What is the Gospel?
As we looked at 1 Corinthians 15 this past Sunday evening, we noticed what God calls the most important news for all our lives. “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3).” We drew from this particular verse three truths to be encouraged and challenged by.
First, this message is priority. As we begin a new work week, we schedule and do that which is priority to us. Does this news remain priority to us as we go about our daily duties? Is this the news that gives us strength and hope throughout our week?
Second, we saw that there was a passing. Paul received and then he delivered. The Corinthians received and then one would assume they would deliver. Now we stand in a long line of people, who by the grace of God, have received the message of the good news of Jesus Christ and have been changed. What now? Now we pass it on. Who am I praying for this week that needs the gospel? Am I ready to share the greatest news ever given if God should open a door to pass it? One of the reasons for God giving us our vocations (jobs) is to be his ambassadors.
Lastly, we saw the promise. God had promised to redeem a people for Himself. The problem was that these people didn’t want saved and there was no man able to save them. God’s plan was to send no ordinary man, but the God-man. The Father Himself sending the Son to accomplish His will. God had promised throughout the Old Testament He would send a Savior and in Christ Jesus His plan is fulfilled to redeem His people. This Man would live a perfect life and die a sinner’s death. He would take upon Himself the punishment of sin, and in exchange give to those who repent, believe, and trust, His righteousness. The Gospel is good news that those who believe would be reconciled to their God and live for eternity in a restored relationship with Him.
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