The Lost and the Gospel

This tract uses acrostics as headings and memory devices for the major points. Bible text for this revised web edition is taken from the Modern King James version. The tract was written by Michael D. Justice, and the original edition was printed in Springfield, Ohio in March 1982.


Losing Out in Sin and Transgression

Man is in sin when he is born. the sin nature is universal, and no man exists without it.

Modern King James version

Psalms 14:2-3 The LORD looked down from Heaven on the sons of men, to see if there were any who understood and sought God. All have gone aside, together they are filthy; there is none who does good, no, not one.

Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God,

Romans 5:12 Therefore, even as through one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin, and so death passed on all men inasmuch as all sinned:

James 4:17 Therefore to him who knows to do good, and does not do it, to him it is sin.

1 John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.


Lacking Our Savior's Transformation

Man remains in his sinful condition, unless changed by the transforming power of Jesus Christ.

Modern King James version

Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as the unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as a menstruous cloth. And we all fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

Isaiah 61:10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul will be joyful in my God; for He has clothed me with the robes of salvation, He covered me with the robe of righteousness like a bridegroom adorns himself with ornaments, and like a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

2 Corinthians 5:17 So that if any one is in Christ, that one is a new creature; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

Titus 2:13-14 looking for the blessed hope, and the glorious appearance of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us that He might redeem us from all iniquity and purify to Himself a special people, zealous of good works.

Galatians 2:16 knowing that a man is not justified by works of the Law, but through faith in Jesus Christ; even we believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith in Christ, and not by works of the Law. For all flesh will not be justified by works of law.


God's Own Sacrificial Plan for Eternal Life

Until we have the Savior's transformation, we are depending upon our own means to satisfy God. We must recognize that ONLY through his own plan, can God be satisfied.

Modern King James version

Psalms 34:22 The LORD redeems the soul of His servants; and none of them who trust in Him shall be guilty.

Isaiah 53:5 But He was wounded for our transgressions; He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was on Him; and with His stripes we ourselves are healed.

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father but by Me.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you are saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.

Titus 3:5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit,

Romans 10:9 Because if you confess the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.


Go Out, Share his Plan by Evangelistic Living

Our lives should picture the transformation we have received through Christ. We must then share with others, the source of our transformation.

Modern King James version

Isaiah 52:7 How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good tidings, making peace heard; who brings good news, making salvation heard; who says to Zion, Your God reigns!

Mark 16:15 And He said to them, Go into all the world, proclaim the gospel to all the creation.

Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ, and I live; yet no longer I, but Christ lives in me. And that life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith toward the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself on my behalf.

Philippians 1:20 according to my earnest expectation and hope that I shall be ashamed in nothing, but as always now Christ shall be magnified in my body with all boldness, whether it is by life or by death.

Colossians 3:17 And everything, whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him.

James 1:22 But become doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

The scripture that you have read speaks for itself. How have you prepared for eternity? Christ, PLUS NOTHING ELSE, will assure your eternity in heaven. Ask Christ to take control of your life today! The spiritual fruit which you bear after that decision, will glorify Christ. And Christ will forgive, and provide you with the power to overcome future sins in your life.

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Published on 15 June 2004