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Knowing & Sharing The Gospel of Christ
7/16/2015

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.” Romans 1:16-17 (NKJV)

The Apostle Paul wrote to the Church of Rome and told them the Gospel of Christ was the power of God to salvation. 

Q:         So what is the “Gospel of Christ,” or what is also known as the “The Good News?”

It is simply this — Christ died for our sins, and He was buried and then He rose again on the third day according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).

We’re told in Romans 1:16-17, the Gospel is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, and the just shall live by faith.  We can see the righteousness of God being revealed in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, because even God could not forgive our sins in an unrighteous way.  It would not have been righteous at all for a judge to totally dismiss the charges against a guilty man.   And so God had to judge righteously against our sin, and the payment would be the death sentence.

So Jesus Christ was substituted in our place; the righteous for the unrighteous.   And so God made Him who knew no sin, to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21).  So by substituting Jesus in our place, God now had a righteous basis for forgiving our sin, since the payment was paid in full.  He took everything we deserved, which was the death penalty, and He placed it upon His Son, and the sentence was carried out on the Cross of Calvary.

The Gospel message of Jesus is the centerpiece of our Christian life.  It is a message of foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God (1 Cor 1:18).  It is where we get our faith to believe.

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17 (NKJV)

Because of its significance to the believer, the devil will attack the validity of the Gospel and even distort the truth of the Scriptures with false understandings and false teachings.  The Apostle Paul warned the Galatians of this heresy in his epistle to the early church their (Gal. 1:6-8).

Today, the enemy continues to distort the simplicity of the message of Jesus Christ written thousands of years ago.  It is said, “Imitation is the greatest form of flattery,” and Satan uses this technique to perfection.  We need to know as Christians, our Bible has been written in a way God intended.  We can interpret Scriptures by the power of the Holy Spirit who dwells inside the hearts of every believer.  We do not need the aid of another book to understand the truths of God’s Word.  I am not against commentaries, but I would warn against going to them first before prayerfully reading the Word. 

Be careful of any writing, or book in which man has put as much, or even more validity in as the Bible.  This is a sure sign of the enemy.  And be on guard of someone either adding to, or deleting from the Scriptures, because this is in direct opposition to the strong warnings of God (Rev. 22:19).  Jesus Christ died for the sin of the world and was buried, and He rose again on the third day (1 Cor. 15:4).  If we confess our sin, repent and place our faith in Him as our Lord and Savior, we will be saved (John 3:16; Luke 13:3, 5; Acts 3:19; 16:31; Rom. 10:9-10; 1 John 1:9).  It is a simple message. 

STUDY QUESTION: What is the Gospel message?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to share the Gospel message of faith?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Ask God to bring someone into your life today whom He would want you to share the Gospel with.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for the Gospel Message of the Cross.  Thank You for allowing Your only begotten Son to die for my sin.  Jesus, Your resurrection proclaims Your deity, and Your descent from David shows Your humanity; both of these truths are basic to the Gospel — so help me to share this message today with those You bring into my life.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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