Wednesday, September 05, 2007

DO YOU REALLY WANT TO KNOW THE GOSPEL?

What exactly is meant by the question, “Do you really want to know the gospel?

Would you consider it a stupid question?

Would you be surprised to learn there is a hidden meaning to this question?

We live in a day where words have lost their meaning or at best are used incorrectly. Everywhere you look today people use this word “gospel” to describe anything that is religious in nature. We have gospel music, gospel book stores, gospel television networks, and even gospel ringtones. Consider this: Are any of these things what Paul meant when he wrote: “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it IS the POWER of God unto salvation”?

I’m sure you’ve been told at some point in time that the word “Gospel” means good news.


Do you know what the good news is?

Is it good news to tell sinners who are struggling with loving God and loving their neighbor and failing miserably that they better “get right or get left”?

Of course this isn’t good news and it’s not the gospel. You might think the Gospel is the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. These are historical truths contained in the Gospel, but in and of themselves, THEY AREN’T THE GOSPEL.

A person can know Christ came, He lived, He died, and He rose again and still not know the Gospel.

Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 - “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES, and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES.” The key to knowing the Gospel is found in these four simple words, “ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES”. “According to the scriptures”, Christ didn’t simply make salvation possible for sinners if they fulfilled certain conditions. “According to the scriptures” the Gospel is declared in these terms: “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus, for HE SHALL SAVE his people from their sins.” It doesn’t say he tried to save his people or that he made a way for sinners to save themselves if they believe. It says HE SAVED THEM.

How did he accomplish this?

By HIS perfect life of strict obedience to God’s holy law as the representative and substitute of all those God the Father gave Him in the everlasting covenant of grace. Every step Christ took in His time on this earth wasn’t for His benefit, but for the eternal benefit of those He represented. Peter wrote: “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” (1 Peter 2:24)

Here’s the good news of the Gospel: Christ actually justified all those whom he represented when he offered himself to God at Calvary and God was well pleased for His righteousness sake. When Christ cried “IT IS FINISHED”, salvation was actually accomplished for His people and those He died for will all in time come to see that Christ is indeed their all.

Do you see that Christ is your all?

If Christ is your all, you’ve experienced the gift of God’s grace.

RICHARD WARMACK
Grace Baptist Church of Ruston, Louisiana


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