The Gospel

"we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God" (2 Corinthians 5:20)

Because God the Father loved us, He sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, into this world to live the life no one can live, to die the death everyone deserves to die, to pay the penalty and debt of the sin for all who believe in Him by His grace and Spirit, and to bring about newness of life and absolute hope for the same through His resurrection.  Having taken His throne in heaven, from which He is ruling over all things for His Church, He will return in glory to judge the living and the dead, on which Day the unrepentant wicked will be sent into eternal punishment, and His Church will enter into eternal glory and blessing, being made perfect.

Therefore, He “now commands all people everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained.  He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:30-31).  The Lord has no pleasure in the death of the wicked (Ezekiel 18:23, 32).  Rather, “there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents” (Luke 15:10).  Therefore, “we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God” (2 Corinthians 5:20).