I’m finally back in town after a short trip to Europe. While on the flight, I read about the gospel, that most central message of Christianity.
Over the next few posts, I will talk more about the different elements of the gospel, but today I just want to present the gospel as we as Christians believe it, and how we must proclaim it to non-believers.
Rom 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
The gospel is the good news of the Bible, the whole reason for its existence. All of the history, symbolism, instruction and poetry of the Bible revolve around the good news.
The good news is that God loves us, and he sent His son to stand in our place in the accused stand, to be judged and punished on our behalf. And that is a free gift to us, given out of love, a gift that we have a choice to accept, as previously posted.
1. God is the creator and ruler of all, the sovereign and loving king of all that is.
2. Humans were made in His image, as the crown of His creation, to rule over God’s creation, under His authority.
3. Evil entered the world, causing humanity to rebel against God in sin, and that rebellion continues through every generation, in every human.
4. God’s punishment for rejecting Him is eternal death, it is the effect caused by sin and seperation from God.
5. Because God loves us, He sent His Son, Jesus Christ to be punished in our place. Jesus was accused, judged, killed and buried in our place.
6. God accepted Jesus’s death as full and complete restitution for our sins, so that we won’t have to face God’s judgment. We are pardoned, through Jesus death.
What do we have to do to take part in this pardon, to gain eternal life?
1. Talk to God. Admit that you have sinned, and that you deserve punishment.
2. Ask for mercy on the basis of Jesus death.
3. Ask God to change you so that you will accept Him as the ruler of your life.
4. Submit to God and His will. It is not easy, but God helps us with that.
5. Trust God. Know that He is there, and will always be there for you. He called you when you heard this message, and once He has called you, and you accepted and submitted to Him, He will never let you go.
Why the gospel? Why do we need a gospel, salvation and God? I am still amazed to see the many that puts God at their call, saying that if they personally choose to call on God, He will come. Is God like the Roto-Rooter man? Is He just waiting until we realize that we need Him? As we look at the different elements of the gospel, we shall see that nothing is further from the truth.
All of those that dismisses God’s sovereignity in salvation must answer how anyone can come to God without being called, or drawn? That call is through the message of the gospel. No-one can be saved without knowing that they can be saved, and that first draw is the gospel.
Being a Christian means knowing God, and you cannot know God without knowing about Him. No-one can come to God without hearing the gospel, even if just a one-sentence rendition. It is the power of God in human words, unto salvation.
Our personal process of salvation is how we get to know of the gospel, understand it, react to it and grow through it.