The Gospel of Our Messiah

The Gospel of  Christ has been ignored, belittled, and changed into something it’s not by the church.  Many people don’t even know what the Gospel is.  What is the Gospel?  It’s the essence of the whole Bible.  And it’s really vital to every person alive.  Whether you choose to believe it or not, it’s the most important thing that the world needs to hear.  And yeah, we’re going there.

It all begins with the Law.  Whether anyone likes it or not, there is a Law.  The Ten Commandments can be taken down, but it’s tenets are still Law.  Thou shalt not kill.  Thou shalt not lie.  Thou shalt not commit adultery.  Thou shalt not steal.  Our own consciences tell us that these things are wrong.  Even societies that have no written law know these things are wrong.  And they’re just part of the list.  But I have something shocking to share with you:  The law wasn’t given to us so that we could live up to it.  In fact, there’s NO WAY to not fail.  Have you ever told a lie?  Yes?  Then you’re a liar, by your own admission.  Have you ever stolen something?  Then you’re a thief, by your own admission.  Have you ever said “OhMyGod” or GodDammit” or “JesusChrist!”?  Then you’ve taken the Lord’s name in vain.

The next thing is Judgment.  We will all stand before God to account for our actions.  And if God is good, then He cannot tolerate any breaking of the law.  All offenses must be punished.  Which is where most people get hung up – they think, Hey, I’m a good person.  I’m not as bad as some.  If you’ve sinned, if you’ve broken God’s commandments, you’re still guilty of offense.  In fact, every single person since Adam & Eve (who started the whole sin thang).

AS IT IS WRITTEN,
THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NO, NOT ONE. 
Romans 3:10

FOR ALL HAVE SINNED
AND FALL SHORT OF THE GLORY OF GOD.
  Romans 3:23

And if God is good, He MUST punish those who break the law, as any good judge must.  Which leaves us totally hopeless and lost in guilt for our deeds.  No atonement is good enough – even the sacrifices of the Old Testament only covered the offenses, it didn’t make them go away.  Just like you can put a plant over a stain in the carpet, but you still know the stain’s underneath.

FOR WHEN WE WERE YET WITHOUT STRENGTH,
IN DUE TIME CHRIST DIED FOR THE UNGODLY. 
Romans 5:5

BUT GOD COMMENDETH HIS LOVE TOWARD US,
IN THAT, WHILE WE WERE YET SINNERS, CHRIST DIED FOR US. 
Romans 5:8

God doesn’t want us to have to be punished.  He is a good God.  So He sent Jesus.  Flesh and blood, with the same temptations and troubles as we have… and yet He was God in that flesh, and therefore capable of no sin.  It’s impossible to say that Jesus Christ was just a ‘good man’ or a ‘prophet’, because HE CLAIMED TO BE GOD.  That’s not the statement of a prophet, or they are immediately a false prophet.  Those words cannot come from a good man, or they would be a liar, and therefore they are no longer a good man.  He had to be God… or he was a liar or lunatic.

FOR WE HAVE NOT AN HIGH PRIEST [Jesus] WHICH CANNOT BE TOUCHED
WITH THE FEELING OF OUR INFIRMITIES; BUT WAS IN ALL POINTS TEMPTED
LIKE AS WE ARE, YET WITHOUT SIN.
  Hebrews 4:15

FOR AS BY ONE MAN’S DISOBEDIENCE [Adam] MANY WERE MADE SINNERS,
SO BY THE OBEDIENCE OF ONE [Jesus] SHALL MANY BE MADE RIGHTEOUS.
Romans 5:19

There was purpose to the whole thing.  Any other person would have their own sins to die for, but when Christ died, He did so taking our sins upon Him.  It’s like the man who’s accused of theft, and is levied a prison term or a large fine.  And someone innocent comes forward and pays the fine for him.  He’s free to go.  A guilty person could not do that – he has his own fine to pay.  But Christ never sinned.  His purpose was to pay our debt.

THAT IF THOU SHALT CONFESS WITH THY MOUTH THE LORD JESUS
AND SHALT BELIEVE IN THINE HEART
THAT GOD HATH RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD, THOU SHALT BE SAVED.
Romans 10:9

THERE IS THEREFORE NOW NO CONDEMNATION
TO THEM WHICH ARE IN CHRIST JESUS, WHO WALK NOT AFTER THE FLESH,
BUT AFTER THE SPIRIT.  FOR THE LAW OF THE SPIRIT OF LIFE IN CHRIST JESUS
HATH MADE ME FREE FROM THE LAW OF SIN AND DEATH.
Romans 8:1-2

This is why there’s nothing for us to *do* – no deed can win us a place in heaven.  It’s done FOR us… and that is the Gospel.  What’s our part?  We must have faith that this is true.  Believe our sins are paid for with a heart of gratefulness at God’s great mercy.  Faith is only one side of the ‘Christian’ coin, though.  Obedience is the other side.  Jesus said, “If you love Me, you’ll keep my commandments.”  If someone claims the gift of mercy, but does nothing to align themselves under God and His Son, they’re not what they say they are.

IF WE SAY THAT WE HAVE FELLOWSHIP WITH HIM,
AND WALK IN DARKNESS, WE LIE, AND DO NOT THE TRUTH
.  1 John 1:6

THOU BELIEVEST THAT THERE IS ONE GOD: THOU DOEST WELL;
THE DEVILS ALSO BELIEVE, AND TREMBLE.  BUT WILT THOU KNOW,
O VAIN MAN, THAT FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD? 
James 2:19-20

 People say, “Oh, you can accept Christ as a child and live like the devil for years, and you’re still saved.”  This is why I HATE the word ‘saved’.  What does that mean, anyhow?  I know they’re wrong – faith without works is dead.  A coin with only one side isn’t a coin.  The same thing with the word ‘believer’.  I’m a believer in OxiClean.  So what?  Even the demons believe in God.  Jesus, too – and the judgment.  They live in fear of Him.  So what makes a ‘believer’ different than a demon?

This is why I call the righteous in Christ “Christ-Followers”.  We’re to keep His commandments, and what inevitably is the first thing he commanded the disciples to do?  Follow Me.  There you have it.

This is the Gospel.  That sin was in the world, that it needed atonement, that we were guilty and helpless to absolve ourselves, and that Christ made provision for us by the Cross.  That if we believe and confess Him, we may have eternal life.  Those who do not do so, will stand before the Judgment throne guilty and will recieve their punishment.  Because the Mericful God is also a Just and Good God.

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