As we have begun our latest teaching series on accurately comprehending and communicating the gospel, we are making our way through an amazing book entitled, ENTRUSTED: Anchoring Your Life In The Gospel, by Dr. David Shibley. In it Dr. Shibley writes: “In the Bible, the main things are the plain things and the plain things are the main things. Both the Bible’s foes and friends agree there are subjects in the Scriptures that challenge the intellect and are hard to understand. But the gospel is not one of those subjects. The gospel is clear. However, it takes the revealing ministry of the Holy Spirit for hearts and minds darkened by sin to truly comprehend it. What sets the gospel apart from the messages of other religions is its uniqueness.”
How true this is. But what are some of the unique aspects of the gospel that clearly spell out God’s good news to man?
One is the truth of God’s righteousness and grace. What an incredible truth it is to realize that the holy and righteous God closed the gap between man and God, because of sin and sinfulness, through His gracious gift of His Sinless Son as the supreme sacrifice to make us new and bring us near. (Romans 1:16-17; Ephesians 2:8)
Another is the truth of Christ’s death and resurrection. God became man in Jesus Christ. Divinity took on humanity to bring humanity back to intimate fellowship with the Divine. The Sinless Son took on the sinner’s stain to remove condemnation and restore communion with God forever. Then, His resurrection showed forth that the Suffering Servant was also the Lord of Life, providing eternal bliss and blessings to all who repent and believe in Him. (Romans 5:6-8; I Corinthians 15:20)
And, another is the truth of man’s redemption and restoration. Jesus took on the pain and paid the price for man to be set free from the penalty, power, guilt and shame of sin, and to be restored to sonship and fellowship with God. Also, redeemed man would experience the restored glory of all things becoming new in this life and in the age to come. (Hebrews 9:12; II Corinthians 5:17)
Remember: when we communicate the gospel with the clarity it demands, we will see the Holy Spirit bring people to the point of deep conviction and dynamic conversion in and through Christ.