Skip to main content

The Gospel

Gospel

What Is The Gospel?


Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.
(1 Corinthians 15:1-5 NASB)

The gospel is the truth of first importance.

It is not something that we have the liberty of changing. It is a truth that has been passed from God to us. If we receive this truth, believe it in earnest, and hold fast to the truth, we will be saved.

The gospel is a testimony about God's faithfulness.

God foretold in the Scriptures that a Messiah would come. It was His promise. This Messiah would fulfill the prophecies foretold in the Scriptures.

Jesus is the Messiah.

He came and died for our sins according to the Scriptures. Jesus Himself knew no sin (2 Corinthians 5:21). He was born in the likeness of sinful flesh (Romans 8:3). He came to fulfill the Scriptures such as Isaiah 53:5,

The Messiah was crucified
But He was pierced through for our transgressions,
He was crushed for our iniquities;
The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him,
And by His scourging we are healed.

Human beings need a Savior

This is true because we have rebelled against God. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Our sin has made a separation between us and our God and He has hidden His face from us because we have made ourselves His enemies (Isaiah 59:2).

God is good.

Receive God's Gracious Gift
The Scriptures tell us about God's character. He is good, just, and holy. He will by no means clear the guilty or look upon sin with favor. This presents a terrible dilemma: How can God save anyone from their sin? How can God be both Just and also Justify (or declare innocent) those who have sinned?

The dilemma is solved in Jesus, the Christ.

Because God is love He loved us even while we were His enemies (Romans 5:10). God became a man in the person of Jesus Christ to take the sin of all who turn to Him in repentance and trust in Him alone by faith to save us from the coming wrath and judgment. Wrath and judgment which we deserve for our rebellion.

God fulfilled His promise through Christ.


Jesus is faithful
He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (2 Corinthians 5:21)

Through Christ, God demonstrated His righteousness and His justice. He publicly solved the dilemma.

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. (Romans 3:23-26)

This gracious act from the Judge and King of all creation allowed for His wrath to be poured out and for His disposition to be changed from anger to favor for all who trust in Christ. This act required the death of the Messiah.

The Messiah died to fulfill the Scriptures.


Open Bible on table
His grave was assigned with wicked men,
Yet He was with a rich man in His death,
Because He had done no violence,
Nor was there any deceit in His mouth. (Isaiah 53:9)

Jesus of Nazareth was crucified by Rome as an enemy of the state. He was handed over by His own people as a blasphemer. He was executed publicly and shamefully between two criminals. He died under the curse of God (Galatians 3:13). Jesus was temporarily forsaken by His Father for our salvation (Psalm 22). Afterward, His body was laid in the tomb of a rich man named Joseph of Arimathea.

In accordance with the promise of God, the Messiah rose to life again on the third day.


For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol;
Nor will You allow Your Holy One to undergo decay.
(Psalm 16:10)

Jesus is alive.

Jesus did not undergo decay. He is alive today. Jesus rose from the dead, ascended to heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God the Father.

The resurrection of the Messiah proves the truth of the gospel.

Jesus was declared with power to be the Son of God by His resurrection from the dead. Jesus' perfect fulfillment of the Scriptures demonstrates that He speaks fully and finally for the Creator and King of all creation.

It demands a response from you.

"Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead."
(Acts 17:30-31)

Humility
Humble yourself before your God

God is faithful.

He has done everything He said He would do. He will do everything He says He will.

Jesus came the first time for salvation. He is coming again for judgment.


Jesus Christ is Lord
And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment, so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him. (Hebrews 9:27-28 NASB)

Christ came according to the Scriptures to die for our sin. He was buried. He was raised to life on the third day according to the Scriptures.

According to the Scriptures He is coming again in glory to gather His people to Himself and to crush His enemies under His feet (Psalm 110; 1 Corinthians 15:25; Revelation 19).

Turn to Him and be saved today! Trust in Him. Hold fast until the end.


He is worthy.



Popular Posts

Prayer vs. Petition

Q: What's the difference between prayer and petition? Phil 4:6 for example.

A: An excellent word study question! When attempting to study words from the text it is necessary to analyze the word being studied in the original language (in this case Greek) as attempting to look up the words in English will often produce erroneous results.

For example, in English the word petition has within its range of meanings things that are certainly not within the scope of meanings for the Greek word (i.e. “a sheet that is signed to demonstrate agreement with some principle or desire for some social action to be taken” is part of the range of “petition” but not of the Greek deesis from which “petition” is translated).

The word most commonly translated as “prayer” in our English Bibles is proseuche, which appears 36 times in the New Testament (NT) in one form or another (for the purposes of this study, we are only examining the usage of these words as nouns – the verbal forms will not be included…

Christianity Isn't Moralism

Do this. Don't do that.

Shop here. Don't shop there.

This is acceptable. That is an abomination.

Don't get me wrong. Christianity does have a moral code. That's undeniable.

And that moral code is not popular. Not by a long shot. The Bible is clear that the moral code is contrary to the flesh. By definition it goes against the grain of fallen human nature.

But Christianity isn't moralism.

The moral code is not the end. It's only a diagnostic. The Bible calls for rebels against the King of heaven and earth to be reconciled to Him through His Son, Jesus the Christ. The Bible calls for people to turn from their rebellion and live for Him. This means that we stop pursuing the various lusts and impulses of our flesh. It means we start living in obedience to our King. We live for the glory of His name.

The diagnostic helps us to see that we are off track. But living according to some external sort of rules is not the end goal. That was the mistake the Pharisees made. Yo…

Self-Centered Theology

I have a problem.

Maybe you do, too.

I bet you can at least relate.

I'm self-centered.

By nature, I think from my perspective. Often, more often than I'd usually like to admit, I pursue my agenda.

I like to do, what I like to do, when I like to do it, where I like to do it, how I like to do it, and with whomever I like to do it.

I think you do, too.

Sometimes we are good at hiding this self-centeredness. I believe that it is possible to have genuinely altruistic moments. Moments where we put others self-interest above our own well-being. Sometimes powerful emotions like love, hate, and disgust, can cause us to act contrary to our self-centered notions.

Sometimes.

As Christians, we are given the gift of God's grace through His Son, Jesus Christ. We receive this gift when we repent of our self-centered ways and trust in Christ alone. In the noise that is "Christianity" - if you take the time to really listen - you will often hear a false gospel that appeals to the …

Christ Died For Our Sins

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures
(1 Corinthians 15:3)
The truth of the gospel includes this important phrase: Christ died for our sins.

You've probably heard it before. Many times.

Sometimes familiarity leads to a diminished sense of importance. The more you hear about something the more ordinary it may seem. Common. Ho-hum. Boring.

But this truth is anything but common.

Another difficulty arises with this truth. Beyond being common. It may happen in your ears without you even realizing it.

When the truth is declared that Christ died for our sins, you may think you hear the truth. But what you really hear is a diminished version. A partial truth.

Instead of hearing that Christ died for our sins you may hear a slightly different version of this truth. You might hear this: Jesus died for your sins.

Do you see the difference? You should.


These statements are similar. Both may very well be true…

Hallowed Be Thy Name

Growing up, I said the Our Father prayer a lot.

A lot. Multiple times a day.It was part of my religious tradition. Most of the time, I mumbled it as quickly as I could.

For what it's worth, my Dad tried to help me understand that mumbling the prayer without understanding what it really meant wasn't the goal. He wanted me to understand it. He wanted me to mean it.

I remember sitting with him in the car one afternoon while we went through every phrase. He did his best to explain to me what the terms meant. Why we would say these things. Why it mattered.

It didn't take.

Although I became better equipped to describe the meaning of the phrases, I still mumbled them as fast as I could so I could move on to the next part of my day.

Fast forward many years. After being born-again by the grace of God I started to read my Bible. I desired to know God and His Word. I remember when I stumbled upon Jesus teaching the disciples to pray the Lord's prayer in Matthew 6. I was both excit…