The Gospel

The Creator God

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. (Gen. 1:1)

God is sovereign over all. All worship and honor are due Him from all his creation. Every man is indebted to God for his every breath. All men are obligated at all times and in all places and in every way to acknowledge God for who he is!

When giving the gospel:

Insist that God is the offended Creator. Man has an unconditional obligation to acknowledge God in all things. Do not present God as a beggar with his hand out, or as an emergency worker desperately trying to save humanity, or as a psychologist trying to fix people’s lives. God is none of these things nor is he LIKE any of these things. We are not peddling Jesus. We are not selling subscriptions to God. God is not begging you to allow him to have a relationship with him. Poppycock! 

The Created Man

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. (Gen. 1:27)

Man is utterly dependent on God for his knowledge, his ethic, his very being. Man is the object of God’s creation and as such, is dependent on God in every way.

When giving the gospel:

Insist that man is a created being. He is utterly dependent on God for all that he is, including his next breath. Man needs the pride knocked out of him. He is but dust and to dust he shall return. Man needs God.

The Cursed Man

He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life. (Gen. 3:24)

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Rom. 3:23)

Man is now living under the curse of God so long as he lives outside of Christ. Having rebelled against a perfectly holy God, man is not subject to divine punishment and deserves condemnation and death.

When giving the gospel:

Man has arrogantly disobeyed God’s commandment and broken his covenant. Man stands guilty before a perfectly good and infinitely holy God. Man deserves all the moral and natural evil he experiences in this life. Only grace can be credited for any good that man experiences and for the fact that man does not experience more suffering than he presently does. Man is not just prone to mistakes and imperfections. He loves wickedness and hates righteousness. He is under a profound curse without any hope of escaping it on his own. There is nothing he can to improve his state of affairs.

The God-Man

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)

Whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. (Rom. 3:25)

Who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification. Rom. 4:25)

Jesus came to forgive, redeem, justify, and glorify sinners. Christ came to do what Adam failed to do: keep the covenant God had established. Christ lived a sinless life on our behalf so that he could impute his righteousness to us. Christ died on our behalf so that we might be forgiven and receive his righteousness. He took the curse, God’s punishment for us, on our behalf.

When giving the gospel:

Proclaim that Jesus came to bring men to repentance and faith in the true and living God. Christ died on the cross, becoming a curse for us, a real substitute for our sin. Christ literally took the wrath of God in our place and made an efficacious atonement for sin. Jesus did not come to give us a better life here. He did not come to make things better for us in the here and now. Jesus’s mission was to succeed where Adam failed so that we could experience imputed righteousness and to take the wrath of God in our place so that we could have eternal life instead of eternal damnation.

The Justified Man

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Rom. 5:1)

Men are now justified by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, according to Scripture alone, for the glory of God alone. There is no other means by which men can escape the penalty of divine law except by the perfect life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the sinless Son of God.

The Glorified Man

And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. (Rom. 8:30)

And this is the promise that he made to us—eternal life. (1 John 2:25)

Sinners will share in his resurrection. Those who have been buried with Christ in baptism, having confessed Jesus as Lord, will enjoy eternal life.

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