Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Have We Forgotten The Gospel?

What is the Gospel?

Is it a set of rules?

Is it about being a good person?

Or is it about Christ dying on the cross for my sins?

Consider this scenario: Jesus Christ, the second Person of the Trinity, is incarnated and born of the virgin Mary. He lives a perfect, sinless life, keeping all of the law of God, resisting every temptation that the Devil throws at him. He performs many miracles and teaches many things about how we should live, treat one another and relate to God. Then, 33 years after he was born, he ascends back into Heaven to the Right Hand of God. Without dying on the cross.

What if Christ had not died? What would this mean? We would still be sinners guilty before a holy and righteous God, condemned to Hell. Further, not only are we no better off than we were before, but Christ has shown us exactly what we have to be to keep the law perfectly. I cannot be perfect. Can you?

Thanks be to God that Christ not only came, but also died! The cross, which the Apostle Paul describes in 1 Corinthians as "folly" to the world, is the only hope we have. If Christ had not died so as to make us just before the Father, we would still stand condemned before the law.

Why do I bring this up? In my experience at Hillsdale, I have found that we tend to forget about the most basic, elemental things in life. In our efforts to understand and comprehend new ideas or advanced lines of thinking, we forget the most basic ideas.

I read a blog last week and on it the author raised a very important question, "Has the church forgotten the Gospel?" As Christians, we deal with questions about what things will be like at the end of the world, or how we ought to worship God. These things are certainly important and need to be considered in light of God's Word, however, we must be cautious that as we do this, we do not forget the simple and most basic truths of our faith.

The Gospel cannot be forgotten. To forget it is to lose what it means to be a Christian. The Christian has no other reference point than the Cross of Christ. That we are sinners who God Himself chose to die for, in spite of our sins, is the most important truth we have.

Preach the Gospel of Christ and His crucifixion. Preach it to everyone, including Christians. Especially to Christians. Not only to those apart from the Body of Christ need to hear the Gospel, but those within the Body need to be reminded why we are a part of the Body.

What is the Gospel?

Is it a set of rules?

Is it about being a good person?

Or is it about Christ dying on the Cross for my sins?

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