Highlighting Irony

“The Gospel is not “You must be born again.”

The Gospel is not “You must be filled with the Holy Spirit.”

The Gospel is not “You must be baptized in the Holy Spirit.”

The Gospel is not “You must speak in tongues.”

The Gospel is not “You can perform miracles.”

The Gospel is not “Let Jesus into your heart.”

The Gospel is not “You must have a personal relation ship (or experience or encounter) with Christ.”

The Gospel is not “Repent.”

The Gospel is not “Expect a miracle.”

The Gospel is not “Put Jesus on the throne of your life.”

The Gospel is not “Jesus set an example for us so that we may follow him to Heaven.”

The Gospel is not “Trust Jesus.”

The Gospel is not “Let go and let God.”

The Gospel is not “Draw nigh unto God.”

The Gospel is not “Christ died for all men and desires the salvation of all.”

The Gospel is not “Decide for Christ.”

The Gospel is not “Christians should take dominion over the Earth.”

The Gospel is not “Make Jesus Lord of your life.”

The Gospel is not “Jesus is coming again.”

What is the Gospel? (by John W. Robbins [source])

A Point of Irony

An exactly proportional relationship exists between those who, on the one hand, believe that a person can not know and believe the biblical Gospel and be saved , and those who, on the other hand, believe that a person can know and believe the biblical Gospel and not be saved. Both camps deny that the Gospel is the “power of God to salvation for everyone who believes” (cf. Romans 1:16): the first camp does this by denying the necessity of the content of the Gospel, the second camp does this by denying the efficacy of the content of the Gospel. Scripture condemns both views as false.

Paul writes:

1…brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.
3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures…

-1 Corinthians 15:1-4

And in so doing, he condemns those who would proclaim salvation is attainable apart from the Biblical Gospel, for he says twice “according to the Scriptures.” And he condemns those who would proclaim that believing the Gospel is not enough for salvation, for he says that one is saved and stands “in” the Gospel (meaning by faith alone) and makes no mention of works, but describes those who are saved: They “hold fast,” not to their own righteousness and law keeping, but to “that word which [Paul] preached to them” – the Gospel. Salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, according to the Scriptures alone, to the glory of God alone. The dimensionless-Jesus-Gospel is not the Biblical Gospel, nor is the Believe-the-Gospel-and-Do-Something-Else-Gospel the Biblical Gospel.

The Point?

The point of this post is simply to say: The Gospel is the power of God unto salvation for everyone who believes.

1. The Gospel: The truth presented in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4: (i.)Jesus died for sins according to the Scriptures, (ii.)He was raised up for our justification.

2. The Power of God: The means whereby God has paid for my sins in entirety and has provided for believers in Christ a righteousness not of their own, but of Christ!

3. Salvation: From the wrath of God, from the power and bondage of sin, from the condemnations of the Law, from eternal torment

4. Everyone: Any person from any conceivable class of people

5. Believes: Faith alone.

If a man believes it, he is saved.

Period.

This means that those who think a person can be saved apart from believing that (i.)Jesus died for his sins according to the scriptures and (ii.)that He was raised for our justification according to the scriptures are teaching another Gospel. So that means, those who advocate a salvation that is, in any sense, founded upon a false object of faith (i.e. a “Jesus” with no dimensions, but a figure of their own imagination) are not presenting the Biblical Gospel. Similarly, those who advocate a salvation that is, in any sense, conditioned upon one’s obedience and continuance in the faith (whether in the form of the distorted versions of Lordship Salvation, or in the Arminian Gospel which teaches the heresy of Conditional Security) are not presenting the Biblical Gospel, but something similar to what the Roman Catholics teach (see here and here).

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved.

Amen.

-h.

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