“The Gospel In A Nutshell?”

Posted: May 21, 2015 in Giving, Gospel, Gospel of John, Hell, Salvation, Security

It’s been called “The Gospel In A Nutshell.”  But believe it or not, this verse does not actually include the Gospel message that one needs to believe today in order to be saved. The Apostle Paul tells us what the Gospel is: “Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by [Peter and over 500 witnesses]” (1 Corinthians 15:3-8). This Good News is the power of God unto our salvation whether we come from a Jewish or a non-Jewish background (Romans 1:16). We don’t believe that the Jews today are saved by another way as some are teaching in what is called a “Dual Covenant.” [1]

Narrow. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). The Apostle Peter said, “Nor is there salvation any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 3:12). The Apostle Paul said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved….” (Acts 16:31).  None of these statements are politically correct today.

Grace. To the believers in the church at Ephesus, the Apostle Paul wrote, For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:8, 9). Let’s consider God’s amazing grace and love toward us while we were still His enemies (Romans 5:10) and then share this information with others who need it so desperately. John 3:16 tells us that God is –

The Greatest Lover “For God” He is the Creator and Sustainer of all things. God the Father was the architect and planner (1 Corinthians 8:6). God the Son and God the Holy Spirit also had a part in creation (Genesis 1:1; John 1:3; Col. 1:16, 17; Job 26:13).  Think about it, God loved you and me.  That’s amazing.

The Greatest Degree “so loved” This is the love that seeks the highest well being of another (1 John 4:8). It is just one of His attributes and works in harmony with the others.

The Greatest Number “the world” This includes all the people who were/are caught in the devil’s web.  God has given all of us the opportunity to be set free (1 John 3:9, 10; 5:19). This includes you and me. We can be transferred out of the devil’s kingdom into the Son’s kingdom (Colossians 1:13, 14) where we serve as New Testament priests (1 Peter 2:5, 9; Revelation 1:6) offering up spiritual sacrifices to God (Romans 12:1, 2; Hebrews 13:15, 16).

The Greatest Act “that He gave” Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than it is to receive” (Acts 20:35). With reference to a Christian’s giving, we have God the Son’s and God the Father’s examples along with the very poor Macedonian Christians who were greatly concerned about the poverty stricken Jewish believers in Jerusalem (2 Corinthians 8:1-5, 9; 9:15).  How is your giving?  Is it given grudgingly or out of necessity (2 Corinthians 9:7)?

The Greatest Gift“His only begotten Son” The Lord Jesus Christ is unique in that He is the only begotten Son who came forth from the Father to reveal the Godhead to mankind (John 1:1-18; 17:3; Philippians 2:5-11). There are three Persons who make up one God (Deuteronomy 6:4; Genesis 1:26 :”Let us…”).  They all share the same Divine attributes (John 5:18; 10:30; Matthew 28:19). However in the current economic plan of God, the Holy Spirit is subject to the Son, and the Son is subject to the Father (John 14:16; 1 Corinthians 11:3). In eternity future there will be no subordination of One Person of the Godhead to the others (1 Corinthians 15:28).

The Greatest Invitation“that whosoever” Obviously, this excludes Satan and the fallen angels for whom is reserved the everlasting lake of fire (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 20:10). Those who lack Christ’s righteousness with spend eternity with him there (John 16:8-11).  Christ’s righteousness is imputed to believers (Romans 4:3-5, 16).

The Greatest Simplicity“believes” Many people want to add their good works to their faith. But God will not allow this lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:9; Titus 3:5). All our righteousnesses are like filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6; See Isaiah 1:18; 59:6, 7).

The Greatest Person “in Him” The Lord Jesus Christ is the God-man (Colossians 2:9) who was born of the virgin, Mary (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:21). He lived a sinless life and then volunteered to go to the cross to die for our sins and rise again from the dead (John 10:14-18; Hebrews 4:15; 10:7). As “The Word,” He is the One who manifested the Godhead to humanity (John 1:1-18). Beware! The Christ of the cults can’t save anyone (Matthew 24:5; 2 Corinthians 11:4, 13-15).

The Greatest Deliverance “should not perish” God desires that all men everywhere be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:4). He has no pleasure in the death of the wicked (Ezekiel 33:11).

The Greatest Certainty“but have” Everyone who places his/her faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is eternally secure in Christ from the moment he/she believes on Him as personal Savior (John 5:24; 10:28, 29; 1 John 5:13). We can also have assurance of our salvation (Romans 8:16).  Do you have it?

The Greatest Possession“everlasting [eternal] life.” This life is the quality of life that God has (2 Peter 1:4). He wants us to have an abundant life too (John 10:10). Christians have been blessed with all spiritual blessings in the heavenly places (Ephesians 1:3). If you’re saved, how many of them can you enumerate?

Knowledge. Knowing the facts and giving mental assent to the facts of the Gospel are not enough to save you. The demons do this (James 2:19). We must transfer our faith from ourselves and our good works over to the Person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ alone. Don’t be one who believes in vain (1 Corinthians 15:2). Don’t add or subtract from the Gospel [2] or the Scriptures (Revelation 22:18, 19).

Baptism. To demonstrate our faith to other people, we should be baptized (immersed) and then present our bodies to God for Him to live out His life through our lives (Matthew 28:19, 20; Romans 12:1, 2). Have you done this yet? If not, why not now? “Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.” – John Sammis

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[1] http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/pages/deception/john-hagee-and-dual-covenant-theology.htm

[2] http://www.cleargospel.org

Gospel in 25 words:  http://www.faith.edu/resources/publications/faith-pulpit/message/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/read

Original source of “The Greatest Verse” unknown (Portions revised)

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