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Topic; Understanding the gospel


Pastor Trymore Dzobo

In describing the good news Solomon wrote,as cold waters to a thirsty soul so is good news from a far away country(Prov 25:25).
The gospel is good news/glad tidings of the good things which God did in Christ,
Authorized (King James) Version Romans 10:15 and how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
In his letter to the Romans the apostle of grace established a fundamental fact that the gospel is about a PERSON who is the Son of God, Jesus Christ our Lord(Rom 1:3).
The gospel is good news not BAD or SAD news,contrary to popular opinions and religious beliefs in christendom the gospel is not about hell fire,the wrath of God or the coming judgement.
The gospel is a specific,detailed and well collaborated message with its own facts,tenses,charter and commitment.
Paul in his letter to the Corinthian church highlighted the three cardinal facts of the gospel(1 Cor 15:3-4),the death,burial and resurrection of Christ,these facts are the basic foundation of the apostolic message.
These facts must be painstakingly explained in light of Christ within the framework of the Scriptures,
It is in explaining these facts that faith for salvation is birthed as the Scripture says faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word,the preaching of Christ, Rom 10:17
The good news is not telling people to forsake theirs sins first before they come to Christ(stealing,lying,drinking, prostitution or adultery),the good news is telling people what God DID in Christ FREELY which made forgiveness of sins,reconciliation,the free gift of salvation,life and immortality,the indwelling of the Spirit and justification available to ALL men.
We tell people that the death He(Jesus) died was substitutionery in nature(it was our own death)just as the book of Romans states the the wages of sin is death[Rom 6:23],Jesus died for us,with us and as us its called identification,this he did to free humanity from the penalty,power and presence of sin,his death removed the barrier,hostility and enmity that existed between God and man(Rom 5:6-11),he(Jesus)died the Just for the unjust that he might bring us back to God.
His death brought PEACE.
The death of Jesus was a substitution
It was a payment of sins[John 1:29,Mat 26:28,Heb 9:22]
It was a reconciliation(Rom 5:10)
It was a ransom[Mark 10:45,1 Tim 2:6]
Its not what we DO that save us but what was DONE for US,we are only asked to believe and rest in the finished work of Christ as Jesus once told the Jews of his day as he was answering their question.
Then(Jews) said they unto him,what shall we do that we might work the works of God,Jesus answered and said unto them this is the work of God that ye BELIEVE on him who he hath sent.
Hence the gospel is for whosoever believes in him(a Person and in what he did through his death,burial and resurrection) (John 3:16,Rom 1:16,Acts 16:30-31)

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