ABC of the Gospel (Pack of 100)
Text of the tract
“What must I do to be saved?” So said a Philippian jailer to the Apostle Paul many years ago. From the time of Cain, the son of the first man Adam, to the present day doing has been the first thought of man.
If asked about salvation and the way to heaven, do you say, “We must all do our best?” And if pressed for something further, do you bring up the idea of being good – a good father, a good mother, a good child, a churchgoer. Do you talk about honesty, fidelity and so on?
If you think this way, I say you are wrong. But please don’t accept my opinion. Let Got by His Word show you that His way of saving you is the only way.
Good works are very important, but you must be saved before you can do them.
When you learned the alphabet you were taught that A, B, and C all come before the D. D is in the alphabet, but its place is fourth, not first. In Matthew 18 Jesus says, Except ye…become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.1 And as a little child you must begin with God’s A, B, C, before the D of doing.
First, you must believe God’s A. What is it?
ALL HAVE SINNED
All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.2
You must accept what God says about you. You have sinned; you have come short of His standard.
Then what about the second letter? B gives God’s remedy for you, the sinner.
Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.3
Believe – not in yourself, but – on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved. If you rest for salvation on Christ, and on Him alone, you will obtain it.
The letter C presents the wonderful person who has come to save you.
Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God.4
If [A] you admit you are a sinner and [B] you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, then [C] tells you that Christ has suffered for your sins. You committed the sins, but Christ in love died for you. For the wages of sin is death.5 Now God can give you – not the wages, which have been paid to Christ – but His free gift, which is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Can you now go on without God and without hope in the world? Or will you become as a little child, and learn God’s ABC for the first time? It is truly God’s way of salvation.
There has not been a word about doing yet, for Christ has done it all. All what? All that is necessary for your salvation. All you need is simply to rest your soul on His finished work. Trust in Him. The moment you do so, you are safe. You see you have not reached D for Doing, nor E for Experience, nor F for Feelings. These all come later. Do not be occupied with them before you have learned God’s A, B, and C.
Bible references: 1Matthew 18:3; 2Romans 3:23; 3Acts 16:31; 41 Peter 3:18; 5Romans 6:23.
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