A Simple Gospel

(1 Corinthians 2:1-5)

The gospel of the good news of Jesus Christ is not a complex, complicated, convoluted message. It is a simple gospel designed by God to be easily understood by anyone and everyone.

The gospel of Jesus Christ...a simple gospel
The gospel of Jesus Christ...a simple gospel

It is men who seek to lord it over others and it is the devil who seeks to confuse those who would seek Jesus Christ that make it seem complex.

Complexity was never God's intention nor is it His way to make it hard for us to understand His will. His will is for all mankind to come to a knowledge of the truth in Jesus Christ so that He can save all mankind. Unfortunately not all will come and seek Him out and so many will be lost. But that is not the fault of God due to any complexities in the gospel. It is the fault of those who choose to reject God and reject the simplicity of the gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ.

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Alarming News

(Acts 24:22-27)

Whenever we speak of Christianity and the teachings of Jesus Christ we call it the “Good News.” And it is very good news for the teachings of the new covenant are the teachings of life. It is through the words of Jesus and his followers who wrote the New Testament that we have this good news of salvation passed down through the generations to us today.

Alarming news
Alarming news

But…

Good news like so many things is a matter of perspective. Where you stand is determined by what you stand for. If you stand for Christ and follow his ways then you will stand where He stands in the kingdom of God. But if you stand for the things of this world and seek what the world offers in wealth, riches, power and the things that gratify the passions of the flesh, then you will not enter the kingdom of God.

And that is VERY alarming news…!

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Contrasting Gospels

(Acts 8:9-13)

This little piece of scripture shows us a great contrast between those who are preaching the truth from those who are not. It is worth looking at and thinking about for a few minutes because it will help us to see the wolves in sheeps clothing and to recognise the works of those who do not follow The Lord.

Contrasting Gospels
Contrasting Gospels

When Philip and the others who were scattered after the death of Stephen spoke to the people in the towns and cities they came upon, there were many who believed. And the contrast between those who preached the gospel from the others is dramatic.

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The Joy of Jesus

(John 16:16-22)

the joy of jesus
The Joy of Jesus

Jesus in this section of scripture is preparing the disciples for his impending death and resurrection. He is telling them they will be struck down with sorrow as a result of His death. But He also tells them that in due course they will be filled with the joy of Jesus, which no one will be able to take away from them.

Why did Jesus say they would experience this joy of Jesus? And what was the joy that they would experience such that it could not be taken away? Certainly they would be pleased to see the return of the Lord at His resurrection, but what would this joy be that they would experience that could not be taken away?

There were indeed a number of reasons for the joy of Jesus in the disciples life, and these same reasons exist for us to day. There are many reasons to have the joy of Jesus, which we will see in the following discussion as we look at just a few of the reasons the disciples may have experienced a joy that could not be taken away.

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Children of God vs. Children of the Devil

(John 8:39-47)

Jesus was in discussion with the leaders of the Jews and teaching the people at the same time. He was showing them there is a distinction between the people of God and others.

One thing we must note that many people in the world ignore, there is no middle ground. This is a matter of life and death and there is no sitting on the sidelines as a spectator. Every person must make a choice and take a stand.

Even making no choice is a choice so it is critical for every person that they make this decision. It is my belief that one of the prime reasons, if not the prime reason for life as we know it on this earth is to make the choice, are you with Jesus or not. So let’s look at the choices.

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Why Did Jesus Perform Miracles?

(John 4:46-54)

This is a good question. Why did Jesus perform miracles? Everywhere he went he healed the sick, restored sight to the blind, raised paralytics, raised the dead and much, much more. In so many ways he relieved the suffering of the people around Jerusalem and the region of Galilee. But Jesus never did anything without reason and a purpose, so it begs the question, why did Jesus perform miracles?

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Freedom and Liberty

(Luke 4:14-21)

Here we see the beginning of Jesus ministry where he speaks of the fulfilment of the prophecy of Isaiah. The prophecy said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” (Verse 18-19)

libertyThere are several messages in these words, but there are two things that strike me most. First that this is a high level description of the role that Jesus was to play and the ministry he had come to give. And second, the underlying basis or principle of his ministry was about freedom and liberty.

At a high level we see in this scripture that Jesus came because he was anointed to preach good news to the poor. His gospel is good news to all of mankind, and certainly in a spiritual sense we are all poor. He also came to provide the recovery of sight to the blind and once again, not only to those who cannot see, but also to those who are spiritually blind. His word opens our eyes to the things of God which are not perceived by man. His truth opens our eyes to understand the things and the ways of God that will lead us to eternal life.

And in terms of liberty we see this message repeated time and time again throughout the scriptures. Consider the scriptures as examples like:

“The truth will make you free.” (John 8:32) “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand fast therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1) “…and having been set free from sin…” (Rom 6:18) “Now we are discharged from the law.” (Rom 7:6) And there are many, many more.

The very essence of the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ is freedom. He came that we may be set free from everything to do with this life. Man is born under great bondages; bondage to sin, bondage to law, bondage to the evil passions and desire of the flesh and bondage to death. Just look at the state of the world today and it is clear that man is in bondage to all manner of destructive devices, attitudes and passions that lead to his destruction.

But Christ appeared so that all of these and other bondages could be removed. He came to set you free. He came to “…proclaim release to the captives and … to set at liberty those who are oppressed,” as mentioned in the prophecy of Isaiah. All of us are those who are in need of release from bondage and who are in oppression. Many may not believe they are in oppression, but every person on this earth is under a ruler whose desire is to destroy. The ruler of this world who has power over all the things of this world is Satan as mentioned in my previous post. Satan is not interested in the welfare and comfort of men. His purpose is to deceive and destroy mankind as he is the great opposer of God. It is God’s will for all of mankind to find salvation, but they will not as many will be deceived and taken by Satan to their ultimate destruction.

Jesus came to proclaim release from Satan’s clutches. He offers us life into eternity if we follow in his ways. His great offer to us is peace that we do not have in this world. A slave is not at peace, only a free man can find peace. Jesus came to make all off us free men and women so that he could bestow on us the gifts and inheritance of God. Look to him for your salvation and find the freedom he is giving to you without cost.

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