As a follower of Jesus I am grateful for the mercy and grace of God the Father to me and to my brothers and sisters in Christ. If not for His mercy and grace, I would be hopelessly lost due to my sin nature and the sins that result from that nature. However, because I have confessed my sinfulness, accepted Jesus’ sacrifice of His life as the sole payment for my sin, asked God for his forgiveness based upon Jesus’ sacrifice and turned away from sinfulness, pursuing instead Jesus, God has saved me. I have been saved from a life of hopelessness, being a victim of Satan’s evil torment here on earth, an eternal existence in the unquenchable fire where I would have experienced eternal destruction. I have been saved for a mission of incomparable worth, a relationship with the one true God, to experience the wonders of God’s mercy, grace, provision and joy.
Yet, with all that I have been saved from and for, there is a warning that God has given me – bring The Gospel. Several years ago I had a conversation with a fellow disciple, a brother in the Lord, concerning The Gospel. The MCF has as its mission “Bring the Gospel to the Canadian military community at home and abroad,” so I wanted to clearly state what is meant by the Gospel, so that there wouldn’t be any confusion as to what the MCF was called to bring forth. My brother immediately and fervently resisted my intent, and I was perplexed by his position. I had thought that being clear about what is the Gospel was “a no-brainer,” but I was naive.
The gospel of Jesus has been distorted, sometimes out of ignorance, sometimes out of the fear of man, and sometimes with evil intent. God is clear on this matter, if someone brings a gospel other than The Gospel, whether they are a person of influence, an angel or even an apostle, then they are at risk of being under God’s curse. What would that be like, to be under God’s curse? I do not know; however, I do know that all of mankind is under God’s curse of eternal separation from Him, unless they confess Jesus as Lord, and believe that God raised Him from the dead. I know, that for those who remain in their sin, that eternity in hell is their fate. So, I know with all certainty that as I pursue the mission that I want to bring The Gospel. So, what is The Gospel?
The clearest, concise and most precise explanation of The Gospel is found in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4:
- Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures;
- Christ was buried;
- Christ was raised to life on the third day according to the Scriptures;
If anyone comes and tries to present a gospel that is different from these simple, yet profound facts; if anyone comes and tries to present any other way for sinful man to become right with God; if anyone adds to this truth then they are at risk of being under God’s curse.
Do you know Jesus? Do you know that you are hopelessly lost and under the condemnation of God because of your innate sinfulness? Do you realize that as a sinner, you are under the curse of God and destined for eternity in hell? Will you confess your sinfulness? Will you accept the sacrificial death of Jesus as the payment for your sin and do you believe that God the Father raised Jesus from the dead? If so, then welcome into the family of God! Let me know if you have decided to follow Jesus so