump through hoops and climb over obstacles.  We want to do everything except what the Bible tells us to do.  Our human pride tells us that there has to be something else to it.  There has to be something that we can do to earn our own salvation.  But this is the gospel and it is beautiful in its simplicity.  The only question is whether we will accept it or not.

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