There are various viewpoints today, even among some Christians, as to what constitutes the Gospel and, along with this, who is the person of Jesus. Some movies, books, and plays, recently have all had a part in the mixture of concepts regarding this subject. To add to the confusion, not enough Christians are taking a definitive stand and clearly speaking out about Jesus and the Gospel.
The Bible makes it very clear about both, which brings up a whole other issue. Either the Bible is not considered the source of absolute spiritual truth or there is widespread ignorance among even religious people about what the Bible says. How many Christians could give, if asked on the spot, a concise and biblical answer defining the Gospel?
I Corinthians, chapter 15, plainly states the Gospel. "Now, I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you...by which you are also saved...that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures. (Verses 1-4) Then later in verse 14 it states, "if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain, your faith also is vain," and "worthless; you are still in your sins." (verse 17)
It really saddens me when I hear people, even some professing Christians, say to just believe in Jesus. Well, I believe in Jesus. I also believe in any other historical figure who ever lived. So what is the point of that?
No other historical personage was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, died on a cross, and rose from the dead, and who was God in human flesh.
The Gospel is not simply believing that Jesus lived. When the Gospel is proclaimed either from the pulpit or on an individual basis, the true message of the Gospel needs to ring loud and clear, and people need to be making decisions based upon who Jesus is.
That kind of Gospel has transforming power and brings healing and hope to a hurting heart.
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