By the Gospels, you are saved
March 8, 2013
What is the Gospel? When I ask people that question, I find that most folks answer in a couple of typical ways. Some equate the Gospel with music — and certainly gospel music is huge today. Others would say; “the books of the Bible,” and that’s true the Gospel narratives are Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Others say; “the Gospel is the truth.” That too is correct, but we live in a society where truth has become relative to the situation. Others might say the Gospel is “the Good News.” Again that’s correct but just what is this good news? 1 Corinthians 15:1-6,“Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: That Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared … to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time…”The Apostle Paul wrote that to a group of Christians living in a pagan city. They had given their lives to God, Jesus was their Lord but they had gotten off track. So Paul reminds them about the foundations of their faith — the Gospel.He says that this was the Gospel he preached to them and they embraced. When the Gospel message is embraced, and believed upon, “that gospel saves us.” Saves us; from what?We are saved from sin, and sin is what separates us from God.So Paul reminds the Corinthians of what the Gospel is all about. First, the Gospel says. “That Christ died for our sins, according to the scriptures.” The entire Bible, Old and New Testaments speak about God’s plan to intervene on behalf of people. When sacrifices could not do it, when good deeds could not remove this barrier of sin, God sent his son.2 Corinthians 5:21, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”Secondly, Jesus died, was buried and rose from the dead – according to the Scriptures. This is Paul’s Gospel, and this is the only Gospel the Bible speaks about. All of the law (the commands), and all of the prophets proclaimed that God had a plan. All the New Testament speaks about that plan, how Jesus Christ atoned for sin and proved it by his death and resurrection. The Bible speaks of one God with one plan, and Paul reminds the Corinthians – that is the Gospel they believed.Have you believed God’s plan? Have you put faith in Jesus Christ? If not, take time to investigate, read your Bible, go to your church, and find out about this Gospel that can make you right with God.Pastor Rich Lammay of High Sierra Fellowship is a member of Carson Valley Ministers’ Association.