The Gospel

The Gospel. We all know what we mean by that: the good news of how to reconnect with God. O.k. Most people wouldn’t say it that way. Most of us would say, "The gospel is the news that Jesus came into this world to save sinners." But, you see, the reason he needed to come into the world and save sinners is that we had become sinners, breaking our connection with God. When the first sin was committed and God was forced to put his children out, he promised that he would rectify the situation:

Genesis 3:15 (ESV) (God speaking to Satan in the Garden of Eden)

“I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and
her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”

On throughout history, God continued to state that promise:

Genesis
22:18 (ESV)
(God speaking to
Abraham)

“…and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because
you have obeyed my voice.”

Galatians 3:8 (ESV)

And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith,
preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the
nations be blessed.”

The prophets told of his coming, including John the Baptist, who was himself fulfillment of a prophecy:

Mark 1:1-4 (ESV)

1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of
God. 2 As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, “Behold, I
send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way, 3 the
voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his
paths straight,’ ” 4 John appeared, baptizing in the
wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.

Isaiah 40:3 (ESV)

A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in
the desert a highway for our God.

God has told of the good news, the gospel, since the beginning of time. We must accept that God followed through on those promises. And that Paul’s description of the gospel is correct: that Jesus had to die, was assured to be raised, and now reigns over his kingdom.

1 Corinthians 15:1-4 (ESV)

1 Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached
to you, which you received, in which you stand, 2 and by
which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—
unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you as of
first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in
accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he
was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,

1 Corinthians 15:25-26 (ESV)

25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under
his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death.

There is coming a day when he will deliver that kingdom to his Father in heaven.

1 Corinthians 15:24 (ESV)

Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying
every rule and every authority and power.

It is so wonderful to know I can be part of that blessed number!

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