THE GLORIOUS GOSPEL OF CHRIST
By Curtis Pugh
By Curtis Pugh
The importance of the gospel of Christ is seen in Romans 1:16 where Paul wrote: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth...” Enabled to believe by the new birth, God uses the gospel in the continuing experience of salvation of everyone that believes in Christ. The Bible teaches that no one can be saved apart from the gospel. Again we read: “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them,” (2 Corinthians 4:3, 4). Without the gospel humans are lost! And their spiritual understanding has been disabled: blinded.
In defining the gospel consider what it is not. The gospel is not 'God loves you,' nor is it 'God wants to save you if you will let Him.' Neither is it 'do this or that and you will be born again.' If we add such things as these we are adding to the gospel and distorting it into something else - into a system of works for salvation. But God says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast,” (Ephesians 2:8-9). No works are involved in salvation – even the faith necessary is “the gift of God” bestowed by God according to His will.
While the gospel may be preached from a multitude of different approaches it is essentially the proclamation of the finished work of Christ. Paul makes this clear saying, “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures,” (1 Corinthians 15:1-4).
There is something that happens when the gospel is preached. You cannot stop it from happening. People either believe the gospel in a saving way or they reject the gospel. There is no neutrality. They either experience godly sorrow and repent before God of their sins and experience faith in Christ or they remain in their sins. Remember the warning of Jesus who said, “I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins,” (John 8:24). Have you believed in a saving way upon Christ? If not you are yet in your sins!
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