• David Lee Brown

The Simple Gospel



“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how 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:”

1 Corinthians 15:1-4

Paul wrote his first letter (epistle) to the Church at Corinth in south central Greece to address some questions they had, to correct some division in the church and to address its ongoing sexual immorality. The letter has a great deal of information, inspired by God, to help all Christians live a life that is within God’s will and glorifies Him. The passage above is considered by many to be the defining passage on the saving Gospel of Christ, according to Morris.[1] It states that we stand on the Gospel (the good news about Christ) and the belief in the Gospel is what saves us. We keep in our memories what was preached by the profits, Christ and the Apostles and we believe it as the absolute truth. Not in a blind faith, but a faith steeped in trust and practical experience. We have seen God at work in our lives and the lives of those close to us, so it is far from being a blind faith. We are eye-witnesses to its reality.

This faith can also easily be justified by science through Archeology, Geology, Genetics, Micro-Biology, Linguistics and many other scientific disciplines. It can also easily be justified by the overwhelming evidence of fulfilled prophesy. It is not a blind faith, but a faith based on reality and logic. So, if all the facts point to the reality of God and the fulfillment of His plan through Christ, why do we need faith? Well, because God asked us to believe first, by faith, and then study to show ourselves worthy.

The first priority of any potential Christian is to believe. This only comes when you hear the Gospel and then the Holy Spirit of God beckons you to believe and come to Him. We call this conviction, because you first need to realize that you have sinned against God and realize that you are in need of a savior. When this realization occurs, you will feel an overwhelming need to believe, and share that belief by professing (publicly acknowledging) your faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

We are saved by grace through our faith in Christ Jesus as our Lord and Savior. We believe this in accordance with the scriptures. The verses in the Old Testament that point to grace through faith, and the overwhelming evidence of grace through faith written by God through men in the New Testament. First believe, then study (so you know what you’re talking about) and then share the Gospel with anyone that will listen. You don’t need to be a scholar in Biblical studies, you just have to understand the Gospel and share it. We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus as our Lord and Savior. It’s just that easy.

p.s.

I have been writing a lot about the Gospel and salvation lately. I feel it necessary because of the obvious fulfillment of prophesy that is filling our daily new broadcasts. Time is short, prophesies of exponential increases in knowledge and information, technology, wars and threats of wars, geologic disasters, catastrophic weather, pestilence, the prophies concerning Israel, the pending one world government, economic system and religion all lead anyone, with any common sense, to realize we are living in the days just before the rapture of the church. We must share the Gospel and get people saved, we are running out of time. I love all of you, so please, if you’re not already saved, stop what you’re doing and accept Christ as Lord and Savior, before it is eternally too late.

[1] Henry M. Morris, J. Gordon Henry, and Henry M. Morris, The Henry Morris Study Bible: King James Version (Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2012), pg. 1760.


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