Do you understand the Gospel? That is the question that is on my heart today because there seems to be increasing confusion here in the USA about just what the Christian message is. Different churches seem to be delivering different messages these days. And how is someone going to get saved if they don’t understand the Gospel in the first place?
In his first letter to the Corinthians, Paul clearly discussed using different methods, or approaches if you will, to share the Gospel message: “Even though I am a free man with no master, I have become a slave to all people to bring many to Christ. When I was with the Jews, I lived like a Jew to bring the Jews to Christ. When I was with those who follow the Jewish law, I too lived under that law. Even though I am not subject to the law, I did this so I could bring to Christ those who are under the law. When I am with the Gentiles who do not follow the Jewish law, I too live apart from that law so I can bring them to Christ. But I do not ignore the law of God; I obey the law of Christ. When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some. I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings.” (1Corinthians 9:19-23). Paul clearly used many methods and tools to share the Gospel but, while he used these different approaches, the ultimate message he delivered was always the same.
In today’s culture there are many churches who use different approaches to share the same message that Paul and the other apostles preached and then there are those who seem to be delivering a different message. Indeed, there are some churches who are promising health and wealth for their followers, or promising acceptance of lifestyles the Bible clearly condemns, or promising you will have “your best life now”. To be sure, we need to be wary of anyone who says we can have “our best life now”, for the Bible is clear that heaven is so amazing that nothing on Earth can compare to it.
And it is precisely because of the reality of heaven and hell that we need to have a clear understanding of the correct Gospel message – because our eternal future depends on it. And to that end, if we believe the Christian message revolves around having our best life now, then we are going to be deeply disappointed when that doesn’t happen. I can personally testify that all of the worst things that I have had to face have happened since I committed my life to Christ. I have endured many truly difficult trials, and while life today is pretty good, I know without a doubt that difficulty may come at any moment. Heaven is free of any pain, sorrow, disease, financial insecurity, or other trial and there we live in the presence of our Creator in a way that will never be realized in our life here on Earth.
So while many churches and evangelists might use different methods or approaches to sharing the Gospel, which is actually very Biblical as we read above, the message being shared must be the true Gospel. And just what is the true Gospel? I can sum it up for you in a few short sentences: No matter how good we think we might be compared to others, we are all sinners (Romans 3:23). Deep down inside we all know this about ourselves, if we are honest, and the penalty for sin is death (Romans 6:23). No matter how hard we try, we cannot earn our way to heaven (Ephesians 2:9). Sin cannot be forgiven without the shedding of blood (Hebrews 9:22). So Jesus Christ died in our place so that the penalty would be paid for those who believe (Romans 3:25).
And that, folks, is the Gospel message. And the salvation promised in the Gospel is available to you, right now. Simply admit that you are a sinner and repent of your sins (Matthew 4:17; Acts 3:19) and believe in, and confess, the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ (Romans 10:8-10). It’s that simple and you will know in your heart if you are genuine and you will feel the nearness of God in the form of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38). And if you have genuinely done this, please start attending a good local church where you can have fellowship with other Christians and experience the love and support of God’s family. Because the Christian life is often challenging, and living in community with other believers helps us with the burdens of life and helps us to grow in our knowledge and understanding.
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