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Sunday, August 23, 2020

The Gospel: Who, What, When, Where, and Why


 Whew! What a year we’ve had thus far. Tragedy, loss, pestilence, death, injustice, economic collapse, social discord, and civil unrest: dealing with any one of these things at any time would be bad enough, experiencing them all at once feels apocalyptic. With everything happening, the first, second, and third thoughts that have been running through my mind is Christ and His return. No one knows the day although, the word tells us the time leading up to it will be marked by Godlessness (2 Timothy 3) and terrifying calamity (Matthew 24, Daniel 11). Jesus will come unexpectedly but because we, who are in Christ, are not in the dark, we will not be surprised when the day of The Lord comes like a thief (1 Thessalonians 5 vs.1-11). It is comforting to know believers will not be caught unaware however my thoughts haven’t been on believers, they’ve been on the unbelievers, and those who knew Jesus yet turned away.

 

Every day you are alive is an opportunity to surrender to Christ and make Him your Lord and Savior. “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved (Acts 4 vs. 12).” Genesis chapter three details the fall of man, life shows us the result of that fall, but God had a plan to redeem man from the fate sin sealed for us. While there is still breath in your body it is not too late to become a beneficiary of the salvation found in Christ alone. In this post, and God willingly the next few posts, I hope to provide a rudimentary understanding of the gospelwho, what, when, where, and whyfor those who are new to the gospel or simply need a better understanding.

 

I am not a theologian. I rejoice that you don’t need to be a theologian, a genius, or even formally educated to understand God’s word or receive the gospel. “God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise (1 Corinthians 1 vs. 27).” The gospel simply and compactly stated is obtainable and understandable by all. “ . . . If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved (Romans 10 vs. 9).”

 

What Is The Gospel?

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3 vs. 16).”


The good news (gospel) is that Jesus Christ, the second person in the Holy Trinity and the Son of God, was sent by The Father to be the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all mankind, once and for all. All who believe Jesus is the Son of God, that He was crucified on the cross, resurrected on the third day, and ascended to the right hand of the Father receive salvation in Christ.

“I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and He was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said (1 Corinthians 15 vs. 3-4).”



What does it mean that Jesus was the perfect sacrifice for the sins of mankind?

“For God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time (Hebrews 10 vs. 10).”


Before the grace, there was the law. The law is the commandments, which governed the relationship between God and Israel. Moses spent forty days (40) on Mount Sinai after the exodus from Egypt, receiving it from God (Exodus 24 vs. 12-18). The law established a covenant or relationship based on obedience. Obedience led to blessings and disobedience, judgment. Even as God gave Israel the law God knew they would not be able it keep it. As such, God made provisions for returning to right standing in Him. Sacrifices for forgiveness had to be made on a consistent basis, and once a year, on the Day of Atonement, the high priest would sacrifice for the whole nation. This was a foreshadowing of the work Jesus did on the cross 2,020 years ago. The law illustrates how much we need a Savior, because none can keep it, none can be justified (made righteous in the sight of God) by it. In Christ, we are saved by grace through faith in Him. Jesus crucified on the cross is the perfect sacrifice. We don’t need to offer burnt sacrifices because Christ is our sacrifice; His crucifixion is payment for our sins.


‘The sacrifices under that system were repeated again and again, year after year, but they were never able to provide perfect cleansing (Hebrews 10 vs. 1).”

 

Why mankind needed to be justified

 

“God in heaven shows that He is angry with people. He is angry because they do not respect Him and they do bad things. Because they continue to do those bad things, they choose not to accept God’s true message. They should understand what God is like Because God Himself has shown it to them clearly. Ever since God made the world, He has been showing people clearly about Himself. We cannot see God. But the things He has made show us clearly what He is like. We can understand his great power that continues forever. We can know that He is the true God. So there is no reason for anyone to say, “We could not know about God.”

 

From the moment Adam disobeyed God in the garden man became separated from God by sin. God has not hidden Himself from mankind though sin stands as a barrier hindering relationship with God. Man has gone his own way looking to self for morality and righteousness but righteousness cannot exist apart from God. Man in his pride would rather deny God than live in obedience to Him. What we deserve is judgment, all of us, because we all sin and fall short of God’s glory. However, God is merciful yet He is also righteous. God cannot be pleased with immorality. For that reason we need to be justified, which leads us back to Jesus Christ, grace, and the gospel.

 

“But nobody can do any work that will make himself right with God. Instead, if he believes in God, then God will accept Him. Because of that person’s faith, God says that person is right with Himself. That is God’s gift even to those who have not obeyed Him (Romans 4 vs. 5 EASY)”

 

God in His great love has given us grace, that is unmerited favor by sending His one and only Son to die for our sins, so we may have eternal life (salvation) in Him. We cannot earn our salvation through the law or any other means. Instead, God has made righteous those who receive Him by faith. 

 

Takeaways:

 

1. The gospel is that Jesus Christ died on the cross to cleanse us from our sins. Whoever believes Jesus is The Son of God and in the work, He did on the cross shall have eternal life.

           

2. We cannot be justified by the law, it is only by grace through faith in Christ are we saved.

 

3. Grace our new covenant relationship with God based on the sacrifice of Jesus. We have forgiveness of sins through His blood. 

 

I will expand upon grace and Jesus, the means of grace Himself, in the next post. I hope you found this post helpful. Please feel free to ask any questions about anything that was unclear in the comment section, I’ll try my best to answer as clearly as possible. If you found this helpful please share. If you’re reading this and want to give your life to Christ, invite Him into your life, confess your sins, and find a good Bible-based church. Trust Jesus for your salvation and commit your life to Him. 


We all have a story. This is mine. His way.    

 

 

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