Thursday, February 17, 2011
Is The Gospel ALL We Really Need?
Is the Gospel ALL we REALLY need to be saved? What about 'my works' and keeping the law?
According to the Bible, the Gospel is Good News or Good Tidings. When Jesus was about to be born, The Bible Says in Luke 2:10-11..
"And the angel said unto them, Fear not for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord."
When Jesus died on the cross for our sins and rose again, that, too, was Good News. As a matter of fact, the BEST news. The Bible Says in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4....
"Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel (Good News) I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. 3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance : that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,"
The Bible Says in Romans 4:23-25 (referring to Abraham)...
'The words "it was credited to him" were written not for him alone, 24 but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness--for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. 25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification."
Many believe that they have a 'work' to do in order to be saved like keeping the Ten Commandments and attending church on the Jewish Sabbath (Saturday). The Bible Says in John 6:29 KJV...
"Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent."
When Peter, Paul, John and the Apostles preached to the Gentiles, they preached pure Gospel. They stressed relationship with Jesus, not law-keeping. Their focus was not on how well they were performing by keeping laws but on the importance of them allowing the Holy Spirit to lead them into all that is holy on a daily basis.
Salvation is so simple. We are saved by grace through faith. As humans, we have been raised on the merit system (performance based) and it is difficult to conceive, let alone believe, that all we have to do is believe and accept what Jesus has already done for us in order to be saved. When Jesus said, "It is finished" He meant every word. Our salvation was a DONE DEAL!
To aid us in holy living, Jesus sent us the Comforter. The Bible Says in John 14:26 KJV...
"But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you."
The Bible also Says in 1 John 2:26-27...
"I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray. 27 As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit--just as it has taught you, remain in him."
If we believe that Jesus suffered and died for our sins and rose again. If we believe that the Comforter has the power to live within us and that He can empower us to live holy lives that are pleasing to God, then we can stand on the promise of John 3:16. The Bible Says....
"For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that WHOSOEVER believeth in Him shall HAVE everlasting life."
With much Christian love,