It is Gods gospel! It is His good news to sinners that we
have the privilege of proclaiming. It is Gods good news because it is something He
alone planned, announced beforehand and accomplished in His own perfect timing. It is His
blessing to sinful men.
Those who were saved before Christ came in the flesh were saved by
faith looking forward to His coming; just as we today are saved by faith as we look
back upon His substitutionary death for our sins.
All of the prior revelations of God during the Old Testament times
led up to and focused on the coming of His Son to redeem sinful man.
It is Gods gospel; it is not ours. He is the author. The good
news God has been announcing to sinful man from the beginning of the human race finds its
fulfillment in the person and work of Jesus Christ. It is our responsibility to
believe all that the prophets have spoken of Him. And beginning with Moses and
all the prophets, He [Jesus] explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures
concerning Himself (Luke 24:25-27). This is the key to our understanding the good
news of Gods saving grace. It is the only way you can understand the Old Testament.
It is also the key to our understanding the New Testament.
God saves believing sinners through the atoning work of His Son, the
Lord Jesus Christ that He announced beforehand through His prophets in the Holy
Scriptures (Romans 1:2). Our salvation
is no accident. Our depravity did not catch God off guard.
When we embrace the Lord Jesus Christ by saving faith, God declares
our sins to have been punished in Christ and imputes His perfect righteousness to our
account. It is by faith in the completed work of Christ and Gods perfect gift of
Christs righteousness to the believing sinner that gives us assurance that we will
stand accepted before God in the day of judgment. It is not in our self-righteousness
because it is sinful, like filthy rags. What saves us is the righteousness from God which
is the pure righteousness of our Lord Jesus Christ. Saving righteousness comes only
through faith in Jesus. It is the very righteousness of Christ which God gives to us as a
free gift (2 Cor. 5:21).
God can do it because Jesus took all our punishment for our sins upon
Himself and paid for them in full so that our sins will never rise up again to condemn us.
We can rest in His righteousness imputed to our account. That is Gods good news to
us depraved sinners. The absolutely amazing thing is God planned it and implemented it
even before man sinned.
God made us for fellowship with Himself. The sin barrier has been
completely removed. God loves us and has reached down to save us through the divine saving
work on the cross. We could never reach up to a holy and righteous God, but in His grace
He reached down to us. He loves us and saves us by the death of His Son on the cross. Our
sins separated us from Him, but God removed the barriers through His Son. The cross
bridges the gap that sin and depravity created between the sinner and God. God now stands
without stretched arms and bids us come to Him and be saved. Everything has been prepared
and provided in His grace.
It is Gods saving gospel, and He will always fulfill what He
has promised beforehand through His prophets in the Holy Scripture.
Has it been fulfilled in your life? Have you come to Him and
confessed your sin and turned to God by faith in the saving substitutionary death and
resurrection of Jesus Christ? The moment you repent and trust in Christ as your Savior,
you prove the Word of God and His saving gospel to be true. Believe on the Lord
Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved (Acts 16:31).
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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