LOOKING TO PRAISE AND WORSHIP JESUS THE CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD. 18 No man has ever seen God at any time; the only unique Son, or the only begotten God, Who is in the bosom [in the intimate presence] of the Father, He has declared Him [He has revealed Him and brought Him out where He can be seen; He has interpreted Him and He has made Him known].

Sunday, January 27, 2008

The Message of The Gospel

The Gospel.

As I see it presented, discussed and interpreted in some blogs, the message of the gospel is made out to be so overly complicated, who could understand it? Or, by contrast, it's reduced to practically nothing, so who really needs it?

It seems to me that the Scriptures are very, very clear on who God is, on man in relation to Him, on sin, repentance, forgiveness and salvation.

Everything - as in E.V.E.R.T.H.I.N.G. - begins and ends in God. God is. I AM

I am the LORD, and there is no other; besides Me there is no God. I will gird you, though you have not known Me; That men may know from the rising to the setting of the sun that there is no one besides Me. I am the LORD, and there is no other, The One forming light and creating darkness, causing well-being and creating calamity; I am the LORD who does all these. "Drip down, O heavens, from above, And let the clouds pour down righteousness; let the earth open up and salvation bear fruit, And righteousness spring up with it. I, the LORD, have created it. "Woe to the one who quarrels with his Maker -- An earthenware vessel among the vessels of earth! Will the clay say to the potter, 'What are you doing?' Or the thing you are making say,'He has no hands'? "Woe to him who says to a father, 'What are you begetting?' Or to a woman, 'To what are you giving birth?' " Isaiah 45:5-10

Wow - this and many other passages just like it ought to cause us to tremble at the Great God and Maker of this universe and everything in it.

And despite what some teachings would claim, God wasn't so lonely or desperate that He created man because He looooonnnnged for fellowship with him. Throughout the Bible, we see that everything He does is for the purpose of making known His glory. Good reference tools are Crosswalk.com and BibleGateway.com. Do a search on "glory" and you'll see what I'm talking about.

Without turning this post into a thesis paper, I'll simply say the Scriptures teach that human beings are depraved sinners. We're this way by nature via birth. 'Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned'-- Romans 5:12. In other words, because Adam (the 'one man') disobeyed God, the DNA of the entire human race became fractured. So again, despite bad teaching, we are not born "good" and become "bad" through upbringing and environment.

See also Romans 3.

Because we are depraved sinners, we cannot have a relationship with a just, holy and righteous God; we cannot know Him, and we cannot spend eternity with Him. We cannot be 'good enough' to earn His favor; we have nothing to offer Him - e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. is ALREADY His; we have nothing with which to barter. We are helpless and hopeless in our wicked, sinful, depraved state. And we're headed for hell without His merciful intervention.

But...

He is merciful; He is gracious, and He is loving. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him would not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

See this whole passage in Romans 5.

Read Ephesians 2, too!

God condescended. He sent His Son to live on this earth. To absorb His wrath. To die so that we might be saved. 'He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. ' 2 Cor 5:21

The Bible teaches that we must repent. And that whoever calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved. Acts 2:21

Good News, indeed.

Maybe in reading this, God has begun to stir your heart. Perhaps this writing is just one tiny thing in a string of events that God has used or is using to draw you to Himself. I wouldn't really know. But He does. And you do.

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11 Comments:

Blogger Even So... said...

Amen...

January 27, 2008 10:20 PM

 
Blogger jazzycat said...

Gayla,
Very good points. It is about God and his love, mercy, grace, glory, and everything else.

January 27, 2008 11:35 PM

 
Blogger mark pierson said...

EXCELLENT!!!

January 28, 2008 6:55 AM

 
Blogger donsands said...

" it's reduced to practically nothing, so who really needs it?"

Would this be the "gospel is a means to an end type of gospel"?

Such as: "Are you lonely, then Jesus will take care of that for you. Do you feel empty, then Jesus will give you purpose."

January 28, 2008 8:37 AM

 
Blogger Gayla said...

Indeed, Don.

As I said in a post on my blog a few days ago, I really try to keep abreast (somewhat) of what's going on 'out there.' I caught a little of Joel Osteen last night. I can only take approximately 1 - 3 minutes of his "teaching" and I must turn the channel.

He touts what you describe. And the sneaky part of it is - He makes one tiny statement of Truth - then proceeds to pack it with lie after lie after lie. Last night he said, "God is in control" -truth. Followed by, "We must live in faith to access the promises of God" - lie. Then it got worse from there. (I think I'm so stuck on Joel b/c one of my best friends is very into him)

This feel-good, cotton candy, reductionist gospel makes my stomach turn.

January 28, 2008 9:01 AM

 
Blogger Gayla said...

Also, Don, what I meant by that statement is that since sin and repentance are so rarely talked about, the lost are never shown just who they are and why they're in need of a Savior.

January 28, 2008 9:04 AM

 
Blogger donsands said...

" ..the lost are never shown just who they are and why they're in need of a Savior."

I got you. The truth that Jesus drank the cup of God's wrath for our sin, is simply replaved with God has no wrath really.

January 28, 2008 10:08 AM

 
Blogger Susan said...

Gayla,

God has a wonderful plan for your life.

;-)

January 28, 2008 1:34 PM

 
Blogger preacherman said...

Great post.
I have added your blog to my favorites and look forward to reading more posts in the future. God is all about love because he is love (1John). Grace going all the way back to the covenant with Israel. Hope. Excellent post! I look forward to reading more soon. I hope you have a blessed week.

January 28, 2008 3:06 PM

 
Blogger Daniel said...

I am reminded of something Martin Luther wrote, "...men are different when occupied with words and disputations from what they are when occupied with experience and practice..."

I don't know why I thought of it, but I did.

January 28, 2008 10:07 PM

 
Blogger Gayla said...

Susan, of course He does. :)

Welcome, preacherman. Thanks for visiting BC.

Daniel, I think your quote fits in nicely. :) In effect, it's "walk the walk" not merely "talk the talk." Right?

January 29, 2008 9:11 AM

 

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