Thursday, August 1, 2013

The Gospel

Good behavior is very important for we are to let our light shine before men, but our behavior alone will not save anyone. We must tell them about Jesus Christ and give them the gospel message. A church may be full of nice people and many join to be accepted, but many churches do not preach the gospel. At the heart of man is sin, we all need to be saved. Our righteousness is as filthy rags,we must come into the spiritual body of Christ and receive and be seen in his righteousness.

Rom 1:13  Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let hitherto,) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles.
Rom 1:14  I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise.
Rom 1:15  So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.
Rom 1:16  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
Rom 1:17  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

Paul said that he was a debtor to all men. He owed every person a chance to hear the gospel message of Jesus Christ. He was not ashamed of the gospel message.
What is the gospel message that he preached?

1Co 15:1  Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
1Co 15:2  By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
1Co 15:3  For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
1Co 15:4  And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
1Co 15:5  And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:
1Co 15:6  After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.
1Co 15:7  After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.
1Co 15:8  And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.

Christ's death burial and resurrection for our sins was the gospel that he preached. He preached the cross and the blood of Christ spilled for our healing and our sins. By faith we believe and receive the grace of God and are the born again sons of God. We are to be baptized and filled with the Holy Spirit. It is a new spiritual life we receive and we are to be renewed by the word of God in our minds and hearts. The just shall live by faith and all things are possible through our faith in God.

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