꧁ What’s the Gospel? ꧂
It’s all about Jesus being enough.
The Historian (and Physician), Luke, records the testimony of two criminals being crucified alongside Jesus… documenting that “One of the them verbally railed at (mocked) Jesus, saying, ‘Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!’ But the other criminal corrected him, saying, ‘… we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.’ He then looked to Jesus and said, ‘Please, remember me when you come into your kingdom.’” “Jesus replied, ‘I assure you, today you will be with Me in paradise.’” Luke 23:43
What can we glean from this Hx? The man on the cross next to Jesus couldn’t loosen himself from the nails and climb down…as to go to a specific building, perform certain rituals, lead Bible studies, etc… He just believed that Jesus was Who He said He was/is: God’s Son. (Romans 10:9-10; Acts 16:30-31) You see, the criminal next to Jesus was/is like ALL of us…as we all fall short (Psalm 16:2; Romans 3:23).
No amount of works can earn salvation… we cannot be good enough. But Jesus came to BE good FOR us. “God saved you through faith as an act of kindness. You had nothing to do with it. Being saved is a gift from God.” 🎁 Ephesians 2:8 Love this quote by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.- “The Cross is the eternal expression of the length to which God will go to in order to restore broken community.”
Jesus paid it all for us to receive this free gift… It’s Jesus plus nothing. Trusting in Him is the only work we do. (John 6:29) Reliance upon God is a journey that He has faithfully and lovingly in His hands. We WILL make mistakes daily… but God’s grip is eternal and good. He’s got you! His faithfulness is not like fickle, human faithfulness. He promises to hold you and grow you until you see Him face-to-face (Philippians 1:6).
Let Him write your story… a story that points to a new identity as His.
“The most important daily habit we can possess is to remind ourselves of the Gospel.”― Charles H. Spurgeon
Love you all,
What is the Gospel?
Romans 10:9-10 “Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
1 Corinthians 15:1-15 “Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you— unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed. Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.
If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.
For “God has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “all things are put in subjection,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him. When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all.”
1 Peter 3:15-22 “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, because they formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water. Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to Him.”
The Spoken Gospel- Seeing Jesus on every page of the Bible Devotionals: https://www.spokengospel.com/library