Watering the Tulips
March 13, 2013
“For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel!” – 1 Corinthians 9:16
The primary message of the Lord’s people is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This message is clearly defined in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 which says, “For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that 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”. The rest of the Bible certainly contains much “good news” for the children of God. However, the Word of God is specific when it refers to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
This Gospel is the message that we have been sent into the world to preach. When Jesus commissioned His infant church, He said, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). This is not merely a suggestion, mind you. This is a clear Commission to every one of the Lord’s churches. Our chief message for a lost world is the message of Jesus dying in the place of sinners.
The two ordinances of the church clearly portray the Gospel. In baptism by immersion, the death, burial and resurrection of Christ is clearly pictured. Every time a person is properly baptized they are declaring to the world that Christ is their Savior and Lord of their life. Baptism is a uniform, so to speak. It doesn’t make anybody a Christian. But, it designates which side we are on by portraying that our sins were paid for when Jesus died.
Likewise, the Lord’s Supper pictures the broken body and shed blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. As an unleavened drink, wine pictures the sinless blood of our Savior. The unleavened bread pictures His sinless body. Every time a local church observes the Supper, they are collectively declaring the Gospel to all of those who look on.
Clearly, the Gospel is the subject of the Scripture. Everything in the Bible in one way or another hinges on Calvary’s cross. The Fall if man is remedied thousands of years later when Jesus gave “His life a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28; Mark 10:45). The eternal ages, which we find in Biblical prophecy, is only possible because Jesus broke down the barrier that separated God and man by dying in the place of fallen sinners.
Child of God, take time to study the Bible and Biblical doctrine. But, never get too far away from the Gospel. It is the truth which is weaved in and out of everything else we find in God’s Holy Word. It alone is the foundation for all truth (1 Corinthians 3:11).
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