The Most Important Message explains four things:

1.) The Most Important Problem–your sin, which separates you from God and brings His judgment.

2.) The Most Important Penalty–God’s curse and everlasting separation from Him in the lake of fire or hell.

3.) The Most Important Provision–God sent the Lord Jesus Christ to suffer and die on the cross, paying the sin debt for the world of sinful people.  He then rose again from the grave, showing that justice was satisfied and death was conquered. He will come again a second time to bring final deliverance for His people.

4.) The Most Important Promise–if you will repent and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, you will be saved.  Turn from your sins and every other hope of salvation to trust only in the perfectly sufficient sacrifice of Christ today!

The Most Important Problem:

The Most Important Penalty:


The Most Important Provision:


The Most Important Promise:


 The Most Important Message

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1.) The Most Important Problem—Sin

God’s commands: “Be ye holy; for I am holy” (1 Pet 1:16) and “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect” (Mt 5:48). “Sin is the transgression of the law”—it is any failure to be as holy as God in your nature, thoughts, or acts. You are a sinner, “for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Rom 3:23). You are unrighteous, for “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” (Rom 3:10-12). You are “an unclean thing, and all [your] righteousnesses are as filthy rags” (Is 64:6). Your  “heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked” (Jer 17:9). Unless you are adopted into God’s family by being born again (Jn 3:3),“ye are of your father the devil” (Jn 8:44), “dead in trespasses and sins . . . by nature the children of wrath” (Eph 2:1-3) and you “cannot please God” (Rom 8:8). You are “defiled and unbelieving” with “nothing pure; but even [your] mind and conscience is defiled” (Tit 1:15). Your sinful nature has enslaved your mind, your will, and your desires, and you are unable to free yourself from its control: “Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one” (Job 14:4). You “have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out” (Num 32:23).

2.) The Most Important Penalty—Separation from God

God’s law says, “Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them” (Gal 3:10). You have not continuously and perfectly obeyed, so you are cursed.“The wages of sin is death” (Rom 6:23), so you are subject to physical death (Heb 9:27), spiritual death (Eph 2:1), and “the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone . . . the second death” (Rev 21:8) You are “condemned already” (Jn 3:18) and your “damnation is just” (Rom 3:8). Unless God delivers you from your sin, instead of experiencing “fulness of joy . . in [God’s] presence” (Psalm 16:11) for all eternity, you “shall be tormented with fire and brimstone … the smoke of [your] torment [will] ascend up for ever and ever: and [you will] have no rest day nor night” (Rev 14:10-11). The question arises: “How can ye escape the damnation of hell?” (Mt 23:33).


3.) The Most Important Provision—the Savior’s work for Sinners

The one true God exists eternally in three Persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (1 Jn 5:7; Mt 28:19; 2 Cor 13:14). This God has provided you the only way of salvation: “God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (Jn 3:16). Jesus Christ, who is “God manifest in the flesh” (1 Tim 3:16), “came into the world to save sinners” (1 Tim 1:15). He lived a sinless life and then died on the cross, where His Father “made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (2 Cor 5:21). Three days later He rose from the grave, conquered death, and then ascended back to heaven, from whence He will come again soon to judge the world (1 Cor 15). Christ’s death on the cross and shed blood are sufficient to completely cleanse you from all your sin. You can be saved, not through your own works, but through His work; not by your attempts to obey the law, but His perfect obedience to it and death to satisfy it. “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us” (Gal 3:13). That “Christ died for our sins …was buried, and … rose again the third day” is the “gospel” or “good news” by which you must be “saved” (1 Cor 15:1-4). By Christ’s “one offering he hath perfected for ever” those He redeems (Heb 10:14), so there is nothing that you can do to save yourself, or to keep yourself saved.  “Salvation is of the LORD” (Jon 2:9).

4.) The Most Important Promise—Salvation through Christ

God promises to save you if you “repent . . . and believe the gospel” (Mark 1:15). Today is the day for you to:

Repent—admit that you are a wicked sinner who deserves damnation and is headed to hell. Turn from your sins and turn to Jesus Christ in surrender and trust. “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out” (Ac 3:19). “Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin … turn … and live … turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die?” (Eze 18:30-32; 33:11).  It is absolutely certain that unless “ye repent, ye shall … perish” (Lu 13:3).

Believe—turn to Jesus Christ and trust in His substitutionary sacrifice on the cross, and that alone, for eternal salvation. The Lord Jesus promised: “He that believeth on me hath everlasting life” (Jn 6:47).  You cannot trust or believe on Christ for salvation if you think that doing good things, keeping God’s Law, baptism, communion, church attendance, confessing your sins every day, or any other human work makes you deserve salvation. The Bible states: “For by grace [undeserved favor] are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast” (Eph 2:8-9) If salvation is “by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.” (Rom 11:6). A “man is justified [declared righteous] by faith without the deeds of the law” (Rom 3:28). To trust in good deeds for salvation is to reject Christ’s work on the cross: “I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain” (Gal 2:21). Do not just mentally assent to these crucial facts. Do not think you have always been saved (Lu 5:32; 19:10). You must come to a specific point in your life where, admitting your sin and lost condition, you repent, reject all confidence in human merit and religious rituals, and rely on Jesus Christ, and Him alone, for eternal salvation: “to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness” (Rom 4:5). “Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in [God’s] sight … the righteousness of God without the law is manifested … even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe … being justified freely by [God’s] grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Rom 3:20-24)

If you will come to Jesus Christ for salvation, He will keep you saved; no one who has ever truly believed in Him can perish (Rom 8:28-39). Once you are saved, you are always saved, both from sin’s penalty, eternal damnation, and from sin’s power: “if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Cor 5:21). If you turn from your sins to Him, he promises you everlasting life with Him in heaven upon His return or your death, and a holy life on earth now, freed from the bondage of sin.

Recognize the most important problem—your sin—the most important penalty—separation from God in the lake of fire—the most important provision—deliverance through Christ’s death and resurrection—and the most important promise—eternal salvation to all who repent and believe in Christ.

You must receive Jesus Christ immediately to save you from your sin. He promises, “him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out” (Jn 6:37). Turn to Him today—tomorrow it may be too late. “Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.” (Pr 27:1). “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36)

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