One cannot have a discussion about the gospel without discussing the relationship of the unbeliever to the gospel. The Bible is clear about the nature of mankind. “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). The reason for our sin is given as well, “And you (that’s me and you) were dead in our trespasses and sins…and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest” (Ephesians 2:1,3). What relationship to the gospel can a bunch of corpses possibly have? The answer is found at the end of Peter’s Pentecost sermon. After Peter’s conclusion, the people cry out, “Brethren, what shall we do?” (Acts 2:37). The answer 2000 years ago is the same answer today, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38). The good news to the unbeliever is a command to repent and believe in Jesus Christ. It is a call for them to trust in the only one who can ever pay the penalty for their sins (except they pay it in hell for eternity). Are you a follower of Jesus Christ? If not, repent of your sins and trust in Christ. Place your affection and love in the Savior and not your transgressions.

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