Summary: Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. - 1 Corinthians 15:1 All Christian service is based on the finished work of Christ. The early Apostles did not ..
Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. - 1 Corinthians 15:1
All Christian service is based on the finished work of Christ. The early Apostles did not go around preaching a Gospel of works or a message of believers needing to do so much to enter heaven but rather all godly living was out of appreciation of the mercy of God. “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship" (Romans 12:1). They had the Good News message of the resurrection of Christ and the hope of trusting in Him for eternal life. This message of God’s love is open to all humanity and is not to be a message of condemnation. Though there is a narrow road that we walk with the Lord—in sanctification and growing into His likeness—we must never forget that it is the Good News of the Gospel that saves us and keeps us in daily communion with our Lord. God has chosen the act of preaching the Gospel as a means to offer salvation to all. One of the greatest reasons to preach the Good News is the soon coming of Jesus Christ back to the earth.
The finished work of Christ is something that was preached by the Apostles through everything they did. When they partook of the Holy Communion it celebrated the resurrection and sacrifice of Christ. When practiced Holy Baptism it spoke of the work of Christ in redeeming us from death to life. All doctrines were centered in the Good News of our redemption through the cross of Christ Jesus. “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace" (Ephesians 1:7). If we hold up our Bible we can declare that the simple message of the entire book is Redemption. God was in Christ saving mankind, the old testament gave this in symbols and fore-shadowings and the new testament shows the life of Christ and his dying for the sins of the world. We can make the message of the Bible very complicated but in the end it simply is the Good News message of Jesus Christ who was God in the flesh.