Gospel 101

The following is a brief presentation of the gospel.  Much of what we hear today in modern evangelicalism is a watered down version of the truth that has been sprinkled with palatable breath mints grown in a Finney-esque hydroponic barrel.  Far too many so-called proclaimers of truth speak of God loving everyone wily-nily as if He were the headmaster of a can’t-we-all-get-along-and-agree-to-disagree love fest.

There is little talk of wrath and even fewer words about repentance and the cost of discipleship.  The great apostasy lingers before us as most who profess the Cross of Christ sound like Schullerite crystal pops snuggling up to their shiny Lakewood posts of positivism.  “Glory be to me and thee!” is their rally cry.  As the Gospel essentials are gutted and discarded thousands are led down the wrong alley that leads to an imaginary regeneration and a false salvation.

I pray that pure beauty of Christ’s work will be displayed before men clearly till the day when He is no longer defiled.  Amen.

God has said we must turn and believe

The Gospel is a divine command from God to all men that they must turn away from their sin and put their trust in Christ for there is coming a day whereby all men will be judged by Him according to how they have lived their lives.

“Truly these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent.” -Acts 17:30

Everyone is corrupted and guilty before God

No one will escape being judged by God at the final examination when they die and go before Him.  Everyone will be held to the same standards and requirements as given to us by God in His commandments. By looking at God’s Law we see just how guilty we truly are before a holy and just God.

Consequently, no man can escape condemnation since none of us live perfectly.

“…No one is good except God alone.” – Luke 18:19

Everyone is spiritually dead and helpless except the God-Man Jesus

Ever since Adam willfully violated one simple command we have been separated from God and are born spiritually dead and morally bankrupt.  And since God requires righteous perfection, a morally corrupted sinner who is incapable of pleasing God cannot of himself remove his own penalty. Only someone perfect can do that.

“For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.” – 1Corinthians 15:22

Faith in Christ alone saves us from His wrath

Therefore, we must put our trust in the knowledge that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, fully divine, and was also truly a man who lived perfectly while on the earth.  And as a result of His deity and his spotless humanity, Christ, and Christ alone, is uniquely qualified to be our substitute.

“…how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” – Hebrews 9:14

Christ was punished in our place

In order to save His people from destruction, Christ was punished in our place by being crucified at Calvary.  He allowed Himself to be tortured and killed as a payment for man’s sin.  He was completely innocent, guilty of nothing, but loved humanity in such a tremendous way that He was willing to suffer the wrath of God while he hung upon the cross.

…while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.  For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:6-8

Christ completed His work of redemption

He paid the penalty and price for our sins so that we may, at the time of judgment, be able to escape the punishment that we deserve.  He died so that we could live forever. He laid down His life so that we could be free from eternal death and punishment.

And since perfection has already been offered and accepted by God through the obedient work of Christ as a sacrifice and payment for our sins, there is nothing more that we must do other than to believe and accept what has been completed.

“…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; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.” – Romans 10:9-10

We must believe that He justifies through faith

While the Law condemns all men, the work of Christ frees us from condemnation for through Christ our sins are forgiven.  It is Christ alone who justifies the ungodly. We must put our faith in Him.

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” – Ephesians 2:8-10

The Resurrection proves the Gospel

And to prove that His message was truly from God and not a human concoction or counterfeit, Christ performed many miracles, signs and wonders culminating with His resurrection on the third day after His death where He appeared to hundreds of people.  Christ’s resurrection authenticated His power and victory over death.  Christ is risen from the dead and one day all of those who believe in Him will also be resurrected to live forever in perfect communion and fellowship with God and His people.

“For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with Him.” – 1Thessalonians 5:9-10

About ostrakinos

Pastoral sojourner in the world. Raising up four daughters. Citizen of earth. Resident of heaven. Taking ten looks at Christ.

Posted on June 26, 2008, in Doctrine/Theology, Evangelism. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Great post. I have traveled as an itinerate for 9 years and now I am pastoring a small church in Alabama. My burden for the last 10 years has been ever increasing on how many “gospel” invitations are given and the word repent, or turn is never used. May we by His grace preach the whole gospel. Preach on brother!

  2. Ditto to the pastor in Alabama. How can people truly understand the Gospel of grace before understanding the true wrath of God and their terrible position in the face of the Holy Law?

    Thanks for this post.

    You inspired me to start a blog on wordpress. Check it out: ashspeaks.wordpress.com.

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