The Gospel – Part 1

This is the first part of my “review” of the Gospel; the vlog was a bit long so cut it down some.  Even still, this vlog is longer than I’d like – I promise I will work on that!  Since the Gospel is so important, there will be more info provided before I get into the “meat” of this topic.

Recently, I saw this meme on Facebook and, as part of the LGBT community, it hurt me.  But more than that, knowing it was from a family member who has known me most of my life and (I thought) had seen the fruits of my relationship with Jesus, being “told” I was not a Christian broke my heart.  I wish I could say that I didn’t turn that hurt into anger, but I rode that rollercoaster as well.  But in the days following seeing that meme, other aspects of the message it portrayed bothered me as well.  And today I want to share with you some thoughts, not to defend my position in Christ so much as to defend the Gospel…..and to encourage you as you traverse your faith with the present climate too often presented to LGBTQAI+ today.

Before I get started, I also want to emphasize that these are my beliefs based on my years of reading the Word and having a relationship with Christ.  As such, I will not demand or insist that MY views are right, though I hold that very strongly.  In that vein, I pray that others who hold different views act accordingly and do not insist on their own way, which should be avoided as per 1 Cor 13.  My beliefs, which are constantly being refined by the Holy Spirit, are to guide my life……not yours.  Your beliefs are to guide your life, not mine – though I don’t mind sharing thoughts and speaking with others who have different views.  Also, at the end of this post is a link to a document that I referenced for this post and I encourage you to check it out.

This segment is to first establish what THE GOSPEL means to me, and to share my understanding of its definition based on the Bible.  It is foundational for establishing our position in Christ and no discussion can really move on until you, my readers, know the foundation I am coming from.

The Gospel means “good news”; it allows us to have a loving, meaningful relationship with God.  It also assures us that ALL who believe in the saving work of Jesus will spend eternity with Him in heaven.  The Bible is clear that we all have sinned and therefore are not qualified to enter into heaven.

Romans 3:23 says “ for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

Ephesians 2:5 says, “…..we were dead in our trespasses….”

Because of our sin, we were separated from God because He cannot abide sin – sin created an unbreakable barrier for each of us.  I don’t dispute this at all – our sin definitely put us in a place where we could not enter into a meaningful relationship with God and certainly caused us to not be able to go to heaven.  For thousands of years, people tried to address the sin in their lives by trying to be better; they tried to follow the Ten Commandments, went to church (or temple), tried to love their neighbors, prayed, got baptized……even today our lists are long in our own attempts to become holy.  But the fact is, 100% of our own efforts do not get the job done.

Isaiah 64:6 says, “….all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment”

Our efforts don’t do much – it is like mopping the floor with a muddy rag.  Our efforts may be absolutely sincere, but they have never worked and never will.  Our efforts will never erase the sin in our lives or break the barrier that keeps us from God.

That’s where Jesus came in, as described in the good news of the Gospel. 

1 Corinthians 15:1-4 says, “Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.  For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.”

It is only because of the death and resurrection of Jesus that the barrier created by our sin has been broken.  He alone provided a means for us to have a relationship with God and the ability to enter heaven (or be saved).  This is a hugely important concept, because it gives credit where credit is due.  And because of this action, all sin (past, present, and future) was placed onto Christ.  All the guilt and punishment caused by our sins were imputed on Christ and he bore all of it in our place.

Isaiah 53:6 says, “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”

1 Peter 2:24 says, “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.”

2 Corinthians 5:21 says, “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

Jesus literally was punished for our sin (past, present, and future); the wrath of God was poured out on Christ as He hung on the cross and finally died.

Isaiah 53:5 says, “But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.”

Matthew 27:46 says, “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

Jesus’ death paid for our sin COMPLETELY.  God’s justice was completely satisfied, removing sin’s stain once and for all.

Isaiah 53:10-11 says, “Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for guilt, he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.  Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities.”

John 19:30 says, “When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”

The phrase “It is finished” was actually an expression used in Rome in the time of Christ when a debt had been paid in full.  When Jesus shouted this just before He died, He was indicating that He had made a perfect, complete and final payment for sin.

Here is the link to the article I referenced in this post.

7 thoughts on “The Gospel – Part 1

  1. Your blog popped up in my feed so I took a look. What I would say is, have you asked Jesus to heal you fully, in all ways? Have you repented of this particular sin or have you thought it acceptable? There are many testimonies of former gay people being transformed as Christ would have them. We come to Christ as we are for sure, yet we are then amazingly transformed when we have submitted to His will. We don’t stay the same, we are dead to our old lives. For example, all my love of occult things and other addictions and interests were taken from me pretty sharpish when I fully submitted to Christ in repentence. I realise your area is a sensitive one and that it can take a while, however nothing is impossible for God. But I agree with the meme absolutely. God says “Obey my voice and I will be your God”.

    • Hey Lane, thanks for your comment and for coming to the site. I’m not sure you read my blog entry or watched the vlog, but we are not called to repent of our sin to be saved. That would mean we have power to save ourselves, which only Jesus can do. I’ve repented from believing I can save myself, and have accepted the free gift of Grace from Jesus, who has saved me.

      This post was not about my sin (being gay or otherwise), but about what the Gospel is. I’ll post more about my sin and the impact the Gospel has had on it soon. Hope you stick around and comment when I do. Until then, I encourage you to trust completely in the blood of Christ and not rely on your own power. Peace.

      • Do you think God takes pleasure in you, when you knowingly disobey his commandments yet profess to follow Him? One to think on.

  2. Again, I’m not sure you read my blog or viewed my vlog. Jesus said in Matthew (paraphrased), “All the laws and the prophets hang on these two things; love your God and love others.” 1 Cor 13 defines love as many things, including not insisting on your own way.

    As I’ve already shared, my reading of the Bible and interaction with the Holy Spirit as shared here in the context of the Gospel/salvation, everyone fails miserably in following Him and we even in OUR righteous acts are as filthy rags. We who profess to follow Him, will always (even unknowingly) disobey Him. We, including you, are inadequate at doing anything to be righteous in trying to obey the commandments or anything else. In the context of the Gospel and our salvation, He died for us despite this and our salvation is a free gift which saves us and is nothing we can claim or boast about. To claim our obedience or disobedience is more powerful than the blood of Christ in the context of salvation saddens me, and I believe causes more sadness in Christ. To say we need to DO anything (including “be obedient”) to be saved is adding works, which the scripture shared here clearly shows is not accepting the free gift of Grace. That is my view, though I understand your beliefs differ.

    I would also ask that you approach your comments with less judgment. I respect you believe I’m breaking commandments and displeasing God. I’m just not sure making accusations helps me or others moving through this journey and reading this blog (especially when the topic of this post is about Good News) enter into a safe conversation. I think you have much to add to this topic otherwise.

  3. We are all sinners yes. We are saved by grace yes, and not by works but when we are truly saved we want to fully obey God as far as possible otherwise are we not false converts? It is not judgement when one is genuinely concerned for another’s soul. It is not judgement to question something so obviously against God’s purpose and to get someone to think about such things for their own salvation. When we sincerely repent and ask for God’s forgiveness, for example when I did of my occultism, God changes us, He moulds us – we decrease so He may increase. If we are not changing to His will then are we really saved? Thank you for your time.

    • Thanks for sharing your views, but as noted in my post, you are welcome to have your beliefs and I ask that you allow room for mine. Your definition of the Gospel and Repentance do not align with mine. I also define judgment in phrases directed at me such as “you knowingly disobey”, “to question so obviously against God’s purpose (referring to me)”, as wrong. You have decided I am against God and His Purpose and decided my salvation, and that is judgment – not concern for my soul as I perceive it.

      You say “If we are not changing to His will then are we really saved?” That implies that to REALLY be saved, we need to change to His will. That is works (or our own actions), not Grace. How did the thief on the cross work that out? How did he change? Did Jesus lie when He said the thief would be with Him that day in Paradise? Really, what you are referring to in your statement is discipleship, not salvation, and is a common mistake Christians make. But despite my differences with your beliefs, I will not question your faith OR your salvation, because that is wrong. And really, I don’t know you OR your heart. That is my point – if you really want to make a difference for Christ, do you think telling me or anyone else they are not a Christian? The only people Christ condemned where the religious leaders who magnified their religion over Jesus. And, not to prolong this now debate, what exactly am I disobeying? I shared the Gospel here, is that my disobedience? Or are you referring to the fact I am LGBT? Because, while I reference that, it has no relevance or focus to this post other than noting the meme shown upset me and brought me back to the Bible.

      I am profoundly thankful that Christ saved you from occultism and that He is impacting your life and your walk. I am grateful that you have been given love and acceptance and pray He continues to bless you on your journey. I hope you stick around to see my next post which touches on a bit of what has been brought up in these comments.

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